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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pakistan's Road to World Number 1

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Dubai, Oct 22-26, 2014: After a 2-0 defeat in Sri Lanka, Pakistan returned to the UAE to face Australia. Tons for Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad - and twin tons for Younis Khan - were buttressed by heaps of wickets to the spinners as Pakistan marched to a 221-run victory

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Abu Dhabi, Oct 30-Nov 3, 2014: Misbah-ul-Haq basked in glory against Australia in Abu Dhabi - he equalled Viv Richards' record for fastest Test hundred (off 56 balls) and led his side to a 356-run victory, their biggest Test win to date in terms of runs

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Abu Dhabi, Nov 9-13, 2014: Ten days later, at the same venue, against New Zealand, Pakistan recorded their third straight win and Misbah became the country's most successful Test captain (15 wins). They ultimately had to settle for a drawn series, though, as New Zealand hit back to win the third Test by an innings

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Mirpur, May 6-9, 2015: After a draw against Bangladesh in Khulna, Pakistan were under pressure to win the second Test. Azhar Ali slammed a double-century to set up a 328-run victory, and the series was theirs

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Galle, Jun 17-21, 2015: After an Asad Shafiq ton handed Pakistan a 117-run first-innings lead, Yasir Shah ran through Sri Lanka with 7 for 76 to help his side breach the fortress at Galle with a 10-wicket win

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Pallekele, Jul 3-7, 2015: Sri Lanka had hit back with a win in Colombo, and Pakistan were under the pump in the series decider, with an improbable target of 377. Improbable, that is, until Younis Khan's unbeaten 171 got them through to a seven-wicket victory

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Dubai, Oct 22-26, 2015: After England gave Pakistan a scare in the first Test in Abu Dhabi, the home team romped to a 178-run victory in the second Test, with Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah serving as the destroyers-in-chief

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Sharjah, Nov 1-5, 2015: Then, in the third Test, Mohammad Hafeez struck 151 to help Pakistan overcome a first-innings deficit and ultimately post a 127-run win

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Lord's, Jul 14-17, 2016: At the "home of cricket", Misbah scored a ton, Yasir took 10 wickets, Mohammad Amir made a Test comeback, and Pakistan posted a famous 75-run win. How does one celebrate all that? With push-ups, of course

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The Oval, Aug 11-14, 2016: Having suffered two heavy defeats after that memorable win at Lord's, Pakistan came to the Oval 2-1 down. But a fine team effort delivered a 10-wicket win to level the series. The No. 1 ranking was now within sniffing distance. It would be theirs a week later

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