India lose Jaffer, Powar makes debut in first Test
May 18, 2007 - 10:13:53 AM

Chittagong, May 18 - India lost Wasim Jaffer when he shouldered arms to the first Test match's very first ball from pacer Mashrafe Mortaza after Rahul Dravid won the toss here Friday. Also, Off-spinner Ramesh Powar became the 254th player to make his Test debut.

India left out pacer Munaf Patel, apparently due to a fitness problem, and included left-arm pacer Rudra Pratap Singh, who was not played in the team's 2-0 One-day International series win.

He was, however, asked to stay back for the Test series after pacer Sreesanth had to return home due to a calf injury.

V.V.S. Laxman was also left out, while Sachin Tendulkar, who was ignored for the ODI series, returned to the team for his 136th Test. Yuvraj Singh was named the 12th man.

Teenaged Bangladesh all-rounder Sakibul Hasan made his debut while Tushar Imran missed the match due to fever. India have played only three Tests so far against Bangladesh and won all of them. The previous match between the two countries was in December 2004.

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