Alam, Younus build Pakistan’s lead

July 14, 2009 (AFP) – Debutant Fawad Alam and skipper Younus Khan put on a record stand of 200 as Pakistan consolidated their position in the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday. The overnight pair batted a major part of the morning session of the third day to take Pakistan to 294-2 in their second innings by lunch, a lead of 144 runs with eight wickets in hand.

Left-handed Alam, who reached his century on Monday evening, continued in the same vein to reach 164 not out at the end of a profitable session for the batsmen at the P. Sara Oval.

The 23-year-old has so far hit 14 fours and a six in the highest score by a Pakistani batsman on Sri Lankan soil, surpassing the 151 by Salim Malik at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo in 1997.

Younus, who was on 35 overnight, moved to a confident 82 when he gifted away his wicket 10 minutes before lunch, top-edging an ambitious reverse sweep off part-time spinner Tharanga Paranavitana to the wicket-keeper.

New batsman Mohammad Yousuf was unbeaten on six at the break.

The partnership between Alam and Younus was Pakistan’s highest for the second wicket against Sri Lanka, surpassing the 151 by Mohsin Khan and M