Pakistan vs Australia Nov-2014, 2nd Test, Day 4: 5 interesting highlights of the day’s play
Australia’s misery continued on day four of the Abu Dhabi Test as Pakistan once again outplayed them in all the departments. Resuming at an overnight score of 61-2 Pakistan went on to declare their second innings on 293-3, effectively 602, with a lead of 309 runs.Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored a blazing century to equal world record, alongside Azhar Ali who also notched second consecutive ton. In reply Australia at stumps on day four were 143-4, with their top four batsmen dismissed. Here are the highlights of the day’s play.
Younis Khan dismissed for less than hundred: Pakistan’s lone wicket of the day fell in shape of Younis Khan, who shared a 131-run stand for the third wicket with Azhar Ali. Younis,who in previous three innings had scores of 106, 103* and 213 against his name was finally dismissed for less than a hundred. He fell to Steven Smith for 46.
Misbah-ul-Haq smashes record ton: Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq came out all guns blazing and smashed a breath-taking century. On his way to 101 not out, he brought up his half-century of just 21 balls, fastest in Test cricket. Not only this, Misbah equalled the 28-year old record held by Sir Vivian Richards for the fastest century in Tests. He brought up his century of just 56 balls, hitting 11 4s and five 6s.
Azhar Ali scores ton, as Pakistan declare: Soon after Misbah reached the milestone, right-hand batsman Azhar Ali got to his ton as well, his 7thin Tests andsecond of the match. Pakistan then declared their innings on 293-3 and gave Australia a massive target of 603 runs to chase.
Australia lose top four: In response to a daunting target of 603, Australia lost its top four batsmen quickly with spinner Zulfiqar Babar scalping three wickets. He removed Chris Rogers, Glenn Maxwell and Michael Clarke in quick succession to leave Australia 43-3. Mohammad Hafeez then scalped an all-important wicket of David Warner, who scored 58 and Australia were in deep waters at 101-4.
Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh stay unbeaten: With 101-4, youngsters Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh then stitched an unbeaten partnership of 42 runs and denied Pakistan further wickets. The two showed willingness to spend sometime in the middle and in the process, defied Pakistan bowlers for more than 20 overs. At close of play Smith was unbeaten on 38 and Marsh on 26.