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Younis, Johnson star on first day

Veteran batsman scores record-equalling 25th Test century to help Pakistan end Day 1 on 219 for 4

Younis, Johnson star on first day  - Cricket News
Azhar Ali and Younis Khan added 108 runs for the third wicket.

Younis Khan hit a century to guide Pakistan to 219 for 4 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday (October 22).

Younis scored 106, his 25th Test century, a Pakistan record earlier held by Inzamam-ul-Haq, to help Pakistan counter Mitchell Johnson (3 for 22) after Misbah-ul-Haq had opted to bat on a flat, grassless Dubai pitch.


Younis displayed maturity after Pakistan had lost Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad early to slip to 7 for 2.


Younis added 108 for the third wicket with Azhar Ali (53) and then another 83 with Misbah to steady the innings. Batting on 99, Younis hit Nathan Lyon for a big six to reach the three-figure mark off 220 balls. His 25th century took just 92 Tests as compared to Inzamam's 120. He also became the first Pakistani, and 12th overall, to score a century against all nine Test opponents.


With Younis past his century and Misbah solid at the other end, it looked like Pakistan was taking control. But Johnson removed Younis with the second new ball, trapping him lbw to leave Pakistan at 198 for 4. Younis hit ten boundaries and a six in his innings.

At close, Misbah was on 34 with Asad Shafiq for company.

Lyon and Steven O’Keefe shared 39 wicketless overs between them, while Johnson stood out with his pace and bounce.

Earlier, Pakistan handed Test debuts to Yasir Shah, the leg-spinner, and Imran Khan, the paceman. Australia handed Test debuts to Mitchell Marsh and O’Keefe.

To see the scorecard and review the Pakistan v Australia match in full, please click here.

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