Day 4: India accumulate sizeable lead

Updated: 04 December 2007 14:13 IST

India was 141 for two in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan at Kolkata on Monday.

Day 4: India accumulate sizeable lead

Kolkata:

India was 141 for two in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan at Kolkata on Monday.

MS Dhoni was batting on 28 and sourav Ganguly was unbeaten on 24 when the umpires offered them light. India have accumulated an overall lead of 301 runs.

It was the regular opening pair of Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik who opened the batting for the hosts.

Both batsmen looked to take on the Pakistan bowling but Jaffer was the more aggressive of the two. He finally fell for 56 off 75 deliveries, a knock that included eight boundaries.

Looking to pile on some quick runs, Dhoni came in at number three and along with Sourav Ganguly rotated the strike well.

Earlier, Pakistan was all out for 456 conceding India a first innings lead of 160 runs.

Some superb batting display by Misbah-ul-Haq, who remained unbeaten on 161 and Mohammad Sami(38) helped the visitors avoid the dreaded follow-on.

Misbah was the thorn in India's side as he continued from where he left off on Day 3, and made batting look fairly easy on a crumbling Eden pitch.

Misbah frustrated the Indian bowlers and along with Mohammad Sami added 90 runs in the first session on Day 4, as India were unable to get a breakthrough.

There was one dropped chance - Dravid spilled Mohammad Sami - but apart from that iffy moment Sami gave great support to Misbah.

Both the batsmen played well with soft hands and used the crease really well to keep the Indian spinners at bay.

Finally it was VVS laxman, brought on to change things up a little who drew blood, getting rid of Mohammad Sami.

Pakistan were able to add just another 8 runs before being bowled out.

Earlier, Kamran Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq cracked impressive centuries under pressure to sustain Pakistan's hopes of avoiding the follow-on.

Akmal scored a solid 119 for his fifth hundred and Misbah 108 not out for his maiden ton, as Pakistan recovered from 150-5 to post 358-6 in their first innings at stumps on the third day in reply to India's 616-5 declared.



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