Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day January 1, 2014

'Need to play first hour well' - Younis

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Younis Khan, who scored his 23rd Test hundred on Wednesday - equalling Javed Miandad on the list of Pakistan batsmen with most centuries - said Pakistan will need to add to their substantial lead in the first hour to give themselves a good chance of taking control in the Test. Younis' hundred, along with Misbah-ul-Haq's fifth Test century, helped Pakistan take a 123-run lead over Sri Lanka on the second day of the Test, recovering from 83 for 3 to a solid 327 for 4 at close.

"If we bat for another one hour tomorrow and add as many runs as possible, it will be good because Sri Lanka has some good players and I remember the last time we played them here (in 2011), Kumar Sangakkara got double hundred in the second innings (to draw the match)," Younis said. "The first hour will be crucial as the ball is still hard so if we play one hour tomorrow we should add some more runs."

Younis' 218-run, fourth-wicket stand with Misbah was the third century-run partnership by the pair against Sri Lanka and the batsman spoke about how the two built their innings.

"I tried to motivate Misbah and he tried to do the same to me, saying that we must stay at the wicket, and that's how our partnership developed and gave the team a good position," Younis said. "He[Misbah] is a very senior player and he has been playing well so I tried to give him company."

Younis and Misbah were particularly aggressive in the second session of play when they added 130 runs in 33 overs. The batsmen didn't allow the Sri Lankan spinners to settle and attacked them, with Younis hitting Rangana Herath for a six and a four off consecutive deliveries. When asked if there was a deliberate plan to attack after lunch, Younis said: "There is a probability the bowlers might get complacent after having lunch, but there was no plan. We never had such a plan to play big shots, but when we got loose balls, we capitalised on them."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • bouncer709 on January 2, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Who was out of form? Misbah or Younis Khan?

  • Yousafahmed11 on January 2, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Well done Mishbah and Yunus. Thanks to poor fielding and worst bowling to let the players to hit tons. SL bowlers let out-of-form players to score runs.

  • on January 2, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    SL's Openers played couple of hours well... HOW ???

  • on January 2, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Epic picture! well done both of you legends.

  • Usman22003 on January 1, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Younus is such a class act. He brings a sense of calm to the crease that i haven't witnessed in ages.

  • on January 1, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    The most humble Pakistani cricketer around

  • on January 1, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    well played oldy goldy champs. But I am surprised Pakistan have picked Ahmad Shahzad & M.Hafeez for the test matches, technically both are poor, they should have go with Shan Masud & Azhar Ali.

  • safwan_tauseef on January 1, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Good Luck Oldies OLD IS GOLD realy apply to day in the shape of MISBAH AND YOUNAS KHAN Misbah need here s Double Hundred with the same Calm. Good Luck team Greans. Good Luck Pakistan

  • bouncer709 on January 2, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Who was out of form? Misbah or Younis Khan?

  • Yousafahmed11 on January 2, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Well done Mishbah and Yunus. Thanks to poor fielding and worst bowling to let the players to hit tons. SL bowlers let out-of-form players to score runs.

  • on January 2, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    SL's Openers played couple of hours well... HOW ???

  • on January 2, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Epic picture! well done both of you legends.

  • Usman22003 on January 1, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Younus is such a class act. He brings a sense of calm to the crease that i haven't witnessed in ages.

  • on January 1, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    The most humble Pakistani cricketer around

  • on January 1, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    well played oldy goldy champs. But I am surprised Pakistan have picked Ahmad Shahzad & M.Hafeez for the test matches, technically both are poor, they should have go with Shan Masud & Azhar Ali.

  • safwan_tauseef on January 1, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Good Luck Oldies OLD IS GOLD realy apply to day in the shape of MISBAH AND YOUNAS KHAN Misbah need here s Double Hundred with the same Calm. Good Luck team Greans. Good Luck Pakistan

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  • safwan_tauseef on January 1, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Good Luck Oldies OLD IS GOLD realy apply to day in the shape of MISBAH AND YOUNAS KHAN Misbah need here s Double Hundred with the same Calm. Good Luck team Greans. Good Luck Pakistan

  • on January 1, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    well played oldy goldy champs. But I am surprised Pakistan have picked Ahmad Shahzad & M.Hafeez for the test matches, technically both are poor, they should have go with Shan Masud & Azhar Ali.

  • on January 1, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    The most humble Pakistani cricketer around

  • Usman22003 on January 1, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Younus is such a class act. He brings a sense of calm to the crease that i haven't witnessed in ages.

  • on January 2, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Epic picture! well done both of you legends.

  • on January 2, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    SL's Openers played couple of hours well... HOW ???

  • Yousafahmed11 on January 2, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Well done Mishbah and Yunus. Thanks to poor fielding and worst bowling to let the players to hit tons. SL bowlers let out-of-form players to score runs.

  • bouncer709 on January 2, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Who was out of form? Misbah or Younis Khan?