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Australia got off to a solid start after wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed's brilliant hundred guided Pakistan to a big first innings total of 454 in the first test in Dubai.

Opener David Warner smashed a Quickfire 75 and Chris Rogers was on 31 to take Australia to 113 without loss at close of play on the second day, trailing by 341 runs with all ten wickets standing. Warner hit seven fours and a six in his eighth test half-century, his sixth in succession, as Australia matched Pakistan's batting. Pakistan could have removed Rogers on 13 in left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar's first over but Younis Khan failed to hold a straightforward catch in the slips. Warner reverse swept debutant leg-spinner Yasir Shah for his fifth boundary to reach his run-a-ball 50. Earlier, Pakistan's total had been lifted by Sarfraz Ahmed. Ahmed, who scored his first hundred in Sri Lanka two months ago, fell in the last over before tea, stumped off spinner Nathan Lyon for 109. He batted for 148 minutes and hit 14 boundaries in all. He completed his hundred off just 80 balls, hitting Paceman Mitchell marsh over the slips for the fourth fastest century by a Pakistani. Majid khan holds the record for the fastest test hundred by a Pakistani in terms of deliveries faced, on 74 balls, while Shahid Afridi hit hundreds off 78 balls on two occasions. Pakistan added 235 runs after resuming on their overnight score of 219 for 4 with Ahmed, Misbah-ul Haq and Asad Shafiq all coming good on a flat pitch which had little for the bowlers. Ahmed added an important 124 runs for the sixth wicket with Asad Shafiq to build the innings after Shafiq added 93 with skipper Misbah, who made 69. Lyon was unlucky not to have dismissed Shafiq off the first ball of the day's second over when Alex Doolan failed to catch a bat-pad push at forward short-leg. Misbah, who was 34 overnight, reached his first half-century in nine innings with a push for a single and then launched an attack, hitting Lyon for a six over long-on. Shafiq fell short of his hundred by 11 runs as he holed out to Steve O'keefe, the left-Armer's first test wicket, after hitting five fours and two sixes during his 151-ball stay. Johnson took 3 wickets while left-arm spinner O'keefe struggling grabbed 2 for 107.

 

Omar Abdel Meguid of Egypt won the final match of the chief of air staff international squash championship.

The final was a closely contested match which lasted for over an hour and was keenly watched by the spectators. Aamir atlas won the first two games easily with the game score 11/6 and 11/6. Omar Abdel Meguid came back in the match and won the third game with 11/4. In the fourth game Omar Abdel meguid kept on his winning spree and managed to win it with 11/5. In the final game Omar abdel Meguid Kept his cool and won the game with the score 13/11. Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, chief of the air staff, was the chief guest at the occasion. The chief guest awarded trophies to the players. International squash players from different countries participated in 25 thousand us dollar prize money tournament. It is a matter of satisfaction that international squash has returned to Pakistan after a lapse of 7 years.

 
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