Pakistan beat India by 31 run

Jaipur, November 18:

Pace bowler Sohail Tanvir and off-spinner Shoaib Malik bowled Pakistan to a 31-run victory against India in the fifth and final limited-overs international on Sunday.

Chasing Pakistan’s 306-6, India was all out for 275 on the penultimate delivery with Tanvir (4-53) and Malik (3-61) doing the major damage. India still won the series 3-2, having already secured a series-clinching lead in the fourth one-dayer on Thursday.

Left-arm pacer Tanvir demolished India’s top order as he snared Gautam Gambhir (12), Sachin Tendulkar (30) and Virender Sehwag (10). Malik capped his top-scoring batting display by removing Rohit Sharma (52), skipper Mahendra Dhoni (24) and debutante Praveen Kumar (12) to demolish India’s recovery chances.

After slumping to 62-4, India’s redemption came through half-centuries from Sharma and Yuvraj Singh (50), but captain Malik claimed wickets at a crucial juncture to ensure victory for Pakistan.

Malik and Mohammad Yousuf’s aggressive knocks had earlier rescued Pakistan from a top-order slump. Malik hit 89 and shared a brisk 168-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Yousuf, who posted 74 to bolster Pakistan after Indian paceman Shantakumaran Sreesanth had snared three wickets in the space of 12 runs.

Malik hit two sixes and six boundaries from 82 balls, while Yousuf’s knock contained just four fours from the same number of balls.