Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test Day 4: Australia chase 603 following centuries from Misbah and Azhar

During his innings, ul-Haq scored the fastest half-century in Test history and equalled the record for the quickest century as well

During his innings, ul-Haq scored the fastest half-century in Test history and equalled the record for the quickest century as well

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Australia were left chasing a mammoth target of 603 to win after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq equalled Sir Viv Richards’ record for the fastest Test century.

Ul-Haq was brilliantly supported by batsman Azhar Ali, who also scored a century.

Starting out the day on 61/2, Ali and Younis Khan converted their 40-run partnership into a 131-run partnership, during which Ali brought up his half-century, before Khan was given out lbw off the bowling of Steven Smith for 46.

Ali and ul-Haq kept the runs flowing with a 141-run partnership, during which ul-Haq and Ali both registered their seventh Test century, before ul-Haq decided to declare with his side on 293/3, which set Australia a target of 603 to win.

During his innings, ul-Haq not only scored the fastest half-century in Test history, which he brought up off just 21 balls, but he also equalled Sir Viv Richards record for the quickest Test century in history, which came off 56 deliveries.

Ul-Haq ended up finishing on 101 off 57 balls, which included 11 boundaries and five sixes, while Ali remained unbeaten on 100 off 174 deliveries, which included six boundaries.

Ali is ecstatic after scoring his second century in the match

Ali is ecstatic after scoring his second century of the game

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Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Smith chipped in with one.

Chasing 603 to win, Australia got off to an awful start as opening batsman Chris Rogers was caught by Asad Shafiq at leg slip off the bowling of Zulfiqar Babar for two runs.

Glenn Maxwell fared no better as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Babar for four runs.

Maxwell was not given out initially, but Pakistan decided to review the decision. Replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit the top of leg stump, which led to the third umpire overturning the original decision.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke failed to have an impact as well as he was clean bowled by Babar for five runs.

David Warner and Smith stabilised the innings with a 58-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Yasir Shah at point off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez.

Warner’s brilliant knock of 58 came off 75 balls and included six boundaries.

Warner his six boundaries during his gutsy knock of 58

Warner hit six boundaries during his gutsy knock of 58

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Smith and Mitchell Marsh kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 42-run partnership before stumps was called.

Smith finished on 38 off 108 balls, which included six boundaries, while Marsh remained undefeated on 26 off 57 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

Babar was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Hafeez claimed one.

Australia ended day four on 143/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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