Younis ton headlines Pakistan fightback

Pakistan recovered from an early scare to finish day one of the second Test against the West Indies on an imposing 304/4 in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

The hosts found themselves 42 for 2 early in the first session after Shannon Gabriel got Azhar Ali to chop on for a duck before Devendra Bishoo fizzed a leg break between Sami Aslam’s bat and pad to remove the left-hander for six.

Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan began the rebuilding process and took Pakistan to lunch on 95 for 2.

Shafiq played well for his 68 and became the sixth fastest Pakistan batsman to reach 3,000 Test runs before he too chopped Gabriel onto his stumps, Pakistan were 129 for 3.

With the game hanging in the balance Pakistan’s veterans stepped to the fore, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan would join forces to put on an epic stand of 175 for the fourth wicket.

Younis scored his 33rd Test century as Pakistan moved into a dominant position on day one.

The veteran has now scored 13 Test centuries since turning 35 more than any other batsman in the history of the game.

Gabriel thought he had Younis caught behind shortly after he reached his century and chose to review the umpire’s decision of not out but replays were inconclusive and without snicko no edge could be detected and he earned a reprieve.

Part-time bowler Kraigg Brathwaite would eventually get the breakthrough as Younis holed out in the deep for 127.

Yasir Shah looked set to come in as nightwatchman but the umpires offered the light to Misbah (90*) and the day ended with the hosts 304/4.