Allround performance does the trick
Abu Dhabi: After scoring a competitive 269 for five in the second, India bowled out Pakistan for 218 in 45.2 overs to split the two-match DLF Cup one-day cricket tournament 1-1 here on Wednesday.
It was also India's 25th win in 64 matches at a neutral venue against Pakistan. Pakistan has won 37 while there have been two no results.
Pathan's 100th scalp
Pakistan's chase began on a shaky note as it lost opener Imran Farhat to Pathan for 8, the leg before dismissal giving Pathan his 100th wicket in one-dayers.
The Baroda paceman struck again in his very next over, this time getting rid of the destructive Shahid Afridi (0) who was promoted up the order for some pinch-hitting.
With Pakistan down two wickets, Younis Khan walked in to a huge uproar from the crowd but the vice-captain failed to weave his magic this time, being caught by a diving Dhoni off Ajit Agarkar for 5.
The onus fell on skipper Inzamam-ul Haq, who was extremely lucky to survive two very close leg before appeals, to resurrect the innings.
He did steady the innings somewhat in the company of Shoaib Malik with a 46-run stand for the fourth wicket before the opener was sent back by a brilliant diving catch by Yuvraj Singh at square leg. Ramesh Powar was rewarded for his efforts in the same over when he had an out of sorts Mohammad Yousuf caught by Suresh Raina for 5.
Unperturbed by the regular fall of wickets, Inzamam completed his 50 with a four off Harabhajan but saw Kamran Akmal being dismissed four deliveries later, the scoreboard reading 147 for six.
Pakistan lost another wicket for the addition of just one run when Abdul Razzaq holed out to substitute Mohammad Kaif to gift Powar his third wicket. And when Inzamam was run out for 79 (91 balls, 5x4, 1x6) in the 43rd over, the doors were effectively shut for Pakistan. PTI