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Babar Azam drives during his innings of 72

South Africa v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Johannesburg

When Babar Azam met Dale Steyn

By some metrics, the young, gifted Pakistan batsman has taken on the greatest fast bowler of this century like nobody ever has

Mohammad Hafeez was bowled by a brute in his final Test innings

Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Abu Dhabi, 5th day

Four hours and 49 minutes of same old Pakistan

Edgbaston, the MCG, Hamilton. Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi. A litany of final-day meltdowns just grew a little longer

Kane Williamson forces a ball through the off side as Sarfraz Ahmed looks on

Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day

The frictionless genius of Kane Williamson

Up-and-down pitch, sizeable deficit, great leggie at his peak. How do you take those ingredients and score a hundred of seeming inevitability?

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq had a highly profitable union at the crease

Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd Test, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day

Azhar and Shafiq answer the call, and yet...

This should have been a redemptive day for Pakistan's two senior batsmen, and it very nearly was, until... well, you know what happened next