Pepsi Independence Cup, sixth qualifying match


Toss: Pakistan.

Saeed Anwar broke the record for the highest individual innings in a one-day international by scoring 194, from 146 balls, with 22 fours and five sixes, three in succession in one over from Kumble, which went for 226664. He beat the previous record, Viv Richards's unbeaten 189 for West Indies against England at Old Trafford in 1984, by five, and might have reached a double-hundred had he not top-edged a sweep to be caught at fine leg in the 47th over. It was a remarkable exhibition of controlled aggression, even if he was helped by a runner, Shahid Afridi, for most of the innings (he was suffering from heat exhaustion and loss of fluid). India were left a target of 328. They began on a poor note when Inzamam-ul-Haq took an athletic catch to dismiss Tendulkar, but Dravid sustained them with his maiden hundred in limited-overs internationals - also briefly assisted by a runner, Tendulkar, until the fielding side objected. They soon fell behind, however, after he pushed a catch to mid-wicket, one of five wickets for Aqib Javed. Afterwards, Tendulkar said Anwar's innings was the best he had seen, and the former Test bowler Bishen Bedi said batting like that comes once in a lifetime. Some observers - including TV commentator Glenn Turner - diluted their praise by noting that his runner made the innings much easier, given the extreme heat. Anwar himself said: "To beat India in India is something special. Only we know the pressure we were subjected to back at home after our loss at Bangalore in the World Cup." In contrast to past bitterness in India-Pakistan matches, the 45,000 crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Man of the Match: Saeed Anwar.

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