The Telegraph
Friday , August 8 , 2014
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Younis slams bowlers

Galle: Pakistan’s Younis Khan feels that the first Test against Sri Lanka is evenly poised. However, he said that his side was aggrieved with not picking up as many wickets as they could have in the final session.

Sri Lanka ended the second day on 99 for one after Pakistan amassed 451 runs in their first innings. Younis was the highest scorer with 177 runs.

“There’s a good chance for both teams to win this Test match because they are also in a good position and if they score somewhere around 400 in the next two days they also have a chance to win the game.

“For us, if we take some early wickets tomorrow morning, then we have a chance to win the game. It all depends on tomorrow’s first session and how their batsmen play and how our bowlers attack them,” Younis said.

“There’s some bounce and spin in this wicket. The bowlers need to buck up and they should bowl their heart out. The way Kumar Sangakkara and Kaushal Silva have played, it was really good.”

Younis is wary about the hosts’ recent form. “If you look at the Sri Lanka team, they have three-four established players like Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene… We must also not forget Angelo Mathews, who always performs well down the order. The way he has performed under Jayawardene and Sangakkara, they also have a good chance to save the match if they play two good sessions. (Agencies)