On Monday, Pakistan got off to a terrible start, losing three wickets for just 48 runs in 15 overs. Although Saud Shakeel appeared to be putting up some resistance, Tim Southee of New Zealand promptly ended their 62-run partnership with Babar.
However, Babar Azam scored his ninth century in a Test to help Pakistan bounce back from the early blows. Babar Azam’s brilliant century on the first day of the first Test of the two-match series between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi enabled the hosts put up a solid effort. He broke Ricky Ponting, a former Australia record for the most fifty-plus scores in a calendar year in international cricket with the tonne.