Pakistan batsman Yasir Shah celebrates scoring his century against Australia on the third day of the second cricket Test match in Adelaide.
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Yasir Shah hadn’t scored a century in any form of cricket before Sunday.
So given he did it for the first time in a Test match against an attack including Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, it makes sense that he didn’t know what to do with himself.
“At that time I didn’t know what I was doing,” Shah told reporters after day three of the second Test.
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“I was very excited so I jumped and waved the bat as well.
“It’s a dream come true for any batsman to score a hundred in Australia.”
The Pakistani No.8’s 113 off 213 balls on Sunday had little influence on the second Test against Australia, other than helping the tourists reach a fourth day.
When play resumes on Monday, Australia will need just seven wickets for less than 248 runs to win both matches of the two-Test series by an innings.
But at least Shah was able to give his team something to remember; a century that was as entertaining as it was unlikely, and a wild celebration to boot.
Shah rode his luck all innings, firstly in the 20s when he edged Nathan Lyon, only for Steve Smith at first slip to be standing too far back. Then he would have been caught short of his crease by Matthew Wade had his throw not missed.
Another edge towards Smith, who was still too far back, followed on 33. Then on 35, Shah should have been stumped by Tim Paine who fumbled.
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The fifth and final life he was given was when he was on 45 and Marnus Labuschagne dropped a regulation chance for caught and bowled.
Fifty-five runs later and Shah was leaping into the sky, fist-pumping before waving his bat above his head like a helicopter propeller. He lastly dropped to his knees and kissed the ground.
For a player who has struggled all series with the ball (four wickets at 100.50), it was a rare moment of joy to savour.
“This is my first hundred. My highest score before was 72 in first class cricket,” Shah told reporters when asked if it was his first ever century.
“On 99 I felt a little bit under pressure because I had never scored a century.”