3rd ODI, Kanpur, Nov 11 2007, Pakistan tour of India
(47.2/50 ov, target 295)248
India won by 46 runs
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
Khan to Umar Gul, 1 run

length delivery on the middle stump line, pushed towards backward point and they rush across for a single

end of over 473 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 247/9CRR: 5.25 • RRR: 16.00 • Need 48 runs from 18b
Umar Gul1 (1)
Shoaib Akhtar1 (1)
Harbhajan Singh10-0-32-1
RP Singh8-1-62-3
Harbhajan to Umar Gul, 1 run

on the middle and leg, worked to deep midwicket

Harbhajan 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: 90.85
Harbhajan to Salman Butt, no run

flat and quick, forced to extra cover

Harbhajan to Salman Butt, no run

pushes it through quickly, lands outside leg stump and thuds into Butt's pad

Harbhajan to Shoaib Akhtar, 1 run

dipping full toss, on the off stump, squeezed through point

Harbhajan to Salman Butt, 1 run

moves outside leg stump and carves a delivery turning from outside leg to deep cover

end of over 4610 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 244/8CRR: 5.30 • RRR: 12.75 • Need 51 runs from 24b
Salman Butt128 (138)
RP Singh8-1-62-3
Harbhajan Singh9-0-29-0
Singh to Abdur, 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
Singh to Salman Butt, 1 run

low dipping full toss, on the middle, swung to long-on for a single

Singh to Abdur, 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

end of over 453 runs
PAK: 234/7CRR: 5.20 • RRR: 12.20 • Need 61 runs from 30b
Abdur Rehman1 (3)
Salman Butt120 (134)
Harbhajan Singh9-0-29-0
RP Singh7-1-52-2
Harbhajan to Abdur, no run
Harbhajan to Salman Butt, 1 run

floated full in length, driven to right of extra cover where Yuvraj makes a diving stop

Harbhajan to Abdur, 1 run

on the middle and leg, swept away past square leg

Harbhajan to Abdur, no run

pushes that one through quicker, full and straight, jabbed to the on side

Harbhajan to Salman Butt, 1 run

lands outside leg and spins across Salman who steers it through cover point

Harbhajan to Salman Butt, no run

yorker length outside off stump, squeezed to short third man