Younis Khan slams double-century as Pakistan take 459-run lead

Younis Khan hit three sixes and 18 boundaries for his innings of 200 not out AFP

Chittagong: Dec 11, 2011

Younis Khan smashed an unbeaten double century and Asad Shafiq scored his maiden hundred as Pakistan gained a mammoth 459-run lead in the first Test against Bangladesh on Sunday.

Younis hit a solid 200 not out and Shafiq an impressive 104 as the tourists declared their first innings closed at 594/5 in the afternoon session in reply to Bangladesh’s 135.

The hosts were 24 for no loss in their second innings at tea on the third day, with Tamim Iqbal (15 not out) and debutant Mohammed Nazimuddin (eight not out) at the crease.

Pakistan declared their innings immediately after Younis turned left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan to square-leg for two runs to complete his double-century, his third score of 200 or more in 72 Tests.

Younis dominated the Bangladeshi attack with rich strokeplay, hitting three sixes and 18 fours in his 290-ball knock.

Bangladesh continued to struggle for success as they took more than a session to get their lone wicket, but not before Younis and Shafiq had added 259 for the fifth wicket.

Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny broke the stand when he dismissed Shafiq, who cracked two sixes and nine fours in his 235-ball innings before being caught by Shahriar Nafees at long-off while going for a big shot.

Pakistan added 179 runs after resuming at 415/4.

Younis, 96 overnight, reached his 19th Test hundred in the opening over when he flicked paceman Shahadat Hossain for a four. He was later caught off a Rubel Hossain no-ball by Sunny at deep square-leg on 138.

Sunny finished with 3/123, while off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah and Shahadat took one wicket each.

Mohammad Hafeez (143) on Saturday put Pakistan on course for a big total with a 164-run stand for the opening wicket with Taufeeq Umar (61). (AFP)

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 135 (Nasir Hossain 41, Mohammed Nazimuddin 31; Abdur Rehman 3 for 9, Saeed Ajmal 3 for 40) & 24 for no loss (Tamim Iqbal 15*, Nazimuddin 8*) trail Pakistan 594 for 5 dec (Younis Khan 200*, Mohammad Hafeez 143, Asad Shafiq 104; Elias Sunny 3 for 123) by 435 runs

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