Under Babar Azam’s leadership, the Pakistan team achieved a remarkable milestone in Test cricket during their second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo. They scored their fastest team hundred in the 21st century, marking an impressive feat for the side.
Renowned statistician Mazher Arshad confirmed the achievement, stating that Pakistan reached the hundred-run mark off just 100 balls (16.4 overs) in the first innings, making it their fastest team hundred in Tests during the 21st century. He further speculated that it might even be the fastest in their history, although data for some old Tests is not available for comparison.
Another notable aspect of Pakistan’s first innings was that they didn’t play any maiden overs, displaying their aggressive and positive approach to scoring runs.
Facing the challenge of recovering from a poor start, with opener Imam-ul-Haq dismissed early on day one of the second Test, Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood stepped up to the occasion and built a strong partnership. Despite the early setback, they showcased resilience and skill, ultimately leading Pakistan’s innings.
Abdullah’s brilliant knock of 74 runs, combined with Shan’s quick 51, gained attention on social media and was dubbed the ‘Pakball formula.’ The duo played attacking cricket and scored 108 runs off 117 balls, steering Pakistan towards a promising position.
At the close of play on day one, Pakistan finished at 145-2 in 28.3 overs, with Babar Azam (8*) and Abdullah Shafique (74*) standing tall at the crease.
Earlier in the day, bowlers Abrar Ahmed and Naseem Shah made an impact before Tea, rattling the Sri Lankan batting lineup and dismissing them for 166 runs in the first innings.
This achievement adds to the growing reputation of Babar Azam’s captaincy and highlights Pakistan’s determination to excel in Test cricket.
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