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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 April, 2004, 06:17 GMT 07:17 UK
India complete historic win
First Test, Multan:
India 675-5 dec. beat Pakistan 407 & 216 by an innings and 52 runs

India were ecstatic to claim the victory

India needed just two overs on the final day of the first Test to wrap up their maiden Test victory in Pakistan.

Young paceman Irfan Pathan dismissed Yousuf Youhana for 112 as India won by an innings and 52 runs.

Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble finished with 6-72 as Pakistan were all out for 216 in their second innings.

The key to the visitors' success was their mammoth 675-5, in which Virender Sehwag scored India's first Test triple-hundred.

India were captained by Rahul Dravid, who was filling in for the injured Sourav Ganguly, and he was understandably ecstatic about the result.

"It feels fantastic, it feels fantastic to lead a side that won the first Test in Pakistan," said Dravid.

"We are very happy to have won this Test match and we will take the time off to celebrate as we should.

I want to thank the guys because they really gave their best
India captain Rahul Dravid

"But we have got our feet firmly on the ground and we know Pakistan will come back strong in the next Test match."

Pakistan started the day nine wickets down and when the end came it was swift.

Youhana, who started the day on 107 not out, was the only reason the match had made it to the final day but he lasted just two overs on Thursday before top-edging a pull off the ever-willing Pathan to stand-in captain Dravid.

Four mornings previously Dravid had won the toss and elected to bat.

Sehwag promptly threw down the gauntlet, blazing his way to the highest Test score by an Indian.

He put on 336 with Sachin Tendulkar (194 not out) for the third wicket as India ran up 675-5 declared.

Anil Kumble celebrates another Pakistani wicket
Kumble now has 390 Test victims

On a placid pitch victory was by no means assured and when Pakistan lost Youhana to lie 321-5 in their first innings the draw still looked a strong possibility.

However, the hosts lost Moin Khan to the last ball of the third day and then collapsed on the morning of the fourth day, losing their last six wickets for just 86 runs.

Pathan was the star of the Indian attack, taking four wickets, and he was again a threat in the second innings.

The 19-year-old ended with 2-26 off 21 overs, but the chief destroyer was veteran leg-spinner Kumble, who has now snared 390 Test victims.

He ended up with 6-72, overtaking Ian Botham in the all-time list in the process, as Pakistan were dismissed for just 216 in their second innings.

Only Youhana stood between India and a four-day victory, and when they returned on the final day even he seemed to have run out of resistance, hoicking a Pathan delivery straight up in the air to give India a long-awaited first Test win away to their neighbours.


Pakistan: Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq (Capt), Abdul Razzaq, Moin Khan (Wkt), Saqlain Mushtaq, Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Shabbir Ahmed.

India: A Chopra, V Sehwag, V V S Laxman, S R Tendulkar R Dravid (Capt), Yuvraj Singh, P A Patel (Wkt), A Kumble, Z Khan I K Pathan, L Balaji.

Umpires: D Shepherd (Eng), S Taufel (Aus).




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BBC Five Live's Arlo White
"The Pakistanis have been highly critical of the pitch"


India's stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid
"It's a very special victory for myself and the players"



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