Video | On This Day: Inzamam-ul-Haq Became The First 21st Century Triple Centurion
This was the only second triple century by a Pakistani batsman and 16th overall in Test cricket.
On this day in 2002, one of the greatest batsmen in international cricket, Inzamam-ul-Haq, became the first triple centurion of the 21st century against New Zealand in Lahore. Inzamam went on to score 329 runs against the Kiwis.
He became the second Pakistani batsman to score a triple hundred in Tests. The first ever triple century for Pakistan in Test cricket was scored by the little master, Hanif Mohammad.
This was also only the 16th triple century in Test cricket. Inzamam-ul-Haq knock of 329 comprised of 38 boundaries and 9 sixes.
After winning the toss, Pakistan decided to bat first. New Zealand seemed well on top as they got the early wickets of Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan. However, the 20-year-old, Imran Nazir, and Inzamam-ul-Haq batted for almost two-session to put the visitors on the back foot.
Imran Nazir and Inzamam-ul-Haq took the score to 261 as New Zealand finally got the breakthrough and dismissed the former for 127 off 171 deliveries.
Inzamam-ul-Haq, unbothered by the fall of wickets, continued his good form and brought up his century with a pull-short off Daniel Vettori through the mid-wicket region.
Frustrated by the brilliant batting display from Pakistani batters, Stephen Fleming, took the new ball. But that didn’t work either as Inzamam and Yousaf Youhana (he had not converted to Islam at that time) scored 66 runs in just 10 overs.
The right-handed batsman stayed firm at the one end as he lost wickets at the other. Inzamam played Chris Harris towards the backward point to bring up his maiden test triple century.
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Pakistan won that test match by an innings and 324 runs, thanks to Shoaib Akhtar’s 6 for 11 in the first innings and Danish Kaneria’s 5 for 110 in the second innings. No surprises, Inzamam-ul-Haq was declared as the Man of The Match.
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