Shan hit third Test century on the trot

From our correspondent

MANCHESTER: After Babar Azam fell early on the second day of the first Test against England solid opener Shan Masood took responsibility to stabilise Pakistan’s innings with his third straight Test hundred here at Old Trafford on Thursday (today).

The 30-year old reached the three figures off 251 deliveries. After sharing 96 for the third wicket association with Babar (69) Kuwait-born left-hander added another 105 runs for the sixth wicket stand with Shadab Khan. Till filing of the report Pakistan were 307-8 with Shan batting on 147. He also became the second opener after Mudassar Nazar to hit three Test hundreds successively and the seventh Pakistani batsman to achieve the milestone. Before this Shan had hit 135 against Sri Lanka and 100 against Bangladesh in his previous Tests held at Karachi and Rawalpindi respectively.

He also became the first Pakistani opener in the last 24 years to have hit hundred against England on English soil since Saeed Anwar’s 176 at the Oval Test in 1996. He also became the sixth Asian opener to have hit hundred on English soil since 2010.

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