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Friday, 24 March, 2000, 11:01 GMT
Pakistan flop against India
Youhana
Yousuf Youhana is run-out for 17
Pakistan 146, India 148
India win by five wickets

A half century from man-of-the-match Mohammad Azharuddin guided India to a five-wicket victory over Pakistan in the Sharjah Cup on Thursday.

But India, thrashed by 10 wickets by South Africa in the opening match of the triangular tournament on Wednesday, made somewhat heavy weather of reaching their victory target after dismissing Pakistan for only 146 in 45.3 overs.

Pakistan raised hopes of a fightback when they removed openers Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar by the 12th over with 41 runs on the board, but former captain Azharuddin steadied the innings.


Inzamam-ul Haq
Inzamam-ul Haq survives a narrow run-out
He and Rahul Dravid added 70 for the third wicket to put Indian firmyl on the road to victory. Dravid fell for 26 off 70 balls while Azharuddin, playing his 329th one-day international, struck 54 from 89 balls with seven fours before he was caught off the bowling of Arshad Khan.

But although India also lost Robin Singh, run out for seven, they still registered a comfortable win.

Earlier, Pakistan had lost their last seven wickets for the addition of just 38 runs.

Only opener Imran Nazir and the experienced Inzamam-ul-Haq offered protracted resistence to the Indian bowlers, who maintained a tight line and length.

Nazir weighed in with 43 off 51 balls with five fours and one six while Inzamam-ul Haq made 41 from 77 balls with three fours.

Pakistan looked to be recovering after a bad start when they reached 108 for three but then lost three wickets in the space of six balls and never recovered.

Scorecard:

Pakistan:

Imran Nazir b Joshi 43
Shahid Afridi c Azharuddin b Prasad 0
Abdur Razzaq c Jadeja b Agarkar 2
Inzamam-ul-Haq c Karim b Singh 41
Yousuf Youhana run out 17
Younis Khan b Kumble 0
Moin Khan lbw b Joshi 14
Wasim Akram b Prasad 10
Waqar Younis run out 0
Arshad Khan b Kumble 1
Shoaib Akhtar not out 9

Extras (lb-4 w-4 nb-1) 9
Total (all out, 45.3 overs) 146

Fall of wickets: 1-1 2-5 3-62 4-108 5-108 6-110 7-128 8-128 9-131

Bowling: Agarkar 8-1-31-1 (w-3, nb-1), Prasad 10-0-29-2, Kumble 10-4-26-2, Joshi 9.3-1-29-2, Tendulkar 4- 0-21-0 (w-1), Singh 4-0-6-1.

India:

S Ganguly c Moin b Akram 25
S Tendulkar lbw b Shoaib 11
R Dravid c sub (Malik) b Razzaq 26
M Azharuddin c Younis b Arshad 54
A Jadeja not out 11
R Singh run out 7
Saba Karim not out 0

Extras: (lb4, w7, nb4) 15
Total (for five wickets) 149

Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-41, 3-111, 4-132, 5-145
Bowling: Akram 8-1-33-1, Waqar 7-2-15-0, Shoaib 8-3-19-1, Razzaq 8-1-42-1, Arshad 7.3-3-21-1, Afridi 5-1-15-0 Overs: 43.3

India won by five wickets Man of the match: Mohammad Azharuddin (India)
Friday's match: Pakistan v South Africa

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