Younis Khan became the first batsman in 90 years to hit three hundreds in consecutive innings against Australia as Pakistan took and early advantage in the second Test Match in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The 36-year-old, who smashed twin hundreds in the first Test, notched 111 not out for his 27th century to help Pakistan close the opening day on a solid footing of 304-2 after they won the toss and elected to bat on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.
Before Younis three Pakistani batsmen, Zaheer Abbas (v India in 1982) Mudassar Nazar (v India in 1982) and Mohammad Yousuf (v West Indies in 2006) had achieved three consecutive centuries. So ruthless was Younis that even the second new ball, taken soon after it was due, couldn’t disturb him. He has so far hit ten fours and a six during his 155-ball knock.
Things went wrong for Michael Clarke right from the toss when he wrongly called tails. He did everything, from using two short mid-wickets, a short mid-on and a man almost behind the umpire at the bowler’s end, but even that failed to get him any wickets, leaving him frustrated in his bids to avoid a first series defeat against Pakistan since 1994.