Nottingham: Shoaib Malik scored a sensational century to guide Pakistan to an impressive 54-run win agaist arch-rivals India in their Champions Trophy clash in South Africa on Saturday.
Malik slammed 128 off 126 balls to take Pakistan to 302-9. India reached 205-5 in the 35th over, only to collapse all out for 248 in the 45th.
Deciding to bat, Pakistan made a flying start as (Imran Nazir 20 off 17) showed his aggressive streak, punishing Ishant and Nehra.
Nazir's knock was ended abruptly by Ashish Nehra, with Harbhajan Singh holding on to a brilliant catch at mid-on. Nehra struck again when he bowled Akmal for 17.
Pakistan was in spot of bother when Younus (20) was caught behind off left-arm pace-man Rudra Pratap Singh. At this stage Pakistan was precariously placed on 65-3.
India then had to wait for more than 31 overs for their next wicket as Malik and Yousuf batted remarkably well to put their team in a comfortable position.
Pakistan plunderd 85 runs in their last overs to end 302 for 9 in their stipulated fifty overs.
Chasing the massive target set by Pakistan, Indians were off to a bad start as they lost their batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in the fifth over of the innings.
Gautam Gambhir (57) and Rahul Dravid ( 76) tried to revive the Indian innings, but the Pakistani bowlers stuck to the task, restricting them to 248.
India's chances receded sharply with the dismissal of Raina, who was trapped leg-before by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal after hitting two sixes and five fours in his 41-ball knock.
Pakistan crowd erupted into wild celebration when when Ajmal bowled Harbhajan Singh to complete the victory.
Malik was named man of the match for his superb 128.