Ashutosh Singh lost the sinlges but combined with Vivek Shokeen to win the doubles as India sealed the first leg of the tennis series against Pakistan 2-1 at defence club tennis courts in Lahore on Wednesday.
National Champion Ashutosh lost the second sinlges to Paksitan's top player Aisam-ul-Haq-Qureshi 3-6, 4-6, allowing hosts to darw parity.
Shokeen had put India ahead after defeating Aqeel Khan in staright sets in the first singles onTuesday.
Aisam served big and capitalised on break-points in the both the sets to overpower Ashutosh and tie the series 1-1.
The doubles tiebecame decisive and the Delhi boys did not disappoint.
They beat experienced Davis Cup duo of Aisam and Aqeel 7-6(5), 6-2to take the honours in the first leg.
The hosts put up a good fight in the first-settie breaker but were found wanting in spirit in the second and conceded the first leg.
Thesecond and final leg of the series will be played in Islamabad from Thursday.