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IN PIX: Misbah emulates Richard's record of fastest Test century

November 02, 2014 16:18 IST
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Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan Captain celebrates. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq equaled the record for the fastest Test century on Sunday, reaching the milestone in 56 balls against Australia in Abu Dhabi.

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 Misbah-ul-Haq

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan captain celebrates. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The 40-year-old right-hander hit Mitchell Starc for consecutive boundaries to match West Indies great Viv Richards's 1986 record against England.

Azhar Ali of Pakistan celebrates after reaching his century with Misbah-ul Haq

Azhar Ali of Pakistan celebrates after reaching his century with Misbah-ul Haq. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Misbah walked out to bat on the fourth day of the second Test under no real pressure and imposed himself upon the opposition, aided by a little luck.

Misbah-ul Haq of Pakistan

Misbah-ul Haq of Pakistan, who equalled the fastest Test century in history off 56 balls, and Azhar Ali of Pakistan who scored 100 not out leave the field. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Azhar Ali also brought up his second century of the match and was not out on 100 when Pakistan set Australia a 603-run victory target.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali of Pakistan celebrate

Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali of Pakistan celebrate as they both reach their centuries. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Misbah took just 21 balls to complete his half century, bettering Jacques Kallis's record 24-ball fifty against Zimbabwe in Cape Town in 2005.

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