Tuesday 11 December 2007 

India Build Lead After Misbah Century And Early Blows

India 626 (Ganguly 239, Yuvraj 169) & 131-2 (Ganguly 63no) v
Pakistan 537 (Misbah 133no, Younus 80, Butt 68)

India lead the three-match series 1-0

India built themselves a healthy advantage over Pakistan on day four of the third and final Test in Bangalore, after Misbah-ul-Haq scored a fine century and Pakistan's bowlers removed Indian openers Wasim Jaffer and Gautam Gambhir cheaply.

Misbah-ul-Haq scored his second unbeaten century in as many games as Pakistan hit 537 in reply to India's 626 with India closing the day on 131 for two, 220 runs ahead with Saurav Ganguly adding a belligerent half-century to his double century in the first innings.

Pakistan had quickly removed both openers as they fight to keep themselves in with a chance of an unlikely victory. Gambhir was bowled by Shoaib Akhtar for three while Jaffer was trapped in front by Yasir Arafat for 18.

An unbeaten partnership of 101 between Ganguly and Rahul Dravid (32 not out) saw India to the close without further alarms.

Earlier, Misbah finished on 133 having received fine support from Kamran Akmal (65) and Yasir Arafat (44) before Ishant Sharma took the last four wickets to fall to claim five for 118.

India conceded a record number of 76 extras in the innings.

Pakistan need to win the game to claim a 1-1 series score but without a sporting declaration from India or an outstanding bowling display, they look unlikely to get there, despite Misbah and Kamran's heroics.

© Cricket World 2007


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