KARACHI (our reporter):- Pakistan Cricket Team Skiper, Babar Azam’s inning helped Pakistan record the seventh-highest total in the fourth innings of Test cricket history. Scoring 443 runs in the last innings of the second Test, Pakistan has also recorded their highest-ever total of the fourth innings to draw a Test match.

In the final two days, Pakistan had to chase a huge target of 506 runs. Playing the best knock of his career, Babar Azam scored 196 runs helping Pakistan reach 443 runs at the end of a thrilling day five.

A calm 96 by Abdullah Shafique and an unbeaten 104 by Muhammad Rizwan also helped the team’s cause. Pakistan’s 443 is the seventh-highest total in the fourth innings of Test cricket history, while it is the second-highest for Pakistan.

Previously, Pakistan had scored 450 runs in the last innings against Australia at Brisbane in 2016. Since Pakistan lost that match back in 2016, it is their highest ever total in the fourth innings of a Test match ending in a draw. 443 for 7 is also the third-highest fourth innings total to draw a Test match in the history of cricket.

In this regard, Pakistan played 171.4 overs which is the longest a team has ever played to draw a Test match. In 1995, England had survived 165 overs against Sri Lanka. 

The three-match Test series between Pakistan and Australia has one last match scheduled at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. After the first two contests ended without a result, both teams will look to dominate in Lahore eyeing series victory.

Following is the list of highest team totals in the fourth innings of drawn Test matches:

England654/5DrawSouth AfricaDurban1939
South Africa450/7DrawIndiaJohannesburg2013

Pakistan wicket-keeper batter, Mohammad Rizwan become only the second wicket-keeper batter for Pakistan to score a century in the 4th innings of a Test. Previously this record was held by the former wicketkeeper, Moin Khan, who scored a century against Sri Lanka on September 26, 1995, in Sialkot.

Although the second Test match at the National Stadium Karachi ended in a draw, cricket fans witnessed a number of batting records. It was his second Test hundred as he had scored his maiden hundred against New Zealand in 2016.

Pakistan was struggling at 277/4 when Rizwan joined Babar Azam at the crease. The duo scored a crucial partnership of 115 runs but two back-to-back wickets of Babar Azam and Faheem Ashraf changed everything.

The wicket-keeper batter faced 177 balls on a spin-supported surface and scored 104 runs while stitched 22 runs partnership with Sajid Khan and then 29 runs partnership with Nauman Ali that kept Australia from winning the match.

Earlier in the day, Babar Azam and Abdullah Shafique broke the record of Indian batters, Deep Dasgupta and Rahul Dravid, facing the most balls in the 4th inning of a Test match.

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