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26-Dec-2022 14:40:00 GMT
Pak vs NZ - 1st Test, Karachi, day 1

Pakistan take first-day honours Babar score ton

Pakistan 317 for 5 (Babar 161*, Sarfaraz 86, Bracewell 2-61, Patel 2-91) vs New Zealand

Karachi: Pakistan captain Babar Azam broke the 16-year-old record held by Mohammad Yousuf in the first innings of the opening Test against New Zealand in Karachi.

Babar Azam now holds the record for the most runs in a calendar year by a Pakistan batter, going past Mohammad Yousuf's aggregate of 2435 runs in 2006.

Batting on 54* at the end of the first session, Babar has 2477 runs across all formats in 2022.

The half-century also means he now holds the record for most scores of 50 or more in a calendar year.

This was Babar's 25th 50+ score, surpassing Ricky Ponting's record of 24 in 2005.

Despite the contrasting fortunes of the team in Test cricket this year, the skipper has shone in the format with more than 1000 runs in nine matches.

In this calendar year, only three other batters have managed to hit the four-figure mark in Tests.

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