India set stiff 374-run target before Pakistan

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Bangalore, Dec 12 (UNI) India declared their second innings at 284 for six after lunch, setting before Pakistan a daunting target of 374 runs in 48 overs at rate of 7.8 runs per over, on the fifth and final day of the third Test of the Indian Oil Cup here today.

Earlier, Pakistan had made 537 in their first innings in reply to India's 626.

Dinesh Karthik struck a half century making 52 off 67 balls to set the tone for declaration, scoring briskly in an effor to force a result. The much waited declaration came 68 minutes after lunch.

However, Karthik, departed the very next ball after completing his half century, giving Yasir Arafat his second wicket and Akmal his third catch of the day.

Meanwhile, Laxman, who was batting on the other end at 14, had to retire hurt after suffering a blow on his elbow while fending a short pitched delivery from Shoaib Akthar in the first over after lunch.

However, according to he team management, the injury was not serioius. The sylish Hyderabadi and Karthik added 41 runs for the sixth wicket to take the score to 225. After Laxam left the field, Pathan joined Karthik and the two batsmen added 59 runs before skipper Kumble declared the innings.

With the final Test match heading towards a definite draw, India is on the threshold of winning a series against Pakistan at the home turf after a gap of 28 years. They are leading the serise 1-0 after winning the Delhi Test, while the second Test at Kolkata ended in a tame draw.

UNI

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