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Indian cricketers close in on Pakistan

23/11/2007 11:01:18 PM Comments (0)

Pakistan debutant paceman Sohail Tanvir struck twice in successive overs to lead a fightback against India on day two of the first Test.

But India recovered from a top order batting slump to reach 6-228 at stumps, three runs away from Pakistan's first innings total after dismissing them for 231 in the morning.

Vangipurappu Laxman (57 not out) and Mahendra Dhoni (57) led India's rally with an 115-run sixth wicket partnership after Tanvir and strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar had reduced them at one stage to 5-93.

Sachin Tendulkar was run out for one and left-arm Tanvir then bowled Saurav Ganguly (8) and Rahul Dravid (38) as India lost four wickets for 22 runs in 6.2 overs.

Leg spinner Anil Kumble grabbed four wickets on his Test captaincy debut in the morning to bowl out Pakistan after they resumed on their overnight 8-210.

Misbah-ul Haq struck a valiant 82 before he was freakishly run out nearing his maiden Test hundred when he tried to avoid a throw.

His superb 87-run ninth wicket partnership with Mohammad Sami (28 not out) had rescued the innings from 8-142 at tea on day one.

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

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