10-03-2007, 11:29 PM
Team wants Younis Khan to deliver
Thursday, October 04, 2007
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Pakistan are looking towards Younis Khan, their most accomplished batsman in the playing line-up, to help them avoid a defeat against South Africa in the opening Test here at the National Stadium.
A team official told this correspondent here on Wednesday that Younis will have to play a big innings if Pakistan are to win or even save the Test after South Africa maintained their upper hand in the match at the end of third day’s play.
The visitors were leading by 235 runs with seven wickets in hand and are expected to give Pakistan a target of 300-350 runs.
The official said that a big knock was due on Younis who flopped in the World Twenty20 final against India in South Africa last month and also failed to do well in the first innings of the current Test match, getting out for just 6 at a time when his team was chasing South Africa’s first innings total of 450.
In the absence of former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, Younis is the most experienced batter in the line-up and his players are expecting him to anchor the innings when they begin their run chase most probably today.
The team official said that Pakistan also want their openers to click and said the left-handed batsman Salman Butt and Mohammad Hafeez will have to give the team a solid start. He pointed out that on a turning wicket, runs will be hard to come by and all the batsmen will have to work hard to fetch runs.