Misbah equals fastest Test century record

Published: November 2, 2014
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Misbah Ul Haq plays a shot during the fourth day of the second test cricket match between Pakistan and Australia at the Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 2, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Misbah Ul Haq plays a shot during the fourth day of the second test cricket match between Pakistan and Australia at the Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 2, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

ABU DHABI: Misbahul Haq equalled the 28-year-old record for the fastest Test century when he hit one off 56 balls on the fourth day of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The record for the fastest Test hundred in terms of balls faced was set by West Indian legend Viv Richards, against England at Antigua in 1986, who also took 56 balls.

Misbah earlier smashed the fastest Test half-century record before lunch, reaching the figure off just 21 balls.

That beat the previous record held by South Africa’s Jacques Kallis scored against Zimbabwe at Cape Town in 2004, but since Misbah went on to post a hundred, the fastest fifty record was retained by Kallis.

Misbah hit two bounadaries off paceman Mitchell Starc to reach his hundred, and punched the air in delight.

This is also the second fastest hundred in terms of time, behind Australia’s Jack Gregory who reached a hundred after 70 minutes batting against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1921.

Misbah took 74 minutes to reach the mark.

Misbah cut loose after Younis Khan fell for 46, hitting three sixes and a four off one Steven Smith over and then hit the spinner for his fourth six an over later. In all he hit four boundaries and as many sixes.

Misbah pushed Starc for three to complete the fastest Test fifty ever which took only 24 minutes.

The previous fastest fifty in terms of time was held by Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful who took 27 minutes for his fifty against India at Dhaka in 2007.

That helped Pakistan to declare their second innings at 293-3, setting a mammoth 603-run target for Australia to win the match.

Pakistan, who have not won a Test series against Australia since beating them 1-0 at home in 1994, won the first Test by 221 runs in Dubai.

The previous fastest Test half-century by a Pakistani batsman was by Shahid Afridi who took 26 balls to reach the mark, against India at Bangalore in 2005.

Majid Khan previously held the record for the fastest hundred by a Pakistani, scoring it off 74 balls against New Zealand in Karachi in 1976.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated on Sunday Misbahul Haq for equaling the fastest century Test record.

Fellow cricketer Shahid Afridi also congratulated Misbah in a tweet.

For live updates on the Test match, read here.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Kiran
    Nov 2, 2014 - 4:04PM

    Tuk Tuk has changed to Benz Engine

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  • jamil
    Nov 2, 2014 - 4:11PM

    misbah played very well so i appreciate the all team member of pakistan team

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  • Pacifica
    Nov 2, 2014 - 4:46PM

    Well done, Misbah. At least now people can stop calling him Tuk Tuk.

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  • Ih
    Nov 2, 2014 - 5:03PM

    What a dilemma now ? He has clouded 20/20 selection with the fatest century in test matches. Younus and Azhar Ali both confounding players slow deliberate but excellent do you keep them for World Cup ?

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  • Dajjal
    Nov 2, 2014 - 5:14PM

    So he plays a test match like a one day match and a one day match like a test match… finally the problem has been identified…. well played though.

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  • king
    Nov 2, 2014 - 5:23PM

    agar dharna na hot to misbah ye fifty 7 balls me kar sakta tha..pervez rashid ka hangami press conference

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  • pakistani
    Nov 2, 2014 - 6:28PM

    @king:
    Ro Imran Ro.

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  • Usman
    Nov 2, 2014 - 6:58PM

    Misbah zoom zoom!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 2, 2014 - 7:01PM

    For world cup, this team is perfect. It has shown great combination, confidence, attitude and leadership. Dropping a single player from this team would be suicidal. There is no place for Afridi and other un-predictable players in this team.

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  • Hasan
    Nov 2, 2014 - 7:58PM

    @pakistani:
    Roar Imran Roar

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  • ahmed
    Nov 2, 2014 - 8:36PM

    We are proud of all these individuals achievements however let us not forget as Younis Khan mentioned the contribution of the coaches Grant Flower, the team’s batting coach, and trainer Grant Ludan. It seems obvious and what Jeffrey Bycott has said long time ago that with professional training Pakistani batting could be world beaters. This is the same team that failed in Odis. I hope Pakistan doesn’t forget the invaluable coaches as we have tendency to do.

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  • a&a
    Nov 4, 2014 - 7:44AM

    Can’t believe, Mr. Tuk Tuk did this….

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Nov 4, 2014 - 1:01PM

    I hope that Misbah-ul-Haq doesn’t claim to be the Next Prime Minister of Pakistan on yeh basis of achievements in cricket!

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