Early Pak wickets put India in the drivers seat: Jaffer

November 25th, 2007 - 9:02 pm ICT by admin  

By Vikram Vishal

New Delhi , Nov 25 (ANI): The Pakistani cricket team is unlikely to break the Ferozshah Kotla jinx, as India was comfortably placed to win the first Test match at the Delhi stadium at the close of the fourth days play.

With just 32 more runs needed to win the match on the last day, India is almost certain to beat Pakistan for third time at this ground in the longest version of the game.

Indian opener Wasim Jaffer told reporters at the end of todays play that the quick wickets taken by the Indian bowlers early in the day put the hosts in the driving seat.

Two-hundred is chaseable. Four-five quick (Pakistani) wickets in the morning gave us a good chance, Jaffer said.

Responding to a query as to whether Pakistan would be able to make a comeback in the series as the first Tests result seems to be just a formality for India , the right-handed opener said it is always difficult for any team to win a three-match series after losing the first match.

Commenting on his opening partner Dinesh Karthik, who failed to impress in both innings, Jaffer said that an openers job is always difficult, for they have to face fast bowlers when the wicket if fresh and its not easy to score in such situations.

We should sympathise with him (Karthik), he added.

Pakistani fast bowler Shoail Tanvir, who made his Test debut in this match, too said that his team lost the grip on the match after two quick wickets fell at the start of the fourth days play.

He said that the wicket of Kamran Akmal was the turning point of the match.

At stumps on fourth day, India was at 171 for the loss of three wickets.

The pair of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar added 78 runs between them for the fourth wicket with Ganguly playing on 48, while Tendulkar was unbeaten with 32 runs.
Prior to this match, India and Pakistan had played four matches on this ground, of which India won two, while two others ended without any result. (ANI)

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