India posts mammoth 626 in 1st innings, Pak end day at 86 for 1

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Bangalore, Dec 9 (UNI) Facing a daunting task Pakistan made 86 for one in their first knock, chasing a mammoth Indian first innings total of 626, at draw of stumps on the second day of the third and final cricket Test being played at M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.

Pakistan lost its first wicket with Kumble trapping Yasir Hameed leg before with the batsman on 19. Salman Butt and Hameed, who opened the Pakistani innings, faced some tense moments in the initial overs. Delhi's Ishant Sharma, making his debut, impressed with his raw pace but was punished by Butt when he erred in line.

Pathan from the other end also posed some problems for the Pakistani openers but the wicket, which eased up after lunch on the opening day, helped the duo negotiate the Indian pacemen rather easily.

The two openers took the Pakistan score to 50 in the 13th over and looked set to end the day without any hick up, but Kumble struck trapping the right hander with a straighter delivery that kept a little low. Butt on 50 and Younis Khan seven were at the crease at stumps.

Earlier, the Indian innings ended 17 minutes after tea, after Sourav Ganguly scored an epic 316-ball 239 and Irfan Pathan added to the opponent's misery plundering the Pakistan bowlers to make 102.

His maiden Test century came in just 133 balls.

Pakistani medium pacer Yasir Arafat made a memorable debut claiming five wickets for 161 runs while Danish Kaneria took three for 161. This was India's highest score against Pakistan on home soil.


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