Alex Doolan (left) is congratulated by Mitchell Johnson during the dismissal of Azhar Ali © Getty Images
Alex Doolan (left) is congratulated by Mitchell Johnson during the dismissal of Azhar Ali © Getty Images

Oct 23, 2014

Pakistan face Australia on the second day of the opening Test at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Pakistan resume from their overnight score of 219 for the loss of four wickets, with Younis Khan scoring a defiant 106 from 223 balls, while Azhar Ali posted 53 runs from 167 balls. Mitchell Johnson was the pick among the bowlers from the list, taking three wickets for 22 runs from his spell of 20 overs.

The 36-year-old Younis scored 106 for his 25th century to help Pakistan counter the fiery pace of Johnson after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch. At close, skipper Misbah-ul Haq was unbeaten on 34 and with him Asad Shafiq not out nine.

Batting on 99, Younis jumped out of his crease to hit off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a big six to reach the three-figure mark off 220 balls, equalling Pakistan’s record for most hundreds held by Inzamam-ul Haq. Younis reached the mark in his 92nd Test as compared to Inzamam’s 120. He also became the first Pakistani to score a hundred against all nine Test opponents, and overall the 12th batsmen in the world to reach the honour.

Younis said he felt proud at helping the team and achieve a rare honour. “When you play with your heart, things go your way and I am proud to be the first Pakistani to score hundreds against all countries and to equal the great Inzamam’s record. If we manage to score 400 plus we can put Australia under pressure but it’s not going to be easy because they have bowled well especially Johnson,” said Younis.

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