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Friday, November 16, 2007

Sachin helps India to beat Pakistan by six wickets to clinch series after two decades

On a day when Sachin Tendulkar debut his test career against Pakistan 18 years ago, help Indian team to by sparkling 97 runs to beat Pakistan by six wickets and clinch the series after two decade.

Chasing a target of 256 for victory Indians manage to achieve the same by 46.3 overs with the lost of four wickets.

Tendulkar sealed the win for India with a masterful 97, but failed yet again to break a recent jinx that saw him being dismissed in the 90s for the sixth time this year and the second time in the series.

India lost two quick wickets in between three overs both of Virendra Sehwag (43 runs of 49 balls) and Sachin Tendulkar (97 runs of 102 balls). However Indian captain M.S. Dhoni and vice-captain Yuvraj Singh kept their cool with solid unbroken partnership of 101 runs to ensure Indians victory.

Yuvraj was at his authoritative best and continued his outstanding run with the bat. He scored a breezy 53 comprising four boundaries and a six while skipper Dhoni eased his way to a run-a-ball 45 which included three boundaries and one six.

Earlier after winning the toss Pakistan captain elected to bat first, but his decision was proved wrong when R.P Singh dismissed last match centurion Salman Butt for duck.

After wards, Skipper Shoaib Malik, who promoted himself up the order after both Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal had failed in the earlier games, added 78 with Younis Khan. Though both batsman able to keep the Indians way from picking up wickets but they failed to up the tempo and in the process Pakistan lost their skipper giving Zaheer khan his 200th victim in ODI.

Introduction to Yuvraj Singh in the 30th over gave India third wickets when Yuvraj caught Yunus (68 runs of 89 balls) on his own bowling. Two overs later Saurav Ganguly get his 100th ODI by picking boom-boom Shahid Afridi on 1 run of 4 balls to get India right back into the match.

From Pakistan the man stand out when matter most is (99* runs of 104 balls) and Misbah-Ul-Haq (40 runs of 39 balls) and help Pakistan to reach formidable total of 255/6 in 50 Over.

Sachin Tendulkar was declared Man of the Match for his brilliant 97 runs of 104 balls.

Match Summary

Pakistan –255/6 in 50 Overs

Mohammad Yusuf – 99* Yunus Khan– 68

Zaheer Khan – 10-0-40-2 Yuvraj Singh - 3-0-12-1

India –260/4 in 46.3 Overs

Sachin Tendulkar – 97 Yuvraj Singh – 53*

Rao Iftikhar Anjum – 10-0-35-1 Shoiab Akhtar - 10-0-49-1

India Vs Pakistan 4th ODI Highlights


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