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Younis, Misbah wrap up series

Pakistan mounts highest ever chase to complete commanding seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in final Test

Younis, Misbah wrap up series - Cricket News
Younis Khan smashed an unbeaten 171 to steer Pakistan to a famous seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.
Younis Khan smashed an unbeaten 171 to steer Pakistan to a famous seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on the last day of the final Test of the three-match series in Pallekele on Tuesday (July 7).
 
Set a massive 377 for victory, Pakistan mounted its highest chase in Test history, surging home in the post lunch session on the back of Younis’s 30th Test hundred and his 242-run third-wicket stand with Shan Masood.
 
Misbah-ul-Haq, the skipper, brought up victory with a towering six off Jehan Mubarak to finish unbeaten on 59 as Pakistan completed its first series win in Sri Lanka in nine years.
 
Pakistan was well-placed at lunch with 321 for 3 on the board, just 56 away from victory. A cautious first session had yielded 91 runs for the loss of Masood’s wicket in 29 overs. After the break though, with victory in sight, Pakistan cantered with Younis and Misbah clattering 61 runs in just 11.1 overs.
 
Younis ended the match with 8814 Test runs, within sight of Javed Miandad’s mark of 8832, surpassing which would make him Pakistan’s all-time leading Test run-getter. The series win also saw Pakistan leapfrog New Zealand and India to third in the ICC Test rankings with 101 points, two ahead of New Zealand. Sri Lanka remains in seventh place with 92 points.
 


The day began with Younis and Masood resuming their record-breaking stand for the third wicket, continuing to hold off Sri Lanka’s bowlers at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Pakistan resumed on 230 for 2, needing a further 147 runs for victory, with Sri Lanka needing eight wickets to force victory.
 
With enough time for Pakistan to get the runs and not losing wickets the key, Masood and Younis began cautiously, but Tharindu Kaushal provided Sri Lanka with the much-needed breakthrough, ending Masood’s 233-ball vigil less than an hour into the final day’s play.
 
Masood had survived a loud caught behind appeal off Angelo Mathews four overs earlier and played cautiously for the most part. However, with Kaushal’s introduction into the attack, he looked to take a more positive approach, stepping down the track off the bowler’s fourth ball. But the dip and turn beat the batsman, and Dinesh Chandimal, the wicketkeeper, completed the stumping.
 
The 242-run stand for the third wicket had put Pakistan on very sound footing. Then, Younis and Misbah came together, eating into the target with singles and twos, and smacking the occasional boundary.
 
The two continued in chanceless fashion for the rest of the session, and when they came back out after lunch, it was with even more renewed purpose and focus. Victory was soon secured.

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