Bangalore, Dec 11 (UNI) In their quest to save the match, Pakistan managed to avoid follow on, scoring 470 for six at lunch on the fourth day of the third and final Test match against India being played at M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.
Resuming at the overnight score of 369 for five, Misbah, who needs just one run to complete his century, and Akmal continued their gritty fight to take their team safely past the 427-run mark.
India earlier, had amassed 626 in their first innings on the second day. Pakistan lost the lone wicket of Akmal, who hit Harbhajan to the midwicket fence to take Pakistan past the 427 mark, thereby enabling India to bat again.
The Pakistani keeper was more enterprising then his partner, as the duo went on studiously in persuit of crossing the follow-on limit.
Misbah (99) and Yasir Arafat (21) were at the crease on the lunch break.
The visitors began cautiously with Misbah and Akmal aiming to take the team past the follow-on mark. Akmal, struck five boundaries before being stumped by Karthik off Harbhajan.
Akmal was more severe on Ishant Sharma hitting the young Delhi lad for two fours in the third over of the morning as he continued to struggle with his line.
Misbah carried on confidently from his overnight score of 54 and added invaluable 144 runs in 236 balls for the sixth-wicket with Akmal.
He struck five well-timed hits to the fence so far scoring 45 in 94 balls . All-rounder Yasir Arafat, who joined Misbah after Pakistani keeper's dismissal, proved an able ally and played the Indian bowlers confidently.
Pakistan crossed 400-run mark in the ninth over of the morning and 450, in the 142nd over of the innings.
After brief spell by Irfan Pathan and Ishant in the morning, skipper Anil Kumble brought himself on and also introduced his partner-in hand in spin department Harbhajan to bowl in tandem from the other end.
However, Pakistani batsmen faced them confidently, until Akmal went for an ambitious pull shot and was stumped in a flash by Karthik.