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Test #1783: Day 3

Younis and Yousuf are cruising at the moment. They have taken their merry partnership to 130 runs. Both of them are at 65. Pakistan's lead is at a healthy 259 runs and with every additional run, the prospect of an Indian victory diminishes. The Indian bowlers really need to break this partnership soon.

Lunch time now. Pakistan is at 270/2 which easily surpasses the scores in the first two innings. Yousuf 74, Younis 72; both going strong.

In other cricket news, Jayasuriya is carving up the South Africans in ODI #2321. He's at a 64-ball 86. Dang! He just got out with the very next ball. A 65-ball 86; an explosive start for the Sri Lankans.

Younis is out for a composed 122-ball 77. Faisal Iqbal has come in to bat and he's quickly on the offensive. Pakistan leads with 305 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Razzaq, Afridi, and the roaring Akmal have yet to bat!

OUCH. Yousuf is out, to Kumble, just 3 runs short of a century. The audacious Afridi has come out to bat.

Update 1:45 PM ET
Afridi hit a scorching 60 and got out. Faisal Iqbal, a nephew of the legendary Javed Miandad, took his score to 103 not out. The Pakistanis are overflowing with batting riches. Just take a look at this jaw-dropping statistic:

Both men [Younis and Yousuf], combined, have now made 1014 runs in this series alone and 861 of them have been in four partnerships together. Whether or not the same love is reciprocated from India of course becomes a moot point.

The Pakistani bowlers will get their time to shine in the next two days.


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