Sunday 9 December 2007 

Ganguly And Pathan Put India In Complete Charge

India 626 (Ganguly 239, Yuvraj 169, Pathan 102, Arafat 5-161) v
Pakistan 86-1 after 26 overs in Bangalore on day two

India lead the three-match series 1-0

Saurav Ganguly and Irfan Pathan registered Test bests of 239 and 102 respectively as India imposed themselves on day two of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Bangalore, scoring 626 in their first innings.

Anil Kumble then struck to dismiss Yasir Hameed to leave Pakistan in trouble in a game they have to win to avoid losing the series.

Salman Butt fought back with a half-century with Younus Khan digging in as he did to good effect in the previous match in Kolkata.

Ganguly continued in the fine form he showed on day one, moving to his first Test double century alongside Pathan, who scored his maiden century as the pair overcame the early loss of Dinesh Karthik (24) to post a 178-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

Ganguly was finally dismissed by Danish Kaneria, after which the remaining wickets tumbled swiftly, Yasir Arafat finishing with five for 161.

Yuvraj Singh had on day one registered his own Test best score of 169 after Pakistan had made a promising start.

India lead the three-match series 1-0.

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