India v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Asia Cup, Dambulla June 19, 2010

Emotions hit fever pitch in iconic rivalry

India and Pakistan played out a bare-knuckle brawl that had all the intensity of the more famous matches of the illustrious rivalry. All that was lacking was a capacity crowd to witness it
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There were vast swathes of empty seats in Dambulla, but even without a capacity crowd to incite the players, India and Pakistan played out a bare-knuckle brawl that had all the intensity of the more famous matches of the illustrious rivalry. It had been nearly three years since the teams were involved in a last-over finish, and the tightness of the contest brought out the sparks.

Most of all, you could feel the intensity towards the death. You could see it when Suresh Raina was standing with hands on hips staring at the dressing-room with the entire Pakistan team in a celebratory huddle a few metres behind. India's last remaining specialist batsman was waiting for a third-umpire's decision after a desperate dive to sneak a bye and get on strike in the final over.

It was in the previous edition of the Asia Cup that his international career got going, and here he was dragging India to the brink of the finish line in the headline-match of the tournament. A topsy-turvy match seemed headed Pakistan's way after the dismissal of MS Dhoni in the 43rd over, but a flurry of boundaries had brought it down to six off five deliveries. Raina was out by a whisker, and he swung the bat furiously at the ground before trudging off.

India still had a man who thrives in a scrap, and has several meetings with match referees to prove it. Harbhajan Singh's most famous moment with a bat in hand is when he squirted Glenn McGrath past point for two to clinch a riveting Test series in 2001. Today's display is likely to slot in at No. 2. He was already involved in a verbal volley with another man with a long disciplinary record, Shoaib Akhtar, after failing to connect with the final two deliveries of the penultimate over.

A charged-up Harbhajan was back on strike only on the fifth ball of the final over, with three runs to get. A big swipe sent the ball rocketing over midwicket. Arms outstretched, he let out a victory cry, making sure to turn to Shoaib at third man and give him the message. Raina, a picture of despair moments earlier, was the first man to embrace Harbhajan.

Such scenes hardly looked likely when the contest got underway. It had started out like any other run-of-the-mill one-dayer, with the first half of the match being incident-free. But once Pakistan had been pulled back from a potential 300 to a more manageable but still taxing 267, it was time for the strongest suits of the two teams to face off - Pakistan's bowling against India's batting.

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are among the most accomplished opening pairs in the world but they had a rough time in the face of a high-quality opening spell from Shoaib, frequently topping the 90mph mark, and Mohammad Aamer, cleverly utilising the left-armer's natural angle. Sehwag, a man who started the tour of New Zealand by whacking his first three deliveries for six, took an unusual 12 balls to get off the mark. Gambhir had trouble even with his go-to shot on the off side - the dab in the arc between point and third man - being beaten early and once bottom-edging past the keeper for four.

India lost a couple of wickets and the match switched to slow-burn mode with the side's two most versatile batsmen at the crease- Dhoni and Gambhir. They set about accumulating runs mostly in singles but it was a hard grind.

Gambhir is widely regarded as one of the finest batsmen against spin in India, but he was routinely found out by Saeed Ajmal, whose doosra he struggled to pick under the Dambulla floodlights. He outside-edged an offbreak past the keeper for four in the 19th over, and the very next ball was a doosra which cramped him as he went for the big cut. There was a let-off on 69 when Aamer dropped a dolly at long-off, and in the 34th over another Ajmal doosra baffled him to the extent that he was hit on the arm as he tried to glide it.

Gambhir had unfinished business with Pakistan: he had glided his way to 57 the last time these sides met, in the Champions Trophy in South Africa last year, when he was dismissed through a lazy bit of running. He set about correcting that by grafting his way to his second substantial score of the tournament despite not looking his fluent best.

As he soldiered on, things came to a head when a loud caught-behind appeal from Kamran Akmal led to an exchange of words. Dhoni quickly separated the two, but on more chirping from Akmal, Gambhir walked up to him and the pair stared each other down before the umpires ended the incident. Gambhir was bristling about it right through the drinks break. He was eventually dismissed by his tormentor of the day, Ajmal, for 83, but spared the heartburn of another defeat at the hands of Pakistan by the heroics of Harbhajan.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • 4thelement on June 22, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Hello all of the indians: The match india lost in champions trophy was a complete outclassed. India was flatened by the Pakistan and the match was ended before the 45th over cud end. You cant compare that game with this one india was completely outclassed in that game even Raina's presence cudnt have made any difference. But this game ended on the 2nd last delivery of the match and those two wrong decisions in favour of india and the attitude of Gambhir and Harbhajan are the true facts which must be accepted by all of the indian fans.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 22, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    For the statistics lovers. WI were the King of Cricket for a long time in the early days. They won lot of games in the past . So they have a good statistics over other teams. So do you think they are a good team now???

    Just check these statics . It reflects the the win/losss based on current players. Grow up ppl. :-)

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;host=6;host=7;opposition=6;spanmin1=01+Jan+2000;spanval1=span;team=7;template=results;type=team

  • Mantan on June 22, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    As far as umpiring in 80s is concerened Indian and Pakistani umpiars were equally corrupt so Pakistan's lead over India cant be just because of umpiring becoz both teams had equal support from their umpires. Those talking about money provided by India in cricket should keep it with India and its corrupt IPL. No body needs your money.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on June 21, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik (DK)-- who wants hiim to open? why is DK given so many chances? does anyone see DK is going to get WC chance also if chikka continious? if sehu/GG/SRT two of these 3 r in team them DK is not even needed in 15?

    SOLUTION:Why don't we not send any replacement for asia cup. Play rohit/kohli/dhoni/tiwari as opener even Praveen kumar does open. if replacement is needed just send ROBIN UTHAPPA. CONGRATES SRIKANTH U DID IT DINESH IS BACK !!!! Dirty politcs

  • 4thelement on June 21, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Well leave it guys!! India won it was their day they fielded well and unfortunately those two wrong decisions went in their favour. But Pakistan played really well they looked like a united entity after so many problems among the team composition during last two years. They looked quite improved and despite being such a young side they played awesome cricket they almost won both of the games against SL and IND and i believe they have lots of better prospectes achieved through this tournament that would help them in the days to come!!! Well played Pakistan!! You won it ethically....

  • on June 21, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    All those who talking abt past records ... pull out matches played in sharjah .. in all those matches umpires should have been man of the match ... world knws abt pathetic umpiring standards in pakistan ... in those LBW used to stand for leg before wide !!!!

    Yeah pakistan was better side in 80's ... but now its changed bcos Indian's worked on there weakness and u ppl were dreaming and jst stayed in past ...

    Also u can jst talk abt past records .. as everyone stays there in past and never shows any signs of development weather its cricket or politics or even normal life

    Such soar loser are these pakistani's ... can never accept defeat .. talking abt raina's LBW ... go check raina's wicket in champion trophy which cost india match ... but there was no reaction for Indians and everyone accepted peacefully ....

    I think BCCI should reject all proposals to play against such stubborn country and dn only they can understand were the stand in terms of money sponser and even talent !!!

  • on June 21, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    dude, i followed this match from the very first to the very last over and i dont think anyone can say that one team behaved nicer than the other unless u are biased.

  • on June 21, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Posted by Ajatt Rahf on (June 21 2010, 03:08 AM GMT) What a roar by Harbhajan. Shoaib was ashamed and even unsportsman when didnt hand shake with bhajji even after the match. What a bunch of sore losers Pakis are

    I dont know what are you talking about Shoaib did shake Harbhajan's hand see the video on youtube

  • Agni_25 on June 21, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    @abrar ahmed, have u seen dis match? B4 commenting on Gambhir and Bhaji's sportsmanship or b4 slapping them, u shud accept honestly dat claiming 4 a so called (only by akmal) clean catch is a gud show of sportsmanship and dignified behaviour of the xcellent speedster shown towards a 7th down player 4 hammering a six is beautiful display of sportsmanship. probably @abrar ahmed shud teach onfield behaviour to paki's. @abrar ahmed u r pathetic.

    4 ppl who say India's chase lacked intend. They shud be allowed to play in Dambulla under lights. U cant spot a futball in those conditions. Learn 2 appreciate things.

    4 those ind and pak guys having verbal fight, did u guys see Indian and pakistani players discussing in friendly manner during presentation. Plz learn to appreciate each others success. I'm really shockd 2 c comments like this frm educatd. BE UNITED. territorial separation is ONLY 4 EASINESS IN ADMINISTRATION. IN THE END, remember ITS ONLY ONE WORLD. Lets live as friends.

  • jashan83 on June 21, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Good to see India hold their nerves. I read so many Paki fans trying to bring in old times like how they won in Champion's trophy or Miandad. Well I would just say, life is not about past. It's about present. Whatever be the case in past it doesn't matter. Indian team seemed to understand it very well. After the match they immediately shaked hands (They initiated and even Gambir & Bhajji were shaking hands) with the Paki players. And given the state of Pakistani economy and terror structure nobody is ready to play. hence at this present moment it's best in Paki interest not to flare anyone. They should rem that PCB fortune's will brighten up if they are able to have a series with India abroad also. Even the last time India went to Pakistan, most of the sponsorship money came from Indian companies. Hence in best interest of Cricket and Pakistan they should take the loss in a good spirit and look for next time.

  • 4thelement on June 22, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Hello all of the indians: The match india lost in champions trophy was a complete outclassed. India was flatened by the Pakistan and the match was ended before the 45th over cud end. You cant compare that game with this one india was completely outclassed in that game even Raina's presence cudnt have made any difference. But this game ended on the 2nd last delivery of the match and those two wrong decisions in favour of india and the attitude of Gambhir and Harbhajan are the true facts which must be accepted by all of the indian fans.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 22, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    For the statistics lovers. WI were the King of Cricket for a long time in the early days. They won lot of games in the past . So they have a good statistics over other teams. So do you think they are a good team now???

    Just check these statics . It reflects the the win/losss based on current players. Grow up ppl. :-)

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;host=6;host=7;opposition=6;spanmin1=01+Jan+2000;spanval1=span;team=7;template=results;type=team

  • Mantan on June 22, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    As far as umpiring in 80s is concerened Indian and Pakistani umpiars were equally corrupt so Pakistan's lead over India cant be just because of umpiring becoz both teams had equal support from their umpires. Those talking about money provided by India in cricket should keep it with India and its corrupt IPL. No body needs your money.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on June 21, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik (DK)-- who wants hiim to open? why is DK given so many chances? does anyone see DK is going to get WC chance also if chikka continious? if sehu/GG/SRT two of these 3 r in team them DK is not even needed in 15?

    SOLUTION:Why don't we not send any replacement for asia cup. Play rohit/kohli/dhoni/tiwari as opener even Praveen kumar does open. if replacement is needed just send ROBIN UTHAPPA. CONGRATES SRIKANTH U DID IT DINESH IS BACK !!!! Dirty politcs

  • 4thelement on June 21, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Well leave it guys!! India won it was their day they fielded well and unfortunately those two wrong decisions went in their favour. But Pakistan played really well they looked like a united entity after so many problems among the team composition during last two years. They looked quite improved and despite being such a young side they played awesome cricket they almost won both of the games against SL and IND and i believe they have lots of better prospectes achieved through this tournament that would help them in the days to come!!! Well played Pakistan!! You won it ethically....

  • on June 21, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    All those who talking abt past records ... pull out matches played in sharjah .. in all those matches umpires should have been man of the match ... world knws abt pathetic umpiring standards in pakistan ... in those LBW used to stand for leg before wide !!!!

    Yeah pakistan was better side in 80's ... but now its changed bcos Indian's worked on there weakness and u ppl were dreaming and jst stayed in past ...

    Also u can jst talk abt past records .. as everyone stays there in past and never shows any signs of development weather its cricket or politics or even normal life

    Such soar loser are these pakistani's ... can never accept defeat .. talking abt raina's LBW ... go check raina's wicket in champion trophy which cost india match ... but there was no reaction for Indians and everyone accepted peacefully ....

    I think BCCI should reject all proposals to play against such stubborn country and dn only they can understand were the stand in terms of money sponser and even talent !!!

  • on June 21, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    dude, i followed this match from the very first to the very last over and i dont think anyone can say that one team behaved nicer than the other unless u are biased.

  • on June 21, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Posted by Ajatt Rahf on (June 21 2010, 03:08 AM GMT) What a roar by Harbhajan. Shoaib was ashamed and even unsportsman when didnt hand shake with bhajji even after the match. What a bunch of sore losers Pakis are

    I dont know what are you talking about Shoaib did shake Harbhajan's hand see the video on youtube

  • Agni_25 on June 21, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    @abrar ahmed, have u seen dis match? B4 commenting on Gambhir and Bhaji's sportsmanship or b4 slapping them, u shud accept honestly dat claiming 4 a so called (only by akmal) clean catch is a gud show of sportsmanship and dignified behaviour of the xcellent speedster shown towards a 7th down player 4 hammering a six is beautiful display of sportsmanship. probably @abrar ahmed shud teach onfield behaviour to paki's. @abrar ahmed u r pathetic.

    4 ppl who say India's chase lacked intend. They shud be allowed to play in Dambulla under lights. U cant spot a futball in those conditions. Learn 2 appreciate things.

    4 those ind and pak guys having verbal fight, did u guys see Indian and pakistani players discussing in friendly manner during presentation. Plz learn to appreciate each others success. I'm really shockd 2 c comments like this frm educatd. BE UNITED. territorial separation is ONLY 4 EASINESS IN ADMINISTRATION. IN THE END, remember ITS ONLY ONE WORLD. Lets live as friends.

  • jashan83 on June 21, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Good to see India hold their nerves. I read so many Paki fans trying to bring in old times like how they won in Champion's trophy or Miandad. Well I would just say, life is not about past. It's about present. Whatever be the case in past it doesn't matter. Indian team seemed to understand it very well. After the match they immediately shaked hands (They initiated and even Gambir & Bhajji were shaking hands) with the Paki players. And given the state of Pakistani economy and terror structure nobody is ready to play. hence at this present moment it's best in Paki interest not to flare anyone. They should rem that PCB fortune's will brighten up if they are able to have a series with India abroad also. Even the last time India went to Pakistan, most of the sponsorship money came from Indian companies. Hence in best interest of Cricket and Pakistan they should take the loss in a good spirit and look for next time.

  • on June 21, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    @pak fans: At any kind of situation indian cricketers will not hurt opposite team players. if some one will hurt indian players means, then indian players will not calm. east or west, north or south, but INDIA is always best.

  • on June 21, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    dude, i watched the whole match from the very beginning till the end and im pretty sure u cant say that one team behaved nicer than the other, unless u are biased.

  • on June 21, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    India should not play matches with Pakistan unless their captain can lead the bunch of players who actually listen and behave properly on ground. Mixing of sledging when losing in order to win by crook is old practice of Pakistan. One can see J Miandad and his aping skills. The ICC is run by money from India and it is time India takes over ICC and establish it's own rules and regulations of fair play

  • Mantan on June 21, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Let me share the stats just to remind who is the better team of two since they played each other. In ODI Pak has won 69 and lost 46 matches out of 119 played against India. In test Pak has won 12 and lost 9 mataches out of 59 played against India. So its pretty clear that which team is going ahead. Secondly plz dont compare Miandad six with Harbhajan's one. That was on last ball of the final match.

  • artthomas on June 21, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Strong-arm tactics used by Shoaib Akhtar, Kamran Akmal, Shaid Afridi reflected the terrorist tactics used by their own country. Why the unmpires did not intervene to stop them baffles me. The referee should have penalised these men. Even Sania Mirza' husband Shoaib Malik's celebration after freakily dismissing Dhoni was inapt.

  • on June 21, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Pak tharashed and shattered by India after being kisked on butt by SL! Woo Hoo Hoo! Let's hope today BD kisks them too spedcially this chucker Akhtar and Khatmal.

    Waiting for some cocktail drama from PCB and ball-eater Afridi!!!

  • rishiabhitri on June 21, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    this might seem very odd but i dont think bringing dinesh karthik in for sehwag as a replacement opener is any use. this is because i dont see him fitting into this side anyways with tendulkar, sehwag and gambhir already vying for the opening slot. and i dont want rohit sharma too to open the batting. instead opening with pravin kumar, who also opens for uttar pradesh,would be a good experiment, atleast for tommorow's inconsequential match. what say people? and then you could easily accomodate saurabh tiwari in the side too in his specialist position.

  • on June 21, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Had it not been for the sledging which pakis are habitual to, India would have crushed them by 10 wickets. Indis needs to take serious note and ask removal of Afridi who cannot control his players who spoil the gentleman's game. Pakis have overtaken Australia in sledging and now guys like Symonds, Lucky Ponting, Clarke look babes infront of sledging by Akhtar, Wicket keeper etc

  • selvasind on June 21, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Indians played really an excellent game. I was surprised by pakistanis using cheap tricks like appealing for silly things as well as indulging Indians in quarrel & diverting there minds. Hope these are the new innovations made by waquar younis Coaching. Really not the level of sportsman ship shown by Kamran bcos he was not like that Before. Ans as usual Shoaib is!!!! no matter world will be Knowing abt Shaoib Akthar's Attitude.

  • on June 21, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    @ abrar ahmed :- If u dont know than watch the match again . It was kamran akmal and shoaib akhtar who started first b'coz they were petty sure that they will lose this game so they started to distract the concentration of both the batsman but as always indians r best in their temperment and they had won the game... I Love India...

  • Choudhry1977 on June 21, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    India's tourof Zim was at best a parameter to evaluate India's bench strenth, and not India's ODI rating overall. It was a team which did not have Sachin, Dhoni, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj (Ok, he has fitness issues), & Zaheer, Nehra, Harbhajan. Lot of comments been made about India's performance there but frankly one has to see this as an India A side rather(for all practical reasons) then Indian national side. Only Raina& Jadeja (probably)will make to the full lenth Indian batting line up for WC 2011. Guys like Rohit, Virat,Yusuf, at best will be on bench unless someone else is unavailable. dont think any pace bowler from that side will make to WC playing squad. M

  • Choudhry1977 on June 21, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    It was a great game indeed. Ind-Pak cricket rivalry at its best. You have to acknowledge high importance players give to this competition and the on field skirmishes have to be taken into stride. How can one forget similar incidents 15 years back between Miadad-More and the one between Gambhir-Akmal was just an understated repeat. Hats off to Pakistan to play so well... they played well and Afridi used his resources (whatever available) well.... at the end of the game one will acknowledge that they were about 20 runs short... India is a very matured batting side than a bowling side, and thats proven by the way they were able to chase 267 under lights with so much game pressure.. they obviously need to have a better bowling line up for WC 2011... that may just be possible with guys like Sreesanth and Ishant hitting the fitness and form level at the right time. Problem for Pakistan is not the youngsters but senior players failing to deliver big. Malik, Afridi, need to play anchor's role

  • indianzen on June 21, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    To all Pak and Indian Comentors, Remember mates we all are brothers... why are you taking down the match as war b/w 2 nations. If India had not given away the seperate nation, then remember Shoib and harbhajan would have been team mates... Lets take it in the spirit of the game. I see many harsh words by Pak fans. Aren't these moderated by the Editor?

  • on June 21, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    BTW, how come no one is talking abou wat happened at the end pf the game... the way BHAJJI SHAKED HANDS WITH SHOAIB - it looked so good...PEACE!!!

  • on June 21, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    i think way much of chest thumping does not bore well for indian cricket.lets put things into perspective .Young guns like Virat kohli and Rohit sharma are yet to play an innings of substance though i should Raina is coming of age but still has to improve his play against short of length bowling in addition to short pitch stuff.They have to groom all rounder for the one day formats.Jadeja's left arm spins provides variety to the attack in helpful conditions but his batting is too poor to merit a place as a "so called allrounder".Coming to fast bowlers here i would have someone like Dinda than a praveen kumar who can fire in those yorkers.Pravin is relying so much on change of pace in the final overs and he does not have the control exemplified by his full tosses to kamran akmal.Other fast bowlers are aging and both of them are the slowest movers in the indian team.For Pakistan find some decent openers and the questions have to be asked of their famed fast bowlers for not bowling well.

  • kaustubh101197 on June 21, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Whatever had happened on the field.....no matter what, Harbhajan gave a good reply to Shoaibby hitting a six to finish the game in style. He had nearly repeated the 1986 Sharjah Cup final...... Ha Ha.... Well all the best Team India for the final.

  • on June 21, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Its really disappointing to see there isnt any mention by Cricinfo of those two lbw's which was refused by the Billy Bowden against Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina. Gautam Gambhir was gone when Amir hit him in the tenth over and was strikingly similar to the one of Shahid Afridi given earlier in the innings by Billy Doctrove of the Praveen Kumar and then there was Ajmal bowling to Raina in the 46th over where even a blind could see that he had it right infront of the stumps and that too over the back leg that was mighty close and the very next bowl was lofted for six by Raina.

  • spiritwithin on June 21, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    y is it that akmal and akhtar always provokes da opponents and gets away easily..here akhtar and akmal clearly provoked harbhajan & gambhir respectively especially cheaters like akmal who constantly appeals for a false catch..@wanderer1,when does pakistan played well in international tournaments(talking about ODI's) recently?? even in CT pak was below par except one win against india and not to forget pak did'nt even qualified for asia cup final last time in pakistan,and if indian batsman r soo bad on bowler friendly pitches then india wud'nt have fared so well in da last 3-4 yrs in test series outside india be it in nz,eng,aus,sa,wi etc. infact india won da most no. of away test matches after australia since 2000..and india did fared badly but no teams can survive by sending so many youngster bcoz the rookies also need supports from senior and experienced players in the teams to learn and thats y a team is always a mix of youngster and veterans

  • indianzen on June 21, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Pakistan following Australian Tactic? When look like loosing, sledging the players and getting them out. Kamran Akmal - like a KG kid, crying every ball for a wicket. and oh yes, Shoib "the long disciplinary...", I expected more gentleman-ship from the Pak players, but they showed their true color. I was happy to see Ajmal's sportsmanship, making jokes with Gambhir, asking sorry for hitting him during the throw... Good players are definitely humble. Ain't they ? It is definitely hurting as a Pak fan, but guys, please dont be gibberish and appreciate good play and players.

  • Pak_Champz on June 21, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    CricInfo Very Much Pro Indian ... Shame on the Writer i noticed most of the articles and most of the time ... things are projected negitvely when it comes to Pakistan.... Well played team Pakistan ...! I would rather say that this kind of writing shows the caliper of the wirtter. The diciplen issues are not only with Shoaib , its with most of the players in subcontinent... what happend in the bar in T20 world cup loss ... what about Harbhajan Singh's "record" and "on field behaviour", remember the monkey term in regards to Andrew Symmonds?, or how about refusing to leave the pitch even getting bowled out by KP, or how about slapping Srishaant? I'd rather have a "long disciplinary record" as opposed to being a racist, no? you'r an editor, you should give two sides of the story at least, Cricinfo should be for the good of the game not political point of view.

  • PintuGhosh on June 21, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Gambhir and Bhajji's behavior was not good(though it is expected 4m a India-Pakistan cricket match)! Kamran appealed for anything, even when the ball was far away from the bat. Gambhir should remain calm and concentrate on his batting instead of giving way the wicket! Bhajji and Akhtar's behavior are expected! Nobody can change them!

  • rookie99 on June 21, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Fans in Pakistan should stop bragging about Sharjah and Miandad's 6 of the last ball. Some guys say it was a Final. It was a final of the triangular series. If you say so, then what about Bangalore, which was a World Cup match. Come on guys, come out of your shell and admire good cricket. To accept a defeat gracefully is at times speak more character than celebrating a victory. Shoaib definitely did not accept the defeat gracefully.

  • on June 21, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    Winner in ODI Series

    1978 India in Pakistan Winner Pakistan 1982 India in Pakistan Winner Pakistan 1983 Pakistan in India Winner Pakistan 1984 Asia Cup Winner Pakistan 1984 India in Pakistan, series was a Draw 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket (in Australia) Winner Pakistan 1985 Rothmans Four-Nations Cup (Australia, England, India, Pakistan in United Arab Emirates) Winner Pakistan 1985 Rothmans Sharjah Cup (India, Pakistan, West Indies in United Arab Emirates) Winner None 1986 Austral-Asia Cup Winner Pakistan 1986 Champions Trophy (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies in United Arab Emirates) Winner None 1987 Pakistan in India Winner Pakistan 1987 Sharjah Cup Winner None 1988 Champions Trophy (India, Pakistan, West Indies in United Arab Emirates) Winner None 1988 ASIA CUP Winner India 1989 Champions Trophy (India, Pakistan, West Indies in United Arab Emirates) Winner Pakistan 1989 MRF World Series (Nehru Cup) Winner Pakistan 1989 India in Pak

  • on June 21, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Gambir shouldn't have involved in argument with kamran becoz he does it in almost every match. Gambir should have ignored him and concentrated on job in hand.

  • qalandar4 on June 21, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Another thing to conisder is not who is better, but how teams match up: e.g. when aussies were far and away the best test team, India matched up better against them then against South Africa (similarly, when WI were the best, Pakistan matched up well with them, even though they would struggle in England while WI would sweep England). Similarly, England have a better chance of beating SA in england than India might, but India have a better chance of beating england than they do of beating SA. Pakistan matches up well against India -- no matter what the team ranking, Pakistan will find it easier to beat India than England, even if India finds it easier to beat England than Pakistan does. This obsession with ranking obscures the more important fact: how the teams match up.

  • qalandar4 on June 21, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Pakistan is actually a pretty good limited overs side: they are the only team to have made the semis of every ICC event since the last world cup in 2007. They are clearly a struggling test side, and not all of that can be out down to lack of test matches: they played quite a few in 2009, without showing signs of getting better.

    India is a pretty good limited overs side in the sub-continent, but the younger batsmen have been found out time and again on livelier tracks -- the technique, bred on flat wickets but further corrupted by IPL-habits that mean they are used to plonking their front foot down and swinging, has been found wanting. India is a pretty good test side, although what they will do after Sachin and Dravid, who knows (if the youngsters we are seeing in limited overs are anything to go by)?

    PS - I back the Indian team

  • vaempuli on June 21, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    @ pak-united

    "India still had a man who thrives in a scrap, and has several meetings with match referees to prove it."

    Guess who this man, with "several" meetings with match referees is? And what these meetings were all about? Still at a loss? Harbhajan Singh is the answer

    This should answer your question.

    Don't blame Siddarth Ravindran for your follies!

  • on June 21, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    @pak-united: I agree with you that Bhajji has a very poor record for on-field behaviour. But he did NOT use the monkey term to refer to Symonds. He was swearing in Hindi/Urdu and you can guess that word that sounds like monkey but it's actually not :-)

  • zak123kaif on June 21, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    I don't know how Cricinfo is publishing all insane comments here.Mr Siddharth take a better look at the comments rather than publishing it blindfoldly.

  • on June 21, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    What a roar by Harbhajan. Shoaib was ashamed and even unsportsman when didnt hand shake with bhajji even after the match. What a bunch of sore losers Pakis are.

  • on June 21, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    Congrats to India on their superb victory,This loss for pak has showed that Ever since cricket was stopped playing in sharjah they have lost because Pak can only win in Sharjah and nowhere else.. In any other conditions they r useless bunch. They have lost all IMPT and crunch matches against India. even Imran khans' WC winning team lost their WC match against India in 1992.

  • jrm1186 on June 21, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    who needs to banned from Pakistan now??? I think the selectors!!! lolz

  • jrm1186 on June 21, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    @ Majid-hsc, this is definately not the best Indian team. Come on man, we're playing without Sachin, Yuvi nd Yusuf. It's just that our youngsters are doing well and I think yours' are too. It was a tough match and both teams deserve credit. Pak's fielding needs to be way better than it is. Watch out for Raina and Ajmal in the next world cup, folks!!! I think both of them will be the key players!!!

  • jrm1186 on June 21, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    @Kuruwita, pakistan is nowhere following India in fielding mate!!! They are following their own standards set by fieldrs like Kamran Akmal, Mohd Asif, Amar nd others!!! May be you didnt look at the catches by Sehwag & Kohli. You didnt look at the run-out by Jadeja!!! India are not that good in fielding too but we're definately better (100 times better) than pakistan as far as fielding is concerned!!

  • rookie99 on June 21, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    The match was closely contested. It went down to the wire. I am happy that India made it in the end. Bhajji really stood his ground. Fielding was spot on for the day. However, team India still need to work on the bowling and also prepare themselves for bouncy pitches. Pakistan played well and we much acknowledge that there is a lot of talent in the side. We as a cricket loving nation must accept and admire good players for making the game so remarkable. Salman was solid, Aamer was very effective their spinners did a good job too. We must take a heart and highlight the positives of the opposition as well. Unlike, one of the forum writers from the OTHER side wrote that the Indian batting order must retire just because Shoaib Akhtar was returning to their side. I am sure that over zealous dude must be chewing his words in some corner of the world. Good luck to team India for the finals

  • on June 21, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    Biased umpiring in Sharjah might have happened in 2 or 3 matches .. but u all can check ODI stats .. Pak has Won more Odi and Tests against India in India :) Forget the reverse swing .. ur zaheer khan, nehra, irfan and other wannabes will never ever be able to master it :) Well it has always been India who has backed out of playing Tests against Pak ..

  • dossra on June 21, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    Mcgorium, you are wrong here brother. One match doesn't sum up the scenario. Champions trophy match was the full Pakistan team against the full Indian team and India lost badly. History shows that Pakistan has always been beating India even on Indian soil. Last series win over Pakistan in india was after 20 years. Take that for a historical tip if you did not know. the current turmoil in PCB is what cost us this series. Our beast players have been forced to retire earlier than they supposed to be. Gul was not there at the end and Asif's sitting out cost us.

    I believe that if Younas and yousaf are back and Gul is playing like in the champions trophy.. We will beat India by a very big margin in any match.

    but for that to happen PCB needs a god overhauling and we don't blame any one for that. But over all India deserved to win this match.

  • IC_M on June 21, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    When Pak were batting, India showed why there were champions by just doing their job, without instigating anyting on the ground, where as when India were batting, pakistan showed why they are a sub standard team by instigating not just one but two fights with Indian batsmens... for those who wish to slap Bhajji and Gambir, get your act together, it's Shoib's frustration that when he couldn't get single wicket made him lose his temper and it's Akmal's dismpal show behind the stumps by dropping catches and grabbing one when it didn't even had bat in it made him lose his temper.. simply put, pak is showing it's frustrtaion with their losing streak... keep it up pak.. we might see world record of losing streaks... i'm going for bangladesh for tonights game

  • o.h. on June 20, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    omds poiuyqwert instead of appreciated that pakistan has beaten india in the past because they have played better you seem to think the umpires were on our side that is a pretty pathetic comment in my opinion because pakistan have always been treated unfairly by umpires in the past if you watch matches in the past you might realise too and then maybe you will appreciate pakistan.

  • achughtai on June 20, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    India got the victory but, their chase had no confidence. The batsmen looked in aw of the Pakistani pace ( who can forget the first 6-7 overs when they were lucky to not be down 3-4 wickets ), their faces showed confusion and scare ("....ball dikhti nahi hai....said Sehwag....I can't see the ball swishing bye). Pakistan on the contrary showed discipline, confidence and team spirit, faces totally confident. The pressure was on and the dropped catches and run outs showed it but, great show Pakistan.

  • McGorium on June 20, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    @wanderer1: I think you are conflating T20, ODI and test performances/rankings. India has #1 ranking in tests, which is a different team altogether (dravid, VVS, different bowling attack). That team is good overseas... it beat Aus at Perth, and has won overseas series such as England. It has also won individual tests in SAF). The ODI/T20 team is indeed packed with flat-track bullies like Yuvraj and Raina. It is that team that is found out on fast,bouncy pitches. As far as the zim tour goes, more than half the side was making its debut. Raina was the most experienced person in that side. Every team requires an experienced captain, VC and (especially) bowlers. It was a pointless tourney that nobody cared about.

  • McGorium on June 20, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    @pak-united: A "long disciplinary record" that involves substance abuse, beating team-mates with bats, being a divisive force and prima-donna, allegedly faking injury, just to name a few, is preferable to Harbhajan's rap-sheet? Not so sure mate (BTW, the Monkey thing, as it's largely understood was a misunderstanding involving harbhajan abusing in Punjabi/Hindi. Apparently, he is supposed to have said Teri Maa Ki, which got interpreted as monkey). Neither Bajji nor Shoaib are saints. In fact, both are lucky to be around given their disciplinary record. Nobody is irreplaceable, but both Shoaib and Harbhajan are very close to being that for their respective sides, and are able to get away with a lot of nonsense. BTW, I would urge you to read the sentence again... "He was already involved in a verbal volley with another man with a long disciplinary record, Shoaib Akhtar,...". Emphasis on the word ANOTHER. The other person being Bajji, of course.

  • Hardy_1984 on June 20, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    It was very good game of cricket. India vs Pakistan always ripper. But till the end game was evenly balanced. Gautam is best he made out to india wins he is finest player. Bhajji is great pitch hitter you guy's can call. He can perform any time. I agreed like other ppl why still Ravinder Jadeja is there in the team ? what is his role in the team? India have to pick a specialist bolwer or specialist batsman instead jadeja. Surely if india loose gautam early in india inning india will feel heat and will miss out Yuvraj. Anyway lets see with Sri.Lanka as i already posted my earlier comment. If Gautam and shewag perfrom india will win other wise no chance. You can't rely on virat, sharma, raina. These guy's don't have such talent. Lets watch other games as well. Bhajji (Singh) is King.

  • 4thelement on June 20, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    For all those who are praising indian success i could only say that Pakistan played really well and had there been unbiased and fair umpiring the result would have been totally different; it seemed that the officials were favouring india and sri lanka against Pakistan. In the match against SL Shahid was denied the availability of the runner after being there for an hour and Sehwag jus been there for few minutes allowed. Then there had not been any ball change when Pak was chasing against SL but again it was changed needlessly in the 42nd over when india was chasing. And how cud you forget those two poor decisions by Billy in favour of india. Those who say that Raina was given out in the CT wrongly i wud say the game was ended before his departure and india was almost out of the game and in the same match shahid was also the victim of poor umpiring.

  • Bunny.boy123 on June 20, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=2;host=6;opposition=6;team=7;template=results;type=team

  • Bunny.boy123 on June 20, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    @ TO ALL INDIANS WHO SAYS BIASED UMPIRING IN SHJ IN IND-PAK MATCHES: Look at the overall record of ODIs that Pak has played against India in India. T: 27, Pak Won: 17, Pak Lost: 9.....loosers always save the face by arguing such non-sense remarks....more than 60% of matches won by Pak in India....Indians: Pak beat you (India) in front of their home crowd, in home grounds, in front of their own biased-umpires. Now stop saying biasness in Ind-Pak match in Shj & accept ur defeats with opeN hearts. Also b4 that famous last ball six by Miandad it was India who won all matches in Shj but after that shocked lost by the hands of Miandad you couldn't got stable anywhere against Pak.

  • AbrarAhmed on June 20, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Re pak-united's post, I would tend to agree. They may be good cricketers, but deary me, I would love to slap both Harbajhan and Gambhir, for their sulky truculent nature on the field of play. They seem to be always spoiling for a fight and have an enormous chip on their shoulders.

  • Vilander on June 20, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    ind ranked 1-2-3 in the world for some time now, and pak around 7-8 for the same period, so yesterdays match was awesome work by Pak to stretch Ind so much

  • Bunny.boy123 on June 20, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    @ ClaudiusWalter: my friend dont go by with the specific tournament records. Ok India has beaten Pak all FOUR matches in WC but Pak have also beaten india both matches in Champs Trophy & please search the W/L record in Canada it is Pak who is ahead of India. Moreover if u c the over all record (even Pak playing against India in India) u will c that Pak is a way ahead from India in ODI & Test (ODI: T 119,Pak Won: 69, Ind won 46). No matter what the palying region would be India, Pak, Aus, Canada or Sharjah, anywhere, Pak is a way ahead from India.

  • Bunny.boy123 on June 20, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    @ Siddarth Ravindran (the columnist), sir with due respect, dont try to write such pathetic columns which doesn't have sense to understand OR which may be called as childish-mind thinking,it doesn't suit from professional columnist such a thoughtless column. tell me, had India been lost that match then what would you have been writing that "due to unfair verbal exchanges from Shoaib, Bhajji lost his concentration & focus from the match & eventually resulting in losing his wicket & match to Pakistan"....I know you r an Indian & you will definitely favor your team but when it comes to professional column writing, try to bebit more impartial or less Indian & try to portray both side of the picture.And by the way you will agree with me that Indian players have more on the field bad-behaviour record in ICC than any other team in cricket. So better try to write reality impartially as a wholeh rather than just pointing to a specific incident.

  • on June 20, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Again clearly we are always getting the best result from these games!!! India are the BEST!!!

  • Vilander on June 20, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    good match, but i thought india would trash pak, might have happened if india batted first, heck it looked like happening till Dhoni dragged one onto his stumps. But good work by harby, our batting looks normal without tenders, and what is wrong with sehwag ( should be rested cant risk injury).

  • kumarsatyam on June 20, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Who said there is inconsistency in Pak team. They have lost 9 matches in a row.

    No ball tampering, drug allowed so this is the result. No.8 in test and ODI.

  • kalyanbk on June 20, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Amid all the hype, we must not forget this match was not really all that close. As Dhoni pointed out, India needed less than a run a ball with 12 overs to go and the batsmen could have comfortably finished it. They unnecessarily dug themselves into a hole and created all the drama. Overall the quality of cricket was low with so many dropped catches and misfields by Pakistan especially. It wasn't a case of two teams playing at their best but two teams playing well below their best.

  • wanderer1 on June 20, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Once again India wins a match in the sub-continent on a flat pitch and suddenly they're the best team in the world again. Reality check folks, take a look at India's record of the past few years in International Tournaments, it's abysmal. The Indian batsmen being found out routinely on more bowler friendly pitches. They complain of a few ageing stars in the Pakistan team, yet overlook the fact that when the Indians themselves tried youngsters agsint Zimbabwe tri-nations tournament all their youngsters were found out. Look in the mirror before talking rubbish about others. Does this mean India is a bad team, not at all, they're a very good team, but certainly not anywhere as good as some believe, and certainly not leaps and bounds better than the Pakistani's. I actually feel both teams are not that far apart in quality, it's just that India as a team gels better, Pakistan is still to find that formula, but Afridi is working on it.

  • pak-united on June 20, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    Siddarth Ravindran (the writer):

    I noticed you referred to Shoaib Akhtar having a long disciplinary record, yes he does, no doubt, but what about Harbhajan Singh's "record" and "on field behaviour", remember the monkey term in regards to Andrew Symmonds?, or how about refusing to leave the pitch even getting bowled out by KP, or how about slapping Srishaant? I'd rather have a "long disciplinary record" as opposed to being a racist, no? you'r an editor, you should give two sides of the story at least.

  • McGorium on June 20, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    @Ali Sardar: I don't think the problem was of guts, playing vs pakistan. You know how things are between the two countries. Since cricket is such a big deal in both countries, it's used to score political points. Back then, the concept of neutral test venues didn't exist. You always played home and away. This concept was invented only because Aus/NZ/Eng refused to tour Pakistan after 9/11, and the attack on the NZ team hotel (I can't remember which came first). You are absolutely right, that in the 1990s, Pakistan was a good (but inconsistent) ODI side, and India was rotten. We only had Kumble, Tendulkar and maybe Srinath as world-class players. India has had the upper hand in this decade, due to a strong batting line up. I don't think any fair minded cricket fan would object to this. (I'm indian)

  • riz103 on June 20, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    @ Kaushik Mitra : what does umpire's bias have to do with wearing bullet proof jackets? please stop the gibberish and appreciate the game.. it was a good game and a good win by India

  • pak-united on June 20, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Kaushik Mitra, while I understand that you referring to the attack on the Sri Lanka team, and by no means was it acceptable, but what I don't get is what logic are you trying to portray by mixing it up with an umpire's decision. What does a bad umpiring decision have anything to do with the situation you are using as a reference? By the way, since you did bring it up, have you ever thought who benefited the most from the Lahore tragedy? Normally when an investigation is done the people who get the most benefit are questioned in circumstances like this and I can promise you that PCB would NOT gain anything from something like this.

    So what if somebody doesn't play India? they will go home and threaten to call off the series like they were going to in Australia. Is that all, that's all they can do! You don't think other boards maybe devising to get rid of the BCCI's over powering attitude? I'd let everyone breath as oppose to choking them like BCCI is!

  • on June 20, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Nick Names of Pakistanis Players who dont deserve to be in team: 1. Kamran Akmal - Circus Bingo (He would have better served his career in a Circus as a joker) 2. Shoaib Akhtar - Athriya Khassi (He can just bowl Athran (Eighteen) good balls after that he is Khassi) 3. Abdul Razzaq - ICL ka Mazzaq

    All other players deserve due respect :)

  • poiuyqwert on June 20, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    @ Ali Sardar What a sham that Sharjah used to be! A third class bowler like Aaqib Javed would "take" a hattrick and Tendulkar would be given out LBW when ball hits his stomach. The reason Pakistan used to "win" is because Pakistan used to play with 13 players (count the two umpires in if you didn't get that). Anybody with eyes and some brain could go and see for himself the standards of umpiring in those matches. By the way, after 60 years of independence what is it that you Porkistanis are proud of? Oh, thats right, jihadi factories across Porkistan! What an achievement!

  • SLJohn on June 20, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Team selecting is the most important think to srilanka to win the match, sangakara should think twice for team selecting, I think we need good pace blower to bowl in power play, welagedara ,Maharoof and Nuwan kulasekara will not be perfect to select against India,hence Indian batsman's will punish them badly in power play,We have only hope Malinga & Mathews, we don't have any other choice so we have to Nuwan kulasekara but he should bowl only first over's with new ball, late overs he can't perform well 1st -10th over's Mathews & Nuwan11th - 16th Nuwan & Malinga 17th - 37th Rangana ,Randiv & Dilshan38th - 50th Mathews & Malinga For batting Opening Upul & Dilshan then Sanga ,Mahela, Mathews ,Kandamby,kapuwa, Randiv,Nuwan,Rangana & Malinga . Ranagan wil be better than Murali hence he is ball comes very low height so difficult to hit sixes, and rangana can quite bat too. Randiv also can bat and he is still new to idian batting line.

  • Majid-hsc on June 20, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    The reason why India has won a couple of matches in ICC ODI tournaments is because the focus of Pakistan team in these tournaments is always winning that specific tournament and they take a team too lightly which they are used to beat quite often.

    Why Pakistan's yesterday's performance was so remarkable because at the moment India has the best team in their history with best resources which any team in the history of cricket ever had; on the other hand Pakistan team is going through it's worst moments in its history.

    Still they had beaten them if it was not a few factors which helped India save its face.

  • ClaudiusWalter on June 20, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    @Ali Sardar....you are right India did not win much against Pakistan in Sharjah and it was famously called as Harjah. If you look at the records, India has won against all other opponents in Sharjah except Pakistan. The reason as the world knows it was Cheating. The umpiring standards during India-Pak matches in Sharjah were the most biased in favour of Pak that one could ever witness. And the full series you are talking about when Wasim and Waqar were in full flow, I guess that was the time these guys were at the totem pole of ball tampering, after having undergone some very valuable training under Imran Khan.(this is with all due respect to their talents). And also for your information Mr.Wasim Akram spends more time in India then in any other country. So you see my friend, look at the world cup record of India-Pak encounters you will get the answer, Look at the Canada series you will get the answer. There is more to Cricket than ball tampering and biased umpiring.

  • spiritwithin on June 20, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    @Ali Sardar...india did'nt played a full series with pak in 90's bcoz of the prevailing situations b/w these two nations during those times and it has nothing to do with akram & waqar being in da team...dont utter rubbish..when india were continously playing with teams far more capable than pak in 90's(aus & SA) then where is da question of GUTS comes here???playing a series are decided not by which playres r playing in da opponent teams but decided by mutual understanding of two boards...GOD knows y cricinfo does'nt even screen these foolish comments

  • kumarsatyam on June 20, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    @boomboomadnan:

    Yes Pakistan is such strong that they have never won a WC match against India. And yes ball tamperor Akram and Waqar were destroyed by Sachin .

    Pakistan is no. 8 th ranked in both test and ODI . Enjoy it.

  • P.S.B. on June 20, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Come on India, lets get to the final and thrash sri lanka this time. mendis got lucky last, now he's not even in the team. India and Harbhajan showed pakistan who is the best. pakistan were deperate, akmal cheating as usual, akhtar looking very big and fat, needs to retire. Overall India vs pakistan head to head means nothing. pakistan used tamper with the ball and therefore had the advantage which they needed to beat India, as they could not do it fair and square. I cant wait for the next India vs pakistan series, hopefully this time India has a fully fit side and then we can whitewash pakistan.

  • nlambda on June 20, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    @BoomBoomAdnan - we thumped you 4-1 in 2006 and 3-2 in 2007. Both bilateral one-day and test trophies are with India after beating you in 2007. You also lost all WC matches against us. And then you say India beat Pak after a decade? This is called selective amnesia!!

  • rishab292929 on June 20, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Ali did u forget the world cup 2003 when we INDIA absolutely thrashed your so called wasems, vaqars, and shaibs. Tendulkar made 98 while he was limping. What happened? Stop talking about irrelevant sharjah. Now Pakistan has to play Bangladesh. I guess we can call it the losers match? And the top loser goes to...

  • on June 20, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    At last Raina showed its class and justified why he is rated so highly in indian team.It was really a classical indiaa vs pak match where the balance swung through out the match and it took Harbhajan brilliance to register the win.But there are issues which needs to be sorted out .India seriously needs to consider ashwin in place of jadeja who was found wanting in the pressure situation.India should give chance to sourav tiwary in the next match and give rest to shehwag before the big final.India should remember that it lost the last edison of Asia cup to Sri Lanka and so should not repeat the the same mistake again............ Best of the Luck to India for the finals.

  • sam_hoque on June 20, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    The bat Harbhajan was using in this match, it was the same bat Sachin had given him right? He had earlier hit another match winning innings with that bat.

    Sam Hoque

  • farazzubair on June 20, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    With all due respect guys! One should gracefully accept defeat! Pakistan has to accept its not the best team at this point! Given that, what they did was wonderful, they gave a real fight in both the matches! One thing I hate though is a few people from both the countries have something absurd to say about the other! I see a number of Indians and Pakistanis on this thread just making absurd remarks. Isn't the game and the entertainment more important. How come one game leads to another war! For the supporters of Shoaib, are you done with supporting him? Millions of Pakistanis have been saying, he is finished, he is a waste now! It is true, he is just holding the place of someone whom you may not have found as of yet! Razzaq has really undone himself in the tournament. If he has to be played at number 8, he should have no place. Admit that we have a weaker opening pair! Admit that we have players like Akmal and Akhtar whom we back up for wrong reasons. A keeper is first a keeper and the

  • GauthamVA on June 20, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    9 loss in a row... pakistan are in a role.. Big question who will be banned from this tournament??

  • on June 20, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @ Pritish Shah .. yeah last 5 years have been terrible for Pak particularly after Oval Test against Eng .. but if u luked at decades of 80's and 90's .. Pak has certainly done more than India .. India hardly ever won against Pak in Sharjah .. and didnt have guts to play a full Test Series in 90's when Wasim and Waqar were at there prime form!

  • cricinme on June 20, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Two defeats out of two. Very bay for a rebuilding team. Now sack the captain or the manager or the coach. Who is to take the blame ? Who is in there with a captaincy chance now. Abdul Razzak of course. Give him too a chance. Poor fellow, left the english county to play for pakistan and now the english country would not have him too.

  • vikicork on June 20, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    What a fantastic game ,i could not even watch the last 3 overs and saw them today Ashish Nehra needs to be dropped ,please bring back Irfan Pathan

    Hopefully for next meaningless group match against Sri Lanka they rest some players and give chance to reserves ,Sehwag obviously should be rested

    Team should be Gambhir Rohit Kohli S Tiwary Raina Dhoni Ashwin Ojha Dinda Jadeja Nehra

    with Khan ,Sehwag ,Bhajji ,Praveen getting breathers

  • BoomBoomAdnan on June 20, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    indians win a match against pak after a decade n they start talking trash go look at head to head records 1 billion people against 180 million still we destroy them in all formats everywhere b it home or away

  • on June 20, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    The difference between a winner and a loser is just that 1degree and on Saturday India showed Pakistan that they are 1 degree ahead of them. @ Majid You call Umpires biased, do you forget what happened to SL team when they did visit Pakistan. Instead of pads and gloves any team visiting Pakistan should play wearing bullet proof clothes. Thank India that they atleast played against them. Everyone knows what happens if Indian Team doesn't plays any series.

  • Retour on June 20, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    A nice win by Ind. They did well to first restrict Pak and then chase 267 on pitch where previous highest chase was 221. Pak depends a lot on bowling but have to say that their bowlers were found out. The conditions were helping them with lights making it difficult to pick the ball out of the hands but still they couldn't deliver. All the talk abt bouncing Ind bats out didn't seem to work either. They probably didn't realize that, unlike in T20, in ODIs batsmen have a lot of time to make amends

  • on June 20, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    First of all. Congrats to all Cricket Fans.. what a game!! pure entertainment. T20 will never be this exciting. This is why ODI cricket should stay. scrap the useless series. Great effort by team INDIA and Pakistan. So many twists, drama all the excitment. it was great. So guys lets stop going at each others throat and just appriciate the effort by both sides. They never gave up. Cant wait till the next India vs Pakistan Game!! GO TEAM INDIA

  • TikoloFan on June 20, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Why do we have a half player Jadeja in the team? We can play full 11 players rite?

  • DrSunilSharma on June 20, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar is a fielder and has no right to talk nonsense to star batsman Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan did not react but became more motivated to perform showed that let the bat does the talking by hitting six penultimate ball of Mohammad Aamer and set the record straight. Harby did his celebration & looking to thank Mr Akhtar but by that time poor Akhtar was reduce to a shy sheep. Indian batting is phenomenal irrespective of bowlers at the other end.

  • ZEUS00 on June 20, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Was great to see the two of the naughtiest boys in cricket (Bhajji and Shoaib) shaking hands at the end of the game. Afridi too is bringing in a sense of urgency, unity and optimism into the Pakistan cricket team. I like it the way he keeps it nice and positive in the post match presentations.Awesome game, as long as the fans remember that such matches can go either way, and keep their emotions/reactions reasonably under control, cricket will emerge triumphant each timel

  • zak123kaif on June 20, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Superb by India to beat Pakistan.They did lot of "nautanki" after winning in the CT2009 and definitely it was time to payback and kick them out of the asia cup.

  • on June 20, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    I am surprised sagar nanga's first comment which is an outright threat was published! Siddharth you should probably screen the msgs more cerefully.

  • grewal8115 on June 20, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    i think India missed yuvraj singh most in this match. had he play this match was over about 3 or 4 over earlier. Rohit Sharma cant finish match like yuvraj. and plus yuvraj's record agianst pakistan. I sure even been in bad shape yuvraj is still better fielder than 70% of indian team at the moment.

  • bulla on June 20, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Waiting for Zaid Hamid's analysis for this match. Blame for Pakistan's exit lies in a diabolical and sinister CIA - RAW - Mossad - Blackwater plot implemented through India's consulates in Afghanistan. LOL

  • on June 20, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    At last after all the jitters Indian cricket is back on track.They showed that they really have the "jigar" to win the world cup, especially the way Raina & Bhajii batted in the tense situation. Even if we would have lost I would have stuck with my words because sometimes luck is not in you way but you should have that instinct to win which was pretty much visible when they both were batting. Now the big concern is Jadeja. He much start handling pressure because if he bats well he will surely provide best balance to this.Jadeja ,its high time now you should improve you temperament.Talk with Sachin,dhoni & Raina for that.They have really excelled in terms of temperament. Best of Luck India.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on June 20, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    And a note on the so-called umpiring howlers. I am surprised that none of my esteemed Pakistani friends recall Ajmal getting Raina out LBW in "that" Champion's Trophy match. That decision was also 50-50 to say the least. Basically, my point is that umpiring decisions sometimes go in your favor, and sometimes against you - they certainly do not determine the outcome. Even if Raina was there in the CT match, Pakistan would still have won it. Coming to the yesterday's match, Aamer's angle looked like taking the ball down the leg side, the hawk-eye notwithstanding. Can't blame the umpires, if he's in doubt, he'll favor the batsman. If LBW were to be decided with Hawk-eye, the entire team would be all out for 150!! BTW, just to digress, Aamer seems to be a terrific prospect for Pakistan. How come India never comes finding a pace sensation? Another worrying factor for India must be that the same 2 bowlers will be the backbone of bowling attack in 2011 WC that were in 2003 WC - Khan & Nehra

  • on June 20, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Was fantastic Match .. Hats off to India who chased record score @ Dambulla under Lights.

    And this is to all ppl who can't digest defeat Check out wat Pakistan and India has done in last 5 years

    India vs Pakistan : India - 11 Wins , Pakistan 7 India vs Test Playing Nations : 72 Wins, 56 Lost, W/L Ratio 1.28 Pakistan Vs Test Playing Nations : 33 wins, 48 Lost, W/ Ratio : 0.68 ODI Rankings : India - 2nd, Pakistan - 7th Test Rankings : India - 1st, Pakistan - 6th

    Way to go before you compare Pakistan with Current Indian Team in ODI Format !!! And don't forget India Won ODI Series in Australia and Pakistan dint even win single match there !!

    Regarding ICC Champions Trophy Match .. it was only match which India lost 2 Pakistan in ICC Events .. don't forget it took Pakistan 35 years to beat India in ICC Event !!! and that not in World Cup

  • keyguy007 on June 20, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Current Pakistani squad is nothing but a bunch of funny 15-16 JOKERS. They concenterate more on sledging and other unethical ways of wining the game.Now after another flop show, they will start blaming each other. Shoaib Akhtar shd take an immediate retirement.

  • Majid-hsc on June 20, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan on a brave effort. It was really nice to see them playing so well despite all the things which are happening in Pakistan Cricket. They would have even won the match if umpiring was not biased.

    India must have to substantially improve their record against Pakistan before talking about payback time.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on June 20, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    @Roamer, I'm sorry mate but have you heard the story about sour grapes? The better team won, accept the fact and move on.

  • on June 20, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Well played India, it was impossible to win after losing toss and against best bowling attack in tournament, chasing 267 in Srilanka on wicket like this is a record. I can say Indian team played well not one who done well to get target. All the departments of Indian team worked hard. It was pakistan's game but they failed to do well first in batting. 300 was quite possible if they chose right batting order and pace the innings like calmly by keeping wickets in hand for right time to hit the ball. Asif was needed in place of umar amin. asif has done well against India in past like butt and then all combination was right to beat Indians. Pakistan batting not shown maturity as Indians. India deserves win. it was game of emotions more than cricket and holding nerves. In all India does well. Indian team missed key player like Yuvraj in middle order. He is threat to any opponent in game of cricket. he's special in 2 innings to chase a target

  • Scube on June 20, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Humble request to Dhoni: Even if you stick to having Jadeja in the team, can you pls kindly send him after Nehra in the batting order? It's terribly insulting for Indians to see our only "All-rounder" bat & run like headless chicken in crunch situations consistently for almost 2 yrs since his debut! I understand your situation too that our bowling resources are thin and you might still need him for his average and occassionally above average bowling! Thanks in advance! @randikaayya, are you a neutral football fan watching cricket!?! Ball pitching outside off and zooming in to hit the base of (not top of!) middle is marginal for you and an offspinner's doosra turning to grace the top of leg stump is plumb in your cricket manual!?! You should soon start an umpiring academy!

  • on June 20, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Kamran akmal, beta teri aukaad nahi hai Gautam gambhir ke saamne bhi khade rehne ki. beta tu continent ke bahar kabhi zakk nahi maar paya tu kya gambhi ke khilaaf sledging karega, tu Bharat aa hum sikha denge sledging kya hoti hai

  • OpeninBatsman on June 20, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    many were saying Akhtar will make many of Indian batsmen retire.. it looks like Akthar is the one who should retire old chap cant even run for his life..

  • on June 20, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Well, Srilanka,.. congrats once again for winning a new multi national tournament final.. beating India once again.... lol.. this will be the headlines of the final match.. the day after..in the paper and online media...., India cannot beat u ...

  • OpeninBatsman on June 20, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    LOL @ those who say PAKISTAN is BETTER than INDIA coz they 'hv won 69 times .. HAHA if u want to take the old records then WESTINDIES must be better than most teams haha .. look at the previous 5 years INDIA 9-5 ahead to pakistan ... DONT FORGET PAKSITAN HAVE lost 9 matches continuously and failed to bat 50 overs in any of them ..

    Raina's LBW ?? lol then it was just kissing the leg stump and no umpire would have given that out and pakistan wouldn't have won the champion's trophy match if raina was not given out wrongly

  • manican on June 20, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    From being constantly interrupted by India bowling(thanks to Zaheer and co), they recovered to a defendable total in the end(Thanks to blistering knock by Akmal). With a decent fighting total, they came back and bowled their hearts out, Akthar and Ajmeer was splendid in the beginning and unlucky for Shewag who couldnt move his feet due to the cramp. But the way Gautam and MS played and steered the innings, it was a treat to watch. T20 is only hard hitting, but planning and strategy comes only in the longer versions of the game. For real cricket lovers One day is still alive and very much kicking... Let's get back to the match..... After MS was sent back, i thought Pakistan were right back in the game and looking at history, they have always won matches against india in such pressure situations. But Bajji had something else n mind and in the end, it was a treat for both Indian and Pakistani fans. sometimes rivalry can the bring the best from one. so lets keep it on the field

  • kssrikanth on June 20, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Abdul Qadir has clearly been watching too many India-Sri Lanka matches and knows every trend. He writes in: "Maybe I'm jumping the gun here, provided sri lanka beats bangladesha and pakistan beat india, then sri lanka have got a yet another chance of eliminating India out of another tournament !!!"

    These were the words from the commentary in the last match of srilanka vs bangladesh . where is this man Mr.Abdul Qadir , has he seen the yesterday`s match. ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA FOR THE FINALS.

  • kumarsatyam on June 20, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    @Roamer:

    Yes what about payback time in 4 WC loss and 3 T20 WC match loss. Guess what Pakistan is a third class 8 th ranked team that is yet to win against India in any big match. Paki joker.

    What about Imran cheater, waqar cheater and akram ball temperer. Doh. Can't win in any big match.

  • SteamRoller on June 20, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    One thing I have found is nowhere there is mention about who the instigator in the clash between Gambhir and Akmal. It's not due to one single caught behind appeal led to Gambhir's reaction. I watched the full Indian innings and there were about 2-3 times before the incident that Akmal was appealing for catches which is very clearly long way away from the bat.The culmination of this things only let out to the outburst. I hope the instigator gets punished severely not like the infamous Ind-Aus 2004 series incidents.That only will put an end this type of incidents.

    I also wish there comes a system of Yellow/Red card system like in football to be employed in cricket as well, instead of having meeting with match referee after everything is done and dusted. Similarly why can't umpires rule a batsman out if he know he's out, without the need of appealing.It is his primary duty right?

  • kumarsatyam on June 20, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    @saad ahmed:

    What about Tendulkar six of Akhter in WC 2003 . I would also say Pakistan never win against India in big games apart from meaning less ODI at sharjah. Paki joker.

  • White_Mouse on June 20, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    Pak supporters are trying to find reasons for the loss. But they can stop think about this match and they can start think about near future match. They have a very tough game ahead. Try to pray for a win against bangla with their so called strong bowling unit...lol

  • on June 20, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    it was a tense match...but it should not have been...india must have closed out the thing clinically rather than making it a cliffhanger especially after the partnership between dhoni and gambhir...either one of them should have stayed till the end to see it through...a lot of improvement to be made in the bowling department if India has to be the world champions...really have had enough of guys like nehra bhajji etc whom are supposed to be the best in the country..!!! bhajji hit the winning runs and all that but as a bowler he is no more menacing than shoaib malik now...!!!

  • on June 20, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    What a great game of cricket!! two top teams fought it out, and the better team won:). Congratulations to India for holding their nerves. however, i seriously dont think that comparing harbhajjan's six to miandad is right. That was the sharjah cup final with emotions at peak. Unfortunetly, the miandad six has been haunting Indian fans for such a long time that they try to replicate it wherever possible, especially in bollywood flicks like lagaan. A great game nonetheless.

  • Roamer on June 20, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Gambhir talked about Payback time, well I guess Pakistan being such a small nation still has a big lead over India with 69 wins over them against 46 by India .... so loads of work needs to be done before talking about Payback and they should be thankful to Pakistani fielders,luck and the umpires for this victory, as Indian batting did its level best to lose the game but thanks to the umpires and pakistani fielders they won at the end. How come Gambhir and Raina's lbw were not given is mind boggling and then the ball was again changed in the last 8 overs for no reason to help Indian batsmen (the same umpires didnt do this thing when Pakistan was batting against Sirilanka ... clear prejudice on their part) has left a bad taste.

  • Pak_Champz on June 20, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    lol all of you just playing kids .. See the champions trophy match ...lol india lost it very badly ...anyway ..payback time ... heheheh ...No problems hardluck team Pakistan u realy played well aginst team inda and umpires :P ...lol they can change ball without ask the balling captian ...the can also say not out the LBW , anyways ...the team cheated will lose the match ...We know so called champion (indian ) how good they are heheh ... GOOD Luck team SIRLANKA ;)

  • nikhilsg on June 20, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    what is the match referee going to do about Shoaib Akhtar's "two-fingered salute" to Bhajji after the game? is Shoaib going to pretend he was flashing the Victory sign?!

  • groovyboy on June 20, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    I am Pakistani but i am happy to see pakistan losing, its because in this team thier are players who dont diserve to be in the team are selected and made captains. Just look at thier averages, thy are selected on the basis that once upon a time they performed. This the criteria of selection once upon a time. this player performed that player performed and thier averages speaks for it. What selectors are saying is that players in the past and around the world are idots with battaing average of 40 n above our players with batting average of 25 and 30 are good and can beat any side. When yes they can beat but this will again be once upon a time we beat that team n this team.I am not surprised because Player performed according to thier selection , they made runs according to thier averages.

  • on June 20, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Much like against Sri Lanka, it was a toss up finish. With Pakistan's main batting gone, it has largely turned a shorter version side in mix of a battery of attack bowlers, somewhat reminiscent of Imran Khan era, and some strike batters who can quickly change the game. On a good day it can be better, even the best side. Yet in a building pattern, loosing so close to success, hopefully they don't start living with it. To India, with Sewhag partnered with Gambir, they have a batting that goes way down while a formidable bowling to put to good use. But India is weak in fielding today like Pakistan where newly inducted players every now and then need time to mentally adjust to different grounds conditions as no less their own pressures. Whatever, this was India's day -congrats….

  • kapil__goyal on June 20, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Just when it looked like things are getting back well for Shoaib, he screws up and gives the selectors a reason to throw him out again.

  • Nrao786 on June 20, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    The better team won, personally i never thought India was in big danger of losing this match especially after the dhoni/gambhir partnership. However, this wasn't all one-sided affair....Pak should have got 300, despite some good catching from Ind.. the wkts were given away!

    Also crucially decisions can be decisive, if Gambhir had been given lbw earlier it would have probably been an even tighter finish....a run a ball or less isn't much tension these days.

    The problem with Pak is when you play such little cricket consistently, everytime a new series arrives your always looking at players from afresh. It doesn't allow any experimentation, as games are like gold dust.

    Razzaq's position in ODI's should be questioned, especially batting at 8 and only bowling a few overs.....poor fielder?? I'd rather have Abdul Rehman as a spinning allrounder. Shoaib should have bowled better, Aamr showed his age......

  • avi_nashkr on June 20, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    after the ball found the sweet part of his bat, he knew exactly what he has done and then he roared and roared and looked out for Shoaib Akhtar....hehehheehhehe. awesome match...whts up with soccer? is there some world cup going on? who cares? atleast not me.

  • sandeep1978 on June 20, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Is it just me or is harbhajan getting more obnoxious by the day? his attitude yesterday after hitting that six was pretty idiotic,to me at least. He was like a boxer after a fight. When will he learn to be modest in victory and graceful in defeat? Its cuz of players like him and sreesanth, we have become a pretty unpopular side lately. He doesnt seemed to have learnt anything from his seniors sachin, rahul and even dhoni. I have never once heard him apologise for his shoddy bowling or his boorish behaviour, apart from the slapgate incident. He should be kicked out, at the earliest, in my opinion.

  • wanderer1 on June 20, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    It's nice to see India make it past the group stages for a change.

  • rahu367 on June 20, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    this indian team is made to win WC 1 sachin 2 sehwag 3 gambhir 4 kohli 5 dhoni 6 jadeja/yusuf pathan 7 irfan pathan 8 yuvraj 9 raina 10 zaheer 11 harbu 12 praveen 13 dinda 14 nehra 15 rohit sharma

  • dishnav on June 20, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    All Said and Done... I think Pakistan team players should look to concentrate on their game plan rather than loosing out their patience and having verbal fights with their opposition... those tactics don't work any more and India team proved it to them especially to Kamran akmal who made a fool of himself by dropping a regulation edge... Thanks to Shoiab Aktar or I should say (An Actor) who charged up Harbajan Singh only to see his team exit from this series.

  • on June 20, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    all those who are saying that afridi was not out can stop watching cricket,it was plumb and the ball was hitting middle stump. for gambhir there was the height factor and for raina it was clearly missing the leg stump,so stop crying and accept that INDIA is better than pakistan

  • SMoiz on June 20, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Congrats to all fellow indians!! for superb battle of nerves played yesterday. I feel loss of dhoni was very costly if he survived he might have finished the match with atleast 4 overs to spare.

  • shailgupt on June 20, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    TRAINING NEEDED ABOUT WHEN TO TAKE POWER PLAYS Congratulations to Team India for excellent victory against Pakistan. They however need a special training in timing of availing optional power plays.It appears they don't have any strategist having analytical ability.They messed upthe batting powerplays in the matches against Pakistan and BGD. Also in Zimbabve tri series, when they conceded bonus point to Zim,they even messed up Fielding PP.When other team can get a bonus point by scoring in 40 overs what is the logic of taking fielding PP before that? I hope somebody who matters will read this. Regards

  • cricinme on June 20, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    The main reason I feel for Pakistan loosing this match was bad captaincy. Abdul Razzaq the best allrounder in the team was not fully utilised. He was sent lower down in the batting and under utilised as a bowler. Shoaib was over utlilised. The 49th over should have gone to Razzaq instead of Akhtar. Bad captaincy or is it another rift in the team ?

  • IC_M on June 20, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Take a bow.. bhajji.. you legend.. Go India Go, pack your bags pak.. I for one think that there will be an inquiry from pak comedy board (pcb) again, some fines and bans to players, only to be revoked later :) watch out this space for some real entertainment... it's the next episode of pak cricket, can't wait for the climax but kind of predictable though hehe...

  • SLfan on June 20, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    At the start of this tournament, it was said that this tournament is going to have a major impact towards the future of ODIs. That is true actually...Most of the matches in this tournament highlighted the beauty of ODIs over T20s. Even SL v Pak game, the result could not guess until the end. The result was swinging between 2 sides in every moment, feeling the spectators more & more curious & satisfied. Y'days match was at the peak, making spectators extremely satisfied...We would not get this feeling by watching a T20, because if one thing went wrong in a T20, that would also decide the result of the match since it is very hard for opponents to come back in to the match due to the limited time...But, cricket administration also have a part to play. That is they should make sure to maintain certain standards over the pitch conditions, so that every one has a chance of winning. That means pitches should support both bowlers as well as batsmen.

  • kumarsatyam on June 20, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    @randikaaya:

    Watched Champions trophy when Raina was wrongly given out. Srilanka joker shut up.

  • varun3003 on June 20, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Bajji's six of the penultimate ball was accumen to the last ball six of Miadad against India. It was symbolic redemption of for the grief caused by that six years ago in Sharjah in 1985.But nevertheless it was a tense and good game of cricket.

  • Ashish_Pagaria on June 20, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    So what, if its Soccer world cup, nothing gets bigger than India vs Pakistan rivalry...Great game of ODI cricket after a long time..Congrats Team INDIA :) :) Now its time to take revenge to Sri-Lanka and bring the Asia cup back home...

  • on June 20, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Great game of cricket. Great passion and effort showed by both the teams. Even a neutral would be glued to the television. Both teams would have had a good analysis of the strengths and weaknesses they had.. and it was soothing to see such a thriller of a game after so long.

  • on June 20, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    9 successive losses is a lot. Pakistan seem to have lost (at least temporarily) the ability to close out games. The spirit is missing. It might be everything going on at home, or the team politics (a constant with Pak), or just the newcomers still adjusting to playing with seniors.

    For India, I agree with another earlier comment - no *strike* bowlers. Bhajji and Zaheer on their day could be dangerous to any batting order, but not consistently and not on unfriendly pitches. Pathan, Ishant, and co. are mercurial. If an Afridi, Symonds or Bravo takes a shining to them it's game over very quickly.

  • on June 20, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    bring on such matches where u also can feel the heat and pressure india vs pakistan always a historic matches where cricket does not remains cricket but more than a war i agree with gautam that the heart was in the mouth in the last over after raina dismissal what to say about gambhir he is best dhoni always performs well against pakistan virender sehwag dissapointed me but it always happens in such pressurising game raina and harbhajan sing are the perpect finisher pakistan to played well they did the possible to win this match but things at the end where in favour of india u may say lucky india i think some decision by umpire made the match more in favour of india pakistan needs to come really strong in world cup2011 india vs srilanka final i think this two teams are playing max no of matches against each other i think we should see more matches of india vs pakistan

  • on June 20, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    First of many congrats to India, i need to point out again like yesterday those 2 new comers in Pak side are useless , 2 yesterday i predicted Dhoni to be a decisive factor when everyone backed Boom boom and Sehwag, @Kuruwita u need to take ur words back now that India won. Actually i was not even watching the mach cause was playing one, when my freind said on the phone the last over is going to be bowled by Aamir ,I immediately he may be a good bowler but lack of experience can go against him, shows another flaw in Pak captaincy. I hope the Idiot who said the comment abt veg and no-veg saw the last part of the game lol Gambir clashing with Akmal and Habhjan clashing with Aktar.

  • archilion on June 20, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    @ Chitrak You have to understand that India's bowling strength is in spin and medium-fast swing bowling, and not fast bowling. It doesn't really matter if no indian bowler ever touches 150 kmph. Its not the who-can-bowl-the-fastest race! India's bowling department needs to improve but not necessarily in the 'speed' department.

  • on June 20, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    So this what bring best of players.. be it India or pakistan.. it can be bigger than Ashes.. Its India VS Pakistan.. Well played Indian team... It always feel good when we Beat Pakistan.. At the end of the day both teams played well and better team won on the given day.. cheers!!!

  • rsurya on June 20, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Thankgod Ravindra Jadeja was not there in 1983, otherwise Mr.KapilDev would hav been a bench warmer.

  • abhi.16 on June 20, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Superb game- congrats to both sides. this was just what ODI Cricket needed. Was also great to see Shoaib Akhtar back. Cricket needs charactes like him.And for those who didnt notice, there was a nice little moment when Bhajji and Akhtar shook hands eventually. Goes to show that while cricket between 2 sides is still competetive, players do not see each others as their enemies anymore. Only trouble though- 2 MORE MATHCES WITH SRILANKA!! DONT THESE GUYS EVER GET SICK OF PLAYING EACH OTHER. would much rather have an Indo-Pak final.

  • on June 20, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    HA HA HA! Heard someone saying India cant field and bowL, But Pakistan cant Bat, cant bowl and cant field. This was their best XI. No excuses. Amazing how we still remember Champions trophy though entire world must have forgotten that. Now Sri-lanka are a hot in-form team, they r favourites. Doesnt matter for us, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED FOR THE TOUR. Welcome back Younis Khan surely. No one else can bat in Pakistan, all sloggers.

  • DSharath on June 20, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Team India gave an outstanding performances. I dont mind the exchange of words in the field. It raises the spirit of players. Once again Gambhir played a very brilliant knock. Lot happy with the consistency he is upto ....Dhoni played a remarkable innings. Kohli is doing real good at One-Down. PS: He is the fastest to make 1000 runs for India. Raina once again proved the caliber he has got in himself. Played a brilliant innings under pressure. Bhajji has been the HERO of the game .Couple of brilliant sixes both at the middle of bat.nothing more can be asked from him. Bowlers has to be the complete credit. They pulled back the Pakistan scoring momentum restricting them to 267. Indian fielding was real good except a couple of misses. All Over.... India rocked the game and rushed to finals with no worries... Cheers to Men in Blue

  • khashar on June 20, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    it was great game no doubt...but i guess both teams need to gear up alot if they wanna do good in world cup...india surely have the batting but they seem short of bowlers sometime..and pakistan needs Younas Khan as captain because afridi has already made many blunders..although the close result match wont suggest that but he has no clue when n how to use his bowlers and where to put his fielders..the match got close by some individual brilliance of Saeed Ajmal otherwise Pakistan was loosing it by 6 or 7 wkts..

  • on June 20, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Loved Bhajji's roar in the ebd!

  • randikaayya on June 20, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    The difference in umpiring standards between Billy Bowden and Billy Doctrove spelt the difference in the end I feel. As a Neutral I though Afridi dismissal was even less convincing than the ones denied by Bowden at crucial periods in the game. Bowden is a compulsive not-outer and Doctrove far more correct in decision making! feel for Pakistan, with Raina gone at that moment the game was theirs for the taking!

  • rsurya on June 20, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Jadeja cannot withstand in any kind of pressure situation. God saved yesterday's match but, is that last 40 runs meant for bajji and other bowlers all the time why cant jadeja take some responsibility. he will take 50 runs in a match whr every others failed to stand for even 20 runs and that too will be a 1st innings. he never plays a vital role in chasing a tight total. his role could be well matched by a hard hitting Ashwin. he definitely can bowl tactically than jadeja. U see in every match jadeja will do the same. we can train someone like him instead of cursing him for that, but than training should not be given in these international matches.

  • karatemani on June 20, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    I really want to know 1 thing?????why the hell is ravindra jadeja still in the team,,,who is backing him,,,,not me the whole of the country wants to know this answer,,,is it dhoni who got bribe from him or some of the selectors,,,,ravindra jadeja is a useless player,,,,if he is not sacked,,,,,india will never prosper..

  • on June 20, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    @4thelement did you forget how Suresh Raina was given out wrongly in Champions Trophy 2009 & that changed the game in favor of Pakistan. Just suck up and live with it. I think both Pakistan players and fans are sore loser(Shoib's unethical send off after India won the match). When it comes to ethics India miles ahead of the Pakistan counterparts x3

  • on June 20, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Had PAk batted under lights they wudnt even reached 180. It was the Indian Batting line up who won against overratted Pak bowling even after losing dhoni and gambhir. Congrats INDIA.

  • Ribs on June 20, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Overall it is a close match, pak played well as expected but you need to give the credit to the indian team chasing under the lights. It is always difficult to chase in Dambulla due to the poor lighting facilities. Pak fielding let them down. India missed some chances as well but they took important blinders like viru's one handed and kohli's spectacular one and Jadeja's athelitic run out awesome to watch. Team India needs lot of improvement. Including Yusuf in the squad he will be beneficial in the slow surfaces, he needs to work on shot pitch deliveries. Indian bowling looks weak speacially fast bowlers. Rohit consistency needs to be questioned he played well in Zimbabve but if you see both his dismissals looks almost same that is indicating that he is not learning from his mistake.

  • on June 20, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS TO INDIA after another important Victory against PAk. Indian fielding was spot om in this match and Pak fielding was "horrable"(Kuruwita) as always. Pak bowling is mediocre they are overhyped bunch of cricketers. Even in the 90's with their strongest teams Pak have always lost to India in Big matches like World cups etc. Again Bhajji u Made India Proud.U have won us the real cup.

  • on June 20, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    No foot ball match can compensate India vs Pakistan in any form!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dr_Mamoon on June 20, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    Well its been a while v witnessed some good one day cricket. I dont how both teams raise their game when they ae playing against each other. Well first of all congrats to India for getting over the finishing line but as here in U.K it goes ( which personally I dont agree) CRICKET WAS THE WINNER ! Being pakistani I would ve loved to c pak win but the good thing is , considering whats been happining recently atleast they played like a team. In both matches they didnt give up and were almost there. This has given them a good platform for upcoming tough aussie & eng tour. One last thing which one of my friend mentioned prev reg. pak & india improving their fielding. Mate get a life. We were never known to be good fielders and will never be and personally there is no shame. Fair enough you should give it ur best shot but at grass roots when you look the outfileds these lads start playing , they wont put in a dive in a million years. So it aint happining in our life time. Pk ind series !!!

  • on June 20, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS TO INDIA after another important Victory against PAk. Indian fielding was spot om in this match and Pak fielding was "horrable"(Kuruwita) as always. Pak bowling is mediocre they are overhyped bunch of cricketers. Even in the 90's with their strongest teams Pak have always lost to India in Big matches like World cups etc. Again Bhajji u Made India Proud.U have won us the real cup.

  • Viper2.0 on June 20, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    The only thing that spoiled this wonderful watch was Neo Sports.I don't understand why they are switching to those advertisements even before the last ball is complete or when a wicket falls.Am sorry to say but Neo Sports coverage is one of the worsts i have seen.I was so disappointed that i switched to DD to watch the remaining part of the match.Now coming to the match,after a long time our bowlers did a great job in restricting pakistan to below 280.The way salman butt and shoaib malik was playing,one would have to say pakistan would have reached 280 or even more.Excellent fielding and bowling followed by some responsible batting from ghambir and dhoni set up india's win.Though there were some jitters in the batting following the exit of both ghambir and dhoni,raina batted beautifully and harbajan struck some lusty blows at the end to win the match for india.Overall an excellent team performance by india!!

  • SyedMusharraf on June 20, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    well played.Team Pakistan. keep playing like this as you did against India and bring more defeats for yourself.

  • aditya104 on June 20, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    EVen if India had lost, I would have said the same. It was an amazing game. Well done boys. @RameshSubramaniam Hate NeoCricket's mid over ads. The players shouldn't b fined or reprimanded for the 'heated exchanges'. It makes the games interesting. This match once again shows that there is life in other forms of the game, T20 is not the best. T20s don't have fights that long. T20s dont have the struggle between bat and ball. Amazing game. Bring on Ind vs Pak. India should invite Pak for a home series.

  • on June 20, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    Many congratulations to India for winning the most important tie as far as Asia Cup is concerned. Even from this win India should take a lesson of strenghs and weaknesses in the team composition. In this slow and spin friendly pitch I thing Yusuf Pathan could have been a handful in one-day competition with his acurate spin bowling and hitting power. Agreed that he has his problems with the short pitch deliveries but his services could have been utilized in this slow pitch. The proverbs says "Cut your sleeve according to your size". Likewise, team should be formed according to the pitch, opposition strenghs and weaknesses and of course your own strength to clinch the vital advantage when you play with a team, who is at par with your status. ANY WAY WIN IS ALWAYS GOOD, SUSTAINING WINNING STREAK IS BETTER.

  • on June 20, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Rameez Raja- he needs some kind of training under Ian Chappel, so does Laxman Sivaramkrishanan.....these 2 gentlemen must upgrade themself....otherwise, they make cric boring

  • on June 20, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Though a good match but I would say both India and Pakistan has weaknesses they should plug before the World Cup. The primary weakness for both is fielding. Pakistan was the worse team in terms of fielding. India was a close second. (Zaheer's attempt was a pain to watch). India's bowling sucks big time. Even though they are good bowlers but none of them are match-winning wicket-taking bowlers. It is a sad state of affair that we cannot find a single bowler of 145-150 kph pace. Even Bangladeshi bowlers were bowling faster than our bowlers. Pakistan should take a relook at their batting and the order. Like Sachin Tendulkar opened and became the batsman he is, Pakistan can give Umar Akmal an extended go with Salman Butt. However the middle order looks really insipid. However this match was full of drama and emotions. It would have been a good reality tv program especially the Bhajji-Akhtar tiff :)

  • MadeInIndia on June 20, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    This match was like eating a full plate of chicken biryani. It had everything and showed how beautiful india pak matches can be. I WANT MORE

    The weakest link seems to be Sehwag. Next match he can be replaced by Saurabh Tiwary.

    India can experiment in the next match with Srilanka with Ashwin, Tiwary, Ojha coming in the place of Jadeja, Sehwag, Bhajji respectively.

  • 4thelement on June 20, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Well played Pakistan; You won it ethically!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4thelement on June 20, 2010, 2:14 GMT

    Its really disappointing to see there isnt any mention by Cricinfo of those two lbw's which was refused by the Billy Bowden against Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina. Gautam Gambhir was gone when Amir hit him in the tenth over and was strikingly similar to the one of Shahid Afridi given earlier in the innings by Billy Doctrove of the Praveen Kumar and then there was Ajmal bowling to Raina in the 46th over where even a blind could see that he had it right infront of the stumps and that too over the back leg that was mighty close and the very next bowl was lofted for six by Raina. Pak really played well but they need to learn the things quickly as the team is quite young. Fielding needs to be more fragile and the batting needs some rotations.

  • shashankqvivek on June 20, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    i think india deserved this victory,because they are equally good in all department of the game,praveen,zaheer and spinners bowls well,fielders dived well and in batting gautam show that how much dangerous he is.....but pakistan also play some good cricket they ball and bat well but their fielding was nothing to talk about................. come on india win this asia cup..........

  • TATTUs on June 20, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    This is what cricket needs.

    Not the irrelevant heaps of matches. Not the cheer girls providing 'extra entertainment' Not the commentator saying about Indigo Manza and Micromax in between a game. Not stupid innovations like pink balls. Not constant ideas of 'changing' cricket Not making cricket a 'brand' Not thinking about chinese and US 'markets'! Not the critics thinking hard and having 50 ideas a day with 51 of them foolish!

    so on....

  • VivaVizag on June 20, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    As far I am concerned, we just won the cup!!!!! The final is just another Ind vs SL game.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 20, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Maybe time for these two teams to start playing more on at least a semi-regular basis, maybe on neutral venues. The decision is with the BCCI ultimately, they've been the more reluctant of the two camps to get things going, but it's time now to start a proper series between the sides.

  • on June 20, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    i gotta Feeling...this time INDIA will be ASIAN CHAMPS.... it is difficult to beat SL in their home...but its not impossible...best of luck to india...

  • Amit_Cric_Crazy on June 20, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Great win by India. Just to underline certain facts....why did India not take the power play when Dhoni was batting, why do these guys leave it for the tailenders to finsh the game. I think it was a blunder on Dhoni's part. Shohaib Akhtar, when will he grow up and play the game in true spirit. is he the only pakistani who is tensed in a game, when others can control their emotion, certainly he can too. These guys dont think that young kids look up towards them as Role Models and look at him, abusing harbhajan to the highest peak and making sarcastic gestures. He deserves to heavily fined and should be suspended for a while to save the image of the country. Good luck to India for the next game !

  • on June 19, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Been ages since we had a IND vs PAK game like this!

  • on June 19, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Twenty years ago things might have been different, but in these times Indians are equally aggressive and arrogant..

  • on June 19, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    I don't understand why Pakistan team always take the batting power play at the end when there are only tail enders left. I call this waste of power play. In a tight match like India Pakistan you can't win by dropping catches and missing run outs (in fact you can't afford to drop catches or miss run outs in any match). I don't understand why Afridi came after Umar Amin. As Afridi is currently in Good nick he should have batted before Umar Amin. Good luck India for the final but beware of Dilshan, Malinga and fielding skills of Srilanka.

  • RameshSubramaniam on June 19, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    After long time I felt l have watched a good match. Match had everything. Fours, Sixes, Collapses, Fight backs, Emotions, Exchanges and above all Rameez Raja's meaningless Pro pakistani commentatory and Neo Sports adds before the completion of the over or wicket. I guess Pakistan has to think about their combination. Do they really need to have Razaak at 8 and bowling only 5 overs. Especially against sub continent teams and in the flat piches, they should have gone with Asif inplace of Amim which means even if Pakistan scores only 240 to 250, Teams know they cannot target any one bowler and they will take risk against likes of Ameer, Asif and Sohaib which may result in wickets. Otherwise, they know Akthar cannot continue after 4 overs and they can target Rasaaq in power play overs which releases pressure. Another area is Pakistam should learn to reduce the number of dot balls in the initial overs which is the strong point for Shewag and Gambhir partnership.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 19, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Aamer dropped Gambhir cost 14 runs SHoib Malik misses runout Raina Cost 30 runs

    PAK is following IND in fielding that is why they lost the match.

    Dhoni dropped Afridi cost 28 runs. But Sehwag plucked a sharp one-handed catch, Virat Kohli at first slip got 2 sharp chances & Jadeja ranout Butt, & Aamer. Indias fielding is good today and they are now following SL that is good.

    As I said before the team performs better in fielding will win the match.

    Looking forward to Asia Cup Final and either SL or Ind will be 5th time champion like Brazil.

  • on June 19, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    A W E S O M E !!!!! with great PRIDE and Dignity. U guys held on under severe stress and anxiety ..U R the BEST. Proud moment for me as a NRI. Big GOD Bless

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  • on June 19, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    A W E S O M E !!!!! with great PRIDE and Dignity. U guys held on under severe stress and anxiety ..U R the BEST. Proud moment for me as a NRI. Big GOD Bless

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 19, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Aamer dropped Gambhir cost 14 runs SHoib Malik misses runout Raina Cost 30 runs

    PAK is following IND in fielding that is why they lost the match.

    Dhoni dropped Afridi cost 28 runs. But Sehwag plucked a sharp one-handed catch, Virat Kohli at first slip got 2 sharp chances & Jadeja ranout Butt, & Aamer. Indias fielding is good today and they are now following SL that is good.

    As I said before the team performs better in fielding will win the match.

    Looking forward to Asia Cup Final and either SL or Ind will be 5th time champion like Brazil.

  • RameshSubramaniam on June 19, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    After long time I felt l have watched a good match. Match had everything. Fours, Sixes, Collapses, Fight backs, Emotions, Exchanges and above all Rameez Raja's meaningless Pro pakistani commentatory and Neo Sports adds before the completion of the over or wicket. I guess Pakistan has to think about their combination. Do they really need to have Razaak at 8 and bowling only 5 overs. Especially against sub continent teams and in the flat piches, they should have gone with Asif inplace of Amim which means even if Pakistan scores only 240 to 250, Teams know they cannot target any one bowler and they will take risk against likes of Ameer, Asif and Sohaib which may result in wickets. Otherwise, they know Akthar cannot continue after 4 overs and they can target Rasaaq in power play overs which releases pressure. Another area is Pakistam should learn to reduce the number of dot balls in the initial overs which is the strong point for Shewag and Gambhir partnership.

  • on June 19, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    I don't understand why Pakistan team always take the batting power play at the end when there are only tail enders left. I call this waste of power play. In a tight match like India Pakistan you can't win by dropping catches and missing run outs (in fact you can't afford to drop catches or miss run outs in any match). I don't understand why Afridi came after Umar Amin. As Afridi is currently in Good nick he should have batted before Umar Amin. Good luck India for the final but beware of Dilshan, Malinga and fielding skills of Srilanka.

  • on June 19, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Twenty years ago things might have been different, but in these times Indians are equally aggressive and arrogant..

  • on June 19, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Been ages since we had a IND vs PAK game like this!

  • Amit_Cric_Crazy on June 20, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    Great win by India. Just to underline certain facts....why did India not take the power play when Dhoni was batting, why do these guys leave it for the tailenders to finsh the game. I think it was a blunder on Dhoni's part. Shohaib Akhtar, when will he grow up and play the game in true spirit. is he the only pakistani who is tensed in a game, when others can control their emotion, certainly he can too. These guys dont think that young kids look up towards them as Role Models and look at him, abusing harbhajan to the highest peak and making sarcastic gestures. He deserves to heavily fined and should be suspended for a while to save the image of the country. Good luck to India for the next game !

  • on June 20, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    i gotta Feeling...this time INDIA will be ASIAN CHAMPS.... it is difficult to beat SL in their home...but its not impossible...best of luck to india...

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 20, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Maybe time for these two teams to start playing more on at least a semi-regular basis, maybe on neutral venues. The decision is with the BCCI ultimately, they've been the more reluctant of the two camps to get things going, but it's time now to start a proper series between the sides.

  • VivaVizag on June 20, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    As far I am concerned, we just won the cup!!!!! The final is just another Ind vs SL game.