Magical Misbah breaks records and Aussies

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was the main talking point on day four of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, after he equalled the record for the fastest Test century and bagged his second ton of the game.

He led his side to a lead of 602 before declaring on 293 for three, leaving the Aussies with only one option, to bat out the day and a half left. They reached 143 for four at stumps, still 460 runs behind but more importantly having lost their top order.

Misbah scored his ton in the evening off just 56 balls, having already scored the fastest Test 50 of all time. His ton equalled the record made by Sir Viv Richards decades ago, and included five sixes.

Added to this, it was his second ton of the game. Azhar Ali also recorded his second century of the match, and it was only the second time in history that two batsmen in one team made two tons in a game. The other instance saw the Chappell brothers of Australia reach that in the 1970s.

Aside from the records, Pakistan did an overall good job of demoralising the Aussies. The day began with Pakistan on 61 for two, with Azhar on 21 and Younis Khan on 16. There were rumblings of Younis recording his fourth ton in a row.

But he was out for 46, the only wicket of the morning. He was out to part-timer Steve Smith, trapped lbw. The rest of the innings saw Misbah, who bagged his fifty off 21 balls (previous best was 24 by Jacques Kallis) and Ali go to town.

The Aussies' fielding left much to be desired, as Peter Siddle dropped two catches alone, but it was more the batting brilliance that saw the 600-plus lead recorded, with Ali's ton off 174 balls promoting the declaration.

Australia thus came in to bat with an hour and a half to go, and got off to a terrible start. Chris Rogers' poor series continued as he was removed for two by Zulfiqur Babar, who also bagged Glenn Maxwell for four.

Michael Clarke was not long for the middle either, bowled by Babar for five. David Warner did resist well, and made 58, but will be annoyed with himself for playing across the line and getting a top edge off Mohammad Hafeez and caught.

Smith and Mitchell Marsh saw out the session, surviving reviewed appeals. Smith was on 38 at the close, while Marsh, who made a half ton earlier in the game, was on 26 off 57 balls.

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