Younis Khan built on his overnight century against Sri Lanka and hit 177 on Thursday. His knock on Day 2 of the first Test at Galle was the second-highest by a Pakistani in Sri Lanka - second only to Mohammad Hafeez's 196, scored in 2012. (Day 2 report | Scorecard)
Resuming on his overnight score of 133, Younis continued to show sublime class. Batting with Asad Shafiq (75), the 36-year-old put on 137 for the fifth wicket to help Pakistan score 451 in the first innings - their second highest Test total in Sri Lanka.
Such was the nature of the dominant batting that not only did Younis (1958 runs) finish as the highest Test scorer for Pakistan against Sri Lanka overall, his knock was the sixth highest for a visiting batsman in Galle. West Indies'Â Chris Gayle (333) and India'sÂ Virender Sehwag (201*) hold the record here.
Younis batted to his potential but the support that he got from Asad was also crucial. The Pakistan youngster hit eight fours and two sixes to anchor the innings from his end. Batting against Sri Lanka though has never been a daunting task for Asad as he has scored four of his nine Test fifties against this team.
While Pakistan batsmen flourished, Sri Lanka lost a quick wicket before Kaushal Silva (38*) and Kumar Sangakkara (36*) stabilized the hosts. At close, the Lankans were 99 for 1 - still 352 runs behind.
More stats from Day 2 of the 1st Test:
# Younis is the fifth Pakistani batsman to register two hundreds vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in Tests, joining Saeed Anwar, Azhar Ali, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik.
# In three consecutive innings in Sri Lanka, Asad has recorded 75, & 100 not out at Pallekele in 2012 and 75 at Galle.
# The 137-run fifth-wicket partnership between Younis and Asad is the third highest for Pakistan vs Sri Lanka at Galle in Tests.Â The record is held by the same pair - 151 at Galle in 2012.
# Sarfraz Ahmed (55) has registered his second fifty in Tests - the first being 74 vs Sri Lanka at Dubai in January this year.
# Abdur Rehman's first fifty vs Sri Lanka is his second in Tests - his highest being 60 vs South Africa at Abu Dhabi in November 2010.
# Perera (5/137) has produced his third five-wicket haul in Tests - his first vs Pakistan.
# Herath has become the first bowler to complete 40 wickets (ave 35.37) in nine Tests this year.
(With inputs from Rajesh Kumar)