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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2007, 15:31 GMT
Pakistan dig deep to deny India
Second Test, Calcutta (day five, stumps): India 616-5d & 184-4d v Pakistan 456 & 214-4

By David Ornstein

Anil Kumble celebrates
Anil Kumble celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Kamran Akmal
The three-match series between India and Pakistan remains alive after the tourists held out for a draw on day five of the second Test in Calcutta.

Captains Anil Kumble and Younus Khan agreed to end the match early with Pakistan on 214-4, 131 short of their victory target amid fading light.

India declared their second innings on 184-4, a lead of 344, but Younus (107) and Mohammad Yousuf (42) held firm.

India lead 1-0 with the final Test starting in Bangalore on Saturday.

But the hosts will be disappointed not to have wrapped up the series having posted a mammoth total of 616-5 in their first innings and reducing Pakistan to 150-5 on day three.

"We were in a good position on the third day and had there been more pace and bounce in this pitch, it'd have helped us more," said Kumble.

The tourists will travel to Bangalore in high spirits.

606: DEBATE

Misbah-ul-Haq's magnificent 161 in the first innings set the platform, but it was the 136-run partnership between Younus and Yousuf that so frustrated Kumble's side.

Pakistan's most experienced pair came together with their side struggling on 78-4 midway through the afternoon session and saw them through to the close of play.

The morning saw India add just 43 to their overnight total of 141-2 before their second declaration of the match.

Mahendra Dhoni (37) and Sourav Ganguly (46) were the men to go, both bowled by Shoaib Akhtar, leaving Rahul Dravid unbeaten on eight when Kumble called his men in.

Ganguly brought up 6,000 Test runs but missed out on a half-century following his first innings ton in front of his home crowd at Eden Gardens.

Pakistan began their response confidently, Kamran Akmal and Yasir Hameed taking the fight to Kumble and Zaheer Khan from the outset.

But in the seventh over Hameed drove a slower ball from Khan straight back to the paceman to fall for 14.

It was a terrific catch from Khan for his first wicket of the match.

Akmal and Salman Butt eased through to lunch solely focused on the draw - Butt made 11 off 91 balls.

India knew they needed quick wickets and with the second ball after the re-start, Kumble turned one in from outside leg stump to clean bowl Akmal.

The India captain then trapped Butt leg before wicket with a ball that turned quickly from outside off stump in the 34th over.

Younus Kahn reaches 100 against Pakistan
I am happy that I scored runs when the side needed them most

Pakistan's Younus Khan

India could have made further inroads one ball later when new batsman Misbah was dropped by Dinesh Karthik at short leg.

Kumble's disappointment receded five overs later, however, when Munaf Patel bowled Misbah with an off-cutter that nipped back sharply, sneaking between bat and pad to leave Pakistan reeling.

But that wicket brought Yousuf to the crease to join Younus and the tourists' most experienced pair were quick to steady the ship.

Stand-in captain Younus looked had hit 43 in the first innings and the 30-year-old built on that by bringing up a 15th Test century with a reverse sweep through backward point.

The knock could not have come at a better time and it makes for a nail-biting third Test.

"The team needed someone to stay at the crease for a long period and I am happy that I scored runs when the side needed them most," said Younus.

Kumble praised his bowling attack, saying: "It was a pretty flat pitch and tough for bowlers," he said. "I think they did a fantastic job to help us dominate in this match.

The spinner was also impressed with the contributions of Misbah and Akmal, who hit 109 in the first innings.

"Misbah has been really good and shown a lot of character in the four innings he has played against us," he said.

"We'd have liked to make it 2-0 here, but you have to give credit to Pakistan for the way they batted, especially Misbah and Akmal."

Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson believes his side are capable of taking victory to level the series in Bangalore, as they did in 2005.

"We are feeling that in the last Test we can get something as Pakistan have done in the previous series," said Lawson.

"This is a big result for us, it lifts our morale tremendously, it's a great achievement.

"We proved we were hard to bowl out and we are still in this series.

  • Pakistan have called up uncapped fast bowler Abdur Rauf for the final Test against India.

    The 28-year-old will replace second wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed in the 15-man squad.

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