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Abu Dhabi: Pak beat Ind by 6 wkts

| April 18, 2006, 4:55 PM IST

New Delhi: Pakistan won the first ODI of the DLF Cup comprehensively against India by six wickets.

Chasing a low target of 198, Pakistan never looked in trouble right from the beginning.

A steady knock of 71 not out by middle order bat Younis Khan ensured Pakistan reach the target without any hiccups.

Opener Imran Farhat, captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal chipped in with useful contributions.

India however had somewhat managed to put the brakes on the Pakistani scoring rate, with both the openers out.

S Sreesanth bowled impressively in his first spell and got rewarded with the wicket of the dangerous Shoaib Malik, who was gobbled up by Dravid in the slips.

Ajit Agarkar was brought in as first change and he dismissed Imran Farhat with a brilliant in-swinging yorker.

But some sloppy ground fielding and a dropped catch by M S Dhoni of Inzamam early on only added to India's woes.

Wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal slotted home the winning runs for Pakistan with nine balls to spare.

Earlier on, India won the toss and elected to bat, but soon were in a spot of bother.

The Indians could never get their bearings right and found themselves all out for a meagre 197 in their 50 overs.

A flat track in the offing, India failed to capitalise on the opportunity to amass a challenging total.

Not known for their fielding abilities, the Pakistanis still effected four run outs.

The rest of the batsmen threw their wicket away by trying too many things too early in their innings.

Suresh Raina looked good until he lofted a ball off Afridi and was held out in the deep for 40.

Some tight bowling by the Pakistani spinners ensured they did not lose the upper hand.

Wickets at regular intervals meant no chance for India to up the scoring rate at any stage.

With not much time left in the series to conclude, India will look to get their batting order sorted out in the next game.

And Pakistan, with a convincing victory behind its back, will go all out to avenge the loss suffered at the hands of India at home earlier this year.

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