Rahane, Pant put India on even keel
IN CONTROL They add 146 for the unbroken fifth wicket stand after Umesh’s sixwicket haul pegs Windies to 311
UMESH YADAV ENDS A 19YEAR WAIT
Javagal Srinath Javagal Srinath Venkatesh Prasad Venkatesh Prasad door for the highly efficient medium-pacer Mohammad Abbas to barnstorm the lower order with relentlessly accurate swing bowling.
This effective combination set Pakistan -- who are as at home in the desert as Lawrence of Arabia — on the path to what should have been yet another ‘home turf’ victory.
Nevertheless, the inexperienced Australians shouldn’t feel too downcast because far better Baggy Green line-ups have been destroyed by off-spin, albeit by tweakers with a much more 1999-00 illustrious CV. In my memory, this malaise started with England’s Jim Laker in 1956 and gathered pace at the beginning of the new century with Harbhajan Singh and then Ravi Ashwin, along with occasional misfires against Muralitharan (in Sri Lanka), Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq and Graeme Swann of England.
In the controversy laden 1956 season, Laker plundered a strong Australian line-up that included the 1948 Invincible team members, Neil Harvey and Keith Miller, to the tune of 46
Ajinkya Rahane (left) and Rishabh Pant (right) saved the blushes after India lost four wickets with 162 on board on Day 2 of the second Test against West Indies in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Usman Khawaja’s 141 forced a draw against Pakistan in the Dubai Test despite debutant offspinner Bilal Asif’s firstinnings haul.