Twitter Reactions: Younis Khan marches into 10k club on Day 3 at Sabina Park

On 22 when he hit Roston Chase for a boundary during this crucial partnership came the moment which many were waiting for with bated breath.

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Younis Khan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

The weekend at Sabina Park had already witnessed Mohammad Amir’s memorable five-for, a pivotal milestone since the pacer’s career turned over a new leaf. On Sunday morning, Amir went on to add a tiny little cherry on the cake by picking up the final wicket in the West Indies line-up. His 6 for 44 thus became his career-best figures in a Test inning. The hosts could add just 8 runs to their overnight score to be bundled out for 286.

Though it must be said that West Indies made a good recovery from 71 for 5. Mohammad Amir’s effort was laudable – a very classy performance from one of Pakistan’s best seamers today. Pakistan came out to bat with Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad.

Nevertheless, the man who was wanted out in the middle was of course Younis Khan, who found himself at touching distance from the 10,000 club. Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder struck with the new ball, sending back Pakistan’s openers. A couple of early breakthroughs for West Indies, having posted 286, brought an element of poise to the game.

At 54/2, Younis walked out to the crease and took the guard. The veteran right-hander began stitching an important partnership with the in-form Babar Azam. The duo eventually added 131 for the third wicket, with both batsmen getting to their fifties.

On 22 when he hit Roston Chase for a boundary during this crucial partnership came the moment which many were waiting for with bated breath. Shortly after tea, Younis played perhaps the most Younis-Khan-like sweep to become the first Pakistani batsmen to score 10,000 Test runs.

Applause from the West Indies players and a standing ovation from the dressing room summed up the historic moment. An emotional Younis Khan took his helmet off, saluted the dressing room and punched the badge on his shirt. Not every day does a world class batsman get to walk into the 10k club.

Following Younis’ dismissal, the other veteran took center stage, himself a few runs shy of the 5k club. Babar Azam departed as well, after a patient 72.

Bad light forced the players off the field a bit earlier than they would’ve wanted it. Pakistan ended a long, hard-fought day in Kingston on 201 for 4, trailing the West Indies by 85 runs. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq both ended the day’s play on 5 having faced 35 balls. With another two days in hand, this Test is on course for a possible result.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Younis’ achievement:

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