Abid Ali becomes first Pakistani to score tons in first two Tests
Pakistan opener Abid Ali became the first cricketer from his country to score centuries tons in his first two Test matches.
The right-handed batsman achieved the milestone against Sri Lanka on Saturday in the ongoing second Test of the two-match series in Karachi.
Abid crossed hundred and fifty mark when he lost his wicket at the score of 174, being trapped leg before wicket off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara. He smashed 21 shots of four and a six.
Notably, the opener had played a superb knock of 109 not out in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi that won him the Player of the Match award.
Abid Ali’s tally of record is yet to be noted. The century in Rawalpindi Test made Abid to become the first-ever batsman in the history of cricket to score a century in his ODI and Test debut.
He scored 112 runs in his first one day international match against Australia in Dubai in March this year.
Before Abid, eight batsmen achieved the feat of scoring centuries in their opening two Test matches.
They are, William Ponsfordm (Australia), Doug Walters (Australia), Greg Blewett (Australia), Sourav Ganguly (India), Rohit Sharma (India), Alvin Kallicharran (West Indies), Jimmy Neesham (New Zealand).
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin is the only batsman to score tons in his first three Test matches.
As of the match situation, Pakistan, in their second innings, scored 395 runs for the loss of 2 wickets at stumps of day three.
After Abid Ali, Shan Masood also reached into his respective hundred. He scored 135 off 198 deliveries.