Mohammad Yousuf hadn't played a Test match since December 2007 and hadn't played a first class game since June 2008 but on his return to Test cricket it was business as usual coasting to a hundred straightaway. Yousuf was at his uncomplicated best as he reached his 24th Test hundred in his 80th Test (4th best conversion rate) off 157 balls. He came into bat with Pakistan in a spot of bother at 55-3 and runs were required badly. Yousuf started off in his typical cautious manner and once he got his eye, he started gathering runs. He dealt with all the bowlers in a proficient manner especially Ajantha Mendis. Bulk of Yousuf's runs came through the off side as he drove the ball with ease and grace. He was involved in invaluable partnership of 139 runs with Misbah-ul-Haq (56) and then added another 75 runs for the sixth wicket with Shoaib Malik. Yousuf fell just before the close when he was run out for 114 off 185 balls including 10 fours. The control and the ease with which Yousuf batted and defied the Sri Lankan bowlers was exemplary. Yousuf's innings has enabled Pakistan to take a valuable first innings lead which will be crucial on the outcome of the Test result. Nabeel Sabir