Misbah ul Haq equalled the record for fastest Test century © Getty Images
Misbah ul Haq equalled the record for fastest Test century © Getty Images

By Sameer Jha

Nov 2, 2014

Australia were reeling at  36 for the loss of two wickets in the second innings of the second Test match against Australia at Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The second session of the fourth day was an eventful one, as it saw both Misbah ul Haq and Azhar Ali scoring hundreds. Misbah’s knock was special because it equaled Sir Vivian Richards’ record of fastest Test hundred. The Pakistani captain reached the landmark in just 56 balls, and hit 10 fours and a six during his knock.

After the two batsman had completed their hundreds, Pakistan declared their innings. Australia had to bat a little more than four sessions in order to save the Test match, and they started on a bad note. Chris Rogers departed early after Asad Shafiq took a simple catch at leg slip. Glenn Maxwell who came at No 3, didn’t last long as he was dismissed LBW by Zulfiqar Babar.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 570 for 6 (Younis Khan 213, Azhar Ali 109; Mitchell Starc 2 for 86) & 293 for 3 (Azhar Ali 100*, Misbah ul-Haq 101*; Mitchell Johnson 2 for 45) lead Australia 261 (Mitchell Marsh 87, Michael Clarke 47; Imran Khan 3 for 60) & 36 for 2 (David Warner 35*; Zulfiqar Babar 2 for 19) by 553 runs.

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