Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 4th match, Group B

Hong Kong v India

India won by 256 runs

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Toss Tabarak Dar calls heads and it's tails! Dhoni has chosen to bat. Dar says his boys are a bit stiff after playing a game last evening. Zain Abbas is injured and Lamson gets a chance. For India, Robin Uthappa is in for Yuvraj and Goni for Ishant.

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Gautam Gambhir and Sehwag are in the middle. Game about to begin.

0.1

Afzaal Haider to Gambhir, FOUR, low full toss on the middle and here we go, a boundary to start of proceedings. Gambhir pushed it through to the left of mid-on

0.2

Afzaal Haider to Gambhir, no run, swings in to Gambhir who turns it to the square leg

0.3

Afzaal Haider to Gambhir, no run, this one again curved in to the batsman on the middle and leg, Gambhir tried to flick it, a tad early into the shot and got a leading edge to the off side

0.4

Afzaal Haider to Gambhir, no run, full and outside off, driven to point

0.5

Afzaal Haider to Gambhir, FOUR, Ah! he walks down the track and whips a length delivery through midwicket

No Slip, just a gully in

0.6

Afzaal Haider to Gambhir, 1 run, wide outside off stump, Gambhir reaches out for it and squeezes it past point

End of over 1 (9 runs) India 9/0 (RR: 9.00)
G Gambhir    9* (6b 2x4)      Afzaal Haider    1-0-9-0
V Sehwag    0* (0b)     

1.1

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, short of length, just outside off stump, Gambhir moves back and across to punch it to point

The Hong Kong players look pretty tired out there. Not used to playing two days in a row in this heat. The captain admitted as much at the toss

1.2

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, beaten outside off stump. Off cutter in the zone outside off, Gambhir tries to punch it square but can't get wood on the ball.

1.3

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, on the off and middle, taps it close on the leg side, one look at each other and off they rush for a single

1.4

Irfan Ahmed to Sehwag, 1 run, on a length, shapes in to the middle stump line, turned behind square leg

1.5

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, on the leg and middle, flicked to square leg

1.6

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, just outside off stump, tapped to backward point

End of over 2 (2 runs) India 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
G Gambhir    10* (11b 2x4)      Irfan Ahmed    1-0-2-0
V Sehwag    1* (1b)      Afzaal Haider    1-0-9-0

2.1

Afzaal Haider to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag is up and running with a crashing cover drive. Full, width and everything wrong with the ball

2.2

Afzaal Haider to Sehwag, no run, closer to the off stump, pushed to the off side

2.3

Afzaal Haider to Sehwag, 1 run, mistimes a punch drive to extra cover for a single

a wide slip that is almost in gully, and short midwicket in

2.4

Afzaal Haider to Gambhir, 1 run, And it just flies over the gully. Fullish, outside off stump, Gambhir walks down the track, goes down on his knee and flashes at a full delivery outside off and it goes just over that very wide slip

2.5

Afzaal Haider to Sehwag, FOUR, leans forward to drive a full length delivery outside off to the cover boundary. Easy pickings here.

2.6

Afzaal Haider to Sehwag, FOUR, Another one that crashes into the cover boundary. The question is will Sehwag get complacent and try hitting every ball.

End of over 3 (14 runs) India 25/0 (RR: 8.33)
V Sehwag    14* (6b 3x4)      Afzaal Haider    2-0-23-0
G Gambhir    11* (12b 2x4)      Irfan Ahmed    1-0-2-0

3.1

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, 2 runs, on the pads and clipped past square leg for couple of runs

Sid Monga, who is in Karachi, says the stadium is pretty empty: "Only secutiry guards, and 30-40 watchers."

3.2

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, angling away from Gambhir who pushes it to covers.

3.3

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, lets that one go through to the 'keeper

3.4

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, FOUR, Hmm... a tad short and just outside off and Gambhir slaps it past point. Easy as they come

Sid Monga, who is in Karachi, says the stadium is pretty empty: "Only security guards, and 30-40 watchers."

3.5

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, no run

3.6

Irfan Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to push a length delivery to covers

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 31/0 (RR: 7.75)
G Gambhir    17* (18b 3x4)      Irfan Ahmed    2-0-8-0
V Sehwag    14* (6b 3x4)      Afzaal Haider    2-0-23-0

4.1

Lamsam to Sehwag, SIX, There we go. First six of the game. Short and Sehwag swivels to pull it to deep midwicket boundary and it lands on the ropes.

4.2

Lamsam to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag is going at every delivery. This one was biffed back straight and the bowler managed to make a half-stop

4.3

Lamsam to Gambhir, no run, cutting away from Gauti who pushes it to covers. The 'keeper is standing up to the stumps

4.4

Lamsam to Gambhir, FOUR, again short and outside off, Gambhir eases it to the cover point boundary and stays there and watches the ball race away to the ropes.

4.5

Lamsam to Gambhir, FOUR, Hmm... short and pulled to midwicket boundary. I fear this is going to be a massacre. Too easy. They bowled pretty well yesterday but have run out of steam today

4.6

Lamsam to Gambhir, no run

End of over 5 (15 runs) India 46/0 (RR: 9.20)
G Gambhir    25* (22b 5x4)      JPR Lamsam    1-0-15-0
V Sehwag    21* (8b 3x4 1x6)      Irfan Ahmed    2-0-8-0

5.1

Irfan Ahmed to Sehwag, 4 byes, just outside off, Sehwag is beaten on the cut

5.2

Irfan Ahmed to Sehwag, no run, short and Sehwag pulls to square leg. He inspects the bottom half of the bat where he made contact with the ball.

5.3

Irfan Ahmed to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to a fuller delivery on the off stump and steers to backward point

5.4

Irfan Ahmed to Sehwag, SIX, Sehwag pulls a short delivery to midwicket boundary. Up up and over. This is getting all too easy.

5.5

Irfan Ahmed to Sehwag, FOUR, Another pull, just a four, though. Small mercies. The stadium is beginning to look like an abattoir.

5.6

Irfan Ahmed to Sehwag, FOUR, The slaughter of the lambs continues. He leans forward to a full delivery and swings it over to the cow corner.

End of over 6 (18 runs) India 64/0 (RR: 10.66)
V Sehwag    35* (14b 5x4 2x6)      Irfan Ahmed    3-0-22-0
G Gambhir    25* (22b 5x4)      JPR Lamsam    1-0-15-0

6.1

Lamsam to Gambhir, FOUR, Well ... there you go, another boundary. Short again and Gambhir dismisses it to the midwicket boundary

6.2

Lamsam to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller, on a length, on the middle and leg, tucked past square leg

6.3

Lamsam to Sehwag, 1 run, Kruger makes a fine stop at where else but the midwicket boundary to prevent another boundary. Short and pulled.

6.4

Lamsam to Gambhir, 1 run, rotates the strike back to Sehwag after pushing a length delivery to midwicket

6.5

Lamsam to Sehwag, FOUR, Short. swing of the bat. Blur. crashes to wide long-on boundary.

6.6

Lamsam to Sehwag, 1 run, dropped by Munir Dar at covers. Ah the agony. Sehwag crashes a short delivery straight to Munir who clangs it. Sitter. It hit him on his wrists rather than the palms.

End of over 7 (12 runs) India 76/0 (RR: 10.85)
V Sehwag    41* (17b 6x4 2x6)      JPR Lamsam    2-0-27-0
G Gambhir    31* (25b 6x4)      Irfan Ahmed    3-0-22-0

Nadeem, the left-arm spinner who bowled so well against Pakistan, to bowl.

7.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, no run, around the off stump, defended to the off side.

7.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, no run, just outside off stump, cut to point.

7.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, no run, nice tight line, on the off stump, pushed back to him. Nadeem is still bowling it slow and giving it some air. Brave fella. Well done sir.

7.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, no run, and again, just on the off stump in line, pushed to the cover region

7.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, FOUR, flat and full outside off, Sehwag thrust his front foot across and slog swept it to deep square leg boundary

7.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, no run, nice. Rather than fire it in, like many bowlers would have done, Nadeem slowed up the pace further and flighted it outside off, Sehwag is made to wait and taps it to the off side

End of over 8 (4 runs) India 80/0 (RR: 10.00)
V Sehwag    45* (23b 7x4 2x6)      Nadeem Ahmed    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    31* (25b 6x4)      JPR Lamsam    2-0-27-0

8.1

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to defend to covers

8.2

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, no run, on the middle and off stump, cut to point

8.3

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, 1 run, leans forward to push a full delivery to mid-off

8.4

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, no run, backs away a touch to punch a delivery on the stumps to covers

8.5

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, no run, the quick arm ball, Sehwag goes back to push it out to the leg side

8.6

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, FOUR, slows up the pace, from a round-arm action, lands it on a length and turns it away from the off stump but Sehwag paddles it fine past the short fine-leg fielder who chases gamely but ..

End of over 9 (5 runs) India 85/0 (RR: 9.44)
V Sehwag    49* (26b 8x4 2x6)      Najeeb Amar    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    32* (28b 6x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    1-0-4-0

9.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, spins in to Gambhir who is cramped but manages to punch it to short extra cover. A fumble there and a single here.

9.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, FOUR, lands this one short and Sehwag opens his stance to carve it to wide midwicket boundary. 50 for Sehwag

9.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, 1 run, threatens to jump out but as the bowler drags back the length a touch, he adjusts to push it to backward point for a quick single. Had it been a direct hit, Sehwag would have been found short of the crease

9.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, FOUR, turns in from short of length, Gambhir goes back to fist it through extra cover. Nice skilful stroke.

9.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, comes down the track but the ball dips rapidly on him and he lunges forward to push it out to the off side. Good ball, that.

9.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, turns in to Gambhir, full and turned to the on side

End of over 10 (10 runs) India 95/0 (RR: 9.50)
G Gambhir    37* (32b 7x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    2-0-14-0
V Sehwag    54* (28b 9x4 2x6)      Najeeb Amar    1-0-5-0

Powerplay 2 on.

10.1

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, 1 run, moves outside leg stump and slams a full delivery on the off stump to deep cover

10.2

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, no run, turns in to the middle stump, pushed to the off side.

10.3

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller, on the middle and leg, takes out the left leg from the line and drives to long-on

10.4

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, no run, on the off and middle, flat, pushed to the bowler

10.5

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, FOUR, tossed up on the middle and leg, Sehwag is down the track and blasts it over the bowler's head. Fastest hundred for India in one-day cricket.

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10.6

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag, wearing a floppy hat, sends this one screaming to the long-on boundary

End of over 11 (10 runs) India 105/0 (RR: 9.54)
V Sehwag    63* (32b 11x4 2x6)      Najeeb Amar    2-0-15-0
G Gambhir    38* (34b 7x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    2-0-14-0

11.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, short and well outside off stump, cut to sweeper cover and Gambhir let out a grunt when he played that shot. He is now holding his right shoulder.

11.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, 1 run, Down on his knee and swings the full delivery on the off stump to deep midwicket

11.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, quicker, flatter, on the off stump, pushed to the on side

11.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, comes down the track, doesn't get to the pitch of the delivery and chips it towards long-on

11.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, FOUR, Carved to extra cover boundary. Flighted well outside off, Sehwag reached out to slice it over extra cover

11.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, 1 run, dropped by the bowler. Sehwag opened his stance up and punched a short of length delivery hard to the right of Nadeem who dived but couldn't hold on to a tough chance.

End of over 12 (8 runs) India 113/0 (RR: 9.41)
V Sehwag    69* (35b 12x4 2x6)      Nadeem Ahmed    3-0-22-0
G Gambhir    40* (37b 7x4)      Najeeb Amar    2-0-15-0

12.1

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, FOUR, You have played the slog sweep, the shot over extra cover, the usual biff over long on and a paddle sweep. What next? A reverse sweep of course. Sehwag sends a full delivery to third man boundary

12.2

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, 1 run, drives to long-on

12.3

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, no run, turns in from outside off stump, punched to short extra cover

12.4

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, 1 run, on the leg and middle, turned past square leg

12.5

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, 1 run, steps down the track, the bowlers shortens the length and its pushes to long-on and they walk across for a single

12.6

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, 1 run, fuller and driven to long-on for a single

End of over 13 (8 runs) India 121/0 (RR: 9.30)
G Gambhir    42* (40b 7x4)      Najeeb Amar    3-0-23-0
V Sehwag    75* (38b 13x4 2x6)      Nadeem Ahmed    3-0-22-0

13.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, leans forward to push a single to the off side. Sehwag on strike.

13.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, no run, slows up the pace, flights it full and Sehwag checks his drive and pats it to the off side

13.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, 2 runs, similar delivery and this time Sehwag drives in the air, inside-out, over to the extra-cover region

13.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, no run, inside edges a off drive to the leg side

13.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Sehwag, 1 run, short and well outside off stump, shapes to cut, the bottom-hand comes off the handle, and the ball rolls over to long-off

13.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, goes right back to wrist a delivery turning into him to square leg

End of over 14 (5 runs) India 126/0 (RR: 9.00)
G Gambhir    44* (42b 7x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    4-0-27-0
V Sehwag    78* (42b 13x4 2x6)      Najeeb Amar    3-0-23-0

14.1

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, 1 run

14.2

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, no run, on the middle stump line, flat and straight, pushed back to the bowler

14.3

Najeeb Amar to Sehwag, OUT, Relief for Hong Kong. Sehwag is gone. Najeeb strikes. Sehwag rushes down the track and tries to heave it to wide long-on region but edges a dolly to backward point.

V Sehwag c Irfan Ahmed b Najeeb Amar 78 (58m 44b 13x4 2x6) SR: 177.27

14.4

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, quick arm ball on the middle and off, pushed down the track

14.5

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, leans forward to drive a flighted delivery to extra cover

14.6

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, stretches forward to jab a full delivery off the inside edge to the leg side

End of over 15 (1 run) India 127/1 (RR: 8.46)
RG Sharma    0* (3b)      Najeeb Amar    4-0-24-1
G Gambhir    45* (43b 7x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    4-0-27-0

Powerplay 3 on

15.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, outside the off stump, cut to backward point

15.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, comes down the track, takes it on the full and drives to short midwicket standing pretty straight

15.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, turns in from short of length, cut to backward point

15.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, just outside off stump, he gets into a position to cut but lets it go in the end

15.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, skips down the track and pushes a short of length delivery through midwicket

15.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Sharma, no run, full and outside off, pushed to extra cover

End of over 16 (1 run) India 128/1 (RR: 8.00)
RG Sharma    0* (4b)      Nadeem Ahmed    5-0-28-0
G Gambhir    46* (48b 7x4)      Najeeb Amar    4-0-24-1

16.1

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, 1 run, goes back to wrist a delivery turning in to square leg for a single

16.2

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, on the middle and leg, slight turn, defended down the track

16.3

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, 1 run, leans forward to push a full delivery to covers

16.4

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, 3 runs, comes down the track, the bowlers keeps it short and Gambhir punches it through covers and that's his fifty.

16.5

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, some turn there, tapped outside off, on the back foot, they think of a single but don't take it

16.6

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, driven firmly down the ground to mid-off

End of over 17 (5 runs) India 133/1 (RR: 7.82)
RG Sharma    1* (8b)      Najeeb Amar    5-0-29-1
G Gambhir    50* (50b 7x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    5-0-28-0

17.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, cut to point, straight to the fielder

17.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, 1 run, on the back foot, tapped to the gully region, fielder prowling there but they manage a quick one

17.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Sharma, no run, slower through the air, pushed to mid-on

17.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Sharma, no run, nudged to the leg side, they decline a single

17.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Sharma, 1 run, rocks back and drives to mid-on, calmly done

17.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Gambhir, no run, faster through the air, moves back and pushes firmly to the cover region

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 135/1 (RR: 7.50)
G Gambhir    51* (53b 7x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    6-0-30-0
RG Sharma    2* (11b)      Najeeb Amar    5-0-29-1

Salil: "I always thought why we haven't ever seen a tailender bat higher against countries such as Hong Kong and others where they could have a great feel of the match and also get ready when a crunch time comes..and not panic when its a crucial match."

Players taking drinks, by the way.

18.1

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, patted to the off side, quicker again

18.2

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, 1 run, fuller, he's around the wicket and that's driven through extra cover

over the wicket to the left hander

18.3

Najeeb Amar to Gambhir, OUT, that's all over for Gambhir, he's danced down the ground but the bowler fired that into the pads, lofted that high towards square leg but that doesn't have the timing, Lamsan comes around and picks off a clean take, that was a soft dismissal and a big boost for Hong Kong

G Gambhir c Lamsam b Najeeb Amar 51 (75m 54b 7x4 0x6) SR: 94.44

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18.4

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, that kept a bit low, Rohit had to wait late for it and push to the off side

18.5

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, slows that one up, patted back to the bowler

18.6

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, 83.5kph, driven towards cover, good diving stop by the fielder

End of over 19 (1 run) India 136/2 (RR: 7.15)
RG Sharma    3* (16b)      Najeeb Amar    6-0-30-2
MS Dhoni    0* (0b)      Nadeem Ahmed    6-0-30-0

19.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, FOUR, off the mark with a scorcher, tossed up outside off, Dhoni lunges and pushes through the covers for four, he's got the gap and the timing is great, all the way for four

19.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, big push forward and defended to the off side

19.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, well outside off stump, left alone

19.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, arm-ball on the middle and leg, jabbed off the inside- edge to pad

19.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, FOUR, short delivery and Dhoni rocks back to force it through extra cover

19.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, fuller and it slides past the poke and hits the pad. Going down leg, though.

End of over 20 (8 runs) India 144/2 (RR: 7.20)
MS Dhoni    8* (6b 2x4)      Nadeem Ahmed    7-0-38-0
RG Sharma    3* (16b)      Najeeb Amar    6-0-30-2

20.1

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, 1 run, turning away from the off stump, pushed to long-off

20.2

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, no run, goes back to a full delivery and guides to backward point

20.3

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, no run, appeal for a catch behind as Dhoni is beaten on the forward lunge.

20.4

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, 1 run, makes room to flat bat a length delivery to long-off

20.5

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, 1 run

20.6

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, no run, quicker, flatter, on the middle stump, Dhoni leans forward at the last minute to push it back to the bowler.

End of over 21 (3 runs) India 147/2 (RR: 7.00)
MS Dhoni    9* (10b 2x4)      Najeeb Amar    7-0-33-2
RG Sharma    5* (18b)      Nadeem Ahmed    7-0-38-0

Bharadwaj: "Its a good thing that the openers are gone. Let the middle order have a bat. This way they wont have any excuses for the impending collapse in the finals."

21.1

Munir Dar to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up outside off, eased to long-off

21.2

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to jab a full delivery to the on side

21.3

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, on the off stump line, slight turn and driven to long-off

21.4

Munir Dar to Sharma, no run, loopy delivery turning away from Rohit who pushes to extra cover, wants a single but is sent back

21.5

Munir Dar to Sharma, 1 run, goes right back to punch a full delivery to long-off

TV flashing that 12 balls since the last boundary. What a crime.

21.6

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, goes back to push a short of length delivery to the off side

End of over 22 (3 runs) India 150/2 (RR: 6.81)
MS Dhoni    10* (13b 2x4)      Munir Dar    1-0-3-0
RG Sharma    7* (21b)      Najeeb Amar    7-0-33-2

22.1

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, leans forward to defend with the full face of the bat

22.2

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, turns from the middle and leg line, pushed down the track. Good delivery. Loop and spin.

22.3

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, and again. Defended to the off side

22.4

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, 1 run, fuller, driven to long-on.

22.5

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to drive to left of the bowler who makes a diving stop

22.6

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, 1 run, a flat delivery with the round arm action on the off stump line, punched through the off side

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 152/2 (RR: 6.60)
MS Dhoni    11* (15b 2x4)      Najeeb Amar    8-0-35-2
RG Sharma    8* (25b)      Munir Dar    1-0-3-0

23.1

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, another single down to long-off.

23.2

Munir Dar to Sharma, 1 run, goes back to punch a arm-ball to long-on

23.3

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, on the middle stump, Dhoni was beside the line and stabs it to the off side.

23.4

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, slows up the pace, bit more air and Dhoni is early into the drive and it goes in the air but well to the left of the bowler

23.5

Munir Dar to Sharma, 1 run, turns slowly towards middle and off, Rohit goes back to wrist it to square leg

23.6

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, lunges forward to retain the strike with a push to extra cover

End of over 24 (5 runs) India 157/2 (RR: 6.54)
MS Dhoni    14* (19b 2x4)      Munir Dar    2-0-8-0
RG Sharma    10* (27b)      Najeeb Amar    8-0-35-2

Change of bat for Dhoni.

24.1

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, 1 run, goes back to turn a full delivery behind square leg

24.2

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, no run, on the off stump line, defended to the off side

24.3

Najeeb Amar to Sharma, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, eased to long-on for a single

24.4

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, no run, on the middle, turning away, tapped to the off side

24.5

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, no run, and again. He is getting some turn and Dhoni is staying beside the line on the leg and middle line and is trying to push it through the off side field

24.6

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, OUT, And Rohit is run out. Dhoni was squared up but managed to push it to cover point. For some reason, Rohit had charged across, perhaps he wanted his captain to retain the strike, and couldn't get back in time to beat the direct hit

RG Sharma run out 11 (37m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.93

End of over 25 (2 runs) India 159/3 (RR: 6.36)
MS Dhoni    15* (23b 2x4)      Najeeb Amar    9-0-37-2
     Munir Dar    2-0-8-0

25.1

Munir Dar to Raina, no run, quicker on the middle stump, pushed back to the bowler

25.2

Munir Dar to Raina, no run, goes back to tap a delivery turning into him to the leg side

25.3

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, slows up the pace, bit more air, Raina goes back to punch it to long-off

25.4

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to drive a flighted delivery on the middle and leg to the bowler

25.5

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, a tad short in length, swatted down to long-on in that lovely ugly way that Dhoni plays some times!

25.6

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, retains the strike with a push down to long-on

End of over 26 (3 runs) India 162/3 (RR: 6.23)
SK Raina    2* (4b)      Munir Dar    3-0-11-0
MS Dhoni    16* (25b 2x4)      Najeeb Amar    9-0-37-2

26.1

Najeeb Amar to Raina, 1 run, short delivery, turning in, pushed to long-on

26.2

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, no run, fuller, quicker, on the middle and leg, pushed to the bowler

26.3

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, 1 run, arm-ball on the legs, dabbed behind square leg

26.4

Najeeb Amar to Raina, 1 run, leans forward to push a flighted delivery to long-on

26.5

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, no run, on the middle stump line, tapped to extra cover

26.6

Najeeb Amar to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to defend the flighted delivery down the track

End of over 27 (3 runs) India 165/3 (RR: 6.11)
MS Dhoni    17* (29b 2x4)      Najeeb Amar    10-0-40-2
SK Raina    4* (6b)      Munir Dar    3-0-11-0

27.1

Munir Dar to Raina, no run, leans forward to push to the on side of the track

27.2

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, goes right back to tap a slow delivery to midwicket for a single

27.3

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, slow through the air, on the middle stump line, pushed to the off side for a quick single. The bowler rushed to the ball and fired in a throw at the non-striker's end and misses

27.4

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, leans forward to ease it to long-on

27.5

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, lunges forward to defend

27.6

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, driven back to the bowler

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 168/3 (RR: 6.00)
MS Dhoni    18* (32b 2x4)      Munir Dar    4-0-14-0
SK Raina    6* (9b)      Najeeb Amar    10-0-40-2

Skhwat Ali to bowl

28.1

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned to deep midwicket for a single

28.2

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, no run, seam-up delivery outside off stump, hit to covers

28.3

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, cuts in a touch, on the middle, forced to long-on

28.4

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, stands tall to punch a length delivery to long-off

28.5

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, FOUR, short of length, outside off stump, cut hard to point boundary

28.6

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, no run, short in length, just outside off stump, dabbed to point

End of over 29 (7 runs) India 175/3 (RR: 6.03)
MS Dhoni    23* (36b 3x4)      Skhawat Ali    1-0-7-0
SK Raina    8* (11b)      Munir Dar    4-0-14-0

29.1

Munir Dar to Raina, no run, leans forward to push to the leg side

29.2

Munir Dar to Raina, no run, flighted full, driven back to the bowler

29.3

Munir Dar to Raina, no run, loopy flighted one on the middle and off, again pushed back to the bowler

29.4

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, picks up a single with a drive through the on side

29.5

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, slower through the air, on a length on the middle and off, Dhoni stretches forward, opens the bat face and pushes it to the off side

29.6

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run

End of over 30 (3 runs) India 178/3 (RR: 5.93)
SK Raina    10* (16b)      Munir Dar    5-0-17-0
MS Dhoni    24* (37b 3x4)      Skhawat Ali    1-0-7-0

Interestingly, tons of mails have come in castigating Rohit Sharma. Hmm... Hold your mails now!

30.1

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-off

30.2

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, no run, pushed to midwicket

30.3

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, length delivery on the off stump, punched to long-off

30.4

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, leans forward to punch one through the off side

30.5

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run

30.6

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, leans forward to present the full face of the bat to a length delivery on middle and off and picks up a single to long-off

End of over 31 (5 runs) India 183/3 (RR: 5.90)
SK Raina    13* (19b)      Skhawat Ali    2-0-12-0
MS Dhoni    26* (40b 3x4)      Munir Dar    5-0-17-0

31.1

Munir Dar to Raina, no run, tossed outsdie off, guided to point

31.2

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, on the off stump line, nudged to the midwicket region

31.3

Munir Dar to Dhoni, FOUR, tossed full on the middle and leg line and Dhoni drives inside-out to long-off boundary

31.4

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run

31.5

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, pushes down to long-off for a single

31.6

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, leans forward to drive through the on side

End of over 32 (7 runs) India 190/3 (RR: 5.93)
SK Raina    15* (22b)      Munir Dar    6-0-24-0
MS Dhoni    31* (43b 4x4)      Skhawat Ali    2-0-12-0

32.1

Skhawat Ali to Raina, no run, gentle stuff on the off stump line, pushed to covers

32.2

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, length delivery on the off stump, single down to long-off

32.3

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, cuts in towards the pad, tickled behind square leg

32.4

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, on the off stump line, punched to long-off .

32.5

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, on a length, on the middle and leg, pushed to long-on

32.6

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, pushed to long-off for a single

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 195/3 (RR: 5.90)
SK Raina    18* (26b)      Skhawat Ali    3-0-17-0
MS Dhoni    33* (45b 4x4)      Munir Dar    6-0-24-0

33.1

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, single through midwicket. They are jogging along here.

33.2

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, goes back to tap a single close on the leg side. No big hits, no risks, just singles

33.3

Munir Dar to Raina, FOUR, And a boundary now. Full pitched outside off stump, fluent drive through extra cover

33.4

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, skips down the track, takes it on the full but makes contact rather high on the bat and will get a single to long-on

33.5

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to push one to covers

33.6

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, lunges out to tap a full delivery back to the bowler

End of over 34 (7 runs) India 202/3 (RR: 5.94)
MS Dhoni    34* (48b 4x4)      Munir Dar    7-0-31-0
SK Raina    24* (29b 1x4)      Skhawat Ali    3-0-17-0

34.1

Skhawat Ali to Raina, no run, leans forward to push it back to the bowler

34.2

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, short of length delivery on the off stump, stands tall to punch to long-on

34.3

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to extra cover

34.4

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, on a length, on the middle and leg, punched to long-on

34.5

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 2 runs, length delivery on the middle and Raina punches it neatly to wide long-on region

34.6

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 wide, down the leg side. Wide.

34.6

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, on the off stump line, fisted down to long-off.

End of over 35 (6 runs) India 208/3 (RR: 5.94)
SK Raina    28* (33b 1x4)      Skhawat Ali    4-0-23-0
MS Dhoni    35* (50b 4x4)      Munir Dar    7-0-31-0

35.1

Munir Dar to Raina, FOUR, short of length delivery and Raina has all the time in the world to pull it between midwicket and long-on

35.2

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, rotates the strike with a push to long-off now

35.3

Munir Dar to Dhoni, SIX, Monster hit. Down the track, clean swing of the bat and the white ball kept flying over long-on

35.4

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, and follows it with a single to long-on

35.5

Munir Dar to Raina, FOUR, goes back to force a slightly short-of-length delivery turning in from outside off to extra cover boundary. The sweeper cover rushed across but made a mess of it in the end

35.6

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, fuller, on the middle, tapped behind square leg

End of over 36 (17 runs) India 225/3 (RR: 6.25)
SK Raina    38* (37b 3x4)      Munir Dar    8-0-48-0
MS Dhoni    42* (52b 4x4 1x6)      Skhawat Ali    4-0-23-0

36.1

Skhawat Ali to Raina, FOUR, Another pull. Another boundary. Dhoni has a chat with Raina.

36.2

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, fuller and driven hard but it ricochets off Dhoni's bat as he was trying to ground his bat inside the crease. Both have a smile.

36.3

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, gives Raina the strike back with a dab to right of midwicket

36.4

Skhawat Ali to Raina, no run, pushes a drive straight to extra cover

36.5

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, sends a length delivery to long-on

36.6

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, no run, slow off cutter, driven back to the bowler

Money Munot from UAE: "MS Dhoni has completely changed his approach towards batting. He had taken up the task of batting with captaincy very well. He bats with responsibility trying to provide stability and finishing touches to the foundations of other batsman. He is no longer a swash buckling pinch hitter. In fact i remember once he made a half century without even scoring any boundary. Its been really good for the team."

End of over 37 (7 runs) India 232/3 (RR: 6.27)
MS Dhoni    43* (54b 4x4 1x6)      Skhawat Ali    5-0-30-0
SK Raina    44* (41b 4x4)      Munir Dar    8-0-48-0

37.1

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, a push through the on side field and another single results

37.2

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, tapped to cover point for another single.

37.3

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, leans across to wrist a flighted delivery on the middle to short fine-leg region

37.4

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, slow through the air, Dhoni is made to wait and taps it to the on side

37.5

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, arm-ball, coming in towards middle and leg, Dhoni backs away to push it through to long-on

37.6

Munir Dar to Raina, no run, on a length, on the middle and off, mistimes a punch back to the bowler

End of over 38 (4 runs) India 236/3 (RR: 6.21)
SK Raina    46* (44b 4x4)      Munir Dar    9-0-52-0
MS Dhoni    45* (57b 4x4 1x6)      Skhawat Ali    5-0-30-0

38.1

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length, on the off and middle, punched hard but straight back at the bowler

38.2

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, on the middle and leg, full in length, turned to midwicket region for a single

38.3

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, leans forward to push a full delivery to long-on

38.4

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 leg bye, on the middle and leg, dabbed to the on side

38.5

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, stands tall to punch a length delivery to long-off. They are delaying the final onslaught.

38.6

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, on the pads and it bounds away to short fine-leg region. Drinks break now.

End of over 39 (6 runs) India 242/3 (RR: 6.20)
SK Raina    48* (47b 4x4)      Skhawat Ali    6-0-35-0
MS Dhoni    48* (60b 4x4 1x6)      Munir Dar    9-0-52-0

39.1

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, loopy delivery on middle and leg, pushed through square leg

39.2

Munir Dar to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to long-off

39.3

Munir Dar to Raina, no run, driven to cover point

39.4

Munir Dar to Raina, 1 run, on the middle and leg and turned to backward square leg and that's his fifty

39.5

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, pushed back to the bowler

39.6

Munir Dar to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to dead-bat a delivery on the off stump line

End of over 40 (3 runs) India 245/3 (RR: 6.12)
MS Dhoni    49* (63b 4x4 1x6)      Munir Dar    10-0-55-0
SK Raina    50* (50b 4x4)      Skhawat Ali    6-0-35-0

40.1

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, pushed through the off side field

40.2

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, After Raina, Dhoni brings up his fifty with a punch-drive to long-off

40.3

Skhawat Ali to Raina, SIX, cleared his front leg and swung a slow off cutter over wide long-on

40.4

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, fuller, driven to long-on

40.5

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, no run, really full in length, dug out to the off side

40.6

Skhawat Ali to Dhoni, 1 run, almost on the yorker length, Dhoni inside edges a drive behind square leg

End of over 41 (10 runs) India 255/3 (RR: 6.21)
MS Dhoni    51* (66b 4x4 1x6)      Skhawat Ali    7-0-45-0
SK Raina    58* (53b 4x4 1x6)      Munir Dar    10-0-55-0

41.1

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, wide outside off stump, Dhoni reaches out and drives to extra cover

41.2

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, SIX, Another big hit. Lands again on the roof. He went down the track, got under the ball and heaved it over long-on

41.3

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, no run

41.4

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, 2 runs, full delivery, biffed to wide long-on region. Didn't quite time it well

41.5

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, Almost stumped. Nadeem saw him coming down the track, dragged back the length and turned it away from Dhoni was beaten but managed to drag the bat back in the crease. He had tried to jam the bat down on the ball, missed but by that act, had got the bat close to the crease and just kept dragging it inside the crease. If he had gone for a lofted shot or a cut, he would not have got time to get the back in time

41.6

Nadeem Ahmed to Dhoni, SIX, No mistake this time. He stayed inside the crease and unfurled an inside-out lofted drive over wide long-off.

End of over 42 (14 runs) India 269/3 (RR: 6.40)
MS Dhoni    65* (72b 4x4 3x6)      Nadeem Ahmed    8-0-52-0
SK Raina    58* (53b 4x4 1x6)      Skhawat Ali    7-0-45-0

42.1

Skhawat Ali to Raina, SIX, Raina joins in the mayhem. He took out the front leg out of the line and swung a full delivery over long-on.

42.2

Skhawat Ali to Raina, FOUR, fuller and Raina couldn't get his bat under the ball but drilled it through wide long-on

42.3

Skhawat Ali to Raina, SIX, Right in the slot. The bat comes down in tremendous speed. Blur. Blink. The ball has sailed well over long-on. Huge hit.

42.4

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 2 byes, well outside the off stump, Raina tries to slog it to the on side, misses and so does the 'keeper

42.5

Skhawat Ali to Raina, SIX, Another one in the slot and Raina sends it disappearing over long-on. What a carnage.

42.6

Skhawat Ali to Raina, 1 run, slower one, Raina retains the strike with a push to sweeper cover

End of over 43 (25 runs) India 294/3 (RR: 6.83)
SK Raina    81* (59b 5x4 4x6)      Skhawat Ali    8-0-68-0
MS Dhoni    65* (72b 4x4 3x6)      Nadeem Ahmed    8-0-52-0

43.1

Afzaal Haider to Raina, 2 runs, moves outside leg, a slower one arrives and its chipped to left of long-off

43.2

Afzaal Haider to Raina, 1 run, walks down the track to on drive a length delivery for a single. Over to Dhoni.

43.3

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish, on the middle, driven to long-off for a single

43.4

Afzaal Haider to Raina, 1 run, down the track and attempts to heave to wide long-on but the execution doesn't match the intent. The ball flies off the outer edge to third man

43.5

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, 1 run, change of pace, slower and short in length outside off, Dhoni swats it to deep midwicket

43.6

Afzaal Haider to Raina, FOUR, another attempted heave, another edge but this time profitable. The ball goes to the deep cover point boundary

End of over 44 (10 runs) India 304/3 (RR: 6.90)
SK Raina    89* (63b 6x4 4x6)      Afzaal Haider    3-0-33-0
MS Dhoni    67* (74b 4x4 3x6)      Skhawat Ali    8-0-68-0

44.1

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, yorker length on the middle, jabbed back to the bowler

44.2

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 wide, way outside off stump. Even the bowler would have been surprised had that not been called a wide.

44.2

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run, really full, almost at the blockhole, stabbed towards long-on

44.3

Irfan Ahmed to Raina, 2 runs, fullpitched, driven hard back down the track and the bowler makes a half-stop and the ball rolls through midwicket region

44.4

Irfan Ahmed to Raina, FOUR, lovely extra cover drive. He moved outside leg stump and chipped a full pitched delivery inside-out over the off side field.

44.5

Irfan Ahmed to Raina, SIX, Hundred with a six. Dhoni hugs him. His team-mates are up on their feet. He smashed a slower one outside leg over long leg.

44.6

Irfan Ahmed to Raina, no run, full one outside off stump and Raina lets it go through to the 'keeper

End of over 45 (14 runs) India 318/3 (RR: 7.06)
SK Raina    101* (67b 7x4 5x6)      Irfan Ahmed    4-0-36-0
MS Dhoni    68* (76b 4x4 3x6)      Afzaal Haider    3-0-33-0

Bharadwaj DSS: "Dhoni has the strength to be a pinch hitter, but not the technique. He cannot get under most of the deliveries easily to loft them high. A good length ball will do, but an over pitched or low full tosses get hit only to the long on-off. Yes, the current approach suits him and the team better. He is not a pinch hitter for all seasons."

45.1

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, SIX, And Dhoni goes down town. He cleared his front leg and used the bottom-hand to power a lofted shot straight over the bowler.

45.2

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, 1 run, single to long-on

45.3

Afzaal Haider to Raina, OUT, Raina charged down the track and wanted to heave it to wide long-on but edged it to over extra cover. Good catch by Irfan running back

SK Raina c Irfan Ahmed b Afzaal Haider 101 (80m 68b 7x4 5x6) SR: 148.52

45.4

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, 1 run, on a length, on the middle, pushed to covers

45.5

Afzaal Haider to Uthappa, no run

45.6

Afzaal Haider to Uthappa, 1 run, shuffles across to drive a full delivery to long-on

End of over 46 (9 runs) India 327/4 (RR: 7.10)
RV Uthappa    1* (2b)      Afzaal Haider    4-0-42-1
MS Dhoni    76* (79b 4x4 4x6)      Irfan Ahmed    4-0-36-0

46.1

Irfan Ahmed to Uthappa, 1 run, low full toss on the middle, hands over the strike to Dhoni with a push to long-on

46.2

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, no run, beaten outside off stump. It cut away off a length and Dhoni followed the movement and tried to run it down to third man but ...

46.3

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, SIX, Brutal bottom-hand powered flat six. Again, the front leg was cleared and the bat came down in a hurry to loft the full delivery over long-on

46.4

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish, driven to long-off for a single

46.5

Irfan Ahmed to Uthappa, 1 run, gets forward to drive a length delivery to long-on

46.6

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run, almost at the blockhole, punched to sweeper cover

End of over 47 (10 runs) India 337/4 (RR: 7.17)
MS Dhoni    84* (83b 4x4 5x6)      Irfan Ahmed    5-0-46-0
RV Uthappa    3* (4b)      Afzaal Haider    4-0-42-1

47.1

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, FOUR, slower one, off a length, on the middle and off, Dhoni is surprised by the change of pace but decides to punch it through the on side and edges it through the vacant slip region

47.2

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, 2 runs, down the track and drives to wide long-off

47.3

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, SIX, Crashes into the roof. Couple of steps down the track and manages to work his bottom-hand over time to get under the full delivery to send it over long-on.

47.4

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, 1 run, slower one, pushes a single to extra cover

Tejas Patel: "Calling Dhoni a pinch hitter is like calling him a night watchman in tests. His ability and skills cannot be undermined. He is a superb finisher and more often than not has taken India to tremendous victories. Coming down at 6 or 7 till now, he still has an average of 46. Which pinch hitter ever had that sort of an average, "

47.5

Afzaal Haider to Uthappa, 2 runs, full and hint of away movement, tapped to wide third man for couple of runs

47.6

Afzaal Haider to Uthappa, 2 runs, length delivery on the middle stump line and Robin chips it over midwicket with a flick of the wrist

End of over 48 (17 runs) India 354/4 (RR: 7.37)
RV Uthappa    7* (6b)      Afzaal Haider    5-0-59-1
MS Dhoni    97* (87b 5x4 6x6)      Irfan Ahmed    5-0-46-0

48.1

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run, full pitched, turned through the on side

Siddharth: "As Peter Parker's uncle says, "with great power comes great responsibility."Though Dhoni's innings nowadays appear a little labourious, he hardly ever falls below a strike rate of 90.00.. At the end of the day, he almost always gets the job done. Every batting line up requires a few batsmen who are willing to grind the situation out, when the demand arises.."

48.2

Irfan Ahmed to Uthappa, 1 run, walks across the stumps to work a full delivery on the middle and off to deep square leg

48.3

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run, leans forward to push a length delivery to mid-off region

48.4

Irfan Ahmed to Uthappa, 1 run, yorker length on the off stump, pushed towards mid-off for a single

48.5

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, 2 runs, lunges forward to get the yorker on the full and drives down the ground. Uthappa turns quickly for the second run and Dhoni will get his hundred. Two tons in this game.

48.6

Irfan Ahmed to Dhoni, 1 run, swing a full pitched delivery to wide midwicket.

End of over 49 (7 runs) India 361/4 (RR: 7.36)
MS Dhoni    102* (91b 5x4 6x6)      Irfan Ahmed    6-0-53-0
RV Uthappa    9* (8b)      Afzaal Haider    5-0-59-1

49.1

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, no run, swing and a miss. He charged down and had a almighty swing at it. And now sports a big smile.

49.2

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, no run, again comes down the track but Haider bangs it short and the ball flies over the blade. Good stuff from Haider.

49.3

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, 2 runs, Fuller outside off stump, Dhoni tries to swing it over midwicket but edges it towards third man

49.4

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, FOUR, slower one, low full toss on the middle stump, Dhoni waits for the ball to arrive before spanking it to deep backward square leg.

49.5

Afzaal Haider to Dhoni, 1 run, pulls a length delivery to deep midwicket. Last ball coming up.

49.6

Afzaal Haider to Uthappa, SIX, Uthappa walks down the track, as he often does in these situations, and swings a length delivery over wide long-on.

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End of over 50 (13 runs) India 374/4
RV Uthappa    15* (9b 1x6)      Afzaal Haider    6-0-72-1
MS Dhoni    109* (96b 6x4 6x6)      Irfan Ahmed    6-0-53-0
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Jun 25, 2008

Virender Sehwag wrapped up the tail with two wickets, Hong Kong v India, Group B, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 25, 2008

Virender Sehwag wrapped up the tail with two wickets

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Jun 25, 2008

Piyush Chawla's 4 for 23 hastened Hong Kong's collapse, Hong Kong v India, Group B, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 25, 2008

Piyush Chawla's 4 for 23 hastened Hong Kong's collapse

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