Bangalore:India was 131 for two at stumps on their second innings on the fourth day of the third Test against Pakistan at Bangalore on Tuesday.
India may have lost the chance to force a result after managing a first innings lead of just 89 runs thanks to a Misbah-ul-Haq's century. But they finished Day 4 with an overall lead of 220 runs and with eight wickets still in hand.
However with just a day to go only a very brave declration could lead to a result.
Sourav Ganguly, the highest run getter in this series was on 63 not out off 77 balls. The prince of kolkata is enjoying a sensational 99th Test match. He's now also the second highest scorer in Tests in this calendar year behind Jacques Kallis.
That innings came after India had slumped for 26 for 2 with both openers Gautam Gambhir and Wasim Jaffer being dismised cheaply. However jaffer might well blame the pitch for his wicket. The newly laid Bangalore pitch clearly not doing much to provide a result.
Earlier, Pakistan posted 537 in reply to India's first innings total of 626, trailing by 89 runs.
Misbah-ul-Haq remained unbeaten on 133, but the man who stole the show in the end was youngster Ishant Sharma.
The 19-year-old completed his first five-wicket haul in Tests, as he ran through the Pakistan tail, bagging the last four wickets.
Mohammad Sami was done in by sheer pace, as he lost his furniture to Sharma. The other batsmen who fell to Sharma on Day 4 were Yasir Arafat (44), Danish Kaneria (4) and Shoaib Akhtar (1).
Earlier, the Misbah-Akmal pair that saved Pakistan a follow-on in the Kolkata Test, dug in on this occassion too and saved the tourists the blushes.
The pair put on a 134-run partnership before Akmal fell to a brilliant piece of keeping for 65.
Misbah continued to be a thorn in India's side as he took the hosts to task, completing his second Test century in the process.
One landmark that was reached early on Day 4 was one the Indians would want to forget in a hurry. India had given away 70 extras on Day 3 and when Ishant Sharma bowled a no ball on Tuesday morning, India equalled West Indies'world record of 71 extras.