Lahore: Pakistan have defeated India by 9 wickets on the fourth day of the 2nd Test at Lahore and have levelled the series 1-1. Needing just 40 runs for victory, after India were bowled out for 241 in the second innings on the fourth day, Pakistan reached the target just half an hour after the lunch break. Earlier Indian wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel scored the second half-century of his career as India avoided an innings defeat in the morning session. With Ajit Agarkar, Parthiv started a fight back and tried to put up a competitive target for the hosts, but was left without much support from the other batsmen. Shoaib strikes After play resumed on the fourth day, India lost quick wickets as the Pakistani seamers stepped up the attack led by Shoaib Akhtar. First to go was Virender Sehwag, who was caught by wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal as he edged a Shoaib Akhtar delivery. Sehwag, who scored a record 309 in the first Test, missed a century scoring 90 from 134 balls with 14 boundaries. Then Shoaib struck again and the new man at the crease, Irfan Pathan was caught by Taufeeq for a duck. Pathan had scored 49 in the first innings. Parthiv Patel and Ajit Agarkar (36) put up some runs on the board, raising hopes of India making a respectable score. But Danish Kaneria got his first wicket of the innings, and Agarkar had to walk back, after being caught by Taufeeq Umar. Anil Kumble (0) was stumped and ruled out by the third umpire trying to hit Kaneria. The new man, Balaji was then ruled leg before by umpire Steve Bucknor and Kaneria got his third wicket and India were bowled out. Parthiv Patel (62) remained unbeaten and was the top scorer for India in the second innings after Virender Sehwag (90). Top order collapse On Wednesday, India's famed batting order came to naught as the Pakistani pacemen ripped through the Indian top order. For Pakistan however, the two centuries from captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Imran Farhat saw them begin day 3 on a comfortable score. Even though the Indians picked up quick wickets, led by Irfan Pathan in the morning, the performance of the tailenders with a firm innings from Asim Kamal saw the hosts taking a first innings lead of 202 runs. The deciding and final match in the three-match Test series is scheduled at Rawalpindi from April 13-17, 2004.
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