Bangalore: Skipper Younis Khan crafted a neat half-century to steer Pakistan to a 180/2 at lunch on the third day of the third and final Test against India here at the Chinnaswami Stadium on Monday.
Younis hit 62 studded with 10 boundaries and shared 90-run stand for the second wicket with Salman Butt (68) after the visitors resumed at 86 for one.
Mohammad Yousuf (6) was at the wicket with Younis at lunch. The visitors still need 247 runs to avoid the follow-on.
Younis settled down quickly to stonewall the Indian attack who allowed the Pak batsmen to score only 94 runs in the morning session. Younis played spinners with controled aggression reverse sweeping off-spinner Harbhajan for a boundary and used his full reach to combat experienced leg spinner Anil Kumble.
Butt and stand-in skipper Younis Khan started off 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.
The military medium pacer 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.
Saurav Ganguly and Irfan Pathan blasted their maiden double hundred and century respectively on Sunday after Yuvraj Singh smashed 169 to help hosts India post an imposing first-innings total of 626.
India are 1-0 up in the series after winning the opening test by six wickets in New Delhi.
Brief Scores (at lunch, D-3):
India Ist innings 626 Vs Pakistan Ist innings 180/2 (Butt 68, Younis 62 n o)