Monday 3 December 2007 

Harbhajan Picks Up Five As India Hold All The Aces

India 616-5 declared (Jaffer 202, Laxman 112no) & 141-2 after 36 overs
Pakistan 456 (Misbah 161no, Akmal 119, H Singh 5-122)

India lead the three-match series 1-0

Harbhajan Singh picked up five wickets as India secured a first innings lead of 160 on day four of the second Test against Pakistan in Kolkata, although they had to work hard against a defiant Pakistan rearguard led by Misbah-ul-Haq, who finished unbeaten on 161.

By the close, India had extended their lead to 301, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Saurav Ganguly the unbeaten batsman with India on 141 for two.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Sami had earlier batted superbly to guide their side past the target of 417 to avoid having to follow-on.

Misbah continued to add runs in solid fashion with Mohammad Sami playing a fine knock, fast becoming more of a lower-order batsman than bowler. He memorably struck Anil Kumble for one huge six as India toiled without reward in the morning session.

Misbah moved past 150 after lunch, making sure that his first Test century was a big one, although once Mohammad Sami (38) departed, Sohail Tanvir, Shoaib Akhtar and Danish Kaneria failed to contribute a run between them as Harbhajan ran through the tail.

Misbah and Sami had added a crucial 91 before the collapse. VVS Laxman was the unlikely bowler to make the breakthrough as Sami was caught by Wasim Jaffer to give centurion Laxman his second Test wicket.

Indian openers Wasim Jaffer (56) and Dinesh Karthik added 75 in the second innings before Karthik was caught by Misbah off of Kaneria for 28. India showed attacking intent suggesting an imminent declaration by promoting Dhoni and Ganguly as Kaneria also picked up the wicket of Jaffer, bowled through the gate.

India scored 616 for five declared in their first innings and lead the series 1-0.

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