Cricinfo: India in England 2007

England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Zaheer Khan
Zaheer makes amends
A day after being lambasted for some wayward bowling and having his big-match temperament questioned, Zaheer Khan showed the form that is expected from a pace spearhead. After the near-miraculous drainage facilities at Lord.s meant only three hours were lost to a torrential downpour, the new ball was utilized devastatingly by Zaheer. In conditions that were convivial tobowlers, he posed some tough questions to the big fish Kevin Pietersen. After having Pietersen beaten on a couple of occasions, fishing outside the offstump, he induced an outside edge which dropped just short of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. However, Zaheer wasn.t to be denied too long as he got one to swing a shade from a back of a length and had a static Pietersen providing Dhoni with a simple catch... More

Wasim Jaffer
Rising to the occasion
Rahul Dravid had given Wasim Jaffer a vote of confidence prior to the Lord.s Test stating, "in his last three Test matches he has got two hundreds." But Jaffer.s place in the team was not a certainty, as those centuries sandwiched a pair against Bangladesh and were followed by unconvincing performances in the warm-up matches. On a day of typically fickle English weather, Jaffer answered the doubters with a classic opener.s knock: wisely shouldering arms to deliveries outside off, cashing in on the early luck all openers need and dispatching the wayward offerings to notch up a gritty half-century. More
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