Misbah ul Haq took just 56 balls to complete his century © Getty Images
Misbah ul Haq took just 56 balls to complete his century © Getty Images

Nov 2, 2014

Misbah ul-Haq reached the fastest Test century by reaching the landmark in just 56 balls, during the second Test between Australia and Pakistan on Sunday.

Earlier, Younis Khan and Azhar Ali started the day on a cautious note, and accumulated the runs at a steady rate. Their partnership added 131-runs, before Steven Smith got the better of Younis Khan and dismissed him on 46.

Player Balls Team Opposition Venue Year
Misbah-ul-Haq 56 Pakistan Australia Abu Dhabi 2014-15
Viv Richards 56 West Indies England St. John’s 1985-86
Adam Gilchrist 57 Australia England Perth 2006-07
Jack Gregory 67 Australia South Africa Johannesburg 1921-22
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 69 West Indies Australia Georgetown 2002-03
David Warner 69 Australia India Perth 2011-12
Chris Gayle 70 West Indies Australia Perth 2009-10
Roy Fredericks 71 West Indies Australia Perth 1975-76
Majid Khan 74 Pakistan New Zealand Karachi 1976-77
Kapil Dev 74 India Sri Lanka Kanpur 1986-87

After Younis’ dismissal, Misbah ul-Haq came on to bat and was served a simple full toss first delivery, and he dispatched it for a wonderful boundary down the ground. Misbah continued to pile up the runs at a quick rate and hit Smith for 22 runs (three sixes and a boundary) in the space of four deliveries.

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