Pakistan strikes back, India all out for 276

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New Delhi, Nov 24: Pakistan wrapped things up just 15 overs into the day. India lost two wickets in two balls after Zaheer Khan smashed Kaneria for a six. Zaheer tried to hoist a flighted one over mid-off and in the process, did not get the elevation. Shoaib Akhtar moved quickly to his left to take a neat catch. India were finally dismissed for 276, taking a lead of 45 runs in the first innings.

Next ball, Munaf Patel tried to do his partner no favour as he tried to sweep a fuller and the quicker one from kanera. The ball hits low on the pad, in the line of the stump and the Indian innings came to an end for 276.

Pakistan took their first big step towards cleaning up the Indian innings when they removed Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh in quick succession. Kumble was dismissed by a superb leg-break from Danish Kanera that gripped the pitch, spun and bounced. Kumble came forward to defend but the ball could only manage to take the shoulder of the bat, which lobbed to Younis Khan at first slip and he made no mistake. India were 262 for 7 when the Indian captain was dismissed.

Soon after Kumble was gone, Sohail Tanvir cleaned up Harbhajan Singh for 1. Tanvir pitched the ball outside leg-stump to which Harbhajan moved a long away across and attempted to flick it behind square. The ball cut in towards the stumps, beats the batsman and knocks his leg-stump.

Pakistan began Day 3 on the backfoot, as their bowlers did not produce the desired outcome of wiping off the last four Indian wickets.

Overnight batsmen Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman looked very comfortable against some lacklustre bowling spells by the Pakistanis. Both Kumble and Laxman brought up their 7th fifty run partnership in Test cricket, as India have moved on to take a first-innings lead.

Pakistan tried all their bowling options, but to little or no avail, as the Indian batsmen were a step ahead of Shoaib Malik's plans. Pakistan continued to attack without third-man for about six overs, but as soon as they realized that a large chunk of Kumble's runs were sneaking through the gap, they plugged it. Too little, too late. India were 259 for six after 72 overs of play.


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