India lose Karthik early after bowling out Pak for 231

Published: Friday, November 23, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: India suffered an early jolt and went for lunch on 46 for one from 12 overs after bundling Pakistan out for 231 on the second day of the first Test at Feroz Shah Kotla here today.

Opener Dinesh Karthik was out in the fifth over of India innings, edging a Shoaib Akhtar delivery which seamed away after pitching outside the off stump to Kamran Akmal. Karthik made nine from 11 balls and he fell at team total of 15.

At lunch break, the other opener Wasim Jaffer was batting on 19 (44 balls, 3X4) and Rahul Dravid was giving him company on 18 (27 balls, 4X4).

India started off on a promising note with Jaffer dispatching Akhtar for a four with a flick off his legs from the third ball of the innings and a Karthik edge finding the ropes at the third man region in the fourth over off debutant Sohail Tanvir.

Dravid, who joined Jaffer after Karthik"s fall, was greeted by a loud LBW appeal by Akhtar. But, the former captain, who hit back-to-back centuries including a double ton in Ranji Trophy matches for Karnataka, was in fine touch scoring three fours off Tanvir in the sixth over.

The first one was an elegant cover drive, the second a flick between mid wicket and mid on and the third another flick past mid wicket. The last two shots were such beauties that none of the fielders had time to react.

Two overs before lunch break, Dravid added another four to his name with a well-timed hit to the long off. Next over, Jaffer scored his third four sending a Mohammad Sami delivery to fine leg boundary.

Akhtar, who bowled full steam and beat the Indian top order on a few occasions, returned with one for 11 from five overs. Tanvir was unsuccessful in his five overs and conceded 27 while Sami and Danish Kaneria were also unsuccessful, giving away five and three runs from one over each respectively.

Earlier, Pakistan were all out for 231 after overnight batsman Misbah-ul-Haq was run out in bizzare circumstances for 82.

Resuming the second day on 210 for eight, Pakistan folded their innings 51 minutes after play started in the morning, adding 21 runs in 10.2 overs (total 96.2) and losing two wickets in the process.

Misbah, who defied Indian bowlers for almost half of the day yesterday, was run out in bizzare circumstances in the 96th over. He ran for a single off Sourav Ganguly but in a momentary lapse of concentration he jumped up after reaching the other end without putting his bat down apparently to avoid a Dinesh Karthik throw from the point region. The ball dislodged the bails and the third umpire ruled him out with the batsman cursing himself for the mistake all the way to the dressing room.

Misbah"s herculean 82 in difficult circumstances came from 243 balls and hit six fours and one six in his stay of 313 minutes at the crease.

When Misbah was out, the ninth wicket pair between him and Mohammad Sami had shared an 87-run partnership from 41.1 overs.

Four balls later, Kumble clean-bowled Kaneria for a duck to return with four for 38 from 21.2 overs and take his wicket tally at this ground to 52. His total career haul has now climbed to 570.

Sami was the not out batsman on 28 which came after facing 101 balls which included three fours and one six.

Yesterday, Misbah and Sami defied India for 31.4 overs and denied India any success in the last session after the hosts had put the visitors on the mate by reducing them to 142 for eight.


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