Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni added 100 runs in 92 balls to lift India to a strong 294. Pakistan started off briskly but lost a clutch of wickets in the middle as the Indian bowlers managed a stranglehold on a turning track. Salman Butt joined hands with Misbah and slowly lifted Pakistan out of the hole and back into the game when Misbah fell. Salman, who hit his fourth ODI hundred - all have come against India- had too much to do on his own and India hung on to win.

In the end it was a good toss to lose for India. If you remember, Dhoni too said that he would have bowled had he won the toss. As the sun beat down on it, the wicket increasingly offered turn and bounce. Harbhajan, in particular, utilised it really well to turn in a good performance.

Post-match ceremony

Shoaib Malik: ""We were expecting to restrict them to 250 but Yuvraj and Dhoni played well. We dropped Yuvraj early in his innings and that proved costly. We need to work on our fielding. Salman played superb and we would like him to carry on with the good work. There are two games to go in this series and inshallah, we will come back."

Man of the Match is Yuvraj SIngh: " I would like to do well in Test cricket." On Yousuf's run out, he says : " I had told him don't run to my left hand but I guess he didn't listen to me!"

Dhoni: We were not bogged down by the loss in the last game. Yuvraj has been our trump card, he is our best batsman. We want him to play 30 overs and we will always a good total if he is around.

"Harbhajan was at his best. He exploited the conditions well. The pitch helped spin and he utilised it well. Murali didn't bowl as well as he could but Yuvraj chipped in with a good effort. It was nice to win a game here at Kanpur."

That's it from us. Join us for the next game at Gwalior.

Khan to Shoaib Akhtar, OUT, India take the lead in the five-match series. 2 - 1 now. Full in length, on the stumps, Shoaib swings it straight to long-off.

Shoaib Akhtar c sub (RG Sharma) b Khan 1 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Khan to Umar Gul, 1 run, length delivery on the middle stump line, pushed towards backward point and they rush across for a single

47 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 247/9 (48 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.25, RRR: 16.00)

  • Umar Gul1 (1b)
  • Shoaib Akhtar1 (1b)
  • Harbhajan Singh10-0-32-1
  • RP Singh8-1-62-3
Harbhajan Singh to Umar Gul, 1 run, on the middle and leg, worked to deep midwicket
Harbhajan Singh to Salman Butt, OUT, tries to reverse sweep, misses and has been given out lbw. It would have missed the off stump, though. It was full in length, on the off stump and Salman failed to connect. It would have turned well past the off stump. And that brings an end to a very fine innings from Salman.

Salman Butt lbw b Harbhajan Singh 129 (210m 142b 17x4 0x6) SR: 90.84

Harbhajan Singh to Salman Butt, no run, flat and quick, forced to extra cover
Harbhajan Singh to Salman Butt, no run, pushes it through quickly, lands outside leg stump and thuds into Butt's pad
Harbhajan Singh to Shoaib Akhtar, 1 run, dipping full toss, on the off stump, squeezed through point
Harbhajan Singh to Salman Butt, 1 run, moves outside leg stump and carves a delivery turning from outside leg to deep cover

46 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 244/8 (51 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.30, RRR: 12.75)

  • Salman Butt128 (138b)
  • RP Singh8-1-62-3
  • Harbhajan Singh9-0-29-0
Singh to Abdur Rehman, OUT, knocks him over. And then they were two. It landed full in length, Rehman missed to connect with his slog across the line and the ball crashed into the middle and leg stump.

Abdur Rehman b Singh 2 (9m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Singh to Salman Butt, 1 run, low dipping full toss, on the middle, swung to long-on for a single
Singh to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, stays round the stumps for Rehman, full and on the middle, driven to long-on for a single
Singh to Salman Butt, 1 run, moves outside leg stump, RP follows him with a length delivery and Salman jabs it past square leg
Singh to Salman Butt, 1 wide, from round the stumps now but he slips it down the leg side

Dhoni suggests to RP that he go round the stumps.

Singh to Salman Butt, FOUR runs, whack. Moved outside leg stump and blasted a full pitched delivery through extra covers.

Bilal Farooq: "Pakistan have shown a very composed approach to chasing huge targets. They devised a batting line up with responsibilities defined under each player, except Kamran Akmal. He has been tried up the order, down the order, regardless, he has consistently under performed for Pakistan. I think its high time we sought a replacement for him."

Singh to Salman Butt, 2 runs, really full, on the off stump line, driven through extra cover

45 | 3 Runs | PAK: 234/7 (61 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.20, RRR: 12.20)

  • Abdur Rehman1 (3b)
  • Salman Butt120 (134b)
  • Harbhajan Singh9-0-29-0
  • RP Singh7-1-52-2
Harbhajan Singh to Abdur Rehman, no run,
Harbhajan Singh to Salman Butt, 1 run, floated full in length, driven to right of extra cover where Yuvraj makes a diving stop

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

27Shahid AfridiSalman Butt
45Younis KhanSalman Butt
32Mohammad YousufSalman Butt
30Shoaib MalikSalman Butt
80Salman ButtMisbah-ul-Haq
12Kamran AkmalSalman Butt
5Salman ButtSohail Tanvir
13Abdur RehmanSalman Butt
2Shoaib AkhtarSalman Butt
2Shoaib AkhtarUmar Gul