Jaffer makes merry; India 352/3 at close

Published: Friday, November 30, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: Opener Wasim Jaffer cracked a majestic 192* to propel India to a solid 352 for three at stumps on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan on Friday.

Jaffer was associated in two century stands to provide a platform for an imposing total after the hosts opted to bat on a flat Eden Gardens strip.

The 29-year-old batsman pounded 32 boundaries for his fifth Test century - his first against Pak - as he dominated a injury-plagued bowling attack.

Jaffer batted with great elan driving fluently on either side of the wicket. His timing and placement was immaculate. He struck boundaries at will and was severe on wayward Tanvir flaying him for 18 boundaries.

The technically sound Mumbai lad shared a 136-run stand for the second wicket after left-arm seamer Tanvir sent Karthik -caught at first slip by Younis - packing early.

Dravid (50) who took some time before getting into his groove was unlucky enough given caught behind off leg-spinner Danish Kaneria. This brought maestro Tendulkar to the crease.

Jaffer and Sachin milked the toothless Pak attack to put up a brisk 175 runs for the third wicket. Tendulkar reached 1000 Test runs against Pak en route to his 109-ball 82 studded with 12 hits to the fence.

Younis is leading the injury-hit Pak in the absence of regular Shoaib Malik, who is nursing an ankle injury. New-ball bowler Shoaib Akhtar and Mohd Sami passed fitness test but proved ineffective bowling in small spells.

Brief Score (at close, D-1):

India 352/3 (Jaffer 192*, Tendulkar 82, Dravid 50; Kaneria 2 for 126) Vs Pakistan.



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