Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Laxman~~s ton helps India post 293 for seven

Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:India built around a brilliant 107-run knock by VVS Laxman to post a competitive 293 for seven in the allotted 50 overs in the series-deciding fifth One-day cricket international against Pakistan in Lahore on Wednesday.

Laxman found his silken touch when it mattered most as the Indian top order once again failed to bat to its potential in the day-night encounter at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Although the Indians, put in to bat, scored at a steady rate, they were reined in by a disciplined attack with the home bowlers making amends somewhat for their erratic display in the earlier four matches of the series.

Besides Laxman, whose 107-run knock came off just 104 balls with 11 fours, it was skipper Sourav Ganguly who managed to make a substantial contribution with a 45-run knock.

The tailenders again chipped in with some useful runs -Irfan Pathan making 20 off 12 and L Balaji 10 off six before a jam-packed Stadium. The last four overs yielded 40 runs but India still failed to touch the magic 300-run mark.

Mohd Sami was the pick of the bowlers, who conceded 16 extras in all, grabbing three wickets for 64. Shabbir Ahmed picked two while spearhead Shoaib Akhtar returned 1 for 47 in the most economical spell.

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