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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 11:38 GMT
Pakistan stun India to win series
Third Test, Karachi, day four:
Pakistan 245 & 599-7d beat India 238 & 265 by 341 runs

Mohammad Asif celebrates with his team-mates after taking Sachin Tendulkar's wicket
Mohammad Asif celebrates taking Sachin Tendulkar's wicket

Pakistan crushed India by 341 runs with more than a day to spare in Karachi to take their first Test series win over their neighbours for 19 years.

All-rounder Abdul Razzaq took four wickets as the tourists were bundled out for 265 late in the day.

Faisal Iqbal's Test-best 139 had led to a Pakistan declaration on 599-7.

And left with the hopeless task of scoring 607 to win, India's batsmen all floundered save Yuvraj Singh, who battled away to score a defiant 112.

It was India's second heaviest defeat by a runs margin in their Test history.

Pakistan began the day on 511-5 in their second innings and added a quickfire 88 runs before opting to declare.

We lost four or five wickets with the new ball in both innings and that put us under pressure
Rahul Dravid

Razzaq (90) was the last man out as leg-spinner Anil Kumble finished with 3-151.

The hosts then wasted no time getting stuck into India's top order.

Captain Rahul Dravid edged Shoaib Akhtar to wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal in the first over of the innings.

Then four balls later, right-arm paceman Mohammad Asif got a delivery to seam back alarmingly at Virender Sehwag, ripping out his middle stump for a most emphatic dismissal.

Asif struck again either side of lunch, bowling two more right-handers.

Mohammad Asif bowls Sachin Tendulkar
Master castled: Mohammad Asif bowls Sachin Tendulkar

VVS Laxman fell to another ball that cut back while Sachin Tendulkar was more unlucky, losing his off stump to a ball that kept low.

At 74-4, India were already heading to defeat, but a 103-run partnership between Yuvraj and Sourav Ganguly (37) prevented complete embarrassment.

Ganguly eventually played down the wrong line to a ball from Razzaq soon after tea and was out lbw.

Mahendra Dhoni then hung around for 35 balls before becoming Razzaq's second victim, giving second slip an easy catch.

Wickets began to fall quickly. Razzaq's following over included a brutish ball at Irfan Pathan that the batsman could only steer to gully.

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, beginning to extract good turn and bounce, claimed a deserved wicket when he dismissed Kumble.

And Kaneria had Imran Farhat to thank, the fielder diving acrobatically to his right at slip to grab Kumble's edged drive.

Yuvraj, dropped three times between 45 and 97, reached his second Test century with a single off Kaneria and then clubbed Razzaq over square leg for six.

But a Kaneria googly was too good for Zaheer Khan as Pakistan homed in on victory.

Razzaq eventually produced the coup de grace, Yuvraj's attempted pull caught by Akmal, who was named man of the match for his 113 on day one.


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