Vol. 5 Num 295 Sat. March 26, 2005  
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Mammoth Pak score

Vice-captain Younis Khan struck a career-best 267 to help Pakistan to an imposing first innings 570 on the second day of the third and final Test against India here on Friday.

Younis, playing his 35th Test, exploited a placid pitch to hammer 32 fours and a six in his marathon 504-ball knock, batting for 11-1/2 hours in sapping heat.

It was the highest score by a Pakistani batsman in India, surpassing Saeed Anwar's 188 not out in Calcutta in 1999, and the sixth highest for Pakistan overall.

The 27-year-old shared in a 324-run stand for the third wicket with skipper Inzamamul Haq (184) and added 84 for the fourth with Yousuf Youhana (37).

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh finished with six wickets for 152, including the scalp of Younis.

India, who lead the three-match series 1-0, were 55 without loss at the close with Virender Sehwag lashing a 33-ball 39, including five fours and huge straight six off Danish Kaneria.

Paceman Lakshmipathy Balaji got India off to a dream start again on Friday, striking with his first delivery.

Balaji, who had removed opener Shahid Afridi with his first ball on Thursday, trapped Inzamam lbw with a good-length delivery that came in just enough to beat the bat.

That was the only time Inzamam, the fifth player to score a century in his 100th Test, was comprehensively beaten during his 264-ball knock.