New Delhi, Nov 24 (UNI) Pakistan were 108 for one at tea to establish a 63-run lead as Indian bowlers failed to make much inroads on the second day of the first Test at Feroz Shah Kotla here today.
The post lunch session saw 82 runs coming from the blades of Pakistani batsmen from 27 overs with only one wicket down in the form of opener Yasir Hameed.
The other opener Salman Butt was well settled at 47, which he made from 102 balls with the help of eight fours and vice-captain Younis Khan was giving him company on 19 from 30 balls and three fours.
Earlier, India had posted 276 all out after dismissing the visitors for 231 with VVS Laxman top-scoring with an unbeaten 72 and wicket-keeper MS Dhoni chipping in with 57.
In their second assay, Pakistan were in a strong position with their openers giving a 71 run foundation and reaching 108 for one from 35 overs at tea.
The visitors wiped off the 45-run first innings deficit in the 13th over after lunch with a three by Hameed off Zaheer Khan and reached their 50 in the 16th over. They then raced to their 100 in the 34th over.
India had to toil for more than 75 minutes after lunch to get the breakthrough and Kumble was the bowler. The Indian captain, bowling his second over of the day, had Hameed with Laxman holding on to a blinder at silly point for 36 at Pakistan score of 71. Hameed scored five fours in his 115-minute stay at the crease facing 79 balls.
Pakistan began on a decent run rate and picked Munaf Patel for special treatment. Hameed hit two boundaries off Munaf in the 10th over, one a pull shot through mid-wicket and the other past square leg fielder. Butt joined in and sent Munaf for another four two overs later past the square leg fielder.
Just before lunch, Butt and Younis, who came in at the fall of Hameed, punished Munaf for a four each.
The Pakistan innings bogged down a bit midway the second session but picked up towards the close of tea break. Even Kumble was not spared with Butt punishing the Indian captain, who introduced himself in the 24th over, for two successive fours, three overs before tea.
Munaf was most expensive, conceding 36 from his six overs without any success. Harbhajan Singh gave away 10 runs from his five without taking any wicket while Sourav Ganguly also bowled beautifully, giving away just six runs from his six overs. Captain Anil Kumble was the lone wicket taker (of Hameed) and conceded 18 runs from his six overs.
India resumed the day at 228 for six and added 48 runs in 75 minutes and 14.4 overs this morning while losing four wickets to fold their innings on 276. Laxman top-scored with 72 and he shared a 54-run stand with Kumble for the seventh wicket from 108 balls.
Other main contributors were Dhoni (57), Rahul Dravid (38), Wasim Jaffer (32) and Kumble (24).
Sachin Tendulkar, who needed 25 runs to become the second most prolific Test batsman before this match, was out for one while Dinesh Karthik and Sourav Ganguly made nine and eight respectively. while Dhoni contributed 57.
Danish Kaneria was the wrecker-in-chief, claiming three Indian wickets for 15 from his 4.4 overs this morning. He had taken one wicket yesterday.
For Pakistan, Kaneria took four for 59, Sohail Tanvir three for 83 and Akhtar two for 34. Mohammad Sami was unsuccessful in his 17 overs while conceding 71 runs.