India beat Pak, clinch ODI series
A clinical all-round display by tourists helped them win the 4th ODI at Multan against Pak by five wickets. Full scorecardindia Updated: Feb 17, 2006 01:18 IST
It seems Indians could do no wrong at Multan.
Two years after Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to score a triple hundred in Tests at this ground, Rahul Dravid's men clinched the one-day series with a clinical display on Thursday.
Sehwag is recovering from the shoulder injury at Najafgarh. But the wounds that India inflicted on Inzamam-ul Haq's boys in the City of Saints would take some time to heal.
After the bowlers restricted the Pakistani batsmen to a modest 161, India reached home with 17.3 overs in hand.
With this five-wicket win, India now lead 3-1 in the 5-match series and the fifth and final match at Karachi, where India lost the decisive third Test, would be a mere formality.
On a wicket which had no devils to frighten the batsmen, RP Singh (4/40) showed his worth.
Still the battle was far from over. Chasing the small target, India got a big jolt in the very second over when Sachin Tendulkar, whose imperious 95 built the Indian platform at Lahore, played away from the body off Mohammad Sami and Kamran Akmal took the catch.
Dravid (59 in 72 balls, 9 fours), coming in at the fall of Tendulkar, played a knock a captain should. He was at ease while coping with the swing and whenever he was given the width, he cut, pulled, glanced and drove.
In Yuvraj Singh (37 in 56 balls, 6 fours), Dravid had a partner who played again the kind of innings which has made him the most dependable middle order batsman in the recent times.
Their fine 86-run partnership was broken when Rana Naved-ul Hasan finally kissed the outside edge of Yuvraj.
Mohammad Kaif was dismissed cheaply again and when Dravid became Sami's third victim, there might have been some nervous moments in the dressing room.
But Suresh Raina (35 in 34 balls, 6 fours) hardly gave the strike to Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2 not out) and finished the match with an emphatic pull to the mid wicket boundary off the super sub Imran Farhat.