Yasir Shah was the unlikely hero with the bat as the leg-spinner hit his maiden Test century against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday to rescue Pakistan from a precarious position to lift them to a 300-plus score.
When he miscued Josh Hazlewood over mid-on to take the single to get to his 100, Yasir became the second Pakistani after Saqlain Mushtaq to make his maiden first-class century in a Test match.
Yasir Shah this Test at Adelaide - 100* in 192 balls after 0/197 in 32 overs#AusvPak— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 1, 2019
Twitter obviously had a field day as it sang praises of the Pakistan leggie, who has had a more memorable time with the bat rather than ball in the ongoing Test series. Check them out:
Yasir Shah has enough time to break Lara's record— Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) December 1, 2019
With already 134 runs in 3 innings, Yasir Shah is now Pakistan’s 2nd leading scorer in this series after Babar Azam (202). Shah has outscored Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed and Rizwan.— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) December 1, 2019
Incredible century by Yasir Shah. came in at 89/6 to face fired up Starc's 12th last ball in which he got 2 wickets. batted world's No 1 Test bowler and best Test attack in their own backyard. fighting and courage innings. Congratulations @Shah64Y. 👏 #AUSvPAK— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) December 1, 2019
Yasir Shah makes history with a remarkable hundred. And redeems some of our battered pride!🎉🎉🎉🎉— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) December 1, 2019
Pakistan were reeling at 89-6 at one point when Yasir Shah joined hands with the classy Babar Azam, who narrowly missed out on a second-consecutive Test century (falling for 97), to put on a 100-run partnership.
He then batted admirably with the tail as the last two wickets put on 108 runs to frustrate the Aussies before Yasir was the last man to fall after scoring a superb 113 in 213 balls with the score at 302. However, it was not enough as Pakistan were asked to follow on by Tim Paine.
Feature image courtesy: AFP/ William West