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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 April, 2004, 08:14 GMT 09:14 UK
Pakistan level series
Second Test, Lahore:
Pakistan 489 & 40-1 beat India 287 & 241 by nine wickets

Shoaib Akhtar

Pakistan cruised to a nine-wicket victory over India on day four of the second Test, to level the series.

With just 40 needed, the hosts lost Imran Farhat for nine but Taufeeq Umar and Yasir Hameed finished the job.

Danish Kaneria claimed three wickets in five balls, including a dubious stumping of Anil Kumble for a duck, to bowl India out for 241.

But Shoaib Akhtar did the early damage, dismissing Virender Sehwag for 90 and Irfan Pathan in the same over.

The series is now tied at 1-1, with the final match beginning in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

A cavalier partnership of 75 between Patel and Ajit Agarkar at least saved India from an innings defeat.

Patel was fearless against fast, short bowling, surviving a painful blow from Sami to equal his career best score.

Agarkar hit eight flourishing boundaries on his way to 36 before he was set up by Kaneria.

A straighter ball and a googly were both hit for four before the leg-spinner brought out a sharper delivery, which Agarkar edged to slip.

However, Sehwag had held India's main chance of setting a decent total when they began the day 149-5, still 53 runs behind.

He could add just four before edging an inswinger which Shoaib delivered from wide of the crease, wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal completing the dismissal.

Pathan was unable to deal with Shoaib's short-pitched bowling, facing just four balls before a catch ballooned to slip off his glove.

The end of the innings was controversial as Anil Kumble was given out stumped off Kaneria, although replays could not conclusively prove his front heal was not inside his crease.

However, there was no doubt about Lakshmipathy Balaji's dismissal lbw to the following delivery.

Balaji had his revenge when Farhat was caught slashing to a leaping Yuvraj Singh at point.

But it still took just seven overs to complete a vital win, thanks to three boundaries each from Taufeeq and Hameed.


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

India: A Chopra, V Sehwag, V V S Laxman, S R Tendulkar R Dravid (captain), Yuvraj Singh, P A Patel (wkt), A Agarkar, A Kumble, I K Pathan, L Balaji.

Umpires: S Bucknor (WI), S Taufel (Aus).




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