Jaffer sparkles again
Jaffer may have edged Gambhir out on Monday's performance in the tour opener.Updated: Jan 09, 2006 18:25 IST
Wasim Jaffer followed up his first innings half century with another sparkling knock in the second essay to stake his claim for a Test slot as India's three-day warm-up game against Pakistan 'A' petered out to a tame draw at Lahore on Monday.
Jaffer scored 35 not out with six fours in 43 balls while Gautam Gambhir was unbeaten on 28 off 38 balls with five fours, as India scored72 for no loss at the Bagh-E-Jinnah ground.
Mumbai batsman Jaffer played some scintillating cover drives and pull shots against pacer Umar Gul.
His opener partner Gambhir, however, struggled at the other end.
The Delhi left hander was dropped twice by stumper Zulqarnain Haider before opening his account and then played and missed quite a few times before settling down to play some fine drives off Mohammed Irshad.
Earlier, Pakistan A declared at 358 for 9, 56 runs behind India's 414 for seven declared in first innings.
The home team put on 146 runs after starting the day at 212 for four before applying closure.
The first session produced 71 runs and the second 75. The unconquered batsmen at the time of declaration were Umar Gul (15) and last man Rao Iftikhar Anjum (0).
India 1st innings 414-7 dec (Sachin Tendulkar 74, Rahul Dravid 63, Yuvraj Singh 59, Wasim Jaffer 58, Gautum Gambhir 53, Venkatsai Laxman 54)
Pakistan A 1st innings (overnight 212-4)
Imran Farhat c Zaheer b Harbhajan 107
Bazid Khan c Laxman b Agarkar 6
Mohammad Waseem lbw b Pathan 1
Hasan Raza c Dhoni b Pathan 75
Faisal Iqbal c Harbhajan b Agarkar 87
Asim Kamal c Dhoni b Pratap 14
Mansoor Amjad lbw b Zaheer 0
Zulqarnain Haider lbw b Pathan 35
Yasir Arafat c Dhoni b Pratap 9
Umer Gul not out 15
Rao Iftikhar not out 0
Extras: (lb4, nb5) 9
Total: (for nine wickets dec) 358
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-26, 3-186, 4-198, 5-226, 6-227, 7-315, 8-337, 9-358.
Bowling: Pathan 22-6-82-3, Agarkar 16-3-60-2, Pratap 16-4-62-2, Zaheer 19-2-67-1, Harbhajan 21-1-77-1, Yuvraj 1-0-6-0.
India 2nd innings
Gautum Gambhir not out 28
Waseem Jaffer not out 35
Extras: (b1, nb3, w5) 9
Total: (for no wkt) 72
Bowling: Gul 5-0-26-0, Iftikhar 5-2-17-0, Irshad 2-0-20-0, Farhat 1-0-8-0
Result: Match drawn
First Published: Jan 09, 2006 13:32 IST