Sixth One-Day International

India v Pakistan


At Delhi, April 17, 2005. Pakistan won by 159 runs. Toss: Pakistan.

Pakistan's resurgence culminated in a spectacular victory: they sealed the series 4-2, an amazing comeback from 2-0 down. Their fightback had relied on collective will and climaxed with their most accomplished communal performance. In front of their president, Pervez Musharraf, and Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, almost every batsman contributed. Shahid Afridi threatened a repeat of Kanpur, with 44 in 23 balls, and a chillingly composed 72 from Shoaib Malik gave the innings a solid base. Yousuf Youhana and Inzamam-ul-Haq made languid fifties, both terminated by doubtful decisions, and an impromptu 40 from Younis Khan helped them accelerate to 303. Then, fired up after Naved-ul-Hasan dismissed Sehwag - for the fourth time in this series - Pakistan's bowlers and fielders did the rest as a newly laid pitch crumbled alarmingly. There was a 20-minute interruption when Mohammad Kaif was sixth out at 94 and disgruntled spectators threw bottles on to the field. It would not have soured the sweetness of Pakistan's biggest one-day win by runs over India.

Man of the Match: Shoaib Malik. Man of the Series: Naved-ul-Hasan.

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