Pakistani captain Babar Azam has rated his 196 in the second Test against Australia as “one of his best innings”, helping his team win the game from a precarious position. Pakistan in pursuit of a huge goal of 506, finished at 443 for 7 with hundreds from Babar and Mohammed Rizwan.
“I think the credit is due to the team because they have a lot of confidence in themselves and come back strong after hitting badly in the first innings. My innings is definitely one of my better ones and I’m glad it helped us level the game to pull.” said Babar in the conference after the game.
He said he always rated his innings very highly, which played a big part in winning a game or saving a game in Pakistan.
The batsman also admitted that he and Muhammad Rizwan hadn’t thought much about taking a shot to go after the total and when the wickets fell they played for a draw.
“In the second inning everyone gave their 100 percent because we believed in ourselves that we could save the game. We decided to look at it session by session and not think too much ahead,” he said.
Babar added that if he and Rizwan had been hitting together a little longer, they would have started a chase, but when he and Faheem Ashraf came out on consecutive balls, the best option was to play for a draw.
The Pakistan captain also did not accept criticism of the pitches used in the two tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi so far and insisted that they be the same for both teams.
“In Karachi you usually get a reverse swing and the Australian bowlers got some on the third day and we contributed with some soft layoffs.” He noted that spinners also had their turn in Karachi and Test cricket was always difficult, but the pitch was not easy to save because you had to focus hard and it wasn’t easy for a new batsman to come to the bat.
Cummins happy with the team’s performance
The Australian captain, Pat Cummins, said he was happy and proud of the way his team played, despite failing to win from an advantage.
“I think before we came to Pakistan because of the different conditions here, we would have liked to have taken a 0-0 line after two tests. Yes, after coming so close it’s a missed opportunity, but we didn’t lose anything.” , he said. at a conference after the game.
Cummins also said it was a combination of some precious missed chances from Australia and some fantastically good at bats from Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique that led to a draw.
“I think it was a really good test first of all and if we had done our catches the situation could have been different for us. But I’m proud and happy with the way we played this game,” he added. ready.
Cummins also said that while the field helped the spinners a little more on the last day, it didn’t fall apart and didn’t play as many tricks as expected on the fourth and fifth days.
He also didn’t feel that even if Australia had forced the follow-on after knocking out Pakistan for 148 runs in 53 overs, it would have made any difference to the final outcome.
“I think the pitch was pretty good on the last day and they hit really well. We created more chances and if we’d made a few catches it would have been a different scenario, but that’s how it goes in Test cricket,” he said. said.
Cummins set Pakistan to throw out 53 overs in its first innings then hit for 171.4 overs to save the game and reverse the swing and played a big part in the second session on the third day when Pakistan was knocked out cheaply.
“I think reverse swing bowling can be a real factor in the game, especially if you get a breakout and get a new striker very quickly, but I thought Babar, Rizwan and Shafique had great last two days batting.” Cummins felt like he was trying everything he could possibly have.
“Honestly, I walked off the field today without feeling like we hadn’t tried something or a plan we hadn’t given a chance,” he said.
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