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Three-ton Younus, Azhar put Pakistan on top

Home side ends first day of second Test against Australia at 304 for 2

Three-ton Younus, Azhar put Pakistan on top - Cricket News
Younus Khan became the first batsman in 90 years to hit centuries in three consecutive innings against Australia as Pakistan reached 304 for 2 at stumps.
Younus Khan struck a third consecutive century to help Pakistan take the advantage on the opening day of the second and final Test against Australia on Thursday (October 30). Younus was unbeaten on 111 - his 27th Test century - as Pakistan reached 304 for 2 at stumps. Giving Younus company was Azhar Ali, who was unbeaten on 101. 
 
The duo's unbroken 208-run third-wicket stand held the Australian bowlers at bay after Pakistan elected to bat first on a flat pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. 
 
Having hit centuries in both innings of the Dubai Test that Pakistan won by 221 runs, Younus became the first batsman in 90 years to hit centuries in three consecutive innings against Australia. England's Herbert Sutcliffe was the last man to have achieved the feat. Three other Pakistan batsmen - Zaheer Abbas, against India in 1982; Mudassar Nazar, also against India in 1982; and Mohammad Yousuf, against the West Indies in 2006, have previously scored three consecutive Test hundreds. 
 
Younus, who walked in with Pakistan 96 for 2, has struck ten boundaries and a six so far in his 155-ball innings. Azhar played a more patient innings, and has faced 223 deliveries so far.  

Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad put on 57 for the opening wicket in 18 overs. Shehzad was the first to depart when he was trapped in front, trying to work a Nathan Lyon ball to the leg-side. He made 35.
 


Hafeez, who struck just one boundary in his 45, carried on and added 39 more with Azhar. He eventually fell in the 35th over when a thin edge off a Mitchell Johnson delivery was taken by Brad Haddin behind the stumps.
 
Thereafter, the Australia bowlers found no reward. Michael Clarke used as many as eight bowlers and tried innovative field placements too, but Younus and Azhar held firm.
 
While Pakistan stuck to the same eleven that won the Dubai Test, Australia made two changes, bringing in Mitchell Starc, the left-arm pacer, and Glenn Maxwell, the allrounder, for Alex Doolan, the batsman, and Steve O'Keefe, the left-arm spinner. 

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

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