Shoaib and Younis share record stand for Pakistan

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JOHANNESBURG, Sep 17 (Reuters) Captain Shoaib Malik and former skipper Younis Khan shared Pakistan's first international Twenty20 century partnership to lift their side to a competitive 189 for six in a World Cup match against Sri Lanka today.

Sri Lanka, who won the toss and bowled first, picked up three early wickets but Shoaib and Younis then ripped into the bowling in their Group F clash.

They struck 101 runs off the 58 balls they shared and were particularly severe on left-arm spinner Sanath Jayasuriya, taking 46 runs off his first three overs.

Shoaib finished on 57, Pakistan's highest Twenty20 score, surpassing the 53 struck by Misbah ul-Haq in the team's previous match against India.

Shoaib reached his half-century in just 27 balls, beating the 33 deliveries needed by Misbah.

Younis slammed his 51 off 35 balls, with three sixes.

Jayasuriya bowled the final over and Misbah hit him for two sixes over long-off. Jayasuriya conceded a total of 64 runs, equalling the most expensive Twenty20 bowling tally recorded by England paceman James Anderson against Australia in Sydney earlier this year.

Fast bowler Dilhara Fernando restricted Pakistan at the start of their innings and finished with two for 17, while Lasith Malinga stemmed the tide of runs with three wickets, including those of both Younis and Shoaib.

Chaminda Vaas also proved difficult to get away, taking one for 23 in four overs.

REUTERS AM AS2256

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