Pakistan's stand-in captain Yousuf Youhana revelled in the increased responsibility with a superb hundred as Pakistan edged the opening day of the second Test against Australia here.
Youhana, handed the captaincy after Inzamam-ul-Haq pulled out with a back injury, scored 111 to lead Pakistan to 318 for 6 at the close yesterday. He and Younis Khan put on 192 for the fourth wicket after Pakistan had suffered a mini collapse following a solid start.
After being outclassed in the first Test, which Australia won by 491 runs in Perth, Youhana was delighted with his team-mates' fightback. "We just played to try and be positive - and succeeded," he said. "This is very special for me because it was against the best bowling attack. Because Inzamam is obviously the best player in the team and he's not playing, there was a lot of responsibility on me."
His century, which included 11 fours and four sixes, was vital in helping Pakistan recover from 94 for 3 to 286 before the captain became the fourth wicket to fall when he was stumped by Adam Gilchrist after missing a full toss from Shane Warne.
It might have been even better for the tourists but for a late fightback from Australia, who claimed the wickets of Youhana, Younis (87) and Shoaib Malik (six) for the addition of only five runs in the final session.
¿ Bangladesh recorded one of the biggest upsets in one-day internationals in Dhaka, beating India by 15 runs in the second match of their three-game series. The hosts, who had won five of 99 previous one-dayers, made 229 for 9 after batting first, but dismissed India for 214 in 47.5 overs.Reuse content