Bangalore, Dec 10 (UNI) Opener Salman Butt, who lived a charmed life, departed for 68 as Pakistan reached 180 for two at lunch on the third day of the third and final Test against India being played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
Facing a daunting task after India piled up 626 in their first innings yesterday, Pakistan still needs 247 runs to avoid the follow on.
Butt and stand-in skipper Younis Khan played cautioiusly in the morning with the opener lucky not to depart early. He survived Irfan Pathan's confident appeal for leg before in the ninth over of the day and later was dropped by Gautam Gambhir at short leg off Harbhajan at his individual score of 63.
Ganguly troubled Butt with slow away swingers and ultimately had him with the similar ball that moved a shade away out side the off stump and forced Butt to edge it into the gloves of keeper Dinesh Karthik when Pakistan scroe was reading 149.
Indian bowlers kept the Pakistan batsmen in check restricting them to score only 94 runs in the first session.
Younis Khan at 62 and Mohammad Yousuf, who came at the fall of Butt's wicket, on 6 were at the crease at lunch break. Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan began the Indian attack and the Delhi seamer continued to struggle to find rhythm.
Butt started well, hitting Pathan for two boundaries in the Baroda speedster's second over of the day. Butt and Younis raised Pakistan's 100 in the fourth over of the day with the stand-in skipper playing confidently against the spinners.
Younis reverse sweept Harbhajan Singh twice in the vacant third man boundary and hit the spinner again to the cover boundary when he erred in line. In his 161 minute innings facing 120 he has so far struck 10 well timed boundaries. The two batsmen raised 90 runs for the second wicket in 127 minutes and 184 balls as Pakistan reached 100 in the 31st over and after Butt's departure it reached150 in 47th over.
Introduction of Harbhajan put skids on Pakistan as the off spinner kept the two batsmen in check and troubled Butt using the leg stump line to spin the ball away from the left hander, while Kumble also bowled with a tight leash over Pakistani batsman.