Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble grabbed three wickets on his captaincy debut to put Pakistan in deep trouble on the opening day of the first Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here on Thursday.
Kumble grabbed 3-26 and left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan 2-31 to send Pakistan tottering at 142-8 in the first innings at tea. Misbah-ul-Haq was batting on 32 at the interval with Mohammad Sami, who had yet to open his account.
Fast bowler Munaf Patel, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and part-time seamer Sourav Ganguly also chipped in, taking one wicket apiece to ensure Pakistan struggled for runs in the first two sessions.
Pakistan failed to build a noteworthy partnership against India's pace-spin combination, losing wickets at regular intervals to eventually lose the advantage of winning the toss on a good batting track.
Zaheer did the early damage with two quick wickets in a tight opening spell, removing Salman Butt and vice-captain Younis Khan to send the tourists struggling at 35-2.
He tasted success in his third over when he bowled left-handed Butt (one) with a delivery that cut in sharply off the pitch. He then had Younis (seven) caught hooking by Patel at fine-leg.
Kumble did not have to wait long for a wicket in his first Test as captain as he deceived opener Yasir Hameed (29) with a straighter one in his fourth over before accounting for Kamran Akmal (30) and Shoaib Akhtar (two).
Ganguly got a big wicket when he trapped prolific run-getter Mohammad Yousuf leg-before in his first over after the lunch-break. Yousuf had been looking solid during his stay at the crease, hitting five fours in his 43-ball 27.
Pakistan's batting woes continued as skipper Shoaib Malik fell for a duck in the second session.
Patel, who returned to the side after missing Test series in England and Bangladesh, had the Pakistani captain caught behind in his second spell. He was economical in the opening spell, giving away 14 runs in seven overs.
Misbah and wicket-keeper Akmal defied the Indian attack for a brief period when they put on 39 for the sixth wicket before Kumble struck again.
The leg-spinner bowled Akmal for his second wicket and then Harbhajan trapped debutant Sohail Tanvir leg-before for four in his first Test in more than a year. Kumble's third victim was Akhtar.
India went into the first match of a three-Test series with two spinners, Harbhajan and Kumble, and as many seamers, while Pakistan named three fast bowlers and one spinner in their playing eleven.
The tourists suffered a setback when fast bowler Umar Gul was ruled out of the match due to a back injury. He was replaced by Sohail Tanvir.