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HOLDING FIRM:Younis Khan's fourth century against South Africa was timed to perfection as it helped Pakistan recover from a precarious situation.— Photo: Shaun Roy/Getty Images
HOLDING FIRM:Younis Khan's fourth century against South Africa was timed to perfection as it helped Pakistan recover from a precarious situation.— Photo: Shaun Roy/Getty Images

Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq revived Pakistan’s innings with a record partnership on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Thursday.

Pakistan was 253 for five at stumps, after being 33 for four at one stage.

Younis was caught behind off Vernon Philander, 13 balls before close, for 111, while Shafiq was unbeaten, also on 111.

The pair put on 219, a record association for any wicket by Pakistan against South Africa.

Graeme Smith’s decision to bowl was prompted by cloudy weather, which followed early morning rain. It seemed fully justified as Morne Morkel took two wickets, and Philander and Dale Steyn claimed one each.

Younis, Pakistan’s most experienced batsman, had to survive a torrid spell from Steyn at the start of his innings, while Shafiq followed a fighting half-century in the second innings in Johannesburg with an innings which grew in confidence and quality as it progressed.

21st century

Younis reached his 21st Test century — and his fourth against South Africa — after facing 192 balls and hitting six fours and three sixes, all of the sixes coming off left-arm spinner Robin Peterson.

The stocky Shafiq notched up his third hundred off 201 balls with 13 fours and a six. — AFP

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