Saturday 1 December 2007 

Jaffer Completes Double As India Run Riot In Kolkata

India 616-5 declared (Jaffer 202, Ganguly 102, Laxman 112no) v
Pakistan 50-1 after 16 overs in Kolkata
India lead the three-match series 1-0

Wasim Jaffer duly completed his second Test double-century before Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman hit centuries of their own to put India in total control on day two of the second Test against Pakistan.

Captain Anil Kumble, not required to bat, then snared Yasir Hameed in his first over to put Pakistan in trouble as they face a huge deficit. Hameed had made a swift 21 before he was trapped in front.

However, Salman Butt and Younus Khan played out the remaining overs without problems before they accepted the offer of light after they had brought up Pakistan's fifty on a placid pitch.

Jaffer added only ten runs to his overnight 192, but it was enough for his double century before Saurav Ganguly (102) and VVS Laxman shared a 163-run stand for the fifth wicket which was broken by part-time spinner Salman Butt.

As the pitch showed no sign of offering anything to the bowlers, Laxman remained unbeaten on 112 as India declared once Mahendra Singh Dhoni had reached his own half-century, meaning Dinesh Karthik (one) was the only Indian to have failed to make that mark.

India lead the series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Delhi by six wickets.

© Cricket World 2007

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