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2nd ODI: India beat Pak

The tourists out-maneuvered the Pakistani side, winning by 7 wickets at Rawalpindi on Saturday in the five-match series. Yuvraj finished with 82 not out. India had lost to the hosts in the first ODI, played in Peshawar. Scorecard

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 19:43 IST

Riding on resolute batting performances, India romped home in style against Pakistan in the second of the five-match series at Rawalpindi.

Set a challenging target of 266, Yuvraj Singh (82 runs off 89 balls; 8 fours, 2 sixes) along with Rahul Dravid (56 runs off 61 balls; 6 fours) steered India to a 7-wicket win in the 44th over after the openers Sehwag and Sachin
put on a solid platform.

Earlier, incisive bowling by man-of-the-match Irfan Pathan coupled with brilliant field efforts had broken the Pakistan'sbackbone.

Reeling at 68/4, Malik-Younis combine tookthe hosts to a challenging total, but India's clinical play in its batting wrested the initiative.

With series level at 1-1, India go into the third ODI, back on track.

India's innings:

Rahul Dravid reached his 66th ODI fifty off just 52 balls. Yuvraj Singh followed with his 21st milestone, just two overs later. The skipper departed for 56, but not before putting India on road to victory.

The duo put on a dominating 118-run partnership. After the openers departed in quick succession, the two batsmen capitalized on the strong platform, piling on runs without any sort of difficulty.

At the 30th over mark, India were 191 for 2, with the two batters putting on a 50-run stand.

Both the openers departed one after another after putting India in commanding position. While Sachin Tendulkar was caught behind off Razzaq for 42, Virender Sehwag was run out by Umar Gul for 67 off 60 balls.

The two batsmen had put on 105-run stand for the opening wicket.

Sehwag had smashed faster than run-a-ball half-century in the 12th over.

At the start, India was off to a flyer withSehwag pounding the Pakistan bowling attack to pieces.

Dealing only in boundaries, the batsman was particularly heavy in his punishment to Naved-ul-Rana. One miserable over from the Pak bowler cost 22 runs from Veeru's blade. The over summary read: 6 4 4 4 0 1nb 1nb 2.

Sachin Tendulkar, seeing his partner blaze at the striker's end, too got into the act. At the end of the first powerplay, the scoreboard read 64 for no loss.

Pakistan's innings:

Reeling at 68/4, Pakistan batsmen fought back to set up a challenging target despite late surge by the Indian bowling attack on Saturday.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Pakistan team was all-out for 265 with 4 balls remaining in the second ODI at Pindi Cricket Stadium.

At the start of the Pakistan's innings, with conditions overcast and the pitch full of early morning freshness, Irfan Pathan struck with his second ball getting rid of Peshawar centurion Salman Butt for nought.

The other opener Kamran Akmal, along with Shoaib Malik, looked to keep wickets intact on a seaming track.

But Irfan's brute of a delivery suckered him. He walked back to the pavilion - stumps uprooted - for 14.

Next man in, dangerous Mohammed Yousuf (1) could not make much of a difference when he chanced Sachin's accurate arm. He was found short of the crease trying to scamper for a second run.

At the end of the first powerplay, Pakistan were in dire straits, reeling at 47 for the loss of three wickets.

'Big man' Inzamam with an apparent steady demeanour, came in next to induce some calm out in the middle. He however played two awful shots on the leg side - the second one balloning to Sreesanth at mid-on - to depart for 8 runs.

At the 19th over, India could have further turned the screws on the Pakistan batting. Malik trying to steal a single collided with Zaheer and wilfully or unwilfully kicked the ball. India could have easily appealed for obstructing the field but decided not to.

The batsman, to add further insult to injury, brought up his 18th ODI half-century with an elegant flick through mid-wicket. At the half-way mark, the hosts had compiled 114 with loss of 4 wickets.

Shoaib Malik continued his exploits and along with dogged Younis Khan put on a huge 102-run stand for the 5th wicket. He, however, was unlucky to miss out of a certain century, getting run out just five runs short.

Nevertheless his valuable 95, followed up after a blazing 90 in Peshawar, had tilted the momentum back in the hosts favour. His committing hara-kiri did not put any brakes on the scoring. Younis Khan continued, stroked his way to a yet another half-century against India.

However, at the other end, lower-order batsmen flattered to deceive against accurate stump-to-stump bowling from the India bowlers. Small cameos by Shahid Afridi (18) and Abdul Razzaq (14) helped Pakistan put up a respectable total.

Earlier, Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat in the second ODI in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan line-up:

Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal (wk), Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq (c), Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Naved-ul-Hasan, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul.

Supersub: Arshad Khan

Indialine-up:

V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, IK Pathan, MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh,
R Dravid (c), M Kaif, SK Raina, AB Agarkar, Z Khan, S Sreesanth.

Supersub: R Powar

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 10:24 IST