Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 7th match, Super Four

Bangladesh v India

India won by 7 wickets (with 40 balls remaining)

23.3

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, outside the off stump, turns away past the poke again

23.4

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, Dhoni had said he reckoned this pitch would take turn and it is doing so. Another unsure poke, beaten again

23.5

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run

23.6

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, goes back to work a full delivery to wide midwicket

Bangladesh 121/4   Alok Kapali 1* (4b)

24.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, full on the middle, eased to long-on for a single

24.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, flighted delivery on the off and middle has been sent down to long-on

Bangladesh 124/4   Alok Kapali 3* (6b)

25.1

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, full, on the middle and off line, driven with the turn through covers

25.5

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, slower through the air, outside off, guided to backward point

25.6

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, lands outside leg, turns in to hit the pad

Bangladesh 126/4   Alok Kapali 4* (9b)

26.3

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, no run, floated on the off stump, pushed to left of Yuvraj who lunges to make the stop

26.4

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, another one on short of length and punched down to long-off

26.6

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, drifting to the legs, turned to Rohit at long leg

Bangladesh 132/4   Alok Kapali 6* (12b)

27.1

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, turning outside off stump, short of length ,cut to backward point. Ojha suggests he is not happy with the length; he wants to make the batsman drive

27.2

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, does so this time, flights it full and Kapali leans forward to defend

27.3

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, defended to the off side

27.4

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, fuller and driven to long-off. Raina tried to cut it with a dive from short extra cover and has hurt his right hand. He runs off the field to get more attention.

Bangladesh 133/4   Alok Kapali 7* (16b)

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, on the off stump line, coming in with the arm, tapped to cover point for a quick single

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, no run, goes back to defend to the off side

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, eased down to long-on

Bangladesh 142/4   Alok Kapali 9* (19b)

29.1

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, slow loopy delivery lands on the off stump and spins past the defensive blade

29.2

Ojha to Alok Kapali, FOUR, Kapali responds well by late cutting a delivery outside off stump past short third man

29.3

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, quicker one on the off stump and Kapali goes right back to defend

29.4

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, turns after landing short of length around off stump, Kapali opens the bat face to steer to backward point

29.5

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, flighted full around off stump, Kapali shapes to slog sweep and edges it through vacant slip region

29.6

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, outside off stump, turning away from short of length, cut to third man

Bangladesh 150/4   Alok Kapali 17* (25b 1x4)

30.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, flatter, quicker, and pushed with the turn to midwicket

30.5

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, short of length, turning in towards off stump, guided to cover point for a single

Bangladesh 152/4   Alok Kapali 18* (27b 1x4)

31.1

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, turning away from Kapali who steers it to backward point

31.2

Ojha to Alok Kapali, SIX, The slog sweep is working. Imperious. He went down on his knee to heave it over midwicket boundary.

31.3

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, on the middle, tapped to the on side

31.4

Ojha to Alok Kapali, no run, full and on the middle and off, defended to the off side

31.5

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, slower through the air and Kapali goes back to dab it against the turn to midwicket

Bangladesh 159/4   Alok Kapali 25* (32b 1x4 1x6)

32.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, goes back to push a full delivery to point

32.2

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, turns in from outside off, pushed to the onside and Yusuf intercepts

32.3

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, fuller, turning in, checks his drive and the ball rolls back to the bowler

32.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, quicker and defended with the full face of the bat

32.5

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, dropped by the diving Gony at long-on. It was chipped towards him and he ran in, appeared to have judged it initially, but was surprised as it dipped on him and he lunged but couldn't quite get his palm under the ball.

32.6

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, on the middle and leg, Kapali gets forward to push it to the on side

Bangladesh 161/4   Alok Kapali 27* (38b 1x4 1x6)

33.2

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, leans forward to push a full delivery to midwicket

33.6

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, Kapali presses his front leg across and dabs a delivery on the middle to midwicket

Bangladesh 165/4   Alok Kapali 29* (40b 1x4 1x6)

34.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, turning in to the pad, misses the glance and it bounds off the pad

34.2

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, turns into middle and off, pushed to the on side

34.3

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, works his wrists to turn a delivery on the off stump to Robin at square leg

34.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, FOUR, gets forward and swings a full delivery from outside off to wide long-on. Good clean hit.

34.5

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, flatter, worked to square leg

34.6

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, flat, shorter and quicker, pushed back to the bowler

Bangladesh 169/4   Alok Kapali 33* (46b 2x4 1x6)

35.6

Ojha to Alok Kapali, 1 run, leans forward to turn it to midwicket

Bangladesh 171/5   Alok Kapali 34* (47b 2x4 1x6)

36.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, on the off stump line, worked to midwicket

36.2

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, gets a leading edge on the drive and it lobs to mid-off and down to the long-off fielder

36.5

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, leans forward to punch to the bowler

36.6

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, on the middle stump line, worked to square leg

Bangladesh 173/5   Alok Kapali 35* (51b 2x4 1x6)

37.4

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, on a good length outside the off stump, Kapali tries to have a swing but is beaten by the movement

37.5

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, outside the off stump, Kapali comes forward and pushes it to point but Raina intercepts it and has Mahmudullah in a spot of bother, but does not bring the stumps down

37.6

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, 1 run, outside the off stump again, cut to point for a single

Bangladesh 175/5   Alok Kapali 36* (54b 2x4 1x6)

38.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, on the off stump, looks to push it on the leg side but gets a leading edge, which falls short of mid off

38.3

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes it firmly to deep midwicket for a single

Bangladesh 178/5   Alok Kapali 38* (56b 2x4 1x6)

39.3

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, 1 run, on a good length on the off stump, Kapali comes forward and creams a drive to sweeper cover for a single

39.5

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, full pitched outside off stump, mistimes a drive to the off side

39.6

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, FOUR, cracking stroke to deep point boundary. There was a sweeper cover and Kapali delayed the shot to force the short-of-length delivery to left of backward point

Bangladesh 186/5   Alok Kapali 43* (59b 3x4 1x6)

40.3

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, dabbed to backward square leg

40.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, full outside off, driven to long-off

Bangladesh 188/5   Alok Kapali 44* (61b 3x4 1x6)

41.2

Singh to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, leans forward to dab a short of length delivery to left of backward point and by the time the wide third man fielder came across, they pick up couple of runs

41.3

Singh to Alok Kapali, no run, leans forward to length delivery to the backward point

41.4

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, length delivery just outside leg stump, tries to drive to the on side, gets a inside edge and it runs off the pad to short third man

Bangladesh 193/5   Alok Kapali 47* (64b 3x4 1x6)

42.1

Pathan to Alok Kapali, SIX, Kapali brings up his 6th ODI fifty with a super slog sweep over midwicket. Back in the dressing room Ashraful looks pretty happy and signals to Kapali to carry on with his merry ways

42.2

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run

42.3

Pathan to Alok Kapali, SIX, Another slog sweep. Another six. This is fab stuff from Kapali. He went down on his knee to dispose it up over the boundary ropes

42.4

Pathan to Alok Kapali, no run, turns this flatter delivery to midwicket

42.5

Pathan to Alok Kapali, 1 run, gets forward to ease a full delivery to long-on

Bangladesh 206/5   Alok Kapali 60* (69b 3x4 3x6)

43.1

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, lands outside leg stump on a length, moves in towards the hips, tucked past square leg

43.5

Singh to Alok Kapali, FOUR, Kapali is unstoppable. Slashes a full length delivery outside off over backward point.

43.6

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, drives down the ground to long-off and will retain the strike

Bangladesh 217/5   Alok Kapali 66* (72b 4x4 3x6)

44.1

Gony to Alok Kapali, FOUR, superbly timed lofted off drive. It was full and outside off, He bent his back knee and drove it inside-out to wide long-off region.

44.2

Gony to Alok Kapali, SIX, six over extra cover! Kapali is da maan. He reached out to a wide length delivery outside off and knifed it up and over the ropes. Ojha was there but it sailed just over the ropes.

44.3

Gony to Alok Kapali, SIX, Shot boss! Kapali is turning on mesmerizing display of hitting here. All clean swings of the bat. He thrust his front leg out and fisted a length delivery over wide long-on. He punches the gloves of the non-striker and breaks into a big smile.

44.4

Gony to Alok Kapali, no run, outside off stump, attempts to slice it past backward point but misses

44.5

Gony to Alok Kapali, 1 run, short of length delivery on off and middle, Kapali is early into the pull shot and drags it past square leg

Bangladesh 234/5   Alok Kapali 83* (77b 5x4 5x6)

45.1

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, FOUR, goes for the slow yorker on the off and middle line but Kapali picked it, took it on full and swatted it superbly through midwicket. Lovely piece of timing there.

45.2

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, low fast full toss, pushed to the bowler.

45.3

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, 1 run, another low full toss, this time well outside off stump, square driven past the diving Robin Uthappa at backward point. The ball fell just short of the lunging Robin who deflected it to sweeper cover

45.5

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, beaten by the slower one. Kapali was looking to push it to cover point for a single but couldn't connect

45.6

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, FOUR, waist-high full toss outside off stump and Kapali reaches his highest ODI score with a well-controlled slice through backward point. That was at a awkward height - my first reaction was it would be a no-ball- but Kapali managed to get on top of it really well.

Bangladesh 246/5   Alok Kapali 92* (82b 7x4 5x6)

46.3

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 wide, down the leg side and Kapali lets it go through

46.3

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, kicks up from back of length, just outside off stump, Kapali arches back to get on top of the bounce and steers it down to Ishant at third man

46.6

Singh to Alok Kapali, FOUR, The Nataraja pull shot. Kapil Dev's fans would know. Up went the left leg, down came the bat and he superbly found the deep backward square leg boundary. What a gem of a knock from Kapali.

Bangladesh 254/5   Alok Kapali 97* (84b 8x4 5x6)

47.2

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, fullish one outside off stump, Kapali crouched, got the bat in a horizontal position and dabbed the ball to wide third man

47.3

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, 1 run, And that's his hundred. Another full delivery and he repeated the earlier shot to the right of third man. He reached the other end, paused, turned, took the helmet off and raised the bat towards his delighted team-mates standing in the pavilion. Take a bow Kapali, this has been a delightfully yummy knock

47.5

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, yorker length outside off stump, Kapali tries to run it down to third man again but can't connect this time.

47.6

I Sharma to Alok Kapali, no run, moves outside leg stump, Ishant sends a slower one outside off, Kapali is late to pick it up and then tries to move towards the line and offers a check drive but again can't connect.

Bangladesh 259/5   Alok Kapali 100* (88b 8x4 5x6)

48.2

Singh to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, dropped by Gambhir at long-off. The Indians have caught this virus in Pakistan. Kapali lofted a length delivery to right of Gambhir who ran a few yards and lunged but couldn't hold on

48.3

Singh to Alok Kapali, FOUR, Edged to third man boundary. The white ball is disappearing everywhere. Kapali backed away and tried to pull a short of length delivery but edged it over the slip region, Ishant makes an valiant attempt to get under it but can't reach it

48.4

Singh to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, fuller and dragged to left of midwicket where Raina mis fields

48.5

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 wide, sails down leg side, Dhoni doesn't gather cleanly but recovers quickly. The batsmen get across to have a chat

48.5

Singh to Alok Kapali, FOUR, The Kapali show is on. Imperious thrust of the front foot down the track, clean swing of the bat and the short-of-length delivery disappears to wide long-on.

48.6

Singh to Alok Kapali, 1 run, fires in a yorker, stabbed to the off side

Bangladesh 274/5   Alok Kapali 113* (93b 10x4 5x6)

49.1

Gony to Alok Kapali, 1 leg bye, slower one, on the middle and leg stump line, too early into his pull and they rush across for a quick leg bye and Gony running on kicked it on to the stumps but the batsman was in

49.4

Gony to Alok Kapali, 2 runs, swing and a miss. It was a length delivery on the middle stump line, the ball flies to Dhoni, the batsmen rush across, Dhoni misses at the striker's ends, the ball comes back to Gony who misses at the non-striker's end and overthrows!

49.5

Gony to Alok Kapali, OUT, A stunning innings has come to an end by an equally stunning catch by Ojha at deep midwicket. Kapali had top edged a pull and Ojha rushing forward , dived with both palms outstretched and as the ball came down, the left hand slipped off the position but the right palm came under the ball. But the man of the moment is Alok Kapali. What an entertaining knock.

Alok Kapali c Ojha b Gony 115 (97m 96b 10x4 5x6) SR: 119.79

Bangladesh 281/6   Alok Kapali 115 (96b 10x4 5x6)
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Jun 28, 2008

Pragyan Ojha in his final delivery stride, Bangladesh v India, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 28, 2008

Pragyan Ojha in his final delivery stride

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Jun 28, 2008

Suresh Raina soaks in his second ODI hundred, Bangladesh v India, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, June 28, 2008

Suresh Raina soaks in his second ODI hundred

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