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Sarfaraz receives warm welcome at home after match-saving century


KARACHI: Pakistan wicketkeeper batter Sarfaraz Ahmed received a grand reception from his fans and friends as he reached his home after a match-saving century in the second Test against New Zealand.

Sarfaraz, who led Pakistan’s fightback to hold New Zealand for the draw after a thrilling last day of the second Test, got immense appreciation from his fans who flocked in large numbers to throw a grand welcome for the former captain upon his arrival.

As the right-arm pacer stepped out of his vehicle, fans showered flowers on him and put up garlands to appreciate his courageous knock against the Blackcaps in a crisp situation.

The right-handed batter came out to bat when Pakistan were struggling at 77/4 after skipper Babar Azam’s dismissal and soon slipped further to 80/5 in pursuit of the 319-run target.

Sarfaraz then stitched a fighting 123-run partnership with Saud Shakeel and brought Pakistan back in the hunt.

The former Pakistan captain kept fighting despite Saud’s dismissal and went on to smash his first Test century since his return and his fourth overall in the longest format.

It is pertinent to mention that before the New Zealand home series, Sarfaraz last played a Test match back in 2019 against South Africa. Whereas, his century against the Blackcaps in the fourth innings of the second Test was his first after 2014.

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