Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test Day 4: Australia in dire straits following centuries from Shehzad and Younis

Khan has now scored more Test centuries than any other Pakistan batsman

Khan has now scored more Test centuries than any other Pakistan batsman

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Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad and batsman Younis Khan both made centuries to leave Australia in dire straits at the end of the fourth day of the first Test in Dubai.

Starting out the day on 38/0, Shehzad and Azhar Ali converted their 38-run partnership into a 71-run partnership before Ali was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Steve O’Keefe for 30.

Shehzad and Khan kept the runs flowing with a 168-run partnership, during which Shehzad brought up his second Test century and Khan his half-century, before Shehzad was given out lbw off the bowling of O’Keefe.

Shehzad decided to review the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit the stumps. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Shehzad’s superb knock of 131 came off 233 balls and included 10 boundaries and four sixes.

Shehzad celebrates after scoring his second Test century

Shehzad is pumped after bringing up his second Test century

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Khan went on to score his 26th Test century, which now makes him Pakistan’s all-time leading century maker in Tests, before captain Misbah-ul-Haq decided to declare with his side on 286/2.

Khan finished on 103 off 152 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes, while wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed remained undefeated on 15.

O’Keefe picked up two wickets, while the rest of the Australian bowling line-up failed to take a single wicket.

Needing 438 runs to win, Australia got off to a solid start as their opening pair of David Warner and Chris Rogers amassed a 44-run partnership before Warner was stumped by Ahmed off the bowling of Zulfiqar Babar for 29.

Interestingly enough, this was the first time that Warner has been stumped in his international career.

Babar struck again just five balls later when Alex Doolan was given out lbw for a duck.

Australia captain Michael Clarke failed to have an impact with the bat as he was given out lbw off the bowling of debutant Yasir Shah for three runs.

Nathan Lyon, who was sent in as the nightwatchman, only lasted three balls before he was also given out lbw off the bowling of Shah.

Rogers and Steven Smith managed to put together an unbeaten 10-run partnership before stumps was called.

Rogers finished on 23 off 77 balls, which included one boundary, while Smith remained undefeated on three.

Babar and Shah snapped up two wickets apiece.

Australia ended day four on 59/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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