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India v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Kolkata

March 16-20



Unreachable target? What unreachable target? Shahid Afridi's late blast on the fourth evening gave Pakistan hopes of attaining the improbable


Dinesh Karthik assisted Rahul Dravid in steadying India but departed just short of his century


Rahul Dravid was cautious after Laxman's retirement, but gradually opened up to reach his second hundred of the game


VVS Laxman was rendered out of action for some time after a Mohammad Sami short ball did him in


Steve Bucknor was felicitated by members of the ICC for his century


Steve Bucknor faced the fans' ire for his decision to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar the previous day


Sachin Tendulkar spoke to Steve Bucknor about insufficient light; he was soon dismissed


Sachin Tendulkar played with familiar authority, stroking the ball without hesitation, even though the openers were gone


Mohammad Sami began his second stint with a lethal burst, leaving Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag helpless


Where there was nothing earlier, Anil Kumble suddenly found turn, bounce, bite, and a few wickets


Sachin Tendulkar had a morning to cheer, especially since his good judgement brought about Asim Kamal's downfall


India's bowlers got their bearings right early, with Inzamam-ul-Haq the prize catch of the morning


Harbhajan Singh, who has been the most successful bowler at Eden Gardens, didn't quite enjoy the same luck today


Yousuf Youhana savouring his hundred which he brought up in dramatic fashion, taking ten runs off the last over of the day


Younis Khan got to his seventh hundred with a miscued pull off Irfan Pathan, but he hardly put a foot wrong otherwise


A feature of the partnership between Younis Khan and Yousuf Youhana was their running between the wicket


When nothing else worked, Sourav Ganguly brought himself on for a spell after tea. But he got no joy


Yousuf Youhana and Younis Khan had put Pakistan in a comfortable position by tea, as Sourav Ganguly cut a picture of desolation


Always the majestic driver, Younis Khan played some wonderful strokes all around the wicket today


Under pressure to keep his place in the side, Younis Khan played positively from the start, driving on the up


Abdul Razzaq doubled his joy by trapping VVS Laxman leg before with a ball that jagged back


Sourav Ganguly failed once again, edging a loose drive off Abdul Razzaq


Rahul Dravid acknowledging his 19th Test century which he brought up with two successive fours


Shahid Afridi started Pakistan's fightback by inducing a bottom edge from Sachin Tendulkar


Sachin Tendulkar played with more fluency as he hit a number of gorgeous offside boundaries


Rahul Dravid produced the innings of the day, driving and cutting with panache


That's one more for you Dad! Sachin Tendulkar after becoming the fifth player to reach 10,000 Tests runs


Virender Sehwag continued hitting the Pakistan bowlers


Virender Sehwag got India off to one more blistering start with a series of boundaries like this one


Once again, Danish Kaneria gave Pakistan the breakthough by dismissing Gautam Gambhir.


Steve Bucknor, who became the first man to officiate in 100 Tests, was presented with a plaque



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