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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 March, 2005, 11:18 GMT
Pakistan hold out for Mohali draw
First Test, Mohali, day five: Pakistan 312 & 496-9 declared drew with India 516 & 85-1 v

Kamran Akmal

Heroic batting from Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq gave Pakistan a draw in the first Test against India in Mohali.

Akmal (109), who hit his first Test ton, and Razzaq (71) put on 184 for the seventh wicket, a record for matches between these two countries.

Their stand had begun late on day four, when Pakistan led by a meagre 39 runs.

Pakistan finally declared on 496-9, with India 85-1 at the close. It was a remarkable result after Pakistan had been 10-3 at one stage on Friday.

There was little incident in the first session on Saturday, on a day when it was widely assumed India would wrap up a victory some time between lunch and tea.

Neither Anil Kumble, spinning the old ball, nor paceman Lakshmipathy Balaji with the second new ball could gain any breakthroughs.

There was one half-chance for India to break the stubborn stand, but fortune favoured Pakistan.

Akmal, Pakistan's 23-year-old wicket-keeper, was on 45 when his mis-timed drive off left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan eluded the outstretched hand of VVS Laxman at second slip.

The batsman duly reached his half-century when he steered Kumble past the lone slip for his ninth four and was soon well past his previous best score in Tests, of 56.

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The otherwise cautious Razzaq should have been caught after lunch on 50 but Sourav Ganguly missed a tough chance running back from mid-on.

The batsman's response was to thump the next ball, through the same area, for an almost arrogant six.

Shortly afterwards, Akmal survived a big appeal for a bat-pad catch off Kumble.

He swept and cut each of the following balls, however, for two crisp boundaries to move to 99.

And a richly-deserved century arrived when a cover-drive off Kumble pierced a packed off-side field for his 15th boundary.

Akmal responded in muted fashion, struggling as he was with what looked to be either cramp or a calf strain.

Finally, with their jobs essentially done, Akmal drove Balaji to cover and Razzaq edged Kumble to slip.

Declaration

There was further frustration for the Indians, however, when Naved-ul-Hasan hit an entertaining 38 not out off 41 balls.

But there was time for Kumble to take his 450th wicket when he caught Mohammad Sami quite brilliantly off his own bowling.

Kumble finished with 4-160, while Balaji had 4-95 and nine wickets in the match.

The declaration, shortly after tea, left India requiring 293 to win off 25 overs.

Pakistan should have had one wicket when Gautam Gambhir was dropped at silly point off Danish Kaneria.

But he went on to finish unbeaten on 32, with Virender Sehwag stumped off the occasional bowling of Younis Khan for 36.


India: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan.

Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Salman Butt, Taufeeq Umar, Younis Khan, Yousuf Youhana, Asim Kamal, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Danish Kaneria, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

Umpires: D Hair (Aus), R Koertzen (SA).


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