Younis misses 200 as second Test ends in a draw
by AFP

Ground:Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
Scorecard:Pakistan v India
Player:Younis Khan
Event:India in Pakistan 2005/06

DateLine: 25th January 2006


Younis Khan scored a brilliant 194 and Mohammad Yousuf hit 126 in another Pakistan run feast before the second Test against India petered out in a draw here on Wednesday.


Younis and Yousuf put on 242 for the third wicket before Pakistan lost their last five wickets in the space of two runs to finally bring smiles to the faces of the bowlers.


Pakistan crashed from 488-3 to 490-8 when the innings ended with captain Inzamam-ul Haq unable to bat because of a back injury and Shoaib Malik mourning the death of his father early Wednesday.


India were 21-0 in their second innings when stumps were drawn on the high-scoring stalemate, in which Pakistan made 588 in their first innings and India replied with 603.


With the series locked 0-0, the rivals will have everything to play for in the third and final Test starting in Karachi on Sunday.


Younis, leading Pakistan in Inzamam's absence, hit 32 fours and a six during his 11th Test century and his fourth in as many Tests against India.


He scored 147 and 267 in India last year and made 199 in the first Test of the current series in Lahore to aggregate 984 runs in only five Tests against the arch-rivals.


Younis found a useful ally in Yousuf who posted his 16th Test century after Pakistan had lost Kamran Akmal for 78 in the morning session.


Younis, 64 overnight, hit off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for his 14th boundary to bring up his century.


Akmal, who resumed on 59, fell to a miscued drive off paceman Irfan Pathan which was caught by Anil Kumble at gully.


Akmal, who scored a century in the first Test, hit 13 boundaries during his 78 off 152 balls and helped Younis add 129 for the second wicket.


Pakistan could have been in trouble had Kumble not spilled a two-handed chance off a miscued drive from Yousuf off paceman Rudra Pratap Singh when the batsman was on four.


Yousuf, who scored 173 in Lahore, reached his 16th Test century with a flick for two off Pathan before being run out in the second over after tea.


Yousuf hit 11 boundaries and four sixes during his 179-ball knock and also completed 1,000 runs against India in 11 Tests.


With no interest left in the game in the final session, Indian captain Rahul Dravid donned the wicket-keeper's gloves and asked Mahendra Dhoni to bowl the first over with the second new ball.


At the other end, paceman Zaheer Khan removed Abdul Razzaq (32), Shahid Afridi (one), Mohammad Asif (zero) and Danish Kaneria (zero) in successive overs to finish with 4-61.


Pathan, Kumble and Singh grabbed a wicket each while Harbhajan has not taken a wicket in the entire series.

(Article: Copyright © 2006 AFP)


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