Younis Khan remained the star of the day with a brilliant knock of 213 © Getty Images
Younis Khan remained the star of the day with a brilliant knock of 213 © Getty Images

By Ayush Gupta

Oct 31, 2014

Younis Khan scored his fifth double ton as Pakistan declared at 570 for six on the second day of the second Test between against Australia at Abu Dhabi. Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq also scored centuries for Pakistan. In response Australia were 21 for one at stumps.

Pakistan started the day on a slow note and did not play any fashionable shots early on. They lost Azhar early in the day who was dismissed for an impressive knock of 109. Younis was lucky in the first session of the day, being dropped by David Warner and an edge dropping short of wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. However, Haddin ended up injuring his right shoulder on the dive and was replaced by Warner as the keeper. Warner had last kept wickets for Australia in the 2008 and 2010 edition of the Hong-Kong super-sixes. Younis was lucky a third time after Warner missed a stumping chance off Nathan Lyon.

The post-lunch session turned out to be a good one from Pakistan’s perspective as it saw a couple of records being created by Younis. He joined Javed Miandad as the Pakistani with the most 150+ knocks in Tests. While on 181, he also became the third Pakistan batsman to score 8,o0o runs in Test cricket after Miandad (8832) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (8829). He also scored his fifth double ton and dismantled the Australian bowling attack. Misbah joined the party too, with a terrific 101 before being dismissed by Steven Smith.

The post-tea session saw the departure of Younis for a well-made 213. Misbah finally declared the innings as Pakistan touched 570. Australia started on a good note with Warner smashing boundaries off the first two balls of the innings. However, Chris Rogers was dismissed for just five by Imran Khan as the umpires called for stumps with the score reading 22 for one.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 570 for 6 (Younis Khan 213, Azhar Ali 109; Mitchell Starc 2 for 86) lead Australia 21 for 1 (David Warner 16*; Imran Khan 1 for 18) by 548 runs.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer)