Cricket: The rise of Pakistan

Cricket: The rise of Pakistan

Cricket: The rise of Pakistan

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

03 Nov, 2014 | 6:33 pm

Pakistan has climbed to 3rd place in the ICC rankings for test teams following their first series victory over Australia in more than 20 years.

After being forced to play their home games in neutral venues for a number of years the Pakistan team finally came out on top against the lads from down under with a thumping 356-run win in the second test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. They entered the second test hot on the heels of a 221 victory over the visitors in Dubai.

Winning the toss and batting first on Thursday (30th), Pakistan put on a challenging first innings total of 570 runs before declaring their innings. The star of the Pakistani innings was Younis Khan who scored a double century inclusive of 15 boundaries and 2 sixes. Azar ali and Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq also scored centuries.

Pakistan Celebration

Australia were bundled out for a first innings score of 261 with only one batsman managing to surpass the 50 run mark.

Pakistan played their second innings similar to manner in which they approach the one day format of the game and amassed 293 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in just 61 overs. Skipper Misbah ul Haq who is not known for his power hitting set a new world record for fastest 50 by smashing his way into the record books in just 21 balls. He went onto score his hundred off 56 balls, equaling the record for the fastest hundred in Tests set by Viv Richards.

Faced with a mammoth task of scoring 603 for victory in 2 days the Australian batting line up faltered once again and were bundled out for 246 runs thanks mainly to the efforts of little know right hand spinner Zulfiqar Babar who bagged 5 Aussie scalps.

The series victory propelled Pakistan to the number 3 spot in the Test ranking behind South Africa and Australia. Sri Lanka are currently ranked 5th in the Test rankings ahead of India.

Image Courtesy : ICC, Cricket Australia

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