Pakistan skipper Babar Azam troubled Australia with an extraordinary 196 as Pakistan managed a dramatic late collapse to draw the 2nd Test after batting through 171.4 overs to make sure that the historic series remained level for now with 1 match remaining.
Against all the odds, Pakistan finished their 2nd innings at 443/7 with Mohammad Rizwan unbeaten on 104 and Nauman Ali on 0 off 18 balls. Pakistan fell 63 runs short of a record run chase by, but in getting through they achieved the 5th most overs batted in the 4th innings.
Baba ended the two-year century drought, Babar made up for lost time with his highest Test score and the highest 4th innings score by a skipper in Test history. The match was looking to end easily as a draw, but there was a late twist in the final hour when Babar’s epic innings ended when he lost his wicket to the offspinner, Nathan Lyon.
Australia 556/9 dec (Khawaja 160, Carey 93, Ashraf 2-55) and 97/2 dec (Khawaja 44*, Labuschagne 44, Afridi 1-21) drew with Pakistan 148 (Babar 36, Starc 3-29) and 443/7 (Babar 196, Rizwan 104*, Lyon 4-112)