Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 10th match, Super Four

Pakistan v India

Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)

0.1

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 2 runs, starts off with a delivery slipping towards middle and leg, Gambhir leans forward to work it past square leg

0.2

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, no run, walks down the track and this is just the second ball of the game. But no predetermined slog, he sees the ball is on a length and coming into him and pushes to covers

0.3

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, no run, pushes this one through the off-stump channel and Gambhir lets it fly past him

0.4

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, FOUR, Another walk down the track. Reaches out for a full delivery and flicks it along the ground to the square leg boundary.

0.5

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to drive a full length delivery on the off and middle back down the track

0.6

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, FOUR, Wary of Gambhir walking down the track, Sohail hurls this short but offers width outside off stump. Gambhir stays at his original position and upper cuts it over backward point. One bounce and over the ropes.

India 10/0   G Gambhir 10* (6b 2x4)

1.3

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, no run, good delivery. It landed on a length around middle and off and moved away from Gambhir who left it alone

1.4

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, no run, further outside off stump, Gambhir plants his right foot across, covers the off stump and shoulders arms

1.5

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, 1 run, just outside off stump, Gambhir taps it gently towards backward point, one look at Sehwag and they take off for the single

India 12/0   G Gambhir 11* (9b 2x4)

2.1

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, outside the off stump, no movement and Gambhir runs it down to third man

India 16/0   G Gambhir 12* (10b 2x4)

3.1

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, 1 run, almost a run out. It was edged to Tanvir at that wide leg slip, Sehwag calls him over for a single and Gambhir responds but is a touch late as he was initially ball watching and Tanvir's throw misses the sticks at the non-striker's end. Gambhir was just short of the crease

3.3

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, no run

3.4

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, no run, charges down the track and tries to pull a short of length delivery but misses to connect

3.5

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, 1 run, on a length, on the middle and leg stump line, tucked past the square-leg region

India 21/0   G Gambhir 14* (14b 2x4)

4.1

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, just outside the off stump, turned to backward point region

4.4

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, length delivery around the off stump, Gambhir taps it to right of backward point for a single

India 29/0   G Gambhir 16* (16b 2x4)

5.1

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, no run, played towards point for a single

5.2

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, FOUR, There is the Gambhir charge. Time and again he does this against the seamers. Rauf pushed it across him and he got a thick edge to third man boundary

5.3

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, no run, fuller, on a length, around middle and off, straightens and Gambhir defends

5.4

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, 1 run, back of length, outside off stump, forced to third man. Slight fumble but the fielder recovers.

India 44/0   G Gambhir 21* (20b 3x4)

6.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Gambhir, FOUR, short in length and well outside the off stump, short of length and cut hard through backward point

6.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Gambhir, 1 run, walks down the track and taps a length delivery to backward point

India 55/0   G Gambhir 26* (22b 4x4)

7.1

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir hands over the strike back to Sehwag. He tapped the ball gently, it rolled behind the stumps and they rushed across for a quick single

7.4

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, 1 run, another quick single. This time to right of backward point. Sehwag called quickly and Gambhir responded immediately

India 68/0   G Gambhir 28* (24b 4x4)

8.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Gambhir, no run, skips down the track, tries to flat-bat a short-of-length delivery outside off but the ball keeps a tad low and rushes under the blade.

8.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Gambhir, 1 run, stays back to punch a length delivery through cover point for a single

8.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Gambhir, 1 run, goes back to to push to backward point for a single

India 75/0   G Gambhir 30* (27b 4x4)

9.1

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, 1 run, another quick single. Gambhir leans forward to place a length delivery close on the off side. Sehwag is back on strike.

9.3

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, 2 runs, runs down the track and drives inside-out to left of sweeper cover for couple of runs.

9.4

Abdur Rauf to Gambhir, 1 run, lands it short of length outside leg, moves it towards leg and middle, tucked behind square leg for a single.

India 82/0   G Gambhir 34* (30b 4x4)

10.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Gambhir, 1 run, leans forward to push a full length delivery towards wide mid-off for a single. They waited to see whether the extra-cover fielder manages to cut it; he didn't and off they went

10.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Gambhir, OUT, Caught at covers by Afridi. Gambhir had come down the track, as is his wont, and flashed a length delivery inside-out to covers. The bat-handle turned a bit in his hands and he couldn't clear the fielder

G Gambhir c Shahid Afridi b Iftikhar Anjum 35 (57m 32b 4x4 0x6) SR: 109.37

India 88/1   G Gambhir 35 (32b 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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Jul 2, 2008

Piyush Chawla celebrates the wicket of Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistan v India, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi, July 2, 2008

Piyush Chawla bowled Mohammad Yousuf

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