Hameed and Razzak overpower India

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Shahrukh Khan

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Pakistan 247 for 6 (Hameed 98, Razzaq 53*) beat India 244 for 9 (Yuvraj 65, Shabbir 3-33) by 4 wickets
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Irfan Pathan gave India hope with a fiery spell © AFP



It was yet another thrilling contest, in Peshawar, and this time, refreshingly, the bowlers set the agenda. First, Pakistan's bowlers restricted India to 244 for 9, which was about 30 runs more than they have made had it not been for some late-order heroics. Then, India's bowlers rose to the occasion, reducing Pakistan to 65 for 4. A fine 98 from Yasir Hameed, and a composed unbeaten partnership of 74 for the seventh wicket between Abdul Razzaq and Moin Khan, got Pakistan home with 16 balls to spare.

In the morning, Inzamam-ul-Haq won the toss and opted to bowl, a daring decision in a series of such high scores, even if the pitch looked lively, and had a fair amount of grass on it. Shabbir Ahmed ripped through the Indian top order, reducing them to 37 for 3, and Pakistan's bowlers kept the momentum until the slog overs, when Yuvraj Singh and Lakshmipathy Balaji, with some spirited strokeplay, took the score to a respectable 244 for 9. Irfan Pathan then took two early wickets as Pakistan slipped to 65 for 4, but Yasir Hameed (98) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (28) added 91, and the bowlers could not sustain the early pressure.

The match seemed to have decisively turned India's way when Inzamam was given out in the 32nd over, in fairly ludicrous circumstances. Sachin Tendulkar was bowling his legbreaks, and Inzamam had, an over earlier, failed to read a googly, and was almost bowled. Now, he attempted a similar shot, but stepped across the stumps to outside the off stump, and was struck on the pads well outside off – though the wrong `un was turning in sharply, it struck him so far out that it would have missed off stump by a few inches. But umpire Nadeem Ghauri gave him out (156 for 5).

The match revolved around Hameed at that point. Hameed had batted fluently through the mayhem in the early part of the innings, and had flourished in Inzamam's company, adding 91 with him in 103 balls. His driving, especially in the arc between backward point and cover, had been breathtaking, and he had batted with assurance and composure. He was in command of the situation at all times during his innings, except once – in the 35th over, with his score on 98, and the hint of a goofy smile appearing on his face in anticipation of a century, he drove a sucker ball from Irfan to Yuvraj at gully, and Pakistan were 173 for 6.

Pakistan then needed 72 from 91 balls, but they were 6 wickets down. Abdul Razzaq and Moin Khan kept their nerve, though, and got there easily in the end. They did not have to resort to any kind of slogging, and smashed the occasional bad ball to the boundary while milking the bowling easily. India's bowlers, in the most crucial phase of the match, could not deliver.

Pakistan's bowlers had set up the win earlier, with Shabbir Ahmed virtually unplayable in his first spell. He began waywardly, with six wides and two no-balls in his first over, but in between there was a peach of a delivery which got rid of Sachin Tendulkar – it pitched on off stump on a good length, jagged away just a bit, enough to get the outside edge on its way through to Moin. Tendulkar had made 0 (8 for 1).

Shabbir, a tall man, was generating significant bounce with his high arm action, and was getting the ball to cut both ways off the pitch. He removed Virender Sehwag for 13 – Sehwag played across the line and the ball went to Shahid Afridi at gully off the back of his bat (30 for 2). VVS Laxman, who played Shabbir with stationary feet, clearly clueless about how to play Shabbir when he did not know which way the ball was going to jag, was then bowled for 2 by a sharp incutter (37 for 3).

Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly added 68, but just as they began to counter-attack, and the momentum began to shift back India's way, Ganguly was out. He opened the face of his bat to guide a ball from Razzaq, which was going across him, down to third man, and only managed to edge it to Moin (105 for 4). He made 39.

Dravid and Yuvraj batted with resolve for a while, before another soft dismissal brought an end to Dravid's innings, for 33. He tried to sweep Shoaib Malik, who was flighting the ball beautifully, with three fielders positioned just for that shot. The ball lopped up after hitting his glove, and Moin fumbled with it before managing to hold on (139 for 5).

Yuvraj did not panic, though, and kept one end up despite wickets falling at the other end. Balaji played some cultured strokes right at the end, the kind one would expect from a top-class top-order batsman, making 21 off 12 balls. Yuvraj stayed till the last over, and without his 65, an innings of class and character, India might well have finished 30 runs less.

The target was competitive, and India's bowlers began well. Irfan Pathan, coming into the side in place of the injured Ashish Nehra, began superbly, getting a lovely shape on the ball, and bowling with both hostility and control. Afridi (6) was the first man out, swinging wildly across the line, and getting bowled by an incutter that pitched on a good length (14 for 1). Four overs later, Irfan tempted Yousuf Youhana (2) with a full ball outside off stump, and VVS Laxman held on to the resultant edge easily (29 for 2).

Younis Khan began posutively, smashing Irfan out of the attack with three consecutive fours, in the course of a 15-run over. But he was run out for 18 shortly afterwards when he backed up too far as a straight-drive from Hameed was deflected onto the stumps by Balaji (55 for 3). Zaheer Khan then got rid of Shoaib Malik (2) with a ball that angled across him and bounced more than he expected – Virender Sehwag held on to an easy catch, and Pakistan were 65 for 4.

Hameed and Inzamam then brought Pakistan back into the game, and ensured that they won. While Pakistan's bowlers had managed to keep the pressure on India even after the ball lost its shine and hardness, and the conditions eased out, the Indians could not achieve that. In the end, the difference between the sides was the quality of Pakistan's bowling. In a series so far dominated by the bat, this made for a welcome change.

Posted 19 Mar 2004

Rain Man says
to be honest if it wasn't for them, we were done deal...
Posted 19 Mar 2004

YAS said:

to be honest if it wasn't for them, we were done deal...



oke sir
Posted 20 Mar 2004

sri lanka aus se jeet raha hai...deal hui ho gie hainna?

new zealand ne odi main 5-1 se jeet gaya...deal

test draw...deal

koi mehnat nahi karta..deal hai na
Posted 20 Mar 2004

Rain Man says
by sayin "we were done deal" i meant, that we could've lost the match, that was just n other way of sayin it niggz
Posted 20 Mar 2004

YAS said:

by sayin "we were done deal" i meant, that we could've lost the match, that was just n other way of sayin it niggz



jeet gayee hain...deal ki hogie right?? aik hi soch yahan beth ke yehi sochte hain sab   
Posted 20 Mar 2004

Rain Man says
bewakoof insaan...i didn't mean to say that the match was fixed even thou the news papers sayin it

now imma repeat my self for the last time cuz damn kid u don't get none in the first time

BY SAYING "WE WERE DONE DEAL" MEANS, WE COULD'VE LOST THE DAMN MATCH IF YASIR N RAZZAQ WOULD'VE BEEN FAILE TO STAY THERE
Posted 21 Mar 2004

MrDeath says
i mean both matchs were winnable for india.. but they just dont seem to get it rite at da end.
Posted 21 Mar 2004

Rain Man says
second one was maybe winnable...but third one was ours all the way man
Posted 21 Mar 2004

¥Ä§ ÐËViL said:

bewakoof insaan...i didn't mean to say that the match was fixed even thou the news papers sayin it

now imma repeat my self for the last time cuz damn kid u don't get none in the first time

BY SAYING "WE WERE DONE DEAL" MEANS, WE COULD'VE LOST THE DAMN MATCH IF YASIR N RAZZAQ WOULD'VE BEEN FAILE TO STAY THERE



oke
Posted 22 Mar 2004

english sahee likho yas..we were done deal    matlab hum ne deal ki hui thie..   matlab yehi hua match fixing...who is kid now     
Posted 22 Mar 2004

Saki says
shahrukh khan said:

english sahee likho yas..we were done deal    matlab hum ne deal ki hui thie..   matlab yehi hua match fixing...who is kid now     



ha ha ha..yas dekh lo abb..i'm not the only one saying u need 2 go back 2 nursary..koi baat nahin bache..lol
Posted 22 Mar 2004

Rain Man says
man this is jus chicago slanggin...ok kids imma speak to u in a very basic english...lol u both go back to ESL..damn it
pyar se samjha raha hoon, to jaahil dikhane ki kya zaroorat hai dono ko
Posted 22 Mar 2004

Saki says
¥Ä§ ÐËViL said:

man this is jus chicago slanggin...ok kids imma speak to u in a very basic english...lol u both go back to ESL..damn it
pyar se samjha raha hoon, to jaahil dikhane ki kya zaroorat hai dono ko



lo...what the hell is ESL..hamain amreecion ki zuban nahin aati..lol.. ..simple eng main bata do!
btw hum ne tumain kiya jahil batana hai, tum ho hi jahil!
Posted 23 Mar 2004

¥Ä§ ÐËViL said:

man this is jus chicago slanggin...ok kids imma speak to u in a very basic english...lol u both go back to ESL..damn it
pyar se samjha raha hoon, to jaahil dikhane ki kya zaroorat hai dono ko



basic...we were done deal esl main tum jao...usa main rehte ho...english bhi nahi ati
Posted 23 Mar 2004

chicago ki english sentence bhi galat
Posted 23 Mar 2004

jahil
Posted 23 Mar 2004

we were doen deal means hum deal huay they
Posted 23 Mar 2004

simple english : we could have done deal---usa main itni pendu english bolte hain aaj pata laga..mujhe aur saki ko
Posted 23 Mar 2004

Rain Man says
lol u both have very very desperate comments against me, i wouldn't even reply to this...but think wat u wana think...i can't explain something to some one who don't wana understand none..so i'll just ssshhh...
Posted 24 Mar 2004

Rain Man says
i will not reply to you again Sharukh since u're the most arrogant kid i've seen on JB...n saki is also a past now...i can't waste my time on idiotic kids...
Posted 24 Mar 2004

¥Ä§ ÐËViL said:

lol u both have very very desperate comments against me, i wouldn't even reply to this...but think wat u wana think...i can't explain something to some one who don't wana understand none..so i'll just ssshhh...



we know..sach hamesha karwa hota hai
Posted 24 Mar 2004

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