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Misbah century makes it Pakistan’s day

Captain’s unbeaten 102 helped home side post 282 for 4 on first day of second Test against England

Misbah century makes it Pakistan’s day - Cricket News
Misbah-ul-Haq scored a 192-ball 102 as Pakistan posted 282 for 4.
Misbah-ul-Haq’s magnificent century, and his partnerships with Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq, helped Pakistan put up 282 for 4 on the opening day of the second Test against England in Dubai on Thursday (October 22). Misbah added 93 for the fourth wicket with Younis Khan, and an unbroken 104 with Shafiq for the fifth wicket at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
 
By the time stumps were drawn, Misbah had completed his century having picked runs off Moeen Ali in the final over the day, and he walked with an unbeaten 192-ball 102, alongside Shafiq, who was on a 93-ball 46. It was a day on which the England bowlers toiled away largely, with all of James Anderson, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes and Moeen claiming a wicket each.
 
Pakisan won the toss and opted to bat, and progressed well enough till Mohammad Hafeez (19) was deceived by turn and plonked Moeen – introduced as early as the seventh over – to Jonathan Bairstow at short leg. Shoaib Malik, the new man, didn’t last long thereafter, also falling to Bairstow stationed at short-leg, with Ben Stokes claiming the wicket.


 
All the while Shan Masood looked sound. He went on to complete his second half-century in Tests, with Younis for company, but was dismissed in the first ball of the second session, caught behind after Anderson induced an edge. It was Anderson’s 418th Test scalp, and it took him up to ninth in the all-time wicket-takers list.
 
England had little cheer thereafter. Younis and Misbah put on 93 for the fourth wicket, rotating strike and keeping the scoreboard ticking. They batted through the session, but Pakistan lost Younis in the third over after the restart, caught behind off Mark Wood while attempting a leg-side glance. Younis’s 115-ball 56 included four fours, and the half-century made him the 14th highest run-scorer in Test history, with 8,953 runs from 103 Tests.
 
In Shafiq, Misbah had a strong ally. He survived a run-out when on 12 and a reviewed leg-before wicket appeal on 31, during his 93-ball knock, hitting six fours. England took the second new ball after 83 overs, with Pakistan on 247 for 4, but failed to break their partnership.
 
With century within grasp, Misbah hit two sixes in the final over of the day from Moeen, and then reverse swept for two to bring up the landmark.

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