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Pakistan took a huge step towards victory in the first test by taking four key Australian wickets after hundreds from Younis Khan and Ahmed Shehzad put them in the driving seat in Dubai.

Australia, set 438 to win, closed the fourth day of the first test on 59 for 4 in their second innings. Pakistan grabbed four wickets through their spinners and will push for a win on the fifth and final day for a 1-nil lead in the two-match series. Chris Rogers was 23 not out and Steven Smith unbeaten on three as Australia need another 379 runs for an unlikely win. While Pakistan need 6 wickets to record famous win against Kangroos. For Pakistan, Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah took two wickets each. Australia's best chase to win a test was way back in 1948 when they made 404 for 3 against England at Headingley while their best chase against Pakistan was 369 for 6 at Hobart in 1999. Earlier, Pakistan declared their second innings at 286 for 2 after a brilliant 131 from Ahmed Shehzad and 103 not out by Younis Khan. Younis became the seventh Pakistani batsmen, but first against Australia, to score twin hundreds in a test and also set a new record for most hundreds for his country. Hanif Mohammad, Javed miAndad, Wajahatullah Wasti , Yasir Hameed, Inzamam-ul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf had also achieved the distinction in the past. Younis added 168 for the second wicket with Shehzad as Pakistan plundered 248 runs after resuming at 38 without any loss. Younis swept Steve O'keefe to square-leg boundary for his sixth boundary to get to his second hundred in the match following his 106 in Pakistan's 454 in the first innings. It was actually Shehzad who set the tone for quick runs in the morning. Shehzad Drove Paceman Peter Siddle for his eighth four towards long-on to reach his second test hundred. After reaching his hundred, Shehzad smashed two fours and a six off siddle to take the lead past 370. He was trapped leg-before soon after tea by spinner O'keefe, the only successful Australian bowler with 2 for 112 Ahmed Shehzad smashed 10 boundaries and four sixes in his innings. While Younis Khan hit six fours and two sixes off 152 balls. Sarfraz Ahmed made unbeaten 15. Only four times in test history has a side successfully chased down a target of more than 400 runs and Australia can only hope their batsmen show improvement on their first-innings tally of 303. Australia had conceded a 151-run lead after being bowled out for 303 in reply to Pakistan's first innings total of 454. The second and final test starts in Abu Dhabi on October 30. PTV Sports is telecasting the match live

 

Croatian Wunderkind Borna Coric offered emphatic proof of his potential when he crushed Rafael Nadal in the Swiss indoor tennis tournament before local hero Roger Federer cruised into the last four.

The 17-year-old Coric gave an off-Colour Nadal a torrid time, winning 6-2 and 7-6. The Spaniard was unrecognizable in the first set as he offered little resistance, losing the opening five games. Nadal's timing improved marginally in the second but twice Coric served to stay in the set and he then held his nerve when a loose forehand from his opponent gave him two match points. Coric will play in-form Belgian David Goffin who caused a surprise by beating Canada's Milos Raonic in three sets. Top seed Federer, looking for a sixth Basel title, beat Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 and 6-2 in a much more even contest. The world number two edged a first set lasting nearly an hour and then turned up the heat as he marched to victory. Federer faces big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the semi-finals after the Croat beat Germany's Benjamin Becker 6-4 and 6-4.

 
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