Pak skipper Younis Khan scores his first triple ton in TestsFebruary 24th, 2009 - 7:55 pm ICT by ANI
Karachi, Feb.24 (ANI): Karachi’’s National Stadium was set alight on Tuesday by fireworks from Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan’’s bat. Taking full advantage of a dead pitch, Khan scored his maiden triple-century, and the third by a Pakistani batsman - to push the match towards an inevitable draw.
The only interest now left in the contest is whether Khan will try to break Brian Lara’’s Test record of 400.
Khan brought up his triple ton with a reverse-sweep. Khan reached the landmark with 27 hits to the fence and four over the top.
The game lapsed into a farce in the last session with Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene giving Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara and himself some overs.
Jayawardene picked up the wicket of Faisal Iqbal. Younis helped himself to easy boundaries in that phase and moved from 243 to his triple-hundred.
All of Sri Lanka’’s bowlers toiled on the fourth day, including champion spinners Muthiah Murlitharan and Ajantha Mendis. They both got a wicket each. The pace bowlers — Chaminda Vaas and Dilhara Fernando couldn”t do much either.
In reply to Sri Lanka’’s mamoth 644 for seven, Pakistan scored 574 for the loss of five wickets. Khan is batting on 306 and keeping him company is wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal on 23. (ANI)
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