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31-Oct-2014 14:14:00 GMT
Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi

Younis Double Ton Punish Australia

Abu Dhabi: Younis Khan slammed his 5th double ton while Misbah smashed an aggressive 101 as Pakistan declare on 570/6 before stump on day 2. Australia were 22/1 at stump.

A record-breaking innings from Younis Khan and a late wicket made it a day to forget for the tourists in Abu Dhabi

The good news for Australia was Brad Haddin eased fears surrounding the seriousness of his shoulder injury by returning to take his place behind the stumps after lunch in Abu Dhabi.

The bad news was that, for almost the duration of the session, that was the solitary highlight for Australia as Pakistan's batsmen continued their seemingly unstoppable march towards a stranglehold on this second Test.

Steve Smith had Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq caught-and-bowled shortly before tea, but not before he had brought up his first Test century against Australia.

Younis Khan became just the third Pakistan batsmen to pass 8,000 Test runs, joining Izamam-ul-Haq and Javid Miandad in the exclusive club.

Pakistan are now firmly in the box seat to take a first Test series victory for 20 years. Australia face an uphill battle just to save this Test match, let alone entertain thoughts of drawing the series level.

A first series victory for Pakistan against their Antipodean opponents since 1994 would now appear only three days away.

With free entry to the Test match, and the large expat Pakistani population on their weekly rest day, long queues formed outside the ground. As Younis and Misbah approached their milestones the patrons grew impatient with the slow entry system and began scaling the walls to see their heroes put the visiting Australians to the sword.

The day had gone from bad to worse for Australia when Haddin was forced to take his leave from the field to seek treatment on a shoulder injury.

Ice and painkiller tablets were apparently all that was required for the 37-year-old veteran, one of the toughest men in Australian sport.

Australia's woes were compounded further when David Warner missed a stumping opportunity – having already dropped a relatively simple catch at gully.

Haddin dove for an edge off Younis's bat in the day's sixth over. The ball fell well short of the diving 'keeper who landed awkwardly, his outstretched right arm pinned under his body.

He immediately signalled to the dressing room as Michael Clarke winced at first slip. The Bupa Support Team of Dr Peter Brukner and physiotherapist Alex Kountouris came running. A few pain-killing tablets and a bit of a massage had everyone marvelling at how tough Haddin was as he carried on.

But it soon became apparent the injury was clearly hampering his ability to keep wicket and was more serious than first thought. The next ball he shaped to underarm it to a fielder with his right arm, but thought better of it.

After 15 more deliveries and clearly nursing his arm, Haddin handed the gloves to Warner as he departed the field.

Australia's woes were compounded when, with his first ball behind the stumps from Nathan Lyon, Warner missed a stumping opportunity. Younis was on 125 at the time.

Brief scores
Pakistan -
570 for 6 dec (Younis Khan 213, Azhar Ali 109, Misbah-ul-Haq 101)
Australia - 22 for 1
Status - Australia trail by 548 runs

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