Razzaq, Asif bowl Pak to series win

Karachi, February 1:

Pakistan seamers Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Asif shared seven wickets on Wednesday and engineered India’s second heaviest ever defeat on the fourth day of the third and decisive cricket Test.

India was dismissed for 265 in 58.4 overs after Pakistan set a never-achieved victory target of 607 runs. Pakistan got a slender lead when it scored 245 and then restricted India to 238.

The win gave Pakistan a 1-0 victory in the three-match series after two high-scoring draws. It was Pakistan’s best ever Test victory, bettering the 301-run win against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 1994.

Yuvraj Singh (122) compiled a gritty century until Razzaq (4-88) had Kamran Akmal take a catch behind the wickets. Asif took three wickets for 48 runs.

Yuvraj launched a counterattack and smashed 19 boundaries and a six in his innings but was dropped on 77 and 97.

He added 103 runs in the only worthwhile stand with former captain Sourav Ganguly (37).

Razzaq had Ganguly trapped leg before wicket and removed Mahendra Dhoni (18) and Irfan Pathan (4). Asif clean bowled Sachin Tendulkar (26), VVS Laxman (21) and Virender Sehwag (4) while Shoaib Akhtar won a contentious caught behind decision against captain Rahul Dravid.

India’s slump began in the first two overs after Pakistan declared its second innings at 599 for seven an hour before lunch.

Asif sent Sehwag’s back to pavilion off his third ball to leave India hobbling at 8/2. Tendulkar and Laxman added 55 runs before Asif baffled them with perfect inswingers and knocked back the stumps that left India struggle at 74-4.

Anil Kumble took three for 151 while Pathan, Zaheer Khan and R P Singh took one wicket each.