Third day of the test match was completly dominated by Pakistani batsmen. [tag]Muhammad Yusuf[/tag], [tag]Younis Khan[/tag], [tag]Shahid Afridi[/tag], Abdur Razzak all had their share in the 518 runs lead Pakistan imposed over India, but [tag]Faisal Iqbal[/tag], the young nephew of [tag]Javed Miandad[/tag], played the lead role. With his maiden century, he showed the class of a test batsman and gave strong signals that he can fill the slot in middle order. A position for which Hasan Raza and Asim Kamal were tried, and rejected.
It is said that any team playing against Pakistan has advantage of an extra player and that is Mr. Extra. Our laxness in fielding and bowling is almost legendary now. Taking current test match in Karachi as an example, India gave 5 extras in our first innings and we, in contrast, gave 28 runs including 17 no balls, 7 from Razzak, 4 from Shoaib and 5 from Asif.
When he made his debut, over a year ago against [tag]Australia[/tag], little in his 18 overs suggested that [tag]Mohammad Asif[/tag] would soon become the leading candidate among a group of Pakistani pace bowlers pushing in from the fringes of the national team. Ten wickets against England in a warm-up game pushed him closer but with [tag]Mohammad Sami[/tag] and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan dropped and [tag]Umar Gul[/tag] not picked, Asif’s chance has finally come in this series. In that time, he has, in [tag]Bob Woolmer[/tag]’s words, been the most improved bowler of the lot and though an inert [tag]Faisalabad[/tag] pitch revealed only slithers of that, the grass of [tag]Karachi[/tag] strengthens that assessment.