Younis becomes Pakistan's highest century-maker
Dubai: Pakistan took a huge step towards victory in the first Test by taking four key Australian wickets after hundreds from Younis Khan and Ahmed Shehzad put them in the driving seat here on Satuday.
Younis Khan celebrates his ton against Australia on Saturday. Pic/AFP
After setting an imposing 438-run target, Pakistan rattled the Australians through a brace of wickets apiece from spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah to leave Australia tottering on 59-4 at stumps.
Chris Rogers (23) and Steven Smith (three) were at the crease as Australia need another 379 for an unlikely win. Record breaking century-maker Younis said he considered skipping the Test series against Australia after being left out of the preceding ODI series.
"I had thought that it was easy to quit, it was an easy option but I have never chosen the easier option in my life," said Younis after his twin hundreds.
The 36-year-old right-hander smashed an unbeaten 103 as Pakistan reached 286-2 declared in their second innings in the first Test.
Younis' 26th hundred and his second in the match helped him overhaul Inzamam-ul Haq's record of most centuries by a Pakistani batsman.
Australia 303 & 59-4 (D Warner 29, C Rogers 23*; Yasir Shah 2-8) trail Pakistan 454 & 286-2d (Ahmed Shehzad 131, Younis Khan 103*) by 379 runs