WATCH: Abid Ali gets a standing ovation from teammates after reaching his maiden Test double hundred

The 33-year-old became only the 22nd Pakistani player to score a double hundred in 5-day cricket. He achieved the feat against Zimbabwe on Saturday during the ongoing second Test.
Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 8 May 2021 11:01 pm

Pakistan have posted a huge total against Zimbabwe in the ongoing second Test at Harare Sports Club. Babar Azam declared the innings with the score reading 510/8 in 147.1 overs just after tea on Day 2. While Azhar Ali (126 off 240) scored a brilliant century to give his side the early momentum, the star of the show was 33-year-old Abid Ali who registered his first-ever double century in Test cricket.

Abid Ali enters the history books

The Pakistani opener showed great composure and concentration to play a marathon knock to put his side in a comfortable position against Zimbabwe. He was under some pressure at the start of his innings on Day 1 and was also criticized for batting so defensively.

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However, Ali continued to battle it out despite losing a few wickets at the other end. While he was lucky after getting dropped at a score of 94, Abid never looked back as he played some glorious shots in his innings. He eventually went on to complete a brilliant double century in 396 deliveries, becoming only the 22nd Pakistani player to achieve this feat. The 33-year-old reached the milestone with an attacking pull-shot off Milton Shumba as the ball sailed towards the boundary.

The dressing room instantly erupted in joy as all the members of the Pakistan team gave a standing ovation to applaud the opener’s heroic knock. As soon as Ali reached the 200-run mark, he took off his helmet, looked towards heaven in relief, got a warm hug from his batting partner Nauman Ali after which he thanked Allah and performed the sajdah.

Watch the moment when Abid reached his double hundred:

Abid Ali remained unbeaten with a score of 215* off 407 deliveries as he certainly put Pakistan in the driving seat in the second Test with his brilliant knock.

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