Yuvraj, Dhoni power India to win

Karachi, February 19:

Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Dhoni powered India to another comfortable eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the fifth one-dayer to clinch the series 4-1.

Yuvraj hit an unbeaten 107 while Dhoni smashed a 46-ball 77 not out to help the tourists to their fourth successive win. They successfully chased the 287-run target with 3.1 overs to spare.

Pakistan beat India in the preceding three-Test series 1-0 and won the first match at Peshawar.

Yuvraj added 72 runs for the second wicket with skipper Rahul Dravid (50) after India lost Gautum Gambhir (38) to Rao Iftikhar in the 15th over.

Dhoni once again demolished the hapless Pakistan attack during a breezy 146-run stand off just 99 balls with Yuvraj .

Pakistan’s total was built around Younis Khan’s unbeaten knock of 74 and a fighting 67 by Mohammad Yousuf who shared a fifth wicket stand of 95.

Sri Sreesanth, who finished with a career-best 4-58, removed the home team’s top order by dismissing Imran Farhat (24), Kamran Akmal (25) and Shoaib Malik (12) in his first five-over spell.

Pakistan win U-19 World Cup

Colombo: Pakistan won the Under-19 cricket World Cup as classy swing bowling from Anwar Ali and Jamshed Ahmed rattled India’s batting order to set up a close 38-run victory.

Batting first, Pakistan capitulated to Indian spin bowlers to be dismissed for a meager 109 in 41 overs. Rameez Raja top-scored with a patient 25 off 67 balls for Pakistan while Nasir Jamshed made 18.

Legspiner Piyush Chawla snared 4-8 and spinner Ravindra Jadeja took 3-16 for India.

Taking the field to defend a small total, Pakistani seamers put up a brave fight to dismiss India for a paltry 71 runs. India started inauspiciously, losing Gaurav Dhiman in the first bowl of the innings.

At dinner break, India was tottering at nine runs for six wickets. Ali finished with 5-35 and Akhtar Ayub took 3-9 and Ahmed finished with 2-24.

Sixteen countries took part in the tournament in Sri Lanka and outsider Nepal claimed the plate championship on Saturday with a one-wicket win over New Zealand. — AP