Pak trail by 327 runs, 8 wkts left

Indian seamers picked up two quick Pakistani wickets reducing the hosts to 49 for 2 at stumps on the third day of the final test at Rawalpindi.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Indian seamers picked up two quick Pakistani wickets reducing the hosts to 49 for 2 at stumps on the third day of the final test at Rawalpindi. First to go was Imran Farhat, as he edged a delivery from Lakshmipathy Balaji to Virender Sehwag. Then Irfan Pathan struck and claimed the second opener, Taufiq Umar leg before. Pakistan still trail India's first innings score by 327 runs with eight wickets in hand. Yasir Hameed (8) and Kamran Akmal (10) will resume at the crease tomorrow. 'The Wall' powers India Earlier, Dravid 'The Wall' Dravid amassed the highest score of his Test career as India strengthened its grip over the third and final test against Pakistan today. Dravid hit a career-best 270 with India all out for 600, with a lead of 376 runs over the hosts in the first innings. The Indian vice captain was a picture of concentration, cutting and pulling the Pakistani bowlers at will, during his knock which lasted nearly 12 hours. His double ton included 34 hits to the boundary. Dravid has become the only Indian batsman to score five Test double centuries, and the fourth Indian to score a double ton against Pakistan after Virender Sehwag, Sanjay Manjrekar and Anshuman Gaekwad. Sheet anchor In fact Dravid was the anchor around which India built its innings, frustrating the Pakistani bowlers with some solid batting. After crucial partnerships with Parthiv Patel and VVS Laxman on day two, Dravid shared two important partnerships on day three as well. He put on 131 runs for the fifth wicket with skipper Ganguly and was involved in a 98-run sixth wicket partnership with Yuvraj Singh. Careless dismissal Skipper Ganguly, however, was run out when he failed to ground his bat after completing a quick single. Imran Nazir's direct throw from the point region shattered the stumps at the non-strikers end while the Indian skipper's bat was still in air. Ganguly was out for 77, which brought Yuvraj Singh to the crease. Yuvraj put in 47 runs before he was out leg before to Mohammad Sami. Danish Kaneria then claimed two wickets, ripping apart the Indian lower order. First Kaneria claimed Irfan Pathan, caught by Fazl-e-Akbar, and then Anil Kumble was stumped by Kamran Akmal. Rahul Dravid then fell, while trying to sweep Imran Farhat. Lakshmipathy Balaji slammed a valuable six and a four, taking India to 600. But he was caught while trying to hit Farhat for a second time by Shoaib Malik. Pak strikes On Day 2, the Pak bowlers had tasted success in the post-lunch session when Akbar got rid of overnight batsman Parthiv Patel for 69. But disaster struck when Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed by Shoaib Akhtar after scoring just one run. Laxman then joined vice captain Dravid on the crease as the duo batted sensibly to avoid another mini-collapse. But Shoaib Akhtar struck again and dismissed Laxman for 71 with a brilliant delivery.
(With PTI inputs)