Twitter Reactions: Babar Azam's century-hitting spree takes Pakistan to ODI series triumph against Australia

Twitter Reactions: Babar Azam’s century-hitting spree takes Pakistan to ODI series triumph against Australia

What a remarkable comeback it has been from the hosts after losing the opening clash.

Babar Azam
Pakistan captain Babar Azam. (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)

Another day and another stellar century from Babar Azam! The Pakistan skipper has made a habit of this. Hasn’t he? His well-paced 105 in the third and final ODI against Aussies took the Men in Green to a nine-wicket triumph. As this was the deciding clash of the series, Pakistan also clinched the three-match affair 2-1. What a remarkable comeback it has been from the hosts after losing the opening clash. Meanwhile, Imam-ul-Haq and Shaheen Afridi also played a vital role in Pakistan’s victory.

Earlier in the game, Pakistan won the toss in the decider and opted to bowl at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The tale of Shaheen Afridi and first-over wickets continued as the in-form Travis Head was dismissed in the very first ball of the match. As if this jolt wasn’t damaging enough, skipper Aaron Finch also bagged a duck and walked in the second over of the game. Marnus Labuschagne’s dismissal put the Aussies further on the backfoot with the scorecard reading 6/3.

Nonetheless, the inexperienced Australian middle-order showed remarkable character and put up a fightback. Ben McDermott survived the initial overs and also scored a fighting 36. Coming to bat at number six, Alex Carey took matters into his own hands and completed a well-paced half-century.

Cameron Green (34) and Sean Abbott (49) also played handy knocks as Australia posted 210 before losing their final in the 42nd over. While Mohammad Wasim Jr and Haris Rauf picked three wickets apiece, Shaheen dismissed a couple of batters. In reply, Pakistan got off to a decent start with Fakhar Zaman attacking bowlers from the outset while Imam-ul-Haq was watchful as always.

Babar Azam continues his rich vein of form

Zaman’s dismissal for a 12-ball 17 ignited some hopes in the Australian camp. However, the celebrations didn’t last long as Babar Azam joined forces with Imam. Much like the last game, the duo tormented the Aussie bowlers and scored runs for fun.

Azam, in the process, also brought up his 16th ODI ton and second in consecutive matches. While Imam couldn’t complete his hundred, he remained unbeaten on 89 as Pakistan crossed the line in 37.5 overs, clinching the contest by nine wickets.

Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitterati reacted to Pakistan’s triumph: