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Ganguly steers India closer to series victory

The in-form Sourav Ganguly Sourav Chandidas Ganguly (Bengali: সৌরভ গাঙ্গুলী) (pronunciation   helped edge India towards the draw that will give them victory in the series against Pakistan after another run-filled day in Bangalore. The hosts were 131 for two at stumps on day four, a lead of 220, after Pakistan had been bowled out for 537 in the afternoon session.

The visitors began the day on 369 for five chasing India's mammoth first-innings total of 626. Misbah-ul-Haq carried on where he left off yesterday and smoothly moved to a second century in three innings just after lunch. Kamran Akbal, his partner at the start of play, made 65 before falling to Harbhajan Singh For other people named Harbhajan Singh, see .

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, ending a stand of 144 for the sixth wicket.

Misbah and Yasir Arafat then put on 93 for the seventh wicket, before Arafat was bowled by Ishant Sharma Ishant Sharma (born September 2, 1988, in Delhi, India), is an Indian cricketer, more specifically a fast-medium pace bowler at pace around 130 km/h (80 mph). Sharma was called up to join the Indian national cricket team for the 2006–07 Test series in South Africa at the age  for 44. The 19-year-old Sharma, in only his second Test, ended the innings with five for 118 after mopping up the tail of Mohammad Sami Mohammad Sami (Urdu: محمد سمیع) (born 24 February, 1981 in Karachi) is a Pakistani cricketer who specialises in fast bowling. , Shoaib Akhtar Shoaib Akhtar (Urdu: شعیب اختر) (born 13 August 1975 in Rawalpindi, Punjab) is a Pakistani cricketer, widely recognized as the fastest bowler in the world, earning him the name Rawalpindi Express.  and Danish Kaneria Dinesh Parabha Shanker Kaneria (Urdu: دانش پرابھا شنکر کنیریا) (born 16 December, 1980), or Dinesh Kineria, popularly known as Danish Kaneria , leaving Misbah stranded not out on 133.

That left the home side with a first-innings lead of 89, a margin that looked slender after both Indian openers went early on. Wasim Jaffer fell lbw to Arafat for 18, while Gautam Gambhir made just three before being bowled by Shoiab. Neither batsman could be too pleased with his contribution, with Gambhir, making his first appearance of the series, contributing only eight runs in a match that has seen nearly 1300 scored and only 22 wickets falling.

That left the Indians teetering on 26 for two but the ship was steadied by the reliable pair of Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly, who struck a Test-best 239 in the first innings, will be confident of a 16th Test century tomorrow after moving on to 63 by the close of play, while Dravid, who has struggled for form somewhat this winter, is unbeaten after a typically stoic 35.
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