Asia Cup, 2008 / Commentary

Asia Cup - 10th match, Super Four

Pakistan v India

Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)

Hello and a warm welcome to the Pakistan v India game.

In a big blow to Pakistan their captain Shoaib Malik has been ruled out after he collapsed during a fitness test here. Malik was just six minutes into the test at National stadium before collapsing from exhaustion. Misbah-ul-Haq will lead the side.

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Sohail Tanvir to bowl. Gautam Gambhir on strike. Sehwag is having a chat with the umpire.

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.

Slip and short extra cover in place

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.

I am Sriram Veera on the commentary today and the scoring duty is being shared by Binoy George and Srinivas Raju

End of over 1 (10 runs) India 10/0 (RR: 10.00)
G Gambhir    10* (6b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-10-0
V Sehwag    0* (0b)     

1.1

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, no run, Short of length, outside the off stump and Sehwag cuts to backward point

1.2

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, drifting towards the pads, Sehwag misses out on it but will pick a leg bye

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

1.6

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, 3 wides, drifts down leg, Sarfraz makes a diving half-stop. Gambhir calls over Sehwag for a quick run.

1.6

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, no run, back of length, just outside off stump, straightens a touch, Sehwag mistimes a punch-drive back down the track

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 15/0 (RR: 7.50)
V Sehwag    0* (3b)      Abdur Rauf    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    11* (9b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-10-0

2.1

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

2.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sehwag, 2 runs, lands on a length but outside leg stump, moves towards leg and Sehwag clips it wide of long leg for couple of runs.

2.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sehwag, no run, shifts his line to the off and middle, full in length and Sehwag drives to mid-off

2.4

Sohail Tanvir to Sehwag, no run, back of length, just outside off stump, cut to backward point

2.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sehwag, no run, on a length, angling away from Sehwag who punches it to covers.

2.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sehwag, no run, on the off stump, back of length and Sehwag stays adjacent to the line and dabs it to backward point.

End of over 3 (3 runs) India 18/0 (RR: 6.00)
V Sehwag    2* (8b)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-13-0
G Gambhir    12* (10b 2x4)      Abdur Rauf    1-0-4-0

Slip and a wide leg slip in palce

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

3.2

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, 1 run, full in length, just outside the off stump, straightens, Sehwag thinks it will come in, bat pushes inside the line and edge through gully region

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

3.6

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, no run, cuts in towards middle and off stump line, pushed down the track

End of over 4 (3 runs) India 21/0 (RR: 5.25)
V Sehwag    3* (10b)      Abdur Rauf    2-0-7-0
G Gambhir    14* (14b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-13-0

4.1

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

4.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sehwag, 1 wide, down leg side. Another wide.

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

The point drops back

4.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sehwag, 1 run, And Sehwag square drives to him. This delivery was fuller but again some width offered outside off

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

4.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sehwag, SIX, Wallop. Sehwag hits a full delivery through the line. Up up and over long-on.

Tanvir now goes round the stumps

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.

End of over 5 (18 runs) India 39/0 (RR: 7.80)
V Sehwag    18* (14b 2x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-31-0
G Gambhir    16* (16b 2x4)      Abdur Rauf    2-0-7-0

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.

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

5.6

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, 2 runs, Another whipped flick and this time towards long leg

End of over 6 (11 runs) India 50/0 (RR: 8.33)
V Sehwag    24* (16b 3x4 1x6)      Abdur Rauf    3-0-18-0
G Gambhir    21* (20b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-31-0

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

6.2

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

6.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Sehwag, no run, on a length, on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket

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.

6.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Sehwag, SIX, There he goes again. Sehwag is having a party. Too short and Sehwag rocked back to pull it over midwicket.

6.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Sehwag, no run, shifts his line to outside off, punched to covers.

End of over 7 (15 runs) India 65/0 (RR: 9.28)
V Sehwag    34* (20b 4x4 2x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    1-0-15-0
G Gambhir    26* (22b 4x4)      Abdur Rauf    3-0-18-0

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

7.2

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, no run, cuts in off a length, into the middle stump line, Sehwag is cramped up by the nip-backer and jabs it to the on side

7.3

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, 1 run, Oh he was going after this one as well. It was a length delivery outside off and Sehwag cleared the front leg and tried to smash it on the up but mistimed it down the track past the bowler

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

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.

7.6

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, no run, So Rauf gets this to shape in towards off stump, Sehwag is on the middle and drives to covers.

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End of over 8 (7 runs) India 72/0 (RR: 9.00)
V Sehwag    39* (24b 5x4 2x6)      Abdur Rauf    4-0-25-0
G Gambhir    28* (24b 4x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    1-0-15-0

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

8.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Sehwag, 1 run, shout for lbw as the bowler thinks it hit the pad first. It cut back in towards the middle and off, Sehwag went back to cut and it did hit the pad first before running of the bat to third man. Lucky escape there. It would have crashed into middle and off. It hit the left pad and then went on to hit the bat but umpire Ian Gould didn't pick it up.

8.4

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

8.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Sehwag, 2 runs, hit just over mid-off. Sehwag stayed back to mistime a lofted shot just over Tanvir. Rameez Raja is fuming on air. He reckons Tanvir could have put more effort and taken the catch. Tanvir had turned around slowly and didn't show much urgency in getting to the ball

8.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Sehwag, no run, cuts back in, worked to square leg

End of over 9 (5 runs) India 77/0 (RR: 8.55)
V Sehwag    42* (27b 5x4 2x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    2-0-20-0
G Gambhir    30* (27b 4x4)      Abdur Rauf    4-0-25-0

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.

9.2

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, 1 run, slower one, full and on the middle stump line, Sehwag cleared the front foot and chipped it towards deep square leg

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.

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.

9.6

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, no run, just outside off stump, holding its line, tries to dab it to third man and is beaten

End of over 10 (9 runs) India 86/0 (RR: 8.60)
V Sehwag    47* (30b 6x4 2x6)      Abdur Rauf    5-0-34-0
G Gambhir    34* (30b 4x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    2-0-20-0

Powerplay 2 on

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

10.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Sehwag, 1 run, drifts a full delivery towards middle and leg, turned to long leg

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

Suresh Raina walks out at No 3.

10.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Raina, no run, leans forward to defend a full-length delivery on the middle and off. Takes a walk towards square leg, looks around the field, takes a deep breath and is now ready to face the next ball

10.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Raina, 1 run, banged in short, at the rib cage, clipped to fine leg for a single

10.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Sehwag, 1 run, on the middle and leg, flicked to deep square leg

End of over 11 (4 runs) India 90/1 (RR: 8.18)
V Sehwag    49* (32b 6x4 2x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    3-0-24-1
SK Raina    1* (2b)      Abdur Rauf    5-0-34-0

11.1

Abdur Rauf to Sehwag, OUT, huge shout for a catch behind decision and after consultation with the square leg umpire it has been referred to third umpire. It is a clean catch. Sehwag tried to dab a length delivery outside off stump to third man and it ran off the face of the bat.

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V Sehwag c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Abdur Rauf 49 (64m 33b 6x4 2x6) SR: 148.48

11.2

Abdur Rauf to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets off the mark with a push to wide mid-on

11.3

Abdur Rauf to Raina, no run, hits the deck short of length and rushing through the off-stump channel, left alone

11.4

Abdur Rauf to Raina, no run, gets behind the line of a length delivery and pushes it back down the track

11.5

Abdur Rauf to Raina, no run, short of length, on the middle and leg, turned to the on side. "That's the better line boy," says Sarfraz.

11.6

Abdur Rauf to Raina, OUT, Another wicket goes down. Pakistan roar back into the game. It was dug in short and Raina went for the pull but had to fetch it from outside off and top edged it to Salman at deep midwicket region. Raina had jumped to defend the last two deliveries but decided to go after this one. Enter Dhoni.

SK Raina c Salman Butt b Abdur Rauf 1 (12m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

End of over 12 (1 run) India 91/3 (RR: 7.58)
     Abdur Rauf    6-0-35-2
Yuvraj Singh    1* (1b)      Iftikhar Anjum    3-0-24-1

The crowd have got into the game. Chants of "Pakistan Jeetaga" [Pakistan will win] thunder around the arena.

12.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, no run, goes back to push to the off side.

12.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, leans forward to work a fuller delivery through wide midwicket

12.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, turned to midwicket region

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.

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 94/3 (RR: 7.23)
MS Dhoni    0* (3b)      Iftikhar Anjum    4-0-27-1
Yuvraj Singh    4* (4b)      Abdur Rauf    6-0-35-2

13.1

Abdur Rauf to Yuvraj Singh, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery on the off stump line

suddenly there is tremendous energy among the fielders. They are shouting for catches, the ball is colliding with the inside-edge, and the bouncers are on target.

13.2

Abdur Rauf to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lands on a length on the leg stump line, cuts towards middle, worked to the on side

13.3

Abdur Rauf to Yuvraj Singh, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery on the off and middle line.

13.4

Abdur Rauf to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pushes a length delivery past the bowler

13.5

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

13.6

Abdur Rauf to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, back of length, around middle and leg, clipped to deep midwicket region for a single

End of over 14 (3 runs) India 97/3 (RR: 6.92)
Yuvraj Singh    6* (9b)      Abdur Rauf    7-0-38-2
MS Dhoni    1* (4b)      Iftikhar Anjum    4-0-27-1

14.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, no run, lifting delivery outside off stump and Yuvraj drops his wrists and sways away from the line. Akram wants a slip in. No one there at the moment.

14.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Another bouncer, this time at the right shoulder and Yuvraj ducks towards off to evade that one. Great contest on

14.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery

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.

14.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, no run, straighter and defended

14.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets forward to push a length delivery past the bowler and between mid-on and mid-off for a single

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 102/3 (RR: 6.80)
Yuvraj Singh    11* (15b 1x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    5-0-32-1
MS Dhoni    1* (4b)      Abdur Rauf    7-0-38-2

Third powerplay on. Two fielders out of the inner circle. Misbah had opted for three men out in the last powerplay. Tanvir to bowl. Short straightish midwicket in place

15.1

Sohail Tanvir to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length delivery outside off, punched to mid-off. Yuvraj turns towards square leg and practises hitting it in the V again.

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.

15.3

Sohail Tanvir to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, forces this one through wide mid-on region for couple of runs. Will the next one be a bouncer?

15.4

Sohail Tanvir to Yuvraj Singh, no run, it's the fuller length delivery, shaping away outside off, punched to mid-off.

15.5

Sohail Tanvir to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Pull of the front foot. Blink. The ball is into the midwicket stands. Not all that short but he went for it. Akram drools,"I haven't seen many players play like that, of the front foot."

15.6

Sohail Tanvir to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller and outside off stump, dabbed to backward point

End of over 16 (12 runs) India 114/3 (RR: 7.12)
Yuvraj Singh    23* (21b 2x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    4-0-43-0
MS Dhoni    1* (4b)      Iftikhar Anjum    5-0-32-1

16.1

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

16.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fullish, around the off stump, pushed to covers.

16.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, another full delivery around the off stump and Yuvraj places this one to right of mid-off for couple of runs

16.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, no run, straighter and Yuvraj whips it from the off stump line to mid-on. He then suggests he should have hit it much straighter.

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.

16.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, leans forward to turn a fuller delivery to wide midwicket region for a single

End of over 17 (8 runs) India 122/3 (RR: 7.17)
Yuvraj Singh    30* (26b 3x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    6-0-40-1
MS Dhoni    2* (5b)      Sohail Tanvir    4-0-43-0

17.1

Abdur Rauf to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, Edged through the vacant slip region . Akram had said put a man in there and we know why now. It was a length delivery shaping away from Yuvraj who stabbed it off the outer edge.

17.2

Abdur Rauf to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and straight, driven to mid-on

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.

17.4

Abdur Rauf to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the middle and leg, worked through square leg

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

End of over 18 (7 runs) India 129/3 (RR: 7.16)
MS Dhoni    2* (7b)      Abdur Rauf    8-0-45-2
Yuvraj Singh    37* (30b 4x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    6-0-40-1

18.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short in length, moving from middle and leg towards middle, pushed to midwicket

18.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Sarfraz takes a flying catch. Yuvraj has to head back to the hutch. Yuvraj tried to late cut a short-of-length delivery leaving him, got a thick edge and Sarfraz flew to his left to take the catch. Super stuff from the man who has replaced Kamran Akmal. Yuvraj had not moved his feet; he just bent the back leg and tried to steer it. Fatal.

Yuvraj Singh c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Iftikhar Anjum 37 (38m 32b 4x4 1x6) SR: 115.62

18.3

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, no run, short of length, cutting away from Rohit who pushes it to extra cover.

Misbah has placed a slip for Rohit Sharma

18.4

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, no run, back of length, just outside the off stump, defended down the track.

18.5

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, no run, beaten by a lovely delivery that left him late. Very late. He was going back to defend a full length delivery. Mistake no 1. And then he tried to chase the ball as it cut away from him. Mistake no 2.

18.6

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, no run, More trouble. He thrust his front foot across and wanted to let the length delivery go through to the 'keeper. But he was late in getting the bat out of the way and it ran off the face of the bat to the off side.

End of over 19 (wicket maiden) India 129/4 (RR: 6.78)
RG Sharma    0* (4b)      Iftikhar Anjum    7-1-40-2
MS Dhoni    2* (7b)      Abdur Rauf    8-0-45-2

Time for spin. Afridi, who has had a great year with the ball, to bowl. Needless to say, huge cheers from the crowd.

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.

19.2

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, fuller, almost a yorker, Rohit, unlike Dhoni, presses his front leg across, then has to pull it back in a hurry and digs it to wide mid-on

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

19.5

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, slows up the pace, tosses it bit more air, keeps it really full, driven through the mid-off region

19.6

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

End of over 20 (4 runs) India 133/4 (RR: 6.65)
MS Dhoni    4* (11b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-4-0
RG Sharma    2* (6b)      Iftikhar Anjum    7-1-40-2

20.1

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, no run, sharp bouncer on the middle and leg line, Rohit is late on the pull and the ball flies over the flashing blade.

20.2

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, no run, leans forward to defend a full delivery

20.3

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, no run, on the middle stump line, turned to the leg side

20.4

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, no run

20.5

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, 1 run, turned to the leg side for a single.

20.6

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

End of over 21 (2 runs) India 135/4 (RR: 6.42)
MS Dhoni    5* (12b)      Iftikhar Anjum    8-1-42-2
RG Sharma    3* (11b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-4-0

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]

21.4

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, punches it to long-off

21.5

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

21.6

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, stretches forward to drive to long-off for a single

End of over 22 (4 runs) India 139/4 (RR: 6.31)
RG Sharma    5* (13b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-8-0
MS Dhoni    7* (16b)      Iftikhar Anjum    8-1-42-2

Sami: "This catch by Sarfaraz was absolutely stunning. It reminded me of Rashid Latif's flying catches which at times were first slip catches." Yeah, now that you remind me, very similar to Latif. He would also turn and dive with both hands outstretched.

22.1

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, no run, leans forward to flick a full delivery to square leg

22.2

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, turns down leg, worked to fine leg region

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

Ajmal doesn't use the left arm much in the bowling action.

22.5

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, on the middle and leg, worked to the on side for a single

22.6

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

End of over 23 (3 runs) India 142/4 (RR: 6.17)
MS Dhoni    8* (19b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-3-0
RG Sharma    7* (16b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-8-0

23.1

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, no run, leans forward to push to midwicket

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.

23.3

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, slower through the air, goes right back to punch to long-on

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

23.5

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, full and outside off, driven to long-off

23.6

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

End of over 24 (8 runs) India 150/4 (RR: 6.25)
MS Dhoni    10* (21b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-16-0
RG Sharma    13* (20b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-3-0

24.1

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

24.2

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, no run, spins towards the middle and leg, worked to backward square leg

24.3

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery spinning into middle

24.4

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, no run, on the leg and middle stump line, tries to sweep and it runs off the pad to the on side. Sarfraz picks the ball up.

24.5

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, lands on middle and off, spins in, punched to long-on

24.6

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

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End of over 25 (3 runs) India 153/4 (RR: 6.12)
MS Dhoni    12* (23b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-6-0
RG Sharma    14* (24b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-16-0

25.1

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

25.2

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

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

25.5

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, almost gone. Rohit Sharma opted for the slog sweep and got a bottom edge to short fine leg region. Afridi thought he had his man there and holds his head as he watches the ball clip the edge.

25.6

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

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 157/4 (RR: 6.03)
MS Dhoni    14* (27b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-20-0
RG Sharma    16* (26b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-6-0

26.1

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, on the middle and leg, swept down to long leg.

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.

26.3

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, the off break and turned to fine leg

26.4

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

26.5

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, the off break and turned to fine leg

26.6

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

End of over 27 (5 runs) India 162/4 (RR: 6.00)
MS Dhoni    16* (30b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-11-0
RG Sharma    19* (29b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-20-0

27.1

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, no run, leans forward to drive to covers

27.2

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, goes back to turn a short-of-length delivery from outside off to deep midwicket

27.3

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

27.4

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, long hop outside off, edges a pull shot to midwicket.

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

End of over 28 (4 runs) India 166/4 (RR: 5.92)
MS Dhoni    18* (33b)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-24-0
RG Sharma    21* (32b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-11-0

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

28.2

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, moves outside leg and cuts a floateron middle and off to deep point

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

28.5

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, goes back to turn a delivery turning in past square leg\

28.6

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

End of over 29 (6 runs) India 172/4 (RR: 5.93)
MS Dhoni    21* (37b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-17-0
RG Sharma    23* (34b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-24-0

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

29.4

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, leans forward to drive to sweeper cover

29.5

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

29.6

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

Sorry about the technical problem in the last couple of overs. All sorted out now. Drinks break on now.

End of over 30 (9 runs) India 181/4 (RR: 6.03)
RG Sharma    28* (36b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-33-0
MS Dhoni    25* (41b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-17-0

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

30.6

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, turns past square leg for a single

End of over 31 (2 runs) India 183/4 (RR: 5.90)
RG Sharma    29* (37b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-19-0
MS Dhoni    26* (46b)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-33-0

31.1

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, no run, outside the off stump, skids on and Rohit chops it to the off side

31.2

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, fuller and Rohit drives to deep cover

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

31.5

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, no run, turns away from Rohit who cuts to short third man

31.6

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, punches this one to long-on for a single.

End of over 32 (7 runs) India 190/4 (RR: 5.93)
RG Sharma    31* (41b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-40-0
MS Dhoni    31* (48b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-19-0

32.1

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, square driven through cover point for a single

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

32.6

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, moves outside leg stump and square drives a full delivery on the stumps to sweeper cover.

All three sticks were exposed there. Salim Malik, the fabulous player against spin, used to do that a lot. He would outside leg and depending on the length , either cut or drive

End of over 33 (7 runs) India 197/4 (RR: 5.96)
RG Sharma    33* (43b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-26-0
MS Dhoni    36* (52b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-40-0

33.1

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 wide, well outside the off stump, left alone

33.1

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, loopy delivery full and on the middle, driven to long-off

33.2

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

33.3

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, no run

33.4

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 1 run, sweeps from well outside off to long-on for a single

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

End of over 34 (4 runs) India 201/4 (RR: 5.91)
MS Dhoni    37* (55b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-44-0
RG Sharma    35* (46b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-26-0

Tanvir returns.

34.1

Sohail Tanvir to RG Sharma, no run, just outside off stump, on a length, punched to covers.

34.2

Sohail Tanvir to RG Sharma, 2 runs, back of length, angled across Rohit who cuts it to right of wide third man for couple of runs

34.3

Sohail Tanvir to RG Sharma, 1 run, slips down leg side and tickled to long leg for a single

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

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.

End of over 35 (10 runs) India 211/4 (RR: 6.02)
RG Sharma    42* (50b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    5-0-53-0
MS Dhoni    40* (57b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-44-0

35.1

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

35.2

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, no run, yorker length outside off, Rohit tries to chop it away but can't connect

35.3

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, no run, the slider on the middle and Rohit brings his bat down in a hurry to push it back down the track

35.4

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, 2 runs, unfurls the slog sweep and will pick up couple of runs to wide long-on region

35.5

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, no run, outside the off stump, goes too hard at the drive and mistimes it to covers

35.6

Shahid Afridi to RG Sharma, no run, flatter, quicker, pushed to the off side and Afridi fields

End of over 36 (3 runs) India 214/4 (RR: 5.94)
RG Sharma    44* (55b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-47-0
MS Dhoni    41* (58b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    5-0-53-0

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.

Misbah-ul-Haq is leading the side today. Malik is suffering from dehydration and is not playing today.

36.3

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

36.4

Sohail Tanvir to RG Sharma, no run, moves close to the line to push a length delivery to covers

36.5

Sohail Tanvir to RG Sharma, 1 run, banged in short and wide of the off stump, Rohit cuts to sweeper cover.

36.6

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

End of over 37 (3 runs) India 217/4 (RR: 5.86)
MS Dhoni    43* (62b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    6-0-56-0
RG Sharma    45* (57b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-47-0

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

End of over 38 (5 runs) India 222/4 (RR: 5.84)
MS Dhoni    47* (68b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-52-0
RG Sharma    45* (57b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    6-0-56-0

38.1

Sohail Tanvir to RG Sharma, no run, length delivery outside off, from round the stumps, Rohit edges the off drive to midwicket

38.2

Sohail Tanvir to RG Sharma, 1 run, from wide of the crease, short in length and outside off, forced to long-off

38.3

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

38.4

Sohail Tanvir to RG Sharma, 1 run, moving towards off stump, eased to long-off for a single

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

38.6

Sohail Tanvir to RG Sharma, 1 run, slower one, pretty short in length, Rohit waits before dabbing it to third man

End of over 39 (5 runs) India 227/4 (RR: 5.82)
RG Sharma    48* (61b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    7-0-61-0
MS Dhoni    49* (70b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-52-0

39.1

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, 1 run, short in length, on the off and middle line, shaping in a touch, worked past square leg

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.

39.3

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, 1 run, Rohit brings up his fourth ODI fifty with a dab to third man.

39.4

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

39.5

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, no run, on the off stump line, full in length, pushed to extra cover

39.6

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, no run, dropped by the bowler. It was the slower one and Rohit was early into his drive. Rao lunged but couldn't hold on.

End of over 40 (4 runs) India 231/4 (RR: 5.77)
RG Sharma    50* (65b 3x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    9-1-46-2
MS Dhoni    51* (72b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    7-0-61-0

Ajmal to bowl his off breaks and doosra

40.1

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

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 2 runs, flat, on that middle and leg line again - he has repeatedly pinged that line today - turned past square leg

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.

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, no run, the doosra and Rohit misses the sweep shot and is struck on the back pad. It was turning past the off, though.

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, drives to long-on for a single

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

End of over 41 (8 runs) India 239/4 (RR: 5.82)
MS Dhoni    52* (74b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-34-0
RG Sharma    57* (69b 4x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    9-1-46-2

41.1

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, 1 run, moves outside leg even as he comes down the track and on drives to long-on

41.2

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

41.3

Iftikhar Anjum to RG Sharma, OUT, Done in by the head-high bouncer. Rohit Sharma was standing outside the crease and skied his pull to deep square leg region.

RG Sharma c Abdur Rauf b Iftikhar Anjum 58 (81m 71b 4x4 0x6) SR: 81.69

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

41.6

Iftikhar Anjum to YK Pathan, no run, leans forward to push it back to the bowler

End of over 42 (5 runs) India 244/5 (RR: 5.80)
YK Pathan    0* (1b)      Iftikhar Anjum    10-1-51-3
MS Dhoni    56* (77b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-34-0

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.

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to YK Pathan, no run, dropped by Ajmal. It was driven hard to him and he should have taken that. The fielding has been pretty poor in this tournament. By most teams.

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to YK Pathan, no run, turned to midwicket

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to YK Pathan, OUT, First ODI wicket for Ajmal. Does Yusuf in by the doosra. It was on the middle and leg, Yusuf tried to loft it over the on side but it broke away and flew off the edge to long-off. Ajmal, who had just dropped YK, rushed towards Sarfraz to celebrate his special moment.

YK Pathan c Nasir Jamshed b Saeed Ajmal 0 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, no run

End of over 43 (5 runs) India 249/6 (RR: 5.79)
MS Dhoni    61* (80b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-39-1
IK Pathan    0* (0b)      Iftikhar Anjum    10-1-51-3

43.1

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, no run, short in length, pushed to covers

43.2

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, 1 run, edged to third man. Full and outside off, Irfan pushed inside the line and it ran off the outer edge. 250 up for India.

43.3

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

43.4

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, 1 run, homing in on the off stump, punched to deep point region 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

End of over 44 (5 runs) India 254/6 (RR: 5.77)
MS Dhoni    64* (83b 4x4)      Sohail Tanvir    8-0-66-0
IK Pathan    2* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-39-1

44.1

Saeed Ajmal to IK Pathan, no run, just outside off, cut with the spin to backward point

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to IK Pathan, 1 bye, the doosra turned in to Irfan's surprise who didn't pick it up, was cramped, tried to get his bat down in a hurry, it went off the gloves on to top of the flap of the pad and went past Sarfraz. And it has been given a bye. Hmm...

44.3

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

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to IK Pathan, 1 run, another doosra, stabbed off the inner edge to square leg

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

End of over 45 (4 runs) India 258/6 (RR: 5.73)
MS Dhoni    66* (86b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-42-1
IK Pathan    3* (6b)      Sohail Tanvir    8-0-66-0

45.1

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

45.2

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, 3 runs, full one outside off, Irfan lofts it over extra cover. Yousuf with the chase and Afridi with the throw.

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

45.5

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, 1 run, pushes a single to extra cover

45.6

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

End of over 46 (9 runs) India 267/6 (RR: 5.80)
MS Dhoni    71* (90b 4x4)      Sohail Tanvir    9-0-75-0
IK Pathan    7* (8b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-42-1

46.1

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

46.2

Saeed Ajmal to IK Pathan, 1 run, comes down the track and drags it from outside off to deep midwicket

46.3

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

46.4

Saeed Ajmal to IK Pathan, no run, on the middle and leg, tries to turn to square leg, runs off the pad back down the track

46.5

Saeed Ajmal to IK Pathan, 2 leg byes, They can't pick the doosra. The video guy in the Indian team is going to work over time today. It broke in, beats the waft and runs off the left thigh past Sarfraz

46.6

Saeed Ajmal to IK Pathan, 2 runs, leans forward to drive to long-on

End of over 47 (7 runs) India 274/6 (RR: 5.82)
IK Pathan    10* (12b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-47-1
MS Dhoni    73* (92b 4x4)      Sohail Tanvir    9-0-75-0

47.1

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

47.2

Abdur Rauf to IK Pathan, 2 runs, low full toss, flat-batted over covers

47.3

Abdur Rauf to IK Pathan, 1 run, yorker length outside off stump, dug out to third man

47.4

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

47.5

Abdur Rauf to IK Pathan, 1 run, slower one, on a length, drag pulls to deep midwicket

47.6

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

End of over 48 (8 runs) India 282/6 (RR: 5.87)
MS Dhoni    76* (95b 4x4)      Abdur Rauf    9-0-52-2
IK Pathan    14* (15b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-47-1

48.1

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

48.2

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, 2 runs, low dipping full toss and Irfan slices it towards long-on. Dhoni is rushing for the second and reaches in time to beat the direct hit

48.3

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, 1 run, another really full delivery, just short of the blockhole, jabbed to covers

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

48.5

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, no run, full pitched, stabbed down the track

48.6

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

End of over 49 (12 runs) India 294/7 (RR: 6.00)
IK Pathan    25* (20b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    10-0-87-1
P Kumar    0* (0b)      Abdur Rauf    9-0-52-2

49.1

Abdur Rauf to Kumar, 1 run, attempted yorker on the leg stump line, ends up a dipping full toss, nudged to square leg

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.

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

49.4

Abdur Rauf to IK Pathan, 2 runs, slower one, carved to right of sweeper cover

49.5

Abdur Rauf to IK Pathan, 2 runs, full pitched on the off stump line, driven towards long-off for couple of runs

49.6

Abdur Rauf to IK Pathan, 1 run, really full delivery, short of the blockhole, driven to long-on for a single . India end on a strong 308.

We're half-way through the Super Four clash between India and Pakistan, a match which the hosts must win in order to keep their hopes of qualifying for the final alive. India have set them a formidable target of 309. US readers can watch the run-chase and then see the highlights later on Cricinfo Tv.

S Rajesh, our stats editor, informs me that: "Tanvir's figures are the most expensive ten-over spell by a Pakistani bowler in an ODI v India. It beats Ata-ur-Rehman's 1 for 85 in Sharjah in 1996."

Join us in a short while.

End of over 50 (14 runs) India 308/7
IK Pathan    38* (25b 4x4)      Abdur Rauf    10-0-66-2
P Kumar    1* (1b)      Sohail Tanvir    10-0-87-1
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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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