Friday, November 23, 2007

India v Pakistan, 1st Test, Delhi, 4th Day

India moved to within sight of victory in the first Test in New Delhi as a half-century from Wasim Jaffer helped them reach tea on 89 for two - 114 short of victory.

Pakistan could only add 35 to their overnight total as they were bowled out for 247 before lunch.

And, despite losing Dinesh Karthik in the first over, India made steady progress thanks to Jaffer's 53 from 81 balls.

Resuming their second innings on 212 for five, Pakistan lost wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal in the first over of the day and never recovered as Zaheer Khan and Sourav Ganguly took two wickets apiece to restrict the tourists to 247 all out - a lead of 202.

India could not negotiate a tricky period before lunch as Shoaib Akhtar found the edge of Karthik's bat to dismiss the opener for one and leave India on three for one.

After bringing up his up his ninth Test half-century, Jaffer fell to an excellent low catch from Salman Butt at square leg from the very next ball to give Shoaib his second wicket and Pakistan hope.

Sachin Tendulkar (one not out) joined Rahul Dravid (34no) at the crease and the pair guided India through to tea without further incident.After The Tea Even Rahul Dravid Got Bowled by Akhtar. After that Ganguly took the Charge. The Day Ended with India needing 32 Runs more to lead the Test Series.

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