Younus smashes double century as Test heads for draw

KARACHI, February 24, 2009 (AFP) – Younus Khan notched a spectacular double hundred to help Pakistan avoid following on against Sri Lanka as the first Test headed towards a draw here on Tuesday. The new captain was unbeaten on 243 for his second Test double hundred which helped Pakistan move to 453-4 at tea on the fourth day, in reply to the tourists’ first-innings score of 644-7 declared.

Younus, 31, matched Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene who scored 240 in Sri Lanka’s mammoth total — the first instance in Test cricket’s 132-year history when rival captains scored double hundreds in the same match.

The other unbeaten batsman at the break was Faisal Iqbal on 27.

Younus batted solidly and with resolve to save Pakistan from a possible follow-on, completing 5,000 runs in his 59th Test when he reached 184. He becomes the sixth Pakistani batsmen to achieve the tally.

The list is headed by Javed Miandad and followed by Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Salim Malik and Zaheer Abbas.

Younus drove paceman Dilhara Fernando towards covers for three to reach his double hundred. It took him 528 minutes and 385 balls to reach the mark.

As Younus blocked one end,