New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) A defiant 71 by Misbah-ul Haq and his unbeaten 68 run ninth wicket partnership with Mohd Sami (20) saved Pakistan blushes as the visitors rallied to 210 for eight at stumps on the opening day of the first cricket test against India here today.
The visitors who were tottering at 142 for eight at tea, fought back with Misbah leading the charge as he tore apart the Indian bowling to show that there was not much of a devil in the track.
Playing only his eighth test, the 33 year old Misbah, who has done his MBA from the States, recorded his maiden test fifty and and got a brave support from fast bowler Mohd Sami from the other end in the final session before play was stopped due to poor visibilty 4.2 overs early.
Misbah dispel the impression that he is only meant for a shorter version of the game as he stayed at the crease for four hours in a patient effort to frustrate the Indian bowlers.
Misbah who displayed tremandous concentration and determination survived a sharp chance on 69. He was focused and did not let go any loose delivery unpunished.
Pacer Zaheer Khan who gave the hosts early breakthrough ended the day with two wickets for 36 and Spinner Anil Kumble, making his debut as captain, claimed three wickets for 38 as host bowlers dominated the first two sessions.
Saurav Ganguly claimed the all important wicket of Mohammad Yousuf for 27 after lunch as Pakistan lost five wickets in the afternoon session.