Jaffer, Sourav put India on brink of victory

Published: Sunday, November 25, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Opener Wasim Jaffer and Sourav Ganguly took India to within 32 runs of victory over Pakistan in the first Test on Sunday.

The home team, set a winning target of 203, were coasting at 171 for three in their second innings when play was called off five minutes before the close due to bad light.

Pakistan were 247 all out in their second innings, adding just 35 runs to their overnight total of 212 for five.

Former captain Ganguly was 48 not out after dominating a 78-run unbroken fourth wicket partnership with Sachin Tendulkar (32 not out) after strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar claimed the top three batsmen to raise Pakistan's hopes.

Jaffer struck a fluent 53 and put on 82 runs with Rahul Dravid (34) to ease the pressure after fellow opener Dinesh Karthik (1) fell in Akhtar's first over.


Akhtar also removed Jaffer and Dravid to reduce India to 93 for three but the rest of the attack could not really press home the advantage on a Ferozshah Kotla pitch offering little help.

Pakistan slumped quickly in the morning session, losing their last three wickets for four runs in the space of four deliveries.

Leg-spinner Anil Kumble took three for 68 to claim seven wickets on his Test captaincy debut.

Sachin crosses Border: During his innings Tendulkar moved past former Australia captain Allan Border's test aggregate of 11,174 runs to take second place in the all-time list behind the retired West Indian Brian Lara. Lara heads the list with 11,953 runs from 131 matches while Indian little master holds the record for most Test hundreds.

Zaheer, Ganguly run thro' tail: Earlier, Indian left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan struck twice early on after Pakistan resumed on their overnight score of 212 for five, and the visitors added only 35 more runs before Ganguly wrapped up the Pak innings.

Misbah-ul Haq, who top scored with 82 in the first innings, made 45 despite suffering from a fever until Indian skipper Anil Kumble turned to part-time medium-pacer Saurav Ganguly.

Ganguly was handed the new ball during his first over and Misbah, who top scored with 82 in the first innings made 45 despite suffering from a fever, recklessly tried to hoist the first delivery over long on, only to provide Dinesh Karthik with a running catch at deep mid on. He struck two fours and two sixes in his two-hour stay.

Ganguly dismissed Mohammad Sami (5) two balls later, mis-timing an attempted heave to midwicket before last man Danish Kaneria was run- out following a mix-up with Shoaib.



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