Top 5 test knocks from Misbah-ul-Haq
#2 101* (57) v Australia, Abu Dhabi, 2014
Misbah is generally one of the most patient batsmen when it comes to style of play. However, against Australia, he showed how flamboyant he could be if he was not holding the team together, one crisis after another. Misbah scored two centuries in this Test but the one in second innings was the one that would be remembered for long.
In the first innings, Misbah was one of the three centurions, pushing Pakistan to 570. After Australia were all out for 261, Pakistan didn’t enforce the follow-on. Instead they chose to bat. Azhar Ali scored a century in 174 balls, but it was Misbah who blazed away at the other end.
His 101* came off just 57 balls and had 11 fours and five sixes. Misbah’s 56-ball century is the second fastest Test century of all time, just two balls behind Brendon McCullum’s 54-ball ton. Pakistan scored 293 in 60.4 overs before declaring. Australia, chasing a target of 603, were all out for 246, suffering one of their biggest defeats by 356 runs.