DUBAI: : Azhar Ali became the only 4th Pakistani batsman to score a triple century in Test Cricket.
Pakistan declared their first innings at 579-3 after opener Azhar Ali knocked his maiden triple hundred on day two of the first day-night Test against West Indies in Dubai on Friday.
Ali remained unbeaten on a 645-minute vigil of 302 – after Pakistan resumed the day on 279-1 at Dubai stadium. After having shared a 215-run opening stand with Sami Aslam on the first day, Azhar was well supported on the second day too, first by Asad Shafiq and then by debutant Babar Azam, before Misbah-ul-Haq played an attacking cameo leading into the declaration. Pakistan scored at well over 4 runs an over on day two, adding 300 runs in 65.3 overs as West Indies progressively fell to pieces with the ball and in the field.
During his way to 302* Azhar Ali also completed 4,000 runs of his Test career. He reached this milestone by taking 278th run of his innings, which made him 10th Pakistani batsman to complete 4000 runs in Test Cricket.
The triple century scored by Azhar on Friday was overall 29th score of 300+ in Test Cricket, while he was the 25th batsman and 15th opening batsman to do so.
302* is also the second highest individual score to be scored by an opening batsman from Pakistan. The chard is led by Hanif Mohammad with his memorable and history 337, coincidently, also against West Indies.
Misbahul Haq remained 29 not out while Babar Azam made 69 and Asad Shafiq scored 67.