Misbah leads Pakistan fightback

Updated: 11 December 2007 14:52 IST

Pakistan was 369 for five at stumps in reply to India's first innings total of 626 on the third day of the third Test at Bangalore on Monday.

Misbah leads Pakistan fightback

Bangalore:

Pakistan was 369 for five at stumps in reply to India's first innings total of 626 on the third day of the third Test at Bangalore on Monday.

At the end of the day's play, Misbah-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 54 and Kamran Akmal was batting on 32.

It was a deja vu of the last Test as Misbah and Akmal took on the Indian bowlers after half the Paksitani team is sent back to the pavilion.

Earlier, both Salman Butt and Younis Khan took full advantage of the absence of four of India's front-line seamers.

The two batsmen were particularly severe on young Ishant Sharma. Butt and Younis put on 90 runs for the second wicket. It was Sourav Ganguly who gave India the 2nd break-through, dismissing the dangerous Salman Butt for 68.

Soon after, Younis Khan reached his half century and along with Mohammad Yousuf put up resistance and steadied the Pakistan innings with a 72-run partnership.

Harbhajan Singh then gave India the much needed breakthrough breaking Younis' resistance as the latter was bowled out for a well made 80 runs.

But what really spiced up things was a confrontation between two of the calmest characters in international cricket. Yousuf was clearly offended by something that the Indian skipper Anil Kumble said. And if that was a ploy to distract the veteran batsman, it clearly worked.

Five balls later, Yousuf was dismissed by Irfan Pathan with Yuvraj Singh completing an easy catch to send back Yousuf for 24.

That was the fourth wicket to fall, post which Misbah and Faisal Iqbal tried to resurrect the innings, before Iqbal fell for 24 to Ishant Sharma.

Pakistan need 427 runs to avoid a follow-on.

Earlier, Sourav Ganguly scored his maiden Test double and Irfan Pathan his maiden hundred as India ended up at 626 in the first innings.

In reply, Pakistan were 86 for one in 27 overs by the close of play, with Salman Butt looking good with a fine 50 and stand-in captain Younis Khan on seven.




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