Sourav, Sachin put India on course

Chasing 203, India was 171 for three at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test against Pakistan at Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday.

updated: November 26, 2007 15:57 IST
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Chasing 203, India was 171 for three at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test against Pakistan at Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday.

Sourav Ganguly, batting on 48 and Sachin Tendulkar not out on 32 were at the crease when bad light stopped play.

Tendulkar became the second highest run-scorer in Tests. The master blaster, playing in his 142nd match, surpassed former Australian skipper Allan Border's aggregate of 11,174 runs when he reached 24 in the second innings.

Retired West Indies batsman Brian Lara heads the list with 11,953 runs from 131 matches.

India need another 32 runs with seven wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

Earlier, an unbeaten 78-run partnership between Tendulkar and Ganguly put India on course for a certain victory.

After Pakistan were bundled out for 247 just over an hour into Day 4, the Indian top order batsmen took the match by the scruff of it's neck.

The hosts didn't really have a dream start though. Shoaib Akhtar dismissed Dinesh Karthik cheaply in the short passage of play just before lunch to give Pakistan an early breakthrough.

Former skipper Rahul Dravid and Wasim Jaffer took on from there and put up a 82-run partnership to put India in the driver's seat. The duo put their head down and took the sting out of the Pakistan attack.

Jaffer reached his fifty through a fluent square cut but perished in the next delivery when his pull found Salman Butt at square leg.

It was Akhtar again who came back to jolt India, removing both Jaffer and Dravid.

Earlier, the Pakistan innings finished in a hurry once Kumble took the second new ball. Zaheer Khan did the early damage, dismissing Kamran Akmal in the first over of the day, and then picking up the wicket of Sohail Tanvir causing a huge setback to Pakistan's chances of extending their lead.

Yuvraj Singh, fielding in place of Harbhajan, took the catch to send Akmal back, who didn't add to his overnight score of 21.

Sourav Ganguly then got into the action, picking up two wickets in the same over, including that of the dangerous Misbah-ul Haq who made 45.

Just when the Misbah-Sami partnership was beginning to frustrate India, Misbah played a rash shot and holed out to mid-on.

The highest successful run-chase at Kotla was 276 for 5 by the West Indies in November 1987. The highest successful run-chase by India at the same ground was 190 for 3 against Zimbabwe in 2000.