India continues winning way

ndia has won the second of two one-day internationals for charity in Abu Dabi by 51 runs despite Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's fighting 79.

Having lost the first match by six wickets after posting only 197 when batting first, India used its 50 overs more effectively in game two, as skipper Rahul Dravid and his opening partner Virender Sehwag led the side to 5-269.

Pakistan was bowled out for 218 (45.2 overs) in reply, resulting in a tied series.

Aside from Shoaib Malik (46) and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan (27) there was little other support for Inzamam in the run chase, as Pakistan never looked likely to reach the 270 required 45.2 overs.

Irfan Pathan was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 3-35 from his 10 overs, while Ramesh Powar (3-61) was also effective.

Earlier, Dravid contributed a solid 92 and Sehwag made a return to form with 72 off just 83 balls - he belted 10 fours and a six in his fine knock - as the pair put on 138 for the opening stand.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni came in at No.3 after Sehwag was dismissed and kept the scoreboard ticking over as he also racked up a half-century (59 off 72 balls).

And Yuvraj Singh provided a late boost by clubbing Mohammad Asif for three fours and a six off successive balls in his crucial 24 (10 balls).

Naved-ul-Hasan took 2-45 for Pakistan, which was able to put the brakes on India early before the Indian batsmen asserted their stamp on the match.

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