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Australia Respond To Sarfraz Brilliance

Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates
Sarfraz needed just 80 balls to reach his second Test century
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Pakistan 454 (Sarfraz Ahmed 109) v
Australia 113-0 (Warner 75no)
First Test, Dubai, day two

Australia closed day two of the first Test against Pakistan on 113 without loss after Sarfraz Ahmed's 80-ball century helped Pakistan reach 454 all out in Dubai.

Sarfraz cracked 109 in 105 balls as Pakistan made good progress from their overnight score of 219 for four.

Misbah-ul-Haq (69) and Asad Shafiq (89) also scored half-centuries before Australia hit back, first with the ball and then with the bat.

Mitchell Johnson finished with three for 39 and there were a brace of wickets for spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe as Pakistan lost their last four wickets for 12 runs.

David Warner then hit an unbeaten 75 and Chris Rogers was not out on 31 at the close of play.

Younus Khan had scored a landmark 25th Test century on day one, becoming the first Pakistani to score a Test century against every other Test-playing nation.

They began day two scoring quickly, cashing in on their patience on the opening day with Misbah and Shafiq putting on 93 together for the fifth wicket.

After Misbah was caught at mid-wicket by Johnson off Steve Smith, lunch came with Pakistan on 328 for five.

They had added 109 runs in a productive session, taking advantage of an early drop by Alex Doolan at short leg.

Misbah faced 182 balls and the pace of Pakistan's play was stepped up even further when Sarfraz came in, racing to 27 in 18 balls at lunch.

Sarfraz Ahmed's golden run of form

Last five Test innings (most recent first):
109, 103, 55, 55, 52*

Test runs this calendar year: 508

Average: 63.5

Overall career: 597 runs @ 37.31

He continued in a similar vein afterwards, hitting 14 fours while Shafiq, no slouch at the other end, hit five fours and two sixes in his 89 in 151 deliveries.

They put on 124 together for the sixth wicket, which was O'Keefe's first in Test cricket. Closing in on a century, Shafiq top-edged a sweep and was caught by Mitchell Marsh as the debutants combined for Australia.

O'Keefe struck again to double his tally when Yasir Shah - debutant dismissing debutant - fell in similar circumstances for two with Rogers taking a good high catch.

Zulfiqar Babar then retired hurt having made seven and one ball later Sarfraz's whirlwind innings was over when he was stumped by Brad Haddin off Lyon.

It was an excellent piece of work and was the final action of the middle session, leaving Pakistan on 454 for nine.

They lasted just two balls into the last session of the day when Lyon had Rahat Ali (0) caught by Rogers.

Australia then played positively when they came out to bat, Warner leading the way with seven fours and a six in 77 balls, getting to his half-century with a reverse sweep.

Rogers was solid, making 31 in 110 balls with a single four to his name as Australia successfully batted through the remainder of the day without losing a wicket.

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