Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test Day 1: Younis and Azhar wear Australia down

Khan became only the second cricketer to score three consecutive Test centuries against Australia

Khan became only the second cricketer to score three consecutive Test centuries against Australia

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Pakistan’s batting duo of Younis Khan and Azhar Ali both scored sensational centuries to wear Australia down on the first day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq would have been pleased with his decision to bat first after Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez amassed a 57-run partnership before Shehzad was given out lbw off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 35.

Hafeez went on to score 45 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson.

It was all Pakistan from that point on as Khan and Ali put together an unbeaten 208-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their centuries, before stumps was called.

Khan scored his 27th Test century and also became the first cricketer since Herbert Sutcliffe to hit three consecutive Test hundreds against Australia. Sutcliffe accomplished this feat all the way back in 1924-25.

Khan ended up finishing on 111 off 155 balls, which included 10 boundaries and a six.

Ali meanwhile registered his sixth Test century and remained undefeated on 101 off 223 deliveries, which included six boundaries.

Ali is ecstatic after bringing up his sixth Test century

Ali is ecstatic after bringing up his sixth Test century

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Lyon and Johnson picked up one wicket apiece.

Pakistan ended day one on 304/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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