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India thrash Pakistan in 1st ODI

November 6, 2007

Skipper Mahendra Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh hit half centuries to spur India to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the first one-day international on Monday.

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    Man-of-the-match Dhoni hit 63 and his deputy Yuvraj 58 in a 105-run fourth wicket partnership to lift India to 242 for five in 47 overs. Their spinners had helped restrict Pakistan to 239 for seven on a slow pitch.

    In-form Mohammad Yousuf struck a classy 83 not out and opener Salman Butt hit 50 to raise Pakistani victory hopes, only to be let down by poor bowling and sloppy fielding.

    Indian left-handers Saurav Ganguly (39) and Gautam Gambhir put on 82 runs for the second wicket before the aggressive Dhoni, who promoted himself to number four and Yuvraj took over.

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