A beautiful morning at Kolkata (Homepitch of the GR8 so called Bengal Tiger-Saurav Ganguly).Looked like JUMBO'S men in blue would walk away with all credits of the match-with superb 192* by Wassim Jaffer on day1 along with half centuries by Dravid and Sachin.This which was followed by DADA'S maiden test hundred vs Pakistan(102).And last but not the least VVS LAXMAN'S 112*-also his first test hundred versus Pakistan was a treat to watch.
Thus it was a great start by India on the first innings which India made full use of the toss that they won by putting on a massive 616/5.To add to further delightment,Anil Kumble got the first breakthrough for India by picking up the wicket of Yasir Hameed for 21 to see Pakistan reeling at 38/1.
The next day also din't seem o go too good for Pakistan as they lost three quick wickets which saw them reeling at 78/4 and ended the day at 150/5.
It was now that the Pakistanis came back too harsh at the indians putting on a massive 207 run partnership between Kamran Akmal(119-259m 210b 20x4) and Misbah-Ul-Haq(107 -198b 10x4).Finally Pakistan ended their innings at 456 thus avoiding follow-on to shatter Indian dream of clinching the series yet once again.
Misbah-Ul-Haq(Right) raises his bat after reaching his 150.
The next innings saw Indians trying to make things difficult for Pakistan by a splendid batting by Wassim Jaffer who yet again notched up another half century scoring 56 before being bowled by Danish Kaneria trying to sweep an incomming delivery.At the end of the 4th day's play,India were in a commandable position having a lead of 245.
Now,entering into the 5th and final day of the test match,india with MSDhoni and Ganguly batting,wanted to give a stiff target for pakistan.But,Dhoni's innings came to an end when he was bowled by Shoaib who bowled a slower one that was misread by Dhoni.Finally,Ganguly who was batting at 46,was given only 1 over to complete his 50,which saw him get bowled at the same score of 46.
Pakistan was given a target of 345 in a span of 81 overs.India got the first breakthrough when Zaheer got Yasir(Hameed) caught and bowled for 14.