Pakistan eke out consolation win

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Pakistan restored some measure of pride by beating India by 31 runs in the fifth and the final one-dayer at Jaipur on Sunday.

Updated: November 20, 2007 19:18 IST
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Pakistan restored some measure of pride by beating India by 31 runs in the fifth and the final one-dayer at Jaipur on Sunday.

Chasing 307, India was bowled out for 275 in 49.5 overs but the loss notwithstanding, the hosts still clinched the five-match series 3-2.

Yuvraj Singh walked away with the Man of the Series award for his allround performance in the series.

Shoaib Malik, who top scored with 89 and then picked up some wickets, was named Man of the Match.

Paceman Sohail Tanvir did the damage in the top half and took the last wicket to finish with figures of 4/53.

There were two half centuries from Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma who top scored with 52. But it was always a tall order with wickets falling regularly.

Irfan Pathan played his part in a late charge scoring 43, but it came too late.

Earlier, Tanvir, who opened the bowling along with Omar Gul in the absence Shoaib Akhtar, got a doubtful lbw decision in his favour early on and a disappointed Gautam Gambhir had to walk back to the pavilion for 12 runs.

Exactly three overs later, Iftikhar Anjum got Robin Uthappa to edge an outswinging delivery for one run leaving India in a precarious situation at 26 for two.

Sachin Tendulkar, then kept the momentum going with a quickfire 27 ball 30 but Sohail Tanvir got the better of the 'little master'. From that point, things just kept deteriorating for India as Virender Sehwag too became Tanvir's third victim of the day as India slumped to 62 for four in 11.2 overs.

This brought Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh together and the duo strived hard to revive the Indian innings but the required run rate kept getting steeper.

Sharma hit a fighting fifty and along with Yuvraj scored 81 for the fifth wicket before Shoaib Malik snared him for 52 runs.

Earlier, a record 148-run stand between Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik spurred Pakistan to 306 for six.

Debutant Praveen Kumar made an impressive start with the new ball, bowling a maiden first up. It was just a while before the Pakistan openers Salman Butt and Imran Nazir took off.

Pakistan looked in control initially as the openers notched up a 65-run partnership but soon after Sreesanth struck to send Pakistan into a stutter reducing them to 77 for three and taking his international wicket tally to 50.

Butt scored 36 off 49 balls before a bouncer from Sreesanth caught him by surprise. Yasir Hameed soon followed him to the pavilion. The right hander, playing his first match of the tour, failed to make an impact.

However, Nazir hit some lusty blows off the bowling of debutant Praveen Kumar and Sreesanth before being out for 20.

Skipper Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Yousuf held the innings together thereafter. Malik pulverised the Indian bowling with a 82 ball 89. He scored his first ODI fifty as the Pakistan captain and his 24th overall and along with Yousuf (74) rotated the strike well to revive Pakistan.

The duo put on a record 168-run partnership for the fourth wicket against India before MS Dhoni's did some brilliant work behind the stumps to put a stop on the Pakistani juggernaut.

Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Signh, RP Singh and Zaheer Khan have been rested to give way to Praveen Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Murali Kartik and Sreesanth.

Pakistan too have rested Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan to give their youngsters a game.


India: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt and wk), Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Murali Kartik, Sreesanth.

Pakistan: Salman Butt, Imran Nazir, Yasir Hameed, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik (capt), Misbah-ul-Haq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Fawad Alam, Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Umar Gul.

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