At Lahore, March 21, 2004 (day/night). India won by five wickets. Toss: Pakistan.
In front of the biggest contingent of Indian fans on the tour so far, Dravid and Kaif furthered
their reputations as men for a crisis. Combining at 162 for five, they levelled the series with an
unbroken stand of 132 in 22 overs, an Indian sixth-wicket record. Inzamam-ul-Haq later said it was the series' turning point. On a pitch where even Inzamam wanted to bat first, Pakistan had
piled on 293. He himself led with a masterful 123, his tenth one-day century and fourth against
India, after the seamers had conceded just 59 in the first 15 overs. India's reply started breathlessly,
with wides, no-balls, boundaries, edges and wickets always a moment apart. Half the side was
out when Kaif joined Dravid in the 24th over - yet the asking-rate was already down to five an
over. With hot heels and cool heads, they left the bowlers' spirits visibly crushed - so visibly that
the former whistle-blower Rashid Latif declared on television that the match was rigged.
Man of the Match: Inzamam-ul-Haq.
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