Tanvir~~s double strike leave India reeling

Published: Friday, November 23, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Pakistan's debutant fast bowler Sohail Tanvir removed Rahul Dravid and Saurav Ganguly in successive overs to trigger an Indian batting slump in the first Test on Friday.

Left-arm Tanvir bowled both Ganguly (8) and Dravid (38) to ensure a post-lunch collapse before the hosts reached 139 for five at tea on the second day, in reply to Pakistan's first innings 231 all out.

Vangipurappu Laxman (28) and Mahendra Dhoni (17) were batting at the crease.

The jolts came after Sachin Tendulkar was run out for one, having faced just one delivery, in a dramatic Shoaib Akhtar over after the strike bowler had trapped opener Wasim Jaffer leg before for 32 following India's resumption at their lunch score of 46 for 1.

Akhtar struck in the second over of his new spell before India suffered a big setback when Tendulkar failed to beat Mohammad Yousuf's throw from square leg after Dravid refused a non-existent second run.

Dravid and Jaffer had added 56 runs for the second wicket before the collapse which saw four wickets fall for 22 runs in the space of 6.2 overs.

Tanvir, possessing an awkward action and deceptive pace, replaced Akhtar for a brilliant spell that brought the match alive.

 He beat both batsmen with swing and seam movement, Ganguly nicking on to the stumps and Dravid playing inside the line to lose off-stump.

Pakistan's modest total was possible due to a valiant 82 by Misbah-ul Haq, who raised 87 runs for the ninth wicket with Mohammad Sami (28 not out) after being reduced to 142 for eight at tea on Thursday.

Misbah was freakishly run out in the morning by a direct hit from Dinesh Karthik at point when he jumped to avoid being hit as he tried to complete an easy single.

The 37-year-old Kumble cashed in on the breakthrough by bowling last man Danish Kaneria for duck in the next over as Pakistan were dismissed halfway into the morning session.

Kumble, the third highest wicket-taker in Test history, returned figures of four for 38 on his Test captaincy debut, taking his tally to 570 scalps.

The second and third Tests will be played in Kolkata and Bangalore.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan Ist innings 231 ( Misbah-ul-Haq 82, Kamran Akmal 30, Mohd Sami 28 n o, Mohd Yousuf 27, Yasir Hameed 29; Kumble 4 for 38, Zaheer 2 for 45, Harbhajan 1 for 37, Ganguly 1 for 28) Vs India Ist innings 139/5 ( Dravid 38, Jaffer 32, VVS Laxman 28 n o, Dhoni 17 n o; Akhtar 2 for 23, Tanvir 2 for 63).


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