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.
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.
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.
length delivery on the middle stump line, pushed towards backward point and they rush across for a single
on the middle and leg, worked to deep midwicket
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.
flat and quick, forced to extra cover
pushes it through quickly, lands outside leg stump and thuds into Butt's pad
dipping full toss, on the off stump, squeezed through point
moves outside leg stump and carves a delivery turning from outside leg to deep cover
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.
low dipping full toss, on the middle, swung to long-on for a single
stays round the stumps for Rehman, full and on the middle, driven to long-on for a single
moves outside leg stump, RP follows him with a length delivery and Salman jabs it past square leg
from round the stumps now but he slips it down the leg side
Dhoni suggests to RP that he go round the stumps.
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."
really full, on the off stump line, driven through extra cover
floated full in length, driven to right of extra cover where Yuvraj makes a diving stop
on the middle and leg, swept away past square leg
pushes that one through quicker, full and straight, jabbed to the on side
lands outside leg and spins across Salman who steers it through cover point