Y2 factor continues to haunt India
Younis Khan and Yousuf make mince-meat of Indian bowling attackindia Updated: Jan 14, 2006 21:46 IST
Whatever the punters had predicted on Thursday, things turned awfully wrong on Friday. Instead of India creaming the hosts, it was Pakistan who imposed their authority on the proceedings.
The first day at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore proved to be hell on earth for the Indian bowlers. Hell in the form of Younis Khan who hit a resplendent 147 not out off 242 balls.
If that was not enough, Mohammed Yousuf gave him able support with a hard-hitting 97 not out. Both the batsmen - in partnership of an incredible 190 runs -hit some lusty blow to the fence and beyond, which brought thesparse crowd on their feet.
Indian bowlers on the other hand, suffered severe humiliation with none of them proving incisive enough. India going in with only two seamers, had to contend with Ganguly as make-shift third seamer. Spinners, simply proved futile on a placid first-day pitch.
Earlier, Shoaib Malik too tormented the Indian bowling attack, but he departed after lunch for a well-compiled 59.
Resuming play after tea break,Younis Khan looked in ominous touch as he completed a well-deserved century- 10th of his career - with an elegantstraight drive back to the bowler.Mohammed Yousuf not to be left behind,got to his half-ton at day one of the Lahore Test.
The two batsmen toyed with the Indian bowlers, attacking at will.Spinnersin particular weretreated with utter disdain.
Finally, Skipper Dravid had to opt for the new ball in the 80th over. Pakistan reached 300 two overs later. The seamers with new-ballproved too 'military medium' to pose any threat.
Post- lunch Session
Yousuf brought in his experience into play alongwith Younis Khan, as the two batsmen kept turning the screws on the poor Indian bowlers.
At tea Pakistan were 220 for 2.
Irfan Pathan provided the sole breakthrough in the post-lunchsession. He had Shoaib Malik caught by Bhajji for 59 runs. Trying to drive uppishly to a short of length delivery by Pathan, Malik hit too early and was caught at extra-cover.
Malik, along with Younis Khan,had earlier frustrated the Indian bowlers, with Khan reaching his fifty with a smacking boundary through the covers soon after lunch.
Malik and Khan got Pakistan off to a brilliant start taking the hosts to 136 for one at lunch.
The Gaddafi Stadium witnessed some of the most awesome stroke-play by Malik, who quickly reached to his fifty. Khan, not to be left behind, joined the party.
At lunch, the two had put on a 100-run stand, captitalising on India's lack of a regular third seamer. Though Ganguly, filing in that position was accurate, his four overs weren't incisive enough.
The two spinners - Harbhajan and Kumble - simply proved futile in front of a dogged opposition.
At the start, Pakistan had got off to a dreadful start when danger-man Salman Butt, in search of a cheeky single, ran himself out.
Yuvraj Singh at forward short-leg hit the stumps direct.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Inzaman-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat. Ganguly has been included in the playing eleven and will play as an opener.
Pakistan 1st innings
Shoaib Malik c Harbhajan Singh b Pathan59
Salman Butt run out (Yuvraj Singh) 6
Younis Khan not out 147
Mohammad Yousufnot out 95
Extras (lb 10, w 1, nb 8) 19
Total (2 wickets, 85 overs)326
FoW: 1-12 (Salman Butt, 2.1 ov), 2-136 (Shoaib Malik, 44.3 ov).
Bowling O M R W
Pathan 21 3 76 1
Agarkar 15 3 59 0
Ganguly 6 1 14 0
Harbhajan Singh 16 4 64 0
Kumble 23 1 92 0
Sehwag 4 0 11 0
Rahul Dravid (c)
Kamran Akmal (wk)
First Published: Jan 13, 2006 10:05 IST