Twitter Reactions: Shan Masood, Babar Azam make Bangladesh sweat
The 25-year-old Babar now has four Test tons in his last five matches.
Updated - Feb 8, 2020 6:05 pm
After the second day’s play in Rawalpindi, Pakistan are well and truly the front-runners against Bangladesh. Azhar Ali’s men shot the Tigers out for 233 after which their batters piled on the agony for the visitors. Shan Masood and Babar Azam’s superlative shows made sure that the hosts get a lead of 109 runs. With three days left, the match already seems to be out of Bangladesh’s radar.
Masood takes charge
Pakistan didn’t make a great start after Abu Jayed Rahi sent Abid Ali back for a duck in the day’s second over. But Shan Masood and skipper Azhar Ali (34) didn’t let more pressure built and got the hosts’ innings going. The duo added 91 together before Jayed removed Azhar. Masood took the attacking route and got to his fifty off 54 balls with Pakistan going into Lunch at 95/2 in 27 overs.
In the second session, Masood slowed down a wee bit. The left-hander looked good to play the post-Lunch session out, unscathed. He racked up his ton off 157 balls and his knock was laced with 11 fours. Unfortunately, Taijul Islam rattled his woodwork at the stroke of Tea. In the meantime, Babar Azam carried his form from the Sri Lanka series and tormented the rather hapless Tigers’ bowling.
Babar weaves magic
Before the Tea break, the Lahore-born accomplished his half-century off 79 deliveries. In the last session, Pakistan didn’t lose a single wicket and kept the Bangladesh bowlers at bay. Taijul worked hard for as many as 33 overs on the day with very little success. Rubel Hossain, who had a Test bowling average in excess of 80 prior to this game, gave away 77 runs at an alarming rate of 4.52.
Ebadot Hossain leaked runs at 5.21 and was the least-trusted among the regular bowlers, sending down 11 overs. For Pakistan, Babar piled his fifth Test ton off 134 balls and stayed unbeaten on 143 with 19 fours and a six off Taijul. His partner, Asad Shafiq also showed grit and resilience. Shafiq remained not out on 60 with eight boundaries in a useful partnership of 137 runs with Babar.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to Babar and Pakistan’s dominance: –
Fourth century for Babar Azam in last five Tests and there is one 97 as well. Pure class. Brilliant form. #PakvsBan
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) February 8, 2020
90's generation has grown up watching and getting inspired by Afridi, Akram and Razzaq.But the current generation comes to the stadium only for one man; BABAR AZAM! He's the hero,he's the superstar!!! 80% full house at Pindi Stadium chanting 'Babar, Babar!' Crazyy scenes #PAKvBAN pic.twitter.com/9d9lFlBeEx
— Noman. (@BleedGreen45) February 8, 2020
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) February 8, 2020
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) February 8, 2020
RECORD ALERT: Babar Azam has become the 7th Pakistani batsman to score centuries in 3 consecutive test matches.
Centuries in most consecutive matches in Tests for 🇵🇰
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) February 8, 2020
Incredible scenes in Rawalpindi stadium. Fans head for the exit after Babar Azam completes his century. They got what they came to see. pic.twitter.com/4vMC5ToRaw
— Ashar Jawad (@AsharJawad) February 8, 2020
Babar Azam 143* and it's stumps. #PAKvBAN
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 8, 2020
Babar Azam's last seven Test innings:
— ICC (@ICC) February 8, 2020
Babar Azam has been in superb form since November 2019. He has scored 4 centuries and 2 half centuries in 8 innings, scoring at average of 118.2 in last four months. Before November 2019, he had scored just one century and 11 fifties in 40 innings, averaging 35.28.
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) February 8, 2020
Babar Azam to get a double ton tomorrow. What a player.
— ⭕ (@foxinthebox_9) February 8, 2020
— Mishal Fatima (@Babar_thechamp) February 8, 2020
Hundred for Babar Azam with crowd chanting his name! His 5th century Tests. 3rd in last 4 innings, all 3 in Pakistan! What a Consistent Player he is. Take a bow, Lad! Pakistan's run machine in all 3 Formats!#PakvBan pic.twitter.com/aiPZErLHeC
— Ahsan. 🇵🇰 (@imPakistaniLAD) February 8, 2020
Babar Azam is the best thing to happen to Pakistan cricket in the last four years!!!
— Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) February 8, 2020
What a talent and what a class…. Proud to see you scoring like no one else has done it before on their own soil. "Babar Azam" you beauty. Home average 400 😳 #PAKvBAN @DennisCricket_ pic.twitter.com/ggba6FrlgF
— H͙A͙R͙R͙I͙S͙✺ (@iHarrisOfficial) February 8, 2020
Babar Azam is ❤️#PAKvBAN
— Farah (@iFarah_Tweets) February 8, 2020