result
1st ODI (N), Abu Dhabi, Apr 18 2006, India tour of United Arab Emirates
(48.3/50 ov, target 198)201/4
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
71* (96)
younis-khan
15y
• The Bulletin by Jamie Alter

Younis stars in hard-fought win

After losing four in a row at home, Pakistan made amends with a six-wicket victory over India in the first one-day international at Adu Dhabi

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Scorecard summary
India197/10(50 overs)
Pakistan201/4(48.3 overs)

Pakistan win by 6 wickets and they now lead the 2-match series 1-0!

198 was a modest target but it's always a tricky affair chasing small targets, especially in these kind of wickets but the Pakistan batsmen made it look easy.

The openers started off well adding 42 runs for the first wicket and that eased the pressure and put Pakistan right on top, Younis Khan came up with a gem of an innings, that took the game away from India. There was a bit of a wobble towards the end when Inzi got out but Akmal joined in and gave good support to Khan and they finished it off in style.

So Pakistan starts off with a comprehensive win which gives them an unassailable lead, Younis Khan has been awarded the man of the match award for his match-winning innings.

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That's all we have for you today, be sure to join us tomorrow at 11:30 GMT for the second and final match of the series, until then it's good bye from all of us here.

48.3
4
Sreesanth to Kamran, FOUR runs

there it is! fulltoss down the leg side and Akmal whips it away to the fine leg fence

48.2
1lb
Sreesanth to Younis, 1 leg bye

short and drifting down the leg side, Khan misses out, ball clips the pad and rolls away towards square leg, quick single and the scores are level!

48.1
Sreesanth to Younis, no run

good line and length delivery, Khan drives hard but fails to get it past Powar at mid-off

end of over 487 runs
PAK: 196/4CRR: 4.08 RRR: 1.00
Kamran Akmal20 (33)
Younis Khan71 (94)
Irfan Pathan 9-1-46-0
Harbhajan Singh 10-1-46-0

Pakistan just one hit away from victory here!

47.6
Pathan to Kamran, no run

on the pads, Akmal swings across eyeing the midwicket fence but misses the target by a long way, ball hits the pad and rolls away on the off side

47.5
Pathan to Kamran, no run

good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at cover

47.4
4
Pathan to Kamran, FOUR runs

game set and match! pitched up outside the off stump, was the slower ball, Akmal picks it up early and drives it straight back past the bowler to the long-on fence - just two more required now!

47.3
1
Pathan to Younis, 1 run

good length delivery, slanting across the right-hander, Khan stays back and steers it down to third man for an easy single

47.2
Pathan to Younis, no run

short of a good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Khan goes for the pull but fails to connect

47.2
1w
Pathan to Younis, 1 wide

big wide outside the off stump, just seven more needed now!

47.1
1
Pathan to Kamran, 1 run

inside edge and the ball rolls away square on the leg side, easy single

end of over 475 runs
PAK: 189/4CRR: 4.02 RRR: 3.00
Younis Khan70 (92)
Kamran Akmal15 (29)
Harbhajan Singh 10-1-46-0
Irfan Pathan 8-1-39-0
46.6
4
Harbhajan to Younis, FOUR runs

tossed up and turning in, Khan goes for the reverse sweep and connects well, ball races away to the third man fence, excellent shot under pressure and that's a crucial boundary

46.5
1
Harbhajan to Kamran, 1 run

turned away behind square on the leg side, takes on Yuvraj there and makes it across safely

46.4
Harbhajan to Kamran, no run

this is getting interesting! fraction short and turning in, Akmal goes for the pulls and is beaten by the lack of bounce, pressure mounts!

46.3
Harbhajan to Kamran, no run

quicker delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at cover

46.2
Harbhajan to Kamran, no run

full and on the middle and leg stump line, driven straight to the fielder at mid-on

46.1
Harbhajan to Kamran, no run

good line and length delivery, Akmal turns it away towards midwicket

end of over 463 runs
PAK: 184/4CRR: 4.00 RRR: 3.50
Kamran Akmal14 (24)
Younis Khan66 (91)
Irfan Pathan 8-1-39-0
Harbhajan Singh 9-1-41-0
45.6
1
Pathan to Kamran, 1 run

turned away off the pads to the midwicket region

45.5
Pathan to Kamran, no run

short of a length and outside off stump, angling across, Akmal cut off the back-foot but fails to make contact

45.4
1
Pathan to Younis, 1 run

short of a good length delivery, coming in with the angle, Khan stays back and pulls it away straight to the fielder at deep backward square leg, just a single

45.3
1
Pathan to Kamran, 1 run

drifting down the leg side, full and on the pads, Akmal turns it away behind square on the leg side

Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of United Arab EmiratesPakistan tour of United Arab Emirates
Season2005/06
Player Of The Match
Younis Khan
Younis Khan
Series resultPakistan led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2363
Match days18 April 2006 - night (50-over match)
Umpires
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Brian Jerling
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Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
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Tyron Wijewardene
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama