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Pakistan defies Tendulkar heroics

By Kuldip Lal 17/03/2004 05:12:04 AM Comments (0)

Sachin Tendulkar surpassed 13,000 one-day runs with his 37th century, but could not prevent Pakistan from defeating India by 12 runs in the second one-dayer in Pakistan.

Pakistan, who piled up a mammoth 329-6 after taking first strike in the day-night international, bowled out India to 317 despite Tendulkar's masterly 141 to level the five-match series 1-1.

President Pervez Musharraf watched the match for an hour before the dinner break alongside 19,300 home fans at the heavily-guarded Pindi stadium.

Fiery fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, nicknamed the Rawalpindi Express, revelled in his 100th one-dayer to pick up three wickets. New-ball partner Mohammad Sami had 3-41.

The foundation for Pakistan's total was laid by openers Shahid Afridi and Yasir Hameed, who hit stroke full half-centuries during an opening stand of 138.

Afridi, selected for the first time since Pakistan's World Cup loss to India last year in South Africa, smashed 80 off 58 balls with the help of four sixes and 10 boundaries.

Hameed, the more circumspect of the two, batted till the 35th over to make 86 before he was run out following a mix-up with his captain Inzamam-ul Haq.

Tendulkar, already the most successful batsman in one-day history, made a gallant effort to win the match for India before he was caught in the deep off Shoaib Malik in the 39th over with 85 still needed.

The 30-year-old, who hit 17 boundaries and a six, returned with a tally to 13,090 runs from 330 matches, far ahead of the rest of the pack.

The next in line of run-getters is Inzamam with 9,607, while his Indian counterpart Sourav Ganguly is second in the hundreds' list with 22.

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