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Thatscricket - Test Series - India's tour of Pakistan- India one wicket away from historic win

Published: Friday, April 16, 2004, 23:05 [IST]
 
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Multan:India was tantalisingly close to its first-ever Test win in Pakistan that was forced to follow-on and left staring at defeat after Anil Kumble took seven wickets on the penultimate day of the Multan Test on Wednesday.

On a humiliating day for the home side, the Indians quickly knocked off the last four wickets of Pakistan's innings, enforced the follow-on and then left them on a pathetic 207 for nine in the second innings. The visitors are still ahead by 61 runs and need to take only the last Pakistani wicket on the final day to record a win after 52 years.

The under-rated Indian bowling attack took a total of 13 wickets during the day but a brilliant unbeaten 107 by vice-captain Yousuf Youhana forced the match on to the fifth day although the play was extended by half an hour on Wednesday.

Kumble's six for 71 in the second innings, his 24th The seasoned Kumble, returning to the Test squad after a two-month break due an injury, showed that he is still a force to reckon with as he produced a mesmerising spell to break the backbone of the Pakistani batting.

Standing tall among the ruins, Youhana unleashed a flurry of strokes towards the end of the day in desperation and giving him company at close of play was last man Shabbir Ahmed who was yet to open his account.

The visitors have an entire day on Thursday to claim the remaining wicket and gain a 1-0 lead in this historic three-match series.

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