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Adam Gilchrist 149*: Australia vs Pakistan – Hobart, 1999

Gilchrist scored a magical 149* at Hobart against Pakistan

Pakistan were on the brink of a huge win when Adam Gilchrist decided to deny them and snatched an Australian win instead, in one of the most remarkable turnarounds you will ever see in a test match. Australia had taken a slender lead in the first innings but Pakistan came back strongly in the second innings courtesy a brilliant century from Inzamam-ul-Haq and a couple of fine fifties from Saeed Anwar and Ijaz Ahmed.

Australia had a horror start in pursuit of a target of 369 and lost half their side for a mere 126. Gilchrist joined Justin Langer to the crease and the rest is history!

Gilchrist started counter-attacking against a high-quality bowling attack made up of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and Saqlain Mushtaq. The Pakistanis didn't know what hit them after they were carted around the Bellerive Oval by Gilchrist.

He cut and pulled with disdain and forged an unforgettable partnership with Langer. Langer too played a crucial role and scored a fine hundred at the other end.

Gilly's destructive knock of an unbeaten 149 was studded with as many as 13 boundaries and 1 maximum. Thanks to his blitzkrieg, Australia went on to beat Pakistan by 4 wickets and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match test series.

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