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Inzamam dominates India in Lahore



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LAHORE, Pakistan -- Inzamam-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 118 as Pakistan took charge of the second test against India, finishing the day at 355-3 in response to the tourists' first innings 287.

The Pakistan captain shared a 110-run third wicket stand with Imran Farhat, who made 101, and blasted 14 boundaries on his way to the 19th test century of his career.

He then put on 150 runs for the fourth wicket in an unbroken stand with Yousuf Youhana.

Youhana was 62 not out at the close, with Pakistan already 68 runs ahead.

"We were under tremendous pressure going into this match, and I must acknowledge being tense when I went in to bat today," said Inzamam, after posting his 19th century in 93 tests.

It was his first against India and his first since becoming captain last year.

"I was aware that we first needed to overtake India's score, and then build a sizable lead," he said.

Farhat, 21, also played a key role, slamming his second century in 10 tests.

"This was my best test innings and I really enjoyed it," Farhat said. "There were some tense moments in the 90s, but that happens to all players."

Inzamam said a hundred against India could not have come at a more opportune time, boosting Pakistan's effort to draw level in the series after losing the opening test at Multan last week by an innings and 52 runs.

"The boys were determined to stage a comeback, and I'm glad to have led the way," he said.

Inzamam said his batsmen kept to the game plan adding: "We never went for big strokes and concentrated on staying at the wicket."

The skipper said he was aiming for a total of around 600 to help his bowlers exert pressure on India's batsmen in the second innings.

"We know India's batting strength, but a big lead should build pressure on them," he said.

"If we bowl as well as we did in the first innings, I feel we can again keep them under 300."

India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has been fined 60 percent of his match fee after appearing before match referee Ranjan Madugalle for showing dissent during Tuesday's play.

"He pleaded guilty to showing dissent at an umpiring decision by action or verbal abuse," Samiul Hasan, media manager of the Pakistan Board said.

Patel, 19, was visibly disappointed after Australian umpire Simon Taufel declined a caught-behind appeal against Youhana off leg-spinner Anil Kumble.


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