Day 3: India, Pakistan share honours

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Pakistan were 212 for five in their second innings at close on the third day of the first Test against India at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Saturday.

Updated: November 25, 2007 15:53 IST
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Pakistan were 212 for five in their second innings at close on the third day of the first Test against India at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Saturday.

The visitors have an overall lead of 167 with five wickets in hand.

At stumps, Misbah-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 29 and Kamran Akmal was 21 not out.

Earlier, Pakistan finally got over their opening blues on Day 3. Openers Salman Butt and Yasir Hameed gave the tourists a solid second innings start after the Indian innings wrapped up for 276.

India managed a first innings lead of 45 runs but Pakistan openers made sure that was wiped out quickly.

Butt and Hameed were both unfazed by the Indian pace attack as they played shots all round the park, forming a perfect platform for the middle order to capitalise on.

It took a very very special effort by VVS Laxman to break that partnership. After a 71 run stand, Hameed done in by a faster one from Kumble as Laxman completed a great quick-reaction catch.

The day saw the match see-sawing in favour of both teams a number of times. After Pakistan got off to a great start, India struck back courtesy some great bowling.

The back-bone of the Pakistan middle-order Mohammad Yousuf was removed by Harbhajan Singh. Yousuf fell for 18, with the score-board reading 149 for 3.

The most crucial wicket though was probably that of opener Salman Butt, who was playing effortlessly but an outside edge off a Kumble delivery and an easy catch by Rahul Dravid at slips ended his innings of 67.

That was Kumble's seventh wicket of the match. Pakistan at that stage were 155 for 4. Post that captain Shoaib Malik too was dismissed, again by Harbhajan.

Earlier, Laxman was left stranded on 72 not out as he ran out of partners after his overnight partner Kumble fell for 24 runs.

The duo added 34 runs to the overnight score before Danish Kaneria bamboozled the Indian captain to open the floodgates for Pakistan.

The rest of the Indian tail Harbhajan Singh (1), Zaheer Khan (9) and Munaf Patel (0) failed to wag.

Kaneria picked up four wickets for Pakistan.

Earlier, India was 228 for six at stumps in reply to Pakistan's 231 on the second day.

When the umpires offered light to the batsmen, India was three runs behind Pakistan's first innings total with Laxman unbeaten on 57 and Kumble 7 not out.

Earlier, it was a 115-run partnership between MS Dhoni and Laxman that came to India's rescue, after they lost their first five wickets for under a 100 runs.

With Sohail Tanvir and Shoaib Akhtar wrecking the top order, it was left to Dhoni and Laxman to steady the innings and both got half centuries.

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