Pakistan level series despite Tendulkar

Pakistan 329-6 India 317 <i>Pakistan win by 12 runs</i>
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Sachin Tendulkar struck a brilliant century here yesterday but his efforts proved in vain as Pakistan levelled their one-day limited-overs series with India at one apiece.

Sachin Tendulkar struck a brilliant century here yesterday but his efforts proved in vain as Pakistan levelled their one-day limited-overs series with India at one apiece.

Tendulkar became the first player to reach 13,000 one-day international runs on his way to 141 - including 17 fours and a six - before he was caught on the boundary by Abdul Razzaq off Shoaib Malik's bowling.

India, chasing 330 for victory, lost their way somewhat after the dismissal of their talisman, and despite some lusty late hitting they were eventually bowled out for 317, leaving them just short of Pakistan's formidable total.

India had looked to be in a strong position while Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were at the crease. The experienced duo came together at 141 for 3 following the dismissals of Virender Sehwag (26), VVS Laxman (4) and the captain Sourav Ganguly (15), and proceeded to add 105 runs.

Tendulkar's dismissal was soon followed by that of Dravid, bowled by Mohammad Sami for 36, and was the beginning of the end for India. Shoaib Akhtar, the "Rawalpindi Express", finished with 3 for 49 in his 100th one-day international, which took place in his hometown.

Pakistan won toss

PAKISTAN
Yasir Hameed run out 86
Shahid Afridi b Yuvraj Singh 80
Yousuf Youhana b Yuvraj Singh 24
Inzamam-ul-Haq b Nehra 29
Younis Khan c Dravid b Nehra 28
Moin Khan lbw b Nehra 0
Shoaib Malik not out 30
Abdul Razzaq not out 31
Extras (lb6 w14 nb1) 21
Total (for 6, 50 overs) 329

Fall: 1-138 2-191 3-225 4-249 5-249 6-284.

Did not bat: Shabbir Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami.

Bowling: Balaji 6-0-47-0, Khan 7-0-72-0, Nehra 10-0-44-3, Sehwag 5-0-39-0, Yuvraj Singh 10-1-41-2, Powar 6-0-35-0, Tendulkar 6-0-45-0.

INDIA
V Sehwag b Shoaib Akhtar 26
S R Tendulkar c Abdul Razzaq b Shoaib Mali 141
V V S Laxman lbw b Mohammad Sami 4
S C Ganguly st Moin Khan b Shahid Afridi 15
R Dravid b Mohammad Sami 36
Yuvraj Singh c Shabbir Ahmed b Shahid Afridi 19
M Kaif c Shoaib Malik b Shoaib Akhtar 7
R R Powar not out 18
Z Khan lbw b Shoaib Akhtar 0
L Balaji run out 14
A Nehra b Mohammad Sami 0
Extras (b2 lb22 w6 nb7) 37
Total (48.4 overs) 317

Fall: 1-56 2-71 3-140 4-245 5-260 6-282 7-284 8-284 9-314.

Bowling: Shoaib Akhtar 9-1-49-3, Shabbir Ahmed 9-0-65-0, Mohammad Sami 9.4-1-41-3, Shoaib Malik 10-0-59-1, Shahid Afridi 8-0-57-2, Abdul Razzaq 3-0-22-0.

Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and S J A Taufel (Aus).

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