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Ind vs. Pak, 3rd Test, 1st Day

Within the first 3 overs of the day, both the Pakistani openers, Afridi and Hameed were sent back to the dressing room by an explosive burst of Indian bowling. However, the rest of the 87 overs brought tremendous misery for the Indians.

Inzi, the greatest Pakistani batsman of his generation, showcased an innings that was powerful, glorious, and sublime. Inzi painfully missed out on centuries in the two previous Tests. Today, after winning the toss for the first time in this series, he mercilessly unleashed shots to all corners of the ground. His scores in this series are 57, 86, 30, 13, and now an incredible 184 not out. He could be out tomorrow at 184. He'd have an average of 74 in the series. The big man finally got the big one. It was only a matter of time.

Kudos to Younis Khan for delivering another century in the series. He now has three single digit scores, and two massive centuries in this series. It seems that when Younis gets settled, he plays effortlessly. Otherwise, he's gone very quickly. It was great to watch the apprentice learn from the master. At one point, Inzi was scoring at almost twice the rate of Younis. The two put on a monster 316 run partnership for the 3rd wicket.

India will have their chance early in the day tomorrow. They'll attempt to get Inzi quickly. He's on cruise control gunning for another triple-century. He deserves, at least, another 16 runs. I thought that Pakistan would roll over after the morale sapping 2nd test; the first 3 overs confirmed the suspicion. I underestimated the man from Multan. His career average stands at 48.9. He has a good chance of pushing that above 50 in this match.

This has been a mighty fine series of cricket.


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