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Multan Test heads towards a draw after a solid reply from Pak

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The second Test Match at Multan is slowly slipping out of the tourists’ hands as Pakistan stuck it out in the middle in their second innings. The pitch showed its true nature of being completely flat giving the bowlers absolutely no chance to trouble the batsmen. The homeside are safely at 213 for 2 which leaves them just 21 runs short of the deficit. Imran Farhat and Mohammad Yousuf are batting on half centuries.

West Indies who had started the day’s play at 509 for 5 were bowled out for 591 in the first session. Brian Lara completed his double century but could only add 20 runs to his overnight score of 196 before he became Danish Kaneria’s third victim. Dave Mohammed was the only other player to make a significant contribution to the total; he made a quickfire 36 which included two sixes. Danish Kaneria who took a pounding yesterday completed with five wickets in his 46 overs at the cost of 181 runs. Abdul Razzaq towards the end had helped himself with a couple of wickets.

The two young Pakistani Openers took their side to lunch without any loss of wickets and the pair continued their resistance for a good amount of time after play had resumed. A good base was laid with an 83-run stand before Hafeez (18) he chopped a Jerome Taylor delivery onto his stumps. Younis Khan put on a hundred runs partnership with Imran Farhat which came in quick time. Younis after reaching his fifty was dismissed after he had got an edge in his attempted cut shot off Dave Mohammed.

After Younis Khan’s exit, the rest of the day saw Imran Farhat and Mohammad Yousuf safely carrying Pakistan without any further damage. Farhat remained undefeated on 70 while Yousuf remained on 56. Pakistan had played out 66 overs in today’s play and would look to bat most part of the final day’s play and ensure that this game yields only a draw. The pitch is a dead one for the bowlers; the test match could go on and on for few more days and yet the bowlers might struggle to bowl out sides. The homeside are 1-0 up in the series, so they wouldn’t have any complaints on the way this match is going.

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