3rd Test: Yuvraj, Ganguly revive India

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/y/yuvraj1_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Yuvraj Singh and Saurav Ganguly took Pakistan to the cleaners with centuries despite India losing early wickets as the hosts ended the day at 365 for five.

Updated: December 09, 2007 15:34 IST
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Yuvraj Singh and Saurav Ganguly took Pakistan to the cleaners with centuries despite India losing early wickets as the hosts ended the day at 365 for five on the opening day of the third Test at Bangalore on Saturday.

At stumps, Ganguly was unbeaten on 125 and Dinesh Karthik was batting on 3 not out.

Earlier, Gautam Gambhir handed Mohammad Sami his first wicket of the series and Pakistan the early advantage when he edged the Pakistani quick to Kamran Akmal with the score at 8 after skipper Anil Kumble elected to bat.

Debutant Yasir Arafat rocked India by picking up three vital wickets. The 25-year-old, coming in for Sohail Tanvir, picked up the prize wickets of Rahul Dravid, Wasim Jaffer and VVS Laxman reducing India to 61 for four and giving Pakistan the early advantage.

Reeling at 65 for four at lunch, India batted themselves into a position of strength courtesy Ganguly and Singh who came to India's rescue adding 127 runs in the second session and then taking India past the 300-run mark.

Yuvraj, in particular, looked at his fluent best and celebrated his recall to the Test side with a century, his 3rd in the format. Incidentally, all three of his Test hundreds have come against Pakistan.

Sourav Ganguly also brought up his century soon after, his second of the series. The pair added 300 runs for the fifth wicket.

Both batsmen scored centuries in that partnership with Ganguly making it his second ton in a row after the Kolkata Test. This is the first time in 10 years that Ganguly has scored back to back Test 100s.

Yuvraj Singh fell shortly before close of play having scored 169.

Earlier on, the already thin Pakistan bowling resources, were rocked with news that star fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar being advised two days rest due to back spasms.

India made four changes to the team that played the second Test, most of them forced changes. Yuvraj Singh, Gautham Gambhir, Irfan Pathan and Ishanth Sharma replaced MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel.

On the other hand, Pakistan made just one change, debutant Yasir Arafat came in for Sohail Tanvir.


India: Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik(w), Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble(c), Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma.

Pakistan: Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan(c), Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah Ul-Haq, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal(w), Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Danish Kaneria.

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