Azhar Ali now has a hundred in Australia as well. The Pakistani ODI captain and test opener is having some wonderful times in the recent past. He is going out really strong. He has now an averages greater than even Kohli in the past three years in test cricket.
Azhar Ali reached another hundred today and this tie it is in MCG. It was a competitive knock from the Pakistani opener. He played some quality cricket and made sure that he stays on the pitch for as long as possible. At the moment he is still paying in the center.
The best shots that Azhar played were down the ground straight. You can fall in love with those shots. The first one was hit against Starc. It was hit absolutely straight. It went right beside the left foot of Starc and raced away to the fence. There was a couple of these shots played against Hazelwood and Bird as well. The Australian commentators referred one of his straight hits as the shot of the day. It was a brilliant well established knock from the Pakistan ODI skipper.
Azhar nudged the ball down the leg side to get a couple and reach his hundred. He was esthetic to reach another hundred. This one also has its own important because it was hit on an Australian ground against Australia in a test match. So these things do count if you are an Asian player.
Azhar Ali has helped Pakistan get to over 300 runs. The only issues is the time that has been wasted by the rains. There are 80 odd over that have been washed away by the rain. Pakistan is over 300 runs at the moment and they have 4 wickets in their pocket. So the first innings batting will end well for Pakistan. They now have to bowl really well.
The compensation for the time lost can be taken if Pakistan bowls out Australia on a low score. They will get lead in their hands and hence they will be more confident in their second innings. so the bowling in the first innings for Pakistan will mater the most for them. They have done well with the bat. They always try to get over 300 which they have now. Amir is hitting the ball well and he will not defend much of the balls. But what he will do with the ball in his hand will matter the most for him and Pakistan. He has to get wickets straight up at the start.