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When Akmal and Razzaq deprived India of a certain victory
India-Pakistan Classics

When Akmal and Razzaq deprived India of a certain victory

It was the final day of the first Test at Mohali during Pakistan’s tour of India in 2005 and the hosts were in a comfortable position to begin the unlimited-overs leg of the series on a winning note.

India had put up a mammoth score of 516 – thanks to Virender Sehwag’s 173 and Sachin Tendulkar’s 94 - in reply of Pakistan’s 312 after putting them into bat.

Pakistan were in all sorts of trouble when they came out to bat in their second innings. They lost Taufeeq Umer, Younis Khan, and Salman Butt inside 4.1 overs as the scorecard read 10 for three.

India were certain to win the Test as Pakistan were six down and just 54 runs ahead before the first ball of the fifth day was bowled.

But Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq completely shut the Sourav Ganguly-led India out of the game with a remarkable 184-run stand that lasted 56 overs.

Akmal brought up his maiden Test hundred, scoring 109 from 154 balls with the help of 16 fours.

Razzaq on the other end curbed his attacking instincts and made 71 with four fours and a six.

Inzamam-ul-Haq declared the innings after setting a 293-run target to be achieved inside the last 25 overs. The captains shook hands after 17 overs when Sehwag was stumped off Younis’ delivery. The match, that should have gone to India, ended in a draw.