Misbah forces India to bat again, after Pak end on 456

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Kolkata, Dec 3 (UNI) Pakistan forced India to bat for the second time after Misbah-ul-Haq's defiant unbeaten 161 helped the visitors notch up 456 in their first innings on the fourth day of the second Test at the Eden Gardens here today.

In reply, India were 20 for no loss at tea with Wasim Jaffer batting on 13 and Dinesh Karthik on 5, taking their overall lead to 180. They had earlier scored 616 for five in their first essay.

Pakistan took lunch at 418 for six with Misbah on 141 and Mohd.

Sami giving him company on 24. Eighty minutes after lunch, the Pakistani innings crumbled.

Of course, India are to be blamed for not getting a breakthrough.

The very second ball of the day's play, Harbhajan Singh got one to spin and bounce. The ball took the gloves of Sami, then on 0, and a sharp chance was floored by Jaffer in gully.

Next, Sami offered a chance to Rahul Dravid in first slip off Anil Kumble on six. But that went a begging.

Misbah, who remained unconquered on 161, was a picture of concentration, playing perhaps the innings of his life. He middled every delivery and a six over kneeling on one knee will remain a signature shot of the day.

At 141, Misbah continued from where he had left in New Delhi, at once appearing Pakistan's most sensible and best batsman.

Spurred on by Sami's daredevilry, he took educated risks before lunch, lofting Anil Kumble over midwicket, slog-sweeping Zaheer Khan and flashing through slips. His innings was studded with 13 boundaries and a six. Misbah completed his 150 off 321 balls. At the other end, Mohd Sami was a perfect foil. In New Delhi he showed he could hang on. Today he showed he could bat also, as he lofted a six off Kumble. It must have hurt the Indian bowling, but Sami braced himself for greater glory remaining undefeated at 24 off 86 balls.

Misbah, at the other end, had consumed 303 deliveries.

Sami finally fell to Laxman for 38 caught by Jaffer giving success to a maverick move by Anil Kumble. This also put curtains on a fruitful partnership of 91 runs off 260 balls with Misbah.

This opened the floodgates as the Pakistan innings folded in a span of eight runs after Sami was gone at Pakistan on 448.

Sohail Tanvir went the very next over without bothering the scorers, caught by Dravid off Kumble.

Shoaib Akhtar went back to pavilion in the space of two overs and three runs when he was out for zero caught by Dravid off Harbhajan.

Danish Kaneria also failed to open his account bowled by Harbhajan, to finish off Pakistan innings.

In a rare incident, on-field umpire Raymond Doctrove, standing in his 15th Test here at Eden Gardens, left the field in the 118th over complaining of chest pain.

Play was stopped for 10 minutes and early drinks break taken.

Later Amiesh Maheshbhai Saheba from Gujarat replaced him as the second on-field umpire with Rudy Koertzen.

Doctrove left as Zaheer Khan was operating from the pavilion end, 50 minutes into today's play.

K G Laxminarayan became the third umpire and local umpire Sudip Moitra became the fourth umpire.

Earlier, Koertzen had replaced Billy Bowden for this Test after he was dropped from the Kandy Test (between Sri Lanka and England).

CAB sources told UNI, ''Doctrove was feeling discomfort and pain on the left side of his chest. The doctors are attending him.'' Doctrove returned after lunch and took his position.


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