Thursday 14 December 2017

Age no barrier as Misbah holds England at bay

Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq celebrates his century
Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq celebrates his century


Pakistan coach Waqir Younis paid tribute to skipper Misbah-ul-Haq after the 41-year-old became the oldest Test centurion since 1978 in making an unbeaten 102 against England.

Misbah came to the crease with Pakistan stuttering on 85-3, but he put on 93 with Younis Khan before adding a further 104 runs in an unbeaten partnership with Asad Shafiq as Pakistan cantered to 282-4 by the close.

"I don't think age is a barrier if you're fit and can manage the modern way of cricket," said Waqar. "It's the determination. He wants to carry on playing."

Misbah went into the final over of the day on 87 but crashed Moeen Ali for two sixes before a reverse sweep gave him his ton.

Meanwhile, Ireland failed to qualify for the U-19 World Cup for a second successive time when losing to Nepal by three wickets in a tense repechage final in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Gary McLintock top-scored with 45 and Andrew Austin made a patient 44 to build a strong platform but from a promising 107-2 at the halfway stage the innings stuttered to 184 all out, despite another useful 33 from wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker.

James Mitchell then struck with his first ball and Rory Anders - the top wicket-taker in the tournament - again impressed with 2-22 but Nepal squeezed home with 22 balls to spare.

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