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Last Updated: Friday, 16 April, 2004, 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK
India claim historic win
Third Test, Rawalpindi, day four:
Pakistan 224 & 245 lost to India 600 by an innings and 131 runs

Anil Kumble celebrates one of his four wickets
India secured a historic first series win in Pakistan after strolling to victory by an innings and 131 runs in the third Test in Rawalpindi.

Anil Kumble cleaned up the tail to return 4-47 as the hosts were dismissed for 245 soon after lunch.

Asim Kamal struck a brave 60 not out despite batting with an injured elbow.

The verdict sees Sourav Ganguly move ahead of Mohammad Azharuddin as India's most successful Test captain with 15 victories.

It also capped India's first series win away from home since they defeated Sri Lanka 1-0 in a three-Test series in 1993.

The hosts, 49-2 overnight, put on 148 for the loss of five wickets in an eventful first session, with Lakshmipathy Balaji striking twice to return 3-108.

They slumped to 95-4 before Kamal, who took a pain-killing injection at the crease to treat an injured elbow, put on 81 for the sixth wicket with Yousuf Youhana, who made 48.

Enough action was crammed into the first hour of play to befit a full day's play, with three wickets, six dropped catches and an array of curious strokeplay all potential highlights material.

The fireworks started in the first over, with nightwatchman Kamran Akmal hitting Balaji for three boundaries and still finding time to be given a life by a snoozing first and second slip.

Skipper Inzamam fell for a single-figure score in the morning session

The normally ultra-reliable Yuvraj Singh then dropped the easiest chance he will ever get at forward short-leg, but Kamal ran out of lives in the third over when Balaji uprooted his off-stump.

Pakistan's predicament required some prudence, but Yasir Hameed was having none of it, offering two chances - to Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble - which India politely spilled.

Ironically, it required a catch of true quality to remove him, keeper Parthiv Patel taking a one-handed gem down the leg-side in Ashish Nehra's one-over first spell.

Skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, who pledged to lead Pakistan out of the mire after play on the third day, was given an early life by Rahul Dravid in first slip off the luckless Balaji.

But he soon went - reducing the hosts to a parlous 94-5 - faintly edging Balaji to Patel and walking, despite umpire Rudi Koertzen looking motionless before offering a raised finger.

Pakistan looked set for a quick death with two new batsmen at the crease, but Youhana and Kamal showed some welcome fight.

The sixth-wicket pair traded largely in boundaries, taking the score along to 175 and offering the home crowd some hope.

That hope disappeared with the dismissal of Youhana, caught and bowled by Kumble.

The leg-spinner found himself on a hat-trick in his next over after having Mohammad Sami caught by Dravid for a first-ball duck.

Shoaib Akhtar swung hard at the ball for a streaky boundary down to third-man, and kept swinging to take 18 runs off the over before Pakistan lunched on 197-7.

The end soon came after the break, with Shoaib and Fazl-e-Akbar falling to Kumble to take the leg-spinner's career haul to 397 wickets.

Indian players were sent into rapturous celebrations when Tendulkar's removal of Danish Kaneria, caught by Ganguly, ended the match.

Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Asim Kamal, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Danish Kaneria, Fazl-e-Akbar.

India: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Irfan Pathan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Anil Kumble, Ashish Nehra.

Umpires: David Shepherd (ENG), Rudi Koertzen (RSA)

Pakistan's Yousuf Youhana
"We have a good batting side but no patience"

India captain Sourav Ganguly
"We're a disciplined side and that probably made the difference"


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