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March 8-12 2005 Discuss the Mohali Cricket Match Discuss More
Mohali Cricket Ground
Toss: India, Elected to Field
Umpires: RE Koertzen (SA) and DB Hair (Aus)
TV Umpire: K Hariharan
4th Umpire: KG Lakshminarayan
Result: Draw

Mohali Test Start

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Indians going in for the kill

India today left out middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh and left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra from the team for the first cricket Test against Pakistan starting here tomorrow. Indian captain Sourav Ganguly made the announcement here today which meant that either off-spinner Harbhajan Singh or seamer Laxmipathy Balaji would be picked in the final XI.
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq, on the otherhand, kept the cards close to his chest as he refused to name the 12 for the game. He wanted to have one final look at the pitch on the morning of the match before deciding on his eleven. The Indian cricket team held a practice session on Sunday in Mohali ahead of their first match against arch-rivals Pakistan next week. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar , who had been out for a while due to his elbow injury, also had a good hour-long session. Cricket enthusiasts in Mohali and its neighbouring areas are anticipating the match with bated breath as fans pour in from all over the country.
As millions of fans also await the first test in Mohali scheduled from March 8th to 12th, around 4,000 fans from Pakistan are expected to travel on special trains and buses. The Indian cricket team members arrived in Chandigarh today for the first Test match against Pakistan to be played at PCA Stadium at Mohali from Tuesday.
Those who have arrived here so far include captain Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid , V V S Laxman, Virender Sehwag , Anil Kumble, Dinesh Karthik, L Balaji, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan. Coach John Wright, team physio John Gloster and trainer Gregory Alan King have already reached here.
Indian cricket coach John Wright on Thursday said he was expecting a result in the first Test match against Pakistan in Mohali since it would be played on a "good wicket". "It looks like a good wicket to me and it should produce a result," Wright told reporters after inspecting the pitch at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium. Asked about the mood in the Indian camp, he said the players were upbeat and eagerly looking forward to the series to take off.
Pitch curator Daljit Singh, who looked concerned about gloomy weather conditions, appeared more relaxed as the sun came out on Thursday. "It's good for the wicket. It will help it to firm up and give us an exciting game," he said. In Picture: Youvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra.

Mohali Test First Day

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Balaji shines as Pakistan collapses

Pakistan's tail enders batted with confidence to take the team to 312 (all out) in 86.4 ov after India won the toss and elected to field first. Balaji took 5 Pakistani wickets for 76 runs in 20.4 overs. For Pakistan, Asim Kamal top scored with 91 before being bowled by Balaji. Inzamam-ul-Haq was LBWd by Anil Kumble for 57 in 92 balls. Taufeeq Umar scored 44. Pathan and Kumble had 2 wickets each and Zaheer Khan one. Pakistan 50 in 15.2 overs
Score at Lunch: Pakistan 91/3 (Inzamam-ul-Haq 25*, Yousuf Youhana 2*)
Pakistan 100 in 26.4 overs
Inzamam-ul-Haq 50 in 72 balls, 4x7
Pakistan 150 in 40.3 overs
Score at Tea: Pakistan 191/6 in 51 overs (Asim Kamal 33*, Kamran Akmal 0*)
Pakistan 200 in 54.1 overs
Asim Kamal 50 in 82 balls, 4x7
Pakistan 250 in 71.4 overs
Pakistan 312 all out in 86.4 ov

India choose to field after winning the toss on Day one of the Mohali Test.
Pakistan has a 10-7 edge in 50 Tests against India, which included 33 drawn encounters. But India leads 5-4 in 27 Tests on its home soil, which also featured 18 drawn matches. In Picture: India's paceman Balaji takes his third wicket of the day - removing Mohammad Sami for 20 with Pakistan 282-8. He wrapped up the Pakistan innings for 312 - claiming his maiden five-wicket haul with the dismissal of Naved-ul-Hasan

Mohali Test Second Day

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Sehwag blasts off after rain delay

India openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag made a ruthless start against Pakistan after a four-hour rain delay on day two of the first Test. Gambhir fell for 41 shortly after tea, caught at mid on off Danish Kaneria.
But India already had 113 on the board, a third of the way to Pakistan's first innings 312, with Sehwag 65 not out.
Day two finally got underway at 0850 GMT, more than four hours later, after persistent rain, but with skies still dark and the floodlights on.
Umpires Rudi Koertzen and Darrell Hair said they would try to accommodate 50 overs by extending play. India were184/1 in 40 overs with Sehwag * 95 (121) and Dravid 39 (80) when bad light stopped play. Start delayed due to rain (play started at 14:2:20 IST)
India 50 runs in 8.3 overs
Score at Tea: India 67/0 in 11 overs (Gambhir 22*, Sehwag 41*)
India 100 runs in 15.5 overs
V Sehwag 50 runs in 49 balls, 7x4, 1x6
India 150 runs in 28.3 overs In Picture: Rain delayed play by 4 hours in the morning of day two.

Mohali Test Third Day

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Run floods in the morning, drizzles in the afternoon!

Indias cricketers were left disappointed after star batsman Sachin Tendulkar fell six runs short of a world record 35th Test century, opening batsman Virender Sehwag said on Thursday.
We were waiting for the historic moment in the dressing room when he was so close to the world record, Sehwag said after Tendulkar was dismissed for 94. But all the players were disappointed when Tendulkar got out. He himself was very disappointed, he said. I am both satisfied and disappointed with my innings, he added. I should have scored more runs but its part of the game and one ball can get you out, said the opener.
But in spite of Sachins failure to reach the world record, India were in a commanding position at the end of play of day three at 447 for six, a lead of 135 runs with four wickets in hand. This was largely due to the efforts of Virender Sehwag , who not only scored 173 runs, but also shared three century partnerships in the course of the innings, one yesterday and two today. More importantly, Sehwag showed that the Pakistani attack had nothing to bother the Indian batsmen. The fact the hosts could muster a mere 263 runs from 91 overs after such a blistering start yesterday was an opportunity missed for India.
In spite of the brilliant start, Sachin and later skipper Sourav Ganguly made heavy weather of their job of picking up the runs and putting the opposition on the backfoot at a time when India needed quick runs to take the battle to the Pakistani camp. Runs came at 4.32 per over, while Sehwag was batting, but in the post-lunch session, the run flow was restricted to just 2.26 runs per over. Sachin, as long as he batted with Sehwag, was among the runs, with his first 50 coming off 78 balls and included seven fours. His next 44 was worth a labour of 122 balls and nearly four hours.
Laxman, however, towards the close, gave a glimpse of return to form when he smashed Rana for three fours in an over in fading light. He batted for 122 minutes and faced 87 balls, hitting six fours. Giving him company was Irfan Pathan, on one.
India were 447 for 6 wickets in 130.1 overs with a R.R of 3.43 when bad light stopped play. Play started half-an-hour early (at 9:30 India time)
India 200 in 45.1 overs
Sehwag 100 in 129 balls, 12x4, 1x6
Dravid 50 in 115 balls, 7x4
Sehwag 150 in 191 balls, 18x4
India 250 in 60.1 overs
India 300 in 66.3 overs
Score at Lunch: India 318/2 in 71 overs (Sehwag 166*, Tendulkar 47*)
Tendulkar 50 in 80 balls, 7x4
India 350 in 91.5 overs
Score at Tea: India 377/3 in 100 overs (Tendulkar 75*, Ganguly 20*)
India 400 in 110.3 overs
New ball taken after 120 overs Stumps - Day 3: India 447/6 [131 ov; Pathan * 1 (16), Laxman * 33 (86)] lead by 135 runs with 4 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

Mohali Test Fourth Day

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Ganguly defends, India loses momentum

India stayed on course for victory in the first Test as they reduced Pakistan to 257-6 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day in Mohali. That gave them a lead of just 53 with no specialist batsmen remaining. Anil Kumble struck either side of tea, shifting Inzamam-ul-Haq (86) and Yousuf Youhana (68), while Lakshmipathy Balaji had three wickets to his name.
India had earlier finished on 516, with Danish Kaneria taking all four remaining wickets to finish with 6-150. The day began with India 447-6, leading by a healthy 135. The innings was brought to a close when two wickets fell in three balls, including the slow-scoring VVS Laxman, who was bowled for 58. Lakshmipathy Balaji added a brisk 31. India 450 in 132.4 overs
India 500 in 143.4 overs
Laxman 50 in 118 balls, 8x4
Pakistan 50 in 12. 4 overs
Score at Lunch: Pakistan 52/3 in 13 overs (Yousuf Youhana 11*, Inzamam-ul-Haq 31*)
Pakistan 100 in 24.3 overs
Inzamam-ul-Haq 50 in 53 balls, 8x4
Pakistan 150 in 37.4 overs
Score at Tea: Pakistan 150/4 in 39 overs (Yousuf Youhana 47*, Asim Kamal 1*)
Yousuf Youhana 50 in 106 balls, 9x4
Pakistan 200 in 52.5 overs
Pakistna 250 in 72.2 overs In Picture: Kaneria became the first leggie to take five wickets against India.

Mohali Test Fifth Day

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Pakistan does a Houdini, Indians in suspended animation

Heroic batting from Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq gave Pakistan a draw in the first Test against India in Mohali.
Akmal (109), who hit his first Test ton, and Razzaq (71) put on 184 for the seventh wicket, a record for matches between these two countries. Their stand had begun late on day four, when Pakistan led by a meagre 39 runs.
Pakistan finally declared on 496-9, with India 85-1 at the close. It was a remarkable result after Pakistan had been 10-3 at one stage on Friday. Second new ball taken after 80 overs
Pakistan 300 in 88.3 overs
Kamran Akmal 50 in 62 balls, 8x4
Pakistan 350 in 100.4 overs
Abdul Razzaq 50 in 204 balls, 3x4
Pakistan 400 runs in 115.6 overs
Kamran Akmal 100 in 140 balls, 15x4
Pakistan 450 in 136.2 overs
India 50 in 13.3 overs
Match called off after 7 mandatory overs In Picture: Superb batting from the young wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal saves the test for Pakistan.

India vs Pakistan Mohali Test Match Scoreboard

312 all out (86.4 overs)
496 for 9 (144.0 overs)
516 all out (147.4 overs)
85 for 1 (17.0 overs)

Pakistan First Innings
Salman Butt
b I K Pathan
19 0 0
Taufeeq Umar
b L Balaji
89 7 0
Younis Khan lbw b Z Khan
9 2 0
Inzamam-ul-Haq lbw b A Kumble
92 7 0
Yousuf Youhana c K K D Karthik b I K Pathan
13 1 0
Asim Kamal
b L Balaji
163 14 0
Abdul Razzaq c K K D Karthik b L Balaji
24 5 0
Kamran Akmal c R Dravid b A Kumble
54 3 0
Mohammad Sami
b L Balaji
34 3 0
Naved-ul-Hasan lbw b L Balaji
19 2 0
Danish Kaneria not out
7 1 0
3nb 1w 11b 5lb 20
all out 312

I K Pathan 23.0 5 68 2
Z Khan 17.0 1 70 1
L Balaji 20.4 5 76 5
A Kumble 22.0 6 76 2
S C Ganguly 2.0 0 3 0
V Sehwag 2.0 1 3 0
Fall of wicket
11 Salman Butt
30 Younis Khan
89 Taufeeq Umar
104 Yousuf Youhana
156 Inzamam-ul-Haq
191 Abdul Razzaq
239 Kamran Akmal
282 Mohammad Sami
303 Asim Kamal
312 Naved-ul-Hasan

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India First Innings
G Gambhir c Naved-ul-Hasan b Danish Kaneria
46 7 0
V Sehwag c Yousuf Youhana b Abdul Razzaq
244 19 2
R Dravid c Asim Kamal b Mohammad Sami
117 7 0
S R Tendulkar c Asim Kamal b Naved-ul-Hasan
202 11 0
S C Ganguly c Salman Butt b Danish Kaneria
74 2 0
V V S Laxman
b Danish Kaneria
125 9 0
K K D Karthik c Naved-ul-Hasan b Mohammad Sami
22 0 0
I K Pathan st Kamran Akmal b Danish Kaneria
34 1 0
L Balaji c Kamran Akmal b Danish Kaneria
36 4 0
A Kumble not out
5 0 0
Z Khan c and b Danish Kaneria
2 0 0
21nb 1w 1b 5lb 28
all out 516

Mohammad Sami 36.0 6 120 2
Naved-ul-Hasan 32.0 1 133 1
Abdul Razzaq 26.0 1 107 1
Danish Kaneria 53.4 12 150 6
Fall of wicket
113 G Gambhir
216 R Dravid
334 V Sehwag
381 S C Ganguly
417 S R Tendulkar
444 K K D Karthik
465 I K Pathan
507 L Balaji
516 V V S Laxman
516 Z Khan

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Pakistan Second Innings
Salman Butt c K K D Karthik b I K Pathan
12 0 0
Taufeeq Umar c and b L Balaji
3 1 0
Younis Khan
b L Balaji
5 0 0
Yousuf Youhana
b A Kumble
145 12 0
Inzamam-ul-Haq lbw b A Kumble
105 10 1
Asim Kamal lbw b L Balaji
87 6 1
Abdul Razzaq c R Dravid b A Kumble
260 4 1
Kamran Akmal c (sub) b L Balaji
154 16 0
Mohammad Sami c and b A Kumble
49 0 0
Naved-ul-Hasan not out
41 6 1
Danish Kaneria not out
5 1 0
2nb 13w 17b 20lb 52
for 9 496

I K Pathan 27.0 7 70 1
L Balaji 30.0 5 95 4
A Kumble 54.0 16 160 4
Z Khan 22.0 0 93 0
S R Tendulkar 8.0 0 30 0
V Sehwag 3.0 1 11 0
Fall of wicket
6 Taufeeq Umar
10 Younis Khan
10 Salman Butt
149 Inzamam-ul-Haq
193 Yousuf Youhana
243 Asim Kamal
427 Kamran Akmal
436 Abdul Razzaq
467 Mohammad Sami

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India Second Innings
G Gambhir not out
50 4 0
V Sehwag st Kamran Akmal b Younis Khan
56 6 0
4nb 5b 8lb 17
for 1 85

Mohammad Sami 7.0 0 25 0
Naved-ul-Hasan 2.0 0 6 0
Danish Kaneria 6.0 2 17 0
Younis Khan 2.0 0 24 1
Fall of wicket
85 V Sehwag

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Indian Cricket Team for Mohali Test

India Cricket Live Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Rahul Dravid (vice-captain), G Gambhir, V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, +KKD Karthik, IK Pathan, L Balaji, A Kumble, Z Khan. In Picture: Balaji and Kumble at the end of Pakistani innings on day one.

Pakistan Cricket Team for Mohali Test

India Cricket Live Inzamam-Ul-Haq (Captain), Younis Khan (vice-capt), Salman Butt, Taufeeq Umar, Yousuf Youhana, Asim Kamal, Abdul Razzaq, +Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Naved-ul-Hasan, Danish Kaneria. In Picture: Inzamam-ul-Haq had nothing much to do during India's batting for over two days.

The Venue

India Cricket Live The Punjab Cricket Association owns the Cricket Stadium at Mohali, which is just outside the city of Chandigarh in the northern state of Punjab, which has a border with Pakistan. Mohali is one of the few grounds in India more suitable for seamers. It features a perimeter moat and a lush, green outfield.
'Turbanator' Habhajan Singh is the local hero.

Pakistan in India 2005 Cricket Series on TV

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Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.