Younis double troubles Bangladesh

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Just six wickets separated Pakistan from victory after Younis Khan's double century ensured a massive declaration and the visiting bowlers the opportunity to snipe through four top-order wickets before stumps on day three of the first Test.

Just six wickets separated Pakistan from victory after Younis Khan's double century ensured a massive declaration and the visiting bowlers the opportunity to snipe through four top-order wickets before stumps on day three of the first Test in Chittagong on Sunday.

Resuming on a hefty 415 for four overnight, Younis and Asad Shafiq picked up on their authoritative fifth-wicket stand to the tune of 259 runs. The alliance came at a rate of four runs per over for the most part, with the right-handers punishing a sloppy, tired Bangladesh attack, which was depleted by the absence of the injured Rubel Hossain.

Moving to his 19th Test ton, Younis was alongside Shafiq when the young gun welcomed his maiden ton. Pakistan's dominance was obvious, Bangladesh's disappointment was inevitable. There was little stopping the prolific duo from taking their stand to 300 and beyond.

Shafiq, however, didn't have the legs for the longer haul, instead holing out in the deep for a sterling 104. His place in Pakistan's first-choice line-up is now all but sealed on the back a 271-ball vigil, nine fours and two sixes included. Shafiq's closest competition, Umar Akmal will have to make do with ODI cricket.

Khan, true to form and hunger for big runs, met a Test double ton for the third time in his career, complete with 18 fours and three sixes. The 267 he scored against India in 2005 – and maybe the 313 he racked up against Sri Lanka two years ago – were there to be matched, but Misbah-ul-Haq beggered to differ in declaring at 594 for five.

With a monstrous 459-run deficit staring them in the face, Bangladesh typically folded under the pressure to fall to 134 for four by the close of play. Tamim Iqbal (15) flattered to deceive, Shahriar Nafees (28) perished when it was time to kick on, Mohammad Ashraful did his latest return to the team no favours with a duck and Nasir Hossain's promotion up the order failed.

The spinners – Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal – were again at the forefront of the capitulation and, at 80 for four, might have fancied wrapping up the result inside three days.

Mohammad Nazimuddin (41 not out) and Shakib Al Hasan (41 not out), however, staved off the onslaught to at least take the match into a fourth day. A fifth, though, is well out of the hosts' reach.

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