Ind vs. Pak, 3rd Test, 4th Day
Mar 27, 2005
Yesterday, I wrote:
Pakistan hold a lead of approx. 200 runs. If India crumble on the 4th day, then Pakistan can push for a sizable lead (it's Afridi time) and declare at the end of the day.
Oh, did Afridi deliver. He first broke the last wicket partnership between Laxman and Kumble by destroying Kumble's stumps. Then, he smacked the second fastest 50 in Test history. He only needed 26 balls. In total, he scored a blistering 34-ball 58. That's Afridi for ya. He's the only batsman with over a 100 strike rate in ODIs. At the rate he's going a 100+ strike rate in Tests is not far off.
Younis Khan displayed his form again by smashing a 98-ball 84 (not out). His series average is a 101.8. Incredible! In the 1st Test, Younis scored 10 runs for an average of 5. After two more Tests, he has a 3 digit average! Younis Khan has scored an unbelievable 351 runs in this match. Unless Sehwag showcases an epic innings tomorrow, Younis Khan is the Man of the Match.
Pakistan declared with a lead of 382 runs. India need 358 runs off 90 overs to win. Pakistan needs to get all the Indian players out in the same time to win. If both these scenarios don't transpire, then it's a draw.
Wow, this has been an exceptionally hard fought series of cricket. All the 3 Tests came down to the last day of play.