Cricket: Saeed century eliminates India

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Saeed Anwar scored his seventh century at the Sharjah Stadium yesterday to lead Pakistan to a four-wicket victory over India in the Champions Trophy. That put India out of the tournament with two losses in their two games and if Pakistan are to advance to Friday's final they must beat England in their final match today.

The match-winning partnership for Pakistan came when Saeed was joined by Moin Khan. Coming together with the score on 144 for 5 the pair put on 82 for the fifth wicket before the opener finally fell to Javagal Srinath for 104 off 128 balls.

In seeing his side home Moin was unbeaten on 49.

After they won the toss, India's innings of 237 for 7 was based around Saurav Ganguly's 90, in which he hit three sixes and Navjot Sidhu's 54. Ganguly batted until the 42nd over, but missed his century when he stepped back to drive Wasim Akram and was bowled.

CHAMPIONS TROPHY (Sharjah): India 239 for 7 (S C Ganguly 90, N S Sidhu 54; 50 overs); Pakistan 243 for 6 (Saeed Anwar 104; 47.2 overs. Pakistan won by six wickets.