Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 10th match, Super Four

Pakistan v India

Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)

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.

India 6/0   G Gambhir 6* (4b 1x4)   Sohail Tanvir 0.4-0-6-0

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)   Sohail Tanvir 1-0-10-0

4.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sehwag, FOUR, blasted to deep point boundary. It was short in length and well outside off as well, Sehwag rocked back to cut it through the off-side field

India 27/0   V Sehwag 7* (11b 1x4)   Sohail Tanvir 2.2-0-19-0

4.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sehwag, FOUR, But, with the fine leg up, he drifts down leg and Sehwag flicks it past the fielder. Easy pickings.

India 39/0   V Sehwag 18* (14b 2x4 1x6)   Sohail Tanvir 3-0-31-0

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

India 43/0   G Gambhir 20* (18b 3x4)   Abdur Rauf 2.2-0-11-0

5.5

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, FOUR, whipped through midwicket. It was on the middle and off stump line, but very full in length and Sehwag wristed it through the on side

India 48/0   V Sehwag 22* (15b 3x4 1x6)   Abdur Rauf 2.5-0-16-0

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

India 54/0   G Gambhir 25* (21b 4x4)   Iftikhar Anjum 0.1-0-4-0

6.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Sehwag, FOUR, superb stroke. He went back to a back-of-length delivery on the off and middle and punched it through wide mid-on region. Lovely timing.

India 59/0   V Sehwag 28* (18b 4x4 1x6)   Iftikhar Anjum 0.4-0-9-0

7.5

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, FOUR, wonderfully played. He knew Rauf was cutting them back in, so he moved towards middle and off, got almost outside the line of a delivery coming in towards middle and punched it sweetly through the on side.

India 72/0   V Sehwag 39* (23b 5x4 2x6)   Abdur Rauf 3.5-0-25-0

9.5

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag moved towards the off stump, lifted his left leg and lapped a short of length delivery from outside off to deep backward square leg boundary. He had predetermined that. He was seen playing this particular shot quite a few times in IPL. The bowlers would try to cramp him for room by cutting the ball back into him and he would, suddenly, walk towards off to play it behind square leg.

India 86/0   V Sehwag 47* (29b 6x4 2x6)   Abdur Rauf 4.5-0-34-0

14.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, breaks free with a fierce punch through the off side. Short and width offered, Yuvraj cashed in.

India 101/3   Yuvraj Singh 10* (13b 1x4)   Iftikhar Anjum 4.4-0-31-1

15.2

Sohail Tanvir to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Sweetly timed boundary. He thrust his front foot out and it was the length delivery but he punched it on the up and through the line and to the straight boundary.

India 106/3   Yuvraj Singh 15* (17b 2x4)   Sohail Tanvir 3.2-0-35-0

16.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Fabulous straight punch-drive. He had practiced it after the last ball and executed it now. It was a length delivery on the middle and off and he timed it very well. The front elbow was high and the bat came down straight.

India 121/3   Yuvraj Singh 29* (25b 3x4 1x6)   Iftikhar Anjum 5.5-0-39-1

17.3

Abdur Rauf to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, a tad slower but Yuvraj picked it up very well and punched it on the up through wide mid-off. There were five men inside the circle on the off and he picked the gap very well.

India 128/3   Yuvraj Singh 36* (29b 4x4 1x6)   Abdur Rauf 7.3-0-44-2

23.2

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, FOUR, short in length and well outside the off stump, Rohit Sharma goes on the back foot and steers it through backward point.

India 146/4   RG Sharma 11* (18b 1x4)   Shahid Afridi 2.2-0-12-0

29.6

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, FOUR, rocks back to pull a short delivery to midwicket boundary

India 181/4   RG Sharma 28* (36b 2x4)   Shahid Afridi 6-0-33-0

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.

India 188/4   MS Dhoni 30* (47b 1x4)   Shahid Afridi 6.3-0-38-0

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.

India 195/4   MS Dhoni 35* (49b 2x4)   Saeed Ajmal 5.2-0-24-0

34.6

Sohail Tanvir to RG Sharma, FOUR, short in length and slanted across Rohit stood tall to punch it on the up through extra cover. Looked good.

India 211/4   RG Sharma 42* (50b 3x4)   Sohail Tanvir 5-0-53-0

37.2

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

India 222/4   MS Dhoni 47* (64b 3x4)   Shahid Afridi 9.2-0-52-0

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, FOUR, moves outside leg, the ball too was turning outside leg but Rohit punches it to right of backward point.

India 238/4   RG Sharma 56* (67b 4x4)   Saeed Ajmal 6.3-0-33-0

42.1

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

India 248/5   MS Dhoni 60* (78b 4x4)   Saeed Ajmal 7.1-0-38-0

48.1

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, FOUR, slog-pulls a short-of-length delivery from outside off to wide long-on boundary

India 286/6   IK Pathan 18* (16b 1x4)   Sohail Tanvir 9.1-0-79-0

48.6

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, FOUR, clears the front foot and drills a full pitched delivery to left of long-on

India 294/7   IK Pathan 25* (20b 2x4)   Sohail Tanvir 10-0-87-1

49.2

Abdur Rauf to IK Pathan, FOUR, Streaky edge to the third man boundary. He swung across the line and gets a profitable edge.

India 299/7   IK Pathan 29* (21b 3x4)   Abdur Rauf 9.2-0-57-2

49.3

Abdur Rauf to IK Pathan, FOUR, superbly struck down the ground. It was the low full toss, he bent his back knee to loft it over the bowler's head

India 303/7   IK Pathan 33* (22b 4x4)   Abdur Rauf 9.3-0-61-2
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Photos

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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