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Pakistan v New Zealand 2022/23

Watch: Sarfaraz Ahmed reaches his first Test hundred in nine years in tense fourth innings run chase

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Watch: Sarfaraz Ahmed scored his first Test ton since November 2014 in his comeback series, taking his team from the jaws of defeat after they were in a spot of bother at 77-4 in their second and final Test against New Zealand.

Given a surprise call-up after nearly four years out of the Pakistan XI for the first Test of the series, Sarfaraz vindicated his selection with scores of 86, 53 and 78 before reaching a Test ton – his first nine years – against the Kiwis at Karachi.

The former Pakistan skipper, who replaced Mohammad Rizwan in the line-up, walked out to bat with his team struggling at 77-4, needing 242 for a series win after the first Test ended in a draw. The hosts were soon reduced to 80-5 but Sarfaraz remained unfazed, starting off aggressively, getting to his fourth fifty in a row off just 62 deliveries. He needed another 77 deliveries to reach his next fifty, getting to his three-figure landmark with a firm push past extra cover for two.


An animated Sarfaraz first jumped in joy at achieving the feat before letting out a loud roar and then sunk down on his knees as his team stood up in applause. Sarfaraz’s knock was laced with nine fours and a six – a slog-sweep over mid-wicket off the bowling of Michael Bracewell.

Watch Sarfaraz’s emotional celebration after getting a ton here:

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