At Peshawar, February 6, 2006. Pakistan won by seven runs (D/L method). Toss: Pakistan.
Eighteen to get, 18 balls left, and three wickets in hand: then the umpires offered Pakistan's
batsmen the light, and Duckworth/Lewis declared them seven ahead of par. Chasing 329 looked
a doddle as Salman Butt and Shoaib Malik reached 201 for one. Salman scored his third one-day
international century (all against India); Malik hit a 49-ball fifty before showering boundaries
straight and through midwicket for a further 40 off 18. But tight bowling and some successful
gambles by Dravid caused a minor collapse - though Inzamam-ul-Haq's dismissal, obstructing the
field (and disputing the decision), was his own doing. He blocked a return from Raina with his
bat while standing a couple of yards out of his crease. Afterwards Inzamam wrote indignantly:
"Such not very common laws need to be explained properly and in detail," but after more than
100 Tests and 350 one-day internationals, he might have known about this one. India had relied on Tendulkar, who countered persistent criticism with a determined hundred. It might have been
20, however: he was bowled by a Naved-ul-Hasan no-ball. With support from Pathan and Dhoni,
India set what should have been a daunting total on a small ground rocking with 32,000 raucous
spectators, twice the official capacity.
Man of the Match: Salman Butt.
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