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Pakistan tightens screws after Misbah blitz

Skipper equals record for fastest Test ton; Australia stumble to 143/4 in quest of record 603 for victory

Pakistan tightens screws after Misbah blitz - Cricket News
Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali of Pakistan celebrate as both reach their centuries.
Pakistan was on the brink of a win in the second Test and its first Test series win over Australia in 20 years after captain Misbah-ul-Haq rewrote the record books with a brilliant batting display at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (November 2).

Misbah belted a 56-ball century, equalling West Indian legend Viv Richards's record against England, that was set in Antigua in 1986. That, after he broke the record for the fastest fifty in Test cricket - which he took just 21 balls to reach. Pakistan declared its second innings at 293 for 3, setting Australia a daunting 603 to win.

Australia endured another batting collapse, losing four wickets to end the fourth day at 143 for 4. Steve Smith (38) and Mitchell Marsh (26) were at the crease with Australia needing another 460 runs for victory. Alternately, it is faced with the prospect of batting out three sessions on the fifth day to avoid a 2-0 whitewash.

Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who returned figures of 3 for 65, inflicted regular blows on Australia, dismissing Chris Rogers, Glenn Maxwell and skipper Michael Clarke in the span of 19 balls. Opener David Warner, however, reached his 13th half-century before being dismissed by Mohammad Hafeez for 58.

Misbah accelerated his innings after Younus Khan fell for 46 and scored his second century of the match, along with Azhar Ali, who made an unbeaten 100. Both batsmen had hit centuries in the first innings too - a feat which was achieved only once before in Test cricket history, when two batsmen scored a century in each innings in the same match, by Australia's Chappell brothers Ian and Greg.

Pakistan had resumed at 61 for 2 on the fourth morning, losing only the lone wicket of Younus before lunch. After having scored centuries in the each of the innings in the first Test, Younus ended the Test series with a Pakistan record of 468 runs in two matches. 

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