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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 March, 2004, 17:05 GMT
Pakistan level series
Second one-day international, Rawalpindi:
Pakistan 329-6 (50 overs) bt India 317 all out (48.4) by 12 runs

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar's inspired ton could not save India as Pakistan squared the limited overs series in Rawalpindi.

Tendulkar's battling 141 made him the first Indian to hit a one-day 100 in Pakistan and took him past 13,000 runs.

But when he holed out to Abdul Razzaq off Shoaib Khan, India stuttered to 317 all out chasing the huge target of 330.

Batsman Shahid Afridi was the star for Pakistan, adding two wickets to a quick-fire 80, while Yasir Hameed put on 86 runs.

Local hero Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami took three wickets each, but a wag by the Indian tail ensured a finish almost as thrilling as that in the arch rivals' first game.

Recalled after a year out of international action, Afridi faced only 56 balls for his tally to propel the hosts towards a ground record of 329-6.

He bludgeoned opening bowlers Lakshmipathy Balaji and Zaheer Khan to all parts of the ground, while Hameed provided support, ticking over at around a run per ball.

Shahid Afridi
Afridi looked sharp after a year out

After Afridi had swung and missed at an innocuous-looking delivery from Yuvraj Singh, Yousuf Youhana (24) and captain Inzamam ul-Haq (28) chipped in.

But both fell while playing untidy shots.

And the loss of Inzamam sparked a worrying collapse for Pakistan, when Moin Khan fell lbw next ball to a pumped up Ashish Nehra.

Younis Kahn steadied the ship for a while, but became Nehra's third victim, caught behind by Rahul Dravid.

It was left to the cavalier bat of Razzaq to bump up the total with a late cameo of 31 runs from 18 balls.

India's reply started nervously, as Shoaib - nicknamed the "Rawalpindi Express" - drew on the energy of a partisan crowd to fire down some frightening deliveries.

He got the breakthrough in the ninth over, sending Virender Sehwag's offstump spinning.

But, although Sami trapped VVS Laxman soon afterwards, Pakistan could not push home their advantage.

Tendulkar - who improved with every ball he faced - was the thorn in their side, steadily compiling boundaries in a determined display.

And he got support from India captain Sourav Ganguly, who had his share of luck before getting stumped off the bowling of Pakistan's batting hero Afridi.

While Tendulkar was in India had a chance, but the "Little Master" tired after he had reached his milestone century and eventually succumbed to a catch off Malik at deep midwicket.

Dravid and Yuvraj soon followed, the latter falling to comeback king Afridi.

Shoaib provided additional excitement, coming close to a hat-trick as he exposed the Indian tail.

But, although Balaji and Ramesh Powar dug deep, the seal had effectively been set on a stirring Pakistan win.


Pakistan: Shahid Afridi, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana Inzamam-ul-Haq (Capt), Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Moin Khan (Wkt) Shoaib Malik, Shabbir Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami.

India: V Sehwag, S R Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, R Dravid (Wkt) S C Ganguly (Capt), Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, R R Powar, Z Khan, L Balaji, A Nehra.

Umpires: Asad Rauf and S J A Taufel


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