India vs Pakistan One Day Teams & News
Inzamam backs injury-hit Pakistan
Feb 16, 2006
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is backing his injury-hit side to have enough firepower to level the one-day series against India on Thursday.
India won the last two matches to lead 2-1 so Pakistan need a win in Inzamam's home town Multan to stay in touch.
The hosts are without front-line bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi for the rest of the series.
Paceman Umar Gul is also a doubt with a back injury and Pakistan have drafted Mohammad Sami and Rao Iftikhar into the squad.
Meanwhile, Inzamam's opposite number Rahul Dravid has injury problems of his own ahead of the clash at the Multan Stadium.
Opening batsman Virender Sehwag and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh have flown home and spinning all-rounder Ramesh Powar was brought in last week.
Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Arshad Khan, Salman Butt, Rana Naved, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Yasir Arafat, Rao Iftikhar, Mohammad Sami.
Rahul Dravid (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Sri Sreesanth, Murli Kartik, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ramesh Powar.
Steve Bucknor (West Indies), Asad Rauf (Pakistan).
Afridi adds to Pakistan problems
Feb 14, 2006
Pakistan's hopes of saving the one-day series with India have been dealt a blow with Shahid Afridi ruled out of the remaining two games through injury.
The all-rounder injured his ribs when he slipped over in a bathroom before Monday's loss in Lahore, which gave India a 2-1 series lead.
Afridi appeared in the match, scoring 18, but could bowl only three overs.
PCB cricket director Saleem Altaf said: "He has bruising around his rib cage and is required to rest."
Pakistan are already missing strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who was ruled out of the series on Sunday after missing the first two matches with an ankle injury.
Mohammad Sami was drafted into the squad as cover for Akhtar but no replacement has been announced for Afridi.
The fourth match of the series will be played in Multan on Thursday with Karachi hosting the final game on Sunday.
India takes lead at Lahore, Series 2-1
Feb 13, 2006
India produced a thrilling batting display to beat Pakistan in the third one-day international and take a 2-1 series lead in the five-match series. Sachin Tendulkar (95), Yuvraj Singh (79*) and Mahendra Dhoni (72*) all hit half-centuries as the tourists reached a target of 289 in Lahore with 14 balls remaining.
India won the toss and chose to insert the hosts, who hit 288-8 thanks to Shoaib Malik (108) and Abdul Razzaq.
Irfan Pathan (49-3) and Rudra Pratap Singh (51-3) each took three wickets.
Third one-day international, Lahore: India 292-5 beat Pakistan 288-8 by five wickets
Pakistan looking to bounce back
Feb 12, 2006
Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is confident Pakistan can make amends for their mauling in Rawalpindi when they face India in Monday's third one-dayer.
The teams go to Lahore level at 1-1 in the five-game series after India's seven-wicket triumph on Saturday.
Inzamam will have to do without paceman Shoaib Akhtar, who is out with an ankle injury, but he remains upbeat.
The Indians have a concern of their own, with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh again doubtful with an injured finger.
Without him, his team claimed their first win of the tour in Peshawar when they chased a target of 266 with consummate ease.
Captain Rahul Dravid was buoyed by the performance but is refusing to get carried away.
Inzamam-ul Haq (capt), Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Arshad Khan, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Asif.
Rahul Dravid (capt), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Shanathakumaran Sreesanth, Murali Kartik, Harbhajan Singh, Ramesh Powar.
Shoaib to miss series remainder
Feb 12, 2006
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been ruled out of the remaining three one-day internationals of the five-match series against India.
Shoaib's ankle injury was thought to have recovered in time for him to make Sunday's match after he had missed the first two games in the series.
Shoaib performed brilliantly against England before Christmas but the ankle injury cropped up in the early part of the Test series against India.
He was not at his most effective in those matches, which were played on wickets that favoured batsmen, but tried his heart out.
Cricket fans cause border chaos
Feb 12, 2006
Indian riot police were called to restore order after about 3,000 cricket fans caused chaos at the Wagah border crossing between India and Pakistan.
Several fans were hurt, one seriously, in the crush as people flocked to Monday's one-day match in Lahore.
Fans stormed the immigration building, causing staff to flee. Riot police took three hours to restore order.
Officials were unable to cope with demand but later opened extra counters allowing all fans to cross the border.
Akhtar to miss second ODI against India
Feb 10, 2006
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was ruled out for Saturday's second limited-overs International against India in his home town due to niggling ankle injury.
"Shoaib will not play tomorrow's match and the physiotherapist has told us the injury can aggravate if he doesn't take proper rest," captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said on Friday.
Akhtar has had an injury in his left ankle for the since taking 17 wickets in the 2-0 victory against England in the three-Test home series.
Powar joins India one-day squad
Feb 07, 2006
India have brought off-spinning all-rounder Ramesh Powar into their squad for the one-dayers in Pakistan as cover for Harbhajan Singh.
Harbhajan is struggling with the finger injury which forced him to miss the opening defeat in Peshawar on Monday.
Powar, 27, played in two one-dayers on India's 2004 trip and although he failed to take a wicket, impressed with his control and combative approach.
A consistent performer domestically, Powar is a handy lower-order batsman.
The second one-dayer will be played in Rawalpindi on Saturday with India looking to bounce back after their seven-run loss under the Duckworth/Lewis rule.
Left-armer Murali Kartik stood in for Harbhajan in Peshawar but conceded 64 runs in nine overs and was hit for three big sixes by Shoaib Malik.
Inzamam finds new ways to get out.
Feb 06, 2006
Inzamam-ul-Haq out for obstructing the field in the win over India in the first one-dayer.
Inzamam deflected a throw from Suresh Raina aimed at the stumps with his bat and was unhappy at the decision.
The umpire can give a batsman out if he feels the batter has got in the way of a fielder who is about to take a catch or attempt a run-out.
But the obstruction has to be seen to be a deliberate act to be given out.
This is a very uncommon method of dismissal hardly ever seen in club or international cricket.
However Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq was controversially dismissed in this fashion during Pakistan's one-day international against India in Peshawar.
The Pakistani batsman was out of his crease when he "defended" Suresh Raina's throw at the stumps from the outfield.
The Indian fielders rightly appealed and Inzamam was given his marching orders, much to his chagrin.
Inzamam-ul-Haq is only the third batsman to be dismissed obstructing the field in ODIs.
Rameez Raja was the first, against England at Karachi in 1987-88. He suffered the agony of being dismissed on 99, when he hit the ball with his bat to avoid being run out while attempting a second run to complete his hundred off the final ball of the match.
Mohinder Amarnath was the second, when he kicked the ball away from the bowler to prevent being run out, against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad in 1989-90.
Pakistan won First ODI by 7 runs (D/L Method)
Feb 06, 2006
Pakistan won the first One Day International at Peshawar in a closely contested match. Salman Butt scored 101 and Shoaib Malik 90 as Pakistan reached 311 for 7 wickets in 47 overs against India's 328 All out in 49.4 overs.
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar bounced back to form with 100 to pass 14,000 runs in one-dayers with his 39th century. He put on 94 and 126 with Irfan Pathan (65) and Mahendra Dhoni (68 off 53) but Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (4-62) and Mohammad Asif (3-30) sparked a late collapse. The tourists lost Virender Sehwag soon after being put in but Tendulkar, who struggled as India lost the Tests 1-0, made his 39th one-day ton in Peshawar.
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (4-62) and Mohammad Asif (3-30) mopped up the tail but India's total was a ground record.
First one-day international, Peshawar: Pakistan 311-7 bt India 328 by seven runs (D/L rule)
Pakistan aim for one-day success
Feb 06, 2006
Pakistan have captain Inzamam-ul-Haq back and are aiming to grab the number two spot in the world rankings as they begin the one-day series against India.
Pakistan have won 10 of 15 one-day matches against India, and eight of their last 10, with Inzaman as captain.
The home team will probably need a 4-1 series win to leapfrog South Africa, who are currently playing in the VB Series in Australia.
They start as favourites before a sell-out crowd of 15,000 at the Arbab Niaz stadium for the first international match in the north-western border city for two years.
Pakistan will take confidence from their 341-run win in Karachi, which handed them their first Test series win over India for 19 years.
Faisal Iqbal, who hit his maiden Test century in that match, has been rewarded with a place in the squad for the one-day series.
All-rounder Shoaib Malik returns after a family bereavement and promising youngster Yasir Arafat is in the squad.
India may miss off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who injured a finger while fielding in the Karachi Test.
Iqbal picked for one-day series
Feb 02, 2006
Pakistan's selectors have rewarded batsman Faisal Iqbal for his maiden Test century in Karachi with a place in the squad for the one-day series.
Iqbal's 139 helped Pakistan beat India in the Tests and the player can now help them repeat that success over the same opposition in the one-dayers.
Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and paceman Mohammad Sami are omitted from the 16-member squad, however.
The first of five matches is scheduled for next Monday in Peshawar.
Kaneria and Sami have been regular members of the Test and one-day squads.
The selectors have found places for two all-rounders, Shoaib Malik and Yasir Arafat.
Malik returns after missing the final Test due to a family bereavement, while Arafat is a promising youngster who played against England.
Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Arshad Khan, Salman Butt, Rana Naved, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Yasir Arafat.
Indian TV to show one-day series
Jan 30, 2006
India's state-run Doordarshan television channel will broadcast all five upcoming one-day international matches between India and Pakistan.
After an agreement before the Supreme Court, Doordarshan will pay 1.9m to Dubai-based Ten Sports, who have exclusive rights to the on-going tour.
Ten Sports had challenged government guidelines making it mandatory to share sporting events of national importance.
Ten Sports is available via cable TV in India, but its reach is limited.
State television can be accessed by some 90% of the Indian population and an estimated 500m people are expected to watch the one-day matches.
Indian ODI team: Ganguly, VVS, Kumble out, Zaheer in!
Jan 30, 2006
Out-of-favour Sourav Ganguly, who was dropped from the one-day squad last year and also stripped of his captaincy, found himself ignored once again from the ODI team. The national selectors rewarded left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan for his consistent performance. Zaheer, who missed India's last two one-day series, replaced Railways' J P Yadav in the only change from the squad that drew 2-2 with South Africa in November last year.
Ganguly, currently playing in the Test series, would take the flight home alongwith Parthiv Patel, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble and Wasim Jaffer once the Karachi match ends next week.
Indian ODI Team:
Rahul Dravid (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mohd Kaif, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, R P Singh, Murali Kartik, Harbhajan Singh, S Sreesanth.