Multan:Replying to India's first innings score of 675, Pakistan were 364 for the loss of six wickets at the end of the third day of the first Test at Multan. Sachin Tendulkar struck off the last ball of the day when he bowled Moin Khan for 17. Abdul Razzaq was not out on 47. With four wickets remaining, Pakistan still need 112 runs more to save a follow-on. Pakistan lost two wickets in the post-tea session. Their fifth wicket fell at 321. Yousuf Youhana was caught behind off the bowling of Zaheer Khan for 35 runs. Youhana and Abdul Razzaq added 78 runs for the fifth wicket. In the second session, Irfan Pathan picked up his second wicket when he dismissed Yasir Hameed, who was caught by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel for 91. After losing two early wickets, Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yasir Hameed stood firm at the crease, putting up a valuable partnership of 160 runs for the third wicket. Pakistan lost their third wicket when Inzamam was caught by Aakash Chopra off the bowling of Anil Kumble for 77. Pathan, Balaji strike In the morning session, after India removed both the Pakistani openers early, Pakistan were 137 for 2 at lunch. Resuming from their overnight score of 42 for no loss, openers Imran Farhat and Taufeeq Umar seemed set for some gritty batting. Farhat clobbered Zaheer Khan for two consecutive boundaries in the opening over. But once again it was Irfan Pathan who got the breakthrough for India. Umar edged a Pathan delivery to Rahul Dravid in the slips. He faced 79 balls to score his 23 runs. Lakshmipathy Balaji struck immediately after being brought into the attack. He had Farhat leg before in his very first over for 38 runs. The home team was down two wickets in the first hour of play. Hameed, Inzy take charge The two quick wickets spurred the Indian bowlers to go flat out to grab more wickets and put pressure on the hosts. But the in-form batsmen Hameed and Inzamam stonewalled the Indian charge by initially playing watchfully and then opening up to hit some elegant shots. They took the Pakistani score past the 100-run mark in the 38th over. Stand-in captain Dravid introduced his trump card Anil Kumble immediately after the drinks break but both Hameed and Inzamam had no difficulty in negotiating the seasoned leg spinner. Hameed was not afraid to go after Kumble and played a delectable glide to the third man boundary while the burly Inzamam also produced a superb straight drive off the same bowler to the long off boundary. With both the batsmen punishing the loose deliveries, the Pakistan scoring rate improved to a great extent in the second hour of play as the home team put on 95 runs in the session.
(With PTI inputs)
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