Pakistan straight back in groove

Ominous signs are showing already in the second Pakistan-India Test as the home batsmen pick up in Faisalabad from where they left off in the Lahore run fest with Pakistan ending the first day 379-4.

Most worryingly for India, which chose a three-pronged left-arm pace attack for the match, was the sight of Shahid Afridi and Inzamam-ul-Haq in purposeful mood.

They've added 163 for the fifth wicket with Afridi not out 85 and Inzamam not out 79.

Earlier, after winning the toss, India looked to have made an inroad with Shoaib Malik (19) and Salman Butt (37) both back in the pavilion with 65 on the board.

However, that merely started a show of strength from the remaining members of the Pakistan top-order.

They did face some interesting moments from debut paceman Rudra Pratap Singh, who joined Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan, in the unique left-armers attack.

He ended the day with 3-77 and broke a potentially dangerous stand of 142 runs for the third wicket between Younis Khan (83) and Mohammad Yousuf (65).

Losing two wickets for nine runs did not halt Afridi's natural bent when he arrived at the crease and he started with three successive fours from Anil Kumble.

However, any all out assault was shelved as he began to work the singles and it wasn't until late in the day, when he and Inzamam took 131 off 27 overs, that Afridi resumed the attack.

His 85 not out was scored from 84 balls.


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