Light saves Pak but India win series

Updated: 13 December 2007 10:47 IST

Chasing 374, Pakistan was 162 for seven on the final day of the third Test at Bangalore on Wednesday when bad light stopped play.

Light saves Pak but India win series

Bangalore:

Chasing 374, Pakistan was 162 for seven on the final day of the third Test at Bangalore on Wednesday when bad light stopped play.

Sourav Ganguly was named Man of the Match for his magnificent double-hundred and second-innings 91. He was also the player of the series.

India won their first series in 27 years against Pakistan at home, but the margin was 1-0 after the Bangalore Test ended in a draw.

The fans though did get what they had hoped for, with plenty of last minute drama.

With Anil Kumble's five-wicket haul driving Pakistan to desperation, he will be disappointed for not having declared just a little bit earlier.

Pakistan lost four wickets in a span of just 10 runs, Anil Kumble and Yuvraj Singh joining hands to bring India back in to contention.

But India's hopes were dashed when poor light forced play to be stopped. With both teams having agreed to not use artificial lights through the Test series, India played the waiting game but in the end the umpires declared the match drawn.

Earlier, India declared their innings at 284 for six setting Pakistan a 374-run target.

Overnight batsmen Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid carried on in style early on Day 5, before both fell in the space of two balls.

Ganguly carried on his great touch and looked all set to complete another Test hundred.

Dravid and Ganguly put on 152 runs for the third wicket, before Dravid fell to Kaneria for 42.

On the crumbling Bangalore track, Ganguly looked quite at ease but was dismissed 3 balls later by Mohammad Sami for 91.

Sami struck again after that, dismissing birthday boy Yuvraj Singh for 2, but not before he completed 1000 Test runs.

There was a shocker for India though - VVS Laxman being hit by a Shoaib Akhtar delivery, that stayed very low.

Laxman was hit on the elbow and was clearly in a lot of pain. He retired hurt for 14 and was sent to the hospital for a precautionary scan. Laxman and Karthik put on a 41 run stand.

India may have lost the chance to force a result after managing a first innings lead of just 89 runs thanks to a Misbah-ul-Haq's century. But they finished Day 4 with an overall lead of 220 runs and with eight wickets still in hand.



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