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India vs Pakistan Third Test at Bangalore

IND v PAK, 3rd Test, day 4, Bangalore : India lose both openers

India was 131 for two at stumps on their second innings on the fourth day of the third Test against Pakistan at Bangalore on Tuesday.
At the end of the day's play, the hosts had accumulated a lead of 220 runs with Sourav Ganguly unbeaten on 63 and Rahul Dravid was batting on 35.
Earlier Indian medium pacer Ishant Sharma completed his maiden five-wicket haul as Pakistan's first innings folded for 539 at tea. Ishant did exceedingly well in the post-lunch session at the Chinnaswamy Stadium as he polished off the Pakistan tail forcing an early tea with the visitors falling short by 89 runs in the first innings.
Ishant impressed the selectors here to be picked for the Australian tour with five for 113 runs from 33.1 overs. Pakistan's most consistent batsmen in recent times Misbah-ul-Haq remained unbeaten again on a gallant 133, his second Test century.
IND v PAK, 3rd Test, Bangalore (day four, stumps): India 626 & 132-2 v Pakistan 537

IND v PAK, 3rd Test, day 3, Bangalore : Pakistan 369 for five at close

Pakistan relied on a gritty batting display to break India's stronghold in the third and final cricket test with the visitors needing just 58 runs to avoid the follow-on on Monday.
Resuming at the overnight score of 86 for one, most of the top order Pakistani batsmen came up with useful contributions to fight their way back into the game on a benign M Chinnaswamy stadium track which gave little assistance to the bowlers. The in-form Misbah-ul haq (54) and wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal (32) were at the crease at stumps on the third day with the tourists reaching 369 for five and looking quite confident to avert the threat of the follow on with five wickets still intact.
Apart from Misbah, Salman Butt (68) and Younis Khan (80) were the main scorers for Pakistan who desperately need to win the match to level the three-match series 1-1. The Indians, who amassed a mammoth first innings total of 626, will not be under any pressure to push for a victory as even a draw will give them their first test series win on home soil against Pakistan in 28 years.
With the pitch showing no signs of deteriorating, the Indians found the going tough with none of the bowlers being able to make much of an impact. The large number of 70 extras, including 31 byes, only compounded the misery for the home team who now need a miracle to stop the match from heading towards a tame draw.
IND v PAK, 3rd Test, Bangalore (day three, stumps): India 626-10 vs Pakistan 369-5

IND v PAK, 3rd Test, day 2, Bangalore : Ganguly puts India on top with maiden double-ton

Sourav Ganguly completed a maiden double-century to put India in a commanding position in the third and final Test against Pakistan on Sunday.
Ganguly hit 239 and shared a 178-run seventh-wicket stand with Pathan (102) to strengthen the home side's grip on the match after resuming on 365-5. Yasir Arafat (5-161) and Danish Kaneria shared the last five wickets to finally wrap up the India innings for 626.
Anil Kumble then removed Yasir Hameed (19) to leave Pakistan 86-1 at stumps.
Irfan Pathan, in particular, was in explosive form, striking four sixes and 10 fours in his 133-ball knock as last man Ishant Sharma held up his end to give the all-rounder time to complete a maiden century.
IND v PAK, 3rd Test, Bangalore (day two, stumps): India 626-10 vs Pakistan 86-1

IND v PAK, 3rd Test, day 1, Bangalore : Ganguly, Yuvraj push Pakistan on the backfoot

Electing to bat, India were 365 for five at close on the opening day of the third and final cricket Test against Pakistan at Bangalore.
Sourav Ganguly on 125 and Dinesh Kaarthick on three were the unbeaten batsmen when stumps were drawn.
Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh consolidated the Indian innings as runs flowed freely from their bat in the post-lunch session following the triple strike by debutant Pakistan bowler Yasir Arafat.
At tea, India had recovered to 192 for four with both Yuvraj and Ganguly hitting fine half centuries, inclusive of 12 boundaries apiece on the opening day of the test match. Indian batsmen resumed the second session at 65 for four, as Pakistan bowlers struggled hard to break the fifth wicket partnership that has so far yielded 131 glorious runs in 124 minutes.
IND v PAK, 3rd Test, Bangalore (day one, stumps): India 365-5 vs Pakistan

IND v PAK, 3rd Test, Bangalore : Tendulkar, Dhoni doubtful against Pakistan in third Test

India's quest for a historic Test series win against Pakistan on home soil suffered a blow with Sachin Tendulkar being rendered a doubtful starter as the teams go into the third and final cricket Test here on Saturday grappling with injuries to their key players.
Tendulkar has aggravated a knee injury and the team management will wait till Saturday morning to decide whether to the master batsman for the game which Pakistan desperately needs to win to level the three-match series 1-1. It has been 28 long years since India won a Test series against Pakistan at home and the 1-0 lead has provided Anil Kumble and his men the platform to push for the cause.
Apart from Tendulkar's knee pain, the Indians have more problems at hand with wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni still recovering from a finger injury while most of their frontline pace bowlers like Zaheer Khan, RP Singh and S Sreesanth were also in the casualty list. The visitors, who reportedly had to deal with the leadership crisis on the eve of the match, have also been hit by a spate of injuries which will again see skipper Shoaib Malik sitting on the sidelines.
But despite the injury concerns, Indian captain Anil Kumble put up a bold face and said that there would be no let-up in the intensity among his players. The Indian camp was keen to rest Dhoni, still recovering from a finger injury, but Kumble indicated that the wicket-keeper batsman could be drafted in the playing eleven after Tendulkar aggravated his knee problem.
India team (from): Anil Kumble (Captain), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Dinesh Kaarthick, Wasim Jaffer, Ishant Sharma, VRV Singh and Murali Kartik.
Pakistan team (from): Younis Khan (Captain), Abdur Rehman, Danish Kaneria, Faisal Iqbal, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul Haq, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Yousuf, Salman Butt, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Yasir Hameed.

India vs Pakistan Second Test at Kolkata

IND v PAK, 2nd Test, day 5, Kolkatta : Second Test between India and Pak drawn (IND 1:0)

The second cricket Test between India and Pakistan ended in draw after the visitors scored 214 for four in their second innings chasing 345 for win on the fifth and final day today.
Earlier in the morning today, India declared its second innings at 184/4 and set a victory target of 345 runs for the visitors. Pakistani batsmen played defensive cricket from the beginning today as they seemed more interested in saving the game rather than winning it given the overs left for them. Mohammad Younis remained not out on 107 and was ably supported by Mohammad Yousuf who contributed 43 and did not get out.
With India leading the three-match series 1-0, the two teams will now meet in Bangalore for third and final Test from Saturday.
IND v PAK, 2nd Test, Kolkata (day five, stumps): India 616-5d & 184-4d v Pakistan 456 & 214-4

IND v PAK, 2nd Test, day 4, Kolkatta : India 141 for 2 at close

India were 141 for 2 in their second innnigs at stumps on day four of second cricket Test against Pakistan at Eden Gardens today.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan amassed 456 runs in their first innings. Kamran Akmal made 119 runs while Misbah-ul-Haq remained unbeaten on 161 runs. For India, offie Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the bowlers taking 5 wickets conceding 122 runs. Indian captain Anil Kumble took three wickets. Munaf Patel claimed one wicket.
India had declared its first innings after amassing a mammoth total of 616 runs at the loss of six wickets.
IND v PAK, 2nd Test, Kolkata (day four, stumps): India 616-5 & 141-2 vs Pakistan 456

IND v PAK, 2nd Test, day 3, Kolkatta : Akmal and Misbah give Pakistan hope

Pakistan were 358 for 6 in their first innings at stumps on the third day of the second Test on Sunday in reply to India's 616-5 declared.
Pakistan have fought back valiantly on day 3 of the Kolkata Test after 100's from both Kamran Akmal and Misbah ul Haq taking them 358 for six at stumps.
Earlier, Misbah-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal struck unbeaten fifties by tea on the third day to help Pakistan stay afloat at 256 for five. The sixth-wicket pair shared in a 106-run stand to raise hopes of avoiding the follow-on after the visitors had lost four wickets in the first session on a deteriorating Eden Gardens pitch.
IND v PAK, 2nd Test, Kolkata (day three, stumps): India 616-5 vs Pakistan 358-6

IND v PAK, 2nd Test, day 2, Kolkatta : Laxman, Ganguly take India to huge score

Indian batsmen Venkatsai Laxman and Sourav Ganguly added to Pakistan's misery as both compiled centuries on the second day of the second Test, as India finished in a strong position in Kolkata.
The home side declared their first innings closed at 616 for 5, with Pakistan 50 for 1 in reply at stumps on day two at Eden Gardens. Laxman scored an unbeaten 112 for his 11th Test hundred, while left-handed Ganguly added a solid 102 for his 14th, after India resumed on their imposing overnight score of 352 for 3.
Under-pressure Pakistan faltered in reply as they lost Yasir Hameed for 21 in leg-spinner Anil Kumble's opening over, with Salman Butt (26) and Younis Khan (three) the not out batsmen when bad light stopped play.
IND v PAK, 2nd Test, Kolkata (day two, stumps): India 616-5 vs Pakistan 50-1

IND v PAK, 2nd Test, day 1, Kolkatta : Jaffer puts Pakistan on back foot

Wasim Jaffer slammed a majestic unbeaten 192 as India took firm control of the second cricket Test against Pakistan by laying the foundation for a mammoth first innings total today.
The 29-year-old Jaffer notched up his fifth Test century as he stole the limelight with some breathtaking shots while Sachin Tendulkar (82) and Rahul Dravid (50) chipped in with notable contributions to steer the home team to a commanding 352 for three at close on the opening day. Sourav Ganguly (17) was giving Jaffer company when play was called off early due to bad light with 5.3 overs still remaining to be bowled.
Electing to bat, the Indians lost opener Dinesh Kaarthick (1) cheaply but the other batsmen made the most of the ideal batting track at the Eden Gardens to put the team in the driver's seat. Jaffer seemed to be in imperious form as he first added 136 runs with Dravid for the second wicket and then stitched 175 runs for the third wicket with Tendulkar against an insipid Pakistani bowling attack.
IND v PAK, 2nd Test, Kolkata (day one, stumps): India 352 for 3 vs Pakistan

IND v PAK, 2nd Test, Kolkatta : India eye to wrap up series against injury-hit rivals

India will seek to clinch a Test series win against Pakistan on home soil after 28 years as they go into the second cricket Test here on Friday with their arch rivals grappling with fitness worries over some key players.
After losing the first Test by six wickets, the visitors have been laid low by a spate of injuries ahead of the crucial game at the Eden Gardens which they need to win to keep themselves afloat in the three-match series. While paceman Umar Gul has already been ruled out of the match, captain Shoiab Malik and temparamental fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar were doubtful starters for the game.
The Pakistan team management has decided to wait till Friday to decide on the playing eleven but indications are that the captain may not be fit enough to take the field. In case Malik is ruled out, Younis Khan will lead the team. The Indians, on the other hand, have no such problems and will hope to keep the momentum going in their bid to win the Test series as well.
If the Indians manage to win the match, it will be their first series win on home soil against their traditional rivals in 28 years -- the 2-0 win in 1979-80 being their last triumph. India team (from): Anil Kumble (c), MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Kaarthick, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, VVS Laxman, Munaf Patel, Yuvraj Singh.
Pakistan team (from): Shoaib Malik (C), Younis Khan, Abdur Rehman, Danish Kaneria, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Yousuf, Salman Butt, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Yasir Hameed.

India vs Pakistan First Test at Delhi

IND v PAK, 1st Test, day five, Delhi : India beat Pakistan by six wickets (IND 1:0)

India defeated Pakistan by six wickets in the first cricket Test against Pakistan at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium on Monday.
Chasing 203, India reached the target in 61.1 overs losing four wickets. The hosts now lead the three-match series 1-0.
IND v PAK, 1st Test, Delhi (day five): India 276 & 171-3 beat Pakistan 231 & 247 by six wickets

IND v PAK, 1st Test, day four, Delhi: India 32 runs away from victory over Pakistan

Sachin Tendulkar became the second-highest runmaker in test cricket when he made an unbeaten 32 as India moved purposefully towards victory in the first Test against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla. Tendulkar (11,183) surpassed former Australian Allan Border's 11,174 runs and now has only retired West Indian Brian Lara currently ahead of him with 11,953.
When bad light stopped play, the hosts were 32 runs short of taking a 1-0 series lead. Wasim Jaffer struck a fluent 53 after India lost the wicket of Dinesh Kaarthick cheaply to go into lunch at three for one. It was Jaffer's ninth half-century as he put on 82 for the second wicket with Rahul Dravid before former captains Ganguly and Tendulkar added 78 in an unfinished fourth-wicket stand. Earlier in the morning, India skittled out the remaining five Pakistan wickets for only 35 runs on the fourth day. The tourists tottered from 212 for five to 247 all out.
IND v PAK, 1st Test, Delhi (day four, stumps): Pakistan 231 & 247; India 276 & 171-3

IND v PAK, 1st Test, day three, Delhi: Pakistan 212 for five at close

Pakistan were 212 for five in their second innings at close on the third day of the first cricket Test against India at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground today. The visitors have an overall lead of 167 with five wickets in hand.
Earlier, VVS Laxman was left stranded on 72 as Danish Kaneria polished off the Indian tail before it could wag on the slow and low Ferozeshah Kotla track.
Shot out for 276, India had to be satisfied with a 45-run lead as Pakistan conceded 48 runs to claim the last four wickets in 14.4 overs this morning.
IND v PAK, 1st Test, Delhi (day three, stumps): Pakistan 231 & 212-5; India 276 all out

IND v PAK, 1st Test, day two, Delhi: Laxman and Dhoni prop up the Indian innings

India ended at 228 for 6, three runs behind the Pakistan first innings score of 231.
Pakistan earlier added 21 runs to their overnight total of 210-8 before being all out, with tailender Mohammad Sami remaining unbeaten with 28.
India needed luck to break a stubborn 87-run stand for the ninth wicket between Sami and middle-order batsman Misbah-ul-Haq, who was run out after adding 11 to his overnight score of 71. Misbah tried to beat a Kartik throw from point, but both his feet and bat were in the air when the ball hit the stumps at the non-striker's end.
India heaved a sigh of relief to see the back of Misbah who had defied the hosts' attack for more than five hours, hitting one six and six fours in his 243-ball knock. Leg-spinner Anil Kumble ended the innings when he bowled last-man Danish Kaneria for a duck to finish with 4-38 in his first Test as captain.
IND v PAK, 1st Test, Delhi (day two, stumps): Pakistan 231; India 228-6

IND v PAK, 1st Test, day one, Delhi: Misbah, Sami take Pakistan to 210 for 8

Electing to bat, Pakistan were tottering at 142 for eight before a defiant unbeaten 68-run ninth wicket partnership between Misbah-ul-Haq (71 not out) and Mohammad Sami (20 not out) steered the team to 210 for eight at close on the opening day at Ferozshah Kotla.
Anil Kumble's first day as India's Test captain ended on a rather frustrating note with the two Pakistani batsmen playing out the entire third session before bad light forced play to be called off with four overs still remaining. Misbah also featured in a 39-run stand with Akmal (30). Misbah's 204-ball stellar knock included five boundaries and a six, while Sami was unbeaten on 20 off 77 balls, hitting two fours and a six.
IND v PAK, 1st Test, Delhi (day one, close): Pakistan 210-8 v India

IND v PAK, 1st Test, Delhi: New India captain Kumble faces Pakistan test

Anil Kumble returns to his happy hunting ground here on Thursday in the opening Test against Pakistan, hoping to begin his new innings as India captain on a winning note.
India's last Test against Pakistan at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here in 1999 was a personal triumph for the leg-spinner, who became only the second bowler after Englishman Jim Laker to bag 10 wickets in an innings.
Kumble, the third-highest wicket-taker in Test history on 566 after retired Australian Shane Warne (708) and Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan (704), is a proven match-winner with disciplined bowling and subtle variations. But his turn as captain in this high-pressure three-Test series will be a different challenge altogether, with the 37-year-old holding the key to his nation's fortunes on pitches expected to favour spin.
Pakistan have reliable batsmen in Mohammad Yousuf, vice-captain Younis Khan and skipper Shoaib Malik to put pressure on the Indian attack. The trio will have an added responsbility in the absence of a settled opening pair.
Pakistan tried two different opening combinations in a two-Test series at home against South Africa last month, but have yet to find a durable pair. Left-handed Salman Butt alone has cemented his place as an opener following his impressive one-day performances on the current tour.
Pakistan expect fiery paceman Shoaib Akhtar to deliver in a bid to contain a strong Indian batting line-up. He has been steadily regaining form and fitness after serving a 13-match ban. Akhtar was suspended primarily for hitting teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat ahead of the Twenty20 World Championships in South Africa in September, but showed glimpses of his old form in the recent one-dayers against India. Pakistan team (from): Shoaib Malik (Captain), Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Danish Kaneria.
India team (from): Anil Kumble (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Venkatsai Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Murali Kartik, Munaf Patel.

IND v PAK, 1st Test, Delhi: RP Singh, Sreesanth ruled out of Delhi Test

India received a severe jolt ahead of the first cricket Test against Pakistan with the pace duo of R P Singh and S Sreesanth ruled out of the tie with injuries.
BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said in a statement that paceman Munaf Patel had been called in as cover. While the BCCI statement does not specify what was wrong with R P Singh, Sreesanth is nursing a shoulder injury he picked up in Jaipur and the Kerala speedster did not take part in Tuesday's net sessions.
The side, however, can take heart from the fact that stumper and one day skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is showing signs of improvement after he had twisted his ankle while batting in the fifth and final one dayer at Jaipur.
"Well, though it has not healed yet and there is slight pain, I think it's getting okay and I did not have much trouble," Dhoni said after the nets. Dhoni did not look in any sort of discomfort as fielding coach Robin Singh engaged him in some catching practice with Wasim Jaffer being the pitcher.
The Indian squad, under new captain Anil Kumble, arrived at the Ferozeshah Kotla in the afternoon for their practice session. While most of the team members headed for the nets in the adjoining practice arena, Kumble and his spin colleague Harbhajan Singh walked down the Kotla pitch and rolled their arms with bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad behind the stumps. It was Kumble's return to his happy hunting ground. At the same venue, and against the same opponent in 1999, the leg-spinner had claimed all 10 wickets in an innings to emulate Jim Laker.

IND v PAK, 5th ODI: Pakistan beat India by 31 runs (PAK 2:3)

Shoaib Malik put in a superb all-round performance to help Pakistan post a consolation 31-run win over India in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday.
The skipper top-scored with a solid 89 and then grabbed three wickets with his off-spin as Pakistan bowled out India for 275 after scoring a challenging 306-6 in the day-night game for their second victory. Malik removed Rohit Sharma (52), captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (24) and debutant Praveen Kumar (12) to ensure his team go into the upcoming three-Test series in a better frame of mind.
The opening Test begins in New Delhi on Thursday. Yuvraj Singh (50) was the other notable contributor for India, who had gained an unbeatable 3-1 lead going into the final match. He looked a bit surprised when given out caught behind attempting to pull paceman Umar Gul. Pre-Match Report: Having already clinched the one-day series against Pakistan, India have decided to rest their frontline bowlers as they go into the fifth and final cricket one-dayer here on Sunday with a combination heavily loaded with batsmen.
The unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series has given the home team the luxury to try out some of their bench players, and the team management has opted to give the main bowlers a break. The Indians have chosen to leave out pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and pacer R P Singh from the match which has been reduced to an academic interest following the team's first home series triumph in 24 years. "We have decided to rest Zaheer, Harbhajan and R P Singh for the match. We will decide the playing 11 after having a look at the pitch tomorrow," cricket manager, Lalchand Rajput, said.
Temperamental paceman S Sreesanth, who has not played a single match in the series, and in-form left arm spinner, Murali Kartik, are almost certain to play the floodlit encounter which promises to be another high-scoring affair. The decision to rest the key bowler means that senior batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, who were expected to be rested, may figure in the playing line-up. Among the 12 shortlisted for the match, batsman Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Praveen Kumar have not played a single game so far and it is quite possible that both the young players are drafted in the 11.
IND vs PAK 5th ODI, Jaipur: Pakistan 306-6 (50 overs) beat India 275-10 (49.5 overs) 31 by runs

IND v PAK, 4th ODI: India win series with victory (IND 3:1)

Splendid batting display by Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and captain Mahinder Singh Dhoni guided India to a convincing six-wicket victory and also a 3-1 series victory here at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium on Thursday.
The last and the final One-day International of the five-match series will be played at Jaipur on November 18. Set a target of 256 runs, they emerged victorious with 21 balls remaining when Dhoni hit a six off non-regular bowler Salman Butt. He remained unbeaten on 45, scored off the same number of balls with three fours and one six. On the other end was Yuvraj Singh on 53 not out off 65 balls with four fours and one six. Both were involved in an unfinished fifth wicket partnership of 101 runs.
However, the credit goes to star batsman Sachin Tendulkar who right from the start displayed glorious stroke-play but unfortunately fell in the nineties again. He made 97 off 102 balls with 16 fours and together with Virender Sehwag (43) added 107 runs for the third wicket. Later, Tendulkar was declared the man-of-the-match. Pre-Match Report: India will look to wrap up the five-match one-day cricket series against Pakistan when the arch rivals clash in the fourth tie of the five-match series in Gwalior on Thursday.
India took a 2-1 lead in Kanpur, when they defeated Pakistan by 46 runs, after failing to defend their mammoth total of 321 at Mohali. The hosts will look to carry forward the winning momentum at the capt Roop Singh stadium, which has been a happy hunting ground for them. With India boasting a deep batting line-up and the wicket at the predicted to be "perfect for batsmen", the task could be easier for the hosts irrespective of whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni calls the coin correctly or not in the day-night clash.
Indian batting has clicked well with Sachin Tendulkar's leading from the front while Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh have also shone with the bat on various occasions in the three matches played so far. India have won six out of the eight matches, played at the venue with its last success coming against Australia in 2003. India team (from): M.S. Dhoni (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, R.P. Singh, Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh.
Pakistan team (from): Shoaib Malik (Captain), Younis Khan, Abdur Rehman, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Anjum, Kamran Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imran Nazir, , Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul and Yasir Hameed.
IND vs PAK 4th ODI, Gwalior: India 260-4 (46.3 overs) beat Pakistan 255-6 (50 overs) by six wickets

Afridi, Gambhir fined

Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir were today fined by the ICC, following their on-field spat during the third ODI between India and Pakistan.
The ICC fined Afridi 95 per cent of his match fee, while Gambhir was fined 65 per cent of his match fee. Both players were charged with two counts of "conduct which could bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute" and another of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact. "

IND v PAK, 3rd ODI: Yuvraj powers India to series lead (IND 2:1)

Salman Butt’s heroic century went in vain as India made amends for the Mohali debacle by clinching the third cricket one-dayer against Pakistan with a comfortable 46-run margin to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series at Kanpur today.
Chasing a stiff target of 295 for victory, 23-year-old Butt very nearly took his team home with a career-best 129 but the visitors lost steam in the end to be bundled out for 248 in 47.2 overs on a rather difficult track at Green Park stadium. The Pakistani run-chase largely centered around left-handed Butt who notched up his fourth ODI hundred, all of which has come against India, but a spate of wickets in quick succession in the last few overs turned the scale in the home team’s favour.
Having failed to defend a mammoth 321 in Mohali, the Indians reverted to the five-bowler combination. With the asking rate mounting after each over and wickets falling at regular intervals, the momentum shifted decisively in India’s favour after Harbhajan got rid of Butt in the 47th over. Pre-Match Report: Pakistan cricket team captain Shoaib Malik will go in with double confidence in the third match of the ongoing five-match ODI series against India at Kanpur today
Malik has not only squared the series by winning the second match at Mohali after a tough fight but he has also retained captaincy of the national team for the next year contrary to his counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni who lost the second ODI match while he failed to win the confidence of the selectors and the BCCI to be appointed as the captain of the Indian Test team in the upcoming three-Test series against Pakistan. This enhanced morale of the Pakistan Captain Shoaib Malik would definitely help him and one could expect an even better performance and fight from the Pakistan team at Kanpur. The track of the Modi Stadium Kanpur is expected to be a slow paced with low bounce and there is going to be some shuffle in the Pakistan team that won the last match. Slow left-arm Abdul Rehman is likely to replace medium pacer Sohail Tanvir while the inclusion of opener Imran Nazir is also on the cards. The match is going to be the whole day game so there is no threat of the late evening dew and the captain winning the toss will opt to bat first as the track goes slow with low bounce in the second session making batting a bit difficult for the stroke makers.
India team (from): M.S. Dhoni (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, R.P. Singh, Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh.
Pakistan team (from): Shoaib Malik (Captain), Younis Khan, Abdur Rehman, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Anjum, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul and Yasir Hameed
IND vs PAK 3rd ODI, Kanpur: India 294-6 (50.0 overs) beat Pakistan 248-10 (47.2 overs) by 46 runs

IND v PAK, 2nd ODI: Pakistan beat India by 4 wickets (PAK 1:1)

Younus Khan's century set Pakistan up for a nail-biting victory over India in Mohali to level the ODI series.
India hit 321 for 9, their best at the venue, with Sachin Tendulkar (99) and Gautam Gambhir (57) leading the way and Harbhajan Singh slogging 38 not out.
Pakistan were in trouble in reply but Younus (117) and Misbah-ul-Haq (49) put on 102 for the fifth wicket. Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir saw them home, Afridi hitting the winning run off the penultimate delivery. Reported Earlier: Having taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match one-day series against arch rivals Pakistan, the Indians will now have to counter a "fast and bouncy" track at the PCA stadium when they go into the second one-dayer here on Thursday.
The Mohali track has generally been bouncier than other pitches in the country and it would be no different this time around with curator Daljit Singh predicting a sporting Track which will have something for both the batsmen and the bowlers. The organisers will try to minimise the affects of dew by spraying ASPA-AT chemical on the turf, like they had done when the last day-night game was played at the Mohali stadium.
The chemical will be sprayed at the ground at 11 am on the day of the match to minimise the dew factor. Meanwhile, security arrangements have been tightened in and around the ground as well as the hotel where the teams have been put up.
The stadium has already been barricaded two days before the match with vehicular traffic being diverted in the areas near the stadium. Apart from private security personnel, more than 900 personnel from Punjab Police will be deployed on the day of the match to avoid any untoward incidents.
With the match being played on the eve of Diwali, spectators have been advised not to carry firecrackers to the stadium, besides the usual regulations. A capacity crowd is expected for the day-night contest between the traditional rivals with all tickets being sold out.
India team (from): M.S. Dhoni (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, R.P. Singh, Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh
Pakistan team (from): Shoaib Malik (Captain), Younis Khan, Abdur Rehman, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Anjum, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul and Yasir Hameed
IND vs PAK 2nd ODI, Mohali: Pakistan 322-6 (49.5 overs) beat India 321-9 (50 overs) by four wickets

IND v PAK., 1st ODI: India beat Pakistan by five wickets (IND 1:0)

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a 77-ball 68 and Yuvraj Singh made 58 to guide India to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the first One-day International.
Chasing Pakistan's 239 for seven wickets in 50 overs, India made 242 for five in 47 overs, winning with three overs to spare at the Nehru Stadium. For Pakistan, Mohammed Yousuf hit an unbeaten 83 and Salman Butt scored 50. Reported Earlier: Barely a day after imposition of Emergency, Pakistan renew their cricketing rivalry against arch-rivals India with a five-match one-day series in Guwahati on Monday with two young captains leading a highly talented but unpredictable teams. The political turmoil back home would no doubt weigh down heavily on Pakistanis' mind as they go into the first one-dayer seeking to take an early advantage in the battle of nerves and skills.
The series will also be a test of character for the captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India and Shoaib Malik of Pakistan, who have shown a remarkable composure but any contest involving the traditional foes is bound to put that extra bit of pressure.
Besides, Malik will also have to manage without their pace spearhead Mohammad Asif, who pulled out of the one-day series owing to his elbow injury, and the experience of former captain Inzamam-ul Haq, who recently retired from the international cricket. India would also be without their senior batsman Rahul Dravid, their batting main stay so far who has been dropped for the first two matches of the series. India team (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh and Murali Kartik.
Pakistan team (from): Shoaib Malik (Captain), Younis Khan, Salman Butt, Imran Nazir, Yasir Hameed, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul Haq, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Abdul Rehman and Rao Iftikhar.

Pakistan team arrives for series against India

Carrying the hopes of millions of cricket fans back home, the Pakistan cricket team landed here on Thursday evening for a high voltage series against arch rivals India.
The 15-member squad, led by the young Shoaib Malik, landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport at around 4.30 pm, setting the stage for yet another engrossing battle of skill and nerve between the two traditional rivals.
After a brief reception ceremony, the team came out around 5.10 pm through the inter terminal transfer lounge amidst cheers from waiting fans. The players, clad in green blazers, boarded the team bus and immediately drove down to a city hotel, escorted by two pilot cars.
Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Sports Secretary Sunil Dev presented a bouquet to skipper Malik, after which the team was whisked away to the hotel. Some other top DDCA officials were also present at the airport. A group of students from Pakistan Embassy were also there to greet the players. The Students were wearing "Go Pakistan" caps and were accompanied by Embassy officials.
The team will warm-up for the month-long tour with a match against the Delhi Ranji Trophy team at Delhi on Friday before travelling to Guhawati for the first one-dayer to be held on November 5. The team, which suffered a jolt in the morning with top paceman Mohammed Asif being ruled out for the ODIs because of an elbow injury, will play five one-dayers and three Tests during their stay in India.

Mohammad Asif pulls out of ODI series

Pakistan cricket team on Thursday suffered a setback with speedster Mohammad Asif pulling out of the five match ODI series against India because of an elbow injury.
The Pakistan team is scheduled to reach Delhi on Thursday evening for the month long Indian tour which includes five ODIs and three Test matches. But the team will be without Asif at least for the first part of the tour. Pakistan Cricket Board is yet to make an official announcement on the matter and has not named any replacement for the injured pacer.
"Asif is not leaving with the team today due to an elbow injury. PCB will make an official announcement later during the day," sources in the board said. Asif, though, is likely to join the team for the Test series starting on November 22.
Asif missed the ODI series against South Africa due to the same injury after breaking down while bowling in the second Test against South Africa at Lahore. The bowler underwent an emergency MRI scan and the report showed that he needs further rest for the injury to heal properly. Pakistan will play its first ODI in Guwahati on November 5.

Younis Khan named vice captain for India tour

As expected, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday named senior batsman Younis Khan as vice-captain for the Indian tour starting from November 5.
The PCB said in a statement that Younis would be deputy to Shoaib Malik for the five one-day internationals and three Tests in India. The Pakistan team leaves tomorrow for India.
The appointment of Younis in place of opener Salman Butt will be seen by many as the first step towards his eventual appointment as captain, at least for the Test side, a position he had refused after the World Cup in March due to various reasons. Younis was the vice-captain when Pakistan last toured India for a Test series in 2005 under the then captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.
For Butt, the sudden demotion is indicative of the fact that he has lost favour with the board and selectors and may soon find himself out of the team unless he performs well. Butt was not picked for either of the five one-dayers played against South Africa this month.

Mahanama appointed match referee for India-Pakistan ODI series

Sri Lankan Roshan Mahanama was on Monday appointed match referee for the five-match ODI cricket series between India and Pakistan starting November 5.
Ian Gould from the International Panel of ICC Umpires will stand in the first three ODIs to be played at Guwahati, Mohali and Kanpur, along with local appointments, the ICC said in a statement. The remaining two ODIs, to be played at Gwalior and Jaipur, will be umpired by Billy Doctrove of the Emirates Elite Panel.
Attention will then shift to the three Test matches between the two sides starting November 22. The Test series would be overseen by another Sri Lankan Ranjan Madugalle. The first Test at New Delhi will be umpired by Australian Simon Taufel and Billy Doctrove, both from the Emirates Elite Panel. In the second Test at Kolkata, Doctrove will be joined by New Zealand's Billy Bowden. The third and final Test at Bangalore will be umpired by Taufel and Bowden.
Meanwhile, Australia will be hosting Sri Lanka in a two-Test series that will be overseen by Mike Procter. Both Tests, which will take place at Brisbane and Hobart, will be umpired by Aleem Dar and Rudi Koertzen.

Dravid dropped from India's one-day squad; Sehwag is back

Former captain Rahul Dravid was dropped and his former deputy Virender Sehwag was recalled to the 15-member Indian One-day squad for the first two matches of the upcoming cricket series against arch-rivals Pakistan.
"We haven't spoken to him yet. We wanted to give him a break for a while," was how the India Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar responded to the media while talking about the decision to drop the 34-year-old Dravid, who struggled for runs right through the recent ODI series against Australia. He also added the selection committee had consulted captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni over telephone before finalising the squad for the first two matches to be held in Guwahati (November 5) and Mohali (November 8).
Left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir, who missed the last four matches in the series against Australia because of an injury, expectedly made a comeback in place of S Badrinath, while Uttar Pradesh paceman Praveen Kumar was the lone new face. India Team against Pakistan: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Irfan Pathan, S Sreesanth and Praveen Kumar.

Shoaib Akhtar finds his way back; Shoaib Malik will lead

Pakistan on Friday recalled fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for next months one-day series in India
The 32 year old Shoaib is expected to make his comeback in the final one-dayer against South Africa in Lahore on Monday after having served a 13-match ban over misconduct.
The young Karachi all-rounder Fawad Alam also found a place in the 16-man squad for the five-match ODI series in India, while misfiring opener Imran Nazir was given another chance. Shoaib Malik will lead the squad in India where the tourists will also play three Tests.
The Test squad will be announced just before the conclusion of the ODI series. Pakistan ODI Team for India: Shoaib Malik (Captain), Salman Butt, Imran Nazir, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul Haq, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar Anjum and Abdul Rehman.

India's winter season to start with 12 one-dayers

The Indian cricket team's winter season this year will start with 12 limited-overs internationals against Australia and Pakistan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said Tuesday.
The Indian board finalized the fixtures for the home series against Australia and Pakistan. Australia will play seven one-dayers during its Sept. 25-Oct.
13 tour of India, scheduled soon after the conclusion of the inaugural Twenty-20 World Cup in South Africa. Pakistan will play five limited-overs internationals, followed by three test matches during its tour of India slated for for Nov. 2-Dec. 13.
After the Pakistan team's visit, the Indian cricketers will leave for a tour of Australia that will feature both tests and one-dayers. India's home schedule will also feature three test matches in March, whose itinerary the board will finalize later.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.