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Babar Azam batted for more than 10 hours over two days against Australia to take Pakistan to the brink of safety; Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 104 sealed a draw that keeps the series level going into next week’s decider in Lahore; watch the third Test live on Sky Sports from Monday

Last Updated: 16/03/22 1:14pm

Babar Azam's 196 was the highest fourth-innings score for Pakistan

Babar Azam’s 196 was the highest fourth-innings score for Pakistan

Pakistan captain Babar Azam led a stunning final-day rear-guard against Australia as his 196 helped enable the hosts to bat out 172 overs and earn a dramatic draw in the second Test.

Having been set the task of scoring a record 506 runs to win or surviving 172 overs to earn a draw in Karachi, Azam batted for more than 10 hours over two days to take Pakistan to the brink of safety, before his dismissal with 12 overs remaining on day five gave Australia hope.

Two more quick wickets followed to reduce Pakistan to 414-7, but the unbeaten Mohammad Rizwan (104) saw the hosts home, bringing up his own century in the closing stages as Australia were thwarted for the second time in the series, which remains 0-0 going into next week’s decider in Lahore.

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