Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
47 | 8 Runs | INDIA: 242/5 | RR: 5.14

  • Robin Uthappa11 (11b)
  • Irfan 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.

END OF OVER:
46 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 234/5 (6 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.08, RRR: 1.50)

  • Irfan Pathan5 (8b)
  • Robin Uthappa3 (5b)
  • Iftikhar Anjum8-0-50-0
  • Shoaib Akhtar7-0-44-2
45.6
0
Iftikhar Anjum to Pathan, no run, Pathan opens the face of the bat and plays the ball towards point
45.5
0
Iftikhar Anjum to Pathan, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

Just six runs needed for India to go one up in the series.

45.4
4
Iftikhar Anjum to Pathan, FOUR runs, streaky streaky, Pathan tries to cut one that's much too close to the body, the inside edge goes ever so close to his off stump and runs down to the fine-leg boundary, Akmal had no chance to stop that
45.3
0
Iftikhar Anjum to Pathan, no run, width offered outside off stump, Pathan frees his arms and drives off the front foot towards cover
45.2
1
Iftikhar Anjum to Uthappa, 1 run, driven down the ground to long off for a single
45.1
0
Iftikhar Anjum to Uthappa, no run, huge appeal for lbw, Uthappa moves across his stumps and tries to close the face of the bat, the ball nips back into Uthappa and hits him on the top of the front pad, Rao thinks he has his man but the umpire says not out, that was very close, might have clipped the top of leg stump

END OF OVER:
45 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 229/5 (11 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.08, RRR: 2.20)

  • Irfan Pathan1 (4b)
  • Robin Uthappa2 (3b)
  • Shoaib Akhtar7-0-44-2
  • Iftikhar Anjum7-0-45-0
44.6
0
Shoaib Akhtar to Pathan, no run, full ball on off and middle stump, Pathan pushes it off the front foot towards cover
44.6
1w
Shoaib Akhtar to Pathan, 1 wide, 145.1 kmh, Shoaib angles the ball down leg side from round the wicket and concedes another wide

India 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st14SR TendulkarSC Ganguly
2nd82SC GangulyG Gambhir
3rd17MS DhoniG Gambhir
4th105MS DhoniYuvraj Singh
5th7MS DhoniRV Uthappa
6th17RV UthappaIK Pathan