Younis Khan's 24th Test century saw Pakistan reach 261-4 at stumps on the opening day of the Test series in Sri Lanka.
Having won the toss and opted to bat first in Galle International Stadium, the tourists wobbled their way to 56-3 before Younis took charge.
The hundred came at even pace, and by stumps he was unbeaten on 133 after putting on stabilising partnerships with Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq.
Younis Khan's only 2nd Test century in Sri Lanka. The previous one was 14 years ago on his first tour to SL!!!! - both 100s at Galle!— Mazher Arshad (@cricket_U) August 6, 2014
Sri Lanka came into the series on the back of a narrow defeat to South Africa, while Pakistan entered it knowing that a victory could propel them to the top of the world rankings.
As such, with Sri Lanka's spin attack likely to be a factor later in the game, the only sensible option was to bat first.
|Pakistan, 1st Innings Scorecard|
|Azhar Ali||b Herath||30||85||69|
|Y Khan||not out||133||351||228|
|Misbah-ul-Haq||c Dickwella||b Herath||31||152||100|
|Extras||1nb 0w 0b 4lb||5|
|Total||for 4 (88.0 ovs)||261|
Still, Dhammika Perera proved a handful with full and fast deliveries gathering enough swing to cause the batsmen trouble.
Perera took out Ahmed Shehzad's middle stump with a ball that moved in to the right-hander while adding Khurram Manzoor with an lbw decision.
Azhar Ali began the recovery work, but having reached 30, he was beaten by a brilliant delivery from Rangana Herath, the ball clipping the bail and signalling the end of his innings.
But Misbah and Younis have been central to Pakistan's Test resurgence in recent times, and they proved to be so again.
Jonny Elworthy (@jonnyelworthy) August 6, 2014
The duo combined for 100 runs to turn the tide slowly their way. Whether it was the obduracy of the pair or the pitch flattening out as the day wore on, the two looked in control until Misbah was lured into a drive by Herath and nicked a spinning ball to the wicketkeeper.
That did not disturb Pakistan's progress, however, with Shafiq scoring briskly and Younis accelerating. The former had his half-century by the close, while Younis, now a 36-year-old veteran, stroked the ball around with ease.
If the pair can help Pakistan bat the majority of Day 2, they will have an advantage which will be hard to overcome.
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