Pak Innings: 52-3 : Two quick wickets

Salman Butt choked after a good start. Nehra getting a break in his first over as Ganguly (of all people) snaps up aa good catch at square leg.

Balaji strikes in the very next over. Malik plays a shot in the air straight to Yuvi. Good chance for India to get back into the game. But this is a very familiar situation for Pak. The top 3 consistently fail. Then the re-building starts. Interesting to see how things shape up. Another quick wicket here will put Pak under tremendous pressure.

Pak innings: 45-1

45-1 right now. Fine start by Pak. Salman Butt looks set to score a 100. He is middling the ball well and seems to be in good touch. India’s bowling has been average. Nehra confirmed that he is still a shameful fielder as he let one through for a four. Ganguly displayed some of his personal field inneficiences as well in addition to his poor form with the bat.

Overall the body language of the Indians indicate no confidence whatsoever. They badly need a win here, else its going to be a painful one-day series.

India Pak first one day at Kochi

India struggled to a total of 280 despite the two 100s from Dravid and Sehwag respectively. Had India played more as a team, they should have crossed the 300 mark. Dravid slowed down so badly towards the end in search for his personal milestone, that the rest of our heroes crumbled under pressure and India was bungling through the last overs like they were playing for a draw (perhaps a hangover of the third test). All in all a lousy performance barring as always, lately, from Sehwag. Unless Pak loose early wickets or throw this match away, my guess is that Pak should wrap this up in style.