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Yousuf, Misbah fight for Pakistan

Mohammad Yousuf For the snooker player, see .

Mohammad Yousuf (Urdu: محمد یوسف; formerly Yousuf Youhana, Urdu: یوسف یوحنا
 hit an unbeaten 82 on his return to big-time cricket after 18 months to lead Pakistan's fightback Fightback is the name of:
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 in the first Test against Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (srē läng`kə) [Sinhalese,=resplendent land], formerly Ceylon, ancient Taprobane, officially Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, island republic (2005 est. pop.  on Sunday.

Misbah-ul-Haq chipped in with 56 as Pakistan, replying to Sri Lanka's 292, recovered from 80-4 to post 225-5 by tea on the second day at the Galle International Stadium Galle International Stadium is a cricket stadium in Galle, Sri Lanka, situated near the Galle Fort and fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean.

The ground hosted its first first-class match on 29 February 1984. Test cricket was first played on the ground on 3 June 1998.
.

Yousuf and Misbah put on 139 for the fifth wicket after batting through a major part of the post-lunch session which was extended by half-an-hour to make up for the 36-minute interruption due to rain.

Yousuf, who turns 35 next month, had not played in Tests since December 2007 after being banned by the Pakistan board for his involvement with the unauthorised Indian Cricket League This article or section contains information about a  sporting event or team. .

But the prolific right-hander was recalled for the current tour after breaking links with the rebel body and showed no signs of rustiness as he neared his 24th Test century.

Yousuf has so far batted fluently for three hours and 12 minutes, hitting seven boundaries.

Misbah provided valuable support with nine fours before he fell shortly before tea, caught in the slips by Mahela Jayawardene Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene, known as Mahela Jayawardene, born 27 May, 1977, is the Captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is a specialist batsman who has a Test average of nearly 50, and an ODI average in the 30s.  off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.

Pakistan, starting the day at 15-2, lost two more wickets on the second morning to give Sri Lanka the early advantage.

Abdur Rauf Abdur Rauf Khan (born December 9, 1978) in Renala Khurd is a Pakistani first class cricketer. A right-arm fast-medium bowler, Khan made his debut in 1999 and 2000. He joined the national squad for series against South Africa and Bangladesh in 2002/03 but did play an international , who took two wickets on his Test debut on Saturday, proved his batting worth as a nightwatchman Nightwatchman can refer to one of the following:
  • Security guard
  • nightwatchman (cricket) in the sport of cricket
  • "The Nightwatchman" is the folk music alias of musician Tom Morello
 by scoring 31 of Pakistan's first 40 runs in the morning session.

Rauf put on 50 for the third wicket with skipper Younus Khan when he fell to Nuwan Kulasekera, caught by makeshift wicket-keeper Tillakaratne Dilshan Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan (born 14 October, 1976 in Kalutara) is a Sri Lankan cricketer. Known as Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan prior to his conversion from Islam to Buddhism,[1]  just before the drinks break.

Dilshan was forced to don the gloves because first choice Prasanna Jayawardene Hewasandatchige Asiri Prasanna Wishvanath Jayawardene (born 9 October, 1979 in Colombo, commonly known as Prasanna Jayawardene) is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper.  was unavailable due to injury and skipper Kumar Sangakkara, the one-day 'keeper, preferred to guide the bowlers from the outfield.

Dilshan took his second catch four overs later when debutant De`bu`tant´

n. 1. A person who makes his (or her) first appearance before the public.
 Angelo Mathews struck in his first over to remove a tentative Younus for 25.

The Pakistan captain found the boundary only twice during his 90-minute stay at the crease.

The three-match series is the first between the two nations since armed gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in the Pakistani city of Lahore on March 3 while the squad was en route to resume a Test match.

The attack injured seven Sri Lankan players and killed eight local security men.

The two teams recently contested the World Twenty20 final in England where Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets.
Scoreboard
Sri Lanka 1st innings 292 T. Paranavitana 72, A. Mathews 42, Mohammad Aamer 3-74
Pakistan 1st innings overnight 15-2
Khurram Manzoor lbw b Thushara 2
Salman Butt b Kulasekera 0
Younus Khan c Dilshan b Mathews 25
Abdur Rauf c Dilshan b Kulasekera 31
Mohammad Yousuf not out 82
Misbah-ul Haq c Jayawardene b Herath 56
Shoaib Malik not out 5
Extras b8, lb9, nb6, w1 24
Total for 5 wkts, 61 overs 225
Fall of wkts 1-1, 2-5, 3-55, 4-80, 5-219
Bowling
Kulasekera 16-2-44-2, Thushara 16-2-56-1 (nb3), Mendis 15-2-52-0 (nb3), Mathews 7-2-19-1 (w1), Herath 7-0-37-1
Toss Pakistan
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