Cricinfo: India in Pakistan 2003-04





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1st ODI: Pakistan v India, 13 Mar 2004

If India's start was frenetic, Pakistan's was stuttering. First Yasir Hameed was bowled by Laxmipathy Balaji for just seven, and then Imran Farhat's promising innings was cut short at 24 by Zaheer Khan. India's opening bowlers kept a tighter rein on scoring than their Pakistani counterparts had done, and they certainly bowled fewer extras and loose balls. Pakistan felt the pressure. They did not get nearly as many as they would have liked in the first 15 overs, although as it transpired, they would have settled for just six runs more.

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