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PERFECT START: Jerome Taylor gave a good beginning for the West Indies by removing Mohammad Hafeez early in the second innings, but Pakistan came back. Photo: AFP
PERFECT START: Jerome Taylor gave a good beginning for the West Indies by removing Mohammad Hafeez early in the second innings, but Pakistan came back. Photo: AFP

MULTAN: Imran Farhat and Mohammad Yousuf led Pakistan's efforts to avoid defeat in the second cricket Test on Wednesday after West Indian captain Brian Lara hit an epic double century at the Multan Stadium.

Opener Farhat with 71 not out, Yousuf unbeaten on 56 and Younis Khan with 56 boosted Pakistan's hopes of salvaging a result as the home team finished the fourth day on 213 for two. It still needs 21 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Earlier, West Indies added 82 runs to its overnight total with Lara scoring a masterly 216 to help the tourists score 591 runs in the first innings.

The West Indies, which trails the three-match series 1-0 after it lost the first Test by nine wickets in Lahore last week, gained a healthy 234-run lead.

Farhat put on an invaluable 89 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand with Yousuf and 100 runs for the second wicket with Younis, after Pakistan lost opener Mohammad Hafeez (18) early in its innings.

Breakthrough

Taylor provided the West Indies an early breakthrough when he bowled Hafeez to strengthen the West Indies's grip over the match after Lara's heroics.

During the innings, Lara surpassed legendary Australian batsman Don Bradman's record of 18 scores of 150 and above and came within 96 runs of becoming the first man to score 12,000 runs in Test cricket.

The West Indies innings was the highest total it has ever scored against Pakistan in Pakistan, surpassing the 493 it racked up in Karachi in 1974.

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