India end 27-yr drought against Pakistan

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Kumble with winners' trophyKumble, the skipper led India to jinx-breaking home series win against Pak 1-0. It was India's first Test series triumph against its traditional rivals at home in more than two decades--the last success came in 1980 under Sunil Gavaskar.

Hosts completely dominated the injury-plagued Pakistanis in all departments in the three-game series. Hosts won the first Test at Kotla by six wickets while the second and third at Kolkata and Bangalore on lifeless strips petered out to a draw.

Former India skipper Ganguly was the star of the series belting tons, providing much-needed breakthro' with his military medium pace. He amassed over 500 runs with a ton at his home turf and followed it up with a majestic double hundred plus taking six wickets in his short but effective spells in the series.

It was a clinical effort from Team India with fab-four - Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman plus the stylish opener Jaffer scoring at will. And in bowling department, spearheaded by the skipper himself and ably supported by Zaheer, Harbhajan and Munaf did a decent job.

Skipper Kumble earned praise from all the quarters for his tactics; but with the ball, he could have done much better. However he produced a magical spell on the last day of Bangalore Test but that was rather too late. Rookie seamer Ishant coming in for injured Munaf in the third and final Test bowled heart out to return with his maiden Test five-wicket haul in the first innings on a placid wicket.

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