Yasir Shah shocks world with maiden Test century: Records scripted
Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah shocked the world, not with the ball, but with the bat, this time around. He scored his maiden Test century, on Day 3 of the second Test (Day-Night) against Australia in Adelaide on Sunday. Although it was not enough to save Pakistan as Australia enforced a follow-on. However, he did manage to script unique records, as we take a look.
Unlike other Pakistani batsmen, he put up a commendable shift against a world-class pace battery. On the same note, Yasir faced the most number of deliveries in a single innings of his Test career. He scored 113 off 213 deliveries, as his knock also included 13 fours. His previous best was 93 deliveries, which also came against Australia in Sydney in 2017.
As said above, Yasir scripted some unique feats, and one of them is he has become the fourth-highest run-scorer for the side in the format this year. So far, he has scored 191 runs in five innings. He is 55 runs behind Shan Masood on the third spot. The list for the same is led by Babar Azam (354), followed by Asad Shafiq (266).
Yasir has also become the fourth-highest run-scorer in an innings, batting at number eight in the format against Australia. The list for the same is led by Clairmonte Depeiaza of Windies, who played a knock of 122 in Bridgetown in 1955. Following Depeiaza are England's Matt Prior (118, Sydney 2011) and India's Wriddhiman Saha (117, Ranchi 2017).
Yasir's ton could not have come without support from the other end. On the same note, he was also involved in a 87-run stand, along with Mohammad Abbas, for the ninth wicket. This is also the second-highest for the side against Australia in the format. The record for the same lies with Mushtaq Ahmed and Saeed Anwar, who scored 120 in 1998.
Saqlain Mushtaq was the last Pakistani batsman before Yasir Shah to register a maiden first-class 100 in a Test match!#AUSvPAK— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 1, 2019
Hardik Pandya was the last Test batsman to do so before Yasir!
Winning the toss, Australia elected to bat, as it was David Warner's monstrous innings of an unbeaten 335, which propelled Australia to 589/3. As for Pakistan, they were bundled out for 302, despite Yasir's fighting century, while pacer Mitchell Starc's 6/66 tore them apart. The visitors have been enforced a follow-on as the hosts lead by 248 runs.