Kamran, Younus fight back, still a long way to go

Thursday, October 11, 2007

LAHORE: Wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal and Younus Khan batted courageously in Pakistan’s fight back to chase an improbable target of 457 runs on the fourth day of the second and the final Test match here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday.

They have so far added 93 valuable runs for their unbeaten second wicket after Pakistan lost an early wicket. At close of play, Pakistan were 108 runs for the loss of Salman Butt with Kamran batting on 49 and Younus on 48. They have still a long way to go as they are required to make further 349 runs to win with nine wickets in hand.

Earlier, South Africa declared their second innings at 305 for four just before tea and set an improbable target of 457 in remaining four sessions.

The dominance of the South African batsmen continued on fourth day as captain Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis scored centuries and together added 207 runs for the third wicket to guide South Africa to a commanding position.

Resuming at the overnight 154-2, Captain Graeme Smith and Jacquis Kallis stretched their partnership to 145 runs by lunch as Pakistan had to rely on its two spinners. Paceman Mohammad Asif injured his elbow Wednesday after bowling only four overs. He will not be able to bowl anymore in this Test.

Smith completed his nearly six-hour-long century off 254 balls with 12 boundaries in the last over before lunch. He hit a solitary boundary in the entire morning session. He scored his overdue century in over two years when he made 126 against the West Indies at Antigua in 2005.

Kallis had a lucky escape on 47 when captain Shoaib Malik misjudged a lofted shot at long off in left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman's first over. Kallis, who had plundered 155, 100 not out and 59 in his previous three test innings on the tour, completed his third century of the series in 231 balls with seven fours. This was his 27th Test hundred.

Smith was dismissed by Danish Kaneria for 133 but Kallis remained unbeaten at 107 when South Africa declared their innings by tea at 305 for four wickets before Ashwell Prince was bowled by Abdul Rehman for 11.

Pakistan was shot out for 206 in its first innings in reply to South Africa's 357. Now they have an uphill task of making 457 runs to win the match and equal the two-Test series.

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