Kaif guides BP XI to 91/1 on day two

Updated on Mar 05, 2005 10:50 AM IST

Captain Mohammad Kaif led the hosts' reply with a solid 42 before bad light forced stumps.

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PTI | ByK Kumaraswamy (PTI), Dharamshala

Mohammad Kaif proved the selectors wrong with another solid innings to lead Indian Board President's XI's reply in the three-day tour match against the Pakistanis on Friday.

Kaif's unbeaten 42 helped the hosts ride over an early bump and reach 91 for one, 182 runs behind the visitors' 273 in the first innings, before bad light brought the second day to a premature close.

The Uttar Pradesh batsman had faced 56 balls and struck seven fours during his 85 minute stay at the crease.

Opener Dheeraj Jadhav was the other not out batsman on 30 from 71 balls with five fours. The two had raised 74 runs for the second-wicket after Satyajit Parab had fallen cheaply for 11, bowled while playing across the line to Naved-ul-Hasan Rana.

Kaif, ignored for the first Test, opened with a flick to the mid-wicket fence off Mohammad Sami. He found the on-side fence once more before cutting the bowler to point for two fours in the same over.

The Board XI skipper then turned his attention to Abdul Razzaq, the other hero of the day, slashing him over the slip cordon and following it up with a boundary through covers.

For good measure, Kaif pulled Razzaq twice to mid-wicket to rub it in.

For the second successive day, nearly three hours of play was lost due to inclement weather.

Bright sunshine promised an entertaining day's play, but as it had been with the fickle weather of Dharamshala, blue sky gave way to grey clouds.

The play was suspened one hour into the post-lunch session, and after a two-and-a-half-hour wait in vain, the umpires called it off for the day.

But entertainment enough there was in the three hour of play that was possible.

Razzaq stole the centre stage in the morning session with a fighting half century that helped the Pakistanis post a competitive total of 273.


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