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Last Updated: Monday, 28 March, 2005, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Pakistan clinch fabulous victory
Third Test, Bangalore, day five:
India 449 & 214 lost to Pakistan 570 & 261-2d by 168 runs

Pakistan's players celebrate the dismissal of VVS Laxman
Pakistan produced a top-class bowling and fielding effort

Pakistan bowled out India for 214 on the final day of the third Test in Bangalore to tie the series 1-1.

Danish Kaneria dismissed Harbhajan Singh and Lakshmipathy Balaji late in the afternoon to clinch a 168-run win.

Earlier Shahid Afridi took three wickets, including the key one for 16 of Sachin Tendulkar, who had become the third highest run-scorer in Tests.

Gautam Gambhir was India's top scorer before he was unlucky to be out lbw for 52 to Mohammad Sami, who took 2-84.

No team had ever scored more than 276 (West Indies in 1987) in the second innings to win a Test in India - but the way Virender Sehwag was playing, a target of 383 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium seemed possible for India.

He struck Abdul Razzaq for three successive fours and then smashed Kaneria to the cover boundary.

Gambhir pulled Kaneria over square-leg as India stepped up the pace, but the left-hander was fortunate when Razzaq had a confident shout for a catch behind in the third over of the morning.

Umpire Simon Taufel gave him the benefit of the doubt, but television replays showed the ball had come off the edge of Gambhir's bat.

Pakistan had their only breakthrough of the morning when Sehwag (38) was sent back by his partner and Razzaq hit the stumps from mid-on.

The tourists then got a lucky break themselves at the start of the afternoon session.

Sami's delivery, which curved in beautifully, appeared to come off an inside edge before hitting Gambhir on his front pad, but Billy Bowden had no hesitation in putting his finger up.

That brought in Tendulkar, who went ahead of Sunil Gavaskar in the list of Test run-scorers when he drove Sami down the ground and scraped a single with an edge that failed to carry to slip.

Off-spinner Arshad was brought on in place of the paceman and he struck with his third delivery.

Rahul Dravid pushed forward and the ball came off pad and bat before being pouched by a diving Younis Khan at silly point.

TOP TEST RUN-SCORERS
AR Border (Aus): 11,174
SR Waugh (Aus): 10,927
SR Tendulkar (Ind): 10,134
SM Gavaskar (Ind): 10,122
BC Lara (WI): 10,094

VVS Laxman got off the mark with a delightful drive to the mid-off boundary but it got worse for India when Afridi was introduced into the attack.

The leg-spinner bowled a quick one which straightened and hit Laxman right in front to give Taufel the easiest decision of the day.

India desperately needed a big innings from Sourav Ganguly, who has been totally out of form, but the captain did not last long.

Afridi found prodigious turn to clean him up with a delivery that pitched well outside the off stump.

Only 38 runs had come at the cost of four wickets in the session and the pressure was getting to even Tendulkar.

He fended a rising Sami delivery to short-leg where Asim Kamal got a hand to it but let it slip from his grasp.

Having been given that left-off, the question now was whether Tendulkar - who was also struggling to get the bowlers away - could find enough support from the tail after tea.

Mohammad Sami celebrates the dismissal of Gautam Gambhir
Sami removed Gambhir to spark the collapse after lunch

Dinesh Karthik showed he was far from overawed by putting two short and wide balls from Arshad away for successive boundaries on the off-side.

But after some wayward bowling, Sami found his groove to blast Karthik's off stump out of the ground with a full delivery.

Tendulkar 88-ball resistance ended on 16 when Kamal made amends for his earlier drop off an inside edge and the pad to give Afridi his third victim and Pakistan the big wicket they were looking for.

Kumble played several good drives, and benefited from another Taufel error - replays showed he edged Kaneria behind - to hold up his end.

Irfan Pathan hung around for 10 overs with him until he played an Arshad delivery down off his toe to Yousuf Youhana who was fielding close in on the off-side.

Taufel referred it to the TV umpire who confirmed the dismissal.

Harbhajan played sensibly until he pushed too hard at one that Kaneria pitched up and Younis took a superb catch at silly point.

Balaji then thrust his foot forward and was adjudged leg-before to complete a famous victory for Pakistan, and a share of the series spoils - which few outside the visiting camp would have predicted.


India: Sourav Ganguly (cpt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Dinesh Karthik (wkt), Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Lakshmipathy Balaji.

Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (cpt), Shahid Afridi, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, Yousuf Youhana, Asim Kamal, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Mohammad Sami, Danish Kaneria, Arshad Khan.

Umpires: Simon Taufel, Billy Bowden.




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