Dubai: Pakistan's fast-rising one-drop batsman Azhar Ali showed great delight and relief over scoring his maiden hundred in the second Test against Sri Lanka, a landmark that had eluded him for 14 matches.
The 26-year-old right-hander from Lahore notched exactly 100 to help Pakistan to 281-4 - a lead of 42 over Sri Lankan first innings total of 239 - on the second day of the match at Dubai cricket Stadium.
Ali, the find of Pakistan's fixing-marred tour of England last year, had failed to turn any of his previous ten half-centuries but this time lady luck finally smiled on him.
"It's a matter of great delight and a sense of huge relief," said Ali, whose previous best of 92 not out came against England at The Oval last year. "I am sure I am destined to make more hundreds after this first one."...more
12:43 PM, Mar 13, 2008