India v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 2nd day

Y & Y's success, M & M's failure

Cricinfo staff

March 17, 2005

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  • When Yousuf Youhana swung the last ball of the day to midwicket and reached his hundred to join Younis Khan as the second centurion of the innings, it was only the fourth instance of two Pakistani batsmen scoring centuries in the same innings in India. Two came in the 1960-61 series, at Brabourne Stadium and Madras, and then in the 1986-87 series at Chennai.

  • With Youhana's last-ball four, the partnership between him and Younis swelled to 203 - only Pakistan's second stand over 200 in all Tests in India. Considering the lacklustre performance by the bowlers today and the control the batsmen exerted, the two are within reach of the highest partnership - 246 between Hanif Mohammad and Saeed Ahmed at Brabourne Stadium in 1960-61.

  • In 28 Tests in India, this was the 29th instance of Pakistan bowling out India's batting line-up. But because Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Khalil went wicketless, it was only the second time in those 29 completed innings that Pakistan's opening bowlers bowled without success. The last time this happened was in 1986-87 at Bangalore, Sunil Gavaskar's last match. The luckless bowlers then were Imran Khan and Wasim Akram.

  • India's total of 407 was their highest against Pakistan at Kolkata. Their previous highest was 403, made in 1986-87.

  • This was also the eighth occasion in the last ten Tests at Eden Gardens that India crossed 300 in the first innings.

  • Harbhajan Singh's 27 and Anil Kumble's 21 were their highest scores against Pakistan.

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