Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 10th match, Super Four

Pakistan v India

Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)

12.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Dhoni, no run, cuts in towards middle and off, edged back to the pad.

12.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Dhoni, no run, another inside-edge on to the pad as the ball shapes in towards middle and off. Wasim Akram, on air, reckons it has started to reverse swing already.

12.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Dhoni, no run, big shout for a catch behind decision but it had gone off the chest. It was a well-directed short-pitched delivery, Dhoni hopped but made sure he dropped his wrists and got his bat out of the way and it bounded off the chest to the 'keeper. Where is Brian Close?! He would have nodded in appreciation.

India 94/3   MS Dhoni 0* (3b)

13.5

Abdur Rauf to Dhoni, 1 run, short in length, cutting in, turned to long leg

India 96/3   MS Dhoni 1* (4b)

16.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Dhoni, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, worked to right of midwicket for a single

India 115/3   MS Dhoni 2* (5b)

17.5

Abdur Rauf to Dhoni, no run, drifts towards the pads, Dhoni shovels it towards the short-fine leg fielder. It was in the air briefly but fell well short of the man.

17.6

Abdur Rauf to Dhoni, no run, gets back and across to push a length delivery to covers

India 129/3   MS Dhoni 2* (7b)

19.1

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, slider on the middle stump line, Dhoni makes sure he doesn't get his front leg across and dabs the ball behind square leg.

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to push a loopy delivery to covers

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, will get a single with a push to extra cover region

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, googly and Dhoni lunges forward, gets his bat way ahead of his pad to defend

India 133/4   MS Dhoni 4* (11b)

20.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Dhoni, 1 run, run down to third man for a single.

India 135/4   MS Dhoni 5* (12b)

21.1

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, on the off and middle, forced to covers where Misbah makes the stop

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, fuller and pushed to Misbah.

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, gets down the track to drive to long-on. "Bahut aala Shahid bhai," says Sarfraz. [Very good]

21.5

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, skips down the track to squeeze a full delivery to short fine leg

India 138/4   MS Dhoni 7* (16b)

22.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to defend but the ball turns past the prod and strikes him high on the left thigh.

22.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, full and driven to long-off

22.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, again turning into middle and leg, squeezed to square leg

India 142/4   MS Dhoni 8* (19b)

23.4

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, well outside the off stump, full, Dhoni reaches out to chop it to short third man region

23.6

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, loopy delivery outside off stump, Dhoni lunges to drive to deep cover.

India 150/4   MS Dhoni 10* (21b)

24.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, comes down the track, Ajmal drags back the length and it is turned behind square leg

24.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, full and Dhoni stretches forward to on drive to long-on

India 153/4   MS Dhoni 12* (23b)

25.1

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, leans forward to push through the on side

25.3

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run

25.4

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, gets forward to push a full delivery to long-on

25.6

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to push to covers

India 157/4   MS Dhoni 14* (27b)

26.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, The doosra. It landed on the middle and leg, Dhoni thought it would turn in and tried to play towards the on side and got a leading edge to the off side.

26.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, on the leg and middle, swept to long leg.

26.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, on the middle, turning in, nudged to on side

India 162/4   MS Dhoni 16* (30b)

27.3

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, comes down the track, nudges to midwicket region

27.5

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, loopy delivery well outside the off stump, driven to Misbah at extra cover

27.6

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, goes back to turn a slider to backward square leg region

India 166/4   MS Dhoni 18* (33b)

28.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, turns from middle to leg, Dhoni backs away to the leg side to punch it to longon

28.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, doosra on the middle and leg line, Dhoni went right back to defend to on side

28.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 wide, spins sharply from middle stump line but goes down leg side.

28.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, doosra outside off this time, Dhoni is late to pick it up and cuts to deep point

28.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, turns towards the pad, tucked to backward square leg

India 172/4   MS Dhoni 21* (37b)

29.1

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run

29.2

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 2 runs, goes back to cut a short delivery to wide of sweeper cove

29.3

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run

29.5

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, lunges forward to again ping the deep cover

India 177/4   MS Dhoni 25* (41b)

30.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, the doosra, from back of the hand, Dhoni doesn't pick it again and ends up swatting it down the track

30.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to drive to extra cover

30.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, backs outside leg and dabs a delivery turning to the leg stump line to midwicket. Misbah with the throw which is a tad wide and by the time the bowler collected and broke the stumps, Rohit was in

30.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, on the middle stump, turns sharply to the leg side and again Dhoni dabs to midwicket

30.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, doosra on the middle and leg line. Dhoni picked that one and defends to the on side

India 182/4   MS Dhoni 26* (46b)

31.3

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, FOUR, short in length outside off and skidding on straight, Dhoni goes back to cut it through backward point for a boundary. His first one.

31.4

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, stretches well forward to drive a length delivery to long-off

India 189/4   MS Dhoni 31* (48b 1x4)

32.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, FOUR, lands outside off stump, short and holding its line, Dhoni went back to smash it to extra-cover boundary.

32.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to defend a full delivery to the off side

32.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, spins towards the leg stump line, nudged to the on side

32.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, similar line, dabbed behind square leg for a single

India 196/4   MS Dhoni 36* (52b 2x4)

33.2

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, quicker, shorter, turns away, cut to point

33.5

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, fullish, driven hard but straight to Misbah at cover

33.6

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to drive a delivery around off to covers

India 201/4   MS Dhoni 37* (55b 2x4)

34.4

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 2 runs, short in length, angling towards middle and off, Dhoni goes right back to turn it past square leg

34.5

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run, walks down the track, Tanvir hurls it on the leg stump line, worked to long leg

India 207/4   MS Dhoni 40* (57b 2x4)

35.1

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, well outside the off stump, full, driven powerfully to sweeper cover

India 212/4   MS Dhoni 41* (58b 2x4)

36.1

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, no run, From round the stumps, coming in towards middle, defended to covers.

36.2

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, no run, short in length, well outside the off stump, Dhoni can't reach it with his cut shot.

36.3

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run, leans forward to push a length delivery towards mid-on and runs with the stroke

36.6

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run, walks towards the off stump and punches to long-off

India 217/4   MS Dhoni 43* (62b 2x4)

37.1

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 wide, wide outside off stump.

37.1

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, again well outside off, Dhoni lets it go. Not wide enough to be called wide, though

37.2

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, FOUR, had enough of leaving deliveries, charges out and drills a full delivery to right of long-off

37.3

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to drive to covers

37.4

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to the off side

37.5

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, on the off stump line. Dhoni stays still on the leg stump and punches it to Misbah at extra cover

37.6

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, just outside off, keeps a touch low, squeezed to short third man

India 222/4   MS Dhoni 47* (68b 3x4)

38.3

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run, full and just outside off stump, driven to long-off

38.5

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish, on the off stump line, Dhoni doesn't move his feet but just drives through the line to long-off

India 226/4   MS Dhoni 49* (70b 3x4)

39.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Dhoni, 1 run, back of length, outside off stump, driven to deep cover. 21st ODI fifty for Dhoni and the 100 of the partnership is up as well.

39.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Dhoni, 1 run, full pitched on middle and leg, driven to Afridi at long-on

India 231/4   MS Dhoni 51* (72b 3x4)

40.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, turns to the leg stump line, worked towards midwicket

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, beaten by the doosra. Delivered from the back of the hand, full and outside off, Dhoni has no clue, has a waft and is beaten

India 239/4   MS Dhoni 52* (74b 3x4)

41.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Dhoni, 1 run, full and outside off stump, Dhoni edges the intended big drive to the midwicket region

41.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Dhoni, 2 runs, short in length outside off stump, cut to right of sweeper cover. Again that bottom-hand works over time.

41.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Dhoni, 1 run, short in length, coming towards middle and off, nudged to the on side for a quick single. Rao rushes after the ball and nudges Yusuf on the shoulder as both converge at the other end

India 244/5   MS Dhoni 56* (77b 3x4)

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, FOUR, low full toss well outside the off stump, thrashed to wide long-off.

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, turning into middle and leg line, worked to deep midwicket.

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run

India 249/6   MS Dhoni 61* (80b 4x4)

43.3

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, turned to midwicket for a single

43.5

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 2 runs, rocks back to force a length delivery on off to right of deep cover

43.6

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, no run, a tad slower and Dhoni mistimes the drive back to the bowler. He then suggests he should have wristed it across the line

India 254/6   MS Dhoni 64* (83b 4x4)

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, worked to square leg for a single

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run, loopy delivery on the middle, driven to the bowler

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, turns in from short of length, on the middle, punched to long-off

India 258/6   MS Dhoni 66* (86b 4x4)

45.1

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run, stays back to force a length delivery on the off and middle to long-off

45.3

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 2 runs, on the middle, from a length, wristed to deep midwicket region for couple of runs

45.4

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run, full pitched outside off stump, driven to long off

45.6

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run, outside the off stump, back of length ,cut to deep point

India 267/6   MS Dhoni 71* (90b 4x4)

46.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, yorker outside off stump, dug out to extra cover

46.3

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, 1 run, leans forward to push to cover point. So the big hitting has been left to Irfan

India 270/6   MS Dhoni 73* (92b 4x4)

47.1

Abdur Rauf to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, yorker on the leg stump line, squeezed off the pads to the point region

47.4

Abdur Rauf to Dhoni, 1 run, full delivery, driven to long-on

47.6

Abdur Rauf to Dhoni, 2 runs, yorker length on the middle, whipped to deep midwicket

India 282/6   MS Dhoni 76* (95b 4x4)

48.4

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 wide, slower one, well outside the off stump, Dhoni lets it go

48.4

Sohail Tanvir to Dhoni, OUT, Fast full toss on the leg side. Dhoni shovels it in the air towards square leg and Sarfraz rushes on, collides with Misbah, coming in from midwicket, but manages to hold on

MS Dhoni c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Sohail Tanvir 76 (150m 96b 4x4 0x6) SR: 79.16

India 290/7   MS Dhoni 76 (96b 4x4)
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Jul 2, 2008

Younis Khan presents the full face of the bat as he drives, Pakistan v India, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, July 2, 2008

Younis Khan presents the full face of the bat as he drives

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Piyush Chawla bowled Mohammad Yousuf

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