Pakistan beats India to lift Zayed Cup tri-series

Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Abu Dhabi:The Indian XI proved no match to their Pakistani counterparts who won the triangular tsunami relief tournament with a thumping 145-run victory in the last match of the Zayed Cup in Abu Dhabi.

The Pakistanis, who won their first match against the Lankans earlier, clinched the title emerging victorious in both their matches.

In the Indo-Pak match, both the teams had almost similar start -- the Pakistanis losing their top four batsmen for 41 by the 10th over and India down to four for 36 by the 11th over.

But their experience came in handy for the Pakistanis as they bounced back to post an imposing 283 for eight while the Indians slumped further to be dismissed for 138 in 34.1 overs for their second defeat in as many matches.

The Indian scorecard gave a sorry reading with none of the top eight batsmen managing to cross even 15 runs with Sunil Joshi, promoted in the batting order, making an exact 15.

Tail-ender Harvinder Singh used the long handle to some good effect to top score with 28 while Agam Pandit, the 23-year-old rookie from Mumbai, made 25.

Seamers Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum made the early inroads claiming two wickets apiece. The spinners then polished off the Indian innings with Arshad Khan, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi claiming two wickets each.

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