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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Cricket: 3rd Test, 1st Day. Pakistan 323/2

Inzamam and Younis Khan in an unbeaten 3rd wicket partnership of 316 runs.
Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan put the Indian attack to sword as Pakistan reached a formidable score of 323 runs for the loss of only two wickets on the first day of the 3rd Test match at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

Inzamam was unbeaten on 184 runs (263 balls, 25 fours) with Younis Khan, who scored his second century of the series - 127 n.o. (267 balls, 12 fours, 1 six), for company and their unbeaten 3rd wicket partnership of 316 runs took Pakistan from a dangerous 7/2 to 323/2 at stumps on the first day.

Early gains then a leather chase for Indian bowlers.
Irfan and Balaji took the wickets of openers Yasir Hamid and Shahid Afridi. After that it was day with long bowling stints for the Indians as Inzamam and Younis Khan started to play their shots on a pitch that had nothing in it for the bowlers.

Kumble, Harbhajan, Irfan, and Balaji bowled more than twenty overs each without any success against the pair of Inzamam and Younis Khan.

Inzamam enters the record books.
Inzamam joined the company of England's Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart, West Indies' Gordon Greenidge, and Pakistan's Javed Miandad in the record books as only the fifth player to score a century in his 100th Test match appearance.

Inzamam who is unbeaten on 184 runs at stumps, looks good to achieve the distinction of becoming the first player in the history of the game to score a double century in his 100th test match.

Brief Scores. 3rd Test, End of 1st Day's Play. Bangalore.
Pakistan....1st Innings...323/2 (90 overs)
Inzamam-ul-Haq 184 not out
Younis Khan 127 not out

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