Asia Cup - 5th match

India v Pakistan

India won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

Welcome back. Tendulkar will open after all. Hafeez will open the bowling. he has a slip and a leg slip

0.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, no run, tossed up on the off stump and patted back to the bowler

0.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, OUT, doesn't take long to strike! Tossed up on middle and the ball straightens, Gambhir was trying to work it across the line but was struck in front of middle, easy one for the umpire

G Gambhir lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

S Rajesh tweets: 'The last time Pakistan scored exactly 329 in an ODI against India, they won by only 12 runs." That was in Rawalpindi 2004

0.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run, goes back and defends back back to the bowler

0.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, clips it to the on side

0.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, clipped to Misbah at midwicket who midwicket

Two slips in place now

0.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, he gets forward and drives down to long-on

End of over 1 (3 runs) India 3/1 (327 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.67)
V Kohli    2* (3b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-3-1
SR Tendulkar    1* (1b)     

Two slips in place for Gul

1.1

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, gets a bit of extra bounce and he stays back and defends back to the bowler

1.2

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 wide, sprays it too wide outside the off stump, he was bowling a bit wide of the off stump too

1.2

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, stays beside the line and angles it down towards point, good stop by Hafeez

1.3

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, nips back in and hits him high on the body, 145 kph, Kohli was on the hop trying to whip it away

1.4

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 bye, where did that take off from? Really kicked up off a good length and Akmal tried to catch that but the late movement beat him, deflected off the glove

1.5

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, 1 run, short and wide and he ended up chopping it to the off side

1.6

Umar Gul to Kohli, FOUR, a leading edge goes for four! Well, not sure what Kohli was trying to do but the extra pace and bounce unsettled him,flies off the leading edge and clears backward point, the outfield did the rest

End of over 2 (7 runs) India 10/1 (320 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.66)
V Kohli    6* (8b 1x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-6-0
SR Tendulkar    2* (2b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-3-1

Cheema to bowl

2.1

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, no run, goes back at the crease and chops it towards point

2.2

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, 1 run, stays back and punches it wide of cover and sets off for a quick single

2.3

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, FOUR, classic pull! He reads the length early, goes across and pulls it along the ground past midwicket, really fizzed off the bat

2.4

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, 1 run, goes back and tucks it behind square on the on side

2.5

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, FOUR, classic Tendulkar! Fractionally short outside the off stump, bends it back in with the angle, Tendulkar's on his feet as he stylishly slices that wide of cover, two fielders give chase

2.6

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, 2 runs, clipped to the on side with the angle and that's 12 off the over

Here's a very trivial stat: 'India is the first team in ODIs to lose a wicket without a run on the board after the opponent openers put on over 200+ runs!"

End of over 3 (12 runs) India 22/1 (308 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 6.55)
SR Tendulkar    9* (6b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-12-0
V Kohli    11* (10b 2x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-6-0

3.1

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, goes back at the crease and dabs it down to point

3.2

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, goes back and flicks it towards square leg, his signature shot

3.3

Umar Gul to Kohli, 4 byes, poor Akmal's having a torrid time already! This one nips back in sharply off a shorter length, sneaks past the inside edge and Akmal falls to his left and can't stop it

3.4

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, stays on the back foot and taps it to the off side

3.5

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, solid punch off the back foot but straight to backward point, the fielder has a shy at the bowler's end

3.6

Umar Gul to Kohli, FOUR, that just flew off the bat, not a bad delivery really, on the body and he shuffled just slightly and whipped it past square leg, the fielder in the deep had no chance

Good start for India, despite Gambhir

Gareth: "Have Pakistan done themselves in by not picking a specilalist keeper? It's all well and good to pack in an extra bowler, but that won't amount to anything if your keeper leaks runs and drops catches."

End of over 4 (8 runs) India 30/1 (300 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 6.52)
V Kohli    15* (16b 3x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-10-0
SR Tendulkar    9* (6b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-12-0

4.1

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, no run, no problems for Akmal there, Cheema gets this one to beat Tendulkar, very nearly takes the edge, good delivery

4.2

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, no run, gets across and taps it back to the bowler

4.3

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, 1 run, bends it back in and Tendulkar shuffles and clips him wide of mid-on

4.4

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, no run, stays beside the line and taps it down towards cover point

4.5

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, 1 run, good running by Kohli, he stays on the backfoot and clips it in front of mid-on and calls early

4.6

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, SIX, Tendulkar of the old! The upper cut this time, Cheema digs it in short and Tendulkar arches back, rides the bounce and lofts it over slip, just clears the rope

I don't understand why Hafeez was removed after one over

End of over 5 (8 runs) India 38/1 (292 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 7.60, RRR: 6.48)
SR Tendulkar    16* (10b 1x4 1x6)      Aizaz Cheema    2-0-20-0
V Kohli    16* (18b 3x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-10-0

5.1

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, stays beside the line and chops it to the off side

5.2

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, stays beside the line and knocks it towards point again

5.3

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run, delivers from slightly wide of the crease, Kohli hops and knocks it to the on side and calls early

One slip goes out to short cover

5.4

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, 1 run, not the wisest single! He clipped it towards midwicket and despite taking off quickly he was in trouble, a direct hit was needed

5.5

Umar Gul to Kohli, 2 runs, placed it well between cover and extra cover but didn't time it too well, fetched him a couple though

5.6

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, sharp bouncer and the batsman swings at thin air, easily taken by Umar Akmal

Santosh: "I guess Hafeez was removed because he specialises in getting the left handers out with the new ball. I guess he will come back after the PP overs."

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 42/1 (288 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.54)
V Kohli    19* (23b 3x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-14-0
SR Tendulkar    17* (11b 1x4 1x6)      Aizaz Cheema    2-0-20-0

6.1

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, no run, just a hint of width to cut but he ended up chopping it towards point

6.2

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, no run, tucks him up for a bit of room and he punches it down to mid-on

6.3

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, 1 run, bowls it consistently short of a good length, he swivels and clips wide of mid-on

6.4

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, no run, solidly punched off the meat of the bat but straight to extra cover

6.5

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, no run, stays beside the line and angles it down towards point

6.6

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, 2 runs, there's protection in the deep on the on side, he bowls it full on the pads and he works it away neatly down to deep midwicket, the fielder at deep square picks up

End of over 7 (3 runs) India 45/1 (285 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 6.42, RRR: 6.62)
V Kohli    21* (26b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    3-0-23-0
SR Tendulkar    18* (14b 1x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    3-0-14-0

7.1

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, 1 run, drifts on the body and he clips it down to deep square leg

7.2

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, good length on the off stump and he gets across covers the line and knocks it to the on side

7.3

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, stays back at the crease and punches him down towards extra cover

7.4

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run, another stylish whip but straight to Hammad Azam at deep backward square leg, takes the first run quickly

7.5

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, 2 runs, sharp bouncer, hurried on Tendulkar only just managed to keep it down, takes a single to the leg side

7.6

Umar Gul to Tendulkar, no run, it was short and wide and very tempting for Tendulkar, he tried to cut but was beaten

End of over 8 (4 runs) India 49/1 (281 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.12, RRR: 6.69)
SR Tendulkar    21* (17b 1x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    4-0-18-0
V Kohli    22* (29b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    3-0-23-0

8.1

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, 1 run, grants him width and he punches it wide of extra cover, hit it off the toe of the bat and that brings up the 50

8.2

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, no run, punched down towards mid-on and Hammad Azam runs across and cuts it off

8.3

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, FOUR, whipped away, Cheema gets a little predictable with his line and length and he went across and worked it past the arc between mid-on and midwicket

8.4

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, 2 runs, punched uppishly through the off side and it beat the diving cover fielder who I think took some pace off the ball

8.5

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, no run, nicely punched off the full face of the bat down to mid-off

8.6

Aizaz Cheema to Tendulkar, no run, this one keeps low and squares him up outside the off stump, could so easily have taken the inside edge, well stopped by Akmal

End of over 9 (7 runs) India 56/1 (274 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 6.22, RRR: 6.68)
SR Tendulkar    27* (22b 2x4 1x6)      Aizaz Cheema    4-0-30-0
V Kohli    23* (30b 3x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-18-0

Saeed Ajmal to bowl now

9.1

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run

9.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, straightens and he defends that one

9.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, gets a leading edge that travels to cover

9.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, skids through, he stays back at the crease and knocks it to the on side

9.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, Appeal for a stumping! He is safe, the doosra beat Tendulkar outside off, his backfoot was always behind the crease, Akmal wasn't really confident

9.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, 1 run, gets on his knee and plays an authoritative sweep down to deep backward square, Cheema manages to stop it could easily have over-ran the ball

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 58/1 (272 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 6.80)
SR Tendulkar    28* (24b 2x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0
V Kohli    24* (34b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    4-0-30-0

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, Afridi asks questions straightaway, bowled it flat and the ball trapped him on the pad but down the leg side

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar wanted to paddle it then at the last second changed his mind and nudged it to third man

10.3

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, stays back and punches it down towards midwicket

Tendulkar v Afridi.. should be the contest to watch

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, stays beside the line and taps it down to cover point

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, gets well forward and pushes it firmly down to mid-on

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 2 runs, clipped wide of midwicket and Kohli called two as soon as he set off, Tendulkar was equal to the task

Rohit: "Stat alert : except for rohit sharma in the top 7 all other batsman remained not out when they got their highest scores. sachin 200* , kohli 133* , raina 116* , dhoni 183* and yusuf 123*."

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 63/1 (267 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.72, RRR: 6.84)
V Kohli    27* (37b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0
SR Tendulkar    30* (27b 2x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-2-0

Hafeez returns

11.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up on middle and he clips it down to the leg side

11.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, flatter delivery and he stays back and punches it down to long-on

11.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run, stays back and knocks it towards mid-on

11.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, no run

11.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, works it with the turn to the leg side, easy single

11.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, nicely clipped wide of midwicket, effortlessly done

End of over 12 (4 runs) India 67/1 (263 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.58, RRR: 6.92)
V Kohli    29* (39b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-7-1
SR Tendulkar    32* (31b 2x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0

12.1

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, Kohli tried to force that past the covers but got an inside edge onto his boot

12.2

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, works it to the on side for a single

12.3

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, FOUR, not his most convincing boundary, he made room and got an outside edge, no slip and just beat a diving short third man

12.4

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, clips it down to deep square leg for a single

12.5

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, FOUR, lovely timing! He clipped it close to his pads expecting to get not more than a couple, Cheema was tested at deep midwicket but he had no chance

12.6

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 2 runs, fires it full outside the off stump and he drive that wide of cover, Azam does well in the deep to cut it off

End of over 13 (12 runs) India 79/1 (251 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 6.07, RRR: 6.78)
V Kohli    36* (43b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-17-0
SR Tendulkar    37* (33b 3x4 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-7-1

13.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, he tucked it to deep midwicket

13.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run, this one straightens and he comes forward and drives to the off side

13.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, stays back and knocks to towards long-on

13.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar gets across to the off stump and sweeps him to deep square leg

13.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, he opens the face of the bat and dabs it towards point

13.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tendulkar, FOUR, take that! Tendulkar is on his knee and he slogs that cleanly with the turn over midwicket, he certainly looks his best today

End of over 14 (8 runs) India 87/1 (243 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.21, RRR: 6.75)
SR Tendulkar    43* (36b 4x4 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-15-1
V Kohli    38* (46b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-17-0

Yet another bowling change, it's Riaz. Misbah is clearly a bit shaken by this stand

14.1

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, FOUR, starts off with a short one, he has to pay for it as Kohli swivels and pulls it wide of square leg, he kept it along the ground

14.2

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 2 runs, dridts on the pads and he clips it wide of square leg, well timed again

14.3

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 1 run, punched down to mid-off and the fielder had a shy at the keeper's end and there are overthrows

14.4

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, FOUR, slippy fielding but a pleasing shot indeed, Tendulkar arched backwards to a short delivery and deftly steered it down to third man, he knew there was no slip and Gul made a mess of it

14.5

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, tucked it down towards the on side

14.6

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, tried to pull it off one leg and the ball clipped the pad and dribbled to the off side, Tendulkar scampered back and there was nearly another overthrow

It's drinks. India need to chase this in 40 overs to get a bonus point.

Samuel: "I don't get why Misbah has this tendency to save Ajmal till late in the innings. You would want your best bowler to bowl when the batsmen look threatening, wouldn't you?"

End of over 15 (11 runs) India 98/1 (232 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 6.53, RRR: 6.62)
SR Tendulkar    47* (39b 5x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-11-0
V Kohli    45* (49b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-15-1

15.1

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward and gently clips it to the leg side

15.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, appeal for an lbw! Tendulkar sweeps but the ball hits his pads perhaps outside the line of off

15.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, no run, clipped away uppishly down to midwicket

15.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, 1 run, shuffles and clips it with the turn down to fine leg

15.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, Kohli drives straight to Afridi at extra cover, he should have put that away

15.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, FOUR, makes no mistake this time! He bowls it flat and a bit short, rocks back and cuts it wide of point, placement and timing was right, he gets his fifty as well

End of over 16 (6 runs) India 104/1 (226 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 6.64)
V Kohli    50* (52b 6x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-8-0
SR Tendulkar    48* (42b 5x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-11-0

16.1

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, 1 run

16.2

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli looks unstoppable! Riaz errs by drifting on the body, not the best line to bowl with the fine leg up, Kohli swivels and pulls wide of shirt fine leg

16.3

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 1 run, punched off the back foot and there's a fumble at short cover

16.4

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, no run, gets a bit of width and he tries to squeeze this past point

16.5

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, 1 run, gets his fifty! Full and wide and he drives square and takes a single to deep point

16.6

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 1 wide, sprays it too full and wide outside the off stump and he doesn't offer a shot

16.6

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 1 run, holds the length back and he angles it down to third man

This pair's looking very comfortable. Misbah seems to be waiting for that mistake

End of over 17 (9 runs) India 113/1 (217 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.64, RRR: 6.57)
V Kohli    56* (55b 7x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-20-0
SR Tendulkar    50* (45b 5x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-8-0

17.1

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, comes round the wicket, comes forward and knocks it to the on side

He has a slip

17.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, he goes back and works it to the on side

17.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, goes back and cuts very close to the stumps, short cover picks up

17.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, gets well forward and drives down to mid-off

17.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, punched away down to midwicket, 5 dot balls

17.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, gets a single off the last ball with a clip to deep square leg

Navneet: "Hope i get at least one question from this match for my tomorrow's exam. Wish me luck mates ;)

End of over 18 (1 run) India 114/1 (216 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 6.75)
V Kohli    57* (61b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-9-0
SR Tendulkar    50* (45b 5x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-20-0

18.1

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 6 runs, Akmal just gave away four bonus runs! Kohli clipped it to deep square leg and the throw was to the keeper, Akmal saw that Tendulkar was jogging but had a shy despite the fact that there was nobody backing up, even Riaz was blissfully walking back to the mark, four overthrows

18.2

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, no run

18.3

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 1 no ball, and it's a front-foot no-ball! Pushed to the off side for a single

18.3

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, FOUR, Free Hit: Low full toss and Kohli forces it away wide of mid-on and midwicket, poor delivery really

18.4

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 1 run, goes back at the crease and clips him down to fine leg

18.5

Wahab Riaz to Tendulkar, 1 run, slower ball and he gets across and dabs it to the off side

18.6

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, FOUR, another delivery on the leg side is put away by Kohli, he turns at the crease, works his wrists and clips it down to fine leg, Cheema dived, got a hand to it but the ball rolled back to the rope

End of over 19 (17 runs) India 131/1 (199 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.89, RRR: 6.41)
V Kohli    72* (67b 9x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-37-0
SR Tendulkar    51* (46b 5x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-9-0

19.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, 1 run, stays back at the crease and knocks it to the leg side

19.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, waits for the turn and clips it down to square leg

19.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tendulkar, OUT, Full credit to Ajmal for this wicket! The doosra consumes Tendulkar, he was forward, waiting for it to turn in, he ended up getting an outside edge to Younis at first slip, that ends another fine Sachin innings, now the game is open

SR Tendulkar c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 52 (93m 48b 5x4 1x6) SR: 108.33

19.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, no run

19.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, no run, the doosra beats him and Akmal appeals for a stumping! Comes round the wicket, Rohit's backfoot was always behind the crease so he's safe

19.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, no run, hits his pads and Akmal's excited about that, looked like missing the leg stump, he's bowling from round the wicket

End of over 20 (2 runs) India 133/2 (197 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 6.65, RRR: 6.56)
RG Sharma    0* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-11-1
V Kohli    73* (68b 9x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-37-0

20.1

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, gets forward and drives straight to cover

20.2

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 2 runs, bowls it flat and he goes back and he slaps it to sweeper cover

20.3

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, forces a full delivery straight to midwicket

20.4

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, pushed to the covers and Rohit was out of the crease and had to hurry back, the throw was wide

20.5

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward and clips it to midwicket

20.6

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run, stays back and knocks it down the track

End of over 21 (3 runs) India 136/2 (194 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 6.47, RRR: 6.68)
RG Sharma    0* (4b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-20-0
V Kohli    76* (73b 9x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-11-1

21.1

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, clipped down to square leg and he tells his partner to stay back

21.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, this one kicks up and Kohli stabs at it uppishly towards short cover

21.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, no run, gets forward and it's a leading edge to the off side

21.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it to long-on

21.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, FOUR, full and wide and he drives forcefully past extra cover, this outfield has gotten quicker, Riaz had no chance

21.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, FOUR, clever shot! This time Kohli reaches forward, opens the face of the bat and angles it to the big gap at third man, Jamshed had no chance

End of over 22 (10 runs) India 146/2 (184 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 6.63, RRR: 6.57)
V Kohli    85* (77b 11x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-21-1
RG Sharma    1* (6b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-20-0

22.1

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, 1 run, goes back and cuts it to the off side

22.2

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 2 runs, comes forward and drives uppishly past point, cries of 'catch it' from Akmal

22.3

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, driven on the up again but well wide of point

22.4

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, 1 run, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives to long-off

22.5

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and he works it down to square leg

22.6

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, 1 run, punches it down to long-on for a single

Saurabh: "Situation cannot be more ideal for Sharma to come in! Enough runs to prove himself..just need to keep his head high.."

End of over 23 (7 runs) India 153/2 (177 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 6.65, RRR: 6.55)
RG Sharma    4* (9b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-27-0
V Kohli    89* (80b 11x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-21-1

23.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, no run, gets well forward and defends with soft hands

23.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, 1 run, clips it behind square for a single

23.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, stays back and punches it down to long-on

23.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, 1 run, works it with the turn to long-on again

23.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, flatter delivery and he drives him down to long-off

23.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, no run, bowls it nice and tight and he defends back to the bowler

End of over 24 (4 runs) India 157/2 (173 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 6.54, RRR: 6.65)
RG Sharma    6* (13b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-19-1
V Kohli    91* (82b 11x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-27-0

24.1

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, stays back and mistimes the punch to the off side

24.2

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, makes room and punches it with the angle down to long-on

24.3

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run, forces a low full toss straight to short extra cover

24.4

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, 1 run, goes back at the crease and works it to the on side

24.5

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, tries to squeeze this past short third man but the fielder comes across quickly and stops it

24.6

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 2 runs, bowls the quicker one down the leg side and he clips it down to fine leg, Asad Shafiq fields

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 161/2 (169 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 6.44, RRR: 6.76)
V Kohli    94* (86b 11x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-31-0
RG Sharma    7* (15b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-19-1

25.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, no run, goes back at the crease and knocks it back to the bowler

25.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, 1 run, opens the face to try and run it to the off side

25.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run, checks his shot and softly pushes it back to the bowler

25.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward and takes a single to long-off

25.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, 1 run, worked away easily down to long-on

25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run, he bowls it flatter and quicker and he manages to get some bat behind it

End of over 26 (3 runs) India 164/2 (166 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 6.30, RRR: 6.91)
V Kohli    95* (89b 11x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-22-1
RG Sharma    9* (18b)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-31-0

26.1

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run, bowls it flat and he defends to midwicket

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run, works it towards midwicket again

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, FOUR, good shot! Afridi drops it short and Rohit rocks back and slaps it over midwicket, got a lot of distance on that

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, 1 run, follows that up with a single to long-on

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, comes well forward and drives him to long-off

End of over 27 (6 runs) India 170/2 (160 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.29, RRR: 6.95)
V Kohli    96* (90b 11x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-37-0
RG Sharma    14* (23b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-22-1

27.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, waits for it to spin back in and punches it to the off side

27.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, 1 run, stays back and clips it down towards midwicket

27.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, stays back and punches it down to long-on

27.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, no run, gets forward and stabs it down to cover

27.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, 1 run, comes well forward and drives him to long-off

27.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run, clips it down to square leg and can't beat the fielder

End of over 28 (4 runs) India 174/2 (156 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 6.21, RRR: 7.09)
V Kohli    98* (93b 11x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-26-1
RG Sharma    16* (26b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-37-0

28.1

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run, turn and bounce and it beats him as he tries to cut

28.2

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, FOUR, excellent placement there! Flatter delivery, he cuts and keeps it down and squeezes it past the gap between point and short third man

28.3

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it down to long-on

28.4

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run

28.5

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward and works it down to long-on

28.6

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run, clips it straight to midwicket

End of over 29 (6 runs) India 180/2 (150 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 7.14)
RG Sharma    21* (30b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-43-0
V Kohli    99* (95b 11x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-26-1

Kohli on 99

29.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run, stays back and punches it back to the bowler

29.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, a Kohli 100 is a habit these days, he pushes a single to long-on, punches the air, removes his helmet, no smiles this time, he has the 'stay out of my way' look, well played Virat

29.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, no run

29.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, 2 runs, pushes it wide of sweeper cover for a couple

29.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, no run

29.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, FOUR, bowls it flatter and he rocks back and bashes this past the covers, the sweeper had no chance

Watching Kohli celebrate a century is sometimes more watchable than the century itself.

John: "This innings from Kohli is all the more impressive due to the fact that he's most likely slightly concussed from that blow he took in the field."

End of over 30 (7 runs) India 187/2 (143 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.23, RRR: 7.15)
RG Sharma    27* (34b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-33-1
V Kohli    100* (97b 11x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-43-0

30.1

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, 1 run, fullish on the pads and he clips him down to deep square leg

30.2

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, 1 run, angles it across the right-hander but he has the width to open the face and steer it to third man

30.3

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, no run, stays beside the line and punches it down to cover

30.4

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, 1 run, the angle in to the right-hander makes it easy for him to clip it wide of square leg for a single

30.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, 2 runs, bowls the closer ball and Rohit comes forward and chips it over wide mid-off, the fielder gives chase

30.6

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, 2 runs, gets forward and steers it wide of backward point and he takes the first run quickly

Jawad, from Pakistan: "Historically speaking, now that Sachin didn't get a 100, Pakistan has a lesser chance of winning this match."

End of over 31 (7 runs) India 194/2 (136 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 7.15)
RG Sharma    32* (37b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    5-0-37-0
V Kohli    102* (100b 11x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-33-1

31.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run

31.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, 1 run

31.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run

31.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run

31.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, no run

31.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, 1 run

End of over 32 (4 runs) India 198/2 (132 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.18, RRR: 7.33)
RG Sharma    34* (40b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-37-1
V Kohli    104* (103b 11x4)      Aizaz Cheema    5-0-37-0

32.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, 1 run

32.2

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, no run

32.3

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, 1 run

32.4

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, 2 runs

32.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, no run

32.6

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, no run

End of over 33 (4 runs) India 202/2 (128 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.12, RRR: 7.52)
RG Sharma    37* (44b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    6-0-41-0
V Kohli    105* (105b 11x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-37-1

We apologise for the loss of commentary due to connection issues

33.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 2 runs, tucked with the spin wide of deep backward square and they will get back for the second

33.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, played down towards long on

33.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, no run, off the pads and rolls to short fine

33.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, 1 run, fired in on to the pads really quick and nudged behind square

33.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli with the pull, as he backs away outside leg to the shortish one, deep midwicket fields

33.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sharma, no run, reaches well forward and tries to work with the spin to long on, but the bowler gets in the way

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 207/2 (123 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.08, RRR: 7.68)
RG Sharma    38* (47b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-42-1
V Kohli    109* (108b 11x4)      Aizaz Cheema    6-0-41-0

34.1

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, 1 run, Cheema bowls short of a length once more tonight, and a pull, not timed as well, goes to long on

34.2

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, no run, now he pitches it up, Rohit motions forward in his languid style and eases it to extra cover

34.3

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, no run, it was wide, but it also came in from a length, and Rohit ended up having a drive well outside the line

34.4

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, no run, pegs him back with the shortish one coming in to him, defended

Mukul: "Looking at this Indian Team now it seems like they are more than happy giving away something around 275-300 runs with this bowling attack and back themselves to chase down this target with this batting line-up...unusual but effective..." You make do with what you have

34.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, SIX, that has disappeared, Rohit has had a huge go at this very short ball, he has swivelled and middled the pull, gone over deep square

34.6

Aizaz Cheema to Sharma, 1 run, they persist with the short length, that has been the undoing of the Pakistan fast bowlers, a simple work to deep square is Rohi's answer

End of over 35 (8 runs) India 215/2 (115 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.14, RRR: 7.66)
RG Sharma    45* (52b 3x4 1x6)      Aizaz Cheema    7-0-49-0
V Kohli    110* (109b 11x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-42-1

Asking rate above seven and a half, batting Powerplay is there

Ajmal, around the stumps

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, no run, leading edge and the doosra rolls away on the off side

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, 1 run, off break sliding down leg, nudged wide of short fine, who scrambles with a slide to keep them to one

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, FOUR, outside edge, would have been a dolly for slip, instead Virat has a four, doosra, they have not read it all that much, pitching middle and carrying across, Virat pushes inside the line

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, punched away to covers

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, FOUR, he goes for the cut, it is in the air, but in the gap, well past short third man, boundary needed, Virat is the man

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, into the pads, worked behind square, Virat keeps the strike, India hold the edge

End of over 36 (10 runs) India 225/2 (105 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 7.50)
V Kohli    119* (113b 13x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-31-1
RG Sharma    46* (54b 3x4 1x6)      Aizaz Cheema    7-0-49-0

Pakistan have to go for it now, here is Gul

36.1

Umar Gul to Kohli, 2 runs, Gul starts short of a length too, a work by Virat, timed superbly through midwicket, milked for two more

36.2

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, pitched up, he comes forward, finds Younis at mid off with a push

joe: "I don't understand why the Indians are having so much trouble reading Ajmal. They must have played more spin bowling than anyone else in the world." they have not played him that much, he disguises the doosra very well

36.3

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, ooh, Virat could have lobbed his bat onto the stumps, he tried to force this full one away, ended up losing the bat in his followthrough, he looked behind to see it had missed the stumps, just about

36.4

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run

36.5

Umar Gul to Sharma, 1 run, hint of straightening from back of a length, he opens the face, easy single to third man

36.6

Umar Gul to Kohli, FOUR, smack! Virat Kohli continues to score boundaries at will, Gul pitches it up, Virat winds up and lofts it as straight as possible, right into the sightscreen

End of over 37 (8 runs) India 233/2 (97 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.29, RRR: 7.46)
V Kohli    126* (118b 14x4)      Umar Gul    5-0-26-0
RG Sharma    47* (55b 3x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-31-1

They have a slip now for Ajmal, is it too late?

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, no run, leading edge, in the air, down the track, falls short of the bowler

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, no run, punched to midwicket

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, 1 run, bounce, lots of it, Rohit plays from the crease and works wide of midwicket

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, whipped with the spin to deep midwicket

blake: "Why are slips so rare in ODI's? So often they would be 4 runs saved AND a wicket!"

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, 1 run, plays late, pushes on the off side, earns a single

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, playing very late, hanging beside the line, guided through point

End of over 38 (4 runs) India 237/2 (93 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.23, RRR: 7.75)
V Kohli    128* (120b 14x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-35-1
RG Sharma    49* (59b 3x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    5-0-26-0

38.1

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run, pulled down to long on

38.2

Umar Gul to Sharma, no run, a nudge goes straight to midwicket, Rohit will have to wait for his 50

38.3

Umar Gul to Sharma, no run, coming in from a good length, Rohit works it away, finds midwicket once again

38.4

Umar Gul to Sharma, 1 run, fifty for Rohit, he needed this one, a calm push with an open face towards cover brings him the single, he looks up to the sky

38.5

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run, hit down to log on

The rate has gone above eight now

38.6

Umar Gul to Sharma, 1 run, extra cover is on the edge of the circle, Rohit drives off the front foot, the single is on, throw misses at the non-strikers

End of over 39 (4 runs) India 241/2 (89 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.17, RRR: 8.09)
RG Sharma    51* (63b 3x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    6-0-30-0
V Kohli    130* (122b 14x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-35-1

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, no run, tossed up on leg stump, nudged to midwicket, Virat has to get back

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, FOUR, Rohit goes inside-out, that is one of his strong areas, extra cover, opens the face to a fullsh one and goes through with the loft

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, no run, another nudge to midwicket

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, 1 leg bye, off the pads fine down the leg side

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, tight over despite the boundary so far, a forcing punch finds the bowler

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, a work with the spin to deep square leg, good over from Ajmal

End of over 40 (6 runs) India 247/2 (83 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.17, RRR: 8.30)
V Kohli    131* (124b 14x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-40-1
RG Sharma    55* (67b 4x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    6-0-30-0

Sam: "Though India is going well, i still want to see Yusuf to bat! its been so boring match so far." Boring?

40.1

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, goes back and punches it to mid-off

40.2

Umar Gul to Kohli, 3 runs, full toss and he whips it away down to deep midwicket, Jamshed boots it away

40.3

Umar Gul to Sharma, 1 run, he bangs it in short and Kohli pulls and it's in the air and one bounce to Cheema at fine leg

40.4

Umar Gul to Kohli, FOUR, swatted away! It was on a good length and straight, Kohli thumps it down the ground wide of mid-off, that will ease the pressure

40.5

Umar Gul to Kohli, SIX, add six more! Effortless shot, pitched up and Kohli stays at the crease, maintains his balance and scoops it over wide long-off

40.6

Umar Gul to Kohli, 2 runs, clips it down to midwicket for a couple, good running

Kohli's gone past his previous highest of 134

End of over 41 (16 runs) India 263/2 (67 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.41, RRR: 7.44)
V Kohli    146* (129b 15x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    7-0-46-0
RG Sharma    56* (68b 4x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-40-1

41.1

Wahab Riaz to Sharma, 1 run, gets a int of reverse swing, leans forward and pushes it towards point

41.2

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, no run, good yorker swinging away from the right-hander, he tries to dig it out but misses

41.3

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, FOUR, He's played some amazing shots today but this is his best! I'll tell you why... It was a yorker on the off stump and he picked that and placed it to the deep midwicket boundary with a flick of the wrists, not the easiest shot to play, underlines his class, that's his 150 too

41.4

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, FOUR, almost repeats that! This was straighter and he used his wrists well again and flicked it behind square on the on side

41.5

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, FOUR, goes the other way this time! Full and wide outside the off stump and he drives that quite effortlessly past the covers

41.6

Wahab Riaz to Kohli, no run, holds the length back and he reaches out and tries to dab it way but misses

End of over 42 (13 runs) India 276/2 (54 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.57, RRR: 6.75)
V Kohli    158* (134b 18x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    4-0-50-0
RG Sharma    57* (69b 4x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    7-0-46-0

42.1

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run

42.2

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, 1 run, reaches out to drive and gets a single to long-on

42.3

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run

42.4

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, FOUR, he stands outside leg to give himself width, he slashes it and times the drive well and bisects cover point and short third man

42.5

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run, drifts it in and he clips it towards midwicket

42.6

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, 1 run, places it down to deep backward point for a single

End of over 43 (7 runs) India 283/2 (47 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.58, RRR: 6.71)
RG Sharma    63* (74b 5x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-50-0
V Kohli    159* (135b 18x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    4-0-50-0

43.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, 1 run, gets on his knee and sweeps him down to deep square

43.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, FOUR, this is finishing fast! Ajmal drops it short and wide and Rohit rocks back and cuts behind point, races to third man

43.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, comes forward and drives on the up down to long-off

43.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, no run, tries to dab it fine but he's nearly beaten

43.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sharma, 1 run, gets forward and drives firmly to long-off

43.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 2 runs, punches it to sweeper cover and they manage to sneak in a second run

End of over 44 (9 runs) India 292/2 (38 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 6.33)
V Kohli    166* (138b 19x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-49-1
RG Sharma    65* (77b 5x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-50-0

44.1

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, 2 runs, gets forward and chips it over the infield and down to long-off

44.2

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run, clips his pads and there's a stifled appeal

44.3

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, 1 run

44.4

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, FOUR, full marks for placement again! He rocks back and bags it past extra cover and places it wide of sweeper cover, unstoppable...

44.5

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, full on middle and leg and he works it to deep midwicket

44.6

Shahid Afridi to Sharma, no run

Abhiram: "Whatever Virat Kohli is eating these days, he should share it with the Indian bowlers."

End of over 45 (8 runs) India 300/2 (30 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 6.00)
RG Sharma    68* (81b 5x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-58-0
V Kohli    171* (140b 20x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-49-1

Now it;s a matter of how soon Kohli and Rohit can finish this

45.1

Umar Gul to Kohli, FOUR, full tosses will help, like this one, on the pads and whipped away wide of midwicket, there were barely any green shirts cited in that area

45.2

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, stays back and clips it uppishly towards midwicket

45.3

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run, drifts on the body and he clips it behind square down to deep square leg

45.4

Umar Gul to Sharma, no run, bowls it straight at the stumps and he pushes it back to the bowler

45.5

Umar Gul to Sharma, OUT, a little late in the day for Pakistan, Rohit tries to biff a length ball over the infield on the on side but gets a top edge that swirls just behind midwicket, Afridi pedals backwards and catches it

RG Sharma c Shahid Afridi b Umar Gul 68 (109m 83b 5x4 1x6) SR: 81.92

No celebrations from Afridi, like when he normally picks up a wicket. When you look at the batting to come, you wish you had scored 370 instead

45.6

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 wide, short down the leg side and he tries to pull, misses it and wide called

45.6

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run, forces a full ball down to long-on

Should have mentioned at the 40th over that Pakistan are through to the final. They didn't concede a bonus point

End of over 46 (7 runs) India 307/3 (23 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.67, RRR: 5.75)
V Kohli    177* (144b 21x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    8-0-53-1
SK Raina    0* (0b)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-58-0

46.1

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, FOUR, the full toss bug continues! Down the leg side and he just eases it away wide of short fine leg

46.2

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, 1 run, drifts on the pads again and he whips it uppishly down to fine leg

46.3

Aizaz Cheema to Raina, 1 run, fetches a short delivery from wide outside off and slaps it down to square leg and sets off quickly

46.4

Aizaz Cheema to Kohli, 1 run, full on the pads and worked down to long-on

Kohli has equaled Dhoni's highest

46.5

Aizaz Cheema to Raina, no run, fullish on the off stump and forced back to the bowler

46.6

Aizaz Cheema to Raina, FOUR, Raina into the act, fetches a short delivery from the off stump and thumps it over midwicket, in the air but totally safe

End of over 47 (11 runs) India 318/3 (12 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.76, RRR: 4.00)
SK Raina    5* (3b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    8-0-60-0
V Kohli    183* (147b 22x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    8-0-53-1

47.1

Umar Gul to Kohli, OUT, a top edge ends Kohli's special knock! Like Rohit he tries to launch a length ball over the on side and gets a top edge that swirls to point, easily taken, he walks back to the applause, equals the highest score by an Indian batsman in a chase

V Kohli c Mohammad Hafeez b Umar Gul 183 (211m 148b 22x4 1x6) SR: 123.64

Dhoni made an unbeaten 183 against Sri Lanka in Jaipur in 2005

47.2

Umar Gul to Raina, 1 wide, drifts down the leg side and wide called

47.2

Umar Gul to Raina, no run, this one kicks up outside the off stump and he nearly edges it to the keeper

47.3

Umar Gul to Raina, SIX, went rows back! Picks a length ball on off and middle and whips it high in the air over deep square leg for a massive one

47.4

Umar Gul to Raina, 1 run, clips it to the on side for a single and that puts Dhoni on strike

Field comes up

47.5

Umar Gul to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni has the final honours! Short of a length outside the off stump, he hops at the crease and thumps it past cover point

It's presentation time:

Misbah: "Excellent innings by Kohli. Credit goes to their batsmen, it's easy out there under lights, 329 is still a good score. The best innings (Kohli) I have ever seen."

Dhoni: "They batted brilliantly, we used 8 bowlers. Sachin and Virat batted brilliantly, Rohit can be a good finisher. Kohli was brilliant. Once you cross 300 it's difficult irrespective of how flat the pitch is, we did it in Hobart. We've got the talent in the bowling departmet also. It's about how you handle pressure, they will learn from games like these."

Kohli picks up his award from Akshay Kumar: "I still can't believe what happened out there honestly. I'm really satisfied. We were waiting for these 3-4 overs of 15-20 runs. I'm a fan of Rohit Sharma, love watching him bat. I would rate this knock and Hobart equally. To be able to chase 330 against this bowling is satisfying."

So here's the equation. Pakistan are through to the final. India are on eight points but not there yet. They will wait on the result of the next game. A win for Bangladesh, with or without a bonus point, means that they are through, so India get knocked out. Therefore, Bangladesh need nothing less than a win. Sri Lanka are out so they will play for pride.

That sums it up. India will be watching the next game intently. Pakistan should pick a specialist keeper for the finals. And the team winning the toss, field first!

Thanks for your company and the mails. Cheers everyone!

End of match: This is India's highest chase in ODIs, beating their Natwest final heroics in 2002. No shirt-waving this time from the dressing-room! But I'm sure there must be plenty of it hapenning elsewhere.

Like a feedbacker said, this is like India's chase against Pakistan in 1998, where they chased down 317 odd. That was at the Bangabandhu Stadium, also in Dhaka.

You might not want to stand in Kohli's way right now because he's punching the air, with stump in hand. He never tires, apparently. Gavaskar said that we were witnessing the future, with Kohli and Rohit at the crease.

Interesting tweet here: "@Vivek_Chandra: Ganguly:183 in 1999. Captain:2000 * Dhoni:183 in 2005. Captain: 2007 * Kohli:183 in 2012. Captain: Very Soon?"

Tournament Results
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka - Mar 22, 2012
Pakistan won by 2 runs
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 20, 2012
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining) (D/L method)
India v Pakistan at Dhaka - Mar 18, 2012
India won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v India at Dhaka - Mar 16, 2012
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 15, 2012
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 61 balls remaining)
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Photos

Mar 18, 2012

Virat Kohli reacts to reaching 150 for the first time, India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 18, 2012

Virat Kohli reacts to reaching 150 for the first time

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Mar 18, 2012

Rohit Sharma turns one off his hips, India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 18, 2012

Rohit Sharma turns one off his hips

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