Imam Scores His Maiden Test Hundred As Australians Toil In Rawalpindi

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Imam Rawalpindi
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Imam scored his maiden Test hundred during the first day of the inaugural Test between Pakistan and Australia in Rawalpindi. The day ended with the scorecard reading 245 for one.

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Imam Makes A Dream Comeback

Imam Scores Rawalpindi
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Opener Imam-ul-Haq scored his first Test hundred after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Imam was batting on 132 while former skipper Azhar Ali was not out on 64 runs. Both Imam and Azhar compiled a total of 140 runs in the partnership after Abdullah Shafique was dismissed for 44 by Nathon Lyon.

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While explaining his memorable comeback at the end of the day Imam said, “I cannot explain how I’m feeling right now. It’s just a process. I was working hard for the last one and a half years to get back into the Test side. I had belief that if I got an opportunity I would make it count. I want to mention the camp we had in Karachi. It was very helpful. I played last Test against Australia in Australia, then I got injured in New Zealand and was 12th Man for last one and a half year. So I was just waiting for my opportunity. Thanks to Almighty Allah, this happened and these are the moments we play for. To be honest, I cannot explain right now how I’m feeling. You cannot doubt yourself. As a cricketer, you have to believe in your ability. I scored two first-class hundreds last year so I had that belief. Lyon is a very quality bowler. But that is my go-to shot [charging to go over the top]. We have some good spinners in our team too. The ultimate is Test cricket and coming back to Pakistan to play Test cricket. I’m thankful to Australian Cricket Board and Australia that they came. If you see, the crowd was outstanding throughout the day. Pakistan needs that and I hope I contributed to that throughout the day.”