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Narayana
04-05-2005, 01:51 PM
India defeated Pakistan by 58 runs to win the second one-dayer at Visakhapatnam and now lead the series 2-0.

Chasing a mammoth 357 to win, Pakistan made a game of it thanks to a superlative effort by Abdul Razzaq 88 (87) and Youhana 71 (56).

The huge Indian total was made possible by the surprise package of the day - Mahender Dhoni. The wicketkeeper-batsman promoted to number three smashed 148 off just 123 balls. Along with Virender Sehwag 74(40), Dhoni struck a 96-run partnership. Full marks to skipper Ganguly for the decision.

Dhoni's maiden ODI ton consisted of 16 hits to the fence and four huge sixes. the Pak bowlers had no respite from the other end with Sehwag belting boundaries at will. Sehwag slammed Afridi for 4 consecutive boundaries in the 11th over of the innings!

Rahul Dravid's classy knock of 52 from 59 balls was lost in sheer display of power batting by Dhoni and Sehwag. Zaheer Khan chipped in with a useful 17 from just 9 balls.

The total of 356 was India's highest ever against Pakistan in the shorter version of the game.

Chasing 357 was never going to be easy and Pakistan got off to a bad start with the big-hitting Afridi, dismissed for a duck. Ashish Nehra got the big wicket when he comprehensively clean bowled Afridi.

But Pakistan kept up with the chase, not letting the run rate drop. The visitors had progressed to 89 in the 13th over when Nehra struck for the second time in the shape of Salman Butt's (36 from 32 balls) wicket.

The stage was set for Inzamam to play a skipper's knock but once again the Pak skipper was run out for(16). But from the other end Razzaq was trying to play just like Dhoni and succeeding much to India's dismay.

Razzaq (88 from 84 balls) was finally brilliantly caught behind by Dhoni off Yuvraj Singh. With wickets falling from the other end, Youhana kept hsi coll and accumulated runs at a fierce pace.

India heaved a sigh of relief with Youhana caught by Kaif off Nehra for 71 off 56 balls. Kamran Akmal (41 from 28 balls) made a late charge but by that time it was just too late in the day.

Courtesy : http://cricket.indiatimes.com