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Last Updated: Friday, 13 January 2006, 11:57 GMT
Pakistan batsmen dominate India
First Test, Lahore, day one (stumps)
Pakistan 326-2 v India

Younis Khan
Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf shared an unbroken 190 as Pakistan reached 326-2 at stumps after day one of the first Test against India in Lahore.

Choosing to bat first, they lost Salman Butt to a run out in the third over, but Younis and Shoaib Malik added 124.

Younis made 147 with 19 fours while Yousuf hit 11 fours and a six in 95.

India took the new ball at the first opportunity but it merely served to accelerate the scoring and 30 runs came off five overs before light intervened.

India included Sourav Ganguly in their starting line-up, ahead of young openers Wasim Jaffer and Gautam Gambhir.

It means India will now have to find a makeshift opener to partner Virender Sehwag with captain Rahul Dravid or all-rounder Irfan Pathan the main candidates.

Ganguly's first act in the match was with the ball.

He was called into the attack first change to bowl four overs with his medium pace after new-ball pair Irfran Pathan and Ajit Agarkar had failed to capitalise on the bonus run-out of Butt.

Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar
There was little to celebrate for Ganguly (left) on his return

The Pakistani opener was just shy of his crease when Yuvraj Singh's direct hit to the non-striker's end from short-leg.

Dravid turned to his spinners after 17 overs, but both Harbhajan Singh and Kumble found the wicket too slow to extract the movement they were seeking.

Malik, prolific with cuts and drives, hoisted Kumble over mid-wicket for six and completed his fourth half-century from 109 balls by turning the spinner for two shortly before lunch.

But his innings was finally ended on 59 when he drove the left-armer Pathan to Harbhajan at cover.

Batting continued to look extremely comfortable in the sunshine, and the 200 was recorded in the 60th over.

Yousuf launched the second six of the match, a savage pull over mid-wicket when Kumble dropped short in the final over before the tea break.

And there were no wickets at all for India in the final session, in which Younis and Yousuf recorded their century stand from just 135 balls.

Agarkar's first delivery with the new ball saw Younis time one fluently through the covers off the back foot for three to bring up the 300.

The final delivery of that 82nd over was a repeat of the back-foot drive, but was timed even better and rocketed into the fence.

To compound India's frustration, they even dropped their first catch of the day when Sehwag put down a low chance in the gully.

Yousuf, on 90, was the batsman and Agarkar the unfortunate bowler.


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