India take first Test

India secured a six wicket win over Pakistan today, to take a one-nil lead in the three match series.

Needing just 32 runs to win on the fifth day, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for India as Sourav Ganguly fell to Shoaib Akhtar on 48, top edging the ball up in the air into the waiting hands of Sohail Tanvir.

Tendulkar ensured that no more major upsets occurred, hitting four boundaries to take his score to 56* and hand India the match.

The first Test had been an engrossing battle between the fierce sub-continental rivals, with the in-form India just making it to the finish line ahead of their inspired counterparts, setting up an exciting prospect at Kolkata later in the week when the two meet again to decide the fate of the series.

Pakistan 231
Misbah-ul-Haq 82
Anil Kumble 4-38

India 276
VVS Laxman 72*, Mahendra Dhoni 57
Danish Kaneria 4-59

Pakistan 247
Salman Butt 67, Misbah-ul-Haq 45
Anil Kumble 3-68

India 203 for 4
Sachin Tendulkar 56*, Wasim Jaffer 53, Sourav Ganguly 48
Shoaib Akhtar 4-58

India won by six wickets

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