Day 2: Laxman, Dhoni prop India

India was 228 for six at stumps in reply to Pakistan's 231 on the second day of the first Test at Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday.

updated: November 24, 2007 15:59 IST
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India was 228 for six at stumps in reply to Pakistan's 231 on the second day of the first Test at Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday.

When the umpires offered light to the batsmen, India was three runs behind Pakistan's first innings total with VVS Laxman unbeaten on 57 and Anil Kumble 7 not out.

Earlier, it was a 115-run between MS Dhoni and Laxman that came to India's rescue, after they lost their first five wickets for under a 100 runs.

With Sohail Tanvir and Shoaib Akhtar wrecking the top order, it was left to Dhoni and Laxman to steady the innings and both got half centuries.

After a short break to adjust his ankle support for an injury he suffered in the one-dayers, Dhoni paid heavily for a moment of impatience. He was finally out for 57, a knock that included eight boundaries.

Taking cue from their Indian counteparts, the Pakistan pace bowlers struck early. Dinesh Karthik edged Akhtar early on to Kamran Akmal becoming the first victim of the speedster.

Rahul Dravid and Wasim Jaffer then steadied the innings and India went to lunch with the scoreboard reading 46 for one.

Post lunch, the Dravid-Jaffer pair added another 25 runs to the total before Akhtar struck again to trap Jaffer plumb in front for 32 runs before taking off on his airplane celebration.

The dismissal brought Sachin Tendulkar - the man who has been in sublime touch so far in the series - in the middle. But a disastrous run out one ball later cut short the little master's stay at the crease.

Sohail Tanvir took over from there and scalped the prized wickets of Sourav Ganguly (8) and Dravid (38), uprooting both the batsmen in successive overs. Geoff Lawson, the Pakistan coach was so delighted by the turn of events that he did a little jig in the dressing room.

From 71 for one, the hosts suddenly reduced to 93 for five in the session before Laxman and Dhoni arrested the slide.

Pakistan score 231

Earlier, Pakistan was bowled out for 231 after play resumed.

Misbah-ul-Haq, who played a very steady innings after Pakistan were reduced to 142/8, was run-out in the first session in rather comic style and that was the opening the Indians really needed.

A direct throw by Dinesh Karthik saw a jumping Misbah, trying to avoid the ball and the net result was a comic run-out.

He along with Mohammad Sami put on 19 runs more in the morning.

The duo with their 87-run partnership notched the record for the best ninth-wicket stand by a Pakistan pair against India.

Anil Kumble didn't waste much time after Misbah's fall. He took just 2 balls to clean up Danish Kaneria, to finish with figures of 4/38.

Earlier, the visitors were 210 for eight at stumps on the opening day when bad light stopped play.