|First Check, Nationwide Stadium, Karachi (day one):
|Pakistan 317-5: Babar 161*, Sarfaraz 86
|New Zealand: But to bat
Pakistan captain Babar Azam broke a 16 12 months file as he turned his nation’s highest run scorer in a calendar 12 months.
He was 161 not out on the finish of the primary day of the two-Check collection with New Zealand in Karachi to take his 2022 tally to 2,485 runs throughout all codecs.
In doing so, the 28-year-old surpassed Mohammad Yousuf’s 2,435 in 2006.
Babar, who helped his aspect to 317-5 of their first innings towards the Kiwis, additionally has essentially the most runs in Checks this 12 months with 1,170 runs in 9 matches.
New Zealand did not take two possibilities to dismiss the Pakistan skipper, with Daryl Mitchell spilling a catch at first slip when Babar was on 12 and fielder Devon Conway lacking the stumps when the batter was properly in need of his crease on 54.
It was additionally Babar’s twenty fifth worldwide rating in extra of fifty in the course of the calendar 12 months, once more throughout Check, one-day worldwide and Twenty20 worldwide cricket – equalling the file set by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in 2014.
Pakistan are aiming to bounce again from their current 3-0 Check collection defeat at residence by England.