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Masood, Younis put Pakistan on top

Unbroken double-century stand by duo takes visitors to 230 for 2 on Day 4, needing 147 more for victory

Masood, Younis put Pakistan on top - Cricket News
Masood survived a testing period to grow more comfortable while the experienced Younis marshalled the innings in their unbroken 217-run stand.
Pakistan wrestled the momentum from Sri Lanka on a scintillating fourth day of the series-deciding third Test after centuries from Shan Masood and Younis Khan put the visiting side firmly in the driver’s seat at the Pallekele International Stadium on Monday (July 6).
At stumps, Pakistan was 230 for 2, needing 147 more to secure the series currently levelled at 1-1. At one point, Pakistan was 13 for 2, but an unbroken 217-run stand between Masood and Younis for the third wicket nullified Sri Lanka’s advantage after it had set Pakistan a mammoth 377, thanks largely to Angelo Mathews’s fifth Test century in the morning session, which also saw Imran Khan bag his maiden five-for.
Pakistan lost two wickets shortly into the second session – Ahmed Shehzad had fallen to Suranga Lakmal eight balls after lunch with no runs on the board, and then Azhar Ali was caught behind down the legside off Dhammika Prasad. With two top-order men gone and still some life in the pitch, Pakistan was on the back foot. However, in Masood and Younis it found its men for the moment.
Masood survived a testing period to grow more comfortable while the experienced Younis marshalled the innings.
Their first task was to hold out till tea and both batsmen scored runs at pace, picking on the off-spin of Tharindu Kaushal who ended the day with figures of 0 for 92 in 20 overs.
The batsmen added a solid 86 before tea, and were just as dominant in the final session, Younis making his intentions clear with a couple of well-timed boundaries off Dhammika. Masood, meanwhile, was solid in defence and picked off runs.
Masood was the first to reach three figures. He eased in to the 90s and then brought up his maiden Test century, off 172 balls, in style, coming down the track and lifting Kaushal straight down the ground.

The veteran Younis soon followed, a powerful sweep shortly before stumps finding the midwicket fence to make him the first batsman to score five centuries in the fourth innings of a Test.
In the morning, Mathews had made 122 from 252 balls with 12 fours en route to his fifth Test century, building crucial partnerships with the tail in the process. His knock largely nullified the effects of the excellent Imran Khan, who found his rhythm to bag all the five wickets to fall in the morning.
Resuming the day at 228 for 5, Mathews (overnight 77) and Chandimal (overnight 39) rotated the strike comfortably even as Misbah-ul-Haq attempted to plug the gaps by rejigging the field regularly.
Pakistan took the new ball in the 80th over and found the rub of the green going its way as Imran dismissed Chandimal for a 103-ball 67 and followed it up with the wicket of Dhammika the very next ball. Kaushal, the new man in, was able to play out the hat-trick delivery before Mathews brought up his century off 221 balls.
Imran bagged his third wicket when Kaushal edged an away-swinger to Sarfraz Ahmed, the wicketkeeper. Imran then had Lakmal caught behind as well, before finally bringing an end to Mathews’s knock, the batsman failing to connect cleanly and edging to the ‘keeper.

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