Friday, 5 October 2007

Younis Khan keeps Pakistan in with a chance.

Younis Khan raced to 93 from just 99 balls to keep Pakistan in the hunt against South Africa. At stumps Pakistan are 3/146 with Khan unbeaten. Khan will be looking to reach his 13th Test century when play resumes. Pakistan require 278 off the last day with 7 wickets remaining.

The following is from Cricinfo

Younis Khan's aggressive unbeaten 93 off 99 balls has set up an intriguing final day's play in Karachi, with Pakistan requiring another 278 runs to win while South Africa need seven more wickets.

Riding on Jacques Kallis's second century of the match, South Africa set Pakistan a daunting target of 424. They got off to a good start as Mohammad Hafeez dragged an innocuous Dale Steyn delivery back onto his stumps in only the second over of the innings.

Younis Khan started off in an aggressive fashion, driving uppishly past point before leaning into an elegant cover drive. Although Salman Butt got out to a remarkable catch by Hashim Amla at short leg, the flow of runs failed to cease as Makhaya Ntini, who is yet to take a wicket in the match, was driven, flicked and caressed past wide mid-on for more boundaries by Younis.

As if not content with the conventional strokes, Younis, looking to decrease as much of the deficit as he could before close, reverse-swept Smith for consecutive boundaries before launching into a heave over midwicket for a six to bring up the century partnership. Faisal Iqbal, who started off quietly, got into the act as well with back-foot drives through midwicket as well as a few streaky strokes past slips. He fell to Paul Harris with only four overs of the day remaining but his 114-run partnership with Younis gives Pakistan a ray of hope.

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