It's the Biggest Honour: Misbah-ul-Haq After Equalling Sir Viv Richards' Record
Misbah-ul-Haq smashed a 56-ball hundred, equalling West Indian legend Viv Richards' record made against England at Antigua in 1986, minutes after breaking the mark for the fastest fifty which he made off just 21 balls.
Pakistan won the second Test against Australia by 356 runs in Abu Dhabi on Monday to take their first series victory over the Australians in 20 years a day after after skipper Misbah-ul-Haq rewrote the record books with his belligerent batting in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Misbah smashed a 56-ball hundred, equalling West Indian legend Viv Richards' record made against England at Antigua in 1986, minutes after breaking the mark for the fastest fifty which he made off just 21 balls.
Misbah's stunning blitz set up Pakistan to declare their second innings at 293-3, setting a daunting 603-run target for Australia, who suffered another batting collapse and were bundled out for 246 to lose the series 2-0.
Misbah said it was an honour to be bracketed with Richards. "I think it's the biggest honour for me," said Misbah. "I am no where near him (Richards) and scoring a hundred in as many deliveries as he did is something I will always remember in my life.
"I didn't know about the record of fastest hundred but someone from the team told me and I got to know it, its great to have this record."
In all Misbah hit 11 boundaries and five sixes off 57 balls during his two centuries in the match, a blitz which overshadowed Azhar Ali's feat of 100 not out, making this only the second occasion in Test cricket's history when two batsmen scored a century in each innings in the same match.
Australian brothers Ian and Greg Chappell scored centuries in each innings against New Zealand at Wellington in 1973.