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Last Updated: Monday, 15 November, 2004, 08:56 GMT
Butt delights in maiden century
Butt fought cramps to complete his highest international score
Opening batsman Salman Butt described his maiden international century, which was key to Pakistan's victory over India, as a "gift from God".

"I couldn't have asked for anything else," said Butt, who was forced to retire hurt with cramps but returned to complete an unbeaten 108.

"The physio was cross with me because I didn't eat anything so I said I would not do that again.

"All my seniors told me to bat through so that's what I concentrated on."

Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq paid tribute to Butt and Shoaib Malik, whose century partnership set the visitors on course.

There was a bit of dew but that was expected
Sourav Ganguly
And he also had praise for the bowlers who hauled India back to 292-6.

"Nowadays every total is chaseable," said Inzamam after the six-wicket win.

"This was a big total but the boys were confident, Shahid Afridi and Abdur Razzaq bowled well in the middle and the fielders did well on a big ground."

His counterpart Sourav Ganguly was down to earth after India's fourth straight defeat to their arch-rivals, saying: "They are obviously playing better than us."

India lost with an over to spare despite posting a venue-record 292-6 at Calcutta's Eden Gardens.

"It was a big score but we never looked like winning - their batting was superior," said Ganguly.

"There was a bit of dew but that was expected."


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