You­nis leads Pak­istan charge

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

You­nis Khan showed no signs of weak­ness af­ter re­cov­er­ing from dengue fever to score a bril­liant cen­tury as Pak­istan dom­i­nated the open­ing day of the sec­ond Test against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day.

The 38-year-old, who missed Pak­istan’s 56-run vic­tory in the first Test in Dubai with ill­ness, smashed 127 to carry Pak­istan, who won the toss, to 304-4 at the close at Sheikh Zayed Sta­dium.

You­nis fi­nally holed out to deep mid-wicket off part­timer Kraigg Brath­waite af­ter five hours at the crease, with fad­ing light prompt­ing the um­pires to halt the day six overs be­fore the sched­uled close. Skip­per Mis­bahul-Haq was un­beaten on 90 — just ten runs short of his 11th hun­dred as Pak­istan’s bats­men dom­i­nated on a bat­ting-friendly pitch. You­nis, who hit ten bound­aries and a six, added 175 for the fourth wicket with Mis­bah and 87 for the third with Asad Shafiq who made 68. It was again the two vet­eran bats­men-You­nis and Mis­bah­who put Pak­istan on track for another big to­tal with their 15th hun­dred part­ner­ship in 49 in­nings.

Mis­bah, who has now equalled Im­ran Khan’s record of most Test matches as Pak­istan cap­tain with 48, hit two sixes and four bound­aries as he worked in tan­dem with You­nis to build an im­pos­ing to­tal. West Indies were guilty of sloppy field­ing with You­nis dropped on 83 when Brath­waite failed to hold a re­turn catch off his own bowl­ing and wicket-keeper Shai Hope hand­ing Mis­bah a life­line on 54 off pace­man Shan­non Gabriel. Gabriel was the best of the bowlers with 2-43. It was You­nis’s 33rd Test hun­dred and 11th in the United Arab Emi­rates-where Pak­istan have been forced to host in­ter­na­tional fix­tures be­cause of se­cu­rity fears back home.

He drove spin­ner Ros­ton Chase for his eighth bound­ary to com­plete his hun­dred-his 31st score of over 100 with­out be­ing dis­missed in nineties-the most in Test cricket.

You­nis and Shafiq led the er­aly re­cov­ery af­ter Pak­istan lost open­ers Azhar Ali (nought) and Sami As­lam (six) in the first hour. Shafiq bat­ted well in the ex­tended two-and-a-half hour first ses­sion due to Fri­day prayers, hit­ting seven bound­aries be­fore play­ing on to Gabriel. Ali, who scored a ca­reer best 302 not out in Dubai, played on to Gabriel in the fifth over be­fore As­lam was bowled by leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo at­tempt­ing an am­bi­tious drive.

Pak­istan, who lead the three-match se­ries 1-0 af­ter win­ning the first Test in Dubai by 56 runs, brought in You­nis, Zul­fiqar Babar and Ra­hat Ali as they made three changes to their line-up. —AFP

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