Younis Khans unbeaten double century led Pakistan to 419/9 declared in its second innings on day four of the first test against Zimbabwe on Friday,leaving the hosts a hefty 328 runs behind by stumps and needing to bat for three sessions to save the series-opener at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe was 13/1 with the early loss of Tino Mawoyo,and Pakistan needs nine wickets on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-game series.
Younis made it to exactly 200 not out with a six and captain Misbah-ul-Haq immediately declared Pakistans second innings late in the final session,leaving Zimbabwe way behind and completely turning around the test after the tourists had trailed by 78 runs after the first innings. Mawoyo then fell lbw to Saeed Ajmal (1/1) for the spinners eighth wicket of the match.
It was mainly down to Younis,who hit 15 fours and three late sixes in his game-changing double hundred,and shared century partnerships with Misbah on Thursday and wicketkeeper-batsman Adnan Akmal (64) earlier Friday to lift Pakistan out of trouble and into a winning position. Younis faced 404 balls and took Pakistan from 23/3 early in its second innings.
Younis forged to his 22nd test hundred in the first session despite the loss of overnight partner Asad Shafiq in the first over of the day. Akmal backed Younis up with a half-century in a 118-run partnership for the sixth wicket before Akmal was run out by a combination of three Zimbabwean fielders. No. 11 Rahat Ali then contributed 35 not out in an unbeaten last-wicket partnership of 88 that probably took the game out of Zimbabwes reach. Offspinner Prosper Utseya took three late wickets but Zimbabwes bowlers were nowhere near as effective as they had been when they bowled Pakistan out for 249 in the first innings.
BRIEFSCORES: Pakistan 249 & 419/9 decl. (Younis Khan 200 not out,Adnan Akmal 64; Prosper Utseya 3/137,Tinyashe Panyangara 2/42) vs Zimbabwe 327 & 13/1 (Vusi Sibanda not out 5; Saeed Ahmal 1/1)