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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 April, 2004, 12:26 GMT 13:26 UK
Inzamam hands Pakistan lead
Second Test, Lahore, day two (stumps):
Pakistan 355-3 v India 287

Inzamam has not hit centuries against nine Test nations
Inzamam-ul-Haq and Imran Farhat hit centuries to leave Pakistan in a commanding position after two days of the second Test.

Pakistan captain Inzamam was 118 not out at the end of an attritional day, with his side 355-3, already 68 ahead.

He added an unbroken 150 for the fourth wicket with Yousuf Youhana, who was unbeaten on 62 at stumps.

Just two wickets fell in the day, with Yasir Hameed taken at slip for 13 and Farhat caught behind for 101.

Inzamam's first century against India, in his fourth Test against Pakistan's arch-rivals, was also his first as skipper.

And it meant he has scored tons against eight Test nations, with South Africa the exception.

But the day was not without controversy, India feeling aggrieved not to profit from several close leg-before decisions, and at least one edge behind.

Resuming the day 61-1, Farhat and Hameed patiently dealt with the first hour on a pitch becoming slower.

But just three balls into Ajit Agarkar's spell, Hameed slashed at a delivery which was leaving him, edging to Rahul Dravid.

Imran Farhat
Farhat celebrates his second Test century
Fielding at third man, Agarkar could have contributed to another wicket shortly afterwards but failed to sight a top-edged pull from Farhat.

The resulting boundary brought up the opener's half-century, but he was too embarrassed to celebrate.

He was almost stopped one run short of his ton, when Balaji thought he had gained an edge behind.

Farhat obliged the bowler shortly after passing three figures, again chasing outside off stump.

This is obviously my best innings and I really enjoyed it
Imran Farhat
But even the second new ball, unwrapped eagerly just before tea, could not bring about a further clatter of wickets.

Youhana appeared on shaky ground against left-armer Irfan Pathan, who has dismissed him three times already on tour and again put his in-swing to good use.

It was Kumble who had the best chance to dismiss the batsman, though, when what appeared to be an edge behind was turned down by umpire Simon Taufel.

He survived to complete his 21st Test half-century from 117 balls

Lakshmipathy Balaji was similarly upset when Steve Bucknor turned down an appeal for a catch behind off Inzamam, leaving the bowler likely to face match referee Ranjan Madugalle.

The pragmatic Pakistan captain ploughed on to reach three figures from 208 deliveries, with 12 boundaries in temperatures touching 41C.

BBC Sport's Chris Florence
"Pakistan powered into a strong position"


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