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Fawad Alam opens up after punishing South Africa with century

Left-hander put Pakistan in control against South Africa

Fawad Alam opens up after punishing South Africa with century PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s Fawad Alam has opened up after his wonderful century during the first innings of the ongoing first Test match against South Africa in Karachi.  

Fawad put Pakistan in control against South Africa, chalking up a superb century to lead the home side to 308 for eight by the close of day two in Karachi for a first innings lead of 88 runs.

Pakistan had been reeling on 33 for four in response to South Africa’s 220 all out, but Fawad (109) tilted the match in Pakistan's favour as he demonstrated great skill and patience to compile his third Test century.

“It’s a great feeling because I scored runs for my side when they needed it most. I thank Allah Almighty for helping me succeed,” said Alam, during a virtual press conference, after the second day’s play.

He also thanked team management, led by Head Coach Misbahul Haq, for backing him.

“I would like to thank the team management for backing me. I was not able to score many runs in England but they showed faith in me, both, in New Zealand and here [in Pakistan] as they saw my potential. That confidence given by Misbah bhai translated on the pitch as well,” he said.

Speaking about his time in the wilderness, Alam said: “I will not blame anyone for the 10 years I was away from international cricket. The respect I have gained, despite spending so much time on the sidelines, is probably more than what I could have done by playing for a longer period of time.”  

Hasan Ali (11 not out) and Nauman Ali (6 not out) will resume on the third morning and look to push the Pakistan lead past 100 on a wicket that is expected to get progressively lower, slower and take more turn.