Bangalore, Dec 11 (UNI) Riding on a gritty unbeaten 133 by Misbah -ul-Haq, Pakistan folded their first innings at 537 in reply to India's 626 and avoided follow on the fourth day of the third and final Test at M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.
Hosts medium pacer Ishant Sharma shared the day four honours with Misbah, with his maiden five wicket haul as ran through the Pakistani tail enders.
Tea was taken as soon as the Pakistan innings folded and India, who are leading the series 1-0, gained an 89-run first innings lead.
Pakistan, resuming at overnight 369 for five, easily avoided the follow on with 33-year-old Misbah in charge. He, along with Akmal (65), added 144 runs for the sixth wicket to take Pakistan to safety.
The duo saved Pakistan from following on for the second time in the series, the earlier one in the drawn Kolkata Test.
However, after Akmal left, the visitors lost four wickets in just 6.1 overs as the Delhi medium pacer finally found his rhythm and forced the Pakistan tailenders into submission.
Ishant's lively last spell read an impressive 6.1-2-9-4. He had failed to find the right line since yesterday and had conceded nine no balls.
Misbah, who was in great form hit his second successive century in his last two Test matches. He had hit 161 in Kolkata to save the second Test.
In his marathon innings lasting 407 minutes, Misbah hit 17 boundaries after facing 322 balls and remained unconquered.