Wednesday 12 December 2007 

Kumble Takes Five Wickets Before Match Drawn

India 626 (Ganguly 239, Yuvraj 168_ & 284-6 declared (Ganguly 91)
Pakistan 537 (Misbah 133no, Younus 80) & 162-7 (Kumble 5-60)

Match drawn: India win the series 1-0

Anil Kumble took five wickets in Pakistan's second innings on the final day of the third and final Test against India in Bangalore as the game came to life in the final session with India on the brink of a remarkable win before bad light ended play with India taking the series 1-0.

Set 374 in 48 overs to win, Salman Butt (eight), Yasir Hameed (39) and Younus Khan (nought) were the first to fall as Pakistan looked to be making a go of their run chase.

The pace continued as Faisal Iqbal hit a half-century before he and Kamran Akmal (nought) were dismissed in successive balls by Kumble. When Misbah-ul-Haq (37) was bowled by Yuvraj Singh it left Pakistan in trouble with six wickets down and only Mohammad Yousuf left of the recognised batsmen.

Yasir Arafat (nought) was then deceived by a Yuvraj delivery that turned and kept low, leaving Yousuf to bat with the tail to try and save the game. Pakistan had lost four wickets for ten runs in 16 deliveries. Four more runs were added before the batsmen were offered the light. Yousuf and Mohammad Sami made for the safety of the dressing room while the Indians remained on the field, desperately hoping for the light to improve. It didn't, and the match was declared a draw some thirty minutes later.

Earlier, Saurav Ganguly added 91 and Dinesh Karthik 52 as India declared on 284 for six giving themselves a comfortable lead and half a chance of a win. VVS Laxman had to retire hurt after a blow to the elbow, which might cause India some worry ahead of their tour of Australia.

India hit 626 in their first innings while Pakistan scored 537.

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