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India v Pakistan 3rd ODI
Kanpur: 11 November 2007
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India 294-6 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 248 all out (47.2 overs) by 46 runs

By Jonathan Stevenson

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj struck a fine 77 as India built an imperious total in Kanpur
India took a 2-1 lead over Pakistan in the five-match one-day series after easing to a comfortable win in Kanpur.

Yuvraj Singh produced another fine innings for India, making 77 and putting on 100 with Mahendra Dhoni (49) as the home side amassed 294-6.

Salman Butt scored a wonderful 129 - his highest ODI score - as Pakistan recovered from a poor start, but only Misbah-ul-Haq (38) offered any support.

RP Singh took 3-62 as India bowled Pakistan out for 248 from 47.2 overs.

Butt can count himself desperately unlucky to end up on the losing side after compiling his fourth ODI hundred - all of them coming against arch rivals India.

India's sizeable score was largely due to a quickfire start from Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and then the brilliant partnership between Yuvraj and Dhoni.


Ganguly was dropped off the first ball of the innings by Kamran Akmal off Shoaib Akhtar and he and Tendulkar took advantage to put on a quick 68 for the first wicket before Sohail Tanvir (2-26) struck.

He induced an outside edge from Tendulkar (29) before sneaking one through the gate of Ganguly (39) and knocking over his off stump.

Dhoni and Yuvraj came together at 129-3 and after a watchful opening they suddenly exploded in breathtaking fashion.

In the space of 10 balls they hit two monstrous sixes apiece, with Yuvraj sending Abdur Rehman out of the ground and Dhoni battering Shoaib Malik on to the roof of the stand.

Yuvraj raced past fifty as they continued to up the rate, before Dhoni perished when Shoaib bowled a clever slower ball and the India skipper played on.

Yuvraj eventually holed out in the deep to Rehman, but some lusty late blows from birthday boy Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan helped produced a commanding total.

Salman Butt lifts his bat to acknowledge his century
Butt celebrates reaching his hundred in muted fashion in Kanpur

Pakistan were desperate to get off to a flier so they opened with Shahid Afridi, a move that spectacularly backfired when he tried to slog Pathan into next week and was comprehensively cleaned up.

Younus Khan continued the theme of aggression but, just as he seemed to be dominating, left-armer RP Singh went around the wicket and produced an inswinging pearler to knock him over for 21.

Pakistan's response was to become more circumspect and Butt passed fifty before Yuvraj struck a hammer blow, brilliantly throwing down the stumps backward point to get rid of Mohammad Yousuf.

The scoring slowed right down as the ball started to turn and before long India turned to the irrepressible Yuvraj to work the oracle again.

Brought on to bowl his left-arm tweakers, he got rid of Shoaib Malik lbw with a straight one the Pakistan captain will be livid to have missed.

By now the required run rate had sneaked above eight an over and Butt launched an admirable counter-attack with Misbah, putting on 80 from 87 balls, before Misbah was bowled by Murali Kartik for 38.

That signalled something of a collapse with Akmal, Tanvir and Rehman all falling in quick succession and though Butt continued to smash the ball around the park, his efforts were in vain.

When he was unluckily given out lbw to Harbhajan Singh, it was game over.

  • Pakistan will fly out Sarfraz Ahmed to India as back-up for injured wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, the Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed.

    Akmal has a finger injury which worsened during the defeat in Kanpur.

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