Misbah-ul-Haq Shatters World Record, Pakistan Smell Series Win

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 | 0

Pakistan inched closer towards a rare series win over Australia, after a magical innings from captain Misbah-ul-Haq and a clinical century from Azhar Ali helped them continue their domination in the ongoing series on Day 4 at the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier, Pakistan decided to give their bowlers some rest by not enforcing follow-on on the tourists, who were bowled out for a just 269. That done, they sought for quick runs and eventually lost both their openers Ahmad Shehzad (14) and Mohammad Hafeez (3) cheaply.

However, Azhar Ali and Younus Khan took the innings forward, before the latter departed for 46. Azhar, then, carried on with Misbah and the duo went on to punish the Australia bowlers.

While Ali held one end with endurance and scored an unbeaten ton, Misbah shattered record for the fastest fifty in the longest format of the game, hitting one is just 21 balls, breaking the previous record held by South African veteran Jacques Kallis (24 balls).

Furthermore, he stunned his critics with a 56-ball century, thereby equaling Sir Vivian Richard’s feat in Test cricket.

Pakistan declared their innings at 293-3, setting up a massive target of 603 runs, which seems like an uphill task for the visitors.

In their second innings, Australia see themselves struggling at 143-4. Steven Smith (38*) and Mitchell Marsh (26*) will open the innings on the final day of the match tomorrow.

(Image: NDTV Sports)

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