India 228 for six on Day 2, trails by 3 runs in first Test

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New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) A fine rearguard half-centuries by VVS Laxman (57) and MS Dhoni (57) enabled India to post 228 for six in their first innings at the end of second day's play in the first Test against Pakistan here today.

Earlier resuming at their overnight score of 210 for 8 Pakistan added 21 runs to their total before being all out for 231.

Laxman and Dhoni shared an invaluable 115-run stand for the sixth wicket from 28.5 overs to dig out India from serious trouble after the hosts were tottering on 139 for five at tea.

At stumps on the second day after bad light halted the play 13.4 overs earlier, Laxman was unbeaten on 57 (107 balls, 7x4).

Captain Anil Kumble was giving him company on seven (24 balls, 1x4).

With four wickets intact, India could now look forward to take a crucial lead when play resumes tomorrow with Laxman in good nick and Kumble settling down after some anxious moments.

In the dramatic post-lunch session, four top order Indian batsmen -- Wasim Jaffer, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid -- fell for a mere 22 runs in a space of 6.2 overs to turn the scales in favour of Pakistan.


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