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Pakistan put up a brave fight facing a stiff target

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Pakistan have put up a brave fight of getting themselves to 108 for 1 at stumps on the fourth day of the second and final Test at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore. But the task ahead of them is a tough one as they are chasing huge target of 447 to win the test match and save the Test Series. Pakistan after the early loss of Salman Butt recovered superbly through an unbeaten partnership of 93 between makeshift opener Kamran Akmal (48*) and Younis Khan (49*).

The last session of the penultimate day went Pakistan’s way but the other two days belonged completely to the visitors as they piled up their lead. They were already in the driver’s seat with a lead of over 300 when the day started. Both Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis notched up their hundreds after which the innings was declared at 305 for 4. Smith made 133 from 296 balls with 17 fours and Kallis, 107 not out from 242 with 8 fours. For Kallis, it was a third century of the series. SA batted for 110.3 overs to get to their total. The two Pakistani spinners – Danish Kaneria and Abdul Rehman bowled more than 40 0vers each with not much success. The Pakistani bowling was without Mohammad Asif who has once again sustained an elbow injury. He bowled just the four overs in the South African second innings.

The last day’s play will be the last day for one of the greatest players from Pakistan – Inzamam-ul-Haq. The former Captain who had got 14 in the first innings requires six more runs to get past Javed Miandad to be the highest run getter for Pakistan in Test Cricket.

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