Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Mohammad Yousuf
82(88) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
2 5 5 2 9 0 0 1
MS Dhoni
63(77) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 1 7 1 6

Best performances - Bowlers

Shoaib Akhtar
O8.0
M0
R52
W2
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Tendulkar
O5.0
M0
R32
W2
Eco6.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
47 | 8 Runs | INDIA: 242/5

  • RV Uthappa11 (11b)
  • IK Pathan5 (8b)
  • Shoaib Akhtar8-0-52-2
  • Iftikhar Anjum8-0-50-0

India win the first of five ODIs by five wickets and three overs to spare. Their bowlers were disciplined and restricted Pakistan to 239 for 7. Kartik and Harbhajan in particular were outstanding and Tendulkar took a couple of crucial wickets as well. Yousuf top scored with 83 but was unable to provide urgency to the innings.

India lost Tendulkar early in the run-chase but that was the only blip as Ganguly and Gambhir, followed by Yuvraj and Dhoni made useful contributions to steer India across the finish line.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the Man of the Match for his excellent innings that kept India going after the fall of Ganguly's wicket. He said he promoted himself ahead of Yuvraj to keep the left-right combination in the middle and it paid off splendidly.

That's it from us at Cricinfo today. The next ODI is on November 8 in Mohali. Until then, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

46.6
4
Shoaib Akhtar to Uthappa, FOUR runs, that's the victory for India! Uthappa charges down the track and has a wild heave at a good length ball outside off stump, the top edge swirls high in the air and bounces once before going over the third-man boundary
46.5
0
Shoaib Akhtar to Uthappa, no run, Shoaib replies with the bouncer outside off stump, Uthappa lets it go
46.4
4
Shoaib Akhtar to Uthappa, FOUR runs, Uthappa moves forward and hits through the line of the ball, he's connected sweetly this time and lofts the ball back over Shoaib's head to get four of the six runs that India need
46.3
0
Shoaib Akhtar to Uthappa, no run, bowled full and fast in the block hole on off and middle stump, Uthappa comes forward and blocks
46.2
0
Shoaib Akhtar to Uthappa, no run, full ball at nearly 93 mph, Uthappa moves across the stumps and tries to hit through midwicket, the ball kept very low and beat the bat, how did that miss the stumps, it's almost as though Uthappa can't see it in the fading light
46.1
0
Shoaib Akhtar to Uthappa, no run, pitches on a good length on off stump and goes straight through, Uthappa tries to hit across the line but gets beaten

Shoaib ran all the way in but Uthappa pulled out of the shot because the advertising hoardings were uncovered behind the bowler's arm.

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Mohammad Yousuf
82(88) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
2 5 5 2 9 0 0 1
MS Dhoni
63(77) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 0 1 7 1 6

Best performances - Bowlers

Shoaib Akhtar
O8.0
M0
R52
W2
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Tendulkar
O5.0
M0
R32
W2
Eco6.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF