Pakistan set India 203-run target

Published: Sunday, November 25, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: India lost an early wicket after Pakistan set them a challenging target of 203 runs to win the first Test on Sunday.

Pakistan were 247 all out half-an-hour before lunch on the fourth day, the last three wickets falling in four balls at the Ferozshah Kotla ground. Strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar then removed opener Dinesh Karthik for one run before the hosts reached three for one at lunch with Wasim Jaffer (2) and Rahul Dravid together.

Indian left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan claimed two early scalps after Pakistan resumed on their overnight score of 212 for five, and the visitors managed to add only 35 more runs.

He struck in the first over when Kamran Akmal edged a loose drive to be caught at point on his overnight score of 21.

Akmal added 52 runs for the sixth wicket with Misbah-ul Haq after the pair came together following a Pakistan top-order batting collapse.

Khan capped a sharp spell by forcing left-hander Sohail Tanvir to sky a pull shot to Harbhajan Singh at square leg for 13 runs, making it 229 for seven.

Misbah, who top scored with 82 in the first innings, still held firm to score 45 despite suffering from a fever until Indian skipper Anil Kumble turned to part-time medium-pacer Saurav Ganguly who wrapped up the innings.

Ganguly was handed the new ball during his first over and Misbah 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.

Leg spinner Kumble returned figures of three for 68.

Brief Score (at lunch, D-4):

Pakistan 231 and 247 (Salman Butt 67, Misbah 45, Hameed 36, Younis 23, Akmal 21; Kumble 3 for 63, Harbhajan 2 for 56, Ganguly 2 for 20, Zaheer 2 for 45) Vs India 276 and 3 for 1 (Jaffer 2*; Akhtar 1 for 2).


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