Younis defies Indian attack with unbeaten 62

Published: Monday, December 10, 2007, 13:45 [IST]
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Younis Khan hit an impressive half-century to keep alive Pakistan's hopes of avoiding a follow-on in the third and final Test against India here on Monday.

The stand-in captain scored a solid 62 not out as Pakistan reached 180-2 in their first innings at lunch on the third day in reply to India's mammoth 626. Mohammad Yousuf was unbeaten on six at the interval.

The tourists now need 247 more runs to avert the follow-on.

India lead 1-0 in the series following their six-wicket victory in the opening Test in New Delhi. The second match was drawn in Kolkata.

Younis, leading the side in the second successive Test in the absence of unfit Shoaib Malik, did the bulk of the scoring in the morning to help his team add 94 runs to their overnight total of 86-1.

India captain Anil Kumble kept rotating his bowlers, but none could unsettle Younis who executed handsome shots, including a reverse-sweep for a four off spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Younis, who scored a match-saving century in the previous Test, has so far hit 10 fours in his 20th half-century in 58 Tests.

It was part-time seamer Sourav Ganguly who tasted the lone success in the morning session, breaking a 90-run stand for the second wicket when he dismissed a well-set Salman Butt (68).

Kumble turned to Ganguly after seamers Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma had failed to provide a breakthrough in the opening hour on an easy-paced track.

Ganguly, who scored a maiden Test double-century on Sunday, did not let his captain down when he had Butt caught behind in his fourth over, much to the delight of his team-mates.

Butt could add only 18 to his overnight score of 50. He hit 13 fours in his sixth Test half-century.

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