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Jaffer misses half-century, Gambhir going steady

cricket Updated: Aug 04, 2007 19:19 IST

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Gautam Gambhir and Wasim Jaffer gave the Indians a solid start as the tourists reached 127 for 2 at lunch on the second day of their three-day cricket warm up match against Sri Lanka A at Grace Road, Leicester on Saturday.

Jaffer made a solid 48 while Gambhir was unbeaten on 45, the 85-run partnership between the two leaving the Indians only 139 runs behind the Lankan total.

Captain Rahul Dravid on 10 was the other not out batsman at the break.

Jaffer was batting well until he was caught at mid-on by Akalanka Ganegama when he tried to go over the top.

Resuming the day at their overnight score of 25 for 1, both Jaffer and Gambhir enjoyed the conditions as they batted without much discomfort.

Gambhir flashed and missed a few in the first couple of overs before he found his touch.

However, Jaffer looked in brilliant touch as he played some gorgeous drives on either sides of the wicket.

Jaffer's back foot cover drive off Ganegama was a beauty and then there was a fine glance that was a gem off pacer Dammika Prasad.

Gambhir lofted off spinner Lokuarachchi over midwicket to the boundary. Then, just before lunch, he smashed Prasad for two consecutive fours through extra cover.