Saturday 8 December 2007 

Yuvraj Singh And Ganguly Share Record Stand For India

India 365-5 (Yuvraj Singh 169, Ganguly 125no)
Pakistan in Bangalore after day one
India lead the three-match series 1-0

Yuvraj Singh and Saurav Ganguly scored superb centuries to lift India from a position of difficulty to one of strength on day one of the final Test against Pakistan in Bangalore.

The pair shared an ground-record partnership of 300 as the pair counter-attacked after four wickets had rocked the home side. No two left-handed Indian batsmen have shared a bigger stand with Yuvraj registering his third Test century (all against Pakistan) and Ganguly his 15th.

Yuvraj was eventually dismissed for 169, having scored one hundred runs after tea, edging Mohammad Sami to Faisal Iqbal in the gully. He had hit runs all around the wicket, scoring 28 fours and one six.

Pakistan had enjoyed the better of things in the morning session, Yasir Arafat taking three wickets to leave India on 61 for four.

Arafat removed Rahul Dravid (19), Wasim Jaffer (17), and VVS Laxman (five).

Pakistan then struggled against the class of Yuvraj and Ganguly after they lost Shoaib Akhtar to injury early in the day.

India, who won the toss, made four injury-enforced changes, with Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel ruled out, with Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj, Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma recalled.

Pakistan handed a debut to Arafat with Sohail Tanvir unable to play, while Younus Khan retained the captaincy in the absence of Shoaib Malik.

India lead the series 1-0 after winning the first game in Delhi and the second was drawn in Kolkata.

© Cricket World 2007




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