Friday 30 November 2007 

Wasim Jaffer Hits Form With Century In Kolkata

India 352-3 (Jaffer 191no, Tendulkar 82, Dravid 50) after 84.3 overs v
Pakistan in Kolkata

India lead the three-match series 1-0

Wasim Jaffer hit a flourishing unbeaten century to help India take control on day one of the second Test against Pakistan in Kolkata.

When play ended early due to bad light, Jaffer closed nine runs short of his second Test double-century with Saurav Ganguly unbeaten on 17.

With both Jaffer and fellow opener Dinesh Karthik under pressure after recent failures and the good performances of rivals in the Ranji Trophy, Karthik again fell early, edging Sohail Tanvir to stand-in captain Younus Khan at slip for one.

A 136-run partnership between Jaffer and Rahul Dravid (50) then steadied the ship before Dravid was caught behind off of Danish Kaneria.

Sachin Tendulkar was then dropped by Akmal off of Mohammad Sami, before further punishing Pakistan with two boundaries from the next over, before he was bowled by a Danish Kaneria googly for 82.

Jaffer, who scored his fourth Test century, and Tendulkar shared a partnership of 175 as they cut loose against some poor bowling and loose fielding in the final session of the day.

Injury-hit Pakistan had to leave out captain Shoaib Malik, Faisal Iqbal playing in his place, while Umar Gul returned home. Shoaib Akhtar and Sami are also struggling. India named the same side that beat Pakistan by six wickets in Delhi.

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