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Younis leads Pakistan recovery in Galle

Veteran batsman scores unbeaten 133 to take visitors to 261 for 4 at close after early strikes from the Sri Lankan bowlers

Younis leads Pakistan recovery in Galle - Cricket News
Younis Khan hit 11 boundaries and a six as he scored his 24th Test century.
Younis Khan hit an unbeaten 133 to steer Pakistan out of trouble on the opening day of its first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday (August 6).
 
After choosing to bat, Pakistan slumped to 56 for 3 before Younis helped it recover to 261 for 4 when bad light ended play two overs early.
 
Younis, 36, walked in with the scoreboard reading 19 for 2, and hit 11 boundaries and a six as he scored his 24th Test century.
 
Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, made a determined 31 while putting on 100 for the fourth wicket with Younis before he was caught behind off Rangana Herath.
 
Asad Shafiq then saw off the second new ball to help Younis add 105 for the fifth wicket, returning unbeaten at close on 55.
 
Younis got a reprieve when he was on 59 after Bruce Oxenford, the umpire, had declared him lbw to Dilruwan Perera. Television replays showed the ball passing over the stumps.
 
The Pakistan recovery came after Sri Lanka dominated the morning session with three quick wickets. Dhammika Prasad removed both openers cheaply to make it 19 for 2 by the sixth over before a partial recovery helped Pakistan move to 59 for 3 by lunch.
 
Prasad, working up decent pace on a pitch that afforded bounce and movement, bowled Ahmed Shehzad off the inside edge with his third delivery after being hit for a boundary off the first. He then trapped Khurram Manzoor lbw in his third over, but Azhar Ali and Younis then settled down to put on 37 as the pitch eased out under the mild sun.
 
Azhar, who hit five boundaries in his fluent 30, failed to last till lunch as he fell to a good delivery from Herath, which turned and clipped the stumps.
 
Earlier, the start of the game was delayed by 30 minutes due to a wet outfield caused by overnight rain – bad weather has been forecast for all five days of the Test. Both teams went in with two spinners – Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman for Pakistan, and Herath and Perera for Sri Lanka – with the hope that the grassless pitch will provide turn later in the match.

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