Pakistan achieved their first series win over Australia in 20 years with a thumping 356-run win in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday, taking the two-match series 2-0.
The elusive win lifts Pakistan to number three in International Cricket Council’s Test rankings behind number one South Africa and Australia.
Spinners Zulfiqar Babar (5-120) and Yasir Shah (3-44) rocked Australia once again for 246 in the second innings soon after lunch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Pakistan won the first Test by 221 runs in Dubai.
Pakistan had taken a big step forward after scoring a mammoth 570-6 declared in their first innings and getting a 309-run lead by dismissing Australia for 261.
That never allowed Australia to stage a comeback and avoid series defeat for the first time since losing 1-0 in Pakistan in 1994.
The defeat was Australia’s third worst in all Test cricket behind their 675 run loss against England in Brisbane in 1928 and by 408 against the West Indies at Adelaide in 1980.
In contrast Pakistan registered their biggest win in terms of runs, beating their 341-run victory over India at Karachi in 2006.
“It’s really an honour for me to lead this side, the way everybody played,” said Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq.
“Every individual performed and I’m really happy about that. I can’t describe my feelings.
“We were working really hard and playing good cricket but not winning, so it’s really good.”
Australian skipper Michael Clarke heaped praise on Pakistan, saying they had ‘played outstanding cricket in both Tests’.
“And we have been outplayed, unfortunately,” he said. “It’s been the track record of Australian cricket [in Asia] for a long time, unfortunately.”
It was Australia’s sixth Test defeat in a row in Asia after they lost 4-0 in India early last year.
Pakistan had to fight hard in the morning session as Steven Smith defied Pakistan during his resolute knock of 97, but once Smith departed, leg-before by Yasir, Australia lost their last four wickets for the addition of just eight runs.
Smith added an invaluable 107 for the fifth wicket with Mitchell Marsh, who fell after scoring 47.
Smith missed a sharp turner from Yasir who also bowled Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc to finish with 12 wickets in the series.
Babar had Nathan Lyon caught for his second five-wicket haul, following up his first in the first Test in Dubai.
Babar finished with 14 wickets in the series as Pakistan did not miss ace spinner Saeed Ajmal’s absence who is suspended due to illegal bowling action.
Before lunch Smith batted resolutely, using his feet against the spinners during his 204-ball knock and hitting a dozen boundaries.
Smith reached his eighth Test fifty with two boundaries off spinner Babar, who failed to add to his three wickets on Sunday.
Marsh, who top-scored with 87 in Australia’s first innings, played Pakistan’s pace-cum spin attack confidently and he and Smith added 55 runs in the first hour.
But Mohammad Hafeez provided the breakthrough when he had Marsh caught by Asad Shafiq off an uppish flick. His 130-ball innings included six boundaries. Hafeez finished with 2-38.
The win is also special for skipper Misbah who equalled the most wins record by a Pakistani captain with 14. Imran Khan and Javed Miandad also won 14 Tests as captains.
Misbah, declared man-of-the-match, equalled the feat of fastest century in all Test cricket during his 101 not out on Sunday, capping a memorable Test match.
Younis Khan was named man of the series for his 468 runs in two Tests.
Pakistan defeat Australia by 356 runs and claim the series 2-0.
Prime Minister Pakistan and Patron PCB Nawaz Sharif congratulates Pakistan team on their victory against Australia.
Misbahul Haq said: “It’s really an honour for me to lead this side, the way everybody played was amazing. Every individual performed and I’m really happy about that. I can’t describe my feeling at the moment. We were working really hard and playing good cricket but not winning, we just ensured that we would keep on doing the basics. It hurt us the way we lost the [ODI] series and we were determined to come back and it’s been remarkable for our side. It’s really good to have new youngsters coming in and performing. Yasir Shah has been one good find. Playing a side like Australia, for the first time, he’s got really good temperament, and in the coming future he can really deliver for us. The way Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad and Asad Shafiq have batted, and Sarfraz is really a find. These guys are going to play for the next 7-8 years and we have a side for the future. Everybody is in form [ahead of the New Zealand series], everyone is full of confidence, and after that the World Cup.”
Misbahul Haq is the man of the match.
Younus Khan bags the man of the series award.
Michael Clarke said: “Pakistan played outstanding cricket in both Tests and we have been outplayed. Unfortunately, all three departments failed for us. It’s been the track record of Australian cricket [in Asia] for a long time, unfortunately.”
1410: Aus 246 all out, lost by 356 runs
Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar were on a rampage against the Australians after lunch. Zulfiqar bagged a five-for in the second innings. Pakistan beat Australia by 356 runs in the second Test to complete a 2-0 whitewash. Pakistan have won a series against Australia after 20 years and with this they climb to number three in the ICC’s Test rankings.
1350: Aus 238-8, need 365 runs
Zulfiqar Babar cleans up Brad Haddin with a beautiful delivery of the last ball of his over. In comes Yasir Shah and Mitchell Johnson inside edges the ball which rolls onto the stumps and removes one bail. Australia lose two wickets on two consecutive balls, both bowled. This is ending much quicker than expected.
Play resumes after Lunch on day five
1340: Aus 238-6, need 365 runs
Yasir Shah strikes with the new ball after lunch. Steven Smith departs on a well-played 97. The kid has some serious talent in this series against Pakistan spinners. Only four more wickets for Pakistan. Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson are on the crease for Pakistan.
Lunch on day five
1300: Aus 238-5, need 365 runs
Steven Smith (97) is nearing his fifth Test century while the injured Brad Haddin is trying to support his partner with some good defense against Pakistan spin bowling. As the players take lunch, the script of the match as assumed by Pakistan will be to get the remaining wickets and finish the match while Australia have another 60+ overs to bat to save the match. Will good guy Steven Smith be able to save Australia from a whitewash or Pakistan will prove to be too good for the cricketing giants? We’ll see all of that in the next session.
1230: Aus 208-5, need 395 to win
After an hour-and-a-half resistance, Mitchell Marsh loses concentration and tickles and outgoing delivery bowled by Muhammad Hafeez which is caught by Asad Shafiq at leg slip. Pakistan get their first breakthrough of the day and Brad Haddin, the injured wicketkeeper, is out in the middle. Five more to go for Pakistan and Australia still have to bat two sessions to avoid a whitewash.
Play starts on day five
1100: Aus 143-4, need 460 runs to win
Mitchell Marsh and Steven Smith will have to play an anchoring role in Australia’s innings to avoid a whitewash at the hands of Pakistan.
Stumps on day four
1815: Aus 143-4, need 460 runs to win
Pakistan have dominated Australia in this Test series on every single day. Today Misbah record-equalling fast-paced century couple with another strong bowling performance choked the Australian hopes of winning this Test and levelling the series. Pakistan will need to strike six time tomorrow to whitewash Australia while the Kangaroos have to bat full 90 overs to save themselves from humiliation.
1800: Aus 130-4, need 473 runs to win
Mitchell Marsh and Steven Smith have survived an hour against Pakistan bowling attack. Only five over remain in the day. Can Pakistan send another batsman back to the pavilion before stumps on day four?
1700: Aus 101-4, need 502 runs to win
David Warner goes for slog sweep but the ball takes an outside edge and lobs into the air for an easy catch by Yasir Shah. Muhammad Hafeez accounts. Australia seem to have given up and Pakistan look en route to ending the match on day four. Six more wickets and 20 overs to go in the day.
Play resumes after tea on day four
1600: Aus 31-2, need 572 runs to win
Michael Clarke goes for five in the very first over after tea. Zulfiqar Babar is on a rampage against Australians. Clarke’s middle stump targeted by Zulfi. Steven Smith on the crease now. David Warne is batting on 32.
Tea break on day four
1540: Aus 31-2, need 572 runs to win
Glenn Maxwell (4) is caught LBW by Zulfiqar Babar. Umpires says its not out. Pakistan review the decision. He is out. No bat involved. Michael Clarke walks in for Australia.
1520: Aus 19-1, need 584 to win
Chris Rogers is caught at leg slip off Zulfiqar Babar for two runs. Pakistan strike early and Glenn Maxwell is in for Australia.
Australia start their second innings
1450: Aus 0-0, need 603 to win
David Warner and Chris Rogers are on the crease for Australia chasing a mammoth target of 603 runs.
End of Pakistan’s second innings
1435: Pak 293-3 declare, lead by 602 runs
Misbahul Haq matches the record of Sir Viv Richard’s fastest Test century with a 56-ball ton while Azhar Ali also scores his second century in the second innings. The pair becomes the second after Ian and Greg Chappel to score twin hundreds for the same team in a Test match. Australia will be coming in to bat shortly and they will be completely focused to draw this match while Pakistan will have only one thing in mind, 10 wickets. And the countdown begins for Pakistan in 10 minutes.
1420: Pak 275-3, lead by 584 runs
This series has had a lot of record breaking and record making moments. Two more records stand right at the corner for grabs. Misbahul Haq is batting on 85 off 48 balls and needs just 15 runs from seven deliveries to score the fastest century. Meanwhile, if Azhar Ali (98) and Misbah both score centuries they will become the second pair from the same team to score twin hundreds after Ian and Greg Chappell.
1400: Pak 246-3, lead by 555 runs
Misbahul Haq is batting on 74 from 38 balls. He still has 17 balls to score the fastest Test century breaking Sir Viv Richards record which is off 56 balls. Will he go for it? Azhar ali is also batting on 81 and looking for a consecutive century.
Play resumes after lunch on day four
1340: Pak 207-3, lead by 516 runs
Misbahul Haq and Azhar Ali are back on the crease. They have a solid lead available but they are still batting which means they don’t want to risk their series lead. Meanwhile, Misbah has 34 balls to complete fastest Test century as well. Will he go for it?
Lunch on day four
1300: Pak 207-3, lead by 516 runs
Who says Misbah can’t play big shots? He has smashed the bowlers for a half-century in just 21 deliveries. Four boundaries and four sixes. The fastest fifty ever in Test history.
1245: Pak 151-2, lead by 460 runs
Younus Khan is caught LBW by Steven Smith and in comes Misbahul Haq. He is in his hulk form, smashing everything that is coming his way.
Play starts on day four
1100: Pak 61-2, lead by 370 runs
Younus Khan and Azhar Ali start the day with a mission to take the lead past 450 and invite Australia to bat. Australia will be following the damage control strategy.
Stumps on day three
1815: Pak 61-2, lead by 370 runs
Younus Khan (16) and Azhar Ali (21) once again prove to be the difference between Pakistan and Australia. They have been able to hold the wicket for Pakistan whenever their opener faulted. Pakistan go into day four with a heavy lead on the board and they will be planning to bat till lunch tomorrow and then try to grab all Australian wickets to win the series 2-0. Lets see if Australia have something special to offer or will it be Pakistan’s every increasing domination in Test match.
1730: Pak 46-2, lead by 355 runs
Younus Khan moves on to eight while Azhar Ali is batting on 15.
1715: Pak 36-2, lead by 345 runs
Younus Khan (4) and Azhar Ali (13) are batting responsibly as usual. Do you think Younus will be able to score a quick fire century again to make it four in a row for Pakistan against Australia? How many records will that break?
1755: Pak 25-2, lead by 334 runs
Muhammad Hafeez (3) pulls one and ends up being caught and mid-off by Mitchell Starc off Mitchell Johnson. Two new batsman on the pitch, the magnificent Younus Khan and the steady Azhar Ali.
1648: Pak 14-1, lead by 323 runs
Ahmed Shehzad (14) bowled by Mitchell Johnson after he hits the left-arm pacer for two boundaries and a six. Johnson makes a comeback on the last ball.
Pakistan start their second innings
1645: Pak 0-0, lead by 309 runs
Muhammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad have come out to open for Pakistan while Mitchell Johnson will bowl the first over. The wicket are being kept by David Warner.
Pakistan haven’t enforced a follow on. They are going to bat and try to stretch their lead in the second innings.
End of first Australian innings
1630: Aus 261 all out, trail by 309 runs
Mitchell Marsh departs on 87 as he plays one into the hands of Rahat Ali at mid-on. Mitchell Starc walks in for Australia. Hafeez starts the next over and bags Peter Siddle on long-on. Thats the end of Australian innings. Will Pakistan force a follow-on or will they come in to bat?
Play resumes after tea on day three
1600: Aus 239-8, trail by 331 runs
Mitchell Marsh has shown some quality against Pakistan bowlers and the way he has handled spin. Pakistan will be looking to target Peter Siddle and the next man to come in Mitchell Starc. Australia require another 132 runs to avoid follow. Can Mitch lead them there or Pakistan will strike another blow? Lets see!
Tea break on day three
1540: Aus 239-8, trail by 331 runs
Mitchell Marsh (75) is playing confidently even after losing partners on the other end. Peter Siddle is also complementing him as he has scored two boundaries for his 23.
1505: Aus 199-8, trail by 371 runs
Mitchell Johnson (naught) did not play a longer innings this time. He lobs Yasir Shah into the air for an easy catch.
1500: Aus 193-7, trail by 377 runs
Brad Haddin tries to block Yasir Shah on the front foot but the ball straightens a little and takes the inside edge to dislodge the middle stump. Australia’s tail is exposed now. Mitchell Johnson comes on to bat. Pakistan have 40 minutes to end Australia’s innings before tea on day three.
1445: Aus 190-6, trail by 380 runs
Mitchell Marsh scores his maiden half-century and takes the reins of the Australian team in his own hands. Australia need 181 more runs to avoid follow on. Brad Haddin (9) is there to support Mitch. Are Pakistan going to strike again or is this the time when Australia finally take a stand?
1425: Aus 164-6, trail by 406 runs
Imran Khan pitches it on the off-stump, Michael Clarke (47) comes forward and the ball swings in to dislodge his middle stump.
1400: Aus 144-5, trail by 426 runs
Michael Clarke and Mitchell Marsh have come out with a lot of confidence and they are playing their shots freely. They have hit three boundaries in three overs and are not looking under any sort of pressure. If Pakistan can get a breakthrough here, that might prove to be the kill switch for Australian innings.
Play resumes after lunch on day three
1340: Aus 120-5, trail by 450 runs
Captain Michael Clarke will not get a better chance to find his form with the bat while Mitch Marsh will be looking to justify his selection. Meanwhile, Pakistan are in search of wickets and they don’t mind where they come from. Rahat Ali and Zulfiqar Babar will be bowling the initial overs of the second session as they have been in prime form in the first session.
Lunch break on day three
1300: Aus 120-5, trail by 450 runs
Australian captain Michael Clarke (340 and Mitchell Marsh (8) are on the crease to score past the follow-on target. Pakistan have done the damage by taking four wickets in the first session of day three giving away 98 runs in the process. Australia will be planning to make a fightback and stay put on the crease for as long as possible while Pakistan is searching for five more wickets to end Australia’s innings. The match is alive. Game on after an hour-long lunch break.
1255: Aus 112-5 (32 overs), trail by 458 runs
Nathan Lyon bowled by Rahat Ali on 15 while Zulfiqar Babar catches Steven Smith LBW for naught. Half of the Australian line-up is back in the dressing room. Pakistan are dominating the Australians with pace and spin. Australia will be looking to go into lunch and get a plan ready to save the match.
1212: Aus 75-3, trail by 495 runs
Glenn Maxwell (35) is bowled by Zulfiqar Babar. Pakistan striking early in the day. All the bowlers are delivering for Pakistan from the word go. What can Yasir Shah do here?
1125: Aus 34-1, trail by 536 runs
David Warner departs for 19. Yasir Shah takes a catch at point off Rahat Ali. Australia lose their in-form man. Glenn Maxwell is the next man in for Australia and he has shaved his beard too. Lets see if that brings any luck.
Play starts of day three
1100: Aus 22-1, trail by 548 runs
David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon start the proceeding for Australia on day three. Zulfiqar Babar will continue his over from where he left.
Pakistan on top: Record tumble, so do Australian spirits
Runs continued to flow and records continued to tumble from Younus Khan’s bat as he scored a first-innings double century to become only the third Pakistani batsmen to score 8,000 Test runs, helping Pakistan improve their grip on the series against Australia on day two of the second Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
“I am very happy to have scored 8,000 runs in Test cricket and that my performance has put my country on top in this series,” Younis said after his brilliant batting display. “The outburst before the series had put added pressure on me. But I gathered myself, came back here early and practised hard, saw Australian bowlers bowl closely in the nets, and it has paid off. Before this series I had no century against Australia, and now I have three against them, including a double ton.”
Pakistan resumed proceedings on 304-2 but Azhar Ali was dismissed after 10 overs in the day, caught behind down the leg off Mitchell Starc. Ali scored 109 off 250 balls and was involved in a 236-run stand with Younus.
Skipper Misbahul Haq then joined Younus with Pakistan on 322-3 and took on the role of aggressor. Younus got a lifeline on 125 when makeshift wicketkeeper David Warner, filling in for the injured Brad Haddin, missed a stumping chance.
Misbah and Younus continued to score freely in a 181-run stand and the latter soon brought up his double century, with his captain reaching hundred in the same over.
The Pakistan captain was soon dismissed on 101 though, caught and bowled off Steve Smith. Younus followed him back in the hut after playing on a slower delivery from Peter Siddle onto his stumps. He was given a standing ovation from nearly 15,000 fans for his mammoth 213-run innings.
“I really enjoyed playing today in front of a capacity crowd, which looked like an ODI crowd,” said Younus. “I was tired but when I saw people walking into the ground on the big screen, I pushed myself to score 200 for them.”
Younus’ double century was his the fifth of his career and he now sits second in the list of Pakistan’s double-century makers behind Javed Miandad with six, but he was quick to take the limelight off himself and praise the other two centurions in the innings. “Misbah played really well today,” he said. “In the first Test, Azhar took the pressure off me, while in this match I took the pressure off him.”
Asad Shafiq was then dismissed for 21 as Misbah declared the innings on 570-6.
Australia lose Rodgers
The decision to declare was soon justified as Imran Khan dismissed Chris Rodgers for five, with the Australians ending the day’s play at 22-1.
Records broken in the Test so far
• Younus becomes the first ever Pakistani to score three
consecutive hundreds against Australia, the first by any player in 90 years.
• Younus becomes the oldest Test double centurion for Pakistan at 36 years and 336 days. Interestingly, Javed Miandad also became the youngest Test double centurion on the same day in 1976 when he scored 206 against New Zealand aged 19 year and 140 days.
• Younus equals Javed Miandad’s record of 10 scores of 150 or more for Pakistan.
• Younus’ 422 in the series makes him the highest run-scorer already in a two-match series for Pakistan and also the highest in a two-match series against Australia.
• Younus becomes the highest Test century-maker in 2014.
• Younus becomes the first Pakistani to average 50 or more in all four innings of a Test across his career. Only Don Bradman and Herbert Sutcliffe can boast the same record.
• Younus becomes the quickest Pakistani, in terms of matches played, to make 8,000 Test runs. He is only the third Pakistani to reach the milestone and the fourth-quickest overall.
• Younus now has the highest Test average of any Pakistani player with more than 20 innings, surpassing Miandad’s 52.57.
• Misbah becomes the oldest Test centurion for Pakistan at 40 years and 156 days.
• Misbah becomes the highest scorer as Test captain with 2,447 runs in 31 Tests, surpassing Imran Khan, who had 2,408 runs in 48 Tests.
• Misbah and Younus score their 11th century partnership, the highest by any Pakistani pair.
• Azhar Ali and Younus’ 236-run stand was Pakistan’s best third-wicket partnership against Australia.
• Pakistan’s 570-6 is their highest score at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Stumps on day two
1825: Aus 22-1, trail by 548 runs
Zulfiqar Babar was only able to bowl two balls as umpires called it stumps on day two due to bad light. David Warner (16) and Nathan Lyon (1) will start the proceedings on day three while Pakistan have achieved what they wanted a wicket before the end of day two.
1817: Aus 22-1, trail by 548 runs
Imran Khan accounts for Chris Rogers. Caught behind the wickets by Sarfaraz Ahemd on five runs. Nathan Lyon has been sent as nightwatchman by Australia. Before that, David Warner and Chris Rogers are showing no signs of under-confidence. Warner started the day with three boundaries in the first over of the day by Imran Khan. Since then, the boundaries have dried.
Australia start their first innings
1800: Aus 0-0, trail by 570 runs
David Warner and Chris Rogers have padded up to take on Pakistan bowling. Imran Khan will start the proceeding for Pakistan with the ball. We have to see when Misbah will start employing his spinners. Game on!
End of Pakistan’s first innings
1745: Pak 570-6 declared (164 overs)
Pakistan declare their innings with 12 overs left in the day. Australian openers David Warner and Chris Rogers will face a difficult test as they have to adjust their mind to batting in comparatively low light. Will Pakistan be able to get a breakthrough towards the end of day two. Lets see!
1730: Pak 561-6 (161 overs)
Asad Shafiq pulls one onto his stumps as Mitchell Starc celebrates. He went for 21 off 32 balls. Yasir Shah has joined wicketkeeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed on the pitch now as Pakistan near a 600-run first innings total.
1700: Pak 537-4 (155 overs)
Younus Khan scores a boundary while Asad Shafiq has produced a boundary and a maximum in the first two overs after tea. They are showing some serious intent after tea.
Play resumes after tea on day two
1450: Pak 517-4 (153 overs)
Younus Khan and Asad Shafiq start the proceedings of the last session on day two against Australia.
Tea break on day two
1430: Pak 517-4 (153 overs)
Younus Khan is still present on the crease and now he is joined by Asad Shafiq. Pakistan are surely planning to score big here and get Australia out twice by making them follow on. The last session of day two starts after a 20-min break.
1425: Pak 513-3 (151 overs)
Younus Khan raises his bat to the crowd as he takes a single to complete his double ton. A class act from a classy batsman. Misbah ul Haq also completes his century but gets out caught and bowled by Steven Smith.
1400: Pak 473-3 (143.3 overs)
Younus Khan takes a quick single and reaches the 8000-run landmark. He becomes the third Pakistani batsman to do so after Javed Miandad and Inzamamul Haq.
1545: Pak 461-3 (140 overs)
Younus Khan (174) needs just eight runs to become the third Pakistani player to score 8,000 Test runs while Misbahul Haq (78) is also looking forward to century.
1530: Pak 448-3 (137 overs)
Younus Khan (170) and Misbahul Haq (69) are making Australia work hard for a wicket. I think we need to introduce a new rule of the bowling team declaring the innings. What do you say?
1445: Pak 422-3 (129 overs)
Younus Khan reaches another landmark. Moves past 150. Equals Javed Miandad’s record for ten 150+ scores for Pakistan. Meanwhile, Misbahul Haq becomes the highest run scoring captain for Pakistan as he supersedes Imran Khan.
Play resumes after lunch on day two
1430: Pak 402-3 (121 overs)
Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq would be looking to accelerate the scoring from this point on. Or are they planning to pile up 600+ runs and then bowl Australia out twice? Everything will be clear after this session ends.
Lunch is taken on day two
1330: Pak 402-3 (121 overs)
Misbahul Haq(54) completes his 27th Test century while Younus Khan is on 139. Pakistan have moved past the 400-run mark as well. They will be planning a declaration after 60 plus runs or are they going to wait for Younus’ double ton?
1300: Pak 380-3 (113 overs)
Younus Khan (135) and Misbahul Haq (38) are slowly approaching lunch on day two. What is the ideal score they are looking for before declaring?
1232: Pak 356-3 (107 overs)
Younus Khan (132) is slowly moving towards his double-ton while Misbahul Haq is batting on 17 off 34 balls.
1200: Pak 342-3 (100 overs)
A lot has happened during the course of these three overs. Azhar Ali got out on 109 off Mitchell Starc caught by keeper David Warner in the 99th over. After the dismissal, Misbahul Haq walks in and smashes Nathan Lyon for a six in the 100th over.
1145: Pak 326-2 (97 overs)
Younus Khan (125) and Azhar Ali (108) are moving forward slowly, and they have seen off much of the new ball on day two.
Play starts on day two
1100: Pak 304-2 (88 overs)
Azhar Ali and Younus Khan have been in the finest form of their life and they will be looking forward to carrying this form on day two as well. Australia, meanwhile, need to find wickets and that too quickly.
Stumps on day one
1827: Pak 304-2 (88 overs)
Azhar ali (101*) brings up his century with three runs on the fifth ball of the last over of the day. Meanwhile, Younus Khan (111*) is standing on a Nelson. Pakistan are well in control of this Test match with such an amazing performance on day one. However, Australia will be looking to bounce back on day two to restrict Pakistan. Who says only T20 is interesting?
1820: Pak 289-2 (86 overs)
Younus Khan is batting on 110 while Azhar Ali (91) is also approaching his century with patience. Pakistan have been dominant on the first day of the second Test against Australia and will be looking to amass a big first innings total before Australia come in to bat. This is building up into another great Test match.
1743: Pak 268-2 (79.1 overs)
Younus Khan is in a blistering form. He scores his third consecutive century against Australia.
1730: Pak 251-2 (74 overs)
Younus Khan (89) is cruising to his third consecutive century against Australia in this Test series while Azhar Ali has picked up a little pace and has reached 74. Pakistan are looking invincible at the moment with their batting and with 16 overs left in the day, they undeniably will be able to reach the 300-run mark.
1650: 208-2 (65 overs)
Pakistan are on-track as 25 overs remain in the day. Younus Khan and Azhar Ali have brought up their fifties and taken Pakistan past 200. They look rock-solid against Australian bowling attack and will be hoping to reach the 300-mark before the day ends.
1625: 178-2 (58 overs)
Younus Khan (59) and Azhar Ali (37) are adding runs to Pakistan’s first innings total. If these two can bat till stumps on day one, Pakistan will be in a dictating position in this Test. Although it is too early to say anything but, surely, Pakistan can then go on and amass a good first innings total on day two.
1602: Pak 159-2 (52.1 overs)
Younus Khan tucks one away to deep backward square leg for a single and completes his half-century. He raises his bat and shakes hand with Azhar Ali. He has been the man-in-form for Pakistan in these Tests against Australia.
Play resumes after tea on day one
1600: Pak 158-2 (52 overs)
Younus Khan needs just one run to complete his half-ton while Azhar Ali is holding his fort on the other side.
Tea on day one
1545: Pak 157-2 (52 overs)
Younus Khan has reached 49 and is nearing another half-century while Azhar Ali is still on 26 from 89 and is playing it slow and steady. Play will resume after a 20-min tea break.
1500: Pak 128-2 (44 overs)
Younus Khan (23) and Azhar Ali (22) are looking solid against Australia. Younus has hit three boundaries since he came onto the pitch which is a positive sign for Pakistan.
1435: Pak 104-2 (36 overs)
100 comes up for Pakistan at the end of the 35th over.
1420: Pak 96-2 (34.2 overs)
Muhammad Hafeez edges and out-going delivery off Mitchell Johnson for a simple catch by keeper Brad Haddin. A soft dismissal. Veteran Younus Khan walks in.
1400: Pak 91-1 (29 overs)
Muhammad Hafeez (42) is nearing his 10th half-century in Tests for Pakistan while Azhar Ali (13) has also added two more runs to his score.
Play resumes after lunch on day one
1340: Pak 82-1 (25 overs)
Azhar Ali and Muhammad Hafeez will look to add runs to the first innings total of Pakistan while Australia will be looking to grab as many wickets as possible for as few runs as possible. Play resumes!
Lunch on day one
1300: Pak 82-1 (25 overs)
Azhar Ali (11) hits Peter Siddle for a four in the 25th over. Except that, both partners Azhar and Muhammad Hafeez (36) have been quite silent. The match goes into Lunch on day one. Pakistan will resume their batting after an hour break.
1245: Pak 67-1 (21 overs)
Australia are attacking the new batsman Azhar ali (3) with an aggressive field setup with six fielders close to bat. He has survived the pressure until now. What will Muhammad Hafeez (29) be telling him to do?
1230: Pak 57-1 (18 overs)
Ahmed Shehzad is caught LBW by Nathan Lyon on 35. First wicket falls for Pakistan. Azhar Ali walks in to replace Shehzad.
1220: Pak 46-0 (16 overs)
Ahmed Shehzad moves up to 32 with two boundaries off Mitchell Starc in the 15th over, while Muhammad Hafeez (14) has only scored three runs in the last four overs.
1200: Pak 28-0 (12 overs)
Shehzad (17) and Hafeez (11) are both playing a steady innings with the former hitting the only boundary of the match. They are trying to see off the new ball and the seam movement with it. The inclusion of left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc will pay-off to the Australians as he can exploit the slight bounce present in the Abu Dhabi pitch.
Play starts on day one
1100: Pak 0-0
Ahmed Shehzad and Muhammad Hafeez will be opening for Pakistan while the bowling department will be handled by Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc to start the day.
2nd Test: Pakistan win toss and bat against Australia
Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq won the toss and chose to bat in the second and final Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Pakistan, 1-0 ahead after their big 221-run win in the first Test in Dubai, remained unchanged.
Australia, seeking to avoid their first series defeat against Pakistan in 20 years, made two changes with paceman Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell in for Steve O’Keefe and Alex Doolan.
Pakistan: Misbahul Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah.
Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon.
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Nigel Llong (ENG)
Tv umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)