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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Pakistan struggling at 74/3 at lunch – India Vs Pakistan 1st Test Match at Feerozshah Kotla, New Delhi

Pakistan captain after winning the toss decided to bat first in first test match at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi but due to early movement their openers fail to survive some good bowling by Indian Pacer specially Zaheer Khan and he picked up two crucial wickets in his first spell to get Pakistan team on the back foot.

Introduction to Indian new captain in the bowling attack gave Indian team the third victim in the face of good looking Yaseer Hameed when he bowled him with straighter one.

India went into the match with four frontline bowlers while Pakistan had to make a change in their team on the eve of the match when pacer Umar Gul complained of a stressed back and was replaced by Sohail Tanvir.

However Yuvraj Singh who is in enormous form this season not able to find his place in final playing XI, With the middle-order places taken up by Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman, the mercurial left-hander is forced on the bench yet again.

Yuvraj played his last Test match in June 2006 and between that and now, he has grown immensely as a cricketer but when it comes to Test cricket, his destiny is still not in his hands.

Indian team enjoy playing at this ground where they have won all of their previous matches and in same ground Indian team new captain Anil Kumble were able to pick 10 wicket hall in an inning against Pakistan way back in 1999.

Final Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from 09:30 AM Indian time)

India: Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni (WK), Anil Kumble (C), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel.

Pakistan: Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik (C), Kamran Akmal (WK), Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir, Danish Kaneria.

Highlights of Anil Kumble 10 Wickets against Pakistan in 1999


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