Shan Masood 4th Test century: The Pakistani opening batsman went through thick and thin to reach his fourth Test century.
During the second day of the first Test of the ongoing Pakistan’s tour of England in Manchester, Pakistan opening batsman Shan Masood has registered his fourth Test century to provide his team with a stable start after captain Azhar Ali (0) won the toss and chose to bat.
Opening the batting with Abid Ali (16) yesterday, Masood put on display bountiful patience from the word go. With emphasis on staying in the middle irrespective of wickets falling at the other end or low strike rate, the left-hand batsman didn’t deter from his approach.
Masood, 30, was fortunate enough to receive two reprieves from England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler on Day 1 but made it a point to not repeat his mistakes and convert the opportunities into a three-figure score.
Resuming the innings from 46* today, Masood ran a couple of twos in the second over of the day to complete his half-century. With Pakistan losing vice-captain Babar Azam (69) until then, Masood took it upon himself to keep one end safe much like yesterday.
Having rotated the strike without taking any sort of risk, Masood scored his first boundary of the day off veteran seamer James Anderson in 62nd over. Facing Anderson in the 86th over, it was on the second delivery that Masood ran a couple of runs to score his first Test century outside of Asia.
Shan Masood 4th Test century
Just love the organizational skills of Shan Masood this innings. Great judgment in playing adequately forward or back to the length.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) August 6, 2020
Very pleased for Shan Masood, a man who has fought hard for his opportunity! 💯 #ENGvPAK
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) August 6, 2020
This is Shan Masood’s third consecutive hundred in Tests. Hard work & commitment does pay off.
— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) August 6, 2020
This is a fantastic innings by Shan Masood
He has done what many couldn’t do
All have 0 centuries opening the batting in England
— Haroon (@hazharoon) August 6, 2020
Take a bow Shan Masood! One of the grittiest test centuries I’ve seen in a while. 💪🏼
— Ali Khan Tareen (@aliktareen) August 6, 2020
Its more about how many balls you face than how many balls you hit in test cricket. Temperament takes you home. #shanmasood
— Roha Nadeem (@RohaNadym) August 6, 2020
— Fabian K Cowdrey (@fkcowdrey) August 6, 2020
THIRD CONSECUTIVE 💯 FOR SHAN MASOOD
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) August 6, 2020
3 Test hundreds in 3 Consecutive Innings against 3 different teams
224 vs Eng 1993
227 vs Zim 1993
125 vs SL 1993
135 vs SL 2019
100 vs Ban 2020
108* vs Eng 2020#ENGvPAK
— Vidhu Pal (@vidhu_pal) August 6, 2020
Shan Masood is the first Pakistan opener in 24 years to score a century in England. Saeed Anwar (176) was the last Pakistani opener to score a century in England, Oval 1996. #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/mcz1qsWK1e
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 6, 2020
Add Baba… err Shan Masood to the list. Terrific knock tbf and nice to get to his hundred off past tormentor Jimmy Anderson https://t.co/iLenilFhe1
— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) August 6, 2020
one can only hope, full marks for masood in younis’ book #ENGvsPAK
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) August 6, 2020
HUNDRED FOR SHAN MASOOD 👏
— Cricingif (@_cricingif) August 6, 2020
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