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Pak’s Fawad Alam smacks record, becomes fastest Asian player to score 5 Test centuries

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Islamabad: Fawad Alam, the 35-year-old batsman from Pakistan, after smashing unbeaten 124 runs in the ongoing 2nd Test match against West Indies, scripted a new record in the history of cricket by becoming the fastest Asian player to smack 5 centuries in Test cricket.

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The left-handed batsman broke the record of former Pakistani cricketer Younis Khan -who held the record of reaching 5 Test tons in 28 innings – by reaching 5 tons in only his 22nd Test innings. Alam also became the only 6th Pakistan batsman to score a century at Sabina Park Cricket Stadium in Jamaica.

Fawad also surpassed India’s Cheteshwar Pujara (24 innings), Sourav Ganguly (25 innings), and Sunil Gavaskar (25 innings).

Alam smashed unbeaten 124 runs off 213 runs in the match, before Pakistan declared their innings at 302-9 just before the tea on Day 2. Fawad Alam’s ton proved to be very crucial for Pakistan, as their top order collapsed cheaply against the West Indies bowling attack. Openers Abid Ali and Imran Butt lost their wickets for just 1 run each while one-down Azhar Ali was gone for a six-ball duck.

With 2-3 at the start on the scoreboard, skipper Babar Azam and Fawad Alam scored a partnership of 166 runs, with Azam smacking 75 runs before becoming a victim of pacer Kemar Roach. Faheem Ashraf then made a partnership of 50 runs with Alam, while piling 26 runs from his bat. While Alam remained on one end accumulating runs for Pakistan, other players kept losing their wickets. In the end, skipper Babar Azam declared the innings with 302-9 on the scoreboard.

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For West Indies, Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales sealed 3-wicket hauls while Jason Holder picked 2 wickets in his kitty. While batting, West Indies reached 39-3 at the stumps of Day 3. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite (3) and his opening partner Kieran Powell (5) could not provide a strong start to the team. Roston Chase also lost his wicket for just 10.

Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi dismissed two wickets while Faheem Ashraf managed to pick one. With Nkrumah Bonner and Alzarri Joseph on strike, the West Indies trails by 263 runs. West Indies leads the two-match Test series 1-0 after defeating Pakistan by 1 wicket in the first game.

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