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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 August 2006, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
Record stand edges Pakistan ahead
THIRD TEST, HEADINGLEY, DAY THREE (stumps):
ENGLAND 515 & 3-0 v PAKISTAN 538

Mohammad Yousuf congratulates Younis Khan on his century
Yousuf and Younis enjoyed themselves before the collapse

Pakistan took the honours on day three of the third Test against England thanks to Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, who helped the tourists make 538.

Their 363-run stand was a Pakistan record for any wicket against England, who closed on 3-0, 20 runs behind.

Yousuf (192) gloved Steve Harmison behind and Younis (173) was one of three wickets to fall in 10 balls.

But Danish Kaneria and Shahid Nazir added 42 for the last wicket before Monty Panesar (3-127) got Kaneria.

With two days to go, both sides can still force a win, but it will need something special to secure victory on a largely benign surface.

Yousuf, who was dropped on five on Saturday, made England pay with a succession of fine cuts, pulls and drives to reach three figures off 145 balls.

He needed only 71 more deliveries to score his next 50 as the seamers provided him with a steady diet of long-hops to feed off.

HIGHEST STANDS VS ENGLAND
451 (2nd wkt) W Ponsford & D Bradman, Australia, The Oval, 1938
405 (5th) S Barnes & D Bradman, Australia, Sydney, 1946/47
388 (4th) W Ponsford & D Bradman, Australia, Headingley, 1934
399 (5th) G Sobers & F Worrell, West Indies, Bridgetown, 1959/60
363 (3rd) Younis Khan & Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistan, Headingley, 2006

Only Matthew Hoggard and Panesar could find any degree of control, and when Andrew Strauss turned in desperation to Paul Collingwood's medium pace Younis drove fiercely over mid-wicket to reach his century.

Things started happening with the second new ball but despite an lbw shout from Hoggard against Yousuf and a nasty short Harmison delivery which the same batsman fended away ungainly, there was little to excite the home fans.

Indeed, the third-wicket pair continued to find gaps in the afternoon to overtake the 322 Salim Malik and Javed Miandad put on at Edgbaston in 1992 as their country's best stand against England.

It was a shock when they made errors - Yousuf guided Sajid Mahmood through where second slip would have been and chipped left-arm spinner Panesar just over Harmison.

Their progress was otherwise serene until Harmison finally struck, although there was some doubt about whether the ball had come off Yousuf's glove or his arm.

Sajid Mahmood congratulates Paul Collingwood on his first Test wicket
Mahmood and Collingwood helped engineer Pakistan's slump

Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq started like a man who had a declaration in mind, punishing anything wide or short of a good length with powerful back-foot drives and pulls.

However, he has an uncanny knack for being involved in run-outs and when he called Younis through for a quick single, its recklessness was exposed by Mahmood's throw from mid-wicket.

Collingwood then claimed his maiden Test wicket by pinning Iqbal in his crease and Inzamam completed the comedy spell by crashing into the stumps as he lost balance trying to pull Panesar.

Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Sami swung their bats after tea but when they paid for their aggression England were favourites to eke out a small advantage.

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They were again frustrated by Kaneria, who heaved Panesar over deep mid-wicket for six on route to making his highest Test score of 29, and Nazir.

Panesar, easily England's most impressive bowler, exacted revenge when Marcus Trescothick took a sharp catch at slip to remove Kaneria.

The hosts - 1-0 up in the series - safely negotiated the remaining two overs and will need to step up a gear to prevent this game drifting towards a draw.

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SEE ALSO
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Pakistan in England 2006
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