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Pakistan fights back after Lara smashes epic double century

AFP , MULTAN, PAKISTAN

Imran Farhat and Mohammad Yousuf led Pakistan's efforts to avoid defeat in the second cricket Test yesterday after West Indian captain Brian Lara hit an epic double century at Multan stadium.

Opener Farhat with 71 not out, Yousuf unbeaten on 56 and Younis Khan with 56 boosted Pakistan's hopes of salvaging a result as the home team finished the fourth day on 213-2. They still need 21 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Earlier West Indies added 82 runs to their overnight total with Lara scoring a masterly 216 to help the tourists score 591 runs in the first-innings.

The West Indies, who trail the three-match series 1-0 after they lost the first Test by nine wickets in Lahore last week, gained a healthy 234-run lead.

Farhat put on an invaluable 89 runs for the unbroken third wicket stand with Yousuf and 100 runs for the second wicket with Younis after Pakistan lost opener Mohammad Hafeez (18) early in their innings.

Stylish left-hander Farhat held the innings together with nine boundaries during his 279-minute stay at the crease. Yousuf, who survived a confident leg-before appeal off fast bowler Jerome Taylor on 51, has so far hit eight fours.

Younis hit fast bowler Dwayne Bravo for his sixth boundary to race to his second half-century in the match and also completed his 4,000 runs in 49 Tests. He is the tenth Pakistani batsmen to achieve the milestone.

But he fell in the second over after tea, edging left-armer Dave Mohammed to wicket-keeper Denesh Mohammed after scoring 56. He hit seven boundaries during his 75-ball knock.

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