Rawalpindi ODI: Pak defeat India by 12 runs

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/I/Indpak.jpg' class='caption'> Pakistan defeated India by 12 runs in the second one-day international at Rawalpindi today leveling the series 1-1.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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It was Karachi revisited as the second one-dayer between arch-rivals India and Pakistan headed for yet another nail-biting finish. Sachin Tendulkar's 37th ODI raised hopes of India achieving the target of 330 set by Pakistan. But in the end, the visitors were bowled out 12 runs still short of the victory target. Tendulkar was awarded the man of the match. The little maestro created history today at Rawalpindi by becoming the first Indian ever to score a one-day century in Pakistan. His knock of 141 came from 134 balls that included 17 boundaries and one six before he was caught by Abdul Razzaq while trying to hit Shoaib Malik. Earlier in his innings, Tendulkar completed 13,000 runs when he reached 51. Apart from Tendulkar, the rest of the Indian batsmen were a disappointment with the exception of vice-captain Rahul Dravid (36) who held the innings together. The Indian middle order, trying to keep up the run chase, collapsed in the face of the Pakistani attack. Debutante Romesh Powar played an impressive innings scoring 18 crucial runs from 10 balls as India struggled in the end to reach the target. Pak openers blaze Electing to bat after winning the toss, the hosts put up a huge score of 329 with the loss of 6 wickets at the end of the allotted 50 overs. The star of the Pakistani innings was Shahid Afridi, with a quickfire 80 from 58 balls to set the stage for an imposing total. Playing his first match since the World Cup last year, Afridi smashed ten boundaries and four sixes. Yasir Hameed, the other opener, also contributed 86 runs, from 108 balls with nine boundaries and a six. Yuvraj, Nehra strike Ashish Nehra was the most successful bowler claiming three wickets for 44 runs while Yuvraj Singh picked up two crucial wickets. First to fall was Afridi, who was bowled in Yuvraj's very first over. Then Yuvraj struck again, bowling Yousuf Youhana for 24. Pakistan suffered another setback soon after. Yasir Hameed, batting on 86, was run out due to a mix up with skipper Inzamam-ul Haq. Nehra, who scored a tidy last over in the first match in Karachi, struck, bowling out the Pakistani captain. He struck in the very next delivery and Moin Khan, the new man at the crease was ruled leg before for a duck. Nehra struck again when Younis Khan, batting on 28, was caught by Dravid as he nicked a Nehra delivery in the 46th over. But Abdul Razzaq, with Shoaib Malik at the other end, put on a tremendous fight, taking the final score to 329.

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