Despite scoring eight centuries in ODIs, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/country/pakistan">Pakistan</a> batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/babar-azam/news">Babar Azam</a> had to wait for 17 matches to score his first in Tests. Having missed it by eight runs in the first Test in Abu Dhabi, Babar registered his maiden three-figure score against New Zealand during Day 3 of the second Test in Dubai. His unbeaten 127 was the second century in Pakistan s first-innings total of 418/5 declared, and one that he Babar will surely cherish in time to come. <p></p> <p></p>"There was no pressure [of scoring a Test hundred]", Babar said. "I'd be lying if I say that not scoring a Test century was a burden on me. The difference is that I did the job today. My previous best scores will be counted as half-centuries. I had heard that scoring a Test century is special and that's exactly what I experienced today. I was out on 99 against Australia. It's definitely a relief to get over the line. I have gained a lot of confidence in the wake of scoring this hundred. <p></p> <p></p>"In the UAE, the wickets are on the slower side. You can't play through the line, you need to take your time and be patient." <p></p> <p></p>For someone who has eight Test fifties and averages 68 in Tests, Babar s maiden three figure-mark in was just a matter of time. The other century of the innings belonged to Haris Sohail as he and Babar added 186 runs for the fifth wicket to drive Pakistan into a strong position. On his partnership with Sohail, Babar explained his partner s calming influence during the stand. <p></p> <p></p>"Our plan was to build partnerships. We were trying to complement each other," he said. "If I played a poor shot, Haris would come and counsel me and vice versa. Our plan was to dig in deep. <p></p> <p></p>"The ball isn't coming onto the bat; it's really slow. The spinners are getting purchase off the wicket. Hopefully our bowlers will benefit from the conditions as well. We are confident we'll get them out cheaply." <p></p> <p></p>New Zealand were 24 without loss after nine overs when at the end of Day 2.