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Yousuf, Younis tons boost Pakistan


Pakistan's Younis Khan, left, receives a bouncer from England bowler Steve Harmison on the third day of the third cricket Test at Headingley in Leeds, England, yesterday.


Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan both scored unbeaten hundreds on the third morning of the third Test against England at Headingley yesterday.

At lunch, Pakistan were 331 for two in reply to England's first innings 515, a deficit of 184, having saved the follow-on.

Yousuf, whose last two Test hundreds against England had both been double centuries, was 160 not out and Younis 122 not out.

The duo had put on 295 for the third wicket, a record for Pakistan against England.

Neither man gave a chance yesterday as England's attack looked increasingly listless on a flat, batsman-friendly, pitch.

Andrew Strauss's side appeared resigned to their fate and inside an hour paceman Matthew Hoggard, on his home ground, was operating without a slip.

Pakistan, 1-0 down in the four-Test series, resumed on 202 for two with Younis 64 not out and Yousuf 91 not out, after he'd been dropped on five, the duo having come together when their side were struggling at 36 for two.

Yousuf went to his century in style.

He steered Stephen Harmison behind point for four and, three balls later, hooked the fast bowler for six to complete a 145-ball hundred with two sixes and 11 fours in just under three hours.

The six also saw Younis and Yousuf beat Pakistan's previous third-wicket Test record stand against England of 180 shared by Mudassar Nazar and Haroon Rashid at Lahore in 1977/1978.

Yousuf's hundred was his 18th in 69 Tests and fifth against England.

Younis pulled Paul Collingwood for four to complete his first Test century against England, and 12th in 46 matches overall, in 171 balls with 15 boundaries.

England appeared to be putting all their faith in the new ball and took it when it became available in the 81st over with Pakistan 303 for two.

But Yousuf responded by twice commandingly driving Harmison, England's quickest bowler, to the extra-cover boundary.

Yousuf then survived an lbw appeal on 146 from Hoggard and next ball cover-drove him to go to 150.

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