Friday 6 September 2013 

Younus Seizes Control Of First Test

Younus Khan played a match-defining innings on day four at Harare Sports Club.
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Pakistan 249 & 419-9d (Younus 200no) v
Zimbabwe 327 & 13-1
First Test, Harare, day four

A Younus Khan double-hundred saw Pakistan seize the initiative in the first Test on the fourth day in Harare. They declared their second innings closed at 419 for nine; immediately after Younus had reached the milestone.

Saeed Ajmal then struck in the 7.3 overs that Zimbabwe faced in their second innings. He had Tino Mawoyo LBW to the final ball of the day as the hosts suffered a setback in their run chase of 342.

Mawoyo’s dismissal capped what had been a pretty poor last session for Zimbabwe. They took the ninth Pakistani wicket with the score on 331 and the lead on a more manageable 253, but the unbroken tenth-wicket stand of 88 between Rahat Ali and Younus just about snuffed out any lingering hopes they have of winning this Test match after such a promising first three days.

Rahat hit 35 off only 40 balls and smashed three sixes as Zimbabwe’s attack tired. They had earlier been made to suffer by Adnan Akmal, who added 118 with Younus to set the tone for the day’s proceedings.

The pair came together after Tendai Chatara had removed Asad Shafiq for the addition of a solitary run to their overnight score, but by the time they were separated by a run-out, Pakistan were unquestionably ahead in the contest.

Akmal’s 64 was shown to be even more crucial as Prosper Utseya looked like mopping up the tail. He had Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan dismissed in relatively quick succession before Rahat and Younus’ last stand.

Younus was, of course, without doubt the star of the day and drew on all of his experience to steer Pakistan’s fragile batting line-up towards a total that looks like being a winning one. He took his time, bringing up three figures off 221 balls and reaching 150 off 351 before accelerating for the final part of his innings to end up on 200 off 404 deliveries.

© Cricket World 2013

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Fixtures & Results
23rd August: 1st T20I, Harare
PAK 161-5 beat ZIM 136-5 by 25 runs
24th August: 2nd T20I, Harare
PAK 179-1 beat ZIM 160-6 by 19 runs
27th August: 1st ODI, Harare
ZIM 246-3 beat PAK 244-7 by 7 wickets
29th August: 2nd ODI, Harare
PAK 299-4 beat ZIM 209 by 90 runs
31st August: 3rd ODI, Harare
PAK 260-6 beat ZIM 152 by 108 runs
3rd-7th September: 1st Test, Harare
PAK 249 & 419-9d beat ZIM 327 & 120 by 221 runs
10th-14th September: 2nd Test, Harare
ZIM 294 & 199 beat PAK 230 & 239 by 24 runs