Pak defies SA to draw 1st Test

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Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 17:57 [IST]
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Pak defies SA to draw 1st Test

On the final day of the first test against South Africa, Pakistan was faced with the daunting task of batting out the day in pursuance of 451. But batsmen Azhar Ali and Younis Khan started off the day's proceedings in confident fashion, fending off the Proteas bowlers well. However, in the 45th over, Khan was lucky to survive from both a dropped catch which the keeper Mark Boucher spilled, and in the same ball, a run-out chance.

The batting pair then worked hard at picking up the singles and twos and only occasionally welcomed a boundary. In the 55th over, the two had taken Pakistan past the 150-run mark and hadn't run out of steam just yet. But that was to change, when in the 60th over, Azhar Ali was bowled by Harris for 63. Having faced 150 balls, he certainly played a patient innings, which is what Pakistan needed in the context of the game. Then, the captain Misbah-ul-Haq came out to the centre to join Younis who was on 30. The pair brought in lunch with the score at 187/3.

Following the break, Khan reached his 50 in the 79th over. By that time, he and Misbah had taken their side past the 200-run mark and were looking solid. Khan broke loose in the 81st over, sending Botha for a six and a four in successive deliveries. Khan, then got on top of Steyn in the 83rd over, taking him for three fours.

The batsmen took Pakistan to over 250 in the 93rd over. Khan was no doubt growing exponentially in confidence for in the 99th over, he hit Botha straight back for a four and two balls later, brought up his century in style with a six over mid wicket. Not to be outdone, Misbah brought up his fifty with a similar shot, carting Botha for another six.

The pair batting with a supreme air, took Pakistan past 300 with Khan lofting Botha for a six over mid wicket. It was clear that the efficacy of the off-spinner was on the wane, when Misbah and Khan took him for 9 runs in the 111th over to take Pakistan's score to 326/3.

8 overs later with Pakistan's score at 343/3, the two sides agreed to call off the match and settle for a draw. It was an incredible effort from Khan and Misbah to bat out the last day, especially since it was their first test in a long while.


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