India win first Test against Pakistan

New Delhi, November 26:

Sachin Tendulkar completed a half-century as India beat Pakistan by six wickets on the final day of the opening Test here today.

The hosts needed only 32 runs to win with seven wickets in hand to gain a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, with Tendulkar (56 not out) completing the formality with his 46th half-century. Resuming at 171-3, India achieved their 203-run target after just 6.2 overs. Venkatsai Laxman remained unbeaten on six. Tendulkar, 32 overnight, reached his half-century when he hammered leg-spinner Danish Kaneria through the covers for a boundary and finished the match with a square-cut four off Akhtar.

Akhtar was the most impressive bowler, finishing with 4-58. He again bowled with fire, denying left-handed Sourav Ganguly a 50 in his second over of the morning. Ganguly was caught pulling by Sohail Tanvir. Ganguly fell at his overnight score of 48 after putting on 88 for the fourth wicket with Tendulkar to help ensure a comfortable victory.

India virtually wrapped up the match on Sunday when they dismissed the tourists for 247 after gaining a 45-run first-innings lead.

The match was a personal triumph for veteran leg-spinner Kumble, who finished with seven wickets on his captaincy debut. He was named man of the match.

Pakistan were let down by their batting. They could manage only 231 in their first innings and 247 in the second. The second Test begins in Kolkata on Friday.