India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur

Afridi sixes seal final-over victory

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

March 2, 2014

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Agarkar: 240 not a good enough total

Pakistan 249 for 9 (Hafeez 75, Shehzad 42, Afridi 34*, Ashwin 3-44) beat India 245 for 8 (Rayudu 58, Rohit 56, Jadeja 52*, Ajmal 3-40) by one wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammad Hafeez gestures after his half-century, India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 2, 2014
Mohammad Hafeez put together a period of risk-free accumulation for Pakistan © AFP

No other cricketer in his generation blends genius so liberally with lunacy as Shahid Afridi, and though there were glimpses of both in Mirpur, Afridi sent Pakistan's fans into raptures and endeared himself to them again, as only he can, with two mighty blows during an incredibly tense final over. The India-Pakistan clash was given a finish deserving of its profile, as Pakistan ran India's 245 down with two balls and one wicket remaining. Unless a major upset occurs over the next few days, Pakistan will most likely play Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup.

Mohammad Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood had massaged the chase to a manageable position in an 87-run fifth wicket stand, but they departed in quick succession and left their team's fate in Afridi's comically mercurial hands. Having run Maqsood out and played one of his no-look slogs second ball, Afridi proceeded to bat intelligently with Umar Gul - the pair struck calculated blows to reel in the target. With 11 required off the last 10 balls, and four wickets still in hand, Pakistan appeared to be cruising home. Then, three wickets fell in five balls.

It was down to nine off four when Afridi took strike in the final over. R Ashwin had bowled beautifully throughout the innings, but he was no match for the Afridi whirlwind at the end. The batsman backed away and walloped one over extra cover to give voice to the Pakistan fans in the stadium, before, with only three needed off three, he sought to hammer Ashwin out of the ground again. This time he went over long-on, and though he seemed to have miscued it, sending the ball high into the night, it too sailed over the rope, gaining the few extra yards seemingly through nothing but Afridi's force of will.

Earlier, Pakistan had been 113 for 4 in pursuit of 246, when Hafeez arrested the slide with a period of risk-free accumulation. Pakistan's run rate had been excellent in the opening overs, which gave Hafeez room to breathe, as did the opposition's expenditure of energy on dismissing an out-of-sorts Maqsood at the other end. Unsteadily Maqsood survived, with the aid of Hafeez' advice, before he too began to exert some control on the innings. The pair were watchful against spin, but made headway in the overs from the quicks.

Hafeez made his 19th ODI fifty during their stand, which did not gather pace until the dew both captains had dreaded at the toss began to materialise, at around the 40th over. That urgency brought wickets however. Hafeez top-edged a sweep off Ashwin to deep square leg, before Maqsood set out for a tight single and was sent back too late by Afridi, with 44 still required off 36. Afridi then took control, with help from Umar Gul, who made a run-a-ball12.

When Pakistan bowled, Saeed Ajmal had gone wicketless in his first eight overs, but that was largely because India had resorted to reticence as they collectively failed to decipher his doosra. As he sent down tight, menacing overs, Ajmal's team-mates reaped the rewards of his control. Debutant Mohammad Talha's two wickets came as he bowled in tandem with Ajmal, while Hafeez claimed Dinesh Karthik's scalp in the 37th over as Ajmal operated at the other end. Ajmal would eventually have scalps to show for his mastery. He dismissed Ambati Rayudu in the 47th over, before striking twice in the 49th, when he conceded only one run.

Rohit Sharma's 56 had given India's innings the early impetus, before Ambati Rayudu gathered 58 through the middle overs, and Ravindra Jadeja struck an unbeaten 52 off 49 balls at the close.

On a benign surface that provided no lateral movement for the seamers, Rohit was particularly severe on errant lengths. A short-of-a-length Junaid Khan delivery was whipped over the deep midwicket rope in the seventh over, before the next ball was clipped to the fine leg fence. When Misbah-ul-Haq kept Junaid on for another over, Rohit welcomed him with a lofted off-drive, before coming down the track to repeat the dose three balls later.

Dhawan and Kohli's dismissals did not cow him, but when Ajmal and Talha dried up the runs in tandem, his mistake came. He mis-hit a pull off Talha, and Hafeez took a good running catch over his shoulder to hand the seamer his first ODI scalp. Ajinkya Rahane also succumbed to Talha soon after, leaving India at 103 for 4, before Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik put on a measured 52 together.

Jadeja worked the field superbly in his late charge, and twice he cleared the front leg and sent Ajmal and Umar Gul over the cow-corner boundary. That would be his most fruitful area, but though Rayudu and Ashwin contributed useful boundaries, Jadeja lacked sustained support.

There were costly misses for India in Pakistan's innings. Karthik failed to stump Sohaib Maqsood after Ashwin had set him up so beautifully on 21, and a run-out chance was missed a few overs later. But perhaps those errors simply evened out the reprieves they themselves had enjoyed. Jadeja should have been out lbw to Hafeez on 7 but was not given out, and he was dropped by Hafeez for 12 soon after. Jadeja's next 40 runs would come off 24 balls, propelling India towards a competitive, but ultimately insufficient, total.

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Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

afridi is simply superb with his batting want to see solid punch in final man

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

The power Of PATHAN can pick any ball for long six

Posted by supstalker on (March 6, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

yaa that was a good show from pakistan but i think they panicked in their chase as they always favorites to win that match. India is lucky to even reach the total of 245 as umpires helped them to be there. Pakistan should have been won that match before 50th over. However afridi again become hero by hitting 2 sixes in the last over. He is still very good allrounder from pakistan and all the cry to get him out of the side is unnecessary.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

Pakistan showed that she is better than BIG 3

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

Mr LION WITH A ROAR - Chill Out!! You don't have the batting talent in the form of Afridi, you had an expert Mr Jayasuriya who is no more... So lets not start challenging each other. Let's wait for the day and please ask your SL bros and sis' to pray that its not an Arfidi day again, Otherwise its gonna be terrible sight for Sri Lankan fans. Which i am sure it will be.. GOOD LUCK!!

Posted by LIONS_ROARR on (March 5, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

YES!!! HURRAY!! I'm soo happy that Ban lost! They have lost ALL of their matches in 2014 and deservedly so. BTW, Pak please don't kid yourself, we all know that you won because of the very poor and talentless Ban bowling attack and not because of ur batting skills. SL win the Asia Cup for the 5th time! GO LIONS!!

Posted by InSINuATE on (March 5, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan and Bangladesh! I have to say that I was really impressed with Bangladesh's performance...I honestly thought you had us beat in the game. I think Bangladesh has so much potential in this team. I hope they keep this up and they will beat the BIG 3 easily. As for Afridi, what can I say...WOW.

I can't wait to see the game against SL in the final. SL is my second favourite team...another great bunch of players. Good luck to SL and Pakistan in the final. Pakistani fan

Posted by jaguar7777 on (March 5, 2014, 2:40 GMT)

well fielding lapses are part and parcel of the game. time and again captains asked a spinner to bowl the last over of an odi with disastrous consequences. and i suppose will never learn from their mistakes.dhoni also made jadeja bowl the last over and shoib malik blasted 13 runs to win.unwritten rule, never ever ask a spinner to bowl the last over,no matter who you are or what the match situation is.saqlain bowling at his peak bowled a disastrous last over against india while they were chasing a 300+total. there are umpteenth examples of a spinner failing to deliver a match winning last over.i hope india does not repeat this mistake again.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 22:31 GMT)

It was a tense, exciting punch per punch gladiator stuff and in the end Pakistan with Afridi came up with the knock out blow against India. So why don't we have more of the thrills and spills between India and Pakistan? Well the Indians always cite political tensions. In reality, the Indians see it as war - if they were to lose to Pakistan then as a nation they'd be losing war. You don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to work this out. In fact Wasim Akram coaches Indians, Indian music industry uses tons of Pakistani songs ( the Indians are not aware).Moreover, the Indians are always busy recruiting our established artists, such as, Rahat, Fateh Ali, Ataf, and Bagga etc. If the embargo on Pakistan cricket was truly due to political tensions, then the Indians would not be so selective - they would be barring our cricket coaches, artists, musicians, writers and use of our songs etc. There - I rest my case. This is sinister and by design - about time we learnt not to bother with India.

Posted by faizullahshah on (March 4, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

despite so many hurdles for pakisatan e.g terrorism and now monopolist big3 obviously against pakistan, we perform very well as compare to india. and if you look at india they are loins at their home ground, and you said that the people of the world dont like to visit pakistan that is right, but now see the out come here that pakistan beat the people ate their home grounds. if this was the situation with india what would be the position.......

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

East or West "LALA" is the best ....

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 4, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

That was a wonderful innings from Afridi.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

Is this the record for most comments in a cricinfo article?

Posted by Tetrapole on (March 4, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

Love u lala! May God bless u more success.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 4, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

Excellent batting by Boom Boom Afridi. Indian selectors missed a trick by not selecting Yusuf Pathan in the Indian squad. He is India's equivalent of Boom Boom Afridi. Yusuf is a very good player of spin and quite adept at clearing smaller boundaries used in Bangladesh. He is currently in good form and is a decent off spinner. Yuvi is another player like Afridi, but he is currently out of form. It's time to drop Ashwin from the Indian team. He has been sorted out by the international teams. If Yusuf was playing instead of Ashwin, India would have won this match.

Posted by Mr_ICC on (March 4, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

To be honest it was anybody's game. Indians could have sealed the deal if Karthik would have got the stumping and a few catches that they dropped. On the other Pak team made a mockery of the chase... How on earth from 70 for 0 they went down like losing 9 wickets. Both the matches India lost were won or lost in the final. Overall both the teams has pro and cons but as an American I look forward to see Dhoni play ASAP. Love Team India from Venezuela

Posted by sichu_emerald on (March 4, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

I had always loved a PAK win regardless of whoever the opponent is, be it ENG, AUS, SA or even SL....but except that of IND, back from Sharjah cup to the recent INDO-PAK, the biggest rivalry, second to none (Ashes may be the next big touney, if ever the rivalry is concerned), i truly enjoyed these games and had grutty face whenever IND loses to PAK. To the contrary, I have loved this win over IND by PAK, merely because of the ever sweet BOOM-BOOM...Afridi...the man with steel nerves, all-time smiling face, you have not only won fans of your own countrymen, but many around the world, including an ever hardcore die-hard INDIAN fan...which is me (May be many more Indians like me...:-)P

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Although I knew Pakistan will win the match right from the start, but somehow they managed to stay in the hunt but for Dinesh Karthik missing an easy stumping chance off Afridi we should have walked away home. In the last game also Dhawan missed a sitter in the very last over. Nevertheless yet another nail-biter & I am proud of our boys it's nothing shame in fighting till the end & losing rather than losing without a fight as it happened in the recently concluded series against Proteus & most Odi against lesser ranked Kiwis & that too under the captaincy of MSD.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

Solid_Snake.Atleast we are winning more silverware. When a certain high is achieved the falls can be dramatic. You guys won the WC in 92 and then a T20WC agter what 15 years. And what else? Rankings? So when you have fared far worse than India on what basis do you claim to be a better Team? Your Board is in shambles. The officials are changed faster than your squad. There is no international cricket played in your country. Other Teams do not want to visit. Why dont you channel your constructive criticism towards making things better for Pakistan cricket?

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

karachidude. Thanks for the statistic. My point is still valid. Now also compare what India has achieved post 2000 in terms of Silverware and Rankings and what Pakistan has achieved. Your win is just that, a win. We hold our Team to higher standard of performance. If India were to beat South Africa in a Test match, we will not say something silly like India is a better Test Team than South Africa.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

Cricketguru365. I was being absurd to counter another absurd comment. Btw which match in particular did you think India was below par. And what do you consider as par?

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

Solid_Snake. Nobody is foolish enough to compare B.Kumar to the great legened Wasim Akram. Sure we had a lot of faith in Irfan Pathan who used to bowl fast and swing the ball both ways early in his career. He was a talent. Unfortunately injuries struck and he has not been able to revert back to his old form but he still has won us a lot of games. His talent was undeniable. Please feel free to critique Indias performance but please dont make up stuff to suit your argument.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

Solid_Snake. You say India got thrashed but you winning off the last ball is not called a thrashing. You claim to have the best attack in the World so we feel no shame in being restricted to 245 but with out weak bowling attack we almost restricted you. We competed extremely well in South Africa and New Zealand. There is no evidence whatsoever to call the defeats a thrashing. And as a Pakistani the last thing you can lecture anybody is consistency.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (March 4, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

@Solid_Snake: I can see you everywhere... Pak played better, they won and no one is taking credit away from just chill! India on the contrary is terribly out of the form at the moment and needs to relook in to it. But the kind of celebrations you people are showing through your comments here just goes on to prove that you people are too happy with one single win against India in a league match of some random Asia Cup...

Posted by Gopakumarktda on (March 4, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

Post Asia Cup Indian Cricket Board and its selection has to take some bold decision to enable Indian team to defend World Cup. Firstly coaching. Present coach has not yet shown any impact. And what a specialist bowling coach is doing? Our death end bowlers does not know how to bowl a yorker or a slow ball bouncer in death overs. So identifying bowlers who have these qualities, train them and sustain them for a long period to be battle hardened for the World cup. Find a fine pacer alrounder. Stick with Jadeja as he is becoming an able spin-alrounder. Team need two hard hitting batsmen in middle order for scrap Rohit Sharma for one in middle order bat. Other should be Yuvaraj Singh or find a hard hitter of his calible. Find a opener to replace Rohit Sharma, it should be the classy Cheteshwar. So zeroing in for World cup IX : Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara,Rahane, Kohli, Rohit, Yuvraj, Dhoni,Jadeja, pacer alrounder, 2 pacers(hard trained Sharma/Yadav/Shami or others)+2

Posted by karthikrby on (March 4, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

WOW what a win pak. With out dhoni, with dew factor, you won by 1 wicket. What a great win in a tournament which is highly rated than world cup. LOL :)

Solid_snake.. Think you are india basher. Given the indian team is in a rebuilding phase, I would rate this team a far better side than any other side. See SL performing when Sanga/Mahela retires after WC. SA lost their test matches immediately after kallis retired. Afridi may have an year or two along with misbah. Aus with out johnson, a mediocre side.

Now! See india after 2 years. All our players should be well experienced and world beating. Building a team can't be done overnight. Be cool guys. We have still 1 year for WC.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 4, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

Lol..It's funny to read comments like India should have won,they played better...No one noticed how Pak bowlers restricted 'The Great Indian' Batting line up..Only Dhoni missing & people started calling it as an A team..So this was the best team of A team?

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 4, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

@Francis mel: I acknowledge team India's performance & all want them to perform..It feels disgusting when a Champ is trashed like that.A Champ should play like a champ..But instead India is playing like this:Win the WC,then keep on getting thrashed until next WC... Win the next WC,then continue on the same thrashing...It does not send great message to others..In this case i would say SA is better.They have not won any big tournament but at-least they are some what consistent

Posted by nagimsit on (March 4, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

What a nice victory of Pakistan. Match was very fine and intresting. Afridi again confirmed that he is the only player in the cricket history who can play without any pressure.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 4, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

@Francis mel: I know..Just after a match or two,People started comparing him with wasim Fans are something..Same thing was said for Irfan Pathan..

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

India could have / should have / would have..... Guys enough, result is PAKISTAN WON INDIA LOST. There will always be a next time so chill out and prepare for Afghanistan. MSD; he played dirty and went out at the last minutes not giving any chance for any other player to join the team. Kohli has to grow up and Afridi.. it was his day. What he does today, will be a totally different story.

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 4, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

@Lalz, I disagree with you regarding the Rohit's short selection. When you get settled in ODI's, you have to go on rampage and try to get the maximum score for the team. If his strokes were successful, nobody will even notice the short selection. Tendulkar used to take a lot of risks in ODI's and I loved him for that. Sehwag used to come down the wicket and smash the fast bowler over his head in the very first ball of the innings. Rayudu had to do what he did because the team was in a situation and you can't afford to lose anymore wickets. Both are good innings. Scoring 50 doesn't mean you have to get to 100 all the time. Rohit has got precious talent. But, as you indicated, he is a bit inconsistent. But, if I am the selector, I will give him more chances. I, definitely, won't bring Yuvi for Rahane. Rahane's fielding alone is enough to keep him in the team. He can also play well in overseas conditions.

Posted by Karthik78 on (March 4, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

Pakistan is over the moon after winning league ODI in Asia Cup, Imagine how India is defeating Pak continuously in all World Cup matches, that too in last semi final wc match against Pakistan. Pak fans are too much highlighting this compared to World Cup.

Posted by sahil123india on (March 4, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

indiai is out from asia cup, if BD beat pak and india beat afg with bonus point then india and Pak is on equal points of 9, and as per tournament rule pak will go in final bcoz pak beat india in leaque rules as mention below

In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.

Posted by Wazacricket on (March 4, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

RIGHTLY SAID SOLID _snake ...India got the worlds worst bowling attack and it was sheer luck they eon the World Cup with those half bowlers ...and the other thing which annoys people is that the come up with funny excuses like the boundary was small so he hit a six to the smallest boundary ...haha ha it's the same ground which u batted mr.kohli and I m sure India will bounce back in the ranking s by playing teams like Zimbabwe ,Afghanistan ,England and Kenya.. I mentioned England coz they are not good on low pitches... I wish India all the best to come up on cic ranking by winning all the minnows in their home soil

Posted by qadir49 on (March 4, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

After defeating the Indian Pakistan will win the Asia cup.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

Love you Boom Boom. India bleed blue. :p

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 4, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

The pitches in BD this year have been pathetic to say the least. Win the toss and win the match.

Congrats to India for taking it to the last over and almost pulling it off. If India were made to chase this type of target, they would have done it in 40 overs, just like they chased 300+ with ease, in the previous Asia cub.

Posted by CricketGuru365 on (March 4, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

@francis mel - I will be objective since you were not. Basically if I took team India performance offshore against any team in recent history it become clear where they stand it terms of competency. They don't have to lower their game they already below par by any standard.

Posted by GVCricketFan on (March 4, 2014, 1:32 GMT)

With the absence of MS senior players like Rohit, Kohli, Dhawan traveling with the team for more than a year should take responsibilty, out for a loose and unwanted shot, created pressure for the in experienced middle order, in do or die situation the coach or captain should think by positioning the batsmen, in azhar, kapil's capatancy somebody like chetan sharma / srinath will come at 3 or 4 to confuse the bowling attack it is not happ. Rohit is a hitter why he has not taken the responsibility to come at 5 and rahane can open the batting. In karthik's 70 matches he was played purely as a batsmen in 45 matches and kept wickets for only 25 matches, he is a good player at 3 or 4, he holds the record with sachin in the SA series where sachin scores 200, in the champions trophy he batted at 4, people like rohit, raina we will give 30 more matches to settle in the team, why not others, remove fletcher from coach and give Kohli a long run alteat in test level.

Posted by playboy142 on (March 4, 2014, 1:00 GMT)

The best two sixes in the history of cricket is hit by Shahid Afridi. I download the video of those two sixes and i am watching them five times a day. Proud to be a Pakistani.

Posted by Motorized on (March 4, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

Over a billion people and u can find just a few hand full of players wat a joke !!!!!!!!!

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (March 4, 2014, 0:06 GMT)

Look at the no: of comments 1150+ and still counting, this can happen only when indian team plays. TV ratings/ Stadiums/ Cricinfo comments/any website with news related to Indian team bring huge crowd. Love or hate cannot ignore INDIA.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (March 3, 2014, 23:57 GMT)

contnd.. After that india lost/drawn all away games and won all home series except ENG. So they lost the No: 1 status in test. ENG, SA, AUS and NZ have almost same kind of pitches so they do well in those countires, and when they travel to subcontinent they play really bad except some rare occasions.look at ENG, AUS, NZ record in IND, it is very pathetic and you guys still wants only INDIA to prove playing outside and no other countries need to play in sub-continent - double standards. World cricket is in a position where no team is highly superior to other team ala 2000's AUS team (won everywhere). from subcontinent teams, INDIA has the best record - SL has worst record (no series win) outside subcontinent in last 15 years.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (March 3, 2014, 23:46 GMT)

@Solid_Snake - this is what happens when whole cricketing community target only one nation - SA lost CT13, SL, ENG, IND, PAK (in SA) and won against PAK(UAE), IND, ENG, SL in SA. AUS lost to IND, ENG away and won ENG at home and CT13. SL never won a series outside SC and also lost a series with AUS and NZ at home and CT13 and WI tr-series. PAK won two away tours (SA, IND) and lost home to SA and won with SL and lost all games in CT13. NZ never won away recently except SL and lost even to BD, ENG lost all away tours recently and won home tours. India won CT13, SL, WI tri-series and most of the home series except with PAK. Each team is on same boat losing away and winning at home. No team is winning every series that why there is no much change in rankings from past 2 years. India came to No: 1 team in test by beating ENG, WI, NZ away and drawn series to AUS, SA, SL away and won or drawn all the home series till 2011 June...contd

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 3, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

I am baffled by the number of comments that are posted bashing one other in support of their respective teams! Arent we part of the sub-continent? All the four test playing nations' fans are at each other's throats when actually the players are alright with each other.

Common friends grow up! Each team is precious for their home fans, so please dont pass annoying comments. The best team at any given day will win! Lets be appreciative of that and dont forget that there are no invincibles in this game!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

why the both indian and pakistani fans just enjoy good denial kohli is one the best batsman in world..jadeja is good all rounder.talha bowled quick with some passion..ajmal is one of the bravest spinner..thats it..enjoy the beautiful game of cricket...enjoy afghans intensity. .enjoy bangladeshi desperation to cricket rather fighting on these forums or comment boxes. ....

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 23:10 GMT)

By the way just for the record, Indians are supposed to be victorious on South Asian pitches. But only Pakistan has the skill and tallent to defeat India in its favoring conditions. They had excuses of swing against Kiwis and dew factor against Srilanka, but there was no dew, no significant swing and it was small ground. Eveything favoring them to put a big total on board, but Indian Run machines choke in front of Pakistan's bowling attack. This match was no exception, remember the last year when Pakistan defeated India within India...Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni Kohli everyone was playing. So stop finding excuses except the fact that Indian batting machines choke in front of Pakistan's bowling attack.

Posted by karachidude23 on (March 3, 2014, 22:34 GMT)

@Francis Mel (about the 90's comment)

Pakistan and India have played 48 matches since Jan 2000, out of which Pakistan won 25, do the math. Pakistan was glorious in the 90's but still have had better results against your team since! I respect patriotism but lets not over do it.

Posted by CricketMakdi on (March 3, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

@Solid_Snake : Does not matter we are champs are home, flat track bullies etc. We are world champs until next world cup.

Believe it or not you need to accept it thats OFFICIAL!

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 3, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

This is hilarious, Pak wins the game in the last over while they should have won with ease but for 2 sixes !!!! Clearly this is like heads/tails.. could have gone eitherway if any mishit by Afridi. Happy for Pak they won, but why this un-necessary dig about India.. First Pak should clean up their own house and put to order. India has won so many games recently last 20 years, but not this much hoopla over a win, that too just a sub continent cup against a young team.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 21:21 GMT) speak as if pakistan bowlers would have let u to score those runs...if u were more patient...they would strangle you...if u were aggressive...they will annihilate u...the best bowling attack in the world is pakistan....the batting is improving...the day is not far off when pakistan will be the hardest team to beat !!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 21:13 GMT)

@francis...i find it absolutely amusing that u say that you have played extraordinarily well at home...lost to pakistan at home...barely won against australia...lost against south africa...lost against newzealand...lost the asia cup...having won only 1 out of ur last 13 matches that too against bangladesh....dont u feel that you need to be humble and quite...i mean really quite?

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Solid Snake. BTW Wasim Akram is called the Sultan of Swing and not Bhuveneshwar Kumar.

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (March 3, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Great win for Pakistan. As much I say this Indian team is mediocre, the countries like SL or Pak is no better either. SL struggled against India (which is arguably has less venomous bowlers even compared to Afganistan or BD). The same happened to Pak as well. Some blind hits from Afridi rescued them. This match does not conclude who was better. I guess I would say the team which did less mistakes won. It showed Indian team without MSD does not have enough teeth unless Kohli scores some brisk runs. The same thing goes with Pakistan. They could not chase a target against the worst bowling line ups among the test playing nations in this world even with the help of dew....

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

SolidSnake. You know what the problem is? The problem is we play such outrageously phenominal cricket at home thats fans such as yourself start expecting the same while playing abroad. Since its impossible to play at those levels in alien conditions guess we will have to downplay ourselves at homes. Maybe a level of mediocrity that other Asian teams are accustomed to will make some of our defeats abroad easy for you to bear. However its feels good that you have such expectations from the Indian Team. This means you acklownedge their extraordinary quality.

Posted by BIG3_Down on (March 3, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

@wc1992: what dhoni does is that he brings the part time bowler when the pressure in on the other team and gets their overs done. kohli has a lot to learn but he did well with the inexperience he has on captaincy. well its my opinion that dhoni should come back in the team as vice captain and kohli should learn alongside him. or at-least kohli as v.c with dhoni discussing every situation with him and telling his reasons behind every reason.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 3, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

Indian players are given such big titles when they perform "at home"..& when they go outside even to BD..Same players are called 'A Team'..Only Dhoni missing & fans started screaming.An excuse is always ready there..Whole team revolving around one man..Great team it really is..When play outside India & get thrashed..Just say "home team had advantage"..When play in home like conditions,say 'Dhoni was missing,there was dew'..Btw without Dhoni this is not even an A team.far below that standard.This team cannot even beat Kenya

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

SolidSnake. We in India are happy that we can invite any team we want at any time for the series and we know the invited team will be happy to tour. As a proud cricketing nation, we are happy we can say this!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 3, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

NP_NY: India A team lol.. Ashwin & Jadeja best spinner of the world... B.Kumar the sultan of swing.. Shammi Ahmed a legendary Pacer.. Rohit Sharma a run scoring machine.. Kohli a match winner... Dhawan a big find...

These players are given such titles when they perform "at home"..& when they go outside even to BD..Same players are called 'A Team'..Only Dhoni missing & fans started screaming.An excuse is always ready there..Whole team revolving around one man..Great team it really is..When play outside India & get thrashed..Just say "home team had advantage"..When play in home like conditions,say 'Dhoni was missing,there was dew'..Btw without Dhoni this is not even an A team.far below that standard.This team cannot even beat Afghanistan..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 3, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

@ sysubrceq0:England trashed Australia in Australia not long ago..Can India do it? Aus won from SA in SA & literally crushed the home team..Can India do it?England white washed India & then won the series in India again.. Similarly there are so many other examples like that..India is the only team to become champ while at home & suddenly become a minnow while outside home..Funny thing is that India cannot even beat NZ & their fans are busy giving examples of other countries.First have a look at your own team ..

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

woooohhh... what a game it. was. breathtaking i must say! This game has kicked out the hate of so many years inside me for afridi.Finally afridi has shown that he,s a player for big/pressure games. Love you forever now afridi.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

sasa19. Thats something that I grudgingly accept about SL. Even thought there maybe couple of super stars in the Team, the rest of the Team will chip in and scratch out a win. You guys always punch above your weight. You have a decent Team for the T20s with Mendis, Sennanayake and two allrounders in Perera and Mathews.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 3, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

Lol..Indian fans are still dreaming to see India in Final..It's over.. India should invite BD,Zimbabwe,Afghanistan to India for some boost in confidence..Score some more individual 200's & "Champs at home only" would be back on track :P

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

Greatest_Game. Indias talent and quality is undeniable. The total talent in this team has no comparison especially batting. Indias performances will keep improving and we will keep winning more. And I will take pleasure reminding you of it. Neither South Africa nor NZ doninated us in the Test matches. The matches were really really close because of Dhoni's stubborness to play with 3.5 bowlers.The ODI were different and we are still figuring out why we didnt click. But this Team bounces back strong and what better stage than the World T20?

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

Yarmouk. Agree. No way India outplayed Pakistan. They could have if they were a bit more patient. Kohli for example could have cut off risky shots. In his current form he had a 100 for the taking. Even Rohit for that matter. These two usually put a price on their wicket. Junaid was ordinary and Ajmal had been contained. We could have batted Pakistan out of the game.

Posted by sasa19 on (March 3, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

@iceman29: Thanks for your world cup predictions and analysis. yup in recent matches sanga came to his best form and he made a match winning per the fact that sri lanka only depends on the twin towers(Mahela and sanga) and dili, this was a same recording for over the years with different names. In 90 s everyone thought without aravinda and arjuna sri lanka will be minnows and in 2000 sands they said without murali and sana we cant win matches now the cap passed for sanga and mahela.seems to me against all those predictions sri lanka always find a better playes to steer through.I m Sure with time this will continue again and again.sri lanka have a great history with main cricket tournaments we came to 4 world cup finals and as a little sri lankans we all are proud about that.Good Luck sri lanka for up coming matches as well.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

SaadKianni. I didnt call the win a fluke. Pakistan won fair and square. Your team was better in the 90s and even we have won a few games in an unconvincing manner. You guys praise Afridi but he has let himself and his country down so often we have lost count.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Indian selectors need to think now this team can't win WC in Aus . They should have Yuvi , Bhajji and gambier in team

Posted by pradip1127 on (March 3, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

Congratulation to Pakistan. Better team won. and also credit to India. Nothing to defence for bolwers but India gave fight and loose.

Main culprit is Rohit. he should have play till the end. when you know middle order is very inexperience. second is karthik only style no performance.

And most important that Dhoni declare himself injured after team selection. If Dhoni declare himself injured before. then selectors may pick Yuvraj or Raina or BOTH. that was bad game plan. he doesn't want Virat to be success as a captain. Same thing Azaruddin did when Sachin was captain

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (March 3, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

@Greatest_game: In your terms, why SA did not won Test/ODI series in India in 2010 visit? Why SA did not won any ICC cup yet? Why AUS lost 8-0 in India and also the ODI's? NZ never won a Test series/ ODI series in India? ENG recently won Test series after 25 years in India. Everyone is tiger in their own den. SA recently found with ball tampering when trail the series by 0-1 and got away with minimal punishment.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (March 3, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

As an Indian fan, it was a heart-wrecking loss. But I am sure Pak fans also had their heart in their mouth in those last moments. In reality, Pakistan should have won this match comfortably after being 90 for 2 within first 15 overs. Somehow India came back (helped by familiar 'mini-collapse' by Pak batting) which made it a thrilling match. To some of the very few Pak fans who are asking us to 'go back and lick our wounds', just remember that little bit of luck here and there, and things would have been other way round. But I must say most of the Pak fans are pretty gracious and appreciate good cricket.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

@ Francis Mel definitely you guys are world beaters, their is no team like team India. you totally out played Pakistan, might have even won the game if "LUCK" didn't favoure Pakistan. you have amazing all round talent that thwarts the thrust of every other team. no team is able to beat your team fair and square. if in any case they pull off a win it is just a FLUKE. AGREED.

Posted by YARMOUK on (March 3, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

@ Francis Mel, sure I see standard of performance that have been set by India but when youu say India was better that day I tend to disagree. Even umpires were not willing to give outs which were plumb LBWs. Even in such state Pakistan crosses the line. Then think about doing this in right manner. There were more of Pakistan's self inflicted mistakes then India outplayed Pakistan. Like Shoaib Akhter said it is always Pakistan Vs Pakistan.

Posted by Cricistan on (March 3, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

Well that means the final is set between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, even if Pakistan lost to Bangladesh and India win over Afghanistan with a bonus point and with a better Net run rate, still Pakistan already qualify in the finals as per the tournament rules.

In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

In a match declared as no result, run rate is not applicable.

That means both teams will be ties on points and number of wins but since Pakistan beat India in the group take them into Finals already So India is Out

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 3, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

Francis Mel

I have never discussed the match situation here with you. So, I don't know what you are talking about.

My one point has been about gamesmanship. Angelo Mathews, even under 19 team captains etc etc compared to Kohli.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 3, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

@ wapuser makes a startling claim: "we are far betta teams than eng, sa or aus, as we far more technicaly more n we've got quality spinners."

If Asian teams are so superior, why can't India beat SA, in tests or ODIs? Heck, India can't beat New Zealand in tests or ODIs either. Maybe there is a reason why SA top all the player rankings, with Steyn second only to Ajmal in ODIs? Could it be that they have the top players, perhaps? Top players do make top teams.

Pakistan has a technically competent team, with the best spinner, all the time strengthening their batting weaknesses. India have no bowling at all. Kohli, Pujara & Dhone (ODI only) are their only batsmen. The rest are club level. India are sliding down the rankings faster than a bobsled team at the winter olympics, because their ranking points were earned at home, on tailored, dead tracks. Pakistan earn all their points playing away!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

This victory is for our brave army and my lovely leader Imran khan and pti...

cricinfo post plz

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

now go home and lick your wounds!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

Although i am a Pakistani, i a have to praise the fighting spirit showed by the world champions, they missed it it by an inch.

All credit to Hafeez and Afridi, specially BOOM BOOM, without his sixes Hafeez would not have been the man of the match, in opinion MOF award should have been given to Afridi. Great captaincy by Kholi, remember he is a kid, he can not be as cool and calm as Misbah or Dhoni, he is future's Tendulker.

Congratulations to Pakistani Cricket team under the leadership of Zaheer Abbas, Moin Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.we hope to see the similar performance in T-20

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

Fair_Paly_1 and Khurram Noman. Please read comments made by ZafarAslam and BowledYa for some perspective on the win.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

Pakistan showed that she is better than BIG 3

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

BowledYa. You hit the nail on the head. Now here is an objective, precise and accurate comment. A win is a win and good on Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Khuram Noka. Agree that India could have ended up at 230 but then you have to be open to the idea that Pakistan could have imploded for under 200. You have to admit there is no guarantee with Pakistani batsmen. Hafeez played decent but I dont think he played better than Rohit. I thought Rohits knock was much more classy and smooth than Hafeezs. Also Misbah runout is unlucky but then so was Kohli dismissal. He seldom makes mistakes while he is in good form. His risky shot was a bonus for Pakistan. I don't attribute it to Gul getting extra bounce. We bowled well until the death overs. Ajmal wasnt as effective as he normally is but he did fox Rahane couple of times, Junaid was half the bowler he was when he toured India. See your bowlers were decent but they didnt bother our batsmen. We outplayed Pakistan until the Pathan got lucky.

Posted by BowledYa on (March 3, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

I am happy with the win - a win is a win so we'll take it. But not happy with the way we won it. 90% of these situations Afridi will get out caught. 13 runs in 13 balls with 4 wickets in hand should be done with easy singles and occasional doubles to counter dot balls. Instead we went for slog shots that got 3 out, and then Afridi went for his shots that mostly end up badly (this time being a rare exception). From the looks on Misbah's face I could tell he was not happy either. When will we learn how to win matches the smarter way?

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Even though Pakistan won the game. Not entirely sure whether this was a convincing win by Pakistan, not to take anything away from Lala Afridi but the last to sixes were not the best sixes I seen from Lala.

Posted by pinkooji on (March 3, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

There are a lot of issues with Indian Cricket at the moment. This is not a quick fix and many things need addressing

- Root Cause is the BCCI and its structure - needs a major overhaul - Cricketers coming out at grass root level are in it for the money and fame - not playing for India! Thanks to IPL and other cash rich leagues - The current coaching lot needs to be fully replaced with people who can build mental aggression - Bowlers need to get pitches and grounds that would want one to a bowler - currently, they have no fall back when they are getting tonked. It's all because of how they have come up - they do not have a fallback

Without major action, the woes of Indian cricket will continue and worsen...and if nothing is done - soon it will be the hockey story all over again...

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

They say yuvraj isn't playing just because of bad form, but let me tell you one thing that afridi is never consistent, but the reason he has been in the team is just because he is an impact player, pakistan mostly win when he performs, and same is the case with yuvi.

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Yuvraj is no less, infact he is better than afridi, my only question two indian selectors is that why isn't he playing??(pakistani)

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Yarmouk. A good Pakistani performance would have been your batsmen playing with some semblence of ability, sense and calmness. Even against what you yourself describe as the worst bowling lineup in the world and a modest total, you were found wanting. It took couple of ugly slogs and insanity bordering on luck to win. The proof of what I am saying is in the fact that most Pakistanis had given up hope in the last over, especially after Afridi in another one of his logicless antiques crossed over for the Talha dismissal. I have Pakistani friends so I know what I am talking about. 9 out of 10 times Afridi would have left the job undone. If your definition of a good performances is this then you have a good Team. Unfortunately our standards of measurement are much higher. Indias performances were under par but still better than Pakistan on that day. Message from the grave.

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Its time that we all asian should get united, n their should be a series like ashes between ind-pak, we are far betta teams than eng, sa or aus, as we far more technicaly more n we've got quality spinners.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

little bit india bad luck, no doubt match was in their hand but afriri well played outstanding in last over, but india deserve this match sucess becuase they fight back very well in last overs but short of runs are considerable

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

What India actually have in the team? Frankly speaking nothing. India don't have proper opening pair.Weakest middle order of india and worst bowling lineup. India don't have mixture of youth and experience.This is the area where they are lagging.One or two experienced person should be their in playing 11.U can't win the match with all youngsters in the team.:(

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Even though its not a matter who as won, its again one of afridi's lucky hrs like msd....

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 3, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

@All fans, you all are lucky to witness such Hi-octane match. Simply brilliant Welldone lala Boom Boom.........Welldone Pakistan. Rather mercurial Pakistan. The heart of cricket. wow 1112+ comments....

Posted by Duidelik on (March 3, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Well done Pakistan.....from a South African fan!!!! Luv it!!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

shahid afridi is the great all rounder of the world.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

Funny that some indian fans calling this the Indian b have pretty much the same team always...only person missing is dhoni but he was replaced by karthik which most indian fans wanted anyway...i have seen it numerous times in different comments from indians...yuvraj and raina were dropped from the team because they were not good enough..the replacements in rahane , rayudu are not too good aswell..this is india's best bowling is absolutely ludicrous that indians come up with some sort of excuse everytime...the fact that india has won only 1 match in 13 matches is in itself testimony to who the better team is ...

Posted by JonhyDwalk on (March 3, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

This is the weakest Indian middle order i have seen in ages. Also, we don't have good seamers. Sami who started well when he came into international scene, is also not consistent.We just cannot get consistently performing bowlers.BK cannot bowl in death. The two wickets he got in the 49th over is not because of his skills but because of the tail enders. Any top order batsmen would have tonked those "Length" balls for sixes. His action does not suit death bowling. The physics of his bowling action does not allow him to pitch the ball consistently for yorkers.We got too many liabilities in batting : Rayudu,Dinesh karthik, in some ways Rahane. 50s and 60s wont win games.Only good thing is Mishra who bowled beautifully and justifies his place for upcoming games.Keeping WC 2015 in mind, we sure need batsmen who can perform on bouncing pitches and hit sixes. Yuvraj for sure is a must. I don't care about his perform but he is a must for Australia.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

I think DK factor really worked against us. The international cricket is so competitive that even one player performance go wrong team suffers. Again present lot of Indians still not free from the nightmare they had at South Africa and Newsland. I think we have to work out for new combination of bowlers and allrounders along with one or two present players like Kohli, Rahane. rest of them will deserve to be dropped for their inconsistency and in ability to come out of their nightmare from recent tours.

Posted by YARMOUK on (March 3, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

@Francis Mel, that was ridiculous! Boom Boom has hit the nail in your team's coffin, now enjoy it. cheers.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 3, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

Francis Mel

Angelo Mathews even after giving a pounding to Afg said this "They have a very good bowling attack and our batsmen found it hard..."

Good sportsmanship only enhances your stature doesn't diminish it.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

A very good match for Ol crickt lovers entire the world.. M thinks tht India were well 25 -30 runs short.. Indian bowlers showed a lot of character.. This match shows india 's performance without kohli.. Anyways, to qualify, India needs to depend on Bangladesh to beat Pak and win a bonus point vs Afganis as well.. Best luk India.. :(

Posted by timtom on (March 3, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

Good game. Though India lost to both Pak and SL both were real close games. The better team won. Still there are clamour for Sehwag/Yuvraj from some indian fans here.. Had they been in the team india would have lost by a big margin all the games. India needs a good fast bowler to complement SHami.

Posted by gr8-cricket on (March 3, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Ok, here is my analysis.

Kohli is the most dangerous batsman and if you get him out, you have pretty much the game in your bag and that's exactly what happened here.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Now that euphoria of Pak win is over let's analyse yesterday's match. Pak openers gave a stand of 71 and when the 1st wicket went down our RR was close to 6.5 whereas req was somewhere around 4. From there onwards, had we played maturely, v cud have finished this match much earlier with less wickets down and above all w/o giving near heart attks to so many. While v all r celebrating Afridi's sixes ..i personally feel that both were mishits especially the last one(which almost took my life) and the ball was carried over the bdry not thru the power of Afridi but thru sheer power of the prayers of the entire nation.This is a reality...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

Nasir jamshed who always punished India, an opener with strong foot work, 2 centuries against india in india on last tour was not there...We debuted one fast bowler who could have gone for 70,80...our main weapon irfan was not stop calling its India's A team...u dropped players because of form...which means had they present thr yesterday, they would had gone bizzare! only dhoni's absence can b justified

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 3, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

Good performance by Pakistan bowlers. Pak batsmen almost lost the match, but boom boom Afridi saved them. India lost this match due to poor batting. Any score below 280 is a below par score. India lost to SL and Pak due to poor batting. Our bowlers did much better than our batsmen. If DK had not missed the stumping of Sanga, we would have easily won against SL. Mishra was the pick of our bowlers against Pak. Ashwin is nowhere near the class of Ajmal. Ajmal tamed Indian batsmen, while Ashwin let them score at will. In the absence of Dhoni, we desperately need a hard hitter like Yuvi or Yusuf. Yuvi is out of form, but Yusuf Pathan seems to be in form.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

No one out Pakistan in World cricket. because we most favourte game in Pakistan and most see this game and also want to played for Pakistan. Good luck Pakistan win also Asia as well as T-20 World Cups.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

india lost to sri Lanka and looses just 1 rating in ranking. ..india loss against 6th rank team looses them just 1 rating....something wrong with icc ranking

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

afridi have a fantastic player. nd hitting is so well & dangerous for all a virendra sahwag.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

what do guys mean by India's A team? That's completely ridiculous. Raina, Yuvraj etc were dropped because they weren't performing well......they didn't even perform well against Aus in India. Yuvraj has as many ducks as Afridi in the past one year, if not more.TBH, Dhoni's the only guy who falls under that excuse, as he was injured. And so what if he didn't play, are you guys tryna say that your team is nothing without Dhoni? Are your other players that bad?

Mind you, M.Irfan, Pakistan's main bowler didn't play aswell, so should we call our current team Pakistan A aswell?

Posted by dual.citizen on (March 3, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

Pushing for the leadership in the world of cricket on the strength of the money will not work. All big three are getting drubbed and out of race be it juniors or seniors. Who could imagine big bully out of contention with a game left?

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

hi guys. it was a wonderful india pakistan clash. its very imp that v see it as a sporting encounter and not a war. as in every sport, the team which plays better and keeps its nerves deserves to win. if v change our outlook towards these matches rather than clashes, v will enjoy them more. i request to fans of both india and pakistan to enjoy the game as its being played rather than worring about the result. the players are professional cricketers who r being paid well to play. they r not armies on war. so guys chill and enjoy the game and dont worry about the result. the better team at that given moment will win.

Posted by wasf on (March 3, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan.well played both teams.Afridi is always unreliable unpredictable but he won millions heart again becoming proud of nation.Pakistan should have won it easily after great opening start but again batting collapsed with unnecessary shots selection.Hafeez contributed well with good support from junior guy sohaib but Hafeez should mature in selecting when to run for taking singels.Pakistan's players should notice&work seriously on their mistakes from this match they were near to loose the match which would have won easily after opening stand.Kohli is a good batsman but not a good cricketer nor a good person as well sports man he really acted similar to sri lanka's t20 captain on ground with his celebrations&gestures he should act with more maturity onground as captain of india representing their country.Many praises to Talha & Mishra for bowling well in a pressure match.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 3, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

Francis Mel

I wasn't talking about just this match. Neither did he compliment SL. Was that lucky win too? Luck or no luck (and despite umpiring blunders) that's how the games go.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

there is no need for undermining each others efforts. congratulations to INDIA for putting up a great fight with your limited bowling resources. don't be sad. after all what ever Pakistan nation is going through, they deserved this moment of happiness.

Posted by reality_check on (March 3, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

An excellent match. Best advert for ODI. 1000+ comments so far. This is what cricket is all about. I don't think a cricket match generates this much passion outside of India/Pak matchup, not even Ashes.

I hope BIG3 pay attention to this and not try to side line Pakistan for daring to oppose them with the revamp proposal.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 3, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

@Just_Sam: You have very good cricketing mind, you want Afridi to be replaced by Kamran Akaml, a bowler to be replaced by a Wicketkeeper?... With this inning Afridi has made his impact in all these 3 matches, in first two matches with bowling and here clear and loud with batting... I am sure you are Indian fan and you know Afridi will do this again to your team.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

some indian players, especially Rohith , Dhawan ,Jadeja and Aswin always play for self, never played for team cause. they played only for the sake of remain in the team always, winning losing doesnot matter for them.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

and thats why I like Indo-Pak matches. Every player pours out his heart in winning, and that is what makes them tensing. I always want India to win, but if matches get this close, I dont mind losing

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

@Francis Mel, how would you say this is your win??...2 wrong decisions against PK otherwise ur team was not able to score even 210....bad luck Misbha get run out...except Mishra none of ur bowler made an impact in this match (as per stats and commentators)..none of ur batsman made an impact though u had 2 fiftes...but then hafeez played much better then sharma and maqsood played better then radu..ur kepper was bad behind the stumps ours not...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

Although I knew Pakistan will win the match right from the start, but somehow they managed to stay in the hunt but for Dinesh Karthik missing an easy stumping chance off Afridi we should have walked away home. In the last game also Dhawan missed a sitter in the very last over. Nevertheless yet another nail-biter & I am proud of our boys it's nothing shame in fighting till the end & losing rather than losing without a fight as it happened in the recently concluded series against Proteus & most Odi against lesser ranked Kiwis & that too under the captaincy of MSD.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

fair_paly_1. Kohli is often called arrogant but we like his brash confident attitude as he backs it up with performances. To be honest, without sounding condescending, this match was ours to win and I didnt find Pakistan's perfomance worthy of any special compliments. Sure if someone had played a great knock or bowled really well then I am sure compliments would have been more forthcoming. Lets do way with this obligatory compliments and keep it real.

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (March 3, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Congrats to the Pakistani team for a good win against us. Happy Mishra put in a good performance, really ridiculous he has not been given a lot more opportunities to play for India - particularly on the recent tours of SA & NZ when we kept on losing & the opposition are less used to playing legspin. Just because the poor guy's batting is not as good as both Ashwin & Jaddu, he gets relegated to being the 3rd choice spinner for the team but is probably a better bowler than both of them. Hope he gets chosen in our team for the TTWC2014 rather than again having to warm the benches. Disappointed Karthik doesn't seem to gave grabbed the opportunity to shine that was given to him. Still think Rohit needs to play in our middle rather than an opener -particularly in lending a bit of experience to our middle order & the fact he takes a lot of balls to get going.

Posted by Just_Sam on (March 3, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

Even though Afridi is praised for his effort yesterday, but ideally it is time PAK retired him for good. He was able to get away yesterday against Indian bowling (which is grossly incapable of defending even a 350+ score on any pitch any ground), but he will never be able to repeat such performance against AUS, SAF, ENG, NZ, SL etc because only India & Bangladesh are two teams whose bowlers lack vision and are not able to create pressure. Instead of sticking with Afridi, PAK will be better off with a Kamran Akmal. World Cup is round the corner and time is running out.

Posted by TeamSelector on (March 3, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

The Man ... The Myth ... The Legend ... The Afridi

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

Hafeez plays twelve maiden balls when some 98 are required off some 112 balls, and then plays a maiden over when 56 odd are required off 54 balls. Can someone in the team management find out what happened there, once the celebrations come to a close ?????? I can't recall anyone in modern day cricket doing that where improvising to take singles is no longer such a huge issue with defensive field placing and dead pitches

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

To all Indian's fan why you and aussies never accept defeat and always try to find some of the commentators and fans are saying PK beat Indian A team(without dhoni, raina etc) just have a look with ur team performance in NZ and Africa where ur full team played. Second Kholi is a good player but he is arrogant...match summary he didn't praise PK that they played good cricket and win...which is against the sportsmanship...let me remind you guys that 2 decisions are against PK (AShwin and Jadeja) Otherwise your team will be all out around 200-210

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

This is what I'm pretty sure everyone will remember Afridi for, a match winner, particularly in ODI's. The future of T20 players playing right now in his twilight years. Respect.

Posted by Stark62 on (March 3, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

What a pulsating game that was!!

Kudos to Ind for pulling it back in the middle because at one stage, Pak were running away with the show and could have ended it within 45-47 overs but only one man in the cricketing world would be brave enough to go for a six, when only 3 runs were needed off 3 balls and that man is.......AFRIDI!!

Posted by CasimAli on (March 3, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

@col pok .....india has only 1 match left ...wake up dreamer...welll it hasnt been mentioned ..due to camera work every pakistani fan was thinkin we lost and indian they won ...but thanks to ashwin who by pacing his hands really showed that pakistan won ...cheers pakistan

Posted by NP_NY on (March 3, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

@Solid_Snake: Those two shots that Afridi played are very easy to forget actually. Anybody can hit sixes off spinners in the last over (as Shami the number 11 batsman showed against Mendis) Besides he just got lucky that those top edges sailed over the boundary. They were nothing like the Miandad six or the Harbhajan six that won the match against Pak in the penultimate ball in SL. Overall well played by Pak beating India A team (without Dhoni, Raina and Yuvi), but without the dew, it might have been a different story.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 3, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Francis Mel

I disagree. Firstly, I never used the word "arrogant". Obviously, something in the back of your mind says so but you are in denial.

Secondly, it's a sporting norm to compliment the winning team. Its cricket, not war. Listen/read the captains comments at the end of Ashes matches and also how Graham Smith and Michael Clarke complimented the winning teams in their last couple of matches.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

Surely this was a heart breaking match for us the Indian Fans. Congratulation to our Pakistani friends and fans for winning this game. Your team really showcased as a better team today in every aspect of the game and you guys really deserved this win.

On the other hand I must say that Pakistan made this match very complicated while chasing an easy score on sub continent track against no fierce bowling attack.

From the Indian standpoint we are playing exceptionally bad cricket for last few series. We have only own one ODI among 11 matches that we played, so its time to really think and root out the problems otherwise we will be nowhere in the coming world cup championship which will be held in Australia.

Posted by Just_Sam on (March 3, 2014, 10:04 GMT)

Congrats to PAK for winning. But also congrats to both teams for giving 100% and making it a last over game.

But in the hindsignt, I think -

1) PAK nearky lost a game they should have won comfortably. They just could not bear the pressure and nearly succumbed. On the contrary INDIA showed lots of nerve and almost defended a below par score.

2) Even though India bowled better they lost both their matches against PAK & SL due to bad fielding (missed stumping / catches). I am grossly surprised that even though most of the team members are below thirty, still they appear to be very lazy and butter fingered. They certainly do not belive in CATCHES WIN MATCHES. There is a dire need of CHANGE OF COACHING TEAM. Since Fletcher has taken over, INDIA is going down and down and down. Reinstate Kirten immediately. Right now he is free.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 3, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Disappointed with India's early exit, but definitely proud of how the boys performed. This is the first time (barring the Zim series) India has played without Dhoni who is undoubtedly our best ODI batsman and finisher. Dew also affected India's bowling in both lost matches (it did help India against BD), but our bowlers fought hard until the end and took both games to the last over. This series itself is a bit flawed because whoever wins toss always bowls first because dew will come later. The only times there was no dew was when SL chased down Pak's total. No excuses though - SL and Pak did get the better of India. 'hope Pak wins the final though because they are certainly a better the team than SL which is fully dependent on Sanga.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Great Match. outclass fight from both sides. only bad factor was worst umpiring

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

This tournament is over for more viewing...!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

fair_paly_1. There was nothing arrogant about Kohli's celeberations. Its refreshing to see such passion and competitiveness. And its ok if he decided to only focus on India in his comments. I dont think he disrespects opposition players.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

the camera work in last moments of match were poor, cudnt view last six where d ball actually landed

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

@nohammad zamin: i totally agree with u. i think we should start respecting our asia team player rather bashing each other with unnessarly comment. and that is well earned, im if i say wasim akram is the best of all time, there is no doubt about it. so to me, we r watching asia cup thats where we live we should chear for it.....

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 3, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

Lol..Kohli said that Ashwin was confident to bowl the last over..I bet Ashwin would never ever forget that over for the rest of his life..Yesterday another cheetan sharma was made..& Afridi reminded us of Miandad..Afridi might be irresponsible & whatever..But what he did yesterday..No words...What a match..

PS:Btw Ashwin...A word of advice..Next time when you nick..Start walking or else another nightmare would be waiting for you when you bowl..This was a big lesson for Ashwin.Let's see how he take it

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 3, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Lol..Kohli said that Ashwin was confident to bowl the last over..I bet Ashwin would never ever forget that over for the rest of his life..Yesterday another cheetan sharma was made..& Afridi reminded us of Miandad..Afridi might be irresponsible & whatever..But what he did yesterday..No words...What a match..

PS:Btw Ashwin...A word of advice..Next time when you nick..Start walking or else another nightmare would be waiting for you when you bowl..This was a big lesson for Ashwin.Let's see how he take it

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

Mark my words INDIA WILL STILL QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL by winning next two matches. Just wait and watch.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

@nohammad zamin: i totally agree with u. i think we should start respecting our asia team player rather bashing each other with unnessarly comment. and that is well earned, im if i say wasim akram is the best of all time, there is no doubt about it. so to me, we r watching asia cup thats where we live we should chear for it.....

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

afridi pushed back india in 1984, when Miandad hit a six...AFRIDI you beauty!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

what a wasteful bowler ashwin is, dont care whats his match figure is, he has no mind, how to bowl to afridi... cost us match.... well played pakistan, deserve to be champ. dhoni did a gud thing by getting rid of him bt now kohli trying to bring him back.....

Posted by RichardMLindsay on (March 3, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan...have been my second team since you beat us Kiwis in the 1992 World Cup semifinal.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Yuvraj fans need to realise that he is out of the team because of his form. Also on his last few outings he looked like he had zero confidence and was a walking caught behind. It is important for him to spend his time in domestic cricket and score some big runs before he gets a look into the Team.

Posted by Grishnachs on (March 3, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

What a wonderful match! Hafiz laid the foundation and Afridi finished it. After a long time he had a cautious look on his face, stating that he is here to take the battle till the end, trusting his heart and acting with a brain! We should also give credit to team India the way they put us on back foot even without lethal attack, virat kohli is a gem of a player, his cool mindedness can make him a good aggressive captain.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

Indian team is much over rated team. They have recently been thrashed by SA and Kewies. God 4-0 by Kewies. however Pak has won series against SA and Lanka.So Pak team is far ahead than Indians right now. In this match poor umpiring also helped Indian team as Jadega and Asjwin both were OUT and were not given. So Indian team and media must come out of day dreaming and Rectify their mistakes. Good luck Pak for finals.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 3, 2014, 9:08 GMT)


Well said and exactly my point earlier. Praise your team by all means should you so wish but at least have sporting spirit to compliment the winning team.

Besides, Kohli's contrasting emotional outbursts at the fall of each wicket and when being hit for a 4 or 6 were way over the top. A captain needs to have a cool head like Dhoni and Misbah. In his short stint as a captain, Kohli has been found out - he is not an ideal captain but no doubt a very good batsman.

Posted by anshu.s on (March 3, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

Congrutulations Pakistan and wow boom boom Afridi, as an Indian fan i am defeats then shoudn't it be given credit for India winning WC 2011 and CT 2013 in England.IPL despite all it's excess and flaws stilll provides uncapped domestic Indian players with a great pdissapointed that many Pak fans are bringing in IPL and thrahing it for no ryhme and reason , they say it's pyjama cricket but is 50 overs cricket not also pyjama cricket ?? if IPL is blamed for all of India's latform, some say top Indian players hanker after IPL money let me tell you that they make more or less same amount of money playing for India. Some Pak fans are saying Indian fans are not giving Pak credit and making lame excuses but how many of you have praised Amit Mishra who cleary outspun and outbowled Saeed Ajmal and rest of the much maligned Indian bowling line up !!! please get some perspective .

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

afridi revived his reputation by match winning performance against India..whoever performs against Indo park match will get lot of respect, can see Pakistan best with India they will get their 100 percent when they play India

Posted by Lalz on (March 3, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Hope Selectors will think of a bit with this Asia cup failure. Nothing to blame on Kohli. If Rohit is selected for another series for this fifty, then we fans have nothing to say rather throw stones on Selectors residence. Rohit got out in a rash shot where he was supposed to steer the innings. Rahane seems to a good player but more suits to tests. Rayudu was good on rotating strikes, running b/w wickets, maintained a gud strike rate. With WC on mind we should play with 3 fast bwlers + Mishra + Jaddu. Batting - Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Yuvi,Rayudu, Dhoni. If Pujara proves wrong to be selected in ODI.. then look for someone who is a specialist opener with gud technique like KL Rahul... So team will look like a balaced one with 7 bowlers including part-timers yuvi and Rayudu. Batting depth till no.7 jaddu.

Posted by Night_Fury on (March 3, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Excellent Match and Congrats Pak. I am always surprised about two aspects of Pakistan game, a) Rate at which they produce fast bowlers and b) How during chases they self-implode. Having said that, we Indians fought well. Fielding wise, we were brilliant except Mr. Karthik, who should never be picked again. For all my money, if he would have taken both chances against SL and PAK we would be on top of the table. He needs to go. Bowling wise, spinners were good but fast bowlers were mediocre. I think this is India's worst bowling line-up ever. Batting was always India's strong point but i still dont like Rohit Sharma at all, even though he made 50. He played irresponsible shot which cannot be expected from opener. Rahane and Karthik slowed things down way too much. I still believe that Yuvi and Gautam Gambhir should be given chance again. This middle order of ours aint gonna win matches for us, thats for sure.

Posted by Salman_Shakeel84 on (March 3, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

I am a Pakistani

It was a fantastic match that could have been won by any side . It was Afiridi who had the luck with him and snatched a victory from the jaws of India.

But have to commend India as well, they were very good as well. Fighting down till last ball. One team has to loose and it was India but never mind and better luck next time.

Cricket without Indo-Pak match is not the same but unfortunately, these encounters come only once a year due to politics of BCCI and India. I hope that Indian nation puts pressure on BCCI to have more matches with Pakistan. Frankly speaking , Pakistan is open hearted in case of matches with India

Posted by GeminiAwan on (March 3, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

Great win for Pakistan..

Misbah got run out again, so Misbah should run out in every game, becoz as far as he will be getting run out Pak wil win the matches......:)

Just Kidding....

Posted by alisaqib610 on (March 3, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

Wow! What an absolute thriller of a game. Being a Pakistani supporter it felt like deja vu when Pakistan lost 3 wickets in 5 balls after it seemed that they were cruising to a victory. But thankfully for a change Afridi actually coped with the pressure very well and hit two winning sixes. However, I must say this chase could have been a lot easier but our batsman seemed to get nervous which showed with the unnecessary run outs and poor shots. However, this was also due to the Indian bowlers showing some real fight which contributed to this fantastic match. Overall, this was just what you would want to witness in a cricket match especially in an India vs Pakistan match.

Posted by sandeepknk on (March 3, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

Now the selectors must understand the importance of yuvraj. it is very very unfair and injustice thing that yuvraj not been selected,he is not the favorite of selectors and dhoni that's why he not in the team,but he is favorite of all genuine cricket lovers, he is a match winner.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

I was also listening to Ganguly and I completely agree with his comments if India is bowling the penultimate over with a spinner and that too against Afridi. u know they have got a problem. And even without Dhoni they put up a good fight. Saying all that I was so disappointed with Kohli's behavior on the field. that was armature stuff. no need for clinching teeth and pumping fists in front of a tailender. he is the captain of India he should control himself or else he will lose respect in the neutral circles.and its also very nice to see most of the Indian fellows congradulating pak team.That is so refreshing to see. also ppl criticizing bashing them. Remember they were playing without Dhoni and still put up a good fight. so pls keep ur comments as neutral as possible. dunt make this a war. in the end really happy for Pakistan.This team if they can only tune up their batting a bit.I see a very formidable Pakistan side in coming years. cheers

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

Though the spirit of the fans are good to each other I only wish subcontinent teams could be a lot more united i.e. Supporting Murli as the greatest leg spinner of all time over Warne or Wasim Akram as a greatest fast bowler over Sydney Barnes or Sachin as the greatest batsman over Bradman. However I feel the mistrust that Sri Lanka and Pakistan has with the BCCI and vice versa will never end. Apart from which I feel India has had a good run in World Cricket from early 2000 to now. The Indian batting line up is not what is it used to be and without Dhoni the team looks extremely fragile. I felt for the first time Pakistan had a better batting line up. Pakistan has gone through a poor phase in world cricket during that time but as they say class is permanent, eventually they will produce good batsmen,but I honestly doubt with all the money the BCCI is putting into bowling academies they just don't have what it takes to produce a great fast bowler...Great fast bowlers are Born not made !

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

1000+ comments for an india pak contest AMAZING!!. i think INDIA PAK contests are even better than ASHES.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

IPL is spoiling India cricket ppl like dinesh karthik who doesnt deserve to be in indian team gets so much money playing IPL so why he should be taking interest and bothered about making mistake . Teams like Australia are very strict with there players no matter who ur treated on the measure of their performance nor on ur reputation. Rohit Sharma on an average plays 1 good innings every 10 innings.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

ohhh wow what a match what a game of cricket. The kind of start we got we should have chased down this total in 45 overs with 6 wickets to spare.But Pakistan middle order took it to the wire almost threw it away. And then came lala and we those two sixes. In the end it was cricket that won. I was amazed to see Hafeez has played only 9 matches out of 144 against India. This goes to show both Pakistani and Indian fans have been deprived of pak-ind bilateral series. we should play more often. what is ICC Bcci doing???

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

As a Pakistani I am a huge Kohli fan, I think he is far far greater than Sachin. He plays for the team with aggression but is always humble when he is interacting with Pakistani players. However as a captain he has very poor bowling options available to him, Mishra was only good on a turning wicket and as a surprise package..on an ordinary wicket when batsmen will know him better he will fare as Jadeja did. Jadeja in fact is a very ordinary spinner and is almost always neutralized by subcontinent teams, Bhuvi like all indian fast bowlers was the player of the month on his debut and has now been admitted into the 'large' hall of would be Indian fast bowlers along with Irfan Pathan (the next Akram some said ) Srinath, Prasad and so many others. The only decent bowler is Mohammed Shami who should have been given the last over he is in fact the next Zaheer Khan of India. India was fortunate due to 2 poor umpiring decisions and Hafeez dropping Jadeja which would have made the match 1 sided.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

Pakistan is pumping in new blood like sharjeel, talaha and sohaib. in a game like that they did well.

Posted by Lalz on (March 3, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

A Perfect Ind - Pak Match. Team who made less mistakes won it. Indian team gave a real fight till the end. I am not at all criticizing Indian team but will expect Selectors to have a look on future during next team selection. Rahane is a good player but he more suits in Test Level. Rayudu reminded me of Kaif as he maintained good strike rate with just 5 boundaries. He can be given a extended run on ODI's.. As WC is on fast tracks we need to find out fast bowlers as soon as possible and keep working on to improve the current ones. Players on queue with performance are Pandey, Vinay Kumar and Rishi Dhawan. These three with Aaron, Shami and Bhuvi need to tested and rotated to get a fair idea of who all should be in final 11. Mishra will be a good option than Ashwin in fast tracks. Pujara can replace Rohit as his strike rate is not less than Rohit for sure. Dk will be replaced with Dhoni and Rahane with Yuvi. Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Yuvi,Rayudu, Dhoni,Jadeja,Mishra, Shami + 2 inform saeamers.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

Lolz I dont know why Selectors of Indian team did not select Youraj. Youraj is the man. He always Performed well against pakistan. he is a match wining and also a tournament wining Player. I personally Like him very match. See afridi if he perform well or bad but he is still in the team. but indian dropped youraj means they dont wana win asia cup. Youraj is much more better then Kohli. why indain fans forgot Youraj. he is unforgatable player. i like his spirit .

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

So often have we seen in close chases that the result is decided by the fact that your best bowler cannot bowl anymore. ICC must seriously consider doing away with the illogical rule of 10 overs per bowler per ODI. Bowlers must allowed to bowl as many as they can. This will spice up ODI's. In yesterday's match one can only ponder the consequences of Ajmal and Ashwin bowling 20 overs each !!!!

Posted by Lalz on (March 3, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

@SpinKingKK.. Indian fans are not blind supporters of India as they are intelligent too. But will they never stop supporting our Indian team nor will they bear any loss due to mistakes.. We never expect mistakes from our professionals.. As you can see for last 3 to 4 months fans been suggesting playing 11 instead of non-performers and they are still non-performers. a fifty in 10 games won't make a player worth to play for his country. In this match Rohit and Rayudu got fifties but all will value Rayudu Fifty more as he rotated strike and fell when tried to accelerate while Rohit went for a rash shot which was not required at that time. With all those flury of boundaries, his strike rate is 96 while with just 5 boundaries, Rayudu maintained good strike rate which is good to see. I think he should be given more chances. Yuvi can be brought back if in form and can have an extra bowling option in place of Rahane. Pujara can take the roll of an opener as his strike is around 90+ recently.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

Three cheers for BIG three

Posted by mraju on (March 3, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

I always though that dinesh kartik was one of the biggest jokes in indian cricket, I stll remember when india used to play him just as a batsman, yesterday too he missed a planned stumping, and I believe that its the probably the ten thousandth time in his career he has been out to the sweep shot. When will india change????? maybe when the birds start to fly upside down??? I have been reading about a kid called sanju Samson or something like that who is a wiket keeper batsman,should be kept with the team so that he can get a feel of the international arena. Unbelievable!!!!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 3, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

Wow,loved every moment of it!-mr.Boom 'Afridi' smashing Ind for huge 6 and virtually out of AC.May I add off the inside edge of his rly sleeperesque bat that those 6s were hit!! If Afridis 6s were like gold dust,expression on Kohli's face-priceless !

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

Great Team :)

Posted by rajcl on (March 3, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

why every one blamming kohli for last over giving to ashwin , last 12 balls needed 13 run with 3 wkts in hand in that time kohli done a good job to give bhuvi at 49 over & he suceeded too , afridi is a i hit if i miss u hit type batsman u cant do anything

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

Congratulations pakistan for the win. Im an indian fan and well played india. I dont think pakistan won becoz of afridi but actualy it was becoz of hafeez who troubled india frm the start of the match. He bowled well took wickets, catches,batted and all round performance. Anyways best of luck pakistan and srilanka for the finals may the best team win. Love cricket...

Posted by JHaSSaN on (March 3, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

In my opinion and many will agree. Batting has never been the strong point of Pakistani team, so those who are saying that it was a small total and Indian bowlers did a wonderful job must keep in mind that 250 is not small total for Pakistan. I am glad that they have started to win games without Misbah scoring any runs. It shows the character of the team is building up.

Posted by Naresh28 on (March 3, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

India have LOST quite a few games lately. Hope this builds the character of the players in these situations. Obviously we need DHONI in ODI's and someone else should lead in TESTS. Our bowling and fielding needs to improve by leaps and bounds. In batting we still need better combinations. Mishra bowled well today, but if he wants to b in the team it must not be a one off.

Posted by rajcl on (March 3, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

india almost out of asia cup , sl fans ur team is winning thats good & apriciate ur team but 80% sl fans saying other teams or worst, if that people logic sl win againest worst teams in that too in last over that means sl is no where near to be good tream , & but indians win or lose we r talking about our good & our bad

Posted by Ikram.Yousefzai on (March 3, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

Miandad hit the winning 6 with 9 wkts down chasing 246. Afridi also hit the 6 with 9 down chasing 246 against India, Oh Afridi since morning no since night i am watching Your last over Thanks a lot for giving smiles to all Pakistani around the globe. Thank you cricket There should be more matches around these Two sides which are worth to watch indeed.

Posted by look-ma-i-am-indian on (March 3, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

I agree with @Iceman29 - Only Sanga was because SL won last few games. Against PAK and IND he was Top scorer on both occasion. without him SL woud not even pass 100 - BUT he was lucky not to get out earlier.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

A very good lesson to much over rated indian team. though Pak shd hv won this match much easily. apart, from kohli the team looks just average. very poor umpiring and indians shd b thankful they got enf runs because of umpires and it became a match. such a big country and no one can bowl at 145kph. what a joke. unbelievable. Afridi will be in the dreams of kohli. lol

Posted by Gopakumarktda on (March 3, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

Before Indian innings started we all know that below 320 score would be defended by Pakistan considering the strength of Indian bowlers. First blame the selectors for selecting the inefficient middle order bats at present. I don't understand why selectors allowed Dhoni for taking rest and filling middle order with inefficient batsmen. If Dhoni needed rest, he must have been given during New Zealand test series and allowing Kohli to take over Captaincy for the test series and Dinesh Karthik to replace him as keeper. So Dhoni be ready for Asia Cup. But our wise men do not think for the future or their wisdom do not allow them to do so. And blame Kohli to plan final over for a spinner.

Posted by legfinedeep on (March 3, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

Kohli exhibits some disgraceful behavior, unbefitting that of a captain of a national team. They need someone with a bit more composure and class as captain, let Kohli play as the very good batsman he is right now.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 3, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

Kohli's attitude in the field was making so annoying gestures towards few PAK batsman getting out especially on Hafeez, Ajmal & Maqsood & that is being a captain of the team..IND'n players & fans must learn enough sportsmanship & not take a cricket game as war or destruction, it is a gentleman game, Kohli should learn from Misbah & Mushfiq how a captain's attitude should be in the field...i wonder showing this much disrespect & arrogance against other teams takes them where...whenever they loses then its their worst line up & the youngest of all but when this same eleven side wins a match then they becomes the best & unbeatable by any means anywhere...i am sure they will react the same & brag even if they win against AFG or great & broad minded they are!

Posted by HRK118 on (March 3, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

Even without DRS, it would be possible to implement a "low tech" review system, as is being done for run out or stumping appeals. So why couldn't lbw or caught behind appeals be given a chance for a third umpire look? I am sure that both the wrong decisions that favored India, could have been overturned by the third umpire, if the review would have been sent upstairs. There is no reason why appeals cannot be reviewed through simple TV replays, under appropriate guidelines. The ICC should seriously consider my suggestion, as it would go towards improving the game by eliminating 'umpiring errors' to a great extent, and also quelling any aspersions on the umpires integrity.

Posted by Iceman29 on (March 3, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa: You are absolutely right...he should control his emotions a bit..its not that other teams are not doing like that but still Kohli has to control his emotions...

Posted by casimpk on (March 3, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

I'd like to clarify something to my fellow Indians - we're not targeting Indians nor ridiculing India in general, it is your captain & some Indian fans who are being criticized for their unsportsmanlike behavior! & NO, we've never felt intimidated by Indian team, if it were to be true than why India has been avoiding any bilateral series with Pakistan? Nor did India allowed any Pakistani player to play in the IPL (though I'm glad they're not playing it) :) lets play cricket & love each other, that's the way forward. Hatred & discrimination against Pak will yield nothing, cricket will lose in the end. Peace out.

Posted by rajcl on (March 3, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

1st i would like congrats pak for winning, ,, we miss raina yuvi dhoni,,, may be karthik is ok to replace raina in overseas odi & may be rohit in test ,,, but he is the worst keeper for spinners , dhoni is the best keeper in the world for spinners ( but not good for pace, some where dhoni is better than gilly & boutcher for ONLY SPINNERS ) & virat captaincy is good he was trusting indias fast bowlers, he was attacking & looking for wkts thats good sign for india & he has worst attitude as captain on the field , show ur agressiveness in batting, bowling,fielding, or captaincy not by ur body

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

Indian batting vs Pak bowling Indian batting line cimprising of lethal trioka (of course on sub-continent pitches) of Shekhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli failed against one of the best bowling lines in world cricket. Kudos to Pak as they were underdogs, had poor batting line & faced poor umpiring as well. What happened was that Pakistani batting didn't play too bad as they normally do in chasing. The game could have gone either way. Kohli should learn to behave as a graceful Captain not as an ordinary Indian player. Surely IND PAK should play more against each other as it will do good to the advertisement of cricket. So Big 3 succumbing to minnows everywhere! Y are they called Big3 by the way?

Posted by hellothereeveryone on (March 3, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan! Well played India! Pakistan has to improve the batting to be a top team. The middle order again failed yesterday and Pakistan almost lost a match which was appearing to be a one sided affair when Pak openers were playing. Please dont close your eyes because you defeated a mediocre India team. To beat teams like South Africa or Australia especially in their back yard Pakistan needs to improve its batting big time. The middle order batsmen are talented and get good starts but dont have the maturity to build an innings. Pakistan coaches have their work cut out to acheive this goal. Also a psychologist might be needed to give them the mental strength to sustain pressure. Best of luck for the rest of the tournament. Go team Pakistan!

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (March 3, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

Mr. Gavaskar was telling at the end of the match that it was a small boundary. It was for only Shahid Afridi that they reduce the boundary or was it for every player. This type of excuses should not be made because it was level playing field for both teams. I could say Pakistan were lucky enough to win the match becoz both teams played well. Shahid Afridi did a big blunder in the penultimate over when he crossed to the other end, while he should be taking the strike from the ball one in the final over. Luckily Junaid took the single of his very first ball.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

Field unchanged for No.11 junaid khan in the last over. I think that cost India the match. Wonder What was Kohli Thinking.

Posted by SL_Fan_1985 on (March 3, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

That was a great match... it could go either way.....matches between SL,IND,PAK are always great, nail-bit till last moment.... I don't know what the wrong with BD......AFG shows lot of chacter Any way i enjoy matches between 3 big teams..... good luck to all

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

Though I am an Indian. Afridi is my all time favourite player. Maturity batting by Afridi. And expecting more match winning knock from him.

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 3, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

Seeing so many people having a go at Indian team, tells me that India must have intimidated them in the past with their immensely talented players. So, when they see an opportunity, they have a go at them. The team has just given a fantastic show and these people who make bad comments about this team should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by lethal.Striker on (March 3, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa, there is a saying what goes around it come around. check the final moments, Enough for him we don't need to say anything, That's his problem not ours. GREEN SHIRTS you made us proud. Thanks

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

I have one thing to point out at. If you saw the way Kohli reacted when they got Saeed Ajmal Out. Kohli was roaring & staring at Saeed Ajmal as if he is some premature street cricketer. For God's sake you are a Captain, be responsible & act like a Mature. If the bowler who took the wicket would have done that, then I wouldn't mind but you are the Captain. I mean I never seen Dhoni doing this or Misbah, because they are mature Gentlemen !! Grow up Kohli !!

Posted by Iceman29 on (March 3, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

@ kandykolla: Dont worry mate your team also will be in same exact position once Sanga leaves the team and both our teams can play board games, carrom or whatever you want......try to concentrate on the final and support your team...that is where your team loose the plot usually...cheers

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

wel done ...afridi

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 3, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

I don't care what people are commenting about this Indian team. The team looks superb. True, they have lost two cliff-hangers to two of the other Asian giants. But, this team is full of talent. Jadeja, Rahane, Rayudu, B.Kumar, Mishra, Ashwin, Rohit, Kohli all meant business and are unique. Add to this the unique talent of Dhoni. Wow, what a team! Just need to find a couple more Medium Pacers. Shami is bowling good and has pace and, oh boy, he can hit it big. But, not someone who can be classified as a cut above the rest. He should develop more special bowling skills. I would like to see Praveen Kumar (please bring this guy back) and Irfan Pathan back. Raw pace is nothing in ODI's. More skill is what is required. In overseas matches, Mishra should be preferred over Ashwin. True we will miss Ashwin's batting. But, Mishra also got some batting. I predicted India/SriLanka final in 2011. I am predicting India/Australia final in the next one.

Posted by Vitruvius on (March 3, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

The Indian new ball bowlers are incapable of taking wickets with the new ball. This is a serious problem. Everytime Indians wait for the ball to get old and or the spinners to rip the ball the bowl to get wickets. If spinners dont click, India looks mediocre. We have seen this in SA and NZ. Bhuvi Kumar is a mediocre bowler. Time to give some new guys opportunities like Ishwar and Rishi Dhawan.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

welldone Pakistan and equally well played India...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

Well Done again Pakistan!!! It was great winning! Also your team has shown the courage in front of most Arrogant Cricketing Nation the entire Universe. Afridi, Hats Off and salute you for your continuous power and the courage to place the ball over the boundary line (as per Kholi it is not from the middle of the bat / a short boundary) But for Cricket it is a six.... Great Win Pakistan!

Posted by DanielRob on (March 3, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

Due credit must be given to the winning team, Pakistan. I am an Indian.. but i must say that Pak was brilliant yesterday. Bowling was as usual good and their batting also clicked in an all important game against Ind. For me the key was the start given by Pak openers. They did 60% of the job for their team scoring runs at a healthy rate which meant that the middle order had lots of time to settle down and score. Pakistan Cricket (not team) is not in good state right now. They lack infrastructure and proper facilities back home in Pak but still they have the spirit to do well in important competitions. This speak volumes of their character. Where as Ind having the best of facilities are unable to produce class cricket in any form of the game right now. They struggle overseas. And now they are even struggling in Subcontinent. India's batting will struggle in the coming WC 2015 in Aus, so they need 2 improve their bowling by some margin to even qualify for the knockouts.. Well played Pak.

Posted by stormy16 on (March 3, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

Another match away and another loss to India who are surely now begining to wonder just how good they are on the field despite being unchallenged on the money front. If ever there was reason for sporting to remain a contest over money, India's last two games are it and ironically loses to Pak and SL, who opposed the Indian money grab.

On the field it was a great game of cricket and the game could have gone either way but for Afridi - what a legend, when he comes off! The last sixes were nothing but wild Afridi slogs that could have gone anywhere but as fate would have it, today it went for six. I felt India had to bowl out Pak to win the game and should have bowled Ashwin in the 18th if not 19th over. Once the game went to the last over, the batting side had a shot. This is of course is in hindsight but credit to Pakistan and Hafeez held things togeather.

I wonder if India feel DK is the next best keeper or he is the next keeper batsman/keeper? He has made two costly mistakes.

Posted by UAETigers on (March 3, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

Dear All!!! It was great game of cricket and ODI Cricket was it's best!! I have never seen such a seesaw game in my life from the 1st till 100th over!! Please give respect to both team and all 22 players as everyone did their best!! It was just Afridi had to take that glory and he came out victorious. It was great fought game and 9/10 should go to both teams. I really admire the way Kohli has picked 5 bowlers and rotated them!! He didn't used a part timer and kept a strong hold over PAK batsmen. Please respect each other and admires cricket and it's passion and cherish for Stars!! Don't get carried away with 1 WIN or LOSS!! Give respect and earn Respect is the message of the day!!

Posted by nh00 on (March 3, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. On hindsight, despite the crazy twists at the finish, you were the better side over most of the day and deserved the win. Congrats. @Lankan fans, you got to understand that almost every team goes through an "out of form" phase. also, we understand the taunts from the Pak fans... that has been an integral part of the our rivalry with them, we still dont understand your angst. I personally always rated you guys ahead of fans from my own country because you always seemed minus any bias, but this relentless barrage from you guys in matches that dont even involve your team is - to say the least - disappointing. and this is coming from a great admirer of your country, culture and cricket.

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 3, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

Can someone at cricinfo reset the polls its annoying to see India leading the polls when they are not longer in the reckoning. By the way and I do mean it, the real humiliation awaits still for India, they are going to get bludgeoned by the Afghan boys, it aint a joke either, India is in for a nasty wake up and my sympathies with Kohli already.

Posted by kandykolla on (March 3, 2014, 6:39 GMT)

To win always India should give up cricket and concentrate on board games such as chess, carrom, Daam...etc...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

both teams played well...

Posted by Smart_animesh on (March 3, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

Well played Pakistan and Shahid Afridi. Hope to see a full India-Pak series. We the fans from both sides want this.... From an Indian supporter..

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:32 GMT)

Being a pakistani i have always praised MS Dhoni's captaincy n his batting skills.but the point of concern for india is that when he's not around anymore,who is going 2b as good as him?kohli,no doubt,a brilliant player,but a bad captain wid worst temprament.all the great captains wre cool n calm with their attitude but aggressive with the strategy.kohli lacks it.rohit sharma is better with his attitude well played pakistan n afridi i love u always.a true match winner,alwz proving his worth.hafeez n sohaib maqsood played brilliantly.n not 2 4get flying start given by the openers. A brilliant match.went exactly the way it should hv been

Posted by Afridi6x on (March 3, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

Boom Boom Afridi................................................. Smashes 3 Sixes and 2 Fours

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (March 3, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

For some INDIAN FANS, You people say this a weak team / no seniors etc etc etc ... If NZ can find good 11 from 4 million people, if Sri Lanka can find, WHY CANT U FIND GOOD 11 from 1250 Millions.that means BCCI and U guys fail.

Posted by Iceman29 on (March 3, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

Congrats again Pak brothers for their victory and I wish they lift the Asia cup this year also..all the very best to them...My Prediction for the three teams for world cup

Pakistan: A strong bowling unit and a average batting unit..They are struggling a bit in batting like India is struggling is in bowling...If they can add some good reliable batsmen they will be unbeatable..good chance of reaching semifinals

Srilanka: Srilanka has a never say die attitude very good fighters and have some good allrounders...but they are heavily dependent on Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela to rescue them everytime...If these three retires they will stugglle like India is struggling now...they have to find some good replacements..very good chance of reaching till semifinals

India: Always dependent on the batting with mediocre bowling unit..Dhoni is the fulcrum of the team atleast in Onedays...Need to improve bowling big time or else will be eliminated in the preliminary rounds itself

Posted by Raj2506 on (March 3, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

Some TV channels has to organize a reality show to find talented fast bowlers, instead of these Indian selectors picking bowlers watching IPL (should scrap Ranji Trophy as no performers were selected)

Posted by Ponnarasu on (March 3, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

Pakistan deserves this victory because they played the game with the right spirit. Afridi showed his class and the negative bowling tactics employed by ashwin couldn't stand the fire of Afridi. I can see many people here screaming to drop Dinesh Karthik. There is absolutely no need to drop him. He is a genuine guy who can certainly do a lot better in future.He is a straightforward guy and he is not used to keeping wickets for the silly and cowardly tactics of bowling down the leg side. Al those who say Karthik should be dropped, are the ones who want victory by any means. They are the ones who do not care about employing fraudulent means to get a win. If at all there is one guy who should be unceremoniously dropped forever from Indian team it is Ashwin.

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (March 3, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

some indian fans are blaming that missed chance of stumping of Maqsood by KArthik for the lose. I think they are forgetting that pakistan was already chasing at least about 40-50 runs extra bcoz of the poor umpring and one lolypop chance drop by hafeez. yes, if Jaddu and Ashwin were given out which were more than plumb in even as per the commentators, game would have been over long time ago. India would not have score even 200. Cngrats to Pakistan for beating India.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 3, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

As a South African fan, I found the shouting of Kholi at the opposition when they were out to be disgusting and disrespectful. Thats not the way a captain should be acting and someone needs to have a word with him.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

Even with the umpires on India's side, they still lost. Kohli is not captain material. Never was never will be. If Dhoni had been playing, it would have been a different scenario. Congrats Pak and especially a "Boom Boom" Congrats to Afridi! What a knock!! It truly is the loss of worldwide cricket fans that India does not allow Pak players to play in IPL.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

What a match, made my weekend, Both teams played well, Match could have gone to any one as it was a see saw situation in both innings, but getting Kohli cheaply and then in the end Afridi's cameo was the difference, Ashwin couldn't have done much, in fact no one can be sure while bowling to Afridi, it's either six or out, this time this gamble paid in favor of us.

Rohit played well but made the same mistake again, we have a Rohit sharma as well and that is Umar Akmal...both extremely talented but always throwing away their wickets.

Ajmal is like Stayen, people try to see him off which builds pressure and other bowlers gets the benefits.

All in all a great match, i am a Pakistani and i love to see these teams playing more frequently. Best of luck to both for upcoming matches.

Posted by real_spider_man on (March 3, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

@look-ma-i-am-indian - who is Sanga?

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

when ever kohli makes a 100 they win the match but end up loosing the tournament.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

@look-ma-i-am-indian your pathetic man.How dare you say like this.How your going define slog-er.You know one thing your team has lose since south African tour.Your team only win against Bangladesh will have find why india lost rather than criticize others.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

The thing with this ASIA CUP is that there is no weak team........Every team can surprise you at any given day.... This is the beauty of Asian Cricket.... Asia cup is clearly the biggest thing in cricket these days......The number of comments on England West-indies match are mere 63 and in Pakistan India match its 976 (at the moment)..... Pakistan and India Needs to play test cricket as well.... its better then the Ashes......

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

Congrats all Pakistani and Pakistani fans.. World Champions and ICC Champions please RIP you are not eligible for Asia Cup

Now I would like to say don't hire such umpire's in such a HIGH RATED cricket match that is between Pakistan vs India.

Indian bowling attack is weak but they done their job both team played well enough, if world best bowling attack restrict India on 245 don't forget world weak bowling attack also try to restrict us below 245 but thank God to Afridi in the end. Kholi is a very good player but not a good captain.

I wish to see Pakistan vs Sri Lanka in finals

World Champions and ICC Champions please RIP you are not eligible for Asia Cup

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

well played India without seniors they played brilliant cricket apart from some sloppy fielding. virat should have tried a seamer in the last over. this should be a lesson for him in his early days as captain.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Screaming to the faces of opponents, ''pointing finger", weeping,... etc. Does it suit to a captain of the biggest of BIG3? yes MS got to retire some day but I suggest team India should consider other options like Pujara who looks much well behaved as compared to Kohli. I also have got the feeling that team India is again going into the Sachin era's mind set when the whole batting was dependent on him. Now in the absence of MD and Yovi it is all about Kohli now. he scores the rest of batting line up scores; he gets out early: all batting comes under pressure

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. The power hitting of Afridi is awesome. Yuvraj's powerhitting abilities sorely missed for India. Bring Yuvraj back, he is a matchwinner and India does not have any power hitting matchwinner with the exception of Dhoni, when it comes clearing to infield. This is critical in One Dayers, and India will need that ability. Pushing and nudging skills for lower middle order batsmen will not win matches.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

India should understand the difference between IPL domestic and International cricket Indian middle order is good for IPL and not for international they should bring back players like Rahina and Yuwaraj

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. The power hitting of Afridi is awesome. Yuvraj's powerhitting abilities sorely missed for India. Bring Yuvraj back, he is a matchwinner and India does not have any power hitting matchwinner with the exception of Dhoni, when it comes clearing to infield. This is critical in One Dayers, and India will need that ability. Pushing and nudging skills for lower middle order batsmen will not win matches.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

I don't know why, but this loss just didn't seem to bother India so much. There are no scathing news paper reports or angry ex-players or terribly disappointed (just to some extent) fans. Losing to Pak couple of years ago was a different experience. Ind-Pak ODi's aren't extreme crowd pullers anymore. Also, the interest for ODI cricket (at least in India) seems to be dwindling. I think, it is because of the overseas losses. People stopped caring about the sub-continent matches. Hope India start getting its groove back against England in the summer. Eagerly waiting for the test series. Couldn't care less about the T20 wc either.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. The power hitting of Afridi is awesome. Yuvraj's powerhitting abilities sorely missed for India. Bring Yuvraj back, he is a matchwinner and India does not have any power hitting matchwinner with the exception of Dhoni, when it comes clearing to infield. This is critical in One Dayers, and India will need that ability. Pushing and nudging skills for lower middle order batsmen will not win matches.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

Though I'm happy at Pakistan's win, I'd like to mention Mishra here. Man what a talent he is, wonder where he's been? He almost won the match for India with those massive turns. well played both teams.

Posted by gladly on (March 3, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

History will repeat again last time we loose asia cup but then wins champions trophy.Now we loose asia cup 2014 but we will won world cup 2014 so haters deal with it...

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 3, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

Its amazing how fans from SL and PAK are commenting against this young Indian team. Both matches India lost were very close. Please look at the Indian middle order, all are new. I have always supported PAK and even after we lost yesterday I was thrilled that it was such a close contest. Cricinfo should really stop posting these comments which doesn't have any sense. If by beating India some think they have got the revenge on big three, I am sorry to say that's not true. Its not Indian fans or cricketers who created the two tier system. Cut them some slack. This was a close win and proper cricket fans will know that last two sixes were miss hits. But still I would like to congratulate sensible PAK and IND fans. Have to good tournament ahead and I hope the best among SL and PAK win. :)

Posted by Hiba.R on (March 3, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

The small total of 245 was unlikely to be defended with the quality of our bowling, despite a weak and unpredictable batting line up of Pak. Ashwin couldn't hold his nerves at the end, could have bowled wide of offstump when Afridi moved back and away but he didn't tried any tricks and like a hapless sheep succumbed to pressure. A well fought match though could have resulted in India's favour if only Ashwin had bowled like Ajmal, taking 2 wickets and giving 1 run in the penultimate over that he bowled in Indian innings. But Ashwin is Ashwin we all know that!

Dinesh Karthik seems to be out of form both with the bat infront of the stumps and behind with the gloves, India could have thought of playing Pujara,having someone to keep the stumps like Dravid have done in the past. Our batting order looks weak, Dhawan as usual have not had a ggod night's sleep and Kohli was little impatient, guys play every match as if that's your last, if you have to win. Good luck, may not make it to final.

Posted by ARJQ on (March 3, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

I wonder about those ppl saying that it was an easy target. Yes Pak is weak batting side but total of 250 on this wicket was enough to give go ahead to spinners do their magic. India scored 264 against SL and almost had the match and no one can say SL is not good batting side. And about those who say that India's current talent is enough to take over Pak then dude arrange a bilateral series at Indian soil and Pak will nail you again at your home as they did last year. And for God sake teach some ethics to Kohli how to represent India and himself, he is Indian captain and celebrates like street cricket boys. I have great respect for MSD, never seen him getting out of control when excited. In the end great contest cud ve gone either side - arch rivalry at its best!

Posted by Rifard_SL on (March 3, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

Only Afridi can do miracles at such's really his will make the ball sailed over the ropes..

Missed fact- leave about kholi's captaincy..he was a world class batsman..and he was thumped by no1 bowling..he couldn't even try to hit..what a beauty of Pakistan bowling..kholi has the lowest average of 33 and it's against Pakistan..but fortunately if he didn't scired 183 vs Pakistan on the last asia cup..his average may be 11.

my own mind- Pakistan lose the next match giving away bonus point..sri lanka lose the next two by giving bonus point..India lose to Afghanistan by giving bonus point..then obviously Bangladesh will meet Afghanistan in the finals..anything can happen..but this is not anything..just a fact.. it's Sri Lanka vs Pakistan final..and the best team wins.. will Afridi help Pakistan to lift the cup against his favourite friendly foe.. I'm waiting..

Posted by productivity on (March 3, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

Congrats to our PAK team............Everybody is criticizing our batting but this is the way we were , we are & we will..................Afridi you beauty, thats why fans love thging is for sure that without PAK team cricket is nothing..........World should knows that natural talent never comes from money.....

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

we always think of technicalities foot work etc..but in India vs Pakistan game u need courage and the way afridi hit those sixes it was just the self be live that he will hit it out of the park..we always criticise him but he is the true match winner and a real star...for India 2015wc is looking like a dream coz without good seam attack what will they do in Australia???will they depend on ashwin and shammi who constantly go for more then 6 runs in over and they strike rate is even worse then some minor team bowler like Ravi rampaul etc.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Well done pakistan it's their batting dat put immense pressure on them but clinical this time. well played afridi had the nerves this time to play till last. Frnds india is a new unit and we have to give them chances to groom it's young guys unit fought well in both matches while not protecting big runs. bowling unit looks a bit ordinary specially pacers middle order heavily inexperienced and only spinners Could impress little bit. Pakistan did really well in all three departments n they totally deserve d the win may be not in final over. Tallah luked impressive Ajmal was superb n Hafeej brilliant their running is sloppy hope they will overcome in finals. Frnds I request all u to not be prejudiced while posting ur comments and let's exchange gud ideas of gud game of cricket.

Posted by THE.KAS on (March 3, 2014, 5:37 GMT)

@look-ma-i-am-indian, hahahahahaha wash your tears man :) "If india play against proper cricketing teams they are favourites" hehehehe what about india's lost against SA and NZ in recent days? I think india should be playing against BD, irland, UAE, China, if they overcome these "Proper" teams then they should face PAK, AUS, SA, ENG :)

Posted by irfan0303 on (March 3, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

Superb Match........ Love u lala.......... Super winning strokes...........Cheers.

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (March 3, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

India can now pass a resolution to win some how.. may be something like all other teams should play with 10 players and India play12 players!!!! That would be more competitive

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 3, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

Disappointed to see Junaid Khan didn't get his bunny Kohli this time around but he didn't stick around for too long so can't really blame Junaid here. Kohli's expressions during the match were a treat to watch, I was laughing at his rather childish celebrations, got all kinds of expressions on his face and I thought they were quite enjoyable more so for the Pak supporters. A few more runnings into Pakistan and we will bring him down to reality al right. Good learning point for the kiddo, he'll only improve if he keeps playing against the best team in sub continent.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

hu,hu India lose another game, what happens to India. They are out of the tournament

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

Well done Team Pakistan for winning the match... one thing i noticed yesterday from commentators that they are very baised and not fully appluaded all round the cricket. Most of them just focused on Indians only... Behavior is like "If an indian got out there is nothing special in the delivery, its just becasue of batsman fault... and if pakistani got out, its just becasue of brillient bowling of indian". there was nothing about Pakistani players.... Come on commentators, show some sportsman spirit and respect of your profession.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

Good to see ,nobody has criticised Ashwin for the final over.He bowled well 56 delieveries before the last two balls changed everything.He didn't deserve that. He bowled well and Afridi couldn't time and middle both of the balls perfectly but due to his boom-boom power and short boundaries,he was marginally able to clear both of them.The last one seemed to be going high into the air but it went for a six.The match was pakistan's to lose and when they needed 17 of 3 overs,it was always going to be their game.Well played Pak,Well played India.I love both of them but it is media which creates an aura of battle even in the game.

Posted by SL_legacy on (March 3, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

@look-ma-i-am-indian: what kind of a pathetic fan are you to post in such illogical comments? 1st of all Cricinfo, should not entertain such fans as its a disrespect for the ones who post in valuable comments. If India cannot beat bottom ranked teams in SC, how can they beat mighty (as per you) AUS & SA? I hope you remember the humiliation in NZ. Is NZ a bottom ranked or a bigger team in your view? I feel sorry for fans like you. You simply cannot take defeat and you blame other nations for your inabilities. You are in the category of those who wreck players' houses when they lose a match. Pathetic mate!!! I suggest that you stop watching cricket or watch only the matches India play in India because, they cannot win a single match elsewhere no matter who they play with. your point about slogging, well its not worth commenting for. Cricinfo, please publish

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 3, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

@ Posted by Blade-Runner confidently wrote "I'm predicting a win for India here."

Another failed prediction. Every time India play you predict they will win. You have been wrong about every game for months. Thank heavens for Bangladesh, huh?

Posted by CricSriLanka on (March 3, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

Team IND and specially Captain Kholi should stop over celebrate wickets. Even the wicket was a fault of the batsman they celebrate it like they achieved it.

It was nice to see the way AFGAN celebrating their victory against BAN. They were so gentlemen type. NO dancing, NO push-ups and most importantly NO screaming on the face of their rivals. All teams should be like this. But on the other hand cricket has become more competitive than yesteryear.

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (March 3, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

no point in arguing..pakistan played well, without harbhajan sehwag gambhir yuvi raina indian team is worst that mumbai ranji team.. also we need good fast bowlers. pak well played hope you crush sri lanka but still your batting is worrisome they made a mess of chasing a small total

Posted by Hammad-Hasan on (March 3, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

@aruna-bandara if Sirilanka lost their remaining 2 matches they have 8 points and If India wins with bonus points they will have 9 points and they will be in final. So dont get too much excited. :)

Posted by bbmm on (March 3, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

shahid Afridi u u yar what a player...

Posted by aruna-bandara on (March 3, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

Even SL lose all remaining matches and India win with a bonus point, they wont be in finals, Look at the rules bonus point and net rr aren,t matter INDIA IS OUT OF THIS ASIA CUP. CHECK THE RULES UNDER POINTS TABLE. I'M SURPRISE EVEN CRICINFO DIDN'T REALIZE THAT.

Posted by CricSriLanka on (March 3, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

All three top Asian teams are similar in terms of overall performance, It is evident by the close matches encountered. With SL and PAK being lucky to win and IND just being the wrong side. All the matches went to the wire. So all three teams need to do more to win comfortably.

As for BAN, it was on the cards. With Tamim and Shakib out they were always not threatening.

Any team should not bowl spinners to Afridi, specially at the death overs, it is similar to bowling left arm spin to Thisara Perera. I think Kholi messed things up by keeping Ashwin to Afridi or he might of through that Afridi would get out before that. And the easy run given to Junaid was another blunder.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

"Jadeja should have been out lbw to Hafeez on 7 but was not given out,"

Pakistan was playing with 13 player ....11 from indian side and 2 from the remaining BIG 3 (i.e AUS and Eng)......two clear dismissals was not this a joke.......Looks like Big3 is getting a hold on umpires too

Posted by sreehk on (March 3, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

Dhoni OUT, Mishra IN. Perhaps that was the only way this classy leg spinner could have got a chance to play. And boy did he bowl those turners. India has clearly wasted a talent and Dhoni because of his political and single minded thinking ruined India's chances in the last 5 years and finished Mishra's career as well. Poor Mishra still has a lion's heart to play. Dhoni needs to bend here. There is no bigger evidence than the loss in Asia cup to say that the selectors and team management have to accept the fact that Yuvraj, Pathan brothers, Amit Mishra and Pujara need to be brought in. These 5 players will bolster batting and bowling departments immensely. Rohit, Raina, Ashwin are playing to save their places and not to win.

WC XI: Dhawan, Rahane, Kholi, Yuvraj, Dhoni, IPathan, Jadeja, Mishra, Shammi, Varun, Yadav.

This eleven gives India with 7 batsmen and 7 bowlers. More importantly it gives India the rare opportunity of operating 4 pacers and 3 spinners together.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

INDIAN TEAM is weak and they will lose Asia cup. India needs to bring back their experienced players to have any kind of chance in 2015 world cup. Indian team for 2015 world cup : 1. Dhawan 2. Rahane 3.Kohli 4. Rayudu 5. Yuvraj 6. Dhoni 7. Irfan Pathan 8. A. Mishra 9. Shami /A.Nayar/R.Dhawan (Depending on Pitch)10.I Pandey 11.B.Kumar/Yadav(Depanedin on form. 12. Zaheer(if fit). 13. R.Jadeja 14. A.Nayar 14. R. Dhawan 15. Gambhir 16. Sehwag

Posted by humi_cric on (March 3, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

@ look-ma-i-am-indian: Sour Grapes, hahahahha, I think you didn't sleep well last night after those two blows of Afridi, need a big hug, as out of recent 11 matches (away from India), India only manage 1 win, must be very painful. You don't like slogger cricket and a big fan of IPL???? strange or I must say very strange.

Posted by Saumen on (March 3, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

Only Pakistan team has the ability to make a simple target into a real tough one. Indian bowling is not good at these times and it was Pak batsmen who almost turned it into India's favour though they get over the line with two good hits from Afridi. The pitch was not at all bad for a score over 300 but Indian batsmen can't stand out otherwise Pak batsmen would made it another mess.

As an Indian team fan, I am disappointed as they didn't played to their talent and it seemed they were not serious at wicket. Though we don't had the likes of Yuvraj, Raina, Gambhir. Dhoni in this but still had enough talent that can took over Pak bowlers. At last a good match that will boost Pakistan cricket team confidence. :)

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

@look-ma-i-am-indian. It is good policy to not to play with those who beat you. India is not in Europe and should overcome asian teams first then go ahead. we dont mind you playing with SA, AUS, Eng but will all those 3 will think india a looser only.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

afridi gained great job for pakistan.

Posted by mostafabelal on (March 3, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

Once again Indian bowlers show the world - how ordinary they are, outside India. I am sure Indian so called master batsmen will face tough challenge from Afghan pacers.

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (March 3, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

Kolhi ; long way to go before handover the captaincy to him. Just see how he celebrate .shouting at opponents.angry faces. don't know how to use bowlers. At this age SA'n Smith was great. Matthews is good example too. How dharma handled the MI indians is great than this.

But the other hand i believe dharma was more suit for t20 than other formats. He can't play well in home and away. In home bounce is too low and in other places bounce is to big.

Time for drop Ashwin . International Matches should not test labs for people like him. Testing should done at home . Not good sportsmanship too.

Less than year to WC , india pressed the panic button and really messed up. Most of them are stars build by media rather than real stars.

Good to see PAK have one and only captain. Afridi now (seems to be ) listen to his captain . In previous tournaments we saw multiple captains in same match that do there own things . Professor and Afridi is good example for it. In this fact SL is good.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. No point in whinging about short boundaries. Pakistan were the better team in all the three departments. As simple as that. The fact that the match became even that close because of lack of belief in the Pakistan camp about chasing targets. Any other team would have chased down the target relatively easily.

Good to see that Mishra got a chance finally, though Kohli should have done this against SL itself. Anyway, kudos to Kohli as Mishra would have never played if Dhoni was the captain. For this reason alone, Dhoni should "retire" from his captaincy and hand over the reins to Kohli. For people, who say Kohli is still young, remember that Smith became SA's captain when he was 21! Kohli has all the right ingredients and his captaincy so far has been impressive.

Lastly, please dump Karthik from the Indian team forever. Unfortunately, he seems to somehow mess up the chances given to him and end up hurting the team

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

Karthik is not the what we are looking as a replacement for Dhoni, his keeping is below par and he is not at all consistent with his batting. We need to groom a keeper who can bat...and i think Sanju Samson is the player we should invest on.

Posted by Die_Hard_Indian_Cricket_Lover on (March 3, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Virat Kohli is a great batsmen. There is no doubts about that. But the main difference I see with MSD and Kohli is that MSD is a gentlemen Kohli is not. kohli should admire the fact that both Pakistan and Sri Lanka played better cricket in this tournament rather than making some lame excuses. The real fact is Indian team is not the worlds best cricket team any more. They only won a match with minnow team Bangladesh and lost 13 international matches consecutively recently. I wouldn't be surprised even if India lost the next match to the Afghanistan. Now India is just an average team.

Posted by NomiJ on (March 3, 2014, 4:32 GMT)

@look-ma-i-am-indian The whole IPL is all about slogging!

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (March 3, 2014, 4:32 GMT)

Finally some special good from Afridi after long time ...good show by Pakistan..but Umar gul six actual made easy for Pakistan win......Indian even next 5 year have no captain like Dhoni...he is cool, real Captain....Kohi not mature yet for this character .

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

True champion delivers at the right time ; Love u Sahid afridi

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

it was a very good game of cricket. thank you bengali brethren for supporting team Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

Well played greens:)

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

Keep Kalm Kohli .... we B E L I E V E in AFRIDI

Posted by ajoshi2 on (March 3, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

The amount of money you make is not always a good barometer of your abilities. This Indian side, despite its millionaires, is a mediocre side right now. Its lost a few games in this tournament to other mediocre sides like Sri Lanka and Pakistan thru a few mistakes. It's hard to accept that, but it should not surprise anyone. They need to keep working at their craft to ensure that they go from mediocre to good, by reducing the mistakes. If they do that, they can have a good shot at the next World Cup. Because, Australia and South Africa are by far the best test match teams. But as far as ODIs are concerned, the difference between a mediocre and a good team is just a matter of cutting down on mistakes.

Posted by casimpk on (March 3, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

Kholi : "Those last two sixes were not quite off the middle of the bat. One side was a small boundary"

this shows how mature Kholi is! blaming the BOUNDARY ROPE?! & Afridi didn't hit those 2 sixes well?!

Man up Kholi, appreciate the other team instead of making such laughable excuses, the better team won!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

MSD must be there otherwise Kohli over aggressively match will loos and odi best player MSD coming in 7 th place score 8000+ runs MSD he is great captan ever india produced

Posted by ajithabey on (March 3, 2014, 4:24 GMT)

Superb fight back by Pakistan with some sensible batting by Hafeez, Maqsood and of course Afridi to seal the win and topple one of the so called big 3 in International cricket. The Indian team looks jaded except for a few players like Jadeja,Kohli and Rahane who try their best at all times. Their bowling & fielding too is not very satisfactory.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

congrats pakistan team what a performer afridi. tr-emended power hitting him wow....... then good chance pak go thru to final vs srong sri lankan...... very disappointing asia cup for India..... poor cricket from top team in the world(flat track bullies)they needed Dhoni com back in to the side......

Posted by jhumpir on (March 3, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

Rohit sharma was playing beautiful and once he was set he should not make that shot that will be a good foundation of indian batting. Pakistan batting did the worse ahmed shahzad through his wickets when he was batting superbly not to mention umar akmal careless shot. India did well to come back to the game but in the end it was boom boom who murder them in the end. Pakistan should make this chase with ease their batting is very fragile.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:20 GMT)

where is last tow ball some body know that??????????????/

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

For the next match and possibly in future tours, it is best we look at a team without Rohit Sharma and Karthik. Consistently inconsistent is their hall-mark and they have been given enough chances. Even a 50 from Sharma in this match does not justify him of a place in the team on this account. Rayadu can keep too.... and Ajinkya could open. Any other player who comes in atleast will come with zero expectations.....A leg spinner is always a wicket taking option....Amit Mishra is any day better than Piyush Chawla (who even in his best of spells, has rarely managed to turn the ball, unless there were stones / pebbles on the pitch which resulted in the ball turning square. )

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 3, 2014, 4:14 GMT)

India missed MSD! Period. All those MSD bashers please see for urself how much of value that man adds to the team. He is the world's best finisher and a thinking and cool captain. Yes, he has been defensive in Test field placings but in the shorter format, MSD is the man! I think India's middle order has been strong because of MSD, Raina and Yuvraj all performing.

Raina and Yuvi have to be back if India fancies its chances in the World Cup. I am puzzled as to why Ishwar Pandey hasnt yet got a game! Down under u need bowlers like him, and if he is not tested now, then we may never get the chance to do so until the WC.

Kohli is still young, he will learn along the way, the more he sticks around with MSD as his deputy, the better for him!

Everyone was blaming MSD for not trying new players but I can see that Virat is doing the same thing... may be this is something that has to do with Fletcher rather than MSD or Kohli in my opinion.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:14 GMT)

Both teams showed some quality cricket under great stress ... Indian by making three fifties , pakistan by giving a good opening and then middle stand ... Match was almost equal till the last ball ... Afridi's last Six was an outcome of an edge ... It's crosses the boundary , applause ... It is inside the boundary , an exactly historic win for Kohli and India ...

Posted by look-ma-i-am-indian on (March 3, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

Slogging is not cricket. in last match team india lost because of slogger Perera. today slogger Afridi. If india play against proper cricketing teams they are favourites. #Bleedblue.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

nothing an nonone can question kohli's a teamman an spiritual cricketer an captain he expressed his b honest v cricket lovers from india used to shout in front of television den y cant captain. ...each one s different v cant expect everyone to b MSD.....bring quality fast bowlers an MSD....u s.lankans an pakistanis....u wl feel hard to compete against formidable INDIA

Posted by look-ma-i-am-indian on (March 3, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Asia cup is a meaningless tournament. India should not be wasting time playing in it. They need to make more games against Bigger teams like Aus SA Eng. Asia cup should be left for bottom ranked teams to improve themselves.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

Well played Pakistan... Afridi outstanding love you :)... I must say kohli is not mature to be a captain. He acts really weird on the ground. Showing fingers and punches dosent go with a personality of a captain. He needs to groom himself before he captains a fantastic side like India. He is wonderful player himself but he needs to learn how to respect opponents. He is immature

Posted by ms2000 on (March 3, 2014, 4:08 GMT)

Pakistan, why did you beat India.? We wanted them in the Final to whow them our strength once again and prove that India is the weakest side in world cricket today. Beating you Pakistan in teh final will notbe easy but it does not matter. Iwe dont win , you must win. We love you Pakistan - fan from Sri Lanka

Posted by gazaal on (March 3, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

Well played Professor,Sohaib,Shehzad and stunning performance by Lala, congrats to Pak team, congrats to whole nation for a marvellous victory.

Posted by The.Counselor on (March 3, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

I don't know why Indian Supporters forget that "Team India" isn't playing their home, rather away from Home. Anyway, Congratulations, "Team Pakistan"

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

s.lanka tk a deep breath. ....u can manage pak as mostly india won't play final.....anyway v wl b chasing wtever total u put keep quiet.....

Posted by birdz_eye on (March 3, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

Well the big three (Aussie+English Umpires+Indian Side) were on one side & Pakistan was on other side. Yet all efforts of big three to hand over the Asia cup went in veil. Its not just Pakistan's victory its Cricket which was ultimate winner! Bit the dust Big Three you deserve it!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

I want to go home. I don't like to play with Afghanistan... Hereafter I will only play inside India. :)

Posted by ms2000 on (March 3, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

Only y'day morning I wrote that India is a medicore team in World Cricket now. It was proved beyond doubt. What more can Sri Lanka and Pakistan prove? Both those teams are far above the Indian team. Soon you can see Banaladesh and Afganistan beating India. Let go to the world cup 2015 and see where India stands. They surely miss Yuvaraj, Shewag, Zak. Those were genuine Cricketers. Sorry state of affairs in Indian Cricket now in turmoil. Congrats Pakistan.

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

We missed pujara for sure...after kohli was gone...there was nobody india could hv relied on.....bad team selection. ..

Posted by Sniper on (March 3, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

Our Delhi players are inconsistent and unreliable. Dhawan's 10 and Kohli's 5 spelt the roots of a defeat. The selectors must keep this in mind when selecting the Team. Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir and Hsrbhajan all belonged to the same category. We need consistent and reliable players. Another unreliable player is Rohit SHARMA who is undependable. Kart hike should be ignored for future tours as he is a fidgety player.. Sniper

Posted by basusri133b on (March 3, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

A typical Afridi style ending to take Pakistan to victory. We were at least 30 to 40 runs below par. I have come to the sad conclusion, that this is a very mediocre Indian team, barring Kholi none of the others are up to par. Though undoubtedly Mishra & Ashwn bowled well. It was probably too much for Ashwin to take on Afridi, who on a given day is unstopable. We should never have been in such a position. We have no excuses for not batting well. This is our back yard. If we cannot perform here, we can kiss the World Cup good bye in AUS/ NZ.Our fielding seems to be getting worse every game. Karthik is a club level player. Let him stick to IPL. Can some body enlighten me as to why we so far have never come up with a better 2nd Wicket Keeper ? The BCCI is plonking huge sums of money on a coaching & support staff, and not to mention our venerable Selectors, and this is the net result.The problem is, no body is held accountable. The BCCI has effectively silence

Posted by Dr.Lakson on (March 3, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

Great game! Though it was 13 against 11 and glad for the greater interest of cricket that Boom Boom came through. ICC/ACC must be scratching their heads as to how to squeeze in the biggest audience for the final to make cricket commercially relevant....... Mark my words next Asia cup will have clause that says the largest audience will always be in the final even if they do not make it in the qualifiers! Ah DRS will also not get the nod as long as the commercially relevant audience gets the benefit of the doubt in most cases! I will be surprised if this comment makes to the board!.

Posted by sudhipanoor on (March 3, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

indian pacers bowled poorly but overol top perfomence from india mishra bowled beutifully desire to see varunaaron hitting rhythm he is a good prospect groom him properly

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

@yvivekcb. Even if pak lost from bdesh pak will qualify for final as afghanistan is gona crush india to its worst

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 3:36 GMT)

@francis before2013 india had never won from pakistan in champions trophy lol its7-1. Got it

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

India lost continue..first lost to SA, then come to NZ. here they play very bad, then come to Bangladesh and lost to both SR and PAK. only DHONI is absent in the team. BANGLADESH score 279 runs against India. in sub-continent condition India fail to perform, where SR and PAK proof them-self and also they play good cricket in abroad. what happen to them??? in star sports, they show only indian so called great victory, if they also show their lost game..people and player will learn a lot from previous mistake....

Posted by casimpk on (March 3, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

Congratulations to team Pakistan! They did everything right, apart from their woeful batting which almost gave away this match which should've been wrapped up by 45th over. As for Indians claiming their team to be young & inexperienced, well most of the Players in Pak team have hardly played 50 odis plus Talha made his debut! Pak is playing exceptional keeping in view we haven't played any home game since 2009! Whereas Ind team has been mostly successful at home flat tracks. Nobody can deny the resilience of Pak team, & it is a shame to see India refuses to play full series with Pak, wonder why? As for Kholi, he might be a good batsman but he's just too immature to captain his side the way he behaves on the ground. Pak has the best bowling attack, Irfan will be back soon & Muhammad Aamir has 1 year left, batting needs to be improved & we'll be unbeatable. Better luck next time Ind, well played though. Pak team are favorite's to lift asia cup again, good luck!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

No other cricketer in his generation blends genius so liberally with lunacy as Shahid Afridi, and though there were glimpses of both in Mirpur, Afridi sent Pakistan's fans into raptures and endeared himself to them again, as only he can, with two mighty blows during an incredibly tense final over.It was down to nine off four when Afridi took strike in the final over. R Ashwin had bowled beautifully throughout the innings, but he was no match for the Afridi whirlwind at the end. The batsman backed away and walloped one over extra cover to give voice to the Pakistan fans in the stadium, before, with only three needed off three, he sought to hammer Ashwin out of the ground again. This time he went over long-on, and though he seemed to have miscued it, sending the ball high into the night, it too sailed over the rope, gaining the few extra yards seemingly through nothing but Afridi's force of will.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 3:23 GMT)

Afridi still play with the heart of a Child. He is still "PETER PAN" of world of cricket.

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (March 3, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

Dhoni should be back as soon as possible. Without him India are now useless even on flat tracks. Kholi is always congratulating his guys even after India looses the game. At this rate under Kholi there is a very good chance for India to loose against Afganistan.

Posted by brian007 on (March 3, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

Those Indian still gives lame excuses this is for you... yes you "What would be your excuse this time? Cause there were no dew isn't it?" Just accept your loss and work from there, and also admit that your opponent beat you.

Posted by sanjayasenewirathne on (March 3, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

Actually Sri lanka beat Australia in that match in 2011-12 tri-series and kick india out. I cant understand the reason for his lie. And india have no chances in this asia cup too. check rules for 2 teams with same number of wins. bonus point or net run rate aren't matter in that kind of situations. Little bit surprise even Cricinfo staff didn't know that. His tactics are same as dhoni, you can call it defensive or smart. But he really needs to work on his emotions in celebration of wicket. If your just a another player that might be OK, But when your Captaining your national side you should not insult other players. And he need to give some credit to winning team as well @ PMC

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

@Devika Udolphe As for potshots mate, that entire star sports film was a potshot at Pakistan to get some cheap popularity amongst the Indian fans and it does seem that there was some poetic justice about how fiction was reversed in reality.

Posted by John_Geo on (March 3, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

A typical 'cricket classic'. Lovely to watch such a well-contested game. I cannot understand with so much of cricketing talent in India, how India somehow managed to lose almost every match over the last few months. So much so for the biggest of the big 3.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

an amazing match and more, pakistans victory really was a in jeopardy until the very end. it was refreshing to see some clean hitting at the top of the pakistan order, though ahmed shehzad did eventually throw away some good work. terrible running from the middle order, lots of near miss run-outs, but alhm despite a massive wobble the required result was reeled in. typically shahid afridi left us at the limit of our vulnerability and barely able to watch, before beasting ashwin into the mirpur sky. serious fireworks from the veteran powerhouse of which we thought wed seen the last, except wed forgotten. afridis unpredictability guards his legend ensuring he will remain in the hearts of pakistan fans for as long as the game is played.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

Reasons for your downfall

(1) IPL (Players die for money do nothing for the country, that provide very ordinary type of players otherwise would not even think to play for national team)

(2) Some Player of team and some fans (No respect to the opposition they always think they are the best, hardly admire oppositions Quality- particularly CAPTAIN)

(3) Media - Exaggeration (Always give high expectation that cannot be delivered, they cover own mistake instead learning from them)

(4) Discrimination - I feels captain and administration biased towards some players depending on who the captain is. I cant understand why India drop Gautam(just a one instance), such bnaturally gifted payer. I hope people remember incident between Koli and Gautam in previous IPL season.

These are not good signs for Indian cricket. Remember fans can go crazy if this continue longer. Remember people are the same they remain calm as long as u win matches.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (March 3, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

No worries. This is useless Asia cup, having said that,it was a good match. Afridi, is once in a moon he plays, just because of his bowling he sticks on. Indian bowlers are doing great job, match after match, but the same ones would fail in Australia when they go for ODI world cup. Indian batters, a sorry state, Rahane, Rauydu and Rohit ( 3 R's) are not the kind of players who would light up the opening, middle and finishing. Dropping Raina was huge mistake while playing in Asia. Raina and MS Dhoni and Yuvi in form are key to ODI success. The 3 R's, good players and are good for Test matches.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

The BIG ONE beat the big three once again. It is a great moral victory.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:59 GMT)

@Devika Udolphe Of course corporates are going to put their money where profits are, you're absolutely right. But I believe the Star Sports commercial was a great indicator of how a corporate got piece of communication hopelessly wrong. A piece of communication of that nature needs to be crafted well enough that it can be played in any situation. This one clearly wasn't (which is why according to another comment on this forum they've stopped airing it). Another interesting point to note is that after about a week of running that film they included a small strip of text (something about being a tribute to in, pal, sl fans) probably someone had noticed that the film was in bad taste.

I respect your opinion that my comment was childish, but I beg to differ. Also it is unclear why you seem to think my comment was motivated by hate.

thank you for your thoughts.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:55 GMT)

I think now India realized they can't win against Sri Lanka and Pakistan giants. Because they are babies comparing to master players like Sangakkara, Mahela, Malinga, Ajantha, Hafeez, Afridi etc..

Posted by sajid7137 on (March 3, 2014, 2:53 GMT)

Kohli scored only five runs before he was caught behind off Umar Gul. In his last Asia Cup match against Pakistan Kohli had scored 183 runs off 148 balls to chase down a target of 330. Excluding that match, from eight innings, Kohli has managed to score just 83 runs at 11.86 against Pakistan in ODIs. That says that he is Pakistan's bunny.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

Pakistan teamwork and M Hafeez 75 and Ajmal bowl very well afridi hits Pakistan win the match Pakistan zindabad

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

very nice afridi g plz foam to continue...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:25 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan for Win , but both of the teams played best cricket . wonderful match. Guys just learn to appreciate good cricket, be a cricket fan. Bangladeshi , Lankan fans are too irritating. comes here start abusing bla bla. India also Played well . Congo Pak . respect from India

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:23 GMT)

It was really a wonderful match in history of cricket between two Asian giants. It was a real colour of cricket with magnificent sports man spirit.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 3, 2014, 2:20 GMT)

india beaten by Sl and beaten by Pak , they not only cant win away but they cant win in sub-continent condition too but hey their fans over the moon for BD lost to afghan.

Posted by Simon.Says on (March 3, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

@ For All Indian Fans who think they dominated Pakistan in the last decade. Stat says IND vs PAK played 41 matches since that centurian match of 2003 world cup. Pak won 20, India won 21. I can't see how this is dominating record. It is 50/50. This after India had the star studded line up. CLICK===>;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;opposition= 6;spanmax2=03+mar+2014;spanmin1=01+Jan+2003;spanval1=span; spanval2=span;template=results;type=team;view=results >>>> Go back a decade further and you'll find INDIA vs PAK played 47. PAK won 28, IND won 17. What would this be called "Ultra-Domination"??

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:13 GMT)

Either the Indians were over-confident or careless. When they knew this was a do or die match, why didn't they accommodate another bowler like Varun? They could have benched Dinesh who had cost the Sri Lanka match, made Rayudu do the keeping and included Varun. I don't when they will learn to have an extra bowler at the death.

But again, I was impressed by the Indians as I had never expected them after their batting debacle to take it to the last over and the last wicket.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

Self-destruction is very familiar with Pakistan batting very disappointed at the shot selection of Akmal and also of Shezad Pakistan should had this match wrapped up easily India was lucky Jadeja's drop catch cost Pakistan 20 odd runs too many,also how come a guy like Kholi under estimated Afridi by giving Ashwin the last over Afridi would had smashed the remaining two balls of out of ground too only lalla can terror any bowler like that also well played to India they cashed in the chances that Pakistan gave them hats off of to lalla once again he lived up to his reputation some amazing display of fireworks

Posted by Nawab67 on (March 3, 2014, 1:45 GMT)

It's good that India lost now. Still have almost a year to WC. Last time they lost Asia cup....they went and won CT. I think these loses will tell lot about current team. Hope these loses also give indian selectors a chance to revisit their talent pool and evaluate them. Hopefully indian players learn from this experience and move on... I know Indian players EARN for sure if not learn.....after all they are not playing for Pak or SL???!!!!!LOL. Coming Pak , SL fans....there is a old saying " people living in glass houses don't throw stones". What goes around comes around. Pak fans enjoy the moment. SL fans enjoy the Asia cup. You deserve it being the best team in Asia. Let's talk during the WC...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 1:38 GMT)

I am afraid that India will not play with Pakistan in fatahullah any more since they are not playing in shrajah due to defeats

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 1:33 GMT)

dont worry indian players. IPL 7 is waiting for u. play well in ipl and earn crores and crores. dont worry about nation.....

Posted by PeaceinSubContinent on (March 3, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

What a cracker of a match and I think the better team on the day won it! I'm an Indian fan and obviously wanted India to win. Yes, I'm disappointed that India did not win, however lets be gracious in defeat and congratulate our Pakistani friends and be happy for them. After all, there are going to be many more cricket matches between us and I'm sure that India will win some and Pakistan will win some. What hurts is a one-sided contest and as cricket fans we have to admit that this was not a one-sided match and both teams tried hard. Pakistan won today because they seized the decisive moments and played better cricket today. Congrats Team Pakistan! Good luck to Team India for the future! Peace and bestl wishes to all Indians and Pakistanis!

Posted by nothingnew on (March 3, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

When chasing team win except India at night everyone mumbling bcos of dew factor . If India chased then it was great chased .It meant india is not top talented team . They win bcos of the dew factor. bcos of dew every indian players playing good cricket. Specially Dhoni and Kohli .If toss will be loose , then India defenetely lose the game . however yesterday pak did a great game against India . unsung hero Afridi made a huge impact on the game . I believe he should be man of the match . If he was not there , no one can hit 2 sixes like that and India would win .Hafeez played good game . but ?

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 1:06 GMT)

India has won only one ODI in last 13 ODIs.

Lost against Pak Lost against SL Won against BAN Lost against NZ Lost against NZ Tied against NZ Lost against NZ Lost against NZ N/R against SA Lost against SA Lost against SA

Indian fans here who are talking about sri lanka... I have nothing to say more than that... What a Shame...!!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 1:00 GMT)

impressed with Kohil's captaincy tactics but not with his behavior, when Kusal janith got out during the SL match and Ajmal got out in the last match he reacted in a retarded way, and giving excuses in the post-match presentation. Instead of blaming on dew, B.kumar and other bowlers should have practice with dew conditions before coming to the Asia-cup.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 0:58 GMT)

out class awsum mind blowing

Posted by sundoo on (March 3, 2014, 0:55 GMT)

We cant blame the bowlers.It is always the bowlers who get the stick but the fact is that the batters always fail .Karthik has iron gloves and a temperamentally poor batsman. He must be now dropped for ever .Rohit and Rayadu also should be shown the door inspite of a ok show this time .Drastic changes are needed.Pujara ,Wridihiman Saha and Binny should make the cut . Pakistan made heavy weather of the target which was 20-30 runs short .

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 0:50 GMT)

love u afridi

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (March 3, 2014, 0:41 GMT)

@Blade-runner, your prediction went wrong again. LOL. Well, technically SL isn't in finals yet as well. Also remember Pakistan has a valuable bonus point. I still back for SL in finals. as I said before there cant be any bigger luxury other than to watch SL mediocre bowlesr hit all over the ground by Misbah, Akmal and now Boom Boom Afridi.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 0:34 GMT)

Dinesh Karthik did a great favour to Dhoni, showing to the whole world, how valuable a player Dhoni is, as a wicket-keeper- batsman (in addition to being a shrewd short-format captain & finisher) . It made many of us wonder, what, perhaps, might have been the results for India against both SL & Pakistan, if Dhoni was playing instead of Karthik.

However, I should admit that SL & Pak are deserving finalists, in this tournament.

I won't be surprised, if this young Indian side get a shock from the Afghans. We Indian fans have to mentally get ready for such an event !

Posted by Kevrich on (March 3, 2014, 0:34 GMT)

Indian team do not play a gentleman's game. They are disrespectful when pakistani players were out, behaving like monkeys and the umpires were just as bad. Hope you enjoyed it when Afridi knocked you for 6 and brought the game back in Pakistan's hands like they deserved! Go home and play on your own pitches, that is all you are good at!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 0:30 GMT)

lol...India without Dhoni can only beat BD. I won't be surprised if Afghanistan beats India in their next encounter. Have fun Indian boys..IPL is awaiting for you..

Posted by Guduji71 on (March 3, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

Pakistan need one or two good finishers. Batting is good but lacks discipline. The new batsmen like A Shehzad, Sharjeel, S Mqsood & Umar Akmal are all very talented batsmen. All they need is fine tuning and they should learn to finish the match this is what is lacking. I think Hafeez & Misbah should come at No.5 & 6 respectively and try to be on the wicket till the end. We have hitters to offset high run rate required at the end, anyway. On the other hand Indian team is very good, too, but their problem is that they don't attack enough. There is no point to use lessor effective bowlers when the new batsman comes in. Ashwon was taken off as soon as he took the wicket, any attacking captain would have given him at least one or even two more overs particularly, when his confidence was so high. I have seen this problem with Dhoni & Kholi is no different (with due respect they both are excellent crickets, individually).

Posted by dilscoop_uk on (March 3, 2014, 0:16 GMT)

Well Played both teams ! But I believe Pakistan as a nation needed this victory much more than India. Cricket wins again!

Posted by Jaganplus on (March 3, 2014, 0:08 GMT)

All countries have real fans and then small minded fans. Let's not insult ALL fans from a country because of small minded fans from their country making ridiculous comments.

I have to say ind-pak is always worth watching. Rivalry back on track.

Posted by ravi-1967 on (March 3, 2014, 0:04 GMT)

Pathetic performance by India. A country which boasted of a very strong middle order fielded one of the weakest middle order this time. At junctures like these you realise the value of people like Yuvraj and Raina. They should have been given chances.

India needs to have a stable 15 member team for the 2015 world cup and as of now look like India would not move beyond round one.

Indian cricket back to to the gloomy days of the 1990s.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 23:53 GMT)

Another thing. Whatever people may say, this was a amazing show by the Indian bowlers. The way Kohli used them was superb, and the bowlers lived up to his expectations. Ashwin's last over was bowled well, but even Afridi's mishits have so much power that they can take them all the way. Overall a great Indian bowling performance to pull it back from 67-0.

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 2, 2014, 23:50 GMT)

In my opinion, India should have made the Pakisthan number 11 to struggle hard for a single. Because, it was clear at that stage that he would have been looking for a single to give strike to Afridi. But, India made no fielding change or made no team discussion to prevent that single. Ashwin bowled around the wicket to give an easy single to him and the rest is now history. Ashwin should have gone over the wicket to Junaid with two or three close in fielders. ONE DOT BALL, would have done wonders and it wasn't a tough ask for a quality off-spinner against a number 11 batsman under pressure. Third ball, he would have attempted a cheeky single or would have gone for big hit. Both would have been in India's favor. Even if he takes a single in the third ball, Afridi could have still finished it off. But, with only 3 balls left to get 9 runs, the pressure factor would have multiplied exponentially.

Posted by MrRviboy on (March 2, 2014, 23:48 GMT)

What an awesome victory by Pakistan. Very entertaining and exhilarating contest!

Luck was on Pakistan's side today! Afridi is simply a powerhouse, these were difficult shots on long on and extra cover! Still our batting overall is very clumsy, Sohaib didn't picked Ashwin at all! Pakistan needs to handle pressure well in crunch games if it is eyeing the mega 2015 worldcup! Hafeez crafted his innings superbly by taking measure of the situation and playing flawlessly until that out of thoughts shot at the crucial time. I thought its curtains for Pakistan but Afridi had other plans, Hafeez however set the tone for Afridi to strike his mighty blows in the last overs M. Talha inclusion payed off as well. Team selection was spot on from Pakistan selectors, M. Irfan addition could make it a very lethal and hostile bowling attack.

At last, Pakistan beats India in a big tournament and breaks the losing streak. This would help their self belief and confidence in upcoming Pak-India encounters.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 23:46 GMT)

In India, there's a herd of batsmen who are much deserving of the places in the middle order. Our middle order right now is highly unstable, and Rayudu did do well yesterday, but that doesn't mean we can blindly rely on them. Ever since Srikanth has left as chief selector, everything has gone wrong. They keep choosing the same stock for every format. Look at England and Australia, they use T20 as a medium to find new talent and this transferring them to the ODI side. Unlike India, where everyone plays everything. This is poor selection. The selection has to become more sensible, not just selecting players on the base of one amazing game and 10 failures. Look at Bhuvi. He doesn't even swing the ball as much anymore. And if you start benching these kind of players, they will be pushed to do well and bring themselves back into the side.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 23:38 GMT)

I don't know if anyone has given this a thought, but Vijay is a great player. He has more technique I feel than Rohit. At least overseas I think Vijay as he is a natural opener opposed to Rohit, who is not.

With the bowling, I feel Bhuvi should be axed. He isn't doing too well in comparison to others and India should make way for Ishwar Pandey. I mean what does India get these new faces for? They don't play them, Pandey is sitting on the benches since the beginning of the NZ series. Utter nonsense.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (March 2, 2014, 23:35 GMT)

It is sorry to see kohli's face. Lol. Dear Indians, At least try to beat AFG then you can go home saying that We beat BD and AFG. World Champions lol. When play out side India hardly beat full member.

Posted by Tweety20 on (March 2, 2014, 23:30 GMT)

Its ironic that the the two countries that were against the BCCI's takeover proposal have beaten the Indian team.May be this sends a message that goes like ''you will never control or rule us on the field''. Congrats Pakistan & sorry India.

Posted by cricket_lover1 on (March 2, 2014, 23:25 GMT)

Once again India lost due to death bowling. What coach is doing to correct it. They just keep loosing. India needs to develop this team for World Cup. Weak middle order, mediocre fielding & below average bowling ...if they continue like this..they will be out in first round. Please develop 2-3 good death bowlers. Couple of medium pacers who can hit hard. This should be the team- Playing xi-Dhawan, rohit , kohli, pujara, yuraj, dhoni,irfan, binny, jadeja, shami, yadav. Reserves- rayudu (wk), Mishra, pandey, aaron, rahane.

Posted by vish2020 on (March 2, 2014, 23:21 GMT)

So many Pakistani's are offended that india is in big 3. well truth is india is big 1 and everyone else. This big 3 isn't about winning one asia cup win over india. This is about pulling in revenue to sustain cricket and having star power that wherever your team goes people will follow. Pakistan is not that so stop your rubbish

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 23:13 GMT)

hi friends great win for Pakistan ,good flight I love kholi as a batsman but still emotional child, first learn to respect player like Saeed Ajmal ..Best of Luck Team Pakistan

Posted by razakbhai123 on (March 2, 2014, 23:08 GMT)

Kohli should not been given captain's responsibility ! it has affected his batting ,as a captain he was looking nervous to loose against pakistan ! let him play his agressively ,natural batting !

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 23:03 GMT)

Kohli and the Indian supporters against the world... lol! Go SL, Go Pak, Go Ban.. Sorry India, you can go home now and play IPL in flat tracks! lol!

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 22:59 GMT)

Bye bye India! As a SL fan I wanted India to win this match as the final victory would have been much sweeter over India. Well, I guess its more meaningful to face a worthy opponant than the one we prefer.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

From i hv leant by reading cmnts in Asia Cup Everyone's favourite team is Pakistan unless their team isnt playing they want Pakisatn to win...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

India go, go and play Kandi. At least by doing that you will win some matches.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:55 GMT)

had a great victory of Pakistan, and Afridi has proven himself. He can

Posted by Contra377 on (March 2, 2014, 22:50 GMT)

some pakistani fans are getting overhyped and creating fake stats

India have beaten Pakistan in champions trophy last year in 2013. And ofcourse Pak never beat India in any WC match including t20 WCs.

India have won 5 Asia cup titles, SL have won 4, Pakistan have won 2

India have won 2 Champions trophies - only country to win Champions trophy twice, Pakistan have not won Champions trophy

India have won 2 world cups, Pak have won once

India and pak both won 2 t20 WCs

request not to give false info

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:48 GMT)

@yvivekcb do you how much we want to meet you in the finals.oh we missed the chance see kholi's sad face. and pack your bags and go home otherwise afgans will thrash you.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

Did someone notice when misbah score Pakistan lost the match when he didn't Pakistan won and when kohli score India won when he didn't India lose so I hope that misbah didn't score in final If he didn't then insha Allah Pakistan win the Asia cup good luck Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:38 GMT)

it wasa best match between pak and ind ever played.....

Posted by pakoz on (March 2, 2014, 22:34 GMT)

It was a great game of cricket & was played in a good spirit by both teams. Even though Pakistan won this game but Misbah's captaincy again left so many questions to ponder. His decision to bowl Gul in the last overs did not make any sense when spinners were well on the top. Umar Gull gave away 36 runs in his last three overs. I changed my opinion about Kohli as a captain. people talk about his attitude but he looked me like Ponting , who was aggressive & rude to the oppostion but was very supportive to his team mates. Exactly the same thing I found in Kohli. He is fit for this job.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:33 GMT)

wt a nail biting win .... congrats Pak :)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:30 GMT)

The match got prolonged by Pakistani Batsman's bad shot making while Indian bowling had little to do with it. Anyway the most interesting thing was how the gallery reacted towards the match, a more or less 80% Pakistani support. I do not think it is a random incident, Indian efforts to create big 3 voting countries pushed the overall Asian support away from them. I heard the anger of people while the game was going on and it will get worse. I am pretty sure gallery is going to roar to Afghanistan against India too. Anywhere in Asia India goes to play except their home country, they will face angry gallery like yesterday and it is not going to help their game at all. BCB might need to come up with a strategy to counter this growing problem. Except or not gallery always play a role in a match's fate.

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (March 2, 2014, 22:29 GMT)

India cannot even win on flat tracks now!!! Very poor team... Please Indian fans do not post comments with all the rubbish in the world to give advises to other teams. You can watch Ranji trophy now and comment.. Good luck for SL & PAK( the real friends and Neighbours)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:19 GMT)

we missed dhoni,,,kohli is a kid,,,non serious and biased with cheap attitude below the levels of a captain..

Posted by rezauk on (March 2, 2014, 22:06 GMT)

A good win for Pakistan. Despite a couple of issues with the umpiring and fielding (Hafeez) they made seriously hard work of this task. Ok a solid start bringing the run rate down nicely. An injured Batsmen has pros & cons but due to his lack of foot movement anyway wasn't a major issue - Wouldn't take hin to Australia though nothing like facing 20 balls in a test and spending a couple of days fielding. 2nd & 3rd wickets were thrown away and not good enough. Overall this team needs to knuckle down and the main issue is that when teams bowl tightly to them they either hit a boundary but don't compliment the over with singles. Compared to India , the Indian batsmen push singles in the gaps whilst the Pakistani batsmen hit the ball hard but struggle with placement. This is a technical issue but needs to be coached at a team level so that everybody understands their responsibility going forward. Anyway I hope things improve but I'm not holding my breath :)

Posted by KrikIndFan on (March 2, 2014, 22:06 GMT)

What a nerve wrecking game of cricket, its been a while since we had a such a nail biter. Amazing comeback from Indian bowlers who everyone was critizing after NZ series. Mishra was brilliant, Ashwin was at his best. Inspite of not getting any wicket at start, they kept on their cool heads and kept doing what they do best. Karthik was again average as a keeper. Too bad defending total was not what Kohli had planned but they did not give up till the very end. Well played Pakistan, we came close but couldn't seal it, well..may be next time :)

Posted by JazzSinger on (March 2, 2014, 22:02 GMT)

Afridi - The Cricket Legend.....enough said!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:01 GMT)

23 match lead now. Pakistan rocks!

Posted by chak-day on (March 2, 2014, 21:57 GMT)

Come on indians congratulate Pakistan ....they were better team. ..... Sorry thay are better team .....ALWAYS.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:56 GMT)

HI Guys, Congrats to Pakistan to winning such a nail-biting battle. But I was wondering why the broadcast is so bad in such an exclusive competition. I mean this is Asia Cup and such a bad production show and camera work. Does any one has an idea why is that? and am afraid that would it be the same for T20 WC. Horrible broadcasting this time.

Posted by JohnSnider on (March 2, 2014, 21:53 GMT)

Pakistan almost lost to Afghanistan but saved by Umar Akmal, almost lost to India but saved by Afridi. Sri Lanka whooped both India and Pakistan easily

Posted by Retour on (March 2, 2014, 21:53 GMT)

First of all, thanks to both the teams on providing a true nail biter! Once again, congratulations to Pak

My comment is more related to the report - Unfair to compare the Miandad's 6s vs. this one. As an Ind fan, I can say that Miandad six was epic! In the last over, many of the fans would have felt that the game could go either way, i.e. Afridi would connect or get caught. Great for Pak that the ball flew over the ropes. In the late 80s and 90s era, Ind team was not that strong, while Pak was amongst the top sides, so understandably Pak enjoyed a good record. In those days, from what I understand, Ind and Pak played a lot so it allowed Pak to improve its record

Now, Ind and Pak do not play that much. Have enjoyed far more competitive games, in fact 50/50 in the last 10 years and in Asia Cup. However, when it comes to winning major tourneys, Ind has won more that what SL and Pak have won combined. For example, Ind - 2 WCs, 2 CTs, 1 T20 WC, 1 #1 test; Pak - 1WC, 1T20 Wc; SL - 1WC, 1CT

Posted by saqlains_doosra on (March 2, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

can't believe Afridi didn't get man of the match. Whether you love or hate him, there is no one else like LALA! :)

Posted by JohnSnider on (March 2, 2014, 21:46 GMT)

Congratulate to both Pakistan and India put on such a spectacular show for cricket lovers around the world .To me, winner loser do it does not really matters but if there is drama and well fought competition then it is lot more fun. Today everyone was a winner. But Afridi was real outstanding winner and from today he became Tiger of Bengal. He is thes greatest entertainer in the history of Cricket , He takes mighty whack at every ball and gets out in few balls. He was the last man standing he should have been man of the match not Hafeez. . It is too bad these two countries cannot ever play each other' World War 111 Series" yearly due to Indian Politics. They have same, culture, same language, same food and same people, why cant they live in peace. I guess then cricket matches would not be that interesting. Any way Masterpiece show, a historical finish by Afridi, I think Indians must have enjoyed the firework of Afridi. Because they love cricket. I am Pakistani in USA

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

I wanted KOHLI to lose more than India. Hes captain of India but he acts like a Spoiled Brat never taught how to behave at this level. His gestures towards dismissed Pakistans batsmen were outrageous n disrespectful for a team like India. All I can say now is dat Very Well played INDIA n congratulations Pakistan. To Kohli, Build a character of a Good player... u r spoiling it for urself.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

Extremely over joyous! Today was the final of Asia cup, and Pakistan nailed it! Way to Go Greens!

Posted by troll_dum on (March 2, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

@TharakaNilupul For a team to hold high spot in all 3 format is commendable, that too in transition phase.Only recently we have lost Sachin, Sehwag, Dravid, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Gambhir in ODIs who were our mainstays. Think about yourself first, what you would be without a single Sangakkara, then you would be lying around 5-6?? oh no..Sorry... there's where you are right now!!! hehe.. almost!

Posted by Pak_Fan86 on (March 2, 2014, 21:27 GMT)

Wow!!!! I mean simply wow, what a match!! seriously!!! cricket won today. Request to all my paki bros, celebrate victory but in a good manner. Respect Indian people's emotions too. Its not always abt ind and pak, its abt cricket. Cricket won today. India is a good team, almost defended this low total. And pak should see what mistakes they did today (there were too many) pak is lucky that pak won otherwise it could have gone either way. come on indian people cheer up, its just cricket. Virat kohli is next sachin trust me. And u still have the coolest and smartest captain and batsman in face of the great MSD. :)

Posted by Selfishkar on (March 2, 2014, 21:26 GMT)

Rohit Sharma's 56 should guarantee his place for another 5-6 series.

Posted by WickedWicket on (March 2, 2014, 21:25 GMT)

Team mgmt to Afridi: "Singles will win it. Pace yourself." Afridi: "Naa.." Team mgmt: "OK. Last over.Two sixes to win it." Afridi: "Yup. Thats right up my alley."

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:24 GMT)

Great pakistan good job BOOM BOOM!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:23 GMT)

It was all Afridi's show today.

Posted by WickedWicket on (March 2, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

Misbah: "Dont go crazy out there"

Afridi: "Lets talk after the game"

Posted by Nampally on (March 2, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

It is easy to blame Karthik now for both the losses Vs. SL & Vs. Pakistan. But if India needed a top class WK, Saha was available. If they needed younger guys, Rahul & Samson were available. All 3 have scored heavily in Ranji matches too. Thankfully at least Mishra was given a chance in XI & showed how good he is! Pujara still "decorates the Bench" despite being one of the top batsmen in the World. So the XI Selection is still based on favouritism rather than Merit. Now that India, the #1 ranked ODI side in the World, have lost to all top 8 except WI, will the Selectors + Captains Dhoni & Kohli, open their eyes wide & question their tactics. World Cup 2015 will be out of the Indian reach if the same tactics continue. BCCI, the Selectors & Captain of the Indian team need to give serious thoughts to all these losses, irrational XI Selection, individual players being targeted & benched. Ganguly called for the meeting to review these but serious souls searching is the Real Need!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:16 GMT)

what a game Afridi after long time delivered on crunch time. KOHLI how did he let Junaid take single and Why did Afridi crossed when Talha got out. lots of comedy errors which produces thriller like this

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

Kohli showed punches twice to LALA when Talha and Ajmal Got out but LALA showed the last and final punch to all........Good one LALA

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

@Auditor2012 THe plateform for Afridi was set up by Hafeez and saying afridi is matchwinner yeah Afridi can win Pak matches singlehandedly like today but that thing comes only once every twenty or more innings, thats why everyone criticizes Afridi

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:04 GMT)

This match shows why India and Pakistan should play more often. I request the Indian supporters to pressurise the BCCI to play regular series with Pakistan, keeping politics away from the sport madly loved by the people of sub-continent.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

Dear haters from Lanka and Pakistan, we didn't loose against you very badly, we are a very young team without Dhoni, look at your teams, you have all old guns like Afridi, Sanga, Mahela, Misbah, Gul, Malinga, but our young team gave you tough games till last over, isn't? Don't fly in the air too much and these current Indian team/players didn't include themselves in big 3 thing, (i hear it for a few months from the haters here) stop hating us, if you really hate us, then stop watching our Bollywood, media, even our cricket? Etc. Before you guys said we can't play outside subcontinent, now you say we can only play in India? Now, you see its not only green conditions but even in sub continent we lost, just because some of our players not so experienced, specially including bowlers (just think how many players were playing in this current Asia cup from the last team from WC11) and then give your comments and hatred feelings to us, enough is enough... But I am sure we will learn from this!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:01 GMT)

A satisfying win for Pakistan. Thank you team!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

i love afridi and pak we are the best yes afridi is the best

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

@TharakuNilupul. India will come back to winning ways soon and SL will also face the music. There is no way SL will be no 1 in ODI and forget about Tests.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:53 GMT)

@ Dav Robbs. You conveniently missed out the serires in India. When Pakistan won in Indian soil with all your Big gun's present. Dude, Man up and atleast congratulate your neighbours as we are congratulating you for the fight your team gave. Show some sportsmanship mate. God Bless!

Posted by Sudhir65 on (March 2, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

Wow, if not for poor fielding India would have won easily. No need to be down over this. Good captaincy and good fight shown by Indians

Posted by troll_dum on (March 2, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

@TharakaNilupul .. India is in transition phase. like Australia, England had, you too will have it. Dont you forget how SL used to bashed and thrashed by India in all departments.(Check records) In this Transition phase i am really proud of Indian team for the fighting spirit in all series even in SA, NZ and here.

How much i would love to see SL MINUS Sangakkara, you ppl. are nothing without him. AND.. your ranking would be at deserved place around 5-6 without Sangakkara and Mahela. Indians are still best team in all three formats combined, with most players having played less than couple of dozen matches.

Srilankans.. Thanks to you, we Indians are going to get closer and closer to Pakistan. Because of Media which was not possible before. This Series has been turning point as we previously thought SL to be best friends in Subcontinent in past.

Posted by TRAM on (March 2, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

Ind should not have given single to Pak number 11 batsman in the last over. That was awfully poor field setting and lack of bowling plan by Kohli & Ashwin. When Ashwin bowled to Afridi in the last over he should have bowled well outside off denying sixers. I thought these were common sense decisions.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:48 GMT)

At last Afridi delivered on crunch time what a game of cricket, if Pakistan and India play regularly that ll be good for cricket it will be bigger than Ashes

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:48 GMT)

Auditor2012. It is a statistical fact that Afridi has lost more matches for Pakistan with his reckless batting than what he has won.

Posted by dewey on (March 2, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

Some of the indian fans have no sportsmanship. You cannot win all the matches every time. Otherwise, it wont be a game. You win and lose. When the team wins, you treat them like gods. When they lose, you are ready to burn their effigies. You never appreciate opponents. There is a remote chance you can still make the finals. I think for all practical purposes, Sri Lanka is in. But, if SL loses to bangla and India beats Afghans with bonus point, you can still make it to the finals.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 2, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Proud of you guys.. If they can get irfan fit and make bhatti a better bowler than they a very good Odi side. No better day than winning day from India.

Posted by La_Bangla on (March 2, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Great game of Cricket. Excellent fight by an young Indian team against experienced Pakistani team. Pakistan was very lucky to escape from another defeat-thanks to boom Afridi..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Indian fans woo hooo!!! You can enjoy the ranji trophy now!! You got a very poor team

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:41 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Afridi does it once again. Congrats from an India supporter.

Posted by md4cric on (March 2, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

We the cricket fans ( Indian cricket- ODIs and Tests) will have to wait for a very long time as all cricketers must be eager to play IPL and other T20s. TWO New balls from each end will NOT bring any success to India in ODIs unless they've Good Fast bowlers.Simply salivating the balls will NOT spin .

After mar 2014 basically All Cricket for India comes to End for atleast 8 weeks and Tamasha cricket and Glamour? takes over.

BCCI must start investing in young bowlers so India may have Quality bowlers especially Fast speed bowlers.If you've money but NOT invested in right place what good will it do? Give some to Ireland,Afghanistan,Kenya and Zimbabwe so Cricket gets competitive. Miss Dravid,Tendulkar,Lax,Sehwag,Gambhir,Ganguly and Srinath brand cricket.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (March 2, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Great fight by our team despite our best finisher being out (MS Dhoni). Proud of our team and good luck next time.

Posted by Nampally on (March 2, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

Congrats. to Pakistan for great win. Ashwin had a golden chance to buckle down & bowl the last 5 balls to Junaid. Instead he faltered & gave Junaid a single thus putting Afridi on strikers end, who sent the next 2 balls for sixers to Win the match. Indian batting failed to put up a good total to give their bowlers a sporting chance. This time it was the turn of Dhawan, Kohli & Rahane to fail & Rohit, Rayudu & Jadeja to bat well. Karthik failed again + missed a crucial stumping chance. Mishra finally got a chance to play & he was the star in bowling, well supported by Ashwin. Why is Mishra benched consistently by India is mystery. Similarly Pujara is treated shabbily by consistent benching. Indian Selectors need to clarify why these 2 deserving guys are consistently "Benched". With unreliable Indian batting, Pujara should be "shoe in". The same applies to Mishra when Indian bowling has no wicket Takers. Now India - world #1 in ODI- have lost ODI's to SA, NZ, SL & Pakistan - How Low !?

Posted by saintsinister on (March 2, 2014, 20:37 GMT)

Sorry. Forgot about Mishra. Phenominal bowling. He was the one who brought India back into the game. Wonder why he is bench warming. Maybe same politics that are keeping some deserved people out of the team in Pakistan as well.

Posted by wc1992 on (March 2, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

@No_Justice_4_bowler... he made lots of mistake just ONE to highlight he took off Ashwiing when he got first wicket, just blindly follow the policy that you just keep changing bowler to not let settle batters or time to sneak some cheap over when new batter .............. as normaly dhoni do INTEAD of attacking.... well if you win by the result of good batting, people just starting say that good plan or its working because no one usually have guts to critised winning captain or Dhoni .... then moment you loose you look like goose

Posted by SaadRocx on (March 2, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

What a Great Match! Congratulations to Both Pakistan and India for a Great Great Match! and thanks to Our Bengali Brothers too for Supporting us :)

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 2, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

Dinesh karthik wasted his chance. He talked big , he should have stayed not out instead of going for wrong shot. His problem always shot selection. he has all the shots in the book in his armoury. Its just that he gets unnerved and choose risky shot every damn time. When he on song , its great to watch him. But i think he thrown his chance completely now.

Posted by Auditor2012 on (March 2, 2014, 20:24 GMT)

People can criticize him but once again he has proven and shown that AFRIDI IS A MATCH WINNER. Some people can continue to do favoritism and keep on praising Hafeez and Misbah but they are NOT match winner.

No one player always can perform well and win all matches for the team but Afridi have done it so many times for Pakistan but still Hafeez and Misbah continue to get preference over him due to favoritism in the PCB. There is no doubt that Afridi is the most suitable player in the Pakistani team for captaincy for T20 and ODI formats. It will be really wise to make him captain after upcoming T20 world cup 2014 for ODI world cup 2015.

Posted by arvindthiru on (March 2, 2014, 20:24 GMT)

The article completely missed what Amit Mishra did. He brought India back into the match, though Ashwin opened the gates for India. His 10 overs were as crucial as Ashwin's. Overall, a very good game of cricket where no team could claim to be victorious, it was cricket that won. I cannot fathom why Virat would let Junaid take that single in the last over. Apart from that, impressed by Virat's captaincy.

Posted by TharakaNilupul on (March 2, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

@yuivekcb... Sri Lanka is no 1 ranking in T20 since two years. No one has taken that place still. And they became to 3rd position from 5th last two months in ODI. Do not worry Indian fans They will take your position recently. And you have said, India become no 1 in test format. yeh... I wonder Is that at lease for a month? Sri Lanka became lower ranking in Test after got leader struggle and not enough test match. Now they are finding their ways. how ever good luck for indian guys for their non stopping failures

Posted by saintsinister on (March 2, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

It's kind of funny. Indians support Misbah and Pakistsnis support Dhoni. I was impressed by Kohli's captaincy but not his attitude and gestures towards batsmen getting out. Afridi took an offence to that. Overall, I was really impressed by Talha. Young debutant who didn't take pressure and delivered. In my humble opinion Hafeez shouldn't have been the MOM. He has the tendency to get out on clutch moments. I am disappointed with Maqsood as he is not delivering as well. It's a batsman's job to finish off a match instead of just making a little bit of runs and departing playing stupid shots. Anyone who says Kohli is not a champion batsman is obviously blind towards cricket. Dhoni is and always has been a must have for India as he is the best finisher in the world in current times. Pakistan really needs to get its act together in the batting department as it needs to win all major tournaments so as to lessen the isolation from the big 3 voting countries.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:15 GMT)

Pakistan not in big three .pakistan is BIG One

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

fantastic by Afridi, really watchable those two sixes as compared to all match, superb turn over match

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

I don't know why indian fans are saying that if DK didn't miss the stumping chance than India would have easily won this match! come on its a cricket match and nothing goes 100% correct in this. And if this is the excuse than I would say that if umpiring was good and Hafeez didn't missed jadeja catch than it would be difficult for indian team to even score 220. I mean cricket is a game and at the end of a game one wins and one lose.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

LaLa uu beauty

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

Great game. Congrats to Pakistan. Lets not fight here on game. Lets be positive. India also played well, nothing to lose as game win in the end.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

India really needs to start looking high and dry for some ODI batsmen. as of now they just have Kohli, Dhoni & Dhawan. Every other player in that squad is pretty much a liability. Rohit Sharma should just stick to T20 cricket. Rahane is not an ODI batsman. Dinesh Karthik is not a good batsman. Rayudu is just not good enough. tbh India was doing a lot of things right when Shrikanth was chief of Selectors. They really need to bring him back. Nowadays they just keep chopping & churning the same 10-15 players. I can bet that India's next genius move will be to introduce Pujara in the ODI squad. Give someone like Manish Pandey a chance.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

The new Indian captain showed his inexperience by not bouncing Shahid Afridi. Immediately after Afridi's entry he should have easily been bounced. Afridi is a good player of spin but horrible player of the pull shot. Virat completely missed the simple old trick. I am not sure whether the vice captain remembers.

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 2, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

Sri Lanka have remained top of the T20 which is the busiest format close to two years now. Highest Test score, highest ODI score & highest T20 score etc etc just by one nation! can you believe! & remain unbroken.

Posted by BIG3_Down on (March 2, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

A very good game of cricket on show, hafeez got man of the match for 75, and 2 and 2, afridi got all the lime light as he always does. and did anybody see the wickets column for Afridi? 0!. his part in the game was due and he did it with bat.

Difference as what i think was Kohli's expensive shot to buy a single. other thing is India is being too much dependent on kohli just as they did with sachin, 2 games kohli failed india gone down, but he is the future captain for india for how he used his resources in both teams and about last over field setting, one cant do everything right, make him captain and put him beside dhoni, he is not gonna learn anything when he is made captain in absence of dhoni. only thing not good was his attitude i saw when ajmal got out. all inall v good passionate player, could see tears in his eyes.

for final pakistan wont be doing same mistakes in batting, and their batsmen have been taking it in turns (misbah, hafeez, sharjil, ahmed) still to score.

Posted by troll_dum on (March 2, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

Great Tournament, should seriously think about having it once in 2 years at least and adding Nepal to list would make it perfect Asia cup. Though looking at comments posted in this series following is the trend what we see, starting from best, 1)Afganistan is the most loved side by people after their own team, humble, polite comments 2) India 90% comments show some sense about cricket, language and respecting other teams 3) Pakistan have been really good in this tourny regarding politeness,sense in comments 4) BD- only one thing: they jump their guns too early, BUT respect their passion 5) SL have been the disappointments, were good friends to Pak, India, BD in past but have blindly put comments in all matches(most of people). They should not consider themselves as saints as there are teams from outside SC who have threatened to pull of tours due to some really bad reasons.

Posted by nide on (March 2, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

Oh yes we beat BIG 3 i mean of course its India and Both empires from England and Australia such a Avg umpiring in this match. But that was a nail biter

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

Pak n SL best of luck in final May the best team win but No hard feelings to loose final to SL we have enjoyed today more than winning a World Cup :))))))

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

am with BCCI on DRS. it takes away the flow and natural beauty of the game.some human errors cant be eliminated altogether even drs is not 100%right.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

@IshfaqueWali. That record will be entirely different if we had been playing you in recent times. I am talking about last 7 to 8 years. Anyway we are more interested in defeating Pakistan in important tournaments like the World Cup and Champions Trophy.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

Sri Lankans supporting Pakistanis.. Wow watchable moments of fans replies when they both meet at the finals.. That time Indians comments are noticable..

Posted by alipk52 on (March 2, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

Want to add that Pakistan need geniune All rounder in place of Abdur Razzaq, this hole is yet to be filled, and needs a serious look, his career is not over by any mean, and I remember him in every games, if there's no one else, Abdur Razzaq is must, what a finisher he is, Afridi's such cameos don't come too often, and we can't rely on him to finish, there's Kamran Ghulam from U19, a best alternative I think, 6 down and Umar gul comes to bat? certainly not a good sight for a batting line like Pakistan, When we were 4 down, our virtually last batting pair was batting, Thankfully Hafeez and Maqsood did great job, and Afridi finished it, Umar Akmal seems to get bit of Afridi's head on his shoulders, he is wasting himself

Posted by shot274 on (March 2, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

Since the 'Big three' came into existence the cricketing fortunes of these countries (atleast 2)seem to be cursed! Im not complaining-just loving it!! Well done Pakistan!

Posted by troll_dum on (March 2, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

I wonder with so many batting, fielding, caption blunders, India could stretch the match so far, almost to the brink of victory. Hats off for this spirit! How much i wish this series had many matches, so that this Indian team could get more experience in Dhoni-less matches. Though its better to try the inexperienced side now and give them responsibility and exposure. Rayudu, Rahane, Jadeja, Dhawan would be batting pillars, Shami, Aaron, Bhuvi, Jadeja in pillars in bowling, if they take more responsibility. Again replacing Rohit and Rahane in bat-order is the desired change. Throw Gambhir in the mix and i guess we would be ready for cup in 6 months time

Posted by JustAcricketFan on (March 2, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

No one is talking about Junaid Khan who took the single and gave the strike to Afridi. I think he is the real hero!!!

Posted by sumit1982 on (March 2, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

Even I am Indian cricket fan after seeing today match I would love to see India and Pakistan test match series start again.

Posted by yvivekcb on (March 2, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

@ThilanKaK.. In ICC Rankings India has been No.1 in Test rankings for 18 months, No.1 in ODI for 15 months. Can ever Sri Lanka achieve that, they can't even do that in dreams. They can compete with Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Kenya & Bangladesh for bottom rankings. Better pray that Pakistan shouldn't lose to BD, otherwise India will enter finals & thrash Sri Lanka. Go pray dude!!!

Posted by nilb on (March 2, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

No question about Kohli's performance but he is such a classy player and a responsible captain, that he thinks it's in the spirit of the game to grind his teeth, scream and punch the air in the face of the dismissed batsman. He did it in the game against SL and now this game. It's amazing that he did it in ball 49.1 and looking at the turf in 49.4. Thank you Afridi for giving us the pleasure.

Posted by agent001 on (March 2, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

MOM should have been Afridi for team's win. Hafeez played for that MOM check of 5000 USD, got Misbah run out and nearly had Maqsood out as well.

Afghans have two games to go, they will win at least ONE.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

when afridi hits a ball high in the sky... my heartbeat stops till it clear the rope or end up into the hands of a fielder. .. but I still watch it.. all hail afridi :D

Posted by ghouri_17thmcees on (March 2, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

Afridi heroics refresh the memories of last ball six by Miandad in Sharjah way back in 1986, from where pakistan started to have schyclogical edge over india in every match but this schyclogical edge shiftted toward india during past 8 to 9 years and pakistan have been playing under pressure against them during that period....... Would this victory again bring the momentum and schyclogical edge to pakistan over india.............

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

All said and done, credit must be given to Pakistan for achieving the target finally. Afridi made a mess of it by crossing at Talha's shot. In the end the team that played with heart won - it's all about sustaining pressure. India surely missed MSD who would have been calm in such circumstances. Kohli needs to react ' manly ' in the field. ESPN please post this

Posted by sumit1982 on (March 2, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

Well today India and Pakistan match remember me the Sharjah match where Javed Miandad hits six in last ball.

Even Pakistan won today but I fancy Lanka to lift Asia cup 2014.

Wht horrible shot play by rohit after pass through difficult time he just throw away.Again karthik miss the stumping chance.

Posted by Indian_Observer on (March 2, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

Virat showed his inexperience today as a captain. He easily allowed Junaid Khan a single by spreading the field...Not sure if Ashwin was a good option in the final over either...I remember Ashwin was clobbered for 24 runs in a Super Over in an IPL game...

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

What an all rounder we have, I really loves Shahid Khan Afridi and as well as Pakistan also. Pakistan break the Indian big 3s dream. Shame on you India, Australia and England. Pakistan Zindabad, Shahid Afridi Paindabad. Geo to ase.....!!

Posted by yvivekcb on (March 2, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

@ThianKaK... Take a look at the stats mate, India is way ahead in comparison. Have ever SL won a test match in India.. LOL... SL can compete with Zimbabwe & Kenya to win test but not with India... Bad luck...

Posted by Sakthi.cexp on (March 2, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

"Dinesk Karthik missed the stumping",if a player who didn't appear in ODIs recently and got a chance to play then,always he has pressure to hold his position, asking DK to play only once in an year and ask to perform cent percent is definitely a stupid thing, even if he done well also MSD will replace him in next series, no one can deny. Second thing is every wicket keeper knows that stumping a batsman when a ball completely goin leg side and that too from an off spinner it is very difficult, and DK is little guy he can be covered by a taller batsman infront of wicket so easily,what Dawan did at last match? he dropped a sitter on last over. Then Virat case is also same, he was so tensed when he came to crease, he never seen to be settled and streching uncharacteristically to reach the balls, finally fallen cheapily.India lost because of poor batting display and very ordinary pace bowling.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

India's most ODI losses against a team: 72 Pakistan (126 mat) 66 Australia (115) 59 WIndies (112) 54 Sri Lanka (144) and then Indians said, we are better than Pakistan! lol...

Posted by zzby on (March 2, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

Oh thats good batting by Pakisan but the play 250 as 350 they needed more mental toughness . Pakistan need some pages from James Faulkner book..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

I think the deserving team won today!! India shouldn't have made around 250 to start off with, thanks to the umpires. Pakistan were relatively stable for the most part, until some poor shots and running between the wicket turned the match in India's favour. But finish not, there was Mr.Afridi seizing this opportunity. Pakistan really need to play an extra batsman no matter what, have Fawad Alam in the team for one of the bowlers. We will still have 5 specialty bowlers with Fawad who can roll his arm if needed. Plus he is a vibrant fielder as well. Umar Akmal needs a reality check, what was he thinking after playing a fine knock, a nothing shot really. Moin's expression gave it all. Sharjeel needs to convert his starts as well. Overall, Pakistan made some serious fundamental errors, yet they were able to win. Go Greens! bring back the cup:)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

India desperately needed gambir and youraj back in team,few peoples want sehwaq also but i think he s now no more capable of international standard,he was good but now he cant even score in Indian domestic as a average batsman.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

India should play in the qualifiers for the next Asia cup Why are they in big 3? They haven't beaten Sri Lanka or Pakistan in this cup. Why not start big five with Pak and Sri included? Afridi 34 yesterday and scores 34 runs!

Posted by mzm149 on (March 2, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

I would love to see Afghanistan defeating India now. Afghanistan has bowling to restrict India to below 250 and India has bowling to let Afghanistan chase that.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

To be fair to Indian team , they have been losing lot of matches recently and their self-confidence has taken a beating. At least I did not expect them to reach finals of Asia cup. They have played two close matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In close matches it all goes down to luck as there is not much to choose between sides. Positives for India - Indian bowling and fielding. Quite surprisingly, Indian batting has let them down in this tourney. Good luck to both Pak and SL for finals. Let the best team lift the cup.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

its a victory that the pakistani fans are gona remember for the rest of their lives.. awesome cricket

Posted by playboy142 on (March 2, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

India played better cricket till Afridi came on strike in last over, but those two sixes took the victory away from India.

Posted by Bota on (March 2, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

PAK Leads IND in all catagories except in WC WIN and that's the only thing Indian fans have and they bring up every time and even there media talks about only about in ICC WC PAK has not beaten IND. Otherwise in all other stats PAK lead. Tests, ODI, ICC Champs Trophy, B&H series in Aus, Series and matches in Sharjah, WINS in Asia CUPs, bi letral ODI and Test Series WINS. PAK all the way! Wake UP Indian Fans and try to catch up PAK, not just only the WC WINS! but your team will never be able to do that!!!!!GO TEAM GREEN!!!

Posted by ANKYZ on (March 2, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and I am happy that Pakistan wins. But a horrible sentiment is gradually creeping into this lovely sport; HATE INDIA. This is unfortunate. I have observed that not only Pakistanis but also virtually all Bangladeshi's and most probably a huge percentage of Srilankans , love to see India defeated. Nothing wrong with Indians. These are very nice. It is the arrogant and unfair attitude of BCCI big guns that is letting India down as a nation in subcontinent. Their attitude needs to be corrected, sooner the better. Pouring lot of money in the sport will give you more money all right, but no love or respect. And, in the bargain, whole of the Indian nation is getting insulted. See how every one is ecstatic when an Indian wicket falls, be it from Pakistan, BD, or SL. Indian think tanks must intervene and take immediate friendly steps to revert this situation.

Posted by vsroc on (March 2, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (March 3,2014) Once again India's performance against Pakistan in Asia Cup lacked in consistency. Team India has to put in concerted efforts to put pressure on the opposition right from the word go.This was missing right through this tournament.Perhaps,our players have to learn from their committed mistakes in order to improve their all round performance to exhibit to be true one day champion.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:24 GMT) Simple THE BEST COMMENT I've ever come across on cricinfo comments..Well said Sir..Respect

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

@marlboro19 . Are u pointing afridi if yes then i shall remind you record of fastest century held for 18 years 400 sixes 380 odi wickets fastest fifty 47 man of match awards 9 five wicket hauls a45 ball 100 against india ..............

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

Fantastic match. Well played, both India and Pakistan. We should have more games between these neighbors.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

Great game. Forget Ind, cricket won today.

Afridi should have been the man of the match. This guy is so consistent, either with the ball or the bat, one way or another he has to perform in the game. And, if none of those, he'll do something extraordinary on the field. What an asset to have on a one-day side.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 2, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

Kohli is a terrible captain and his inexperience was exposed. New tail-end batsmen coming to the crease and he has long on and long off on the boundary for easy singles.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

actually we could have won the match easily but you know indain cricket fans we want to make this interesting , now Ashwin will never forget these two deliveries in his whole life and Afridi left another impact in the minds of all cricket fans that he is super man can do anything on his day, the match was great one and i think India fought very well full marks to both the sides , pakistan is better side bcoz of the bowlers and the guality all rounders , please publish cricinfo

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

pakistan and our boom boom was just brilliant today i have sympathy for my indian friends now u should wait for 21 march pak will meet you in t20 wc bwst of luck team pakistan

Posted by JAHID_OMAR on (March 2, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

Wow...What a Win..Hats off to our Pak Brothers..Celebrations here in SL too..!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

@Dilshara Jayamanna, Your comment is childish at best. Corporates have and will continue to put their money where they see profits. Advertisements are a medium of generating revenue for the investor with a 'market' in mind. If SL and Pak are ruling world cricket on the field as you and many other people here seem to think, why do you think Star is sponsoring India?

Pakistan played better today and hence won. Congratulations to them! Displaying hatred and finding silly reasons to take potshots isn't going to help and won't ever portray you in the good light to the genuine cricket fans.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

great game of cricket!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

Beyond cricket, it is hard to see this unity in Pakistan. Let's make sure we preserve some of it when we divide on politics, religion or ethnicty again!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

I would still leave Rohit Sharma out the next game and next game and next game and.....

Posted by Speedlord on (March 2, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

Misery continues for India.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

Waooooo!!!what a match that was.totally mind blowing and intense situation was all over the word nd specially in sub-continent.Afridi remembered 28 years old match of javed miandad.... Have no words to explain my feelings :)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

The best think about todays match was the positive intent both teams showed as both teams selected 5 specialist bowlers!! Spectacular Match and if some sane decisions are taken by BCCI about DRS, cricket can be more interesting and fair.

Posted by Indian_Observer on (March 2, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

@bul98: While I agree with your observations that Pakistan has beaten India more often, the stats in the last decade will show that it has been pretty much 50-50% in all formats. Despite India having a relatively weak bowling attack, they have managed to won Two 50 over World Cups, One T 20 World Cup, One Champions trophy (testimony to their spirit & temperament). At least, India is competing with limited bowling resources. Nobody is expecting India to become a champion side unless it find's good fast bowlers...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

Loved how, towards the end, kohli was jumping around one moment with joy over successive wickets and making rude gestures to the fallen batsmen and the next moment was blown away to shame by AFRIDI's brilliance.... was such a treat to watch Afridi crushing Kohli's pride....

Posted by Stieprox on (March 2, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

i am greatly surprised that indians are making extremely lame excuses instead of accepting defeat.plz stop this rhetoric of young indian team.and i am grateful to SL fans for supporting pakistan.

Posted by Waqs77 on (March 2, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

@ Posted by Dilshara Jayamanna on (March 2, 2014, 18:40 GMT): exactly...that add went opposite. same thing i noticed and guess what they stopped playing that add afterwards

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 2, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Once again Afridi weldone. I had hope that Maqsood and Hafeez will not let the match go to Afrdi and Gul, the moment i thought that,, Hafeez got out, but Wonderful Afridi once again won it for Pakistan, Sohaib Maqsood and Hafeez played very well, but I think the turning point in Pakistan inning was, when Hafeez played 42nd over a maiden after Maqsood hit a 6 on last ball of previous over. that created more pressure on Hafeez and he got out to overcome the runs/balls difference.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

one most big of so called Big 3s ... is out of Asia cup ... the real big 2s are pak and SL ... who dared not only to stand on principles in icc but also sent the leader of the big 3s out of the park...

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Shoaib and yusuf rather looked sedate om pakistan victory

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Great batting Afridi .. Remember me the Old time Miandad sixer in sharjah score was same 245 and miandad hit a vulnerable six ... But Pakistani batting was almost destruct ,until hafeez and maqsood played a master piece of innings . Great Moral booster for Pakistan

Posted by amilag on (March 2, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

Mark my words Afg will beat India. They can win only when they play in India

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

Since 1932 the search has been to find a bowler with genuine pace. The intentional dropping of Yadav and Aaron is a example of such choices over medium pacers. Mishra was also preffered over the line-n-length jockeys.

The WCs are now in jeopardy. They have to remove all the Dhoni politics. Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Yadav, Aaron, Harbhajan and Mishra were deliberately removed and have to be included again like they did again the Greg Chapell era by Dravid

I think if they have any senses, a Senior Captain like Gambhir has to be choosen. Like Wadekar, Pataudi and Ganguly, Gambhir is educated, and has the ability to make choices at are agressive, and have strike capability bowling.

Whenever a Captain is young the team needs to be re-built and that takes time. Gambhir like Wadekar, Ganguly and Pataudi have the ability to make quick choices, aggressive and non-political like CSK

So India pick for the T20 WC :

Sehwag Gambhir Kohli Yuvraj Raina Karthik

Jadeja Varon Yadav Mishra Shami

Posted by marlboro19 on (March 2, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

A wonderful game of cricket. congrats Pak. If you are an Ind fan, you shouldn't feel disappointed by the team's performance in Asia cup- all the lost matches were close, and bowlling did stood up. In this math, in particular, Ind made a competitive total despite Kohli being bold early.These are all positives.The only worry for Ind is to find a suitable replacement for Dhoni. Ind team without Dhoni looks a bit vulnerable an clueless( which is only natural- They are young and inexperienced. Ind is playing for the future. And there is no substitute for experience, as Afridi showed today. A very mediocre batsman hitting the winning runs)

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 2, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

Francis Mel

Why "Losing to Pakistan is worse..."? It's just a game, not a war. Just think the better team won then you will feel better.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

Afridi Just added some sense with lunacy and resulted with the thrill win of Pak team. Surely pak has to look how they can control their nerves while chasing against big teams. Kohli wx looking exceptionally confused and immature as he was mocking every pak batsman when they got out,which doesn't go with the image if you are leading a world class team,I think he needs to be a quick learner and should control pressure if he has to sustain this role.

Posted by marlboro19 on (March 2, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

A wonderful game of cricket. congrats Pak. If you are an Ind fan, you shouldn't feel disappointed by the team's performance in Asia cup- all the lost matches were close, and bowlling did stood up. In this math, in particular, Ind made a competitive total despite Kohli being bold early.These are all positives.The only worry for Ind is to find a suitable replacement for Dhoni. Ind team without Dhoni looks a bit vulnerable an clueless( which is only natural- They are young and inexperienced. Ind is playing for the future. And there is no substitute for experience, as Afridi showed today. A very mediocre batsman hitting the winning runs)

Posted by mbilalhussain on (March 2, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

sharjah history repeated itself

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

Where are the gr8 Indian legends - Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj? we need them desperately.....The current batsmen are absolutely not capable of building innings and playing long innings in ODI outside India. Team India selectors, come on wake up atleast now.....and bring back the 3 legends into the team before the world cup....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

Afridi you done a great job, I think it was first odi, in which you contribute a lot........... I remember the last two sixes, they were not extraordinary they were your ordinary types of sixes (which led down Pakistan a number of times) .................. U are a risky player, u will be, and there is nothing wrong about that.......... It's a by chance game

Posted by Memphian on (March 2, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

Congrats to all Pakistani friends for winning the end-of-the-world cricket.There will not be another cricket match ever - so the victory is your to keep.

Posted by the_blaster on (March 2, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

Fun to watch Afridi. He may not be consistent, but he is always entertaining! I'm an Indian and a massive cricket fan, but have stopped following the india senior team for some years now mainly due to disgust with the bcci's shameless shenanigans. One would think that the combination of the richest board+the most populous cricket playing country should yield a world beating team, but alas, that is not the mission of the bcci. It is also our fault as Indian fans.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

whatever...that was a great the end BIG 3 lost and cricket won...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

Just 10-months before WC 2015 Selectors have dropped all experienced players & are TRYING completely New players at this crucial time, such a big risk (especially in batting) becoz batting is india's strength...... If its about lack of form (experienced players) it can be regained till next year....But going in WC2015 with most of the players having played just 20-25 matches....I always knew that (before Asia cup started) with this Batting line-up without Dhoni,Raina,Yuvi down the order, India will Struggle in whichever conditions India play.....India can expect only Batsmen as match-winners....We can't afford weak batting line-up..... Sourav Ganguly also made these points today at AAJ TAK Channel....He also said that if Ind is using Spinners in last 5-Overs....This means indian bowling is in serious trouble.....I hope that Selectors will atleast listen to him

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

@ksquared I never said that India is invincible.

In fact, in this series I always knew that India will struggle with that thin bowling and the weakened middle order. I'm actually surprised that in both the games India managed to get this close to defending those targets.

And I hope the Indian team management doesn't misread this result as a redemption for our bowling. We still don't have a good pace bowler to bowl at the death. And but for the fragility in the batting line ups they were up against I think India would have been embarassed in this series with this line up.

Posted by 0mar1 on (March 2, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

The truth is that India is simply not good enough right now to take on the heavy-weights of Asia, let alone the world.

The myth of best batting line-up in the world rings hollow. That might have been the case two years ago but Tendu, Dravid, Laxman and company are now gone. Dhoni seems that his best is behind him. Only Kohli is truly world-class right now.

The real danger is that the Pajama Cricket League (IPL) will stunt the growth of future talent. Bowling lineup is already a joke and hacks like Dhawan, Jadeja are no march for cricketers who have been molded in the furnace of 5-day cricket.

But hey, BCCI must now lie in the bed it has made. Cheers!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

OH MY GOD !!!!!! boom boom !!!! you are on fire man

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 2, 2014, 18:53 GMT)


All losing captains compliment that the other side played better and hence they won. Kohli did neither here nor against SL.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

all said above is worth reading.a good game of cricket as a whole but i just wanted to point out my thinking and i might b wrong but i would like to say that a better captain wins.having seen few indian captains in past i think kohli is not even at par with them.too much aggresive in emotions nd no cool head at all like as a pakistani fan im happy to see cool misbah leading his team.well playd pak.u were the best team on the day

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

congratulations PAK. Those we BD fans support u got some peace in mind when our home team made us inferior. we will get our self again with in short period inshalla even u support us or not.

Posted by wakaPAK on (March 2, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

P.S. Tough luck team India..... I think we Pakistani were right about Dhoni than most Indian fans...he's the real deal in Indian cricket!

Posted by ilyas_US on (March 2, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan for true game lovers it was an exciting game of Cricket. But for God sake the Umpiring must be accounted for as in this match 2 naked eye decisions were made wrong !!!

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

Just like the World Cup semi final game. India were only missing Zaheer, Dhoni and H Singh. This game It had more to do with India under performing rather than us out classing them. But both games Pakistan played well.

Posted by SajidMirza on (March 2, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

Posted by on (March 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT) ------------------------ Just imagine the party if you blokes win the tournament! It's wonderful what joy sport, in this case cricket, can bring to the masses. Congratulations to both teams for a great game.

------------------------ Yes our nation is cricket crazy,, we love our heros,, they represent Pakistan all over the world. They play for us, they win for us, even they lost but still they are our heros. And yes this is Asian style celeberation, we can block the rivers and sea while we celebrate ;)

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 2, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Well, technically Pakistan are not there (the final) yet. If Bangladesh can pull something outta the hat against Pakistan, it will make an opening for India. So, Indian fans must pray that BD get their acts together and win the match against Pakistan. Cricket is a funny game 'n anything is possible.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

I am big fan of Afridi I think he cemented his place in the team for next 6 months. Congrats Afridi and Pakistan team


Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

@ jb633 - U say since the boundaries were pulled in Afridi hit sixers easily and so ashwin shouldn't be blamed for this loss?? Well.. If Dhoni was in place of Afridi and hit 2 sixes of say Ajmal in similar manner to win the game for India in this match..will you still point out that boundaries were short? Stop talking like a opportunist and being a blind supporter of csk players. True Indian cricket fans are not so dumb to overlook the csk favoritism overflowing in your comment.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Why people are hell bent on calling the oldies when they are at the retiring age India is doing fine in the batting department, they missed dhoni and raina in the middle and the top order is really good. Sehwag can't see the ball, gambhir is out of practice and yuvraj isn't as aggressive as he was before. They might need to bring pujara who is a good batsman. They need a good fast bowling coach and things can work for them. They need rest, they have probably played too much of cricket which have made them tired physically and mentally especially their fast bowlers.

It was a great match, happy for Pakistan .. It could have been anyone winning it. But both the teams put a great fight and fortunately Pakistan was blessed.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

Congratulations to pak for their victory over rivals. The winning side could have been India after not very good batting during the middle of Pakistans' batting innings. The penultimate over was excellent from B. Kumar but Afridi couldn't have ended the game better.

Posted by reb1 on (March 2, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

Virat was actually quite gracious on the field after the defeat (unless I was looking at the Pakistani dude who looks like Virat hehe). Subcontinental pitches need India-Pakistan matches: poor cricket under pressure, poor umpiring under pressure, but lots of chaos and excitement. Ajmal is brilliant, and Junaid Khan should not bowl each delivery twice (what is that?).

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

No mention of Ashwin's antics while batting !!!

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (March 2, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

Celebration's all across pakistan from Karachi to Kashmir. B) loNg livE PAKISTAN. <3 <3 hate's off to yoU. :*

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Well all indians excusing for young indian team, PAK had just 4 highly experienced players. Sharjeel khan and sohaib have played less matches than rahane and talha was a debutant. Junaid khan and ahmad shehzad have played less than 50 matches.... Not sure of shehzad

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

As a Sri Lanka fan I don't really care who wins an India Pakistan game but it sure was funny to see the star sports ad that shamelessly panders to the affections of the Indian cricket fan (even though they are the biggest sports channel in the whole of south Asia) being reversed perfectly by the Pakistani team lead by the mercurial afridi. lmao

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

It refeshing to see some Pakistan fans keeping it real and talking about areas of improvement for future games. I hope Sri Lankan fans can learn from them.

Posted by alipk52 on (March 2, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Some Indian fans very sweetly ignoring Jadeja and Ashwin's wrong decisions, those who are saying 245 as "Just" must also accept that it could have been less than 200 if Jadeja and Ashwin were given out, okay, left Jadeja, Ashwin made 9 runs after he was caught and didn't walk, I have seen people bashed Misbah for not walking away, that was wrong, and Ashwin's was wrong too, imagine if Afridi caught in the last over, india would win by 8 runs, a difference Which came through Ashwin's bat, I am sure Even Indian fans would get that feeling that Pakistan fall short by a margin that Ashwin made as bonus...logical isn't?

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

PAKISTAN u make feel me proud in a city where there are only few supporters of pakistan.....tie tie phish to all india wid all its supporters

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Indian Team need MEN..not kids like Rahane,DK,Rayudu, none of these are Game Changers..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

wen Misba make runs Pakistan los. without Misba runs Pakistan win .I hav see only one time Misba 50 in 40 ball againt Sl in 4th Match

Posted by bul98 on (March 2, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

PAK Leads IND in all catagories except in WC WIN and that's the only thing Indian fans have and they bring up every time and even there media talks about only about in ICC WC PAK has not beaten IND. Otherwise in all other stats PAK lead. Tests, ODI, ICC Champs Trophy, B&H series in Aus, Series and matches in Sharjah, WINS in Asia CUPs, bi letral ODI and Test Series WINS. PAK all the way! Wake UP Indian Fans and try to catch up PAK, not just only the WC WINS! but your team will never be able to do that!!!!!GO TEAM GREEN!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

Congratulations !!! Team Pakistan Pakistan will win Asia Cup 2014. انشاء اللہ

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

Indian fans talking about Dhoni but out of last 11 matches with Dhoni when India played 8 matches No wins ! only one win against BAN without dhoni !! I think Indian selectors drop Dhoni !!

Posted by Indian_Observer on (March 2, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

Would love to see Pujara (List A avg. > 50), Ishwar Pandey, Dhoni & Yuvraj together in Indian ODI setup...

Posted by JustIPL on (March 2, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

Cricket has won today. Rayudu and Rahane played classically and they looked all right. With time they will be polished more. Jadeja has started to show his bat. No doubt there were extensive expectation from this indian team but it will take time to regain fab4 era. Pakistan batted beautifully on important junctures of the game. Mishra was dead accurate. Afridi is a legend and he proved to be the difference and Hafeez is the world top limited overs all rounder. So, a pure game of cricket. All sub continent is happy today.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

dinesh karthik is the main culprit in both the lose.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

It was a Spectacular Match and yes 1 team wins another looses but in the end if you were a Cricket fan you would have enjoyed every ball of it ! I look forward to the clash between India and Pakistan in the upcoming T20WC Hopefully, it will be good as well

Posted by Jaganplus on (March 2, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

Good match. But Pakistan somehow crossed the line. Well done!:)

I think Dhoni was missed in batting and keeping, NOt so much captaincy. Positives for Virat - Better team selection out of available folks than Dhoni. Not beating on bowlers 24/7, infact it's nice to see him praise them. I thought bowling changes were generally good. The only nitpick is when 9 down I would have looked to stop singles, with Afridi on other side (no not in hindsight). Afridi preys on weakness (Ashwin in prior spell changed his mind 2 times on which side to bowl from), you almost knew if Afridi connected one, it'll be over.

Finally, I'd still drop Rohit. Maybe I just don't like the guy, I know he did well today, he appears (speculation) little insecure to be a team player. Can't have a permanent spot because you look good playing a shot. (Another time I can link studies to why humans are biased towards symmetry and perhaps elegance). I think he is benefitting from this human bias.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Losing to Pakistan is worse that losing the World Cup final. Unless the other finalist is Pakistan ;o)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Lets not get too excited, we need to retain the cup, winning against India is not such a great deal, as this India side is no where near the past greats, so it a good win, but we need to prepare for a final with our other fav team, SL.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Well, as the comments here indicate, Pakistani fans enjoy beating India no matter how weak or strong India is. They don't care whether India is number one or number last or it is Asia cup or the World cup or any other game. To make it even more enjoyable for them was that lately, India had been beating them almost everywhere. So a very rare victory for Pakistan over India.

India is at its lowest in every department. This was showing in India when England beat India, and in South Africa and New Zealand. To make the matters worse, one of its strongest players, Dhoni, was withdrawn. And to take it to the 4th ball of the last over with 9 wickets down is a very very close contest. But a victory is a victory, and Pakistan must be congratulated.

Pakistanis fear India the most, and now the must have their eyes set on the cup. In less than month, there is an even bigger contest. But sadly India do not look good to recover and win that. Some of their players like DK need to be axed.

Posted by ac_Indian on (March 2, 2014, 18:31 GMT) yours is the one of the best comment I have ever seen. I wrote similar things (but maybe not as well as you) a few times, but I guess it did not go through cricinfo's filters. But anyways good game, well played by hafeez and afridi. 10 odd to win in the last over these days is a 50-50 chance. anything can happen, and especially not that difficult to get when batsmen like afridi are there. Apart from other things, I think India need better opening partnerships, I mean more 50+ partnerships and at a decent pace.

Posted by vish2020 on (March 2, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

India won champions trophy OUTSIDE OF ASIA. WE BEAT PAK TOO WHEN WE WON. Today was your day doesn't mean in best of 7 you are better then us. enjoy your win but remember when we meet again in the T20, my India will make the lambs of the so called tigers from pak.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

This is what india deserve,perhaps they should concentrate more on how they can contribute to strenghten cricketing world.i mean india- pakistan match just look at it how could one think of not letting these two mad cricketloving countries is good for cricket.let it survive

Posted by saintsinister on (March 2, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

I wouldn't really say that India is out of the Asia Cup. I won't be surprised if Afghanistan beats SriLanka tonight. As a matter of fact I won't be surprised if Pakistan loses to Bangladesh. The only thing taking Pakistan forward seems to be the bonus point we acquired against Afghanistan. Normally Sri Lankans do thrash minnows but Afghanistani bunch seem like a spirited group with a nice bowling attack. If their opener Shehzad gets going who know.. This match however does prove how Pakistan can take any match and make it exciting. Not a good thing really. We are lacking consistency. Funny thing. 2 matches Misbah 0 & 1 and we won!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

For the haters. Finally India the world champions and champions trophy winners gift a game to their mid-table neighbours...albeit after poor tactics with a new captain/team,questionable umpiring (catches/lbw in pak openers early inninings), fielding a B-team with almost none of their WC winning side. Last Asia cup and of course in World Cup and in Champions trophy India defeated Pakistan, so better to gift mickey mouse games. :)

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

@ yvivekcb ; you are talking last 2 years but before that from 96 to 2011 , almost 15 years we were thrashing you man & again It starting with 2 nd Jayasuriya ( Kusal ) wait & watch next 15 years !!!

Posted by Stieprox on (March 2, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

Boom Boom Afridi we love you

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

very poor umpiring. drop catches. even then Pakistan win. Big three are big zeo

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

Yesterday Indians were saying Pak under 19 got to final just cos of Luck and they don't have talent bla bla bla n today they must be saying same thing but what a shame to loose even when the empire's were giving Indians favour otherwise this match would have done and dusted in 40th over and Pak would have had an other bonus point, go green go two more to go ...:)

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 2, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

The heavy reliance on Pyjama IPL cricket that fans love so much and BCCI loves so much because it's a cash cow is ruining cricket for India as the results show - tests and ODI's.

BCCI's short-sighted focus on money only will ruin cricket for India - only time will tell.

Posted by Desiboi80 on (March 2, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

@Aaqib Ali Aamer - Did Misbah or Afridi or Hafeez praised India for giving a good fight? I didn't hear it, so then why is there a hue and cry about Kohli not praising the opposition? He answered the questions he was asked about his team and that is job done. He doesn't need to praise the opposition.

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

ahhhaaa... Have any one here watched advertisement for t20 world cup in India. The ad is India batting pak bowling. W 0 W 0 6 6. In this ad it shows expressions of both pak and Indian fans. as shows last joy for Indians. In this match it happened exactly the other way. The last five balls W W 1 6 6. cricket is a funny game. .

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

if india wins atleast one match against any good teams i will support them

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

I wonder if the Third Umpire has seen the way Kohli was thrusting his fist at least twice to Afridi and Ajmal. Such actions should be punished to discourage this act.

Posted by anupkeni on (March 2, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

18-4-1986 (Australasia Cup Final in Sharjah) India 245/7 in 50 overs Pakistan 248/9 in 50 overs Result: Pakistan won by 1 wicket with 0 balls remaining

2-3-2014 (Asia Cup 6th Match in Mirpur) India 245/8 in 50 overs Pakistan 249/9 in 49.4 overs Result: Pakistan won by 1 wicket with 2 balls remaining

History repeating itself after 28 years in an India vs Pakistan encounter.

Posted by nikhil_indian_fan on (March 2, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

@Abdul Rauf- thanks for your comments brother i hope you are right. o guess we all love this game so much that disappointing performances result in frustration and criticism. you are right we have a lot of talent and we should appericiate it but also coz we are the world champs we also have a lot to loose.....

Posted by eddycurrent1977 on (March 2, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

great win by Pak. Pakistan has yet again proved that no one can wright them off, whether its big 3 or any one else. Well played Pakistan and India did well too.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

That it took Pak until the last over to achieve a win that looked unlikely until Afridi mishit 2 sixes is sobering. India are mediocre yet we managed to almost hand them a win. The team needs to autopsy this game and work out how they managed to make average bowlers look world class. India fought hard and much respect to them for that, but until they address their bowling weaknesses success is going to be fleeting. This tournament is Sri Lankas to lose but can't think of a better opponent to lose to. Much love to the Lions.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

Extremely talented Batting by SMS Khan Afridi.This shows his potential in batting.

Posted by sudhindranath on (March 2, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

If SL wins against Afghanistan, they will have 12 points. And if Pak were to lose to BD, they will end up with 9 points and with a somewhat lower run rate than what they have now (+0.438)

This means India will know the exact margin by which they will have to beat Afghanistan in order that they can get the second place. But that is not as easy as just winning with a bonus point. It will have to involve some kind of heroics for India to make it,in that scenario. The risk is, they might go for broke and end up losing their match to Afghanistan!

Posted by on (March 2, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

So what happens is that 22 men play cricket. One group wins and another looses. before, during and after people who sit and watch the game get angry, frustrated and abuse on internet. well played pakistan. Badly played by most of the cricket fans. Keep hating each other and world mightl - by chance - become a better place.

Posted by rocket123 on (March 2, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

First as a sports fan, a great contest. Both teams provided enough thrill and heart racing moments. One team has to win and the other has to lose. So today Pak edged its arch-rivals. Having said that, Pak must work hard on its batting. Had India socred 10-15 more runs, I do not think Pak could have chased it down. And where are Pak's genuine pacers. Against India you need to have 3 bowlers bowling consistently 90mph to suffocate Indian batting line-up. In recent times India's victory rate is gotten slightly better over Pak for the reason, shoddy batting and lack of pace. India has never been a contest for PK prior to 2003 when 2 Ws aged. If Pak had Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, MOhammad Irfan and Mohammd Asif operating together, what they would have done to India's batting line-up. Unfortunately, 2 r banned and 1 is injured. And please bring in Asad Shafiq with Umar Akmal. One must say that India has been showing stronger mental strength v PK.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 2, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

Super arrogant INDIAN fans making a huge list of lame excuses & now delivering it one by one to cover up another defeat without enough appreciation of good cricket playing against any team as they need to prove that they are the best & invincible in all aspects of world cricket either they LOSE or win(funny)...Congrats PAK it was a must win for them after they were beaten by IND in there last 2012 Asia cup! Afridi was undoubtedly brilliant & that a very crucial innings after long at the very right time to take PAK home...!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

some people are born lucky.GOD Has granted this charm and luck to one of the luckiest guy in cricket.we love lala. boom boom

Posted by jsaeed on (March 2, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

Congrats to all my fellow Pakistanis. BUT WE SEVERELY NEED TO CHANGE OUR PATTERN OF MAKING EVERY CHASE DIFFICULT. Our players need to read the situations better and not let pressure get to their heads. This match should have been finished by Hafeez and Sohaib.

Well played to the Indians ESPECIALLY THE FIELDING, except for the missed stumping of course ;).

Posted by wakaPAK on (March 2, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Like Shoib Akhtar said it was Pakistan against Pakistan.. Tbh I didnt expect Pak to win but it were some courageous decisions by Misbah like choosing to chase given our history with chasing an bringing in Talha in place of Anwar. A reserved captain would have chosen to keep the all rounder but it looked like Misbah had faith in the batting line up. Turned out great for Pak despite umpiring decisions not going in favor of Pak and the dropped chances by Pak fielders and the silly run outs. The victory should not mask those lapses. we could have restricted India well below 230 and could have easily chased it with wickets in hand but again we made it dramatic.

Posted by decent2468 on (March 2, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

though hafiz got the man of the match but still i consider his batting as a weak batting performance, he scored run with a strike rate of 64 which is not well enough against the bowling side which is not at all so good, the problem he was having not been able to play variety of shots and getting singles into the gaps, that shows his weak batting technique, and his approach of taking the game into deeper overs to was senseless, if u don't want to hit big shots that is understandable but if u just want to play dot balls u can not justify it any way, it only shows you lack in your batting technique, unlike Indians though they have lost the match but still they are good at picking singles all around the ground and that shows their batting skills.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

Sorry hrd some one saying Ind has been thrashing SL for ages lol , ok just tel ur sporting channels to play some videos of Sana the scare he gave to your bawlers , ask Joshi Venki and Manoj will have a nice fairytale to tell ... grow up try to find out 1 decent pacy from ur 1.2 billion population

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

shahid afridi always left opposition team shell shocked in numerous occasions

Posted by ca2ca on (March 2, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

India get thrashed all around the world but thought they perform better in S cont. Don't worry guys, you have IPL soon and Bollywood movies to take away your pain.

Posted by Khattak95 on (March 2, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Ravi Darira Thanks alot for having decent good complments, what i misses in indian team is lack of depth bowling I wonder Pakistan has always produced some giants when it comes to fast bowling like the great Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Legedary Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib and Gul and by watching todays new entry I liked him, I wish I can see any one like Kapil or at least Srinath and hope you have find a good captain in form of Kohli please let him time to get used to it and he will learn from such big events.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 2, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

@ yvivekcb

Yeah we keep hearing India willl trash South Africa in next match, then after the white wash we kept hearing India will thrash New Zealand in next match then after that whitewash, we kept hearing India will thrash Pakistan and Srilanka, and now you are saying next time. I wish that next time will ever come

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

@ nikil-ind: okay, cricket fan here... 'openers have a pact that only one of them would score...' Lol. Nah, my Indian friend. They just going through a rough patch, nothing else. It's only a matter of time before they pick up. Just a year ago Pakistan were just as bad, but they seem to have got some momentum lately. But their batting is still weak and pathetic as usual, and I'm sick of our bowlers bailing them out all the time. If bowlers have a bad day, then our team loses. I wish we had your batters any day of the weak. Appreciate what you got, you're the envy of many countries. You can't expect them to win all the time.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

For one who address India haters, that answer why so called team does not want to play with Pak anywhere, and their record at their home and outside proves how capable are they. But I still respect Dhoni and Kholi as player a lot. Influence on institutions never decide the greatness.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

OMG there are fireworks in my city :)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

its really shocking,surprising & pathetic that even after playing cricket for soo many years & a country of billions..India could not have fast bowlers who can hit block holes/yorkers as per requirements of game. they are supposed to do tht as they are professionals..look at Malinga...obviously he's perfect as he practised that regularly...sorry to say that Indian fast Bowlers remain a liability on the team..if Ind can improve on this,will become matchless team..Stupid is the Board too...sees only Money...!! what to say for someone who doesnt want to learn at all from the mistakes & keep repeating them..!!!

Posted by nikhil_indian_fan on (March 2, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

wow to all the comments from Pakistani fans ! first of all congrats Pakistan on their win. to all the fans i would say a little humbleness in victory would do you guys a lot of good. remember Pakistan was only chasing 245 and yet they collapsed. the match was so tight it could have gone either way. you lost 9 wickets to a weak Indian bowling attack .no doubt Indian performance with the bat was absolutely disappointing but you guys are gloating as if Pakistan chased down 345 !!! we all saw what happened to you against Afghanistan and today also your team collapsed. its good to enjoy victory but look at the mistakes instead of boasting.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

It was good match, both teams played well but at the end Pakistan was a better side.

I hope india/Pakistan will plan something like Ashes!! billions of people watch their game so they have to play more often.

congratulations to pakistan!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

First of all I am very happy on Pakistan's win against India. I want to congratulate all of cricket fans all over the world. But I am really delighted on the impression given by Virat Kohli to Moeen Khan by bowing his head while shaking hand with him when he came in the ground after Team Pakistan won the match, in respect of honoring a senior player. He has shown his gesture as he knows the respect of a senior player either from any side of nation. My best wishes are with Virat Kohli..........

Posted by rizwankamal on (March 2, 2014, 18:08 GMT) it

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Its gud to see pak winning. ..but dnt ever say anything against team India....

Posted by ca2ca on (March 2, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

This is what an Indian fan wrote after SL vs Pak match. I would like to see his face today. Or is he faceless now ???

Posted by CricIndia208 on (February 25, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Pakistan failed to learn from India on how to thrash Sri Lanka. This is a fluke win, pak is the better team.

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (March 2, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

SL fans please go and read the lecture given by your then captain Sanga. Please tell your board to pay up the players properly instead of spewing hate on India. Till now you were getting the same revenue as Big 3, yet did not pay the players. Where were you all then? Whereas BCCI has done exceedingly well when it comes to paying current and former players. Players need money and so the intellectual comments are of no use. Hope you all know how Malinga choose to play IPL and retire from tests. How about removing him from your team? Is it not true that he took decision based on money? So bashing India or the big 3 is non sense. Personally want Pakistan players to be in IPL. They are definitely famous here. Why is Wasim Akram coaching KKR? Money is one factor. look at the issues from players point of you and BIG 3 will then may not be too bad. Even this will change in due course. Money has always played central part for long time now and will do so in future as well.

Posted by zinfo on (March 2, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

team india is showing there efforts of closing the match but eventually on the loosing side..which is hammering india's performance on batting and bowling ...and a bit of poor fielding coordination...DK needs to prove himself on the cards of IPL costliest off indian palyers of this year's auction...lets hope for the WORLD CUP T20 they not exit in the group stage itself......

Posted by Princeprince85 on (March 2, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

@Umaer Derawal...India won Champions trophy last year in England,In 2012 Asia Cup India beat minnows Pakistan by 6 wickets.. Being 6th largest country by population you also lost to a small country like SriLanka..same logic applies to Pak as well..please use ur brain sometimes

Posted by ram91106 on (March 2, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

Contd from prev post...The Professor's contribution can't be ignored...he kept a cool head and went about his business laying a platform for Boom-Boom...The worrisome aspect for Pakistan is they are too reliant on their senior players to bail them out each time as is the same with Sri Lanka who are overly reliant on Sangakkara..However for the Indians' the template s getting clearer...Get Dhoni into the side...Give captaincy to Kohli....The bowling was and has always been a worry...However with an aggressive captain and a bowling coach who understands the strength and weakness of the Indian bowlers preferably Venkatesh Prasad ao Ajit Agarkar and Kumble or Bedi as bowling coaches this bowling unit will create wonders.. Though India is out of this Asia Cup we have fought hard and well and it was the wobbly middle order that let us don for a change...With Dhoni back we will be okay again...GO TEAM INDIA!!!BLEED BLUE!!!

Posted by einstien_jouniar on (March 2, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

well done both teams....peoples will keep criticizing but both played magnificently. Hates off to both of u. This excitement, this is what defines cricket. Forget about ashes, forget about sa vs aus, forget about world. This is the highest level of cricket. Congrats to my Pak, and well done to team Ind. Next lines aren't for team Ind. I was fan of their cricket, i m still fan of kohli. But these lines are for BCCI (not for team Ind) " Ind loosing against Sri and Pak isn't good for the great cause of cricket, next time introduce new rules, Ind will field 15 men squad and plus their captain can place oppositions fielding according to his own need so that Ind can ensure victory and game can progress" oh come on, great players arise in crisis, you are driving this team towards baby boys. Sri nvasan and BCCI is disgrace for cricket and for indian cricket

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

good win for pakistan. under the koli's captency even Afg should win againts Ind. he is not a great captain like Dhoni.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

very funny that indian fans talk like they have won though they have lost. admit your failure that is the path for winning. one more thing respect is like mirror if you smile it will return. as long as you dont respect others then no one will do it for you

Posted by HaseebF786 on (March 2, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Exposing India's weaknesses for Pakistan was the key. They made sure they bowled tightly, and then used the brittle Indian bowling line-up to their power. Nevertheless, Mishra bowled really well on comeback, and it was a great effort from India to defend a nothing total. Although, I do feel that Pakistan should bat more responsibly in the coming games as Afridi isn't always going to be there to do the Boom Boom and bail Pakistan out.

Posted by AmmarRajar on (March 2, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

there were 3 clean clear out but not given by the umpires..who will put check on them..such a biasness

Posted by azurecharms on (March 2, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Pakistan needed that win to break the jinx of not winning against India in tournaments. However Pak should have finished in in 40 overs but Sharjeel threw his wicket lamely and two farscical run outs.

Misbah's batting order change was also unwarranted.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan and no doubt there were errors from Both sides but well played and nice game by Virat for India - If there would have MSD there result would have been something else coz Captaincy and Experience matters

Posted by richielanka777 on (March 2, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

I hop that this mighty indians learn the lesson hard way.. trying to bully around the gentleman's game. hope that many more failed results come in their way in near future. Their holy soly gladiator Virat kohli has anything to say Now?

Posted by bul98 on (March 2, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghan, Kiwi's and many more fans, they all support and watch PAK games as it showed again today in the stadium. IND only have fans from India othwise everyone watches them to see lose. Team Green Rocks!

Posted by ksquared on (March 2, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

@ kr_kinshuk u r right about SL and PAK but arn't INDIA afraid of the other teams batting as well. I bet kholi would have never batted first if he won the toss in either of those games. As long as people live in a dreamworld thinking team india is invincible they will never be a good side let alone a great one

Posted by roook on (March 2, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Indian batting is build around kohli and dhoni with kohli builds the platform and dhoni finish the innings. Indian batting was poor and they were even lucky to get 40 odd runs gifted to them because of sloppy umpiring and fielding.

Posted by ifti71 on (March 2, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Alas! What talent (Afridi, Ajmal, umar, Hafeez, Irfan) IPL is missing by choice. These guys (Pakistan Team members) bring lots of energy and aggression in the field.Even with the absence of playing home, Its amazing how they manage to beat the big teams with virtually no Batting talent (even on foreign grounds ODI series against SA & India).

Posted by mzm149 on (March 2, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Was Kohli crying after losing? I felt he had tear in his eyes at the presentation.

Posted by Fahii on (March 2, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Ind vs Afgh will be interested,, congrats pak

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

@ThilankaK no need to be so bitter towards India .India fought against two teams which were far superior and fought till the end .The inclusion of dhoni in this side would have seen India win both the matches. India without Dhoni is SL without a class player like sanga. We all know who bailed SL out of the match against India.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

Yvyvikar dont forget pak team is very young as well ' no saeed anwer' no aamir sohail ' no haq' no salman butt and a long list so stop moaning abt it' dhoni was is newzeland didnt make any difference there

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

Although we will point fingers at individual players, we are all proud of our Team and their performances over the past year. I hate losing to Pakistan but can take some solace that we fought till the end. We always held the mental edge and thats the missing element from our 1990s team which you to just buckle under any pressure. It used to similar to how we see Pakistan and Sri Lanka batting crumbling which is why these Teams always prefer to bat first. I believe the Indian Team is mentally strong and supremely confident. I have no doubt the new few years we will win more than we løse!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

its not fair those last 2 sixes of shahid afridi should have been ruled out and after all it was a big three team how can you hit 2 sixes in last over against a big 3 team its not legal its against the rules.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT)


both were pre-meditated...Afridi wants to go leg side...Ashiwin wants to bowl Carrom ball..!!!

had been so simple for Ashin & Ind if he would have adopted ur tech..!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Got to congratulate the curators for this tourney. Equal contest between bat and ball has been ensured.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

34 years old delivers 34 in 18 balls after 18 years of cricket to chase 28 years apart chases of 245

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

India had no answers when opposition sloggers take charge.....You had to get through the mind of slogger to win the contest instead scrambling within yours..... Young indian team fought well though and as usual could not jump that last step to earn a victory....

Posted by La_Bangla on (March 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Great game of Cricket. Excellent fight by an young Indian team against experienced Pakistani team. Pakistan was very lucky to escape from another defeat-thanks to that old warrior Afridi..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

With this bowling attack India would lose to Afghanistan. I like the Afghanistan bowlers and they even have some bench strength

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

ahhhaaa... Have any one here watched advertisement for t20 world cup in India. The ad is India batting pak bowling. W 0 W 0 6 6. In this ad it shows expressions of both pak and Indian fans. as shows last joy for Indians. In this match it happened exactly the other way. The last five balls W W 1 6 6. cricket is a funny game. .

Posted by chaskamaska on (March 2, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Good for indian cricket that india has not won this match. If they won this match there are in the finals. everything will be forgetten what happend in south africa and newzealand. After watching the last two matches we are getting back to 1990's matches when sachin scores india wins and other ten joins the evening party. Now virat scores india wins........ partiv patel and dinesh karthick they dont how to keep wickets but they plays for india. Remember how many chances partiv missed in the 2003-04 sydney test match on the last day india might have won the series in Aus. Because of pakistan terrible batting india bowling looked great. Entire hardwork of sourav ganguly to make this indian team into world bitters going in vain jago selectors jago lookl at middle order rahane, raydu and dinesh kartick all these are not match winners they are not game changers atleast go for yusuf pathan or saurabh tiwary.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Pak will choke againest India I. Wt20 for sure guranteed. Enjoy the win but not for long

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

Ppl criticizing Indian team and bowling .India 's bowling almost successfully defended two scores below 260 so for once the batting crazy fans should acknowledge these efforts. Afridi has been Pak's best all rounder no doubt but it was a very close match to the extent that the two sixes of afridi just crossed the rope .Indian middle order needs dhoni .We would guaranteed have 10-15 runs extra at the least if he was there and could have won both matches. This was a young team with the oldest members being Mishra and binny who don't play much .Wonder why Mishra doesn't. Kohlis captaincy was nothing compared to Dhoni's but was far from bad.Under him bhuvi shami at least bowled well at death. We should go with three spinners in subcontinent .Three spinners are much better. So I think only change should be dhoni in for dk .Can't see pujara as he is like Rahane and rahane is superior in fielding. Also ppl were comparing rohit and akmal. Without rohits start the match would be over very early

Posted by PadMarley on (March 2, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

The theory of Kohli's Rationale - Kohli: If we wouldn't have lost the toss, we wouldn't have lost the match...

Kohli: If wasn't for the dew factor, we wouldn't have lost the match...

Kohli: If we Karthik wouldn't have missed the stumping we wouldn't have lost the match...

Kohlii: If we wouldn't have dropped those catches we wouldn't have lost the match...

Kohli machang, after all if there was no match you wouldn't have lost the match in the first place.... give us a break will ya..?

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (March 2, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Pakistan played really well and deserve to win. they bowled well as always. And I liked the way Hafeez is playing, but not able to understand why he is not finishing the matches. No idea why that dreaded scoop type shot is coming to play. He is in my opinion central to success of Pakistan. As for the SL fans, the hate they show towards India will not help them to win anything outside of sub continent. And as for the big 3, we the fans will not have the ful knowledge of the arrangements. So simply commenting by reading a few articles just shows the immaturity. Today Indian cricketers need not worry about life after cricket. Maybe that is the case with some other country as well. Without money why in the world will players continue. Money is required and definitely that will dictate the bilateral series to someextent.

Posted by FRpunk on (March 2, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

This is the Worst Indian Middle Order i have Seen for a while . Simply Terrible Cricket from rahane . Terrible Terrible innings from him . He is a Medicore ODI player . Sadly he is Treated Like a God here on CricINfo , Ridiculous . and Karthik , So Much for Having Potential and all that Crap . He Belongs in the IPL . He is getting 12 Crores for the DD so he Should Stay there as he is just Not Good Enough to Play for india in the ODI`s . Kohli threw his Wicket away but thats because he knew that he has to score Fast . Really Heartbroken . This is Not the Team for the World Cup . Please Rebuild this Team .

Posted by bul98 on (March 2, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Yesssss PAK WON and no other then the Supe star of the cricket world did it. You beauty Lala(Afridi). Beating the big 3 baap(Father) is a best feeling in the cricket world! Ashwin knew he edged it but did not walk and then what happened to him in th end was priceless!

Posted by m.azeem3 on (March 2, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

lot of enjoying and chill in the street of all over the pakistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Cricket can bring money but Money can never bring Cricket.......

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

INDIA should only play IPL to make more money that's wut they good at, they cannot find best 11 players being 2nd in population, SHAME! They r only good in their backyards when they play outside they can't win except against minnows, look at PAK, I don't remember when they played last time at home but they still know how to win outside their Contry. Go home INDIA to make some money and make some records in ur backyard, LOVE U PAK! Proud to be PAKISTANI...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

to tell the truth, how mediocre were both the teams today !! this match didnt have the quality of the India - Pakistan matches of older times..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Inzimam ul haq and M.yusuf both share most number of run outs between them. now hafeez and sohaib have bequeathed their legacy. horrible running between the wickets. any ways congratulations Pakistan. well played india.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

I only wish losing captains are as gracious as some in the past. Kohli didn't have the courtesy of saying anything about the winning team.Guess good manners and courtesy cannot be learned, it comes naturally

Posted by Temuzin on (March 2, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

VinodGupte: And when Jadeja bowls well but bats poorly, people say He is batsman who can bowl and He should show us his batting ability (3 triple centurian) Poor jaddu, fans will not appreciate him no matter what he does.

Posted by YBNormal on (March 2, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

Indian team is a young and inexperienced team.... It had only Kohli and Ashwin from the ICC CWC winning team of 2011.... Where as Pak team had Shehzad, Hafeez, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Ajmal, Gul and Junaid Khan from the ICC CWC 2011 team... Pak team looks good for ICC CWC 2015, where as Indian team looks good for ICC CWC 2019.... Good luck to both teams...

Posted by nikhil_indian_fan on (March 2, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

i am ashamed of the level the Indian team has dropped down to. i ask any Indian fan or any cricket fan for that matter- does this team look anything like world champions?? 1 win in the last 12 matches and that too against Bangladesh (no offense to BD supporters) we have become the laughing stock of the cricketing world. our bowlers cant defend anything under 300 our middle order is rubbish our openers look like they have a pact that only one of them would score in 1 match. is it really wise to have sehwag,gambhir,raina & yuvraj (all world class match winners) out of the team. 9 months away from the world cup looking at this team we will be lucky if we make it to the Quater-Finals of it. drastic changes are required immediately.

Posted by BalaSenty on (March 2, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

India loosing to Pakistan shows how our players are irresponsible, may be the way in which they play they may even loos to Afghanistan. May be Indian cricketers want to play only IPL. Thanks to MSD, coach and BCCI to develop Indian cricket for IPL. Down the lane, India will loose T20 world cup and followed by 2015 world cup as well with this kind of players. Better stop watching cricket or like AajTak once commented to ban Indian cricket for a while

Posted by qzeb on (March 2, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

India started keep losing since they started Big3/Greedy3 fiasco , one would wonder curse is started.

Posted by mohd_asif on (March 2, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

1.2 billion Indians watched ‪#‎India‬ get knocked out of the Asia Cup today ... That the advertising revenue ‪#‎BCCI‬ keeps talking about! ‪#‎PakvInd‬

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Alhamdulillah we won today. however I am not happy that we had to play till the last over to win this match against a team like India. I know that at home India is strong team but out of India they are no better than a MINNOW. We should have won it easily but we made it hard for ourselves. Anyway well done boys and Lala you are a LEGEND :D

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Afridi giving another historical victory for pakistan. Congratulations.In high profile games seniors have to be in the game. So afridi and misbah should take part in the world cup and younis may also be perform naturally in tense games is difficult and only experience teaches this art.

Posted by mwjay on (March 2, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

India as a member of BIG3 remember, Money cant buy talent or passion only spirit of the game does.Now go and find why you cant find eleven men out of 1.2 billion to beat teams that come from 20 million(Sri Lanka) and 180 million(pakistan).

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

After the six of Javed Miandad india always fear the pak. for 17 years. They lose the match even before they played the match. It took a g8t knock of sachin in 2003 world cup to bring the same fear in Pak mind. and for next 10 year pak keep losing after getting in g8t positions. Lets see how Afridi 's 2 sixes will work in Future.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

We missed MSD badly, and we really need to find two fast bowlers who can bowl. But what a game!! well done Afridi and congrats to Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

One more reason i definitely desperately wanted a Pakistan win during that last over was the look and send off Kohli gave to Ajmal. His attitude is still brash. He may b a run machine but he is not endeared as Sachin or Dravid or Dhoni. He is so rude. I thought he had changed himself but the animal shows time and again.

now i can sleep tightly only because Kohli will have a bad taste in his mouth for a period now!!!

Posted by yvivekcb on (March 2, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Don't worry all India haters, this team is very young & new and remember it's without Dhoni, the best finisher in the world cricket. But this team will be ready by the time World Cup starts. By the way, let Pakistanis Win Atleast 1 match against India in World cups and then you guys can jump. And Sri Lankans how can you forge the thrashing India has been giving you for the last 2 years, just one win against us will not make you a better team. Better luck next time when we meet, coz we are going to thrash you!!!

Posted by smalishah84 on (March 2, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Amazing match. Absolutely loved it because Pakistan won :p. Having said that after restricting India to less than 250 the match shouldn't have gotten so close in the first place.

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

@ Mahi Bal ; next world cup ?? It's in NZ & AUS man !! haa haa ha !!! try to come super 8 ! first think next Afghanistan match !!!

Posted by mzm149 on (March 2, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

That makes it 72-50. Are you listening Indian fans??

Posted by DILEEPMJOHN on (March 2, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Even if Pak loses to Ban, Pak will be in final bcz. In case of tie of points with India, they will be above India bcz before net run rate is taken, the priority is who won when played against each other. So only hope for India is to expect SL to be beated ny both BAN and AFGAN, which ofcourse is not going to happen.(rather they SL may win both matches with bonus points) So effectively India's chance to make it final is 0% even if they win with a bonus point against Afgan. But India's losses are never demoralising. they were always in the hunt and they all were close ones. may b luck is not with India for past three months. Its a young team and will improve after each match

Posted by Hash_Tag on (March 2, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

Oh dear. Another beating from Pakistan. First they beat us 2-1 in India and now this. But this was a very good game. Strange umpiring to favour India but still Pakistan have come out on top. Well played Pakistan.

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

match should have finish earlier If umpire gave Jadeja's plumb LBW & ashwin's caught behind !

Posted by Tbilisi on (March 2, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

It was match of matches !!! just think about the situation on the ground and afridi is there..... ashwin is bowling which is the best spinner available in indian side & afridi hit him twice .... WOW AMAZING AFRIDI IS LEGEND.......

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

people that say india bowling this and indian bowling that they gave pak batsmen tough time it was never that the competition was between pak bowling and indian batting once again pakistan zindabad

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 2, 2014, 17:35 GMT)


Well said about Ashwin not walking, although I believe he is not obliged to until the ump raises a finger but I like your Karma point of view.

I guess it was the same Karma when Misbah didn't walk against SL. Hence SL won.

Posted by UK_Chap on (March 2, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

It was a very exciting game to watch, India were very fortunate with the umpiring today, they may well have been bowled out for well below 200. Anyway, as another Indian fan pointed out, Karma took over when Ashwin paid his debt to the cricket universe in the final over of Pakistan`s innings.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 2, 2014, 17:34 GMT)


Just to burst your bubble mate, India lost to Pakistan more than Pakistan lost to India. Just in real life

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Kabhi khushi kabhi gam.......................................that is how Pakistan's fans have been enduring for the last 3 decades.

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

these days India means sure win !!! wonder why & how BAN lose they're match !

Posted by malik79 on (March 2, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

well done Pakistan outplayed India in every department ... a wrong leg before decision in favour of Jadeja and a simple dropped catch of Jadeja lead to a score of 245 for India otherwise Pakistan would have been chasing a Total of under 200 runs they should thank Nigel and Hafeez for a close finish

Posted by uboatlover on (March 2, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

i think the next brand that team india should be ambassadors of must be "ALWAYS'

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Tendulkar-"Afridi is FIRE for us"! -Alastair Cook-"Afridi is the fire power for Pakistan" -Micheal Holding-"Cricket is not Cricket without S.Afridi" Imran Khan-"Who else if Not Afridi?" -Wasim Akram-Afridi is Unpredictable" -Javed Miandad-"Afridi is a great Cricketer" -Ramiz Raja-"Afridi is my all time favorite cricketer" -Dhoni- "Afridi is a great person" -Yuvraj-"Even after hitting 6 sixes. cant even come close to Afridi's fame" -Viv Richard-"Never seen a ball tearing player in cricket history" -Geoffery Boycott-"He is a power House, my fav player of all time" Shane Warne-" My sons say we dont wanna be a leg spinner like you. we wanna be like Boom Boom Shahid Afridi" List goes on.........!!! Jamshed Khan

Posted by oneupnowuv on (March 2, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

although i understand why people are mocking india in big 3..they shld realise that if no asian country is there we will have to be bullied by these english again. So even if you are a bit jealous dont go out fighting against us.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

what should india do atleast they are earning more than any other countries than why we did not spent that money on our golden hen.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Boom Boom rocks...Indian Shocks

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

SL fans will worrying about this result because If India came to the final SL will won the trophy but PAK will hard to beat even Afghanistan than India !!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

#Indian middle order is not that weak while comparing to the tour of SA and NZ. they were much better and it equaly matched the opponents. Pakistan deserves to be won cuz they had been playing good cricket or way better than India for past few months! even dhoni was thr he must hav seen pakistan winning! and please don't assume kohli is a gud captain match went down to the last over bcuz pakistan is still trying and learning to finish the game.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

RIP Big3

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

we love u afridi

Posted by Twinkie on (March 2, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

"Big Three" team can't win without one player! BCCI with all its millions, rupee and human, have not developed any depth. Great administrators! Let's give them world cricket to run! Oh, we've already done that? Carry on, then!

Posted by coherent_critic on (March 2, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

its time for reality check for india they have tried these young players for long and they still havent delivered..rahane is not one day player he is good test player and should only play test..rayudu today played well under pressure he can be tried for another few matches..karthik i dont know what was more embarrassing his batting or his keeping..he should not be selected even as a backup to dhoni rayudu can keep he should be selected as backup for dhoni..bhuvi have to improve he is economical but should learn how to take wickets he can become very good bowler..shami should work on his death bowling..zaheer is must in odis atleast till worldcup..mishra showed us today what we missing in our spin bowling..kohli captaincy was a big positive .. worldcup is next year so time for experimenting is over and have to seriously think about the team which is going to play..selectors now must have realised the value of experience and they should give another chance to gambhir, sehwag and yuvi

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

don't worry Indian fans , India will give good fight to Afghanistan , but as far as I concern Afghanistan will win the match If they won the toss & ball first !!!

Posted by superguru14 on (March 2, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Good match and could went either way, but Afridi pull this one off. Inidans have to play oneday cricket like onday not like Test cricket. But they give their best with a low score total and Pak got lucky.

Posted by zeeme on (March 2, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

@Iceman29 well brother thanks for the best wishes it was great match both teams played well i wish luck to india and want to see india pak final cuz they are the true asian champians.

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

kohli should have stop that junid single ! school boy stuff !!

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Now last 11 matches India won only 1 time ! when dhoni around india at least won the toss , now even toss is losing !!

Posted by lakers51982 on (March 2, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Congratulation to Pakistan team but the important match will be with our BD boys. We will not let you win easily. But if you lose the match, India is having 110% chances to achieve the 2nd place. They are going to play Afghanistan in the last and final match of the Asia Cup series where they will come to know the run rate, bonus point calculation and others… It is better for you to win the match against us. Otherwise Indian Cricket team will issue a Boarding Pass to Lahore at the end of the game. So Pakistan be ready to face Tiger…… Go Bangladesh Go!!!!!

Posted by Eijaz on (March 2, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Congratulation Pakistan, one thing that I noticed that Kohli should learn from MSD and other good captain to compliment opposite team if they played well, he did not acknowledge Hafeez and Afridi's good batting during interview, he was also giving bad look every time Pakistani player, he should learn how to behave as he was playing as captain

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Both team played equally. there is one winner. Victory comes to pakistan. good luck Pakistan. thanks Afridi

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

India does not hav a good bowling attack, Bcci must change team management lik fletcge,penny nd joe dawes, we shuld select fielding coach as a jonty, bowling coach as a fanie devilliars nd main coach as andy flower, include players like Yousuf pathan, irfan pathan, Rasool,Gambir,yuvraj,umesh yadav,pujara nd Rishi dhawan fr the next world cup if not dont expect anything miracle frm indian team frm next world 2015.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 2, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Muhammad Hafeez tried his best to make Pakistan Loser but Afridi and Sohaib had the victory in mind. Misbah was run out deliberately by Hafiz to become man of the match then he kept on wasting balls. He also dropped easiest catch.

Congrats to Pakistan team and weldone Misbah, Sohoib, Afridi and Bowlers

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 2, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

It is sorry site when see kohli's face !!!

Posted by thecutiepie on (March 2, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

A good competitive match. Eager to see finals between srilanka and pakistan. That'll be a worth seeing match. Poor captaincy from that selfish and arrogant virat kohli. He never learnt to praise off other team after losing let alone after winning. I hope that Overconfident india team lose to afghanistan too. Good luck to pakistan and srilanka from bangladeshi supporters.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

The Moment I lived when Pakistan won again against India in a thriller. Thanks for being Pakistanis, and being Indians!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

The only difference in captaincy for Virat and MSD is d luck factor. The former has none and the latter has a bag full of it. But the glaring difference between MSD and Karthik is for all to see. Nothing lost boys too much cricket played now a days, no room for remorse. I am sure you guys will come back.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Excellent Cricket Played by both Teams. Good learning process for Kohli. India tuff luck this time better luck next time.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

The match was fantastic. The only thing poor in this match was umpiring.

Posted by PadMarley on (March 2, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

No matter what the pundits say, you must appreciate the impact Afridi makes to cricket. His ODI career so far has survived for 18 years, he has scored 7500 plus runs and taken 378 wickets, with 326 sixes , scoring rate of 115 and 119 catches. Only very few have been at least around these credentials in the ODI history.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

I see a lot of a certain group of fans are pleased by the nice charity and diplomatic work by the champions trophy and world champions India!

Posted by 3ddy on (March 2, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

best game from best arch rivals , we need to play more , love from pak. P.S kohli is best batsman atm

Posted by BobCo on (March 2, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

all these comments about young Indian team? huh? does Team India only consist of juniors these days? Come on people, this is the national team, irrespective of age, this is the team selected to represent India at the highest level. youth is not an excuse for anything, losing included. Pakistan a bit lucky to get away with it at the end, but they _did_ win, and India now almost certain to miss the final. Not exactly a good outcome. Any bets on Afghanistan beating them in the last one now too?

Posted by ___KIWI___ on (March 2, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

Well done Pak! Now I am glad the umpires made such horrible decisions to benefit the Indians innings! Otherwise Pak would have wrapped this match up with ease in the 40th over... Instead we got a thriller! Best of luck in the final guys. From New Zealand.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 2, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

vivekmoosa: Because Mishra succeeds only on spinning tracks like this one, he is a dudd in fielding and is not a good batsman either. Thats why he is not included in the team. This was spinning pitch and he got selected.

Posted by Kavum on (March 2, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Nothing can compare to Javed Miandad's last ball 6 off Chetan Sharma to win in Sharjah 28 years ago. That was the stuff of high drama that even a Bollywood script writer could not match. This came close, though. Even though I am a SL fan, Ind-Pak matches still capture the imagination and captivate neutrals like me. Am of one mind with Salar Ahmed. May we see more classic matches like this in the near future. Well played to both teams for giving us a great contest to witness.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

boom boom afridi.beautiful player.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Pakistan finally has released the pressure of losing from India in tournments. The mental block is off.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Pakistan finally has released the pressure of losing from India in tournments. The mental block is off.

Posted by afaleel on (March 2, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

hey samdhan, interesting how u have blamed the umpiring. admit that india is only good at home .it is the sheer arrogance of people like you, your indian team and BCCI that you guys are losing. grow up !!!!! whilst all teams have supporters for other countries , it is india and the indians support them selves due to the attitude. i hope you produce more cricketers such as Rahul, sachin and the laxmans as oppose to the arrogant bunch you currently have.well done pakistan, you outplayed them rightfully as the indians dont deserve to be in the finals.possibly only the corrupt IPL should help them.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

BIG3 ... R.I.P.. you cannot create talent like Pakistan Bowlers, Batsmen or All rounders with money. Well Played India hard luck. Pakistan Hamesha Zindabaad

Posted by oneupnowuv on (March 2, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

happy for mishra deserved his chance and took it well.Kohli has a good head this will put pressure on dhoni for test captaincy. Afridi played well like he did in 2009 t20WC well done , BTW 246 against this indian bowling shldnt b that difficult. batting is much better than what we saw today , yuvi and dhoni need to be back,Rayudu or rahane only one of them shld play not both. lastly can anyone explain me why SL fans are so happy?

Posted by PIA786 on (March 2, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

M Shami is only a club bowler. Pak has a nonstop production line of fast bowlers. Good Pakistan played well lunder pressure. Good luck for the final.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

Boom boom rocks. No rock can stand when its his day. What a heart stoping match!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

Cant ask for a match better than this. Crowd was like for 2 minutes indian fans cheering pakistani praying and for next 2 minutes indians praying. India did well while defending 245 but pak did well enough to get the victory. And afridi oh boy, he never let his fans go away. Atleast i was not expecting this performance from him thinking his current form but he always perform when people are least expecting from him. Tendulker is master of cricket but afridi own this cricket. U make us love u

Posted by Iceman29 on (March 2, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

First of all congrats pak team for their victory...afridi u beauty stole the match from us and broke a billion hearts...tough luck India we fought till the last over and never gave up...we were 20 to 30 runs short and dk stumpings cost us the Asia cup final birth....congrats again my pak brothers from now on like last Asia cup i wil be routing for Pak team...go pak go get the Asia cup...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

well well well.... Boom Boom Tuka worked miraclw foe us....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

It was the perfect cameo from Afridi, rotating the strike to start with and great anticipation when Indians were balling off stump line to move to offside to work the ball. The sweep shot from outside off to a fast bowler was special . After taking singles even in the penultimate over, he knew Ashwin will ball leg stump so he gave himself room and BOOM BOOM, to send even the mishits out of the boundary line.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

In an indian ad of t20 world cup the figures of the final over for pakistan bowling against indian batting were W-0-W-0-6-6 . but in real match of asia cup these are the figures for indian bowling against pakistan batting W-1-6-6 . very similar but in real match india is on receiving end

Posted by SachinRao on (March 2, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Some of the Indian fans have been fickle. While everybody wanted to remove Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan and Yuvraj from the team are suddenly asking for their reinstatement. The kind of form that most are in...i think it would be some time before they can be considered. Dinesh Karthik whom everybody was plumping for...has had a very bad front and behind the stumps.

Posted by shafiqsarfaraz on (March 2, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

well indians said virat kohli fails once in a blue moon….well that "once" is always Pakistan….go team green go..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

nail biting finish. .....well done Pakistan, well played afridi.

Posted by sundar2222 on (March 2, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

India forgetting the habit of (W)INDIA. They r making excuses with ball or bat. first they need to play as a team and then rest will take care of itself and about captaincy kohli is slightly better than dhoni.

Posted by ramaiitk on (March 2, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

A very good game of cricket with young VIRAT showing the qualities of a really good captain on the anvil for INDIA..Did not expect Afridi to play this innings..However, this is possible because of senseless bowling from Ashwin in the last over. When boom boom Afridi is clearly moving to the legside before the ball is delivered can't ashwin bowl wide of outside off stump?? Also, Rohit when will you learn the art of making a big innings man..??

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

lets stop criticizing this indian team this is the best team we have. we should not be saying bring back raina yuvraj else we may end up saying bring back sachin rahul saurav kumble. lets thing why rohit is talented but not consistent bcoz he has been criticised more than praised when he performed consistently against australia. why we are not talking of dropping bhuvi or ashwin. but talking only for mumbai players like rohit or rahane. dhawan is also not consistent. so let this team be there for sometime and settle down. lets watch the game like Australian or English spectators who don't have short memories. also we should not be saying that rohit is elected not selected. all in this country is elected not selected from pm to company's chairman.

Posted by Vishal_07 on (March 2, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan from an Indian for the thrilling win. This was one match, where in spite of supporting one team, I could enjoy Afridi's last two sixes (probably because either one of them could have been catches).

For a fan one of those rare losses where you could still enjoy the game which is what sports is all about, in an ideal world anyways.

Posted by Fezz on (March 2, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

The match would not have gone this far if Jadeja was given LBW when he was at 7, and even Ashwin was given caught behind when he was at 0. Pakistan have won despite things going against them, such as bad umpiring and pitch supporting the spinners big time in the second innings. Well played Pakistan !

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

PANKAJ Mishra.. once in 50 matched afridi clicks... but he clicks at the right time mostly against india. m sure ull remember him for next 50 matches atleast.. wont u?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Although I knew Pakistan will win the match right from the start, but somehow they managed to stay in the hunt but for Dinesh Karthik missing an easy stumping chance off Afridi we should have walked away home. In the last game also Dhawan missed a sitter in the very last over. Nevertheless yet another nail-biter & I am proud of our boys it's nothing shame in fighting till the end & losing rather than losing without a fight as it happened in the recently concluded series against Proteus & most Odi against lesser ranked Kiwis & that too under the captaincy of MSD.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

It was a false move by Kholi to bowl last over by Ashwin. He should have persisted with two pace bowlers as bowl just short of length to Umar Gul and Afridi instead of bowling full to get top edges and exert the pressure. Afridi is a good player of spin so Ashwin got belted for two sixes.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

I don't like the way Hafeez or any other opener in the team have been playing since a long time because it always seems from their innings that they try to play just for themselves. Take Hafeez's today's innings, he came to the crease when less than 5 runs per over were required but when he and Shoaib Maqsood left the ground the run rate was more than run a ball. Hafeez got the man of the match (My foot). I would give him man of the match if he stayed till the end and as he did not stay till the end to see Pakistan home so his innings is not of much worth. If Shahid Afridi had not played that innings with the strike rate of 188.8 Pakistan would never have reached home so for me Hafeez's innings was just for himself not for the team or the country.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Its a great win by team pakistan. Congrata team pakistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

i dont understnd y india keeps playing a third seamer when seamers usually go more den 6 an over and make talented mishra sit on d bench...india shudn't copy other teams.dey play more seamers because der seamers r gud..ridiculous team selection..i think kohli shud hv gambled more wen d 9th wicket fell..he shud hv brought d field up and prevented d single..if afridi gets d strike even his mis hits clear d boundary as we hv wid d field up if junaid plays a dot den der is more probability he is going to do something silly in d next ball..u cannot always win wid defensive shud take risk in such pressure cooker situation

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

love you Afridi :) greatest player ever !

Posted by YBNormal on (March 2, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

Congrats Boom Boom n Pakistan....Hats off to both the teams...India made a game out of nothing....

Posted by amilag on (March 2, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

This was quite expected. India can win only in India. They are far below bangla and afghan.

Posted by CricPissu on (March 2, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

It was absolute destiny that PAK should win this tussle by the hands of Afridi. Remember cornered tigers ?? it was just a similar situation in the last was his will power to win got this results. Hats off from a Sri Lankan - Ifthi from Sharjah

Posted by Dilbar786 on (March 2, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

WOW Pakistan team u did it yes u did it..Love you Congratts Pakistan.

Posted by UTS_PK on (March 2, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

nothing to say except..... """BOOM BOOM"""" Cricket is not cricket without you!!

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 2, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

congrats to Pakistan on a terrific win and bad luck to India today, they almost got there if it was down to a certain "Boom Boom" who has done that to many teams..i have always maintiained from the begineeing of the tournament that Pakistan will lift the cup..

Posted by cricfan100 on (March 2, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

@Bab Kangen, That was the exact thought came to my mind after seen the final over. Hope indian media will learn a lesson too. And eagerly waiting to see if that advertisement will be televised again. Great win for pakistan. Really enjoyed the game. Kohli should have appreciated the pakistani effort. Other than that looked very promising with his decision making as captain. But probably he doesn't have the same luck that MS Dhoni has. Congratz Pakistan!!!!!!!!! From a srilankan fan.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

pakistan alhamdollilah never looses to india on basis of talent ! I believe if we loose we loose cox india handles pressure better , Afridi was our strong man psychologically so it was ours :)

Posted by Khany786 on (March 2, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Good game between both teams.

Posted by amilag on (March 2, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

They do not belong here in Asia! They are among big three...hi..hi..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

afridi is live bomb it exploded in indian field destroying hope of completing in the final Pakistan is all time favorite for any cup

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

quality contest ! india played well too provided their not so good team ie sent for asia cup but Pakistan is <3

lalal lala lala

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Afrid proves his worth once again he is a real match winner.Afridi u beauty.When Maqsood got run out there was very little hope left for Pakistan and after seeing afridi's recent batting performences i was not hopefull of a Pakistan win but Afridi showed when he is there nothing is impossible.Really happy after the win.Respect for Afridi #realmatchwinner

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 2, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

I think Pakistan and Sri Lanka helped India's cause by deciding to chase. They were obviously scared of India's ability to hunt down targets but what they failed to realize was that this Indian side had a very weak middle order.

Had the Indians chased in these two games I think the margin would have been bigger. Although there's also the chance that Kohli would have won one of those two games all by himself.

But it's incredible what a reputation this young kid has created for himself. Sri Lanka holding back Malinga in the first game and arguably the best bowling line - up in the world worried about this guy taking the game away single - handedly.

BCCI please give this guy better support. We don't want him becoming another Sachin.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

What a fantastic game of cricket between these two gladiators. For a fact you can never take your eyes off an India--Pakistan game. The momentum kept swinging back and forth between Pakistan and India until Shahid Afridi sealed the deal with his BOOM BOOM magic in the final over. What a match and Pakistan deserved to win, In-shaa-Allah they are one step closer to the final.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Irrespective of how both the teams have performed....match was like a true Ind-Pak Match used to be...a PERFECT THRILLER...REACHING TO LAST OVER FINISH...!!!

Posted by SachinRao on (March 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Pakistan made a hash of a easy chase and almost lost it. I think the quality of batting from both sides except a few shining stars was really bad. India bowled much better than expected. Dinesh Karthik has been the main culprit in both games by messing up regulation stumpings. I thought Rahane and Karthik got stuck and it had an impact on the final score. We should give our bench some valuable match practice against the afghans, especially Ishwar Pandey, Pujara, Aaron and Binny. Jadeja should bat early to get some t20 practice. Impressed by Kohlis captaincy.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

the current indian team is only less by dhoni. and still india says it is a young side. are they going to bring back tendulkar and Dravid!. i think it is the best side, including dhoni ,that india can have ,and it shouldn' t be a xcuse.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Thanks for sahid afridi

Posted by nach on (March 2, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Indians have failed to exploit chances offered to them. Same story since SA,NZ and now asia cup.Finally they tried amit mishra. Why can't they bring back munal/nehra or give chance to pandey. They should play pandey against afgans

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

We should appreciate young Indian teams efforts. With available resources India went on to fight till final over and aa we saw Afridi took the game away. But we faught very well. I think here one think is harming the team that is Virats failure in mejor matches. It may be happening due to extra captaincy burden. Virat scored 100 in the first match which of lesser burden. But tournament proceed further tension started occupying Virat. And today too to went too early. When we are having a mejor inform batsman like Virat, then why it was nessesorry to give the leadership to Virat only. It should be Rohit or may be Ashivn or Dhavan can be better choice than Virat considering the situation. We should keep Virat completely tension free for his extra ordinary batting skill. Though Virat lead the side well, he lost his golden touch due to the burden. Today in mejor match we didn't find our Virat atall anytime while batting. This is a mejor error BCCI made according to me. Anyway still hopes...

Posted by shafiqsarfaraz on (March 2, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

and i can still see india leading the CricInfo polls with 43% votes,how cute:)

Posted by ram91106 on (March 2, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Shahid Khan Afridi is always a turning point in Indo-Pak games....Mostly his arrival and dismissal a few balls later for a mindless slog guarantees an Indian win but the cold calculated Afridi who plays like a genuine batsman is an ever present threat to every cricketing side around the world...Right from the start of the second innings it was Pakistan's match to lose after restricting India to a sub-par score and after the first 10 overs I thought Pakistan would win with a bonus point but credit to the Indian fielding side and the tight bowling of Mishy and Ashwin that we managed to stretch things to the last over...ultimately Boom-Boom turned up today and snatched victory for Pakistan...Ashwin was magnificent today having bowled a tight line...that he was struck for two fatal sixes in the last over sealed the match for Pak but what a bowling performance!!! Sir Jadeja had a rare off day...Shami and Bhuvi are getting expensive...JOE DAWES WHAT IN THE BLESSED EARTH IS YOUR ROLE ??Contd

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

X factor of Dhoni was missed both with bat and keeping, congrats to both of the teams for the fabulous performance!

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

@rohit. tell me why they are not giving proper chance for binny. you are targeting karnataka people

Posted by Criktic on (March 2, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

India would have won but no DRS to magically turn balls for India in this match.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

love u afridi…muaaaahhh

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 2, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Basically, there wasn't much difference between both teams. One had better bowling, the other better batting. Either team could have won it. There were jangled nerves on both sides. Both teams made mistakes. The team who held the nerves better came on top and that too because of Afridi magic.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

what i dont understand that if eng and aus scan have ashes Which is a churn then why Dnt pak and India have Ashes like in fire i mean come on every one is a winner in ,media, players and everyone makes a lot of mmdw as well

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

Pakistan Deserve to win.... You have to agree they are a better team with the current set of players..... Boom Boom Afridi does it with two consecutive booms in the final over...... B.T.W irrespective of the result, impressed with kohli's captaincy

Posted by bplusa on (March 2, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Poor Captaincy by Virat Kohli giving easy single to Juanid that brought Afridi on Strike.Had India managed to bowl even single dot ball to Junaid India could have won the match.Its nice that Winning runs came in Aswin's over who should be groomed & taught about Sports man Spirit.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

X factor of Dhoni was missed both with bat and keeping, congrats to both of the teams for the fabulous performance!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Match was well played. I think Mishra is good spinner only on turning tracks. but if he ever comes on flat track or wicket without spin then believe me he will go for 12 to 15 runs per over. without Dhoni indian team seems me very weak. in two matches two crucial stumps cost india Asian cup. one thing still can happen for indian to be in the final 1.pakistan lost to bangela desh and india wins against Afghanistan with bonus point plus better run rate then Pakistan though its tough task but anything can happened. thanks cricinfo for letting us to write our comments.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

nw they shuld try pujara in place of rohit...

Posted by mbilalhussain on (March 2, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Memories of Javed Miandad six were fading away in the minds of IND but Afridi brought those back. IND will remeber this SIX for long time....And a message for BIG 3 that money cannot buy talent and passion. They were not in the U19 WC final either.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Afrid lala boom boom ala ala

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Congrats Pak from Sri Lanka.!! Its funny how same ppl praise afridi now, over one night,who blamed him,even not required to inc in pak team anymore till yesterday.Its a pleasure to watch he plays in every game.even he couldnt score he contributes with the ball.meanwhile India had paid off for their big talks.They deserved this from the day one.never praise the opponent team,and big lame excuses for defeat,and attitude not helping them at all,even to the manner of gentlemen`s game.India need a wakeup call.I do not wonder even afgn beat them in this current form.I wish to be so for not apparent reason.India is just a big mouth.Good luck for SL and Pak for finals.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (March 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan. @Charaka Jayaratne, you are clearly an anti-India fan. If you have really understood today's match you would have definitely appreciated India for giving a very tough fight despite making low scores. But people like you with blind emotions (like other sub-continent fans who talk more after wins) can't talk sensibly. Frankly I was disappointed after India lost against SL but not in today's match.

Posted by raste on (March 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Like the Muhammad Abdul Tawab Khalil comment.Kholi doesn't seems to have the attitude to appreciate the opposition.Hate to see somebody like this leads india.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

I don't know what to say. Happy happy

Posted by martin000 on (March 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Congratz PAK for the win!!! This was bound to happen for us in this tournament. Batting is our only strength and we cannot compromise in that with this weak middle order. No hitters in the low middle order except jadeja which clicked today but not against SL. Fielding was much much better today which gave us an outside chance. I am really impressed with kohli's captaincy in field placings and particularly in rotating the bowlers. Bhuvi is not the same bowler as he was 1 year back and he went the same way like our indian bowlers. No control in line and length.One has to say that the two wickets he got in the penultimate over is just luck which are of a perfect length ball to launch. And those are blaming Kohli didn't appreciate the opponents, neither did misbah, Afridi or Hafeez that we gave a good fight.

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Congrats to the Sri Lankans and the Pakistanis and all the best for a near - certain clash in the finals. The team fielded by India, frankly speaking, never really stood much of a chance given their thin bowling resources and the weak middle order that they had in this series. They gave a close fight to the other two sides and I think the Indian camp should be glad with that.

To the Indian team management, don't let the close margins cloud the reality. Yes, Dhoni'll come back and the batting (and the keeping) will be fine (although one wonders what will happen once Dhoni goes). But the bowling is still a problem area. Had they been up against quality batting sides, India would have lost comprehensively.

India needs a bowler who can bowl those yorkers at the end. Bhuvneshwar Kumar got away with that penultimate over but, that was more on account of some very poor batting from Pakistan rather than good bowling from Bhuvneshwar.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

11 Men, Pakistan team beat 13 Men so called "Big three"! well done.

ps now I know why India don't like DRS!lure umpires for lucrative Indian Paisa League and get decisions in there favor!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

ash win should be dropped from the team permanently. better to give chance to dome other spinner

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

I'm sure most of the Sri Lankan fans would have liked to face the Indians in the final to hand them over another defeat however now it is almost certain to be between SL & Pak. Almost all the matches involving big teams brought absolute drama in the final overs and players should have nerve of steel to finish them off. The asia cup has so far brought real excitement.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Mistake made by kholi why did he gave easy single to junaid khan last batsmen, if kholi would hav stopped tht single india could hav won the game,, If Australia or South Africa or new zealand easily eon the match easily,, this is bad captaincy by kholi,, why did not stopped tht single..

Posted by Samdanh on (March 2, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

I am hearing some here, stating their disappointment over Kohli not commending the opposition that has won. It is not India's fault that you were expecting them to be gracious in defeat. You should feel lucky that umpiring decisions were not cited as reasons for the loss today.

Posted by SchoolGirlCricketCaptain on (March 2, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan! Very well played and you deserved to win. I was impressed by Talha... very matured head on young shoulders. Hafeez also deserves praise for his calm and level-headed innings.

Mishra bowled well. I see no reason why Dhoni wants him on the bench all the time. I think the inexperience in middle order did go against India in their last two matches. Bowling remains weak and inconsistent. India should keep an eye on 2015 WC and field people from the likely pool of 15-16 even when playing in the sub-continent. I'm sure we'll be able to find form and consistency by that time if we plan meticulously.

@momer79, a big thank you for your sensible, rational, and objective comments. 80% of people post crap here and I wonder if they are even younger than me and let emotions and hate get the better of them. Such a shame.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Once in 50 match afridi clicks

Posted by mensan on (March 2, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Poor umpiring saved India's blushes to some extent. Otherwise it could have been over pretty sooner.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

A classy game which had all The thrills and spills. Full marks to Team India making it a real match. At the end Cricket is the winner ....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:52 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

OMG !!! What a match , what a match , what a match , seriously Superb , stunning , thrilling , we grabbed the victory yess yess yess !

Afridi you made it again you are a HERO !!!

India you should remember this for long time now !!!

Big 3 sucks !!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Pakistan beat India by 1 wicket so bad in Asia cup in 2014 God bless Pakistan team

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Congratulations!!! What a victory. Now Pak vs SL Final

Posted by on (March 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Posted by SajidMirza on (March 2, 2014, 16:28 GMT) All the roads in karachi are blocked. Peoples dancing celebrating, traffic jam, vistles loud speakers, fire works, every where. Afiridi is our tiger. Our team is unpredectible but we are the best. Pakistan can win any where against any nation. great game and great play by Pakistan. We love you PAK

------------------------ Just imagine the party if you blokes win the tournament!

It's wonderful what joy sport, in this case cricket, can bring to the masses.

Congratulations to both teams for a great game.

Posted by StreetView on (March 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Funnily Ashwin took nine runs after being out and Pak needed 9(they scored 13) in the last over against him to win the match. Though i am Indian fan, have to say Karma triumphed in the end :P

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

X factor Dhoni was missed both with bat and keeping, congrats to both of the teams for the fabulous performance!

Posted by AH_USA on (March 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

This was a good game and even though it could have gone either way, IND looked in a better position in most part of the game. Those, who are calling it a flat track need to understand what a flat track really is because this was a "tricky track" and not flat by any definition. Anyway, a real thriller and something that is normally expected of games between IND and PAK. Again, well played by India. Cheers from a Pakistani supporter.

Posted by may_the_best_win on (March 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

I dont know why indians are counting the missed opportunities as excuse of losing the game (maybe they are opting for Dhoni's strategy)... Pakistan also had their share albeit more than the indians.. 2 decisoins went against them then Hafeez dropped a sitter n then Sohaib missed a run-out by throwing the ball at the running .. had it not been the case, Indians wouldnt have even made 200 ... n a word of appreciation from the captain for opposition never hurts but i guess Indians have egos!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

umpiring would have been better INDIA were all out at 130

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Excellent Win by Men In Green. Brilliant all around performance by 'The Professor' Mohammad Hafeez. Great support by Sohaib Maqsood. Ahmed Shahzad was good at the start. And what a Fantastic finish by 'The Boom Boom' Shahid Afridi. Congratulations to the Pakistani Team for a great 1 wicket win.

Posted by awt786 on (March 2, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Pakistan has proven that its not about producing more money , its about playing good cricket out of your own homeground and also there is no cricket with out team PAKISTAN.. U19 SA won the u19 world cup W INdies wins over Eng and today this... BIG three ..lolx

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Great match... full of twists and turns... also happy to see positive comments from Indian... we're grown up now :) Good luck India

Posted by armi123 on (March 2, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

India on paper is strong but my dear Indians unfortunately cricket is played on ground.

Posted by StreetView on (March 2, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Great game! Afridi for once has played responsibly . Feel sorry for Mishra and especially Ashwin ,to bowl beautifully a whole game but miss out in the end! MS Dhoni has stolen many games from the opposition in the last over and just now we Indians can understand how other teams would feel.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Ahhh got relax wd the match really pressure on us but at last our boom boom hasdone it for us wd big smashing sixes really he just won whole pakistanis heart love u Afridi

Posted by SILVERSANGA on (March 2, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan. It's great to see mediocre India is kicked out of Asia cup! SL vs Pak are the two deserving teams! The truth is that India cannot win without Dhoni. Funnily though they even struggle with Dhoni in test matches.

Indian bowling is completely useless. Their batting is nothing without Kohli. At this rate India will not even make to the 2nd round of next world cup.

Posted by roook on (March 2, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Indian Batting was poor and got advantage of sloppy umpiring and fielding. Pakistan played a batsman short and played with long tail. Indian were brilliant with fielding with 2 run outs and keep match alive till last over. Both teams need to improve one with the bat and one with the bowl

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

As a neutral , congrats to both teams . Top class match. Would like to see more India v Pakistan test matches, not sure why these teams never seem to play tests against each other.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

this is from sl fan..i was so tense in last few overs ,,felt like Pakistan is my own,,,for some reason we sl fans like u guys..and hate indian team,..i was screaming when boom boom hit the sixes.what a game and such hero...u guys blessed to hv a striker like that..good luck guys..finally who cares the winner of finals as long as its not

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

boom boom is a match is not over untill he is at the crease..luv u lala

Posted by SAURAVJAIN on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Dinesh Kartik poor keeping and Rahanes slow batting is the culprit of defeat.Indian pacers neither take wickets nor they stop the flow of runs in initial overs.Most importantly Jadeja should bat up the order @ no 5 ahead of DK and Rayudu.He plays bouncers well,rotates strikes,plays spinners well,waits for loose balls and most importantly can change his gears.He has matured as a batsman.That is the biggest positive from last 2-3 series.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Final : Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka

Posted by doc.qadeer on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

defending 245 with such a pathetic bowling attack....and still took the game to laast over...n almost won....kohlii showing great captncyy....DK a bit unluckyy ... now all the blame would go to him n ashwin.. but let me tell u indian friends it was ur batting that let u down...rohit(a carbon copy of umer akmal.. both havinglots ov talent n potentiol... but waste due to nonsense)..u cant depend on kohlii all the time... n it is i think a shut up call for all dhonii haterss.... at the end congrates to my green heroes... love u all... great performance.. well deserved win ... Paikstan zinda baad...

Posted by Imran707 on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Incredible victory and the mighty power of one and Only of his generation, "AFRIDI". Take this big ;).........3.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)


I notice a pleasant change in your comments for the good. Humility is a sign of greatness. I hope Kohli does that too.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

kohli is far active n gud captain den dhoni but we need dhoni as a keeper n batsman in team

Posted by Fazu on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

all these day i was thinking this current India team is not able to perform in hard tracks only but i have to change my opinion they are not good in flat truck tooo. and kholi now follows d dhoni, finding so many excuses without praising the opposition for their hard work. Now there fan will follow them typing lot of excuses. LOL

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

What a screw tight match it was and finish was just superb. Credit goes to Ahmed Shehzad, Hafeez for building up the foundations and Young entrant Shoaib and Obviously Afridi to Finish in style. Not to forget the Poor umpiring where on two occasions Out was not given by Umpires. I really cant understand why technology is used to moderate the human errors? Review system is good and should be permanent part of the game. Anyways it was Grate Game. Treat to watch

Posted by Samdanh on (March 2, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

India with Dhoni would have won all these matches that they have lost so far in Asia Cup.

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

jai amith mishra ho. why dhoni not allowing mishra to play even if he performs

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

So much for the big 3! Afridi is the King of Cricket. Well played Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Sharjah history repeats once again.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

even with this half team we are giving strong challenge to the full strength teams.... so come t-20 world cup be ready to get thrashed.... just for your information the team will somewhat look like this : rohit, dhawan, kohli, yuvraj, raina, dhoni,jadeja, Ashwin, shami, Umesh, Aaron/mishra... that's serious team...

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 2, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

What we Indians should realize are two things: (a) in ODIs Dhoni is simply irreplaceable as a batter, as a keeper, and as a caption, and (b) Karthik is simply too pathetic as a batter and as a keeper. Thank God he is not the captain, otherwise situation would have been even worse.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

even with this half team we are giving strong challenge to the full strength teams.... so come t-20 world cup be ready to get thrashed.... just for your information the team will somewhat look like this : rohit, dhawan, kohli, yuvraj, raina, dhoni,jadeja, Ashwin, shami, Umesh, Aaron/mishra... that's serious team...

Posted by TRAM on (March 2, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

India will not win ANY tournament unless they bring hitters - like Samson. The hitting power of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Dhoni can NOT be replaced by Rohit, Rahane, Pujara, Karthik. And the fact that they are all playing for their position in the team makes matters worse. I am not recommending Sehwag, Yuvraj back in the team. Ind need to find daredevil youngsters. I cant believe Ashwin did not bowl well outside off for Afridi in the last 4 balls! India is paying for not including full fledged spinners and instead looking for all rounder - spinners. The amount Mishra turns the ball is much more than Jadeja or Ashwin. No wonder Jadeja & Ashwin cant take more than 2-3 wkts per match. Where as Mishra has 5-for few times even in T20.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

kohli is impessive.. Love to see more from... Dinesh Karthik is terrible behind the wickets costing India two matches....

Posted by indo_khan on (March 2, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

I hope people don't blame DK's missed stumping of Sohaib Maqsood because if they do, they should also thank the umpires for their two decisions in favor of India. After the game, I saw Mr. Sunil Gawaskar talking about the short boundary that helped Pakistan win the match but India played the match on the same ground, ask Rohit Sharma he would agree.

This game showed that we (India) still need to work on our batting and Amit Mishra is our best spinner or best bowler. Well done to him and hope that the management don't drop him again. The only area where we did better than Pakistan was our fielding.

In the end, unlike Kohli, congrats to Pakistan. Excellent game, cricket is the winner.

Posted by PureMagic on (March 2, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Well done Team Pakistan! as far as Pakistan is concern we have already won the Asia Cup !

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

I like vkohli's captaincy bcoz he changed the bowlers at regular level which almost won them but i thnk the main question is y on earth vkohli gave jkhan an easy single in the last over..... Kudos to afridi as both the sixes were mis hits but the power he posses took them away but a good game of ckt worth watching this kudos to vkohli

Posted by LionsCric on (March 2, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

I still don't understand why Asian Big Boys bring this Nightmares for young virat koli ... :-p

Hope Srilanka could make it with the unbeaten record..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

virat kohli is like sachin tendulkar ,he is great bastman but for captaincy he needs to work more ...,M S Dhoni won the world cup in three format and analysis the players + AND - and execute them in right situation . If you see today the bowling rotation was too bad . The ONLY Captain can go at NO:8 position and take pressure on him .

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Love to see Kohli making centuries in his classic style, but still holding head like he did today at the end match, love you overly-arrogant kohli, Thanks Pak Team for giving the nation this priceless gift, Keep your head down Kohli

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

In India vs Pakistan matches the only things that matters is victory. We Indian fans will dissect every other victory or defeat but in India Pakistan games, we are either delirious in celeberation or gutted in despair. This defeat has hurt a lot and we need to avenge this defeat in the T20 World Cup.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

ashwin...not to b blamed.hits were from mars

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Very well played both teams, today Afridi became hero again :) thanks team Pakistan for giving us such happiness, I can hear gun fires everywhere in Lahore right now.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

All credit to boom boooom AFRIDI

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

The title "India Hit Back with Spinners" is out line for the end result. The tile could have been, "Despite Indian Spinner Attack Pakistan Won". Cricket is the name of being fair game and reporting should be as fair.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

@Prateek Gupta RESPECT ! It was a good match nevertheless

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 2, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Ind DONT NEED MSD as Captain, he can play as WK BATSMEN, LET VIRAT TAKE CAPTAINCY liked his aggression in the field today.was so good to watch, despite loss I respect his decisions.IND FORGET WAYS TO WIN, Only Gary Kirtsen can help them out of this slump.NOT PLAYERS..

Posted by sudhindranath on (March 2, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

India never had a good fast bowler capable of bowling genuinely fast. And with IPL, it has become even worse. Now, the so-called "pace bowlers" of India rely entirely on the batsmen making mistakes. They cannot bowl wicket-taking deliveries. It might work in the T20 format (if they have a strong batting line-up that can pile up a good enough total first) but it won't work in the case of ODIs, and certainly not in the Test matches.

Perhaps India should lose to Afghanistan here and get thrashed in England (in both ODIs and Tests) and then later in Australia as well, so the entire system of Indian cricket can get a "reset" and then they can try to start from scratch.

Posted by SkyCutter on (March 2, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Exceptional !!! A big tounamant against IND after a long long time.

I see that Mishra is a different level of bowler. Why is he not part of the IND playing 11 more often?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Great Victory to the Lions of Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

In an indian ad of t20 world cup the figures of the final over for pakistan bowling against indian batting were W-0-W-0-6-6 . but in real match of asia cup these are the figures for indian bowling against pakistan batting W-1-6-6 . very similar but in real match india is on receiving end.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

My question from all the indian fans here . What is your stance over Kohli's continuous stances of not a single word of praise for the opposition in the spirit of game known as Gentlemen's game?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

the last over of today's match was very similar to the advertisement of star sports t20 campaign. they thought it for Pakistan it happened to ironic

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 2, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Congratulations pakistan.What a hitting by afridi.Now it is up to SL and Pak to reach the final.Best two team in asia will clash for the title.India will destroy there cricket with choosing very young sides.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

only pakistan can do this. So mant poor and unnecessary shots and errors, 2 gifted silly run outs but still manage to win it. Well done by Afridi. He doesnt perform all the time but when he does ... he does it in style.

Lot to improve but i think better to focus on the win today instead of mistakes. hats off to Afridi, hafeez and Maqsood.

Posted by lancenayak on (March 2, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

I have predicted everything right about Ind and Pak in the morning before match but the only thing goes wrong was Afridi's cameo.. Little things can cost u a match, why Ind has given easy single to Junaid in the last over. Ashwin is bowling round the wicket on pads u shud ve 2-3 fielder around leg side in the circle..if it was done then it wud have been a dot ball or might be a runout chance...or let Junaid take his chances to hit for six... Well at the end Well deserved victoty for Pak... Pak's weaKness...Batting, Fielding and running btw the wickets...

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Well, i would just like to say well played india, can't get better, indian media stop criticizing ur world class players!… was just a day bad day forr india n love you lalaa n pak <3 *_* :*

Posted by SHENBAGAM on (March 2, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

India always AFRAID of AFRIDI. Even his miscues carry to sixers.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Question to Indian seamers and ESPECIALLY JOE DAWES. Do you think it's alright to bowl at least 2 boundary balls in an over ? If not, what have we done since 2011 to pull it back to at least 1 / over ? Our seamers were bowling 1 bad ball / over under Venkatesh Prasad and now it's increased to 2/over with fewer and fewer wicket taking deliveries. Time to relook at our bowling resources and bowling coach.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

What a match.Great effort by India but couldnt get past the line.Hope somebody didnt have a heart attack

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

In my point of view its a given match by lalas, 1. first ten overs of Pakistan innings was pretty one sided.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

BIG THREE OR NOT.... PAKISTAN managed to entertain millions cricket fans around the world... Lala is incredible today.. Well played Pakistan

Posted by SAURAVJAIN on (March 2, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Dinesh Kartik poor keeping and Rahanes slow batting is the culprit of defeat.Indian pacers neither take wickets nor they stop the flow of runs in initial overs....Most importantly JADEJA should bat up the order @ no 5 ahead of DK and Rayudu.He plays bouncers well,rotates strikes,plays spinners well,waits for loose balls and most importantly can change his gears.He has matured as a batsman.That is the biggest positive from last 2-3 series.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

We want more Pak-India matches in the future!

Posted by haq33 on (March 2, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Somewhere in Sindh province, a grinning Javed Miandad is quietly twirling his moustache, in wry approval of Shahid Khan Afridi's hitting of a six against an Indian spinner, to snatch victory from the jaws of a final over defeat.

Posted by Indian_Observer on (March 2, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

@Arndt:Common , this wasn't exactly a flat track...not every track in subcontinent is flat...anyways Congrats to Pakistan...I thought Pakistan should have won easily though...this game reminded me of the game played in Delhi where Pak managed to lose from a strong position

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

What a match! No nails are left in my fingers. Congratulations to Pakistan on this dramatic win. As per my analysis, two factors were most important in Pakistan win. 1. Ajmal conceding only 1 run in the 49th over of Indian Innings. 2. Sudden re appearance of Afridi the batsman. The day he plays there is no team in the world who can contain him.

In spite of the loss , I am proud of Indian bowling performance and overall fighting spirit shown today.

Posted by ultrasnow on (March 2, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

From an Indian perspective hurts more after almost having the game in the bag. Happy for Afridi who seems to get unfairly criticised, He showed that class is permanent. Again Misbah who also gets unfair criticism seems like the ideal man to captain this bunch of unpredictables.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Well played India and Pakistan.Afridi u broke atleast 50 million hearts in the last over but well played again.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

a good thriller! well played Pakistanis & greetings from Sri Lankans! poor indians & big actions of Kohli so wasted! now lets talk abt BIG 3 Indians!

Posted by abidurrehman on (March 2, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

beside that Hafeez, Sohaib and other performed brilliantly only ARFID will be discussed for two days at every forum Congrat Green Team

Posted by mzm149 on (March 2, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Woohoo!! Congrats Pakistan. Indian bowling exposed once again.

Posted by Eric2505 on (March 2, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Oh what a match - Afridi - you beauty

Posted by Balumekka on (March 2, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Great match! Enjoyed so much. Well played Pakistan, and India too. I was shocked to see the poor umpiring decisions that saved Jadeja and Ashwin. Otherwise the target for Pakistan would have been 30-40 runs short.

Posted by sheenu on (March 2, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Unfortunately, India's Asia Cup campaign is over :-( They need to do serious thinking about their chances of defending the world cup next year. At this moment, it does not look like a possibility :-(

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

great captaincy. .. hats off....

Posted by Zohaib.R.Q. on (March 2, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

afridi being afridi... overall a very good game of cricket. It is just sad that these two don't play as often as they should..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

"BIG THREE" hahahahahaha

Posted by SAURAVJAIN on (March 2, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Dinesh Kartik poor keeping and Rahanes slow batting is the culprit of defeat.Indian pacers neither take wickets nor they stop the flow of runs in initial overs.Most importantly Jadeja should bat up the order @ no 5 ahead of DK and Rayudu.He plays bouncers well,rotates strikes,plays spinners well,waits for loose balls and most importantly can change his gears.

Posted by ShanNachimuthu on (March 2, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

Very good one-day match. Both the team fought very hard. Congtras to Pak and Well done to India!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Thanks you so much bangladesh for your support

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (March 2, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

It was the raw & brute power of Afridi which took Pakistan across the finish line. Rest of the batting flopped as usual & pace bowling wasn't even up to the par. None of the sub-continent batters can match Afridi's power hitting, even miss-hits go for sixes. Ciao

Posted by aussie1993 on (March 2, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

5 consecutive series loss fOr indiAns

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Well played pak.. Im nt too disheartened by this indian bowling... V missed dhoni in battin department nd karthik's missed stumpings nd batting let india down..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

BIG THREE lol :D destroy the spirit of cricket and it'll destroy you.. Congratz Pakistan!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

WOW afridi the hero,, congratulation for the victory of pakistan,, from sri lanka!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

change Indian middle order, no.4 is very important position & we have rahane a 30 to 40 player, look around Sl have Mahela, Pak.Misbah Australia Clarke NZ Ross Taylor, SA AB de Villiers all very good players, Hunt some exciting young talent or bring back Yuvi & Raina

Posted by SajidMirza on (March 2, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

All the roads in karachi are blocked. Peoples dancing celebrating, traffic jam, vistles loud speakers, fire works, every where. Afiridi is our tiger. Our team is unpredectible but we are the best. Pakistan can win any where against any nation. great game and great play by Pakistan. We love you PAKIZ

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Matches are won and lost. Thats the game.

I just wonder, anyone ever heard KHOLI appreciating the opposition after losing the match?? Has the era for Indian true sportsmen like Tendulkar and Dravid is over? Perhaps they have taken the ethics with them out of Indian team.

Posted by bul98 on (March 2, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Yesssss PAK WON and no other then the Supe star of the cricket world did it. You beauty Lala(Afridi). Beating the big 3 baap(Father) is a best feeling in the cricket world! Ashwin knew he was OUT but he didn't walk and paid the price in the end. Love it what happened to Ashwin in the end!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Ashwin was cursed by God since he didnt walk out when he was gone-edged, umar gul

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

OMG !!! What a match , what a match , what a match , seriously Superb , stunning , thrilling , we grabbed the victory yess yess yess !

Afridi you made it again you are a HERO !!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

India is of course deserve to be in BIG. 3 but among Afghanistan, Bangladesh nd Zimbabwe

Posted by DurtyWurk on (March 2, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Ahhhhhhh.. What a game. Easily one of the best India vs. Pakistan matches i've seen. As a Pakistani.. you have to give a round of applause to the Indian team. These boys were hungry and played their hearts out, it's just that Pakistan was the better team today. I really like Kohli and Jadeja as they are future mega-stars for India.

As for Pakistan.. great work boys. However, with the way the game of cricket treats mistakes, we shouldn't have won this. The dropped catch, the cringeworthy running calls between the wicket and some poor shot selections really made the task more burdensome then it actually was.

However, I think the boys in green will walkaway from this experience as better cricketers. Many of them showed great temperament and a lot of natural ability.

I am proud of our team and what they have accomplished here today. Downing a fiery Indian side is never an easy task. I hope our team continues to play courageously regardless of the result.

Pakistan Zindabad!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

afridi the KING.what a player he is.hes got some power in his hands.boom boom afridi

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

once a AFRIDI always a AFRIDI,,,,,,,u can expect anything from him,utter nonsense to absolute brilliance.thats wat afridi is all about......

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

go India go..go home..better luck in next time.. Once again no ward of admiring about the opposition by kholi..That is why he and his team not deserved ti win.

Posted by sam_sach on (March 2, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

apart from the thrill, this match showed two things, 1. Shahid is still a match winner and 2. Amit Mishra cannot be ignored in future. Even though India lost, the win was not easy for Pakistan.

Posted by 4_Best_Cricket on (March 2, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

A nail biting thriller. Match swung in different courts. This will be a memorable win for Pak and Afridi. India kept things tight and fought till end and played very well. Thanks to both teams for putting a good show.

Posted by gr8-cricket on (March 2, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

BCCI deserves the defeat. :) :) :)

Posted by hiasad on (March 2, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

What a game !! It feels really good being a Pakistan Supporter. Well played !!

I must say that credit must be given to Indian Bowlers. 250 given the pitch, dew was not a great score by any stretch. They made a real game out of it. Thanks to fragile batting line up of pakistan. Pakistan got a solid start but as usual the middle order was really fragile. Afridi is ever so criticized for playing airy shots and being irresponsible, I do not think and have never thought about him not deserving a place in the Pakistan team. He is a real match winner with the bat, bowl and his confidence is second to none. I know he will fail again, having said that he still have some games to win for Pakistan. Thanks to Allah Almighty for the victory !

Posted by kamranpk2000 on (March 2, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Love you Afridi, Love you Pakistan.. Keep winning..

Posted by John.cric.lover on (March 2, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Good captaincy by Kohli, on the whole. But one fatal mistake in the last over. After getting Ajmal out, he should have brought a fielder close and not conceded the easy single to Junaid...

Posted by pitch_it_up on (March 2, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan! Great game! Sad that India lost, but it was a great game of cricket!! Considering that this Indian team is young and lacking experience, it was a good fighting performance. I thought Kohli led his team well considering the limited resource and experience he has as a leader. Congrats to Pakistan again! May the best team win in the final.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

congrats pak for reaching final.. india should drop rohith, shikar, bhuvanesh, ashwin, aaron. dinesh karthik

should select Robin uthappa,KL rahul, vinay kumar, dhoni, manish pandey inplace of them for defending the world cup in australia

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Looks like the MoM team consisted of statisticians cuz the MoM award was given based on statistics, not defining performance. Statistics do lie, right?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

India can only defeat feeble Bangladesh, Afgan would be a difficult task for India btw want to see mighty Sri Lanka take on mighty Pakistan in the Finals..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Well played Pakistan !!! Our players are good for ipl only ... In international games they play like jokers

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

The big of big threes.....better luck next time

Posted by jb633 on (March 2, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Really hope that Indian fans do not blame Ashwin for this loss. With both sixes Afridi was beaten in the flight but thanks to the pathetically small boundaries and the big bats they carried for six. I think this was the best Indian performance in the field I have seen for ages. Pakistan were brilliant in the bowling department and i think they are a better ODI side than India and deservedly won the game. That was also the best spell i have seen Mishra bowl at international level. Despote the loss there are some good signs for India. Kholi's tactical nouse seems very good and his field settings very imaginative. He almost pulled off a shock win after the batting was so woeful.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Both teams played alike (NOT AT THEIR BEST OF-COURSE), unfortunately umpiring was sloppy. I don't know who decided not to include the Review system :(

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

We have already won Asia cup!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Great victory by Pakistan. Will be remembered for a long time. Afiri's done it, the one and only.

Posted by GRJVPR on (March 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Afridi you Beauty! We deserved this loss! Since we become Biggest of big 3, I thought we are gonna experience this situation soon. Both Siri Lanka & Pakistan got the revenge from us! Hope we can give a fight to mighty Afghanistan !!!

Posted by SHENBAGAM on (March 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Indians always AFRAID of AFRIDI. Even his mis hits carry to sixers.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Great game. Well done Pakistan. Wishing all the best to both the finalists Srilanka and Pakistan. May the best team win the tournament. From Indian point of view, we are short of experience as most of them are youngsters with very few international match experience. So hopefully the fans understand this and give them some time. We must to ready to accept failure for the next 1 year or so. That much time atleast is required for youngsters to find their feet in international cricket. Well done Pak and India for the great entertainment. Wishes to both Srilanka and Pakistan for making it to finals. May the best team win the tournament.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

lowest total so for the tournament in first inning and also tight match of the tournament.....both team tried there best

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

ok there is something wrong why indian and pakistani fans are not arguing like normal it read cricinfo comments everyday and used to those stupid arguments but today something is really wrong anyways its a good thing keep peace

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Kohli's excuses are hilarious ..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

srilanka must play without chandimal(zeromal) priyanjan good.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

yes the news won't be updated here as end-ia has been kicked out of asia cup and that too at the hands of Super Pakistan! PAKISTAN ZINDABAAAAD!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

Excellent win by Men In Green. Brilliant batting by 'The Professor Hafeez'. Great support by Shoaib and Gul. And what a Fantastic finish by 'The Boom Boom Afridi'. All showed a lot of character and passion for the game. Congratulations to the Pakistani Team.

Posted by Game_Baba on (March 2, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

India proved again that they are more than ordinary team outside of the country. They should increase winning ratio by player less stronger team like Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Zimbabway etc....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan!...I think both team played competitive cricket....I am impressed with Kohli's captaincy.Even with limited resource he shuffled his bowlers well.. We will come back strongly in near future....Congratulations galore to India too for the fight. We r proud of u.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 2, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

It's fine to praise your own team but again not a word of compliment from Kohli for the opposition after they pulled a stunning victory. At least be gracious in defeat.

Posted by sheru-sher on (March 2, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Overated Indian cricket team beaten again. It goes to show money and numbers cannot muscle way to the top without real performance. India were beaten on their flat tracks /dust bowls by England (of all teams) in backyard). Now India out from Asia Cup early and back home for jolly-wolly-tolly IPL. India soon bcom minnow like afgan and ireland.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Overall poor performance by team india except fielding area...specially in bowling area needs to improve a lot in death over...No player like Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj who play can play role of Canon in last 10 ovs....India also require all rounder like Irfan Pathan, Pravin Kumar

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

yes inshAllah india will be in a big three ...........losers of Asia cup including bangladesh, afghanistan

Posted by Legaleagle on (March 2, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Afridi - The Destroyer!! This match seems like a competition between two sides hung up on losing it from winning positions.

India started off in their regular fashion by losing quick wickets, and never really getting the momentum. Although three batsmen scored 50s, they never got going. Their batting performance was similar to their match against Sri Lanka. Pakistan bowled beautiful, with Ajmal and Hafeez taking wickets at regular intervals and checking the scoring. Pakistan fielding was better today, and in the end India was restricted to a below par score.

Pakistan openers set up the chase splendidly. However, the dreaded implosion was to happen to their batting order as usual. Lose shot by Akmal, needless runout of the captain and some more irresponsible batting took this match to the last over.

In the end it was Afridi's prowess that was needed to cross the finishing line. Well done Pakistan!!!

Posted by pull_shot on (March 2, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

I want ganguly as coach and kohli as captain after next WC

Posted by vish2020 on (March 2, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Bangladesh i am your staunchest supporter for the next week! please go unbeaten and let's see india vs pak again in final!!! this encounter can't be seen only once or twice a year

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 2, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

What a thriller of a match. Only Afridi and Afridi alone can achieve such a feat. A well contested match and a well deserved victory for the Paks. It finally went down to the wire and the Afridi managed to put in the one man show which has been long overdue. But It was Hafeez who with his calm head had set it up for the Paks, while the other batsmen went overboard with their shot selection. Holding on to the nerves is always important in an India-Pak match. And this match lived up to our expectations. Jadeja and Rahane proved their mettle by holding on to the catches. Even our bowlers did a great job in defending the smaller total. Overall it was excellent performance by both teams and they deserve full credit for their efforts.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

At last Amit has been taken from the bench, he was warming and has proved his worthwhile place. The Wicket keeper has contributed unacceptable mistakes for the last 2 matches consecutively. The pacers have proved unworthy. Now we seem to have inherited the choker's tag. Let the new look team improve in all depts especially fielding and in catching !

Posted by Chandima.Ceylon on (March 2, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Hey my indian fans! Although your Great team in the world, failed to qualify final at consecutive Asian Cup, you are World Champions.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

The problem is Afridi delivers once in a Blue moon, but when he does its always a winning one !!!! nicely done Boom Boom

Posted by sermadali on (March 2, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Lala ------ U beauty - sinks the Billion dream :) lift the 20 million dream

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 2, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

What a match! This is great advt for 50-50 cricket and there is nothing better than a Ind-Pak clash! Great Win Pakistan! I almost had a heart attack!

Good fight India but must say... that we did miss MSD the batsman and MSD the Captain. These are early days for Virat but I am sure that MSD wud have used a few overs from Rohit Sharma who cud have been effective in this pitch.

Anyways great fight boys! Great Match! Lived up to the expectations of an India Pakistan Face-off!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

ha ha ha ha 6 6 this called boom boom

Posted by Galacticta on (March 2, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Virat Kohli's biggest blunder as a captain was to not set an attacking field for the last man in to prevent the single which gave Affridi the strike.What on earth was on his mind. All he had to do was to bring in the fielders close up and not allow the crucial single to be taken.India would have won if only he had done that.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

As a new captain, kohli was impressive as made the game totally stucked but the main mistake that cost him the match was to use the spinners in death overs and then he got the punishment nicely from boom boom.....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Team selection is one of India's problems. They didn't play Mishra in so many games. Now, they persisted with Dinesh after he cost Sri Lanka's game. Keeping could have been done by Rayudu while Pujara could have played. Jadeja could come up the order. Well, it is too late now. Play Afghanistan and go home, forget everything and repeat the mistakes.

Posted by Blackholesun on (March 2, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Congratulation to Pakistan !

As for India, it's been frustrating watching them. Shammi and BKumar are leaking runs like anything. India is too dependent on Virat. Rohit once again threw his wicket. Rahane is waisting his talent as well as his chances.

DK has just jumped on the axe, poor wicket keeping, wonder what the Delhi Daredevils think tank might be feeling now.

Posted by momer79 on (March 2, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

I know pakistan has won this game but i can feel that indian young team has great future. Pakistan's key player won't be around after WC and this young indian team has shown character. Yes they do miss the services of MS D though but good learning curve for Virat.

From pakistan point of view, i think batting is their still their weak point.

I wish all the teams best of luck and like to see SL wining this tournament.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

A wonderful thriller ... India played equally well... But Afridi just snatched it away from Indian :)))

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

A fantastic match.. Despite of the result.. this match was something every cricket fan can be proud of.. Afridi played a fantastic knock.. no questions about it.. but Pakistan could have made it in a more easy way if they had kept the momentum Shehzad and Sharjeel gave to team.. Pakistan must think of this very seriously.. Lala Zindabad.. Pakistan Paindaabad..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

india paid the price for not having matured players in the team.

Posted by bravozulu on (March 2, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Go Pakistan...Well done...You have shown that cricket is more than just cricket...Kudos Afridi, the captain and guys..

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Great to see pakistan win and lala made it for us with his awesome innings wel doe boom boom

Posted by Arndt on (March 2, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Even now, this flat track bullies cannot win on flat tack. ha ha ha

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Boom boom our star our hero. Congratulations pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. We are always with you brothers.

Posted by pull_shot on (March 2, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

India should kick out bowling coach both bhuvi,shami lost their macho so as ishant for long time

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

well played you both teams(y) Afridi did it.. loved the last over , afridi took match from indias hands .. :)

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (March 2, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Thank you Afridi. For bringing the soul back in cricket. It was like watching a 90s game with lots of flair and ups and downs. Unlike the present day monotonous and dull ODIs. I am an Indian but thoroughly enjoyed Pakistan's chase and their never-say-die attitude that they reserve for India games !!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

if dk can keep wicket well ind can win next time

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Dear India, thanks for coming!! You really need to improve if you want to play with the big boys of world cricket.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

So that means India out from Asia cup... This would have been interesting if Afganistan hold Umar Akmal's catch in that match... Nail biting matches and they add such a glamour to this beautiful game.. But Kholi has lot to learn as a captain.. If MSD was their he should have take India home.. Giving last over to Ashwin was really odd decision when Afridi was in batting... the problem with Kholi as a captain is that he cannot handle the nerve as a captain like MSD.. So this will be another PAK v SL final.. Waiting for another nail biter...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

I hope Varun Aaron, Ishwar Pandey and the bench are given a chance to play against Afghanistan who are a not as bad as they should be for their inexperience at this level.

Posted by Senaratne77 on (March 2, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Bye bye india. Thanks for turning up at the tournament to make the numbers!

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

I feel sorry for indian fans!… lalaa just took the game away! ^_^ :*

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

great match well played both the teams but surely India needs someone in middle order it looks ordinary and fast bowlers are weak point. Need to replace Bhuvi with Umesh please nurture Aron. last question where is Manoj Tiway ?

Posted by Jimmyvida on (March 2, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Why was Ashwin bowling the last over. How did Pakistan get that run in the second ball of the over. The fieldsman never seem to move. Was that guy sick. Ashwin put those two balls right where Afridi wanted them. Anyway the first should have been caught on the boundary. What am I saying. Anyway, I predicted that Pakistan would beat India and Afghanistan would also beat India. The first came true, now let's wait for the second. And do not call it an upset when it happens.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Afridi I love you, i love you so much, i love your SIXES...your BOOM BOOM and you showed it to whole world your still the greatest player in the history. We won our Asia Cup!!!!

Posted by prakash_mishra on (March 2, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

and Afridi doesn't do a Misbah!!hits it beyond the ropes and seals the match and breaks million hearts!!I don't know what went wrong for India.They were so close and yet could not seal it. The worst phase they are going through. Asia cup is over for them.Even a win against Afganistan is not going to make any difference.They will have 8-9 points (provided they get the bonus point).Even if Pakistan loses to Bangladesh, they still have nine points and in case both India and Pakistan have 9 points equal,Pakistan will qualify on better record off head-to-head basis.So goodbye team India!!!With a bowling line-up like that there are more losses to come.Few things that needs to be sorted out immediately, B.Kumar (not good anymore),R.Ashwin (no bowler could let that happen with 10 needed off 5 balls and 1 wicket remaining), R.Jadeja bowling (horrible), R.Sharma opening (send him down the order),A.Rahane(either don't play him or make him open),D.Karthik (everything including batting and keeping)

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 2, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

CONGRATS to Pakistan and well played by the champion of power hitting Afridi .Well India fought really hard ,but now as they will be coming back early a lot to ponder especially giving Kumar and Shami a break and also fielding to be looked into . Kohli lead well in both the matches that India lost . All the best to SL and Pak for the finals . May the best team win .

Posted by Crik_Fan_boy on (March 2, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Fun Fact : Coincidentally Pakistan were chasing 246 when Javed Miandad hit the last ball for a six :)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

well done Team Green........great game from India too.....But kholi need to grow up as a captain, specially in behavior.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

What a fantastic thriller. India was just not down and out. They knew they were 20 runs short but the intensity in fielding was brilliant to compensate. Only Afridi could have won this or may be Kamran Akmal.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 2, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Well i think it is over for us. Although both the games against Pak and Sl were close our middle order wasn't quite as strong as it used to be.

It will be Pak vs SL final then and may the best team win and good luck to both teams.

Posted by Retour on (March 2, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

WoW, a nail biter was promised and it was delivered. When a game depends upon the swashbuckling of Afridi, it is as close as it gets! Congratulations to Pak! May be Pak might just go on to lift the cup but the batting and running b/w the wkts need to improve.

As for Ind, playing with 5 specialist bowlers, it needed to get around 270. After being 25-30 runs short, Ind was always playing catch-up, and it almost caught up so kudos to the team. Ind missed a few chances including the stumping by Karthik, but Rahane was almost Jonty like on the field. Relatively inexperienced Ind almost pulled it off w/o major batting contribution from Kohli so hats off for fighting till the end.

In the end, thanks to both teams for the exciting game!

Posted by NFALIM on (March 2, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

PAK WIN!!!!!!IND Lost... i hv to say one thing..poor kohli... ind out of final!!!

Posted by Temuzin on (March 2, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. You were deserving winners today. India though fought till the last over were no where in contention. It was Afridi who has changed the match in favor of Pakistan. Over all it was Pakistan who were better. On Indian side, Dinesh Karthick is a weakling and should not be selected again for the national team. He has been missing stumpings on crucial stages of the innings and with bat is a total failure. India has suffered enough of him. Thank God MSD will be back sooner than later.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 2, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

one of the best one dayers of all time.Sad that India lost the game but what boom boom innings by Afridi.Hopefully he takes back his fastest 100 record against Lanka in finals

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Awesome Afridi...Respect...played sensibly after a long time....Superb match..obviously sad as India lost, but an entertaining match...

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 2, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Jadeja was disappointing on this track where other spinners restricted runs and took wickets. he is a bowler who can bat and his primary job is to take wickets. not to mention the slow batting by rahane and karthik.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

its not a indian team, its india A or B team, shame on the selectors for picking this team...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Now this is what we call an India-Pakistan Nail biting encounter...Pakistan prevail in the end...but what a match it was...Afridi Played like a lion...overall Pakistan Team played well in all departments of Cricket and the results show that as well...India lacked allot in their batting and especially bowling comparing today's match against Pakistan....India need to play more IPL i think and the money which the BIG 3 will get now can be put into India's cricket infrastructure to groom them especially their bowling department...lolzz...Team Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Pakistan were lucky a game they were winning well almost fell apart to poor and basic batting.afridi was the difference today

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Ashwin should try Malinga style next time...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

what a game india must re start with basic.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

well done pakistan we srilanans wishing u all d best

Posted by alcapoon on (March 2, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

And that is why we love Boom Boom. Excellent game of cricket hats off to both team. More games between these two required. Please end the politics.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Nice to watch that india will out of this tournament....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

I am really disappointed with B. Kumar. He does not adapt to the situation and is ordinary in the middle and death overs.

Posted by Khann6 on (March 2, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Dear All, Particularity ICC. Everyone watch to days match between Pakistan and India. Pakistan beat India in the Final over and its looks like that Pakistan and Sri Lanka will reach to final and will play final. I just would like to say that India is the 3rd Big Three country but Not in the world. Indian team is 3rd Big Team in Asia only. We all should accept it. Your comments are welcome...............

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

IT will be long remembered in the history what afridi have done today HATS OFF for LALAL

Posted by bul98 on (March 2, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Yesssss PAK WON and no other then the Supe star of the cricket world did it. You beauty Lala(Afridi). Beating the big 3 baap(Father) is a best feeling in the cricket world!

Posted by WTEH on (March 2, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Afridi brilliant, I say India will never forget this game. Love to see more of these kind of odi matches in future. India are you sure that Kholi's the guy to replace Dhoni as the skipper. Hmmmm....., I thought you learned something after Tendulkar was appointed as captain.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (March 2, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

At this rate India will lose to Afg as well. I think playing non-stop cricket has taken a mental toll on Indians. India is mass-producing cricketers with average quality.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Well done Pakistan, pure happiness to see the upstarts of cricket knocked out

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Once in a blue moon afridi turned. Bad luck india and some questionable bowling changes.

Only Pakistan team can make a game like this. Easy chase gone bad by poor shots and gifted run outs..

But in the end done by magical Afridi. Least expected from him after his recent failures with bat. but when he does, he does it best..

So many errors but still won it.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

bciz Afridi loves to make run against India

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

congratulation Pakistan from Nepal

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

May be This time also dew factor must have effected Kholi... I wish.. I wish MSD should have been there.. Captaining the side.. Who would have given a spinner the last over when Afridi is batting.. Pathetic captaincy..

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 2, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

OMG this DARK HORSE performs vs IND today.Unblieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevable guy!!!! He comes out of slump,no where and wins matches for Pak, so is Hafeez the professor.DK Needs to be shot out, high time, time to bring SAHA in!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

I am happy that I was proved wrong and Pakistan won.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

There is your answer to why is afridi playing !!!

Posted by Chinath on (March 2, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

well the most talented team in today's contest won the match. Congrats Pakistan! I'm sri lankan but how can you not support Pakistan when they have boom boom Afridi..

Posted by manojkris on (March 2, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan, I'm a Sri Lankan fan and I wanted Pakistan to win this game, and even if lose the finals to them it's fine, but not to India. Since lately Indian players and fans have become very arrogant, in fact worse than the Aussies. It's good that they can pack their bags and go home now.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Better team winning the match...India cannot just rely on batsman. Right team combination is the key. Let's face Afghanistan for pride.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan for this memorable win. I wouldnt say we were outplayed and we did have our chances.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Cricket is not cricket without Pakistan... Big 3 India, You can earn money but not improve ur natural skills with this money. :)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

All I have to say ... bIG 3 .... Phewwwww ... India will have to win against Afghanistan to be big 3 in Asia forget the world.... I see downhill slide for indian team in years to come

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 2, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Oh my god!!! Afridi!!!!!! I cannot believe!!! What a thriller!!! It was just flirting with danger!!! I cannot imagine a future without this sort of magical people! Simply stunning! Afridi special, the heart attack specialist :P !!! Congratulations Pakistan! India played really well at the end! Good fight!

Posted by _IndiaRocks on (March 2, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Well played Afridi. Enjoy your moment Pakistan. It was great match. I am sure India will try to improve their performance in future tournaments.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

well done Pakistan. you guys deserve this....! Afridi welcome back....!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

that's boom boom!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

What a great match and well done Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Well done afridi . Now it's pakistan's cup. lanka cannot stop pakistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

Indian cricket has no future. It is completely dead. Great thanks to bcci.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

afridi is the best he is match winner

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

Wow. They won the match.

Posted by Ind_Cric_Fan79 on (March 2, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

PAK cricket team is always interesting to watch. Sad that my team lost today. PAK have played better cricket. Eager to see a close contest b/w SL vs PAK in asia cup final. Congrats PAK bros.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

both teams shows bad cricket sri lankans are surly take the cup

Posted by AnupamRaj on (March 2, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

As soon as Pakistan won, i hear lots of fire crackers here in Lucknow...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

well played india u beauty stretch pak to the 50 th over

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

India never deserved to win this match at the first place... it was pakistan made them come near to victory but then snatched it from their jaws.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

TAKE THAT .. i broke the chair of my Dad, while I was dancing standing on it ..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

well play pakistan ......... from SL....

Posted by nothingnew on (March 2, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

Weldone pakistan . great come back from afridi . He played smart cricket . Lucky to see what a drama like that . can't believe how hit two sixes . great afridi made great game

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

what a of the best.afridi the KING.he has special powers

Posted by saintsinister on (March 2, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

LaLa Power!!! That's why he is so beloved. Its always the extremes. Mercurial Boom Boom!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

what a game. well done by afridi. he plays once in blue moon but thats today.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Why is Afridi playing responsibly?

Posted by Temuzin on (March 2, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

Jaddu should be played high up the order some where at 4-5. His batting talent is being wasted. He did not get enough balls to get set but boy once set he can simply blow bowling apart. Bring in Jaddu at number 4-5.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (March 2, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

Dear India, Please come to the finals. Lions are waiting.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:24 GMT)

Now that Sohaib Maqsood is gone, looks more imminent.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

90% chance that Pakistan will lose. Haven't seen them holding their nerves in chases for a long time now.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

another gifted run out. silly game by pak players.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

once again similar sort of required runs like against SL. 45-50 remaining. with 5-6 wickets

Posted by Jaganplus on (March 2, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

Well it is final. No matter who wins this tense game, I want to see Virat as captain. Love his expressions :)

Posted by aranga on (March 2, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

Why these Pakistani batsmen throw their wickets at crucial moments, Misbah vs SL and now Hafeez.... Seems like they are not learning.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

just when things looking good for pak hafeez out playing a sweep shot.

Posted by lessie on (March 2, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

karthik really waste and get in sanju samson that is the only way.because under coach RAHUL DRAVID RRAYALS

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

come on Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

what b.Kumar doing in our team, can anybody explain that?

Posted by HDG1978 on (March 2, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

If India lose today and deservedly so, Dinesh Karthik should never play for india again as punishment.Dinesh Karthik has definitely cost India the Asia Cup.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

kartik stumping in 2 matches have cost india the asia cup , its time for indian selectors to look beyond karthik other options ojha, saha, bisla

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

now maqsood almost given away. DK missed easy stumping. both teams trying to prove who is worst in missing chances and playing bad.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

irrespective the outcome of the match some body please gv a message to dhoni that playing mishra would have had different results in the previous tours

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Indians are coming strong. Hafeez is proving to be a wall, let's see ... Wall defends or not ...

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (March 2, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

huge, huge LBW shout by ashwin against hafeez. Def that could have hitting leg stump. Huge let off, this could cost a game for india.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

how vital will jadejas innings prove for india??? and how vital his 2 chance prove for pak. thats the difference at moment. man with the lucky charm.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (March 2, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

It looks like Ashwin needs another spinner at the other end to bowl well for him to bowl well. If India needs to play just one spinner India shouldn't play Ashwin; any one of Ojah or Jadeja or Mishra should play. If India decides to play a second spinner they may let Ashwin play. It must be noted in all the 4 tests he played in Aus and SA he was the only spinner hence the failure.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

its not enough ...for this match ...I think pakisten can change very easyly

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 2, 2014, 14:18 GMT)


It's not a question of deserving it. My point was it is batsman's prerogative not to walk until the ump lifts the finger. It's not a right or wrong issue as these are the rules of the game. No one is like Gilchrist or Younus Khan and they weren't obliged to walk either had they chosen not to.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

@vivkr Even a team like NZ! Huh, what're you talking about? You couldn't even "bat" well enough when that's your strong suit. What are you trying to even prove?

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 2, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

maqsood is a tall guy with a long handle. if he scores 40 or so, expect him to take the indian bowlers to cleaners (even with mishits) once his eyes set in. need his wicket.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

is there anything more annoying than ashwins gurn & teapot after getting deservedly smashed to the boundary?

Posted by StreetView on (March 2, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Good bowling by Ashwin and Mishra. Always wonder , why Ashwin bowls well when there is another spinner(apart from Jadeja) in the team. Competition is a great motivator.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

It looked an one sided game, but now i must say that the game is ON.

Posted by vivkr on (March 2, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Ah how relieved we all Indian supporters are, now that our team is back to playing "pyjama cricket" where one doesn't need bowlers, not really. I mean one doesn't need to bowl out the opposition even once, let alone twice.

I am all for the BCCI volunteering that India leave the group of Test-playing nations. That would save us all sorts of embarassment, seeing how we are unable to bowl out even a team like NZ. I am sure we wouldn't be able to bowl out even Bangladesh (no offence Bangladesh) twice in 5 days.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

self destruct is on. As usual rubbish batting by Pakistan. i fail to understand whats the need for these kinds of shots? You are chasing just 4.5 runs per over. silly shots and a run out of your inform and best batsman. Umar Akmal got carried away be previous match. Both Umar and Shahzad not taking any responsibility.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Amit Mishra seems to be a lucky charm for India at the moment. Its time to exploit the panic caused in Pakistani ranks. Put pressure by taking Umar Akmal and Hafeez out. I think India needs to keep rotating the bowlers. Just try to confuse the batsmen.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

i dont y pakistan collapse faster than a 50years old sand made home under flooded conditions

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Pakistan will win .....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

only way Ind can win is by picking wickets continuously... they have made the right choice by opting for 3 spinners... hopefully mishra will play a crucial role here .

Posted by _IndiaRocks on (March 2, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

Seems like Pakistan ready to press panic button as usual even after getting good start and chasing low total.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

2 poor needless shots by Sharjeel and Ahmed. and now another run out. Really poor cricket by Pakistan. RRR of 4.3 is too much for them to play so silly???

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

after sharjeel, now Shehzad does it. Even a RRR of 4.3 is bothering them to play these kind of shots.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

mish will win for India

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

80/1 in 12 Overs. good start but no need to play silly. RRR around 4 now. But again they wont be Pakistani batsmen if they dont play silly shots when not required. Sharjeel played a lazy shot as always. looks like he is 20-30 player.

Posted by sumit1982 on (March 2, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

The way Pakistan opener started the match it could turn easy cake for them,unless their batsmen start playing some horrible short.

Like last match India team are 25-30 runs short.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

71-1 in 11 overs thats not bad (Y)

Posted by nothingnew on (March 2, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

feel like pakistan will win with bonus point ?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

i feel sorry for India.they are such a great batting side if only they have a good bowling to go with.i dont understand why they dont produce more good bowlers.i think problem lies with the culture there Where bowlers dont get praised as much as batsmen.

Posted by Desihungama on (March 2, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

Mohammed Shammi debuted in winter of 2013 and has played 13 ODi's not counting T20's and 5 day games. Lot of Indian loyalist question why their fast bowlers debut with promising starts and fizzle out in few years time? The aforementioned stat is exactly why. They ned to rotate with Yadav, Aaron or else keep losing bowlers. It's about time India improves their bowling and this coming sincerely from Pak Fan.

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (March 2, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

Pakistan can easily overtake this score before the forty second over. India should have atleast scored 280 runs. Pakistan already 45 for no loss in the eight over. Looks like the coaching staff and then geenral think tank in the India team have totally collapsed. Please observe even the batting order of the Indian innings.How come B.K. Kumar was the no. 11 and Shami came in before Mishra!! No logic.... India should lose today. High time to overall the entire team and the support management.

Posted by thegreencaptain on (March 2, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

@Blade_Runner How is appealing to an LBW which was as a matter of fact out, is excessive appealing? and the legend was right that if you are not competent enough to give right decisions then at least don't take the right to appeal righfuly

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner: you want the players should not appeal even for plumb LBWs??????? come on....

Posted by Diaz54 on (March 2, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Watching Sharzeel bat for the first time....very disappointed with his technique. Also witnessing a unforced break...that means a wicket, when will,these batsmen know! Do to have a break when there is some moments.

Posted by prakash_mishra on (March 2, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

At the innings break I feel it is Pakistan's game but then they will have to play sensibly, which I feel they will today.One reason its a crucial match in the context of the tournament, another the target is achievable and one just needs to spend sometime on the crease,the runs will come and odd boundaries shall be gifted. For India to win, I think they need to notch up their performance big time. I think India is under greater pressure when compared to Pakistan. Kohli is succumbing to the pressures of captaincy.Rahane seems lost in the middle and not being able to figure out what his role exactly is. He is an opener,a natural one.Rohit is a middle order batsman by nature. This mismatch in batting line-up is beyond understanding and reasoning.I liked Jadeja's inning among others. Rayadu did try. Rohit lost all his good deeds by the shot he played when he threw his wicket away.Karthik is a lost cause,beyond his golden years which got absorbed in the limelight of MSD.Feel sorry for him.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

Score is lower though the series hadn't been high-scoring as boundaries were very short compare to other matches.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 2, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Umpire Llong warned Hafeez for excessive appealing and Wasim Akram said that the umpire needs to take it easy coz its a big game between India and Pakistan. :O And these guys are supposed to the legends of the game. Not sending good message,are they ??

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (March 2, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

Let them off the hook ! Dropped catches, bizarre umpiring decisions and Misbah's choice to bowl ring-rusty Umar Gul (in death overs) may cost Pakistan the match. These factors have combined effect of inflating the India total by at least 30 runs ! Pakistan batsmen now need to keep cool/hold nerves while chasing this "par- total". At innings break, the match is evenly poised ! Go Pakistan Go, ya beaut !

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

game is set...lets see the temprament of both d teams...d best who handled d pressure well surely deserve to win..All d best to both teams

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

You scored 8 runs in the last two overs :p shame on you.

Posted by Ashokdmightyindian on (March 2, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

Very poor decision here by umpires . These might result in some backlogs for pakistan.Ashwin must have walked too. We are playing against Pak and not other countries where we would have simply stayed there but here we are not only playing but also for the pride. Show sportsmanship!!! Anyway looking forward for a thriller game. A low scoring game is always exciting!!! Good luck to both PAK and Ind!!! And now to dear SRILANKAN fans @Jagath Lankapura GOOD LUCK DEAR !!!but we don't rely on futuristic performances!!! ha ha! @thaikkathameed Please stop criticizing each others!! My request to you!!

Posted by Prakmca on (March 2, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

WHY Dinesh Karthik in the team?????????????????? Don't we have any other wicket keeping batsman???? This is how he plays whenever he gets chance.. wasting so many balls, to score very few runs??? Pathetic.... How come this guy was paid huge money in IPL???? God Only knows.....

Next Rahane... He plays ODI at good scroing rate only with weaker teams..... Another waste selection for ODI....

Posted by Desihungama on (March 2, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Just a word or two in praise of Bangladesh crowd who have nothing short of terrific and bring such an electric atmosphere to the ground. What a sub standard one sides umpiring.

Posted by Ashokdmightyindian on (March 2, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

Very poor decision here by umpires . These might result in some backlogs for pakistan.Ashwin must have walked too. We are playing against Pak and not other countries where we would have simply stayed there but here we are not only playing but also for the pride. Show sportsmanship!!! Anyway looking forward for a thriller game. A low scoring game is always exciting!!! Good luck to both PAK and Ind!!! And now to dear SRILANKAN fans @Jagath Lankapura GOOD LUCK DEAR !!!but we don't rely on futuristic performances!!! ha ha!

Posted by Danish238 on (March 2, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

Indeed this was the epitome of incredibly poor umpiring......... Good luck team Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

This is outrageous! 3 blunders from umpires benefiting the same team! What a joke!

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 2, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

There were few umpiring errors and Jadeja and Ashwin both were clearly out but I think the worst decision came from Misbah. What ever the condition are you always have to bat first when you are Pakistan with such a great bowling and such a fragile batting. India might not have same high class bowling but they have good spinners to bowl any side out in 50 overs specially when you don't have player like Sangakara in your team. Misbah has a habit of making poor decision in important games. Giving a ball to Gul above than Junaid is another bad one when you know Gul's history. For Sri Lankan fans, Yes Pakistan always play against Srilanka with great confidence and with no pressure and that is the key to their success against them.

Posted by nothingnew on (March 2, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

today wrong choice from the Kohli adding misra. Every one will bang bang over him. What a shame of Aswin . Indians are never gentlemen in the game . Aswin knew he was out . but He was greedy with bat . it is okay . last time misbah got same type of luck against sri lanka but couldn't capitalize bcos something was wrong with that decision. This time for india happen same result. will see . very sad about indian performance . if kohli couldn't play good innings everytime it happen to Indians . any how well done buy pak bowlers . best regards

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Guys both team are good teams including SL as three of them have won the world cups so whoever wins we shouldn't be showing disrespect and shouldn't cross the line!

enjoy the game, that's what cricket is all about!!

Posted by Varuna-Bhushana on (March 2, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Welldone PAK, restricting IND for such a low score. contragulations from UK

Posted by TheKeeper on (March 2, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

C'mon Pakistan we want to see you against our SL Lions in the final!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

ohhhh bad umpirind jadeja was out when has was on 7 in 39th over and also ashwin was out when he was caught behind on umar gul's deleviry.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

@Jagath Lankapura: Sure India will will win today, meet SL in the finals and see their sorry faces just the way they saw it in the 2011 WC finals. Stop getting jealous like unemployed people and be ready for the next encounter.

Posted by pull_shot on (March 2, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

If it rains its all over for india as it's difficult to grip wet ball and the pitch won't be no longer drier

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

as i said erlier india will lose.their bsllers cant depend 300 plus even.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

There's always this sorry reason why India doesn't let use DRS. it bites them somedays, it should, in return..!

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

What an over by saeed… concieded a run n got two wickets in the 49th over… can't get betta, or can it?

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 2, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

as the players get penalised, will the umpires today get reduction for there fees ? they did blunders..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

This will be a great game. India were quite lucky to get to a defendable total. Hafeez should be kicking himself for dropping that vital catch of Ravindra Jadeja. In my humble opinion Jadejah was plum out LBW to Hafeez. Remember Dhawan was a given out, I thought Jadeja looked more adjacent. India is definitely missing Dhoni, by the looks of it he seems an indispensable player from an Indian perspective. Wish the selectors used the experience of Suresh Raina. He has been through a bad patch, but he sure is good enough to play in the Eleven. India please look at Pujara he too should be in your equation, because the batting looks a bit thin. I am a Sri Lankan, I only support my country and I have an open view, but to me Jadejah is one among the best all rounder's in world cricket, a super player

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

At this very moment Pakistan's game unless they commit serious mistakes. Rahane and Karthik missed opportunities to consolidate and a bad day for Delhi duo. India definitely missed a magical finishing touch of MSD.

Posted by saintsinister on (March 2, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner. I have told you this earlier as well. We have seen Sangakarra not walk umpteenth of times so shut it. I don't have issues with Ashwin not walking as much as how obvious the umpires made it seem that honey money talks. Lets see how many wrong outs are scripted to be given out during Pakistan's batting.

Posted by vkumar_086. on (March 2, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

Oh TenCricket you make me laugh like a hyena! You have no idea about Sri Lankan cricket at all. We drew with Pakistan in UAE tests 1-1 which the world number 1 test team also managed there! We have great players already like Kusal Perera ( KP ), Sachithra Senanayake, Thisara Perera, Kaushal Silva, Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews and many more. Keep living in the world of delusions. We will thrash Afghanistan tomorrow and KP will have a feast of a time.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

india playing with 13 players ...11 players plus 2 umpires..Shame on u Ashwin..n Well done indian umpires...!!!

Posted by TharakaNilupul on (March 2, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

I m Sri Lankan and I always support to Pakistan. But in this match I wish Indian win. because there are the weakest team among this 3.

Posted by kaisarshah on (March 2, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

this is why india is against drs ,if drs present in this match indian will not have score more then 210..

Posted by thaikkathameed on (March 2, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

At this rate, India will surely lose against Afghanistan. These third rated players should be shown their way home. It will be a SL vs PAK final. The bunch of jokers and its chief are really deaf and dumb to select such a poor team. Ashwin being selected as a batsman. LOL, means India do not have any good batsman other than Ashwin. GOD save Indian cricket.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 2, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

@fair_paly_1 ; Pakistan totally deserved it coz Pak batsmen don't walk too - Misbah in SL match and Sharjeel Khan in Afghan match. Only Sri Lankans walk these days.

Posted by looloogun on (March 2, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

this pakistan team looks solid but would be even better if anwar ali played instead of maqsood and ehasn adil instead of sharjeel khan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

Ahswin is seriously lacking sportsman spirit to walk away when he was caught behind, very shameful. I am not blaming umpires as they have this influence of big 3 to give decisions...

Posted by Rohit... on (March 2, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

@ vivekmoosa : Keep Dreaming, Mr. Jealous... Kohli knows how to silence the critics... 1 single-digit and U jump out of ur skin... After how many matches have U came to the forum?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

it is very simple when we see this game in the perspective of big three. Big three dont want humiliation. ENgland loosing and so india at the verge of exit. They will try their best to keep the race on. So to all pak fans please dont waste time on watching htis game. Pakistan has to face few more bad decisions. They will ultimately lose. Game over. The end

Posted by spiritwithin on (March 2, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

for the sake of indian cricket i hope Pak thrash india today,if india wins today then our BCCI boss as well the team will think everything is OK with the team..our batting is now average,bowling and fielding is pathetic to say the least..Pak vs SL will be a better final...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

Well...... THREE clear outs not given...... Make BIG 3 and destroy the spirit of the game........

Pakistan and other teams out of big three should set a target of getting 15 wickets in an innings.

What a pity!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

very shameful of Ashwin, he should have those guts to walk away all by himself. this shows the lack of sportsman spirit in this indian side.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 2, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

Umpires and commentators are ruining this Asia Cup. Ashwin edged one (a pretty healthy one) to the keeper and the umpire couldn't pick it. And of course Ashwin didn't walk as usual. But the funny thing is that Pakistan totally deserved it coz they are no walkers too.

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

@Khurram S Chaudhry - if rohit plays just 1 match its not sufficient. like him 1 out of 20 games even ashwin will score 1 fifty

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

They should have brought pujara instead of karthik according to current squad The team should be like these 1)dhawan 2)rahane 3)kohli 4) pujara 5)rohit 6) rayudu w.k 7) jadeja 8) ashwin 9)ishwar pandey 10) bhuveshar 11) shami These team will be rocking n was perfect against the pathanss

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

Sorry Pakistan we Sri Lankans want India to win today so we can beat India again in the finals and see kohli's sorry face.

Posted by TharakaNilupul on (March 2, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

It can not use DRS to review decision because of India don't agree with it. Now Indians blame to Umpairs for their decision. We can see all other matches use DRS when India is not playing

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

is there no wicket keeper better than dhoni in india. try 4 sanju. we dont want to see dhoni

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 2, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

To those indian fans critisizing umpire decision. India was always against review systems. So India has to live with it.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

Flat track bullies dint score 300 score since SA tour

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

come on Pakistan. Best wishes frm SL

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

send ashwin up the order he is better batsman than people playing in top order currently 4 india

Posted by bplusa on (March 2, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Huge nick & the Batsman is still NOTOUT.Ashwin 'ld have walked to show Sportsmanship.shame shame.......

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 2, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

India will win by 13 runs.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (March 2, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

lol what a batting performance, great test innings by Rahane and karthik. its all going according to the plan as we ha dthought before the game. Now don't screw it up pak, show this average indian side there worth

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

well played by Rohit. I was reading plenty of comments before game about him. well played by Rayudu as well. good innings at good pace.

Good finishing touch by Jadeja as well. Got 2 lives at 7 and 13 but made them count. thats is why its important at this level to grab chances.

Hafeez caught 2 good catches but dropped a sitter of him.

Poor decision for jadeja lbw , understandable can make mistake, but was he expecting them to not appeal even if its plumb? instead i think they will hand hafeez some fine after game. And then Ashwins caught behind.

Pak have to bat really well today to chase it. they are already 1 batsman short because of dropping Anwar ali. both Hafeez and Afridi need to bat today otherwise a long tail and sharjeel also not fit.

Gul doesnt look 100%. shouldnt have bowled him in the end. Talha injured as well.

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

at any cost we want binny to play

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Well well. Men in Red got their share of money.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

That penultimate over by Ajmal goes on to show why he is the best in business. Pakistan should get the target with ease, providing nerves don't kick in.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

ashwin should have passed the strike back to sir... he can't hit big ones but he thinks he can

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

virat kohli will become vinod kambli in comming months just wait and watch

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

@asim khan : talha out of field . some issues with leg

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

jadeja making his 2 lives count and these will be the difference. as if lbw call was not enough, hafeez dropped a sitter of him. he is a good finisher and i think apart from rohit, jadeja was most fluent in this innings. living up for his reputation.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 2, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

To those couple of Indian fans vehemently complaining about other batsmen not walking after nicking, what about Ashwin who took a couple of steps to walk-off but then held back and did his best to show as though he has done nothing to touch the ball?

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

why why u didnt send amit mistra. he has got 100s in domestic. kohli targeting amit mishra

Posted by roook on (March 2, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

ICC should improve there umpiring standards big games big blunders. Whole game is tarnish by bad umpiring to many if and buts for this game. Why we have no DRS for naked eye error embarssing.

Posted by bplusa on (March 2, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

With the full support of Umpires INDIA is managing to a competitive score.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

Umpiring errors gona cost pak' two lbws and one caught behind not given

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

I bet India will win this match comprehensively. Poor death bowling from Gul.

Posted by saintsinister on (March 2, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

Happy birthday jadeja. Present already given from the umpire and then Hafeez.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

thats poor captaincy by misbah why he didnt utilised talha in end

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

2 decisions and then they expect players to even not appeal. might hand a fine to pakistan for over appealing. jadeja already making lives count and if ashwin can join in as well

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

today india playing with 13 players 11 players and 2 umpires

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

@chand all this gentleman thing is a word used By any losing boring side and am excuse to cover up shortcomes.its a game Where everyone is showing passion and not everyone will be smiley as we all humans have different nature.there is nothing wrong with a bit of attitude as long as its not disrespectful

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

Right that is! Ajmal to finish his spell.

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

these kohli and dhoni are not playing for india. how ganguly and dravid will be tense when india are in trouble. but kohli and dhoni will be enjoying whatever the situation may be

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

@chamal there is nothing wrong with being honest when lak said there teams have more chance.By the way,am not being rude but Sri Lanka is a very boring side and dont remind the last match as you boring fans will gonna on about that now

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

icc should make rules for bad impiring as well they should take action against umpires or they should implement DRS in every tournament

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

i think 240 will be a very competitive total on this pitch

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 2, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

Both of these teams deserve to lose!! India's got crap batting and Pak fielding is atrocious - A 13 yr old could have caught the one Hafeez grassed!! Like I said earlier, this tournament will prove who is the BEST OF THE WORST!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

LALITHKURUWITA its dont matter what ever you thinks this time its our cup have to be shame your self we are proud to be a sri lanken

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

Jadeja got 2 lives now. if he can turn it up for india.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

poor decision and then expecting them to not appeal even its plumb?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

MR Yasir Khan koli is so snooty himself. its a gentlemen game not monkeys' have you ever see kolis smile

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 2, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

Why no DRS? Pakistan had him plumb LBW.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (March 2, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

Away from it looks like Kohli fires when it is too late. His onslaught in Australia against Sri Lanka was too late. And in that tour he never fired against Australia. His similar onslaught against Pakistan in the last Asia Cup was too late. In the recent tours to SA and NZ he failed to win for India. Not a great record away from home.

Posted by blissfully_ignorant on (March 2, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

great game of cricket..whoever wins the enjoyment is sky high..ind-pak match rules

Posted by aussie1993 on (March 2, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

Virat Kohli 266 runs vs Pakistan: 183 in one innings & in the remaining just 83 runs in 8 inngs!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

Ridiculous umpiring but beautiful bowling so far by Pakistan. Real test for India, we have a game on.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

Poor india. Every time they look to take charge wicket falls . Its a decent batting pitch and indian bataman failed again and also in subcontinent . Haha ,,, and dhoni says two month ago we have a settled team . Yeah this ia a settled team for others teams to win easily.

Posted by tarukmann on (March 2, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

shush...... according to indians world's greatest all rounder is in SIR RAVINDRA JADEJA!!!!he gonna turn this

Posted by sumit1982 on (March 2, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

India don't have dhoni who is the best finisher current 50 overs cricket.Seeing the current score I think we can reach some around 250 which quiet easy target for Pakistan seeing ball coming nicely to the bat that good bounce also.

Posted by sam_77 on (March 2, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

Dinesh Karthik is the most selfish I have seen around... !!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

Thanks Rahane, Rayudu,and Karthik for showcasing your test match credentials in a one-day game. With this batting line-up and the shoddy bowling we have, I think we'll struggle even against Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

India bowling,Batting nd fielding is weakest of the other teams, Patgetic in planing nd no variation in selection nd Bowling department, i never seen this kind of zero talented team,, why Rohith has been playing in the team..? why bhuvanesh selected his swing is lost.? why match ofter match Ashwin nd Jadeja playing in the team..? Ambati Rayudu cant hav talent to sustain at the international level, Shami is a good bowler bt he has been giving so many runs, Why kholi not including pujara in the team its ego feeling stopping pujara to select, i cant see indian team without pujara in 2015 Australia world cup, selectors shuld include Gambir,Yuvi,pujara, irfan, Rasool nd umesh yadav.. if not blunders wil continue..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

i cant work out whether pitch is getting better or slower

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

rahane fall or survive cant effect the final result...wat r kartik n raydu slow taking team to bottom

Posted by pull_shot on (March 2, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

Dinesh karthik was playing for himself rather than for team

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 2, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

Only teams that I can see winning the world cup are: NZ, Aus, Eng, SA, and Pak. They all have very good fast bowlers. It is a day dream for Ind and SL fans. Either Aus or NZ will win the cup.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

pak zindabaad

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

By the way i dont understand why Sri Lankans have kholi so much

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

Mr TenCricket ..(even cant put your real name)how many matches you have lost continuously still talking like champions Indians loosing and loosing win ageist Bangladesh is such a wonderful ha thats only team you indians can win poor Indians dont cry

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

I am sorry to say indian friends that current players of your team are just a bunch of IPL ballies. They simply dont know how to play cricket. just look at players like Sachin, Dravid, Shewag, Gambeer, Koli, Yuvi, Dhony(I am sorry if I miss someone ) they are real cricket players without any doubt. I guess no one of them came to cricket through IPL they just came out in proper way like old rural mother give birth to a kid. Now everything turn around and based on money. With bunch of these player there is no future. They will play impressively in league matches and provides poor fans(Wold Wide) but never for the country. Sorry anyone hurt, usually I never comment in this site against any team but I am against for things that spoil the spirit of great game of cricket.

At the moment game is not over, I wish Good Luck India.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:17 GMT)

Asif Khan. Virat Kohli's highest ODI score is 183 in the last Asia Cup against Pakistan. Do you still say he can't score runs against good bowling attacks?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

Kohl might cry again

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

pakistan bleed GREEN.........

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

india nw can win against only bangladesh ooh india most weak side in world they prove it

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 2, 2014, 10:09 GMT)


It appears Pakistani's historically get to produce good bowlers somehow and India always good batsmen. Here its a game between bat and ball...

Posted by sangaTHEgreat on (March 2, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

hmm india fails when kohli fails. even though pak has a very gud bowling attack india too have a good batting attack. pak is the most inconsistent team. they light loose or they might win with 10 wickets. who knows good luck both teams

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Hmmm the only time I saw ajmal getting smashed was when yuvraj hit him for 3 sixes. He's in good touch in domestic also.I think not giving him bowling really affected his confidence. He has been a match winner but for WC 2015 we need a batsman who can play bounce .Yuvi struggled against Johnson in India so even though he is phenomenal against spin he might not do good in WC .Coming to pujara we haven't seen him much and if he is like rahane then there is no use .Hopefully he can hold an innings and change gears later. Rohit needs to learn that playing freely is his natural game whenever he scores at high sr he always scores .Dhoni is a must in this team .Without him we have no one after top three.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

india must win dis match...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

dhoni or nothing!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ARAISULBL on (March 2, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

India need to increase duncan's salary

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

i think pakistan is strong position to win this match easily

Posted by TusharG on (March 2, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

Rahane does not seem to be fit for 50 overs cricket. His shots lack punch. A player of Pujara 's calibre is sitting out . Baffling selection, Kohli's crciketing acumen is getting tested here but what the paid selectors are doing. No accountability at all...

Posted by SanjeevHN on (March 2, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

How many dots Rahane palyed today. Rahane had his opportunities in ODI. He opened with Parthiv Patel and failed. Basically he doesn't have the power and cannot clear the infield. Even more so he cannot rotate the strike also. Please do not consider Rahane and Raina for international cricket

Posted by aussie1993 on (March 2, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

I m bIt surprised talha making debut and bowling like an experienced bowler but indian bowlers like ishant with greater experience bowling like amateurs

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

@asif. wake up mate this unpredictable factor about Pakistan is becoming more like predictable is not it.Pakistan has a long way to go to be a better team on world canvas

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

dhoni please take rest for another 2 years please. dont spoil indian team

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Kohli is some one who fires only after horse has left the stable. An sanga fires when everything matters. Indian fan who said Kohli>Sanga please munch the stubble.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

what is going raina in subcontinent...he is a world class player in home cinditions...bring back yuvi gambhir raina irfan immidiatly...

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 2, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

Whoever wins this match will win the cup as SL are worthy finalists.

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

amit mishra i want you to perform well better than ashwin and jadega

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

@yuvi hahaha i can understand mate.when there sub continent players will gonna learn

Posted by TenCricket on (March 2, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Mr Chamal Daulagala .... you lankans are always like this only, win against banga and jump up, do u have a good second team in your country?, how many other sports you have in your country?, how many overseas wins you have ? if sanga gone afgan will kick you, same happens to ur U19 team

Posted by SanjeevHN on (March 2, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Rahane will never be good ODI player as he never scores run a ball. He wasted 50 balls that too less than 50 strike rate. I do not know what Sandeep Patl and Duncan Fletcher is doing with all these Rahane, Raina, and many others.

Posted by ARAISULBL on (March 2, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Now India will all out under 220. Rahane a regular 20 to 30 scorer again do it and got out. If india continue to play with this team with out bring back the yuvi gamvir shewag india will be treated as below than the minnow

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

The suggestions to remove this player or that player, remove the captain Dhoni and appoint kohli in his place to win the game does not look sound. I feel suddenly the absence of dhoni has weakened the team. The question of our winning over akistan seems to be doubtful.

Posted by safwan_tauseef on (March 2, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

Rehanay also gone. Talha pick his 2nd wicket. India is 103/4 realy in trouble. Go green go and win the match

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

indian team will be in calcullta tommorow.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 2, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

@Chamal Daulagala Sl are the worthy finalist in many tournaments after 1996.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Wow what a catch ... come on PAKISTAAAAN ...!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

Even if Pak gets top order, they'll still struggle against tail-enders. Pathetic. Easy win for Indians. Hope I'm wrong, though.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 2, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

If the pitch is slowing down, Rohith's half century might be the only half century in the whole match and he will be the MOM.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

The above team has 4 spiners 3fast bowlers 4 batsmen with 4 all rounders great team which can play both home and away .

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

It seems like Pakistan came into this match with aggressive planning. Knowing Hafeez has been remarkably successful against left handed batsmen with new ball, bringing him just to pick Dhawan. Exposing Inidan middle order by short express fast bowling of Muhammad Talha. Good planning by Misbah and Moin Khan.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

India needs to change the whole team Gambhir Rahane Kohli YUVI Dhoni Y Pathan Jadeja Ik Pathan Mishra Bhuvi Shami Ahmed

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Comparing to other strong cricket teams, Indian bowlers especially simmers are like babies. That's why they can't perform well these days.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

Why have we kept persisting with a batsman like Rahane in the odi's who averages 24 with a strike of 72. He is extremely slow, good for test cricket not good enough for odis.He put sharma under pressure after consuming so many dots. Pujara who is a much better batsman than him is left out to warm the benches. Just goes to show the story of Indian selection committee.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (March 2, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

i am just sick of this rahane guy wasting 100 balls every game and then getting out

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 2, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

I am so happy to see Talha in ODI...He's one hell of a bowler..Go Talha,this is your day

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

even if shami opens batting for india and give as much chances given to rohit he will score some 50 and 100s

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

Come on India win the match pls you are the weaker side then we sri lanka can win the cup

Posted by safwan_tauseef on (March 2, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

Batting colapse start for india now. Rohit also gone. Talha make him first odi wicket.

Posted by Chandima.Ceylon on (March 2, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

I hope IND will be restricted to a score under 300. Ajmal can strike twice as mendis did and today will be a Pakistani day.Good luck both teams!!!(as both are subcontinent).But as Sri Lankans fan we don't like to V Kohli as captain.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

I don't want to blame rohit for going after the bowler. Rahane was buliding too much pressure on the other hand. He needs to sick to test. He no use in the odi team. Such a waste. Sharma was going so well.

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

why targetting only binny .what ambati raydu has done better than him in this tournament.

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

like rohit any body can bat. just to score 1 50 or 100 in 25-30 matches. if out of subcontinent 80 to 90 matches

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

they picked amit today beacuse they know it is bouncier pitch and he will go for runs and next match he will once again sit in bench. Dhoni and kohli do not want to give chance to amit. If ganguly was there amit mishra would have got chance regularly

Posted by ARAISULBL on (March 2, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

Indian bowler have to give their best to win todays game otherwise no chance for them

Posted by ALIASGARBAZARWALA on (March 2, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

Rahane should be just made to play test cricket. Hope he doesnt run into some other player making a catch.

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

remove dineshkarthik and put utappa he can keep wickets and can open innings

Posted by PakEditor on (March 2, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

I have a feeling that the commentators will break the forums today. Lord help Cricinfo :) --- Best of luck to both India and Pakistan; slightly more to Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

actually might turn out to be a good decision ... mishra is an attacking spinner and the track is distinctly brownish today maybe indicating slowness later... hope Ind win

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

@asif: lol wat a joke.. Don u remember wat virat did to your team in the last asia cup.. Im sure u still hav nightmares thinking abt tat..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

Indian selectors never cease to amaze me. They always manage to keep one step behind what's required. On a slow pitch against Bangladesh they picked up Aaron. On a more bouncy pitch they picked up Mishra. You could say the selectors know more about cricket than me but the results are not bearing that out

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

its a game india lose both kholi and dhawan but still they will win its not about 2 player

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

Totally wrong decision by Misbah. Our bowlers are not controlling runs. Sad to see 65 runs in 10 overs.While 36 runs, 1 wicket against Bangladesh and 37 runs, 1 wicket against Sri lanka. Is your bowlers over-hyped? Even 230 is hard to chase with our mediocre slow batsmen. Good luck Pakistan!!!

Posted by AlbertPintoGussaHua on (March 2, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Finally Mishra gets a game. Now, if only Pujara was there instead of Rayudu. They are a class apart yet the better player is serving drinks. What a farce?

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

kohli gone definetly india will won . he plays for himself not country

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

pakistan is unpredictable team and dew factor will favour today for the pakistan

Posted by safwan_tauseef on (March 2, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

Back bones of indian batting kohli and dhawan gone in first ten overs. Rohit is on fire but how long? India in trouble now. Good Luck team pakistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

haahahaha look kholi master of weak bowling attack

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

kohli always lead from front against weaker opposition. you will be out of time like gambir in short span of time.respect binny

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 2, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

Long day for Pak if they cannot get Rohith or Kohli within next 5 overs. India will score over 300.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

rohit sharma has better technique then kohli but at the moment luck favoring kohli

Posted by call_a_spade_a_spade on (March 2, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Is there anyone, including Rayudu apologists, fans, family members, well-wishers, PR agents, who can honestly confess that he is inspired with confidence seeing Rayudu walk in against any opposition in the forthcoming ODI WC in Aus/NZ, not to mention the present game against Pakistan, instead of Pujara?

Posted by ARAISULBL on (March 2, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

Shewag/Gamvir instead of Rohit,and Yuvraj at the 4 position will be ideal of India. And raina should get chance as an all rounder. Kohli here really misiing the YUVRAJ and RAINA's bowling also.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

Virat's wicket can be a game changer for team india, unless Rohit steps up to make up for recent innings..

Posted by ARAISULBL on (March 2, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

What a joke. India will lose this game and out of this tournament

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 2, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

I'm predicting a win for India here. I don't see Pak pacers posing any threat to Indian batsmen, but Ajmal may create some problems. Pakistan should have batted first and backed their bowlers to defend what ever batsmen post, if they want to have a shot at this game. With or without dew, Pakistan will not chase anything above 250- 260. G'luck to both teams !!!!

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

Well ,this is a perform or perish game for Rohit who has been given umpteen chances despite a string of failures . Its high time the talented Indian middle order comes into life .nonetheless an exciting contest on the cards to make it a super Sunday !!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

I think cheteshwar pujara should get chance in place of ambati raydu at the same time rohit sharma should release to play some practice matches as one 200 can not keep him in the side forever

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

Great job by excluding your all rounder. Misbah. Good luck

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

Fresh pitch , new ground from previous games, uncertainty over dew; very hard decision to make for captains.

Talha will be good as we need fast bowler. india can play spin well. but with no Anwar means over batting will be a bit think today. Both Afridi and Hafeez will have to contribute well with bat today. cant play as bowler. Would have been nice to have fawad Alamin there instead of out of form maqsood or Sharjeel.

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