India thrash Pak by five wickets
After Tendulkar's breathtaking innings, Dhoni and Yuvraj set up a fine win as India lead 5-match series 2-1. Scorecardindia Updated: Feb 14, 2006 03:05 IST
It was an absorbing contest. But one man, who honed his skills on the dustbowls of Jharkhand, made it look like a cakewalk.
The manner in which Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored those unconconquered 72 runs (46 balls, 13 fours) would have made Viv Richards, the greatest match-winner of them all, proud to claim it as his own. And it was his confidence that made India win by five wickets in the 48th over after Pakistan set a challenging target of 289 on Monday.
Rahul Dravid's men now lead the five-match ODI series 2-1.
At 190 for five, and after Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammad Kaif departed in quick successions, it required an inspirational display and it came from a man who doesn't seem to have nerve.
Yuvraj Singh (79 not out, 87 balls, 10 fours) and Sachin Tendulkar (95, 104 balls, 16 fours, 1 six) also played invaluable knocks.
When Dravid (22) failed to beat Umar Gul's direct throw from mid-on, the Indians were suffocating at 84/3, and Inzamam-ul had had every reason to believe that the match was well in their reach.
Yuvraj kept the scoreboad ticking, finding the gaps in a manner only he could while sharing a 105-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Sachin.
Sachin fell five short of what could have been his 40th hundred, but more than anything else, it was the way he saw off the new ball when Mohammad Asif was doing his mighty bit.
The little master also played strokes that one seldom sees from him in the recent times.
Razzaq finally dismissed the master who played a cut shot straight into the hands of Imran Farhat at point.