Pakistan edge India in nailbiting finish

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> A superb century by Younis Khan helped Pakistan romp home to a thrilling 4-wicket victory against India in the second one dayer at Mohali on Thursday.

Updated: November 10, 2007 10:17 IST
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A superb century by Younis Khan helped Pakistan romp home to a thrilling 4-wicket victory against India in the second one dayer at Mohali on Thursday.

Pakistan made 322 for 6 in 49.5 overs to tie the five-match series 1-1.

Earlier, openers Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt took Pakistan off to an explosive start, scoring 34 runs in five overs before RP Singh struck in the 6th over to remove the former for 13 runs as Yuvraj took a blinder at point.

Salman Butt and Younis Khan then did some repair work and brought up a 43-run stand before Pathan snared the former for 37 runs.

This brought Mohammad Yousuf and Younis together, but the duo failed to keep the momentum and Yousuf fell for 12 in an attempt to keep pace with the asking-rate.

Thereafter, Younis and Shoaib Malik stemmed the rot and kept Pakistan in the hunt with a 69-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Harbhajan Singh delivered the killer blow to remove the Pakistan captain for 25 runs.

From there on, Younis Khan, the vice-captain, took the attack to the Indians. Misbah-ul-Haq, who missed out on taking Pakistan to a win in the Twenty20 final gave Younis great support, their partnership worth 102 runs for the sixth wicket.

Sachin misses ton

Earlier, a classic 99 by Sachin Tendulkar helped India pile up 321 for nine after electing to bat.

It was two balls and six runs into the match before Shoaib Akhtar struck to uproot Sourav Ganguly (6) and give Pakistan an early breakthrough.

The pace duo of Akhtar and Umar Gul then followed up with some tight bowling to contain the Indian batsmen before Sachin Tendulkar whipped Akhtar for a boundary in the fifth over to break the shackles.

He, along with Gautam Gambhir steadied the innings with a 173-run partnership after Ganguly's early departure. Gambhir looked a bit shaky at the start and took a while to settle down the pace of the Pakistan speedsters.

The Delhi batsman got a lifeline when he was dropped by Kamran Akmal on 17 off Iftikar Anjum in the 14th over. But from then on, the Indians blazed on as Tendulkar brought up his 13th ODI fifty against Pakistan to set the pace for India.

The master blaster was batting like a dream and looked in scintillating form en route to his 42nd ODI hundred, but his nineties jinx continued and he was caught behind off Gul in the 26th over.

Sachin's 99 came off 91 balls and included 14 fours and one six. This was the 5th time the right-hander fell in 90's in an ODI this year and the 3rd time he was out on 99.

Gambhir too brought up his maiden fifty against Pakistan in great style before falling to Gul four overs later. He made 57 off 68 deliveries and struck seven boundaries.

Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh then continued to build on and brought up 53 runs for the fourth wicket before Shahid Afridi bamboozled the former for 25.

Two overs later, Sohail Tanvir got into the act to remove Yuvraj (34) and Robin Uthappa (0) in three deliveries to bring Pakistan back into the game as the Indian scoreboard slumped to 260 for six in 40 overs.

But Harbhajan Singh led a rearguard effort to push India to their fourth highest ODI total against Pakistan.

India made one change to their composition as Virender Sehwag came in for Murali Kartik while Sohail Tanvir replaced Abdur Rehman in the Pakistan XI.


India: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh.

Pakistan: Kamran Akmal (wk), Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik (capt), Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Sohail Tanvir, Shoaib Akhtar.

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