We can win this – Younus

2013-02-15 09:33

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Pakistani senior batsman Younus Khan had every reason to smile. He scored the first test century by a Pakistani batsman since Taufeeq Umar’s 135 in the New Year’s test 10 years ago.

He had to fend off South Africa’s hostile bowling attack which he reckoned bowled very well and thinks he was lucky. It could be an understatement.

He and Asad Shafiq compiled a 219-run stand, the highest by overseas batsmen in seven years.

“I was lucky a couple of times. I just played some shots and I missed the ball and they bowled very well. Everybody knows that if you play for three sessions you get a chance of scoring a hundred,” Younus said.

“Asad was fantastic and if your youngsters in your team do well against the top teams, it is a good sign for the team. Asad is improving every single day and I think he has a good future for Pakistan.”

Batting against South Africa is not child’s play and it often scares the best. Younus, just like Hashim Amla, often gives the impression that he is a ball away from losing his wicket.

He reviewed his wicket when he was given out leg before off a ball that had taken the inside edge but not a lot of batsmen look like ballerinas. He exudes a lot of energy and Younus admitted that he enjoyed the duel with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

“Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn are good athletes and they are top lads and it’s not the first that we have played against each other. We all have our tactics, they were talking and I was smiling,” Younus said.

More often than not the Proteas have had an ability of reeling a test match back in the morning after a tough day in the office. One wicket in two sessions is not something the Proteas are used to, but Younus said there was more work to be done to set up a good total.

“If we play one more good session and get through the first session and we score something around 350/400, we’ll have a good chance of winning the Test match.”

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