India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur

'I knew I could hit the carrom ball' - Afridi

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

March 2, 2014

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'One of Afridi's best innings' - Misbah

With one stroke in Sharjah, Javed Miandad "was remarked to have cut across the Indian ego like a knife slash…," wrote Rahul Bhattacharya in Pundits from Pakistan.

As Shahid Afridi dispatched the ball mightily into the Dhaka sky, the leading edge just about carried over the long-on fielder. It was Pakistan's first one-wicket win over India since April 18, 1986.

When nine was needed off the last four balls, Afridi smashed R Ashwin for a six over extra cover. Afridi didn't leave it as late as Miandad and Tauseef Ahmed did.

As Ashwin slowly moved towards the popping crease, Afridi was the centre of attention. He shuffled, smashed and ran. Not in the direction of the non-striker's end but towards the general direction of the dressing room and his onrushing team-mates.

Afridi knew it was a six even before the ball dropped behind the fielder; the trademark star-man celebration was back, this time wearing pads and gloves with a bat in his hand.


Shahid Afridi is joined by team-mates after winning the match, India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 2, 2014
Shahid Afridi showed why his nickname is Boom Boom © AFP
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Later, he told Star Sports that he was confident of handling Ashwin's variations. For the earlier six, he said, he had set his mind on the exact spot to target.

"I knew that I could hit his carrom ball and I had spotted it. It was pulled back slightly but I connected it really well," Afridi said. "He had the field set on the on-side, keeping the fielders up on the off-side. I thought that if I could play through extra cover, I can find runs through that region."

Afridi readily admitted that he had let the team down with some ill-advised shots against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, and he had set his mind on getting it right this time. He spoke candidly about how sometimes he gets confused when asked to bat for long.

"I had played some stupid shots in the previous games to get out. I know that my batting is very important to my team, so I have to be consistent in my batting. It helps the team a lot. I had to play sensibly. I wanted to bring down the [target].

"If I have 15-25 overs to bat, captain tells me to play singles and doubles. I become double-minded. It is not in my nature. The lesser the overs, I feel better and play better. I play single-mindedly. That's what makes me comfortable."

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes that this win will stop the criticism of Afridi. "I am very happy about Shahid Afridi, who has taken a lot of criticism in the last two matches," Misbah said. "I think he showed experience and won us a game that almost went out of our control.

"We expect innings like that from him. Whenever he [takes his] time in the middle and plays sensibly, he can be very dangerous. He already did it quite a few times, and this was one of his best innings. I think that the game was in our hands in the second-last over but after that it was quite difficult. Still, we knew that if Afridi can get the strike back, we will have a chance. He played very well. The last two sixes were tremendous."

Afridi has plenty of stand-out innings, and this 34 not out will be right up there, as it came against India under intense pressure. The game could have gone either way, and plenty of people had expected him to mess it up.

Nobody thought that about Miandad back in 1986. He had been batting on 110 off 113 balls when he hit it like a home-run. In an earlier paragraph in the book, Bhattacharya had called Miandad the "…purveyor of the single most famous stroke in Pakistan's history, perhaps even India's history…"

Eighteen years into Afridi's career - one that includes a World Twenty20 trophy, a record for the fastest ODI century that stood for over 17 years, and many sixes and smiles and the star man - he has played another defining knock. One that fans will continue to relive on YouTube years from now.

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Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

@Biggest_Cricket_Fan hahahahaha!!! seriously??? you are going to blame Ashwin??? remember your Best player Virat Kohli scoring only 5 runs in the crucial match?? why not blame Ravinder Jadeja for poor bowling?? may be they should let Amit Mishra Bowl 20-30 overs because now he can... being a part of Big 3! and what an umpiring in this big game...i think effect of Big 3 is working already!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 5, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Both India and Pak over over-rated sides. They are both useless outside of the sub-continent!! With such large populations they are an embarrassment. If it came down to which one is a bigger embarrassment then it would have to be India as they have a larger population and because they have a better record at home (that counts against them when they lose overseas). The truth of the matter is AUS IS THE BEST - always were and always will be. It is almost a divine right - Aus might go down for a brief period but like it or not, they will return to the top!!Just like Soccer belongs to Brazil, Rugby belongs to NZ, Cricket belongs to Aus!!!

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

afridi I love ur batting u r handsome cricketer

Posted by PakSerZameen on (March 5, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

Despite all these cric history lessons, and twisted facts given in few posts, let's come back to real world now. There's no favourite when traditional rivals like Pakistan and India play against each other. Both teams are great and Asia should be proud of them. Let's be sportsmen, not warriors, if we want to produce more Gawaskars, Imran Khans, Miandads, Wasims and waqars out of these lands.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

Afridi held his nerves and played a fantastic innings. He held his nerves and pulled back the match from Indians. An incredible innings which will haunt Ashwin for times to come. I think it was the sheer courage from Afridi which won them the match. Afridi is a devastating player and also a very talented player. I wish he had a little more patience then his numbers would have lot better. Anyways some players are born that way. Being a hardcore Indian fan I enjoyed the final moments of the match where Afridi belted the ball out of the ground. The single cost India the match. I think the fielding set for the first ball was great but the Indians allowed an easy single and let the match slip away from. A fantastic game of cricket where finally the team with better nerves own the match. Well tried Kohli and Ashwin. One advise to Ashwin "you are fantastic bowler when you bowl orthodox balls, stick to it you can India to many victories in the future". Well Kohli will bounce back...

Posted by Desihungama on (March 4, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

@KiwiRocker- The Mohali WC2011 semi final game was initially scheduled to be played in Lahore. Sachin's last World Cup. Could he have retired without a WC win? Oh, it would be convenient for Pakistani fans to cross over to Mohali after all! On to match - Well, if boundaries were shorter, then what does that say about Indian Hitting Power? This was Afridi saying Boom Boom! He is a legend and has credentials to prove it. If I am not wrong he is second after none other than Sachin in the list for most MoM? Pretty decent group to be part of.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 2:53 GMT)

im reading all the indian ppl`s comment for pass 2 hours and only laughing how much u ppl r hurt with this defeat, boundary is small, afridi is not player, it was a luck, bla bla bla, oh if boundry was small why indian team didnt tell the match referee make the boundaries big we are indians we hit big big sixes, shame on u ppl 11 players plus 2 umpires still didnt win, 4 u ppl`s information afridi didnt only hit last 2 sixes he made 34 runs that u call a intelligent player wen his team was in danger he played like a player, url played srilanka and lost that time boundary was big we url made also under 250 shame on u ppl saying words like this, who ever is coming to congratulate pakistan got 1 word also against pakistan or afridi, dhoni was captain in south africa what hapen boundry was short? dhoni was captain newziland time what hapen boundry was also short 4 other team? see u in the t20 cup, hope india dont forget about boundaries.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (March 4, 2014, 1:44 GMT)

@yvivekcb: be careful what you wish for WC is coming soon T20 & ODI. Ciao

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 3, 2014, 23:17 GMT)

It's really amusing to see Pak fans extoll the win to utmost levels. It was a close game that went to the wire and in no terms is even an iota close to Miandad's six off the last ball. Back then that victory for Pak was much needed and turned the wave for several years to Pak favor. That victory had tears in Imran Khan's eyes as the Australasia cup was Pak's first cup in any semi-global event. Imran had to prove ..Yes they could beat India in ODIs specifically.

Posted by Biggest_Cricket_Fan on (March 3, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

To Ali Malik, who has written some half facts only. Show me one cricket match in World Cup since 1975 (First time when WC) was played where Pakistan was able to beat India. You wont find it because this has never happened. For this match, its Ashwin who is more responsible for this defeat than Afridi for victory of Pak. Ashwin should be kicked on the behind and get some rythm before he is in team. Hopefully selectors will go ahead with Amit Mishra for coming matches instead of Ashwin.

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 3, 2014, 21:01 GMT)

A bit of history having followed Indian cricket closely over the last 35 years. During mid 80s a number of ODIs were held in Sharjah and it was really Haarjah for India. To the point that India refused to play anymore in Sharjah due to two reasons. Wasim Akram in prime form and more importantly the setup was really like actually playing in Pakistan and NOT really a neutral avenue. And from an Indian point of view they did the right thing and rightly so.. Regards to India not keen on playing Pak..... common guys for the players it's just another ODI game another country and India has beaten them at all World Cup big stages.. The real reason everyone knows why India is not interested playing either in India nor visit to Pakistan due to political and conditions in Pak.

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 3, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

Overall Pak has won slightly higher than India since 1996.. The difference is not zammen vs. assman. It's more marginal that's a fact. Between 1985 to 1992 it was heavily in Pak favor almost say 8:2. Being an old timer, I can tell you ever since first Asia Cup, Rothman's cup, Champions of Champions time frame, India used to Win big time against Pak and in big events repeatedly. Imran Khan believed that his could beat India but in realty Pak lost all the time. It was in Astralalia Cup in which Javed Mindad hit that 6 and turned the tide. That victory then meant soooo much to Pakistan that Imran Khan had tears in his eyes to feel a cup in his had. For the next 5-7 years Pakistan heavily dominated India with my favorite legend Wasim Akram at his peak. After that period the win/loss between India and Pak has been more predictable...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

It is so pityt hat indian fans believe that india won more matches because their channels only show those matches again n again which india won, indians should remember their gravyard in sharjah which indians stopped playing because of continous insult from fans.. Why they dnt want to play pakistan? Because pakistan nails them int heir own home, pakistan won 1st match in india in 1952 right after 2nd match of Pakistan history, while it took 57 years for india to win a match in Pakistan, india's only thing cheer against pakistan is worldcup matches, rest india is nowhere, at home, neutral or in india, pakistan defeated them everywhere repeatedly.... Stop watching indian channels u will know reality soon,

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

Boom Boom breaks Indian hearts again.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

I am surprised to see Afridi getting all the accolades. This situation was also not similar to Miandad's six. These days you will count on almost all teams scoring 10 runs in last over with a decent batsman still at crease. I think Hafeez was the real hero for Pakistan in this game and thankfully he did get the MoM.

Anyways you guys won so you are allowed to give credit to whoever you feel like!! Enjoy.

Posted by MASpak on (March 3, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

Before Pakistani team went into the tournament, it looked quite a balanced side. The batsmen are getting the starts, but they need to convert them into biggies. Bowlers are doing good. So, hope for the best. Srilankan team is also on fire.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

DesiPassion and indian fans. I will help you in finding ODIs records: PAKISTAN won 22 matches in Pakistan 11 matches in India & 39 matches at neutral venues. INDIA WON 11 matches in India 11 matches in Pakistan & 28 matches at neutral venues. This makes 72 vs 52. Hope you understand.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

Dear deconstruct

in 90s Srinath and anil kumble use to hit the shots like Afridi did. Even Shami Ahmed hit couple of sixes against . Ashwin did even. The two sixes of afridi were not better than the one Umar Gul did.

The self-proclaimed super power of world cricket HEHEHEHEHE Nice but not fair enough for afridir

U people forgot the partnership of hafeez and maqsood, That was the key dear. Try to appreciate them coz they are the real heros of last match/

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

For indian fans and DesiPassion: See following statistics and check records: ODI's: In Pakistan : Pakistan won 22 India won 11 In India: Pakistan won 11 India won 11 At neutral venue: Pakistan won 39 India won 28

Posted by deconstruct on (March 3, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Its so amusing to see the comments by Indian fans here. The self-proclaimed super power of world cricket (who have had more white washes away from India than they would like to remember), just cannot accept the fact that they were beaten fair and square. Rasjeshj: mishits don't sail over the boundary like Afridi's shots did. And DesiPassion: PLEASE stop finding pathetic excuses for India's overall poor record against Pakistan. GROW UP GUYS!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Boom and another boom game over for India , rare occasion - smart batting by a Pakistan player.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

Lala u have done it but its not the end of world u have to repeat ur performance T20 world Cup!!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan team!

Posted by kiethbradman on (March 3, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

I think india will pay back this to pak in t20 worldcup in which yuvraj.dhoni & raina are back.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

@pitch_curator not just runs and stats show how good a player you are. Your character,respect for senior players,your shots,your hard work shows how good you are. As i have written in previous comment our management is wasting his talent. Kohli bats at One down position Umar bats at 5 down position. Kohli has the luxury of a strong batting line up and can build his innings while mostly when umar comes to bat pakistan is suffering badly he doesnot have time to build his innings. Umar does not have a luxury of a mamoth kind of batting lineup. And good behaviour that i pointed out Up you might have forgotten but you can remember how kohli treated The best of all indian batsmen Rahul Dravid In Ipl

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

India is much better side than Pakistan but there is day of every team and today's waz that of Pakistan

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 3, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

The most sensible knock Ive ever seen from Afridi. Knocked it around for singles and attacked when needed.

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 3, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

The three top sides in this series have been extraordinarily evenly matched. Which is y, I feel that Pakistan will win the finals because they lost the last game.

India came out on the wrong side of two extraordinarily close finishes. So, they won't get a second crack at their opponents. Probably serves them right for not giving this tournament sufficient respect.

Posted by Rajeshj on (March 3, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

Pakistan played splendidly and congrats to them for winning.. but comparing Umar Akmal to Kohli is a bit too much.. Again, its quite laughable to hear Afridi saying that he was able to read the carrom ball from Ashwin.. The sixes he scored were very clearly mishits.. The ball carried over the boundary due to only 2 things i.e. his immaculate power and short boundaries.. In other grounds, they would have been easily caught.. Any case it was a great contest and Pakistan deserve the win.. And I am happy to see the inexperienced batting and bowling line-up from India showing some intensity.. Though his behaviour is too irritating, I think Kohli did a decent job as captain.. Overall a superb match and everyone got their money/time's worth it.. it would be great to have more India vs. Pakistan matches.. let us hope for them..

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 3, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

For Pak fans who think 70 vs 50 win. Pak won more than India when ODI's were taking off.. more so specifically in Sharjah were the location was purpose fit for Pak to win. If you look at last 20 years, I am sure the record is more balanced.

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 3, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

It was a close game for Pak, and frankly they should have won easily and in fact struggled to win. Happy for Pak, it could have gone either way. If Afridi's not elegant sixes were mishits Pak would have lost and he would have become the target. India clearly missed Dhoni. Good learning curve for Virat with 2 close games that came to last over with no wickets remaining. It's clear that DK does not deserve Dhoni's spot nor his IPL money.

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

@chapathishot, look at the records again and tell me how results between the two teams are in India's favour in the recent past. India lost 2:1 in the series in India. India beat us at the champions trophy. And we beat India at the Asia cup. So overall, 3:2 to Pakistan, where 4 matches were in the subcontinent. If you want to go any deeper, please do so, and you will still see a ratio greater in Pakistan's favour.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 3, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

@ Daxhing Gujjar - Umar Akmal is more talented than Kohli?? Really? Umar Akmal has an average of 38 and keeps getting dropped from the team regularly. His average drops to below 30 outside of his home country if you exclude WI and SL which have similar playing conditions. His technique is no better than a lumberjack and his temperment is non-existent. But for the dropped catch, he would have failed against Afg as well. I would rate Shehzad as a better player than this guy. Why are you even trying to compare him with one of the best batsmen going around? Umar will do well to be half as good a player as Kohli is. This is like comparing Irfan Pathan with Wasim Akram.

Posted by chapathishot on (March 3, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

@Umar Khan .I agree with the overall stats but Pakistan were a great one day team in the late eighties and early nineties and India could rarely beat them during that period but lately the wins are in favour of India as the current team is not in the same category and India were superior to Pakistan in the batting department.Regarding bilateral series everyone commenting here knows the real reason why it is not happening.Do any one think that BCCI will let go such a money spinning series if it was in their control.

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

Hey, I am an avid reader of these blogs for a long time. Its the first time I am writing one of my own, the thing that prompted me to do so is to request both the factions to stop fighting over whose side is better. The record book at present says there have been 126 encounters between the two side and 72 have been won by team green and 50 by team blue where as 4 matches ended without any result. It states clearly that who has performed better than the other on more number of occasions.

As far as last match is concerned "luck/fortune " stood with the determined ones.

Posted by casimpk on (March 3, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

Feel sorry for immature Kholi & some Ind fans who just can't accept their defeat with open heart, maybe this is the reason why India refuses to play a bilateral series against Pakistan. There is no two opinion in the fact that Pak-Ind series is the biggest crowd puller & generates billion rupees worth of revenue, unfortunately BCCI refuses to play with Pakistan, show some heart & keep politics away from sport! Maybe it is the fear of losing a game against Pak the probable reason why Ind is afraid of bilateral series.

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

For Daniel Rob. It is true that india have won each and every match in the world cups. So that means indians must have to wait for 5 years to win against Pakistan. :) Overall statistics also show a different picture than what you claim. PAKISTAN won more than 70 ODI's while India only in 50's.

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

Baratheonking why don't you beg the Indian selector to select your LITTLE son maybe his sixes will help your team to win as your players in the team are incapable as per your own assessment. I wonder If the ground staff reduced the size of the boundary after Indian batting. Soar grapes for you my friend hahaha

Posted by KingSalz on (March 3, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

Dear o dear @ashish_78, Pakistan can never produce a player like Kholi? Hmmm... Maybe tha Sir Zaheer Abbas and the sir Javed Miandad were Australian player. Oh how I wish we had someone like Sir Misbah. But Sami Aslam seems to be a good bet though!. Mate, keep your stuff to yourself. I don't see India producing anywhere near the bowling talent Pakistan is producing. But I guess you can compare Inshant Sharma to the green machine Mohammad Irfan, wait, Nooo that's stupid, maybe Ashwin to Sir Saeed Ajmal, puahahahahaha, lol. Bad jokes, sorry cricket fans for such a dumb joke. Yea India have nothing, sorry.

Posted by khmasood on (March 3, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

@DanielRob!! good to read a light comment mate. I love Indian batting let c who wins in next game. After all it is just a game.

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

Oh Cricket ! the mighty leveler. Fortunately Dhoni was not there, allowing Indian fan to find refuge. Even if three Dhonis were there with two Jayasuriya's along with Murali, Paks would have won. Why, This is the nature of this great game. Only good we have got from farther part of the world.

Posted by intercept on (March 3, 2014, 7:53 GMT)

very happy to know the comments from all of you... but m very much confused about the comments from Mr.Ashish_78....It's good to be a whole-hearted fan of your chosen team..but it's far more better to accept the result in the end... cuz as everyone knows that in the end the best team wins.. here both were the best and played to the great extent,but Indian team loses experience as in their captaincy..He shows aggressive behaviour but that remains only for a time being.... Let the remaining matches give a lot of entertainment to all of us..In cricket,anything happens till the last wicket falls or until the last ball is bowled... Have fun guys....

Posted by Jugg3rNAuts on (March 3, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

@ashish78 calm down man y so serious? if your team is unable to show some sportsman spirit at least we don't expect this behavior from fan followings ,many people from India come here and post their value able comments like good sports personals but on the other hand people like you only come here to ruin the spirit, your team have lost accept it and dnt be angry no one will listen to u

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:46 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 look-ma-i-am-indian on (March 3, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

AFridi also knew he could BITE the carrom ball as well hahahaha

Posted by DanielRob on (March 3, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan!! I am an Indian. There are many Indians who admire the courage and character shown by this Pak team. Yes, we hate to lose against Pakistan but someone has to lose. This time it was India's turn to lose unfortunately, but well played Pak, taking nothing away from Pak team. Ind-Pak matches are always battle of nerves no matter which team is strong on paper. But in few days time we will again meet in World T20 and with Dhoni, back our beloved captain, we will return the favor of this defeat. As history says we have won each and every game against Pak in World Cups. Jai Hind!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

many people here are saying that it was luck and pak won. luck is part of game. india was lucky as well to get to this target. their main finisher who played an important role in it got lucky and got 2 lives. and its always the case that if its successful you will say it was good . for example talha caught out on ropes and every body said that it was bad shot. if he had gone just 1 more yard or so , every body would have said what a great shot. so really doesnt matter if mishit or from middle. matters is that it was 6.

boundaries were same for both so many of inidan shots would not have been boundaries if ropes were a bit away.

Posted by stormy16 on (March 3, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

Needed that from Afridi just to remind me why this guy is a freak in so many different ways and at time so frustratingly. Each time he comes to bat and goes back just as quickly you wonder "is this guy thinking at all" but really its part of the Arfidi bargain. You cannot be that brilliant every game, part of the Afridi bargain is failure but when he pull the team through you know why he is so special. No game against Pakistan is done untill you get Afridi.

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

Even my little son can hit sixes in a short boundary filed like that so there is nothing heroic in afridi's sixes. That would be out in a decent/regular filed.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

ashish_78 the Indians act like that whenever they just take a wicket..stop complaining and being a sore looser. Pakistan deserved to win. Indian team are so poor right now overseas. they need to find the reasons.

Posted by Nouman_Mustafa on (March 3, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

With all due respect Indians were not even standing a chance to score even 200 courtesy Jadeja's LBW appealed turned down and a drop catch. Even then Pakistani bowlers were too good to restrict indians below 250 showing that they have the most brutal bowling attack in all forms of the game. Pakistani's should've won it by 6 wickets or 4 wickets atmost. Thanks to the misunderstanding which lead indians to think that they were performing well with the bowl. Soryy but IPL clowns can't beat the world's best ODI side even in their home country (2012 ODI series) . Now that indians are done crying and shouting out loud they should pay respect to Pakistani side.Even dhoni cannot win them matches against pakistan. Your recent results after big three conspiracy is 13 to 1 so you better go n cry out loud to your board rather than making shameful excuses. You don't even stand a chance in next 1000 odis to win even 20% matches against Pakistan.

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

you call it luck or mishit or whatever, the thing which matters most is that he won it for pakistan. so it will go as a great innings. it doesnt matter if pakistan has not won in any worldcup or whatever will happen on 21 march in t20 world cup game between 2. each day is new and new game. so whoever is saying all this is just trying to give something to themselves to br happy about. will the win for india on 21st in a t20 game will take this loss back? and i think we all know how this game got close. it was pakistans silly batting which got this close and thats the beauty of them that you never know and thats the reason that they are always inconsistent. nothing new about it.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

It was really a beauty to watch a worth match like Ind Vs Pak playing. Both teams have equal balance and credit goes to both team players. It was Afridi' [Boom Boom] day who snatch the victory in such a pressure moment. Almighty has gifted him 34 runs for his birthday [March-1] as he now reaches age of 34. What a coincidence! This match could have been turned if Afridi didn't control his temperament. He took his time and played a matured one after a long gap. Hope this year he has lot to do. Wish him all the best for his career. A BIG DIE HARD FAN of AFRIDI [LALA] from Doha-QATAR

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

It was one of the best fought game after many years we have seen between PAK vs IND clash. with every ball bowled the game kept swinging to either side. People should enjoy the good match and stop criticize any individual. Best of luck to all the teams and may the best team win.

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

Well, being a die hard Pakistan fan, I am extremely happy at the result yesterday. Boy, it was one intense battle. It kept us on the edges of our seats for the entire match, urinating every half hour, BP going all over the place, sugar level at the highest level. How hard was it to watch this till end. Well done both the teams. After all, it was a match of cricket. Kohli need to learn ethics and sportsmanship. He is a wonderful batsman, but with a childish behavior, he is not helping the cause of earning too many fans all over the world, specially Pakistan. Take a leaf out of Dhoni's book. The last, but surely not the least, AFRIDI, YOU BEAUTY. YOU'VE WON SO MANY HEARTS AND BROKEN SO MANY OTHERS. Thanks for the entertainment you provided on this historic battle of the giants.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

@ashish_78 dont cry and show some sports man spirit, we here in Pakistan admire india for playing good cricket, so don't be hypocrite, and accept the reality and live with it.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

@ashish_78 accept it you are just jealous. i am a pak fan and i respect dhoni(in every aspect) ,but every body knows pak india game is like a war and this kind of behaviour is expected even dhoni and his teamates would have done the same. And if you think about childish behaviour, see how kohli reacted towards saeed ajmal's wicket. better batsman than kohli we have umar akmal just our management is wasting his talent.

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

Shahid Afridi...you beauty!!

Posted by tharuka88 on (March 3, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

even though im srilankan fan i love to see afridi batting..and like this...we are very lucky to see afridi back on form..good luck boy..

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

Boom Boom Afridi - The Living Legend !!!

Posted by ashish_78 on (March 3, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

pakistan has won this match not a final match behave like gentleman.why misbah & team come in the ground like a kids.i am telling you pak team behavior like that he has won first time in ODI match...behave like dhoni he has major achivements but he is not proudy and what did misbah &company . why you people are bleming kohli...Pakistan can never produce kohli type batsman.he is our hero...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

Afridi you beauty :) Lala is the best :) Whenever critics criticize him, he performs and prove his worth :) Long Life Afridi :) He is from 34 to 24 now :) Best Player under intense pressure :) Boom Boom Afridi........

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 3, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

I am seeing Indian fan praising Kohli to take the match into the last overs, but actually the match was taken to the last overs by Hafeez and Sohaib, they were quietly and gradually going close to the target without loosing any wkt. While Kohli was trying to contain score instead of taking wkts. Pakistan was already 4 down, and Kohli should have tried to take early wkt, instead of trying to contain score. Even in the last over India fielding was set Junaid Khan to stop boundaries. and he took an easy single.

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

Please do not compare Kohli with Dhoni, neither in terms of natural leadership skills or age and experience. His celebrations could be a little premature but he did apply a lot of his mind with the limited resources we had. I ask all of you, if you are made the captain of the indian team could you win matches with this pathetic bowling unit? Our international bowlers are not even comparable to the B sides of test playing countries. B Kumar with the kind of talent he has dosn't deserve a place in India B team, lets accept it! Our big hope Ishant has become mindless. Umesh and Aaron lack discipline? Apart from Mohammad Shami there is no one, and mind you, he has just arrived in the scene and handling so much pressure, speaks volumes about the character and maturity of this man! Indians irrespective of who captains the side, are very lucky to be winning whatever they can with this bowling side. This is simple and very clear why India is losing, no rocket science! Come back Dhoni!

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

Afridi is simply a class, and that's so true that this is his style of playing, he can't play slow you give him 10 balls and he'll give u the best of rest. I want Misbah(c) to think over the running between the wickets, the calls of runs, despite from the run outs he had to face twice without facing a ball in Afg and with facing just few balls vs India, although it was a call from opponent and he only responded, he have to clear them in the dressing room, that the call should be single minded

Posted by ashish_78 on (March 3, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

please bangladesh show some affort like afganistan and defeat the pakistan .come on you are not just like kids you are playing almost 10 years for icc .so show some effort and beat pakistan in ur country.go bangladesh i will ur support.

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

Dear All!!! It was great game of cricket and ODI Cricket was it's best!! I have never seen such a sewsaw 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 ashish_78 on (March 3, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

forgot about these match.remember for all who support pakistan team.can you tell me first time india have won the one day world cup or pakistan .first time india have won the t20 worldcup or pakistan.and what about champions trophy...and pakistan have never reached in Ist spot in icc odi ranking and test ranking. so first reach the major achivement then compare to india..and i am telling you only srilankans are deserving to win the asia cup...got it or ......

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 3, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

Cmon India Pak fans. Don't become blind like SL fans. It was a very close game and Afridi pulled it off this time for Pakistan. Actually this is the first time in a lot of time that Pak have pulled off a close game against India. Actually towards the end the Indian fast bowlers were trying to gift the match to Pak and the Pak batsmen were refusing to take the gift. Actually both Indian bowling and Pak batting have a lot to improve on. India simply do not have a wicket taker in the bowling line up (especially outside the sub-continent) and Pakistan do not have a batsman who can play 100 balls consistently and score at a strike rate of 85. India really missed Dhoni in both close games. Not only his batting but also his glove work. Kartik was abysmal in keeping and his batting is atrocious. India should have gone ahead with Uthappa who is a part time keeper but would have done much much better than what Kathik did.I am also convinced about Rahane. He can not rotate strike. Mishra did well

Posted by hqureshi78 on (March 3, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

1) I don't think T-20 revenge answer is good enough. Winning a test match has highest pride, then One-day international and then comes the T-20. 2) Now I even more strongly believe why India doesn't want to play against Pakistan at any venue, they are just afraid of losing (a.k.a Aaney do shameful defeat). 3) Again, boundary size in this match was same for both the teams so that's not a good reasoning. But finding some sort of excuse might be a good remedy for now. 4) Those who are undermining the abilities of Afridi, I have great sympathy for all of them. I have watched the last part of the game 20 times by now. Go Afridi go!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

special talent, superb cricketer and the only player in Pakistan's team who can finish games like this in pressure cooker situations. he has done it so many times for pakistan & did it yet again. all credit to shahid afridi the way he played & demoralized the opposition. for those Indians who are saying boundaries were too short what would you say about Corey anderson's fastest hundred where boundaries were short compare to Nerobi where shahid scored fastest ODI hundred. did team india batted in a different ground in this match? were boundaries larger when india was batting & made short at the time when pak team were batting? such a way of not admitting the great victory of Pakistan team. shame on you!

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

@yvivekcb: Dude, I have seen some sore losers, but you are right there at the very top. You probably need a long hard look at how many more matches Pakistan has won in our encounters with India and then you can go and cry us a river!

Posted by najo1 on (March 3, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

It's not just Kohli who has a pathetic attitude. this whole Indian team looks down on team Pakistan. Sadly, this Indian team is full of self-praise and arrogance. The likes of Sachin, Dravid and their older players are nowhere to be found. Those were personalities that were all about cricket and less about attitude and glamor. No matter what they do and no matter how much they try to exclude Pakistan from international cricket, they cannot compare to the charisma and humble attitude of the Pakistani players. Our players are unpredictable, they are mercurial but they bring an excitement to cricket no other team can.

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

I have read Rahul Bhattacharya's book Pundits from Pakistan and it is a compelling read for any cricket fan. It is a fact that Javed Miandad's six had inflicted a huge blow to Indian psychy and India went on to lose against Pakistan in India, in Pakistan, in Sharjah, in Toronto...You name it. They indeed continue winning in world cups, but it should be noted that India has won against Pakistan in world cup in India or on nutral venues. They have never played Pakistan in world cup in Pakistan. Reality is that Kohli is a poor captain and a bad example for Indian youngesters. Kohli's celebrations were premature and he had a big egg on his face at end of the game. Kohli should learn from Pakistani team as two huge decisions went against them (Jadeja and Ashwin) that resulted in India scoring 50 additional runs but I did not hear Misbah complaining. Afridi might be on twilight of his career, but his innings of a fine example of an experienced compaigner. He won when it matters! Kohli=Learn!

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

i thnk kohli is a child & immature , he said India team is inexperience but this team beat aus , win champion trophy n get credit that this is the best team in the world, n now only dhoni is not there look how it is.i think kholi is not fit for captaincy

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 3, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Some people just complaining of Short boundaries while fact is that boundaries were same for both the teams, moreover, cricket is played on pitch in the center, if bowler is good, he will get the batsmen out in the 35m circle. and Afridi had no other option than hitting the sixes, with timing or power it doesn't matter. However, I think the last six going high and giving a little false hope to Indian team and spectators was more better than any clean six going out of the stadium. It was heart jamming for these Indian spectators who are making excuses now. Its not easy to digest it.

Posted by ashwini_jsg on (March 3, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

No doubt,Pakistan really played well and reserve a victory on its behalf.I really like the way Kohli shuffled his bowlers to take the low scoring match to last over with 1 wicket victory. Kohli keep it up. I had gone through both the matches including the Srilanka match and seen that both the victories were not so easy for the opponents. Kartik should be removed to increase India's chances of winning. All the best India for T20 WC.

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

India aint commin back....It will be Pakistan vs Srilanka...Srilanka looks the best team in Asia to me hands down...India is very week in Bowling...And Pakistan is very inconsistent. And whoever says Afridi is not a player I guess his ego is really hurt by Afridi...Afridi has shut everyone in their face n made them eat/swallow their words. India is not the same team that played in the WC anymore admit it and move forward...Yes Dhoni does add some spice but They are not World Beaters not even in Subcontinent forget about overseas. Pakistan is not a balanced team they can be beaten by any team in the World...Srilanka maybe not in Test but in ODI are amazing. But the future belongs to South Africa...Congratulation SA for your first U19 WC championship...The jinx has been broken...Watch Out.

Posted by irfan0303 on (March 3, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

Congrats team Pakistan. Congratulations to all Pakistanis. Best match of the tournament and Pakistan is the winner. What a game super duper .......... Love Afridi love Pak team....................... Cheers.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

The best team of the plant( according to indians) is out of the asia cup! Thanks GOD. Can they still be whinny. Without Dhoni, india is a fluke.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 3, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

@RanaAtiq I agree that pak won, but PLZ dont say that Pak is exceptionally talented and so on..we all hav seen how they crumble under pressure.But plz be humble and accept the fact that if Dark Horses Hafeez & Afrdid who play their innings ONCE IN A LIFE TIME won match for you.There is no Exceptional talent in the Pak team.The one person I respect in Pak team is one and only Shahid Afridi, this is the only sportive person in the whole team, others are all arrogant.He should be captain for teh pak not Misbah.But pak board cant take straight forwardness of afridi so they dumped him.

Posted by bouncer709 on (March 3, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

and that 59 match you will remember for ever in your life, like you remember Miandad six in Sharja. These Sharma's, Mishra's, Ravindra's , Shankars will always remember these two sixes too.

Posted by ashish_78 on (March 3, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

ys guys ceberation are must.its ur time we enjoyed the world cup semi final in mohali.and we will also enjoy in 21 march when dhoni,yuvraj and raina will come back in the side.then i will see who is the better side in t20 matches.we will reply this defeat.yuvraj will hit six sixes in ajmal over...and afridi his time is over...

Posted by Ananth83 on (March 3, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

aruna-bhandara - Cricinfo is not wrong, SL has won both the games without bonus points so they are now on 8 points. If they lose both their remaining games and India win against Afghanistan with bonus point they go through. That is why they clearly state that there is a mathematical possibility but practically it won't happen.

Posted by look-ma-i-am-indian on (March 3, 2014, 5:18 GMT)

Pls do not blame Virat as he said truth. It is true the bounday is short. Especially that end from which Afridi was batting. If Afridi was batting in the other end it would not have gone for six. So clearly he was lucky. and Team india was not lucky.

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

with all due respect to Afridi, please don't compare him to Javed Miandad. that was a different era, he was a different player, light years ahead of anyone in the current Pak and Indian team. Did you guys see the boundary yesterday, it was laughable. My country won, I am happy for it, but we are slowly killing cricket. Six used to mean something. :/

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

This is what we expect from India-Pak match, Ashes is no match to this encounter. Congrats to Pak as they played well under pressure and congrats to India for showing such a fight even when people say their bowling is worst. Kohli is not Dhoni but he showed lot of fighting attitude. This Pakistan team looks good and India needs Dhoni back As soon as possible for ODI.

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

Afridi plays once in 59 matches and that one match was yesterday. But now he's gonna fail for next 50 matches. For a small win against India who are without Dhoni, the Pakistanis are jumping in joy. Dear friends please ask your team to win at least ONE MATCH in WORLD CUPS. Feel sorry, but they can't do that. India will kick them out of World Cup every time they meet. Go India Go!!!

Posted by aruna-bandara on (March 3, 2014, 5:03 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. http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2014/engine/series/671665.html?view=pointstable

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

BOOM BOOM ... No other cricketer in the world can think of consecutive six on ball 4 :)

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

Leave alone the world cups, Pakistan have always been the better side of the two rivals. Stats prove that . Before 2000 & after 2000. congrats for the last night's victory. Celebrations are a must :)

Posted by ashish_78 on (March 3, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

why you people are so exited .Pak definately will be defeat by india..in 21 march.on same ground .so it is cricket.and afridi is not a player...& you know that india will never defeat in world cup...count down starts..

Posted by ashish_78 on (March 3, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Fri Mar 21 (20 ovs) 13:30 GMT | 19:30 local 19:00 IST 13th Match, Group 2 - India v Pakistan Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Indians will be back .coming soon.wait

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 4:35 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 wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

One more reason i begged to God for India's defeat was because of Kohli's shambolic attitude, when he gave Ajmal that send off. It was a blood boiling thing. How could you be so naive. He is such a rude bloke. He may be india's run machine,undoubtedly he is, but he is far from endearing himself to people due to his arrogancy. He is no Sachin/Dravid, he never can be. Not even the half.

The look on his face after those Afridi sixes will make me LoLll even after a long period. RIP ur ego.. ShambKohli

Posted by drnaveed on (March 3, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

well ,that wild slogger,not hitting the balls cleanly ,but even than , those 2 mishits ,as you quoted ,went for 6s over about 60 m short boundaries. so , were the boundaries were shortened only when Pakistani batsmen came to the crease for batting ???. com-on be realistic,be a brave man to appreciate someones good performance , even if it is not done by any player from your team.you too have many duck-ridis in your side.

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

Congrats to PAK, played well under pressure, no excuses, better team playing wins . Indian youngsters were not smart enough to grab the opportunity given to them although the bowling did well, lot of homework for the youngsters to do and good luck for the T20 world cup which is youth and experience combined

Posted by Ray24 on (March 3, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

Excellent performance by Afridi. Maqsood showed why he can be an asset for Pakistan batting if he applies himself like he did. Sharjeel is a very dangerous player, but needs to curb the tendency to play loose shots. Together these two can carry Pakistan batting for years, provided politics or arrogance doesn't get them. DRS would've reduced India to 200 odd runs, but what can we say!

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

Indian does not have sports man spirit. Their fans are making lame excuses for their defeat rather than to accept exceptionally talented Pakistani team's victory. Well done Pakistan.Keep it up.

Posted by FSL2013 on (March 3, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

those complaining about short boundaries being the reason why Afridi hit sixes should remember India also benefited from it .. otherwise score would have been much lower than 245. Boundary thing benefited both teams.

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

Very sad to see fellow Indians inability to accept a simple loss....had they won they would have praised Kohli as the "next great" captain or something to that extent. We can all trace back to some lucky hitting by Harbhajan in a previous Asia cup match and trust me that was PURE LUCK. If the boundaries were short, they were short for Jadeja and Ashwin and other players from India too....but guess what? Kohli, Dhawan, and Sharma were all dismissed before they got to really get going due to some great bowling....fact is, India are at the bottom of their game, if you don't believe me, look at their records for the past few weeks.....its a tough pill to swallow for many but accept it, the better team won, and if Pakistan will continue to be better, guess what? They will continue to win. Pakistan Zindabad.

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

@Aussasinator: Pakistan has won more matches while with india. correct your statistics. and the thing about Javed Miandad past and the present of Shahid Afridi, it would surely remain alive, no body will forget, unless india comeup with such a fantastic win.? Do india?

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

There is no reason for crying over short boundaries as India batted at the same pitch with same boundaries..

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, 2:47 GMT)

thoese were half hits with afridi's power.

Posted by hqureshi78 on (March 3, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

Well guys. Those who are finding excuses for losing the match. The size of the ground was exactly the same when India was batting too. So let me put this way, due to small boundary, India managed to reach 245. With bigger boudaries, Pakistan would contain them within 200 mark. How does this sound?

Posted by Atifkhan3489 on (March 3, 2014, 2:12 GMT)

Don't say boundries were short.these were similar in indian ining too.pakistan ought to have won the match and they win it too.simple reason is BIG3

Posted by TamilIndian on (March 3, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

Comparing this to Miandad's? - Not even close!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

Afridi you beauty!! You have done it again for Pakistan! Thanks a million!

Posted by agent001 on (March 3, 2014, 1:46 GMT)

This is what The SL commentator Russell Arnold said when Ashwin came in to bowl 49.3 delivery and after the first of the two last over sixes had been hit......" last ball it is either a four or Afridi out.....". Will you show this Russell Arnold guy that a six is also a cricketering shot next time batting against the Lankans in the final. Arnold is all about SL cricket glory and has zero objectivity when on air.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

Good for Pakistan for Afridi was a cause of win today. This could me a lot more easier for them in fact. In reality, Afridi took his chances and slogged, nothing else. One in ten times he gets successful. I am happy with the Indian boys that it was a great comeback batting and bowling wise and Pakistan team was almost chocked!!!!. Had Indian team to chase this target win could be a piece of cake.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 1:30 GMT)

Superb display of courage under pressure, give the man credit don't be a hater.

Posted by farjad90 on (March 3, 2014, 1:23 GMT)

@Aussasinator... India lost live with it.. Tests[8] ODIs[9] T20Is[10] Matches played 59 126 5 Won by Pakistan 12 72 1 Won by India 9 50 4 Draw/Tie/No result 38 4 0

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 1:18 GMT)

@cricraz..Grapes are sour. Pakistan played against india and umpires. very poor umpiring all décisions were deliberately given against Pakistan. ICC must take notice. Umpires might have some deals with BCCI.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 1:14 GMT)

Thoroughly enjoyed Bangladesh's support for Pakistan in the match :) Brought back old memories.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 0:59 GMT)

We all know, he is going to score against us. He has done so many times against India particularly. Some serious introspection to be made on the bench strength of Indian middle order. Just not yet ready for International cricket.

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

Boom boom afridi doomed India.. Now stop crying bad loosers If boundaries wouldn't be so short u wouldn't have reached 240+ either. And let's not forget the 11th and 12th man today in Ur team helping u score more than deserved.

Posted by TheMiamian on (March 3, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

If anyone ever wondered why Afridi is still in the Pakistan team when he fails more often than not, well, look no further than this indvpak match. It is these kinds of innings which compensates for his many "Epic fails" and is the trademark of his stardom.

It is sad that grandeur event of IPL will be missing out such players, due to nothing but politics.

Posted by Guduji71 on (March 3, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

Well done Shahid Afridi. God has blessed you with a lot of talent use it sensibly and you can win many more matches for Pakistan. Good luck.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 0:19 GMT)

@aussainator u might want to check the stats bro pakistan has won more odis and tests in indiavs pakistan matches however lost more int20s http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;opposition=7;team=6;template=results;type=team

Posted by az_ali on (March 3, 2014, 0:12 GMT)

Only ONE way to describe this match

BOOM !! BOOM !!

Posted by Karachiwala on (March 3, 2014, 0:11 GMT)

Just do it... Boom Boom Afridi....Boom Lala Boom.....Ghoom Lala Ghoom...you made us proud...We all remembered Miandad last ball six in UAE 15 years ago. Now we will remember Dacca...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

It one one the most thrilling matches. I wish there are more frequent matches between Inda and Pakistan for sake of cricket and cricket fans.

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

I think what many people forget is when the spot light is on and billions of people watching Afridi comes through a lot more than he is given credit. When Pakistan went all the way in World T20 2009, MoM was none other than Shahid Afridi in both SF & Finals with brilliant knocks of 50+ in both innings. He got the job done unlike Misbah who choked ironically against India in 2007 World T20 Final. I can't sum up it better than David LLoyd who said something like Big man for big pressure situations & once again Lala proved it today.

Posted by Zamana on (March 2, 2014, 23:47 GMT)

So this is why he is called BOOM BOOM! The first six was a massive resonant BOOM and the second a heart stopping and subequently pulsating BOOM! Afridi - you beauty. Will be difficult to resuscitate the shocked India . If Miandad's six led to ten years of ODI trauma to India , this will probably be a twenty year fix. zaman

Posted by haq33 on (March 2, 2014, 23:30 GMT)

Deep down, everyone wishes their team had an Afridi.....not because of his one in a dozen batting performances, but because right up until the final curtain, he truly genuinely believes in himself and in his team's ability to win.

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

Isam . Some really good writing but Miandad's last ball six should never be mentioned in the same article as any other shot. Miandad's last ball six is a landmark moment in Pakistan cricketing history. Before that people cared more about hockey. It changed the culture in team and country and in our lore that last ball six is akin to doing the impossible ( even though we all know last ball sixes are common now) . That shot carries a special significance in Pakistan psyche and it would be much appreciated if it isn't mentioned in the same sentence as other shots. Thank you kindly.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 23:19 GMT)

love how ppl are trying to devalue this inning, I agree that its not as good as Miandad innings since that was done in tougher batting conditions. However nonetheless its quite a remarkable win. This Pakistan team needed something like this to galvanize them. after 1986 innings from Miandad Pakistan dominated India for next 15/16 years hopefully this will lead Pakistan to dominating India for next decade again.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 23:17 GMT)

What a wild slogger this guy is. Clearly did not hit the ball cleanly. two mishits went just over the boundary that were about 60 m. If that's how people in Bangladesh play cricket with such short boundaries. No doubt they are going to lose to teams like Afghanistan. I am really looking forward to duck from duck-ridi.

Posted by sallu2 on (March 2, 2014, 23:13 GMT)

Lala forever :) Lala forever and ever :) ... I am an eternal fan of Lala Afridi and I so happy about what I have seen last night ... amazing performance by Hafeez, Maqsood etc and the best from Afridi ... people can come up with all kinds of excuses but who cares about crying souls and sour grapes ... I am having a fine day :)

Posted by ajju321 on (March 2, 2014, 22:52 GMT)

@cricraz Stop criticizing. Just admit that Pak win due to some courageous batting by Afridi Remember the boundry ropes were shorter for both teams and not only for Aridi Just think that If mishit could carry over the ropes then if Afridi had middled it then...... In all it was a good game of cricket And remember that luck favors the brave!

Posted by TRAM on (March 2, 2014, 22:34 GMT)

This is why I hate when the boundaries are brought closer. Already most Asian grounds are only average size. When 1. the bat design is improved to give the batsman huge advantage, 2. when the bowlers are penalized for no balls, bouncers, and 3. when the fielders are restricted to 4 max outside, why bring the boundaries closer? Let good shots go for sixers but not the edges. Be it Afridi or Gayle, it kills the cricket.

Posted by Asad1979 on (March 2, 2014, 22:33 GMT)

Dear Aussasinator I understand your pain but fact is fact so check the stats dude Pakistan have won more matches than India.....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:32 GMT)

You may criticize Afridi as much as you like, the truth is there was no player like him, there is no player like him, there will be no player like him. Call him mad, crazy, senseless or whatever. He is one of the greatest allrounders of our times. And he will be remembered like Mohammad Ali of Boxing. Bravo Afridi well done, you made all your supporters proud once again.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 22:29 GMT)

Cricraz: the same boundaries were on offer for team india too and more small are offered in ipl where u enjoy all the sixes. Please appreciate the winner, if you cant, dont show ur hate

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:25 GMT)

well done Afridi. lets not forget hafeez and the entire team for a great performance.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

@Aussasinator indian might forget this INNings but PAKISTANIS won't.. Any how both teams played well LOVE PAKISTAN.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 22:11 GMT)

@Aussasinator - Pakistan and india head to head in ODI's 126 games: Pak winning 72 and India 50, with 4 no results, so pakistan have ALWAYS had the upper hand. need i say more?! :-)

Posted by ak_dragon on (March 2, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

That's an aggressive way of demonstrating skills & Talent..... Afridi...you've proven again....GOD bless ya ...mate

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:54 GMT)

Between these two nation clashes, India lost the most Mr... hahaha remember the history and also obey the cricketers, If Kohli scores hundred we appreciate, but still you Indians have very small hearts...

Posted by chak-day on (March 2, 2014, 21:52 GMT)

Come on Indians congratulate pakistan. They are better team than yours............ALWAYS

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:51 GMT)

I have never bothered to comment on any cricinfo article even though i have been following the site for more than 5 years now. But this article starts off on a bad taste and I dont think afridi desrves the kind of praise the author is giving him. Yes ,pakistan deserved to win because of their overall performance . Afridi mishit both of them clearly , he just got lucky. and Isam please do not try to sell your article by cutting across the Indian ego. Ohh I forgot you already succeeded , it made me add a comment to ur article and u got an extra view.

Posted by kashy1987 on (March 2, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

can you believe it, or would you believe it. Pakistan prevail under pressure circumstances. Pakistan beat India by 1 wicket . that means India have not won a game against a propper team in last 3 series. Indians are flat track bully's. they can not play out side there own country. congratulations team Pakistan, and commiseration team India.

Posted by saqlains_doosra on (March 2, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

It may have looked like a mis-hit but credit to Afridi that even his mis-hits clear the boundary! Watch the youtube clip of afridi's longest six vs south africa to see when it connects! BOOM BOOM AFRIDI!!!

Posted by kashy1987 on (March 2, 2014, 21:44 GMT)

can you believe it, or would you believe it. Pakistan prevail under pressure circumstances. Pakistan beat India by 1 wicket . that means India have not won a game against a propper team in last 3 series. Indians are flat track bully's. they can not play out side there own country. congratulations team Pakistan, and commiseration team India.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 21:44 GMT)

The boundaries were short. It barely cleared the boundary. He could have been caught. Dudes keep all this to yourself and accept that it was a sensational knock.

Posted by Farooq3 on (March 2, 2014, 21:26 GMT)

Great knock Afridi - you are a genius!

Posted by kamkhan46 on (March 2, 2014, 21:23 GMT)

This is why India will not play pakistan often as they know they will lose and they cannot talk losing.

Does not matter how we got there we beat india.

We beat india in India recently as well . So the india cricket board is scared of pakistan ruining there record .

Politics is a excuse they hide behind . Today age showed no better rivalry in cricket then pakistan vs india but india refuse to play us.

I wish the india public would be stronger and demand India to play us but i think deep down they even know they will get beaten.

Please do not reply to this message with we won world cup as that is an old story

India public force your board to get a proper pakistan vs india series going why not what have you got to lose.

I think India public will not ask the board as deep down even they know they would lose

Well it was a great game and the winner was cricket even though i support pakistan i lov'd the rivalry and excitement these games bring whoever wins we the people need more

Posted by Desihungama on (March 2, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

LaLa of course you can. You can hit any ball at any ground you want. Very pleasing to see the legend continues to grow.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

@cricraz... Afridi rode his luck and the boundaries were extremely short? Did the Indians bat in the same ground or they batted at MCG? Sour grapes...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

I sat through that whole innings of Miandad. It was the first time in one day cricket that anyone had planned and implemented such an innings. It taught people the chase and shaped the one day game in later years. Also it delivered a blow to India's confidence against Pakistan, which lasted a decade. Afridi's was more passion and emotion. Nevertheless a great cricket spectacle. Great match to watch and unlike what someone has said above, don't think it will be forgotten. Well done to both teams for making it that spectacle. Its always the low scoring matches which come to a boil nicely and deliver a thriller.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

Your awesome afridi im a fan of pakistan cricket. From.srilanka

Posted by Shahid06 on (March 2, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

@ Aussasinator: Don't get so angry on this article..

As far as Miandad's six is concerned, it was no doubt epic and we still cherish those golden moments as you do.. But here there were 2 sixes, and these will also be remembered for some time....

India has a long way to go to catch Pakistan.. India is 5th in terms of overall win/loss ratio and Pakistan is 3rd on the list behind Australia and South Africa....Also Pakistan has won bulk of the matches played against India.. So don't say this article is over exaggerated .. India is 7th on the list in Test Matches and Pakistan is 3rd there as well in terms of Win-Loss ratio...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

its not the bowler or type of ball. its basically afridi vs afridi. it had always been the case. if he can control it a bit, he would be a world beater every day.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

well bowlling type or style doesnt really matter to him. he can get out on a loose slow over toss and can hit a perfect mystery ball out . call it luck, mishits or whatever, in the what matters most is that he managed to win for pakistan. so it will go as a great innings.

the criticism he gets is also justified and he has played long enough that we can clearly say that we will still not know what afridi will turn in next game. so enjoy as long as it stays and this was a good innings. well played by him.

many would have thought that in his current batting form, he will do something like this. so it makes it more special.

Posted by vish2020 on (March 2, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

he didn't pick anything. both were mishits that got lucky. if he was as good as paki says he is then he will do more often

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:41 GMT)

welldone afridi its afridi strength that makes him always nice to watch

Posted by sahil_anwar_h on (March 2, 2014, 20:35 GMT)

@cricaz ? Whatever both team had played on same ground isn't they ?distance is not matter for boom boom how many time he hits the ball out of park ?

Posted by ShawnWoodsworth on (March 2, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

Great game mate. Afridi has always been a match winner and i think, he has excellent record against India. There is a great rivalry between Kiwis and Aussies ay. If you watch the All blacks match, you will see it. But when i saw today's match, felt the excitement was up there. good stuff mate.

Posted by cricraz on (March 2, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

Afridi rode his luck and they happened to "come off" today. He was helped by the extremely short boundaries. They were both mishits and they barely cleared the rope! It was the last wicket and if he was out caught, all the same people would have been criticizing him with the "Usual Shahid irresponsible shot". with Afridi, it is a fine line between foolishness and courage!!

Posted by sahil_anwar_h on (March 2, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

Oh Shahid afridi you won billions of hearts once again and I'm on of them as well u showed whole world that we can do it as we did tonight amazing just amazing thumbs up .....i love u my Pakistani cricket team

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

perhaps one of the best article of Isam.

Posted by Aussasinator on (March 2, 2014, 20:14 GMT)

Over exaggerated article. this innings will be forgotten in a few days. Miandad's epic came in a different era of cricketing exposure. This one in an era where we treat it as just another game. India will win many more or have won a lot of games against Pakistan. Write about them too, or simply stop dramatizing.

Posted by Auditor2012 on (March 2, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

Only one sentence, AFRIDI IS A MATCH WINNER, Misbah, Hafiz are not.

Posted by KingSalz on (March 2, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

Afridi didnt time it too well nor did he get it out of the middle. It was his brute power with all that passion from within that got the two sixes over the boundary. Love you Afridi Bhai Love You My Pakistan!.

Posted by agent001 on (March 2, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

You will get another opportunity in the finals SL Vs. Pakistan to get some quick runs and let the fans enjoy your power hitting. Simply brilliant today as several disappointments had previously resulted. Good luck to do it again for the fans.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

quite an unimaginable batting from Afridi, but credit must also be given to M. Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood which never let the match slip out of their hands till they get out.

Posted by Stieprox on (March 2, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

Boom boom proved yet again that he is a big match player.love you afridi

Posted by CrazyforcricketIII on (March 2, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

"You made my day- Boom Boom"- and did it when we needed it the most- Thanks Afridi- A Pakistani fan from Canada

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

Well done Team PAKISTAN.. It was one of the happiest moments in cricket for Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

Perhaps one of the best innings from Afridi. Some of my friends and I actually gave up when maqsood got out n afridi attempted to go big on the second ball he was facing. No doubt afridi is a match winner, little inconsistent but yet a match winner. Great game of cricket by both teams but the better team won it all :)

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