Monday 10 December 2007 

Misbah And Kamran Team Up To Good Effect Again

India 626 (Ganguly 239, Yuvraj 169, Pathan 102, Arafat 5-161) v
Pakistan 369-5 (Younus 80, Butt 68, Misbah 54no) after 117 overs

India lead the three-match series 1-0

India continued to make life difficult for Pakistan on day three of the third and final Test in Bangalore, picking up four wickets before Misbah-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal teamed up to score a half-century partnership reminiscent of their huge stand in Kolkata.

Pakistan closed on 369 for five, still 257 runs behind, but edging their way closer to avoiding the follow-on.

They started the day promisingly, Salman Butt (68) and Younus Khan (80) putting together a partnership of 90 before Butt was caught behind off of first innings double-centurion Saurav Ganguly and Younus was soon after bowled by Harbhajan Singh.

Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma then picked up a wicket apiece in removing Mohammad Yousuf (24) and Faisal Iqbal (22) leaving Misbah and Kamran Akmal at the crease and both looking in good touch with Misbah completing his half-century shortly before the close.

Pakistan's cause was helped by India conceding a record 70 extras on a pitch that proved a tough examination for Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps.

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