Misbah equals fastest test century as Pakistan obliterate Australia

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After 20 years of defeats at the hands of Australia, it took Pakistan little more than 20 minutes to finally put that awful record to bed and secure a 2-0 series win on the fifth day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

Misbah-ul-Haq led his team to a record 356-margin victory on Sunday after the Aussies lost five wickets in quick succession after lunch, beating their previous best of 341 which they scored in 2006 against India in Karachi.

Australia resuming on 143-4, needed to bat out three sessions with a target of 603 runs to force a draw on the final day in Dubai. But Michael Clarke's team folded for 246 in their second innings thanks to some sumptuous spin-bowling from little-known Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah, who proved they were more than capable of covering in Saeed Ajmal's absence.

But although left-arm orthodox spinners Babar and Shah claimed 5-120 and 3-44 respectively, the day belonged to man of the match Misbah who equalled Viv Richards' 28-year-old record of hitting 100 runs from 56 balls.

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The 40-year-old, who has not been picked for a T20 international in two-and-a-half years, also equalled the most wins record by a Pakistani captain with 14 - level with Imran Khan and Javed Miandad.

"It's really an honour for me to lead this side, the way everybody played," Misbah told reporters after the match.

"Every individual performed and I'm really happy about that. I can't describe my feeling. We were working really hard and playing good cricket but not winning, so it's really good."

For the record...

It was the Australians' sixth Test defeat in a row in Asia after they lost 4-0 in India early last year and their third-worst defeat in all Test cricket.

In terms of average differential - difference between a team's batting average and bowling average - this series proved to be Australia's worst ever (54.5).

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