Despite a fine opening stand on day three, Pakistan were not completely out of trouble as two quick wickets created some early problems. The skipper Mohammad Yousuf came into bat aiming to rectify for his poor dismissal in the first innings. Yousuf was more assured and cautious in his innings today as he played every ball on his merit and also guided Faisal Iqbal at the other end well. Yousuf survived a close run out chance but batted well to reach his 31st Test half century soon after the lunch break. Yousuf added an invaluable 128 runs for the third wicket with Faisal Iqbal as Pakistans first innings deficit was removed and they were in lead going into tea at 278-3 with Yousuf going strong at 75. Yousuf looked slow and cautious in his approach but he knew exactly what was required of him that was the occupation of the crease with runs bound to come. A 59 runs stand for the fourth wicket followed the century stand for the third wicket as Yousuf combined well with Umar Akmal who played his shots more freely. Just when Yousuf looked all set for a well deserved hundred he got a short ball from Ian OBrien which he fended to keeper Brendon McCullum. Yousuf walked even before umpire Rudi Koertzen could raise his finger. The stylish right hander was out for 89 off 212 balls including eight fours and a six. This innings of Yousuf took Pakistan to some sort of comfort after their poor batting show in the first innings. The good thing about Yousufs innings was that he played with discipline hardly giving any chances to the bowlers to dismiss him and he held the Pakistan innings together well which was the key. His dismissal just before the close on day four has given New Zealand a glimmer of hope of making a comeback. However, from Pakistans perspective Yousufs knock has given them a good platform on which they can build their charge on the final day. Pakistan fight it hard The deciding third Test is all set for an exciting finish with all three results possible. Mohammad Yousuf batted responsibly well to bail Pakistan out of trouble. The day started badly for Pakistan when they lost both overnight well set openers Salman Butt and Imran Farhat in a jiffy to part timer Martin Guptill. Suddenly from a position of strength at 129-0 Pakistan were in a spot of bother at 146-2 still around hundred adrift. From there on, Mohammad Yousuf and Faisal Iqbal joined hands to stabilise the innings. Pretty surprisingly, New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori didnt exert as much pressure as was required with both Yousuf and Faisal going about their innings slowly but firmly. The two batted well to stave off the advances of all the Kiwi bowlers. Yousuf was the first one to bring up his half century which was his 31st in Test cricket while Faisal followed suit soon completing his eighth Test fifty off 155 balls. Faisal fell for 67 with his partnership with Yousuf yielding an invaluable 128 runs. Umar Akmal came showed his intentions straightway opening his account with a six off Daryl Tuffey. While Yousuf continued in his serene manner, Umar hit some pugnacious boundaries as Pakistans lead increased. It was a rain hit day and Mohammad Yousuf who looked all set for a well deserved hundred fell for 89 soon after a rain break. This dismissal of Yousuf right towards the end of the day opened up the game with New Zealand fancying their chances on final day. Pakistan ended the day at 347-4 with Umar Akmal 48 and Misbah-ul-Haq still at the crease. Pakistan lead by 99 runs with six wickets in hand. If Pakistan get their lead over 200, on the final day and New Zealand have to bat for considerable amount of time. Pakistan should be positive in their approach and aim to gather maximum lead on day five and then go for a result rather than going for a draw - an approach which can backfire. Nabeel Sabir