Ton-up Umar finds comeback harder than debut

Oct 20, 2011, 10:49 IST | AFP
Pakistani opener Taufiq Umar yesterday notched up a brilliant hundred in the first Test against Sri Lanka, further cementing his place after being in the wilderness for four years.

Pakistan's Taufiq Umar celebrates his half-century against SL yesterday.

The 30-year-old left-hander notched a patient 109 to help Pakistan reach 259-1 at close on the second day, adding an invaluable unbroken 141 for the second wickets with Azhar Ali (60 not out) at Abu Dhabi stadium.

That typical five-day format knock guided Pakistan to a 62-run lead over Sri Lanka's first-innings total of 197. Umar had provided Pakistan a solid start of 118 with fellow opener Mohammad Hafeez who made an attractive 75.

Despite scoring his second hundred on a comeback trail, his first against the West Indies in May this year, Umar said a comeback was always harder than the start.

"When you do a comeback, you have more pressure on you than your debut," said Umar, who hit eight boundaries during his 296-ball knock.

"A century always gives you confidence and I am happy at that."

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