Thursday 15 November 2007 

Tendulkar's Bad Luck Continues But India Clinch Series

Sachin Tendulkar's unlucky run of failing to reach a century continued, but his side were not to be denied as they ran out six wicket winners over Pakistan in the fourth one-day international in Gwalior, taking an unassailable 3-1 series lead.

Tendulkar's innings of 97 broke the back of Pakistan's resistance as they bravely defended 256 and when they took the early wickets of Saurav Ganguly (5) and Gautam Gambhir (3) they looked on top.

However, a 107-run partnership between Tendulkar and Sehwag (43) put the hosts back in the driving seat. Sehwag was brilliantly run out by Shoaib Malik before Umar Gul removed Tendulkar, bowled via an inside edge.

Pakistan were denied any further way back into the match when captain and vice-captain Mahendra Dhoni (45 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (53 not out) played sensible cricket to guide their side over the line, with Dhoni ending the match with a huge six off of part-time off-spinner Salman Butt.

Mohammad Yousuf had earlier ended the innings one short of a century as Pakistan posted 255 for six. Yousuf's unbeaten 99 and Younus Khan's 68 helped Pakistan fight back after the loss of Salman Butt to the second ball of the innings.

Butt was trapped lbw to RP Singh before Younus and Shoaib Malik (31), opening the innings, shared a stand of 78.

Yousuf combined with Misbah-ul-Haq (40) to add 94 in the closing stages as Pakistan accelerated in the closing overs.

India used Zaheer Khan as first change bowler, and the change worked, the left-armer returning figures of two for 40.

© Cricket World 2007



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