Alam bagged the award for player of the match for scoring 109 runs in the first innings
Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Fawad Alam, who scored a century in the first Test against South Africa, is relieved to see his side register victory against the Proteas in Karachi.
Alam bagged the award for player of the match for scoring 109 runs in the first innings at a crucial stage of the match. He also struck the winning runs in the second innings.
“It was an important hundred at that stage because the team needed it. We were 36/4 so we needed to bat long in first innings so that the second innings is easy. Pressure is always there in international cricket, especially when playing as a comeback player, there's pressure,” said Alam during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Alam admitted that batting wasn’t easy on the Karachi pitch and it was important to apply yourself inorder to succeed.
“Pitch had some double-bounce, and there were rough patches too, it wasn't easy. But we discussed indoors that you apply yourself, stay calm, go with the flow. Don't think of the pitch, play how you know, and I thought to apply myself and I knew that if I stick around, I'll score runs,” he said.
The win helps Pakistan take an unassailable one-nil lead in the two-match series, with the second Test set to begin from February 4 in Rawalpindi.