Misbah-ul-Haq equals fastest Test century record

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq equalled Viv Richards’ record for the fastest century in Test cricket as his side set 
Australia an unlikely 603 to win the second Test.
Misbah-ul-Haq equalled Viv Richards' world recordMisbah-ul-Haq equalled Viv Richards' world record
Misbah-ul-Haq equalled Viv Richards' world record

Misbah and Azhar Ali each recorded their second century of the match – following Australian brothers Ian and Greg Chappell, against New Zealand in 1974, as the only pairs of batsmen from the same team to have achieved the feat – in a second innings of 293 for three declared.

And Misbah’s 11th four, to go with five sixes, saw him reach three figures in 56 balls and emulate Richards’ effort against England in the 1986 Antigua Test.

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Along the way, he also broke Jacques Kallis’ record for the fastest half-century as he got there in 21 balls – three quicker than the South African’s effort in a two-day win over Zimbabwe in Cape Town in 2005.

A single off the ball following his ton got Azhar on strike for the chance to follow him to a hundred – which he immediately did, with a single from his 174th ball, for their joint moment of history. And Misbah immediately declared with a lead of 602, leaving the “hosts” a scheduled 138 overs to bowl 
Australia out in Abu Dhabi.

The visitors, in reply, closed 459 runs behind on 143 for four after three early wickets from Zulfiqar Babar.

The slow left-armer had Chris Rogers gloving to slip for two and Glenn Maxwell given lbw for four after a Pakistan review before bowling Australia skipper Michael Clarke for five. David Warner and Smith rebuilt with a stand of 58, the former reaching a 61-ball half-century when he drove Babar for his sixth four.

But a top-edged slog-sweep off Mohammad Hafeez ended his innings on 58, Yasir Shah with the catch.

Smith was still there at stumps on 38 with Mitch Marsh on 26, the pair having put on 42 as they sought to bounce back from their treatment at the hands of Misbah.

Misbah and Azhar had each made first-innings hundreds in support of Younus Khan, whose 213 was his third century in successive innings in the series.

They came together at 152 for three second time around when Younus was finally dismissed short of three figures, making 46 before falling lbw to Smith. Mitchell Johnson (two for 45) had earlier dismissed openers Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez.

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They put on 141 in 102 balls, although Misbah had an early let-off when, after hitting his first ball from Smith for four, he was dropped by Peter Siddle from his second.

He hit three sixes and a one-bounce four in successive 
deliveries in the leg-spinner’s next over and two fours in a row off Marsh, before again launching Smith across the ropes to reach 49.

A three off Mitchell Starc 
accounted for Kallis’ record and he was not finished yet, hitting successive fours off the left-
armer and two more in one 
Siddle over.

After a relative lull of 11 balls without a boundary, he stepped back to loft Siddle for six and hit three more fours off Starc to match Richards – the last of them admittedly edged to third man. Smith had received the worst of the punishment with the 11 balls he bowled to Misbah yielding 38 runs, while Starc gave up 31 in 21.

Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was off the field with a shoulder injury, with Warner deputising until he handed over to Maxwell for the last ten overs.