ICC Champions Trophy - 10th match, Group B

India v Pakistan

India won by 8 wickets (with 17 balls remaining) (D/L method)

10.30am The anthems are done, and we are set for the first ball. Both teams are in a huddle.

ADNAN: "its a huge traffic jaam near sharjah cricket stadium u can watch match in the stadium on big screen free of cost still fan r coming gonna enjoy this match".

Ian: "After all this pre-game hype we've been hearing about, I'm going to go ahead and tip a massive let-down of a game." Oh, don't be like that Ian.

Nasir Jamshed has a good record against India, he will face up to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

10.25am Some very, very excited fans in the stands in Edgbaston. Making loads of noise as the two teams walk out for the anthems. "Rivals for the game, but brothers for life," says a placard.

10.20am Shoaib Malik is the only player who was there when the two teams faced off in the 2004 Champions Trophy. Imran Farhat and Irfan Pathan were also in the XIs that day, but are only in the squads today.

Ayush: "@Bipul - You should've known Dhoni's strategy by now. He sticks to the same combination, whether they win (CT, Ind SL series) or lose (Aus test series 2012)".

Lakshman Kumar: "@ Satya: With all due respect to this Indo-Pak Match, the Hyderabad roads are calm also due to the Telangana Bundh that is in place..!!"

Imran Riaz: "Dead Rubber ? wht a joke :D big screen is arranged in my office in Dubai work deadly stopped, Boss announced half day leave, we are in green and our Indian colleagues is in blue color. cant get bigger then this its a battle cheers"

10.10am Already plenty of mails about your comments not being published, you might have better luck on our match companion.

Saichand: "Please no more rain today. I have made 10 changes in my team in fantasy league." Not very wise, Saichand. Already some dark coulds over Edgbaston.

Bipul: "Indians must have tried Vinay for Umesh and Amit for Ashwin. They also need international cricket to keep Indian bench strength healthy." No game can start till someone mails in explaining what's wrong with the XIs.

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10.00am MS Dhoni: "Whenever you play an international game, there is pressure and this is no different." He says there'll be no complacency from India today.

Misbah calls 'heads', it s a tail, India choose to bowl. MS Dhoni says with rain forecast, he is happier chasing. No changes for India. Misbah isn't too concerned at losing the toss, saying the wicket gets slower and slower, so it could work in Pakistan's favour. One change: Imran Farhat is out, Asad Shafiq is back.

Phd Advisor: "Karthik make sure the thesis sits on my table first thing on Monday."

9.55am Five minutes to go for the toss. A few clouds overhead but still enough sun out to be able to see the shadows of the players.

Also, for those of you who came in late, India have already qualified and Pakistan are already eliminated.

Karthik Peddireddy: "I am short on time to finish my PhD thesis..but still who cares at least for this day." I hope your PhD advisor isn't reading this.

Satya: "Hey the Hyderabad roads are calm and clean, every body in front of TVs."

9.40am We have plenty of stuff in our preview package, start off with our match preview. There's Saad Shafqat talking about Pakistan's envy at India's batting riches, Jarrod Kimber explains why this rivalry brings cricket alive. S Rajesh, the Steven Seagal of stats, delves into how India and Pakistan have fared outside Asia.

And I'm getting first-hand proof of how much this game means by the slew of mails that is flowing into my inbox.

hamza: "Pak vs India what else can be a perfect start of the weekend ???"

Kunaal: "India v/s Pakistan, anything but a dead rubber. For some, more important than the whole tournament itself. For some, matter of life, matter of pride."

ShaKi: "Dead Rubber or Not, this has always got a special place in my Heart & Calendar. Let the dice start rolling..."

Kunal: "The biggest day for the fantasy league. Rain rain stay away!"

9.30am India v Pakistan. Dead rubber? Who cares, it's still a massive game. Heck, Sachin Tendulkar once flew all the way from Kuala Lumpur (where he was representing India at the Commonwealth Games) to Toronto for a single ODI against Pakistan, with the series already decided (Tendulkar scored 77 but India still ended up losing).

The good news is it is sunny in Birmingham right now, though showers are expected later in the day.

0.1

Kumar to Nasir Jamshed, 1 leg bye, length ball on the pads, a bit of swing as well, off the pads behind square leg for a leg-bye

0.2

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, pitched up, slight movement away after pitching outside off, Kamran Akmal shoulders arms to that one

0.3

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, goes straight on this time, Bhuveshwar keeps it about a foot outside off stump, another leave from Kamran

0.4

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, gets the outside edge this time but it doesn't carry to slip, Raina does well to get a hand on that

0.5

Kumar to Nasir Jamshed, no run, fuller one, not much swing for Bhuvneshwar, solidly defended to the off side by Jamshed

Hitesh: "In my office all the computers ahead of me have cricinfo on their monitors, what a scene this is, seems like everyone working on the same project." Same scene in my office as well.

0.6

Kumar to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, sends it past slip for a single, three off the first over

End of over 1 (3 runs) Pakistan 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
Nasir Jamshed    1* (3b)      B Kumar    1-0-2-0
Kamran Akmal    1* (3b)     

1.1

Yadav to Nasir Jamshed, no run, Jamshed looks stunned after he is given lbw, looked like it pitched outside leg, reviewed after a chat with Akmal, looks like a good review, that just pitched in line, but hit Jamshed high on the flap of the pad, the ball would have sailed over the bails, decision overturned, Jamshed survives

1.2

Yadav to Nasir Jamshed, no run, swing for Umesh, pitched up and swerves in towards off stump, solidly defended by Jamshed

1.3

Yadav to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, wrong line this time from Uimesh, on the pads, and that is tucked behind square leg for a single

1.4

Yadav to Kamran Akmal, no run, again /umesh gets the ball to jag away after pitching, 136.5kph, outside off, Akmal is drawn that that one initially before he withdraws his bat and leave the ball to the keeper

1.5

Yadav to Kamran Akmal, no run, 134kph, too far outside of to interest Kamran

1.6

Yadav to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of length ball angling into the pads, 137kph, defended to the leg side

End of over 2 (1 run) Pakistan 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
Kamran Akmal    1* (6b)      UT Yadav    1-0-1-0
Nasir Jamshed    2* (6b)      B Kumar    1-0-2-0

2.1

Kumar to Nasir Jamshed, no run, pitched up and on off stump, Jamshed blocks it to the off side

Gautam Ray: "Considering Amit Mishra's form in the IPL and the first warm up match, I personally feel that he should have been given a chance before the start of the semi finals." Yes, but Dhoni has never been a fan of changing the line-ups too much.

2.2

Kumar to Nasir Jamshed, no run, length ball is defended towards covers by Jamshed, not much movement for Bhuvneshwar this over

2.3

Kumar to Nasir Jamshed, OUT, there the breakthrough! this time he gets the ball to move away a bit, Jamshed plays at it since it isn't too far from off stump, not much footwork from Jamshed there, he pokes and edges it through to Raina at second slip, Jamshed can't extend his terrific run against India, this is his lowest score against India

Nasir Jamshed c Raina b Kumar 2 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

2.4

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball just outside off, Hafeez is beaten by that one

2.5

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short and wide outside off, Hafeez slaps it towards point, was in the air for a while but falls short of the fielder there

2.6

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full ball just outside off stump, carefully blocked down the track, a wicket maiden for Bhuvneshwar

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 4/1 (RR: 1.33)
Mohammad Hafeez    0* (3b)      B Kumar    2-1-2-1
Kamran Akmal    1* (6b)      UT Yadav    1-0-1-0

3.1

Yadav to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, Akmal pegged back by the short of length ball, another outside edge, down towards third man for a single

3.2

Yadav to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, pitched up and outside off, 133.7kph from Umesh, Hafeez is invited to drive, another thick edge, down towards third man for another single

3.3

Yadav to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, on middle and leg, full delivery is worked towards fine leg for a single

Ranveer: "Do you have any prizes for guessing (with 100% confidence) what Raina said in replay after taking the catch ;)" Certainly didn't seem like anything that can be printed on Cricinfo.

3.4

Yadav to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, outside off, length ball, stays a bit lower than Akmal expected, he flails at it outside off and misses

3.5

Yadav to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pitched up once more, 139.2kph, Akmal defends that, bounces near his foot and goes back towards Umesh

3.6

Yadav to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of length ball is clipped off the back foot towards midwicket, a smart stop there

Hari: "Meanwhile in Austria, Just made lunch for my fellow Pakistani brothers (I'm an Indian) and watching the match together with them. It's going to be awesome today!"

End of over 4 (3 runs) Pakistan 7/1 (RR: 1.75)
Mohammad Hafeez    1* (7b)      UT Yadav    2-0-4-0
Kamran Akmal    3* (8b)      B Kumar    2-1-2-1

4.1

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, length ball outside off, 127kph, defended towards backward point by Akmal

4.2

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, same length, closer to off stump, defended towards point once more

4.3

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, extra bounce there for Bhuvneshwar, 130kph this time, short of length outside off, Akmal is surprised by how much that rose up, leaves it to the keeper

4.4

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, from a shorter run-up this time, full and on middle, pushed towards mid-on

4.5

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, length ball outside off, pushed towards cover off the front foot

Annapurana: "Only 2 players, Nasir Jamshed (94) and Misbah (151) have aggregated more than 20 in this tournament. One is already gone today. What is left now?"

4.6

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, Bhuveshwar keeping it tight here, no width at all for the batsman, on middle and off this time, more defence from Akmal, another maiden for Bhuvneshwar, he has figures of 3-2-2-1

End of over 5 (maiden) Pakistan 7/1 (RR: 1.40)
Kamran Akmal    3* (14b)      B Kumar    3-2-2-1
Mohammad Hafeez    1* (7b)      UT Yadav    2-0-4-0

5.1

Yadav to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of length ball, 140kph, just outside off, guided towards backward point

5.2

Yadav to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, closer to off, similar length, steered down towards third man for a single

Mangal: "Meanwhile in Pune, India; my wife just made fantastic lunch for me and gone to take an afternoon nap. And I'm enjoying the game, nobody to disturb. It's going to be an awesome day."

5.3

Yadav to Kamran Akmal, no run, pitched up, on middle stump, pushed towards wide mid-on by Akmal, who has made a patient start

5.4

Yadav to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, just as I talked about patience, Akmal decides to go for the pull to a short ball, badly mistimed and it loops in the air, but lands wide of the man at midwicket

5.5

Yadav to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, lovely stroke from Hafeez there, pitched up and outside off, gets a good stride in and drives that past cover for four

5.6

Yadav to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, short ball, 138.6kph, Hafeez goes for the pull, connects well, and that is running away towards the deep square leg boundary, Ishant runs across but he can't get there in time

End of over 6 (10 runs) Pakistan 17/1 (RR: 2.83)
Mohammad Hafeez    10* (11b 2x4)      UT Yadav    3-0-14-0
Kamran Akmal    4* (16b)      B Kumar    3-2-2-1

6.1

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, the runs beginning to flow now for Pakistan, a flamboyant hit from Akmal, who advances down the track and pulls that short of length ball away to the square leg boundary

6.2

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, length ball just outside off, Akmal gets forward and drives crisply, Kohli at cover gets a hand on that but can't prevent the single

6.3

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, another boundary, but not much credit to the batsman for that one, it was short and wide from Bhuvneshwar, Hafeez goes for the cut, gets a thick under edge and it is rolls to the left of Dhoni for four

RK: "@Mangal.. Imagine my situation. I am indian and have Pakistani wife. Cant even celebrate the wicket. Just can smile in hiding. Hope she is not on cricinfo. Sitting next to me on her iPad..."

6.4

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball just outside off, solid defence from Hafeez

Drizzling in Edgbaston now

6.5

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of length outside off, defended off the front foot towards cover

More umbrellas can be spotted in the stands now

6.6

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, stays a touch lower this time, short and well outside off, Hafeez looks to cut but that sneaks under his bat, no bottom edge even this time

End of over 7 (9 runs) Pakistan 26/1 (RR: 3.71)
Mohammad Hafeez    14* (15b 3x4)      B Kumar    4-2-11-1
Kamran Akmal    9* (18b 1x4)      UT Yadav    3-0-14-0

Rain getting heavier now.

7.1

I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, no run, Ishant starts off his spell with a length ball that is defended to the off side

Now the sun peeking through as well, drizzle continues

7.2

I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, no run, fuller and on the pads, Akmal looks to glance that to fine leg but can't time it properly

7.3

I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, back of length ball outside off, cracked past point for four by Akmal, gets well forward as he plays that square drive

7.4

I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, no run, on middle and leg, defended to the leg side

7.5

I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short of length and outside off, driven towards extra cover for a single

Ranveer: "And now we will have a fake account saying, "I am in Birmingham and its coming hard from x-direction and will reach ground in 10 minutes ;)" The oldest trick in the Cricinfo commenter's book.

7.6

I Sharma to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, on the pads, not the best line from Ishant, glanced down to fine leg for four, Pakistan picking up momentum here

End of over 8 (9 runs) Pakistan 35/1 (RR: 4.37)
Mohammad Hafeez    18* (16b 4x4)      I Sharma    1-0-9-0
Kamran Akmal    14* (23b 2x4)      B Kumar    4-2-11-1

8.1

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, just outside off, Kamran Akmal punches that towards cover, thinks about a single but decides against it

8.2

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended towards cover

James: "Looks like India have successfully replaced their ageing greats. One side effect has been a massive improvement in the fielding."

8.3

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, on middle and off this time, pushed towards wide mid-on for a single

8.4

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, feels for that one outside off, Hafeez lucky not to get an edge through to the keeper, not too much movement for Bhuvneshwar just a hint of curve away this time, enough to beat Hafeez

8.5

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards cover off the front foot

8.6

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pitched up by Bhuvneshwar accurate as ever, that was homing in on off stump, defended to the off side

Rags: "Still remember watching these two teams play in 2004 and having a constant barrage with Pakistani supporters..Words exchanged would put even Kohli to shame..& at the end of the game we were fondly embraced by the local Pakistani's and they refused to let us go without dinner at their home..Really nostalgic.."

End of over 9 (1 run) Pakistan 36/1 (RR: 4.00)
Mohammad Hafeez    18* (19b 4x4)      B Kumar    5-2-12-1
Kamran Akmal    15* (26b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-0-9-0

9.1

I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, no run, length ball just outside off, flayed towards mid-off by Akmal, powerfully struck but not placed well enough

9.2

I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of length, keeps it around off stump, 131kph, pushed towards cover this time

9.3

I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, on middle stump, tucked toward mid-on for a quick single, not much happening for Ishant here

9.4

I Sharma to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, short of length ball outside off, cleverly done by Hafeez, he walks across the stumps and clips that behind square leg for four, doesn't try to hit that too hard

Nasser Hussain points out that Dhoni has made three field changes already this over

9.5

I Sharma to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, pitched up on off stump, Hafeez nudges the ball towards square leg for two more

9.6

I Sharma to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, a bit of movement away after pitching outside off, Hafeez shoulders arms

Omair Ali: "If this side should get one quick bowler and learn bowling well at the death. I would take this side as my favorite considering their awesome batting line-up and efficient bowling with above mentioned point."

End of over 10 (7 runs) Pakistan 43/1 (RR: 4.30)
Mohammad Hafeez    24* (22b 5x4)      I Sharma    2-0-16-0
Kamran Akmal    16* (29b 2x4)      B Kumar    5-2-12-1

Santhosh: "So many comments that India has come good after the ageing/aged greats. As these ppl to survive the seaming pitches with the red kookabara ball against Anderson & Co. Then I will accept we have moved on. We are just winning here in the subcontinent-like pitches."

10.1

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, Bhuvneshwar starts his sixth over, 128.1kph ball, on off stump as usual, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

10.2

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, a rare wide delivery from Bhuvneshwar, it was pitched up and Hafeez went for the big drive, he can't connect

10.3

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, reverts to that off stump line, length delivery is defended to the off side

10.4

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, short of length ball on middle stump, slapped towards deep backward square leg

10.5

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, just clear of mid-off, could have been a second wicket for India there, but despite a superb effort from Karthik it evades him, length ball that Akmal wanted to launch over long-off, hit low on the bat and the ball loops towards the fielder who has to run back and to his right to try catch that, Karthik dives but can't snaffle that one

10.6

Kumar to Kamran Akmal, no run, pushed towards mid-on, Hafeez wanted one but is sent back, makes it in time to beat the throw

End of over 11 (4 runs) Pakistan 47/1 (RR: 4.27)
Kamran Akmal    19* (32b 2x4)      B Kumar    6-2-16-1
Mohammad Hafeez    25* (25b 5x4)      I Sharma    2-0-16-0

11.1

I Sharma to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball on off, defended towards the off side

11.2

I Sharma to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, an appeal for caught-behind after Ishant send the ball down the leg side, think it took the pad on the way to Dhoni

Mangal: "Seriously apart from age old rivalry between these 2 countries, nothing exciting in this match. No charismatic player, no exceptional talent on show. India Vs Pak is not the same without Sachins, Sauravs, Shoebs, Javeds, Shahids.... and so may other greats from past."

11.3

I Sharma to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, worked towards midwicket for an easy single

11.4

I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short ball, an awkward-looking pull from Kamran, connects well enough to fetch him a single

Drizzling again.

Arsalan: "@Mangal: may be we have some new greats in making!"

11.5

I Sharma to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball on off stump, defended to the right of the bowler

11.6

I Sharma to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, punched through covers but there is a sweeper cover in place, Pakistan's 50 comes up

11.24am Rain stops play. It's become quite heavy, heavy enough for the umpires to call for the covers. It's quite windy though, so perhaps the shower won't last long.

Has: "@Ranveer.. Ouch ! That hurts.. Coz i'm really living less than 2km from Galle Stadium.. From my 4 comments which published on cricinfo, 3 are weather reports.."

Abhinav: "Complaints to cricinfo from 15 yrs in the future: "Seriously apart from age old rivalry between these 2 countries, nothing exciting in this match. No charismatic player, no exceptional talent on show. India Vs Pak is not the same without Virats, Dhonis, Sir Jadejas, Ajmals, Akmals.... and so may other greats from past."

Siladitya Ray: "@Santosh @Mangal I'm very fortunate I've not become so jaded about cricket like you guys. Come on these are a bunch of talented kids, guys like Junaid, Jamshed, Kohli, Dhawan. Watching them play is a different kind of joy sit back and enjoy.."

Kamal Bohra: "Its just the hype from media, but nothing much interesting is going on. No sledging, no action and rain playing spoil sport. Its indeed a dead rubber match."

11.30am Covers coming off. Play to resume at 11.40. The rain has stopped.

Ismail Khan: "@Mangal very much true. but I think we should move one from those names now. And encourage playing players. most of them all also the best."

End of over 12 (3 runs) Pakistan 50/1 (RR: 4.16)
Mohammad Hafeez    27* (30b 5x4)      I Sharma    3-0-19-0
Kamran Akmal    20* (33b 2x4)      B Kumar    6-2-16-1

11.40am We're set for play to resume. Astonishingly, big swathes of blue sky over Edgbaston. That could change in a jiffy though.

No slips for Bhuvneshwar.

12.1

Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, wicket first ball after the interruption, Bhuvneshwar strikes, it was a length ball outside off, Hafeez flirts with it and gets an edge, Dhoni dives to his right to take a low one-handed catch

Mohammad Hafeez c †Dhoni b Kumar 27 (44m 31b 5x4 0x6) SR: 87.09

12.2

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, no run, Asad Shafiq is the new batsman, solid forward defensive first up

12.3

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, no run, length ball outside off, 125kph, left alone

12.4

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, no run, a mistimed slap towards cover by Shafiq

12.5

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, no run, slants in towards the off stump, more forward defence

12.6

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, punched off the back foot towards point, a bit of a misfield there, and a single results

A batting tip from Jebran Ali: "Play with a straight bat, straight bat, straight bat. how hard can it be. start/resume inning play with a straight bat, straight bat, straight bat.."

End of over 13 (1 run) Pakistan 51/2 (RR: 3.92)
Asad Shafiq    1* (5b)      B Kumar    7-2-17-2
Kamran Akmal    20* (33b 2x4)      I Sharma    3-0-19-0

First over of spin today. Slip and leg slip in place

13.1

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, some turn for Ashwin there, he starts with a length ball that spins down the leg side, clipped behind square leg

13.2

Ashwin to Kamran Akmal, no run, fuller ball outside off, defended from the crease to the off side

13.3

Ashwin to Kamran Akmal, no run, flighted delivery spins sharply in, struck on the pads after beating the inside-edge, that was sliding down the leg side

13.4

Ashwin to Kamran Akmal, no run, blocked from the crease to the off side

13.5

Ashwin to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, length ball that doesn't turn too much, on off and middle stump, defended to the leg side

13.6

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, length ball outside off, clipped to square leg for a single

End of over 14 (3 runs) Pakistan 54/2 (RR: 3.85)
Asad Shafiq    3* (7b)      R Ashwin    1-0-3-0
Kamran Akmal    21* (37b 2x4)      B Kumar    7-2-17-2

14.1

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, no run, Bhuvneshwar gets his eight over, length ball outside off is defended to the off side

14.2

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, no run, looks to drive, connects well but can't pierce the gap

14.3

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, no run, length ball once more, very accurate from Bhuvneshwar, blocked towards cover

14.4

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, angling in, heading for middle stump, worked with the angle towards square leg where Ishant fields

14.5

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, no run, back of length ball just outside off, 128kph, defended towards midwicket

14.6

Kumar to Asad Shafiq, no run, terrific bit of fielding there from Raina, first up it was a lovely drive from Shafiq, Raina st short cover manages to make a one-handed stop and then spins and fires the ball towards the non-striker's end, Akmal has to dive to ensure he's in

Raj : "Rain stops. Mohammad Irfan just wiped off some clouds from sky with his hands."

End of over 15 (2 runs) Pakistan 56/2 (RR: 3.73)
Asad Shafiq    5* (13b)      B Kumar    8-2-19-2
Kamran Akmal    21* (37b 2x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-3-0

15.1

Ashwin to Kamran Akmal, OUT, Akmal has walked! a flighted delivery that spins in, Akmal unwisely went for the big drive against the turn, gets an inside edge, and that deflects off Dhoni left thigh and the ball sits up for Kohli at leg slip, the Indians go up in appeal, Akmal not waiting for the umpire's verdict, over to Misbah for the rescue act again

Kamran Akmal c Kohli b Ashwin 21 (68m 38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 55.26

Not the best of shots from Akmal there

15.2

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, spins in towards off stump, blocked from the crease

15.3

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, spins sharply in towards off stump, defended towards midwicket for a single

15.4

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, shuffles across and tucks that towards wide mid-on

15.5

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, spins in once more, worked towards midwicket for one more

15.6

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, length ball is driven towards sweeper cover, Bhuvneshwar has to run across a long way to his right to stop that

End of over 16 (5 runs) Pakistan 61/3 (RR: 3.81)
Asad Shafiq    8* (15b)      R Ashwin    2-0-8-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    2* (3b)      B Kumar    8-2-19-2

16.1

Yadav to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, works it towards third man for a single

16.2

Yadav to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, that one from Umesh rears up outside off, steered towards third man for one more

16.3

Yadav to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length ball outside off, and that is left alone by Misbah

16.4

Yadav to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full ball heading for off stump, Misbah drives that towards mid-off

16.5

Yadav to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, length ball just outside off, Misbah goes back in the crease and tucks the ball towards square leg for a single

16.6

Yadav to Asad Shafiq, no run, a leading edge as Shafiq looks to work a back of length ball to the leg side, it flies to the left of the bowler

End of over 17 (3 runs) Pakistan 64/3 (RR: 3.76)
Asad Shafiq    9* (17b)      UT Yadav    4-0-17-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    4* (7b)      R Ashwin    2-0-8-1

17.1

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full ball from Ashwin, Misbah looking to work the ball to leg, ends up defending it

17.2

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, blocked to the off side this time

17.3

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gets well forward and defends in the direction of point

Forwrad short leg in place

17.4

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full and outside off, a wristy shot towards mid-on

17.5

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, no run, spins in from a length outside off, defended off the back foot

17.6

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, flighted delivery, the topspinner, defended from the crease

End of over 18 (2 runs) Pakistan 66/3 (RR: 3.66)
Asad Shafiq    10* (19b)      R Ashwin    3-0-10-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    5* (11b)      UT Yadav    4-0-17-0

Akki: "Pakistan's best batsman walks in. Misbah's wicket is the one that matters the most..."

Some seriously dark clouds hovering around

18.1

Yadav to Asad Shafiq, no run, pushed to the right of the bowler

18.2

Yadav to Asad Shafiq, no run, full ball is dead-batted back towards the bowler

18.3

Yadav to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, short of length ball, sits up for Shafiq who pulls it powerfully past midwicket for four

18.4

Yadav to Asad Shafiq, no run, shorter this time and just outside off, Shafiq gets on his knee and sways out of the line of that one

Muaz: "Misbah and Shafiq at the crease! Yaaaawwwnn...Wake me up when one of these two is gone."

18.5

Yadav to Asad Shafiq, no run, length ball from Umesh, 143.8kph, steered towards point

Umbrellas going up in the crowd

18.6

Yadav to Asad Shafiq, no run, pitched up and angling in, driven towards mid-on

2.40pm The players are out in the middle, the main cover is still on the pitch. Play should resume in the next five minutes. Misbah and Asad having a chat. Pakistan have only two more over of Powerplay left.

2.30pm This will now be a 40-over game. There will be a 20-minute interval, and the Powerplays will be split as eight overs and four overs.

Some of the Indian fielders are out training.

Sriram Ananthasivan: "Will Pak's score be re-adjusted since it is a 40 overs game now?" Yes, it will be.

2.20pm Umpires have walked off and are speaking to the players in the dressing room. The main covers is also going off now.

If there is no rain from now, play should resume at 2.45pm. A couple of Supersoppers doing their job in the outfield.

Rathnavel Pandian: "Digressing from the topic of rain; why don't they replace the traditional semi-finals into the IPLesque playoffs. In that way, dead rubbers would mean something for a team trying to be at the top of the group. Of course, not in this game though."

2.15pm The umpires are out for an inspection, only the main hover cover is in place as of now. We have lost at least 20 overs so far. Expect more overs to be snipped.

Danyal ishaq : "I must select "The Rain" in my fantasy team, I would surely win."

Aziz: "Wait A-min i'm searching for some puns :D"

Jebran Ali: "George R. R. Martin should have written a "GAME OF RAINS" with D/L it would have been more complicated than "Game of Thrones""

1.55pm Covers are coming off.

Pushpa R Neupane: "The most lively thing in today's match is bringing the covers on and off, on and off. Hard work for the groundsmen. Must have extra remuneration."

Nick: "No puns today? Yadav-ing a laugh aren't you?!" Urgh.

And to top that painful effort, here's Kurian Babykutty: "A-sad battles to keep Rain-a-way. If any one can bowl in this rainy month, June-aid C(h)an!"

Achal Kumar Garg: "Computer should allow to copy more than one phrase at a time.. so that you can copy both " Rain stops play" and "Covers are coming off."... then you can cover all ICC tournaments held in England w/o ever typing again :)" Readers have already recommended several softwares which allow keyboard shortcuts for commonly used phrases.

manoj: "@Garg - if there is such software available, you could replace Ravi Shashtr's commetryi with all but 5 or 6 key-strokes."

1.40pm Next inspection to be at 2.15pm. Let's hope the rain stays away, but not looking promising at the moment.

Sichu: "@Dileep Krishnan, thanks for your update only in which I could find out that none of those Indian players is playing in this CT, whilst the pair of Kumar and Mahela are playing for Srilanka...yet"

Rohit : "Alien one: I went to a large green field shaped like a meteorite crater. Around the edges, several thousand worshippers gathered. Then two priests walk to the centre of the field to a rectangular area and hammer six spears into the ground, three at each end. Then eleven more priests walk out, clad in green robes. Then two high priests wielding clubs walk to the centre and one of the other priests starts throwing a white orb at the ones with the clubs. "Gee," replied the other alien, "what happens next?" "Then it begins to rain.""

1.35pm Drizzling again. More covers coming out.

Guruprasad S: "@Ghanshyam: I recall watching Misbah in 2002 in a test match against Australia in Sharjah. He was batting well for Pakistan in a tough chase, but he got out and Pakistan lost. After that, Misbah spent a while in wilderness before coming back in 2007 via T20."

1.30pm The umpires are supposed to be out for an inspection now. It has stopped raining, but it is very dark and the covers remain on.

The umpires are walking out now.

Dileep Krishnan: "Second innings of 2002 final will be aptest during a rain break." Indeed, and they have two to pick form, this or this. And now they have switched to highlights of Pakistan's win over India in the Champions Trophy in 2004.

Junaid : "We are no stranger to frustration due to rain,my parents got married in the month of february in the 70s and it rained heavily on the D-Day,those days i heard they used to celebrate in the open,till this day they curse rain.:))"

1.15pm Highlights of India v New Zealand Champions Trophy 2000 final being shown in Edgbaston as rain continues to interrupt play.

There were only 15 minutes left before the inspection, but it has started raining again. Just a reminder, we are already losing overs in this game. After 1.07pm, we are losing an over for every 4.2 minutes.

Yesterday was Pun day on Cricinfo comms, but here's another. Dr Hasan: "Can somebody convey Hafeez, its not Edge-baston."

CricketSnark: ""Highlights of India v New Zealand Champions Trophy 2000 final"? Clearly the person in charge is Pakistani and has clever, but cruel sense of humor. Well played."

Covers are back on.

12.45pm A strange mix of blue sky and threatening clouds over Edgbaston. Groundstaff are hard at work.

12.40pm Update More from the intrepid Dobell: "Inspection at 1.30, nearly an hour away. There is a little gap between approaching clouds but will take miracle for them all to avoid ground."

Anil: "With all the comments that I read from Pakistani fans about Misbah, it is clear that they have not realized the emphatic contribution of this lone man to Pakistan cricket. He is the one who steered the team through those terribly rough weather."

Ramesh: "I'm in TN, India in my office and there's absolutely no rain here. Take that, fake profiles with rain forecast."

As we wait for more news on resumption of play, listen to Sharda Ugra and Saad Shafqat dissect the India-Pakistan rivalry.

12.30pm "A minute ago it was lashing, now it has stopped," says Nagraj Gollapudi from the comfort of the Edgbaston press box.

Another of my colleagues, George Dobell, says: "So, the rain has stopped and it's bright right now. But the forecast is grim and the mopping up will take a while."

Kamran: "There's great potential for a beatboxing song in Pakistan's team: boom boom tuk tuk duck duck boom duck boom boom duck tuk tuk tuk... I'd also add in Kamran Akmal's "ghoomay gi" for good measure."

12.20pm Still raining pretty heavily in Edgbaston.

Sourabh Tripathi: "With vagaries of English weather at their best..I'm wondering if we have a reserve day for Finals??" No reserve days in this tournament.

Lijo: "I am supposed to apply for jobs but who can miss such matches. Actually these short breaks are good ! Gives me time to take a break from watching the game, apply to a couple of positions, come back and go back.. ahh ! What a guilt free feeling I am going to have at the end of the day !"

Rubaiyat: "Fantasy has totally changed the circumstances. Normally I am an India fan, but now I hope Misbah can score some runs so the Indian batsmen can score some points and I want some points from Misbah too."

Shahid Rizwan: "@ayesha: Great comment... I would like to include more ducks in that boom-duck string though... In support of Misbah.. he never gets a chance to bat with aggression...Whenever he comes in it is like 15/3, 25/3 etc etc...He always has to build inning as there is no reliable batsman behind him...Gone are the days when we used to bat deep, like 1999 WC when we had Wasim, Azhar, Razzaq. Moin Khan etc in the wings..Need to look out for fast bowling all rounders..."

Jebran Ali: "if one reads the rules for tournament it says, win gives 2 points, draw is 1, net run rate calculated as such, if net run rate of two teams is same then this happen and in THE HIGHLY UNLIKELY EVENT if none of above decide which team to go to semi final then do this.. they are prepared for even THEY HIGHLY UNLIKELY but RAIN the MOST LIKELY EVENT is not taken in consideration. RESERVE DAY....."

12.08pm Rain stops play Think I should keep that phrase copied in my clipboard, am going to have to use it quite a lot today.

Usama: "No Afridi , No Umar Akmal, No Razzaq means no aggression . And Pakistan has always been known as a aggressive team. But this time they are defensive."

Owais: "Ahh! Misbah. I can finally take shower, have lunch, pray and prepare my thesis presentation without worrying about match variations." Ah Misbah, as usual, dividing opinion among Pakistan fans.

Bilal: "Q: What's common between Pakistan's batting and the Edgbaston weather? A: You can't trust either."

Ghanshyam Jadeja: "Its amazing how pakistan's two best players namely Misbah and Ajmal were selected for pakistan while they were in their thirties.......such good talent and just a few years to showcase it."

An audio representation of Misbah's batting style. Kiran Maruti Shinde: "Dont forget Misbah-ul-Haq's "tak tak tak tak tak Boom tak tak tak tak tak tak Boom tak tak... 50 in 75 balls on cards.."

Gautam: "@Muaz: With an electric bowling attack like Pakistan's a steady Misbah-Shafiq stand might just be enough for them to defend. Then you just might have slept your way through another Pak win over India in CT. Get some coffee, man! Get behind those boys."

Sreeyuth: "If my comment is not published, I am going to start a cricket commentary website of my own, where I will be commentating and I will be publishing witty comments made only by me. And I am gonna bag the first ever BCCI Conflict-of-Interest Award." I believe there are other high-profile contenders for that award.

ayesha: "Somebody mentioned Misbah's batting audio representation as Morse code. Think about what would have been Afridi's - Boom Boom duck boom duck boom duck duck Boom duck duck duck duck duck Boom duck duck duck duck duck duck duck"

End of over 19 (4 runs) Pakistan 70/3 (RR: 3.68)
Asad Shafiq    14* (25b 1x4)      UT Yadav    5-0-21-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    5* (11b)      R Ashwin    3-0-10-1

2.45pm Hooray, play resumes. Huge cheers around the ground. R Ashwin to bowl.

19.1

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up, length ball spins in towards off stump, clipped towards midwicket

19.2

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, fuller, Shafiq stays back in the crease and tucks the ball to square leg

19.3

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, a reverse-sweep from Misbah to get a boundary, it was a length ball spinning in, Misbah makes good contact

19.4

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and wider outside off, defended to the off side

19.5

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, carrom ball spins away, too short from Ashwin, driven towards long-on

19.6

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, no run, length ball well outside off, defended off the front foot to the off side

End of over 20 (7 runs) Pakistan 77/3 (RR: 3.85)
Asad Shafiq    15* (27b 1x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-17-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (15b 1x4)      UT Yadav    5-0-21-0

Kohli to bowl now

20.1

Kohli to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, starts with a pitched up delivery, punched towards long-off for a single

20.2

Kohli to Asad Shafiq, no run, defended off the front foot towards cover

20.3

Kohli to Asad Shafiq, no run, low full toss angling in, pushed towards mid-on this time

20.4

Kohli to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, short and wide from Kohli, should have been put away for four, Kohli is lucky that it is only slapped towards deep point for a couple, that was 103kph

20.5

Kohli to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, on the shorter side again, another ball that could have been put away, pulled away towards deep square

20.6

Kohli to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slightly fuller, though it is still a touch on the shorter side, left alone outside off

End of over 21 (4 runs) Pakistan 81/3 (RR: 3.85)
Misbah-ul-Haq    12* (17b 1x4)      V Kohli    1-0-4-0
Asad Shafiq    18* (31b 1x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-17-1

21.1

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, safely driven towards long-on for a single

21.2

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, round the wicket, a full ball on middle and off, clipped towards midwicket

21.3

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, length ball on legstump, nudged towards midwicket

21.4

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, length ball outside off, Ashwin continues to bowl from round the wicket, worked to the leg side for a single

21.5

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, played with soft hands towards square leg for a single

21.6

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, the famous Ashwin pause before he delivers, it is a full ball outside leg, tucked towards square leg

End of over 22 (7 runs) Pakistan 88/3 (RR: 4.00)
Misbah-ul-Haq    16* (20b 1x4)      R Ashwin    5-0-24-1
Asad Shafiq    21* (34b 1x4)      V Kohli    1-0-4-0

Here's the cricketing marvel that is Ravindra Jadeja.

22.1

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, his first ball is driven towards long-on for a single

22.2

Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length ball heading for off and middle, pushed to the right of the bowler

22.3

Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length ball spins away a touch, defended off the front foot

22.4

Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slides on towards middle, clipped behind square leg

Drizzling again

22.5

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, full ball, batsman skips down the track and punches the ball towards long-on

22.6

Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, keeps it full, on leg stump, defended to the leg side by Misbah

Naren Bharatwaj: "I'm not a big fan of Kohli's bowling capabilities. I don't think Kohli would bring himself on if he were the captain!"

End of over 23 (3 runs) Pakistan 91/3 (RR: 3.95)
Misbah-ul-Haq    17* (24b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-0
Asad Shafiq    23* (36b 1x4)      R Ashwin    5-0-24-1

23.1

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, length ball on leg stump, worked behind square leg

23.2

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, big pause once more from Ashwin, initially Misbah seemed to be shaping for a paddle-sweep, then after the pause, he changes the shot, looking to nudge it, it was down the leg side and that is a wide, the ball spills out of Dhoni's gloves to hit the stumps, third umpire to check whether Misbah is stumped, replays show Misbah is safe

23.2

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Ashwin continues to bowl from round the stumps, an lbw appeal but that was pretty high

23.3

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, worked behind square leg

23.4

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, punched towards long-on for a single

23.5

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, nudged towards midwicket for a single

23.6

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, no run, drops it short, it is angling outside off, Shafiq looks to power that through the off side but doesn't connect

End of over 24 (5 runs) Pakistan 96/3 (RR: 4.00)
Asad Shafiq    25* (39b 1x4)      R Ashwin    6-0-29-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    19* (27b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-0

24.1

Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, forward defensive from Misbah

24.2

Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a touch short from Jadeja, punched off the back foot towards the bowler

24.3

Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, backs away from the stumps, slaps the ball towards deep point

Rain remains persistent, but play continues

24.4

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, no run, length ball on middle, defended down the pitch

24.5

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, no run, pushed off the front foot, to the right of the bowler

24.6

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, no run, tries to makes some room, that ball was a bit short, Shafiq cuts it but it can't beat backward point

End of over 25 (1 run) Pakistan 97/3 (RR: 3.88)
Asad Shafiq    25* (42b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-4-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    20* (30b 1x4)      R Ashwin    6-0-29-1

25.1

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, length ball on leg stump, clipped behind square leg for a single

25.2

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, length ball pitching on off, eased towards long-on for a single

25.3

Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, on the pads, worked towards deep square leg for a run that brings up Pakistan's 100 and a loud cheer from the fans

25.4

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, no run, short ball outside off, slapped to backward point, Shafiq misses out on that one

25.5

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, no run, length delivery, Shafiq drives, expects the ball to go to mid-on, Ashwin moves across quickly to cut that off

25.6

Ashwin to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, from over the wicket, length ball is eased towards long-on for a single

End of over 26 (4 runs) Pakistan 101/3 (RR: 3.88)
Asad Shafiq    27* (46b 1x4)      R Ashwin    7-0-33-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    22* (32b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-4-0

India are racing through their overs here, and keeping the runs down as well.

26.1

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, a touch short from Jadeja, Shafiq gets on the back foot and swipes that away to the midwicket boundary, Pakistan need more of this

26.2

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, nicely done by Shafiq, terrific stroke from him, that ball was just outside off, he deftly taps it past slip and too fine for short third man, Dinesh Karthik gives chase but there's no stopping that, 50 stand comes up

26.3

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on for a single

26.4

Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, Jadeja's magic run continues, he gets the wicket of Pakistan's main batsman, Misbah moves away from the stumps before the ball is bowled, then shuffles back, it is an angling delivery that heads for the stumps, Misbah misses and that crashes into the top of leg stump

Misbah-ul-Haq b Jadeja 22 (34m 33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Here's Shoaib Malik, the man who hit a 100 in the previous Champions Trophy encounter against India

26.5

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, gets off the mark straight away, eased to long-off for a single

26.6

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, no run, defended to the off side to end a successful over from Jadeja

End of over 27 (10 runs) Pakistan 111/4 (RR: 4.11)
Asad Shafiq    36* (50b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-14-1
Shoaib Malik    1* (1b)      R Ashwin    7-0-33-1

Kohli is back

27.1

Kohli to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, rubbish delivery, a half-tracker that should have been whacked, instead it is punched towards long-on

27.2

Kohli to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, fuller this time, outside off and that is punched towards long-off for a single

27.3

Kohli to Shoaib Malik, no run, a full ball on off stump, squeezed out towards the bowler

27.4

Kohli to Shoaib Malik, no run, back of a length ball, defended back towards the bowler, that was only 99kph from Kohli

27.5

Kohli to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, that was another rubbish delivery, another half-tracker, sat up for Malik, who swats that away to the midwicket boundary, Kohli has escaped with a few poor deliveries, not this time

27.6

Kohli to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, length ball, defended behind point for a single

End of over 28 (7 runs) Pakistan 118/4 (RR: 4.21)
Shoaib Malik    7* (6b 1x4)      V Kohli    2-0-11-0
Asad Shafiq    37* (51b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-14-1

28.1

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, no run, spins away just a touch, past the outside edge as Malik looks to defend

Ash: "So whom does Sania Mirza root for when Pak plays India?"

28.2

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, no run, goes on the back foot, this one slides on and Malik defends it towards point

28.3

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, no run, gets forward and defends back towards the bowler

28.4

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, no run, length ball is worked towards long-on

28.5

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full ball on the pads, clipped behind square leg

Stopped raining now.

28.6

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, no run, length ball on off stump, pushed towards mid-off, no run there, just one off the over, Jadeja racing through his spell

End of over 29 (1 run) Pakistan 119/4 (RR: 4.10)
Asad Shafiq    37* (52b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-15-1
Shoaib Malik    8* (11b 1x4)      V Kohli    2-0-11-0

29.1

I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Ishant returns, starts with a length ball angling into the pads, clipped towards midwicket

29.2

I Sharma to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, short of length ball on leg stump, worked towards square leg

29.3

I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, short of length ball and outside off, Malik slams that past point for four

29.4

I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, no run, Dhoni uses his pads like a hockey goalkeeper, not trying to catch that one as it awkwardly bounces through to him after beating Malik, just puts his pads in the ball to stop that one, that one from Ishant hit a crack on the pitch to stay low

29.5

I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, 1 wide, slides that down the leg side

29.5

I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, no run, length ball on off stump, defended down the track

29.6

I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, no run, shortish ball outside off, bounced more than Malik expected, Malik was looking to thrash that through the off side, he misses

End of over 30 (7 runs) Pakistan 126/4 (RR: 4.20)
Shoaib Malik    13* (16b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-0-26-0
Asad Shafiq    38* (53b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-15-1

30.1

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, Jadeja continues to spear the ball in towards the stumps, worked towards midwicket for a single

30.2

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, no run, Malik comes down the track, a quicker one from Jadeja, Malik was looking to play that to the off side, ends up defending it

30.3

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on for a single

30.4

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, heading for leg stump, tucked off the pads to square leg

30.5

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, eased towards long-on for a single

30.6

Jadeja to Asad Shafiq, 1 run, full ball is driven to long-on, another quiet over from Jadeja comes to an end

End of over 31 (5 runs) Pakistan 131/4 (RR: 4.22)
Asad Shafiq    41* (56b 3x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-20-1
Shoaib Malik    15* (19b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-0-26-0

31.1

I Sharma to Asad Shafiq, OUT, down the leg side, India appeal for a caught-behind as Shafiq stays in the crease and looks to glance that one, umpire turns it down, after discussing with some of the others, Dhoni goes for a review, that looked a good decision on the first replay, seemed to have only taken the pad but the HotSpot shows a thin inside edge, and that is another terrific review by India, Shafiq is dismissed

Asad Shafiq c †Dhoni b I Sharma 41 (64m 57b 3x4 0x6) SR: 71.92

31.2

I Sharma to Umar Amin, 1 run, short of length ball on leg stump, worked towards square leg for a single

31.3

I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, on the pads, Ishant hoping to get another caught-behind down the leg side? tucked behind square for a single

31.4

I Sharma to Umar Amin, 2 runs, full ball outside off, squeezed towards sweeper cover for a couple

31.5

I Sharma to Umar Amin, no run, length ball just outside off, defended off the back foot to the off side

31.6

I Sharma to Umar Amin, 1 run, full and well outside of, slapped towards sweeper cover for a single

End of over 32 (5 runs) Pakistan 136/5 (RR: 4.25)
Umar Amin    4* (4b)      I Sharma    5-0-31-1
Shoaib Malik    16* (20b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-20-1

32.1

Jadeja to Umar Amin, no run, punched off the back foot towards midwicket

32.2

Jadeja to Umar Amin, 1 run, pushed towards cover for a single

32.3

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, stays on the back foot, pushed towards short midwicket

32.4

Jadeja to Umar Amin, 1 run, driven towards long-on for one more

32.5

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, no run, outside off, that one spins away from Malik, who is beaten by the dramatic turn there

32.6

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, OUT, given out lbw, Malik reviews it, that looked plumb on first view, perhaps Malik thinks he got some bat on it, no bat involved, that pitched just outside off and slanted in, struck in front of off and that was going on to hit, Malik has got to go

Shoaib Malik lbw b Jadeja 17 (26m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.91

End of over 33 (3 runs) Pakistan 139/6 (RR: 4.21)
     RA Jadeja    6-0-23-2
Umar Amin    6* (7b)      I Sharma    5-0-31-1

33.1

Ashwin to Umar Amin, 1 run, a leading edge as Ashwin bowls from round the wicket, the ball loops towards mid-on but lands safe

33.2

Ashwin to Wahab Riaz, no run, pitched up from over the wicket, defended to the leg side

33.3

Ashwin to Wahab Riaz, OUT, great wicket for an offspinner this! tossed it up and that spun in a long way, far too good for Wahab, who can only glove it as he looks to defend, crashes into the stumps, Pakistan are seven down, will they be bowled out before the 40 overs?

Wahab Riaz b Ashwin 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

33.4

Ashwin to Saeed Ajmal, no run, another inside-edge, this time the ball doesn't turn as much as the previous one, doesn't hit the stumps this time

Pankaj Kasana: "Shall we assume, consequent to the curtailment of the game, that Bhuvi is done with his quota of overs?" Yes we can

33.5

Ashwin to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, Ashwin bowls a proper legspinner this time, a half-tracker from Ashwin, swatted towards midwicket, big confusion as Ajmal wants the second but Amin doesn't

33.6

Ashwin to Umar Amin, no run, flighted ball on the pads, Amin defends it to the leg side

End of over 34 (2 runs) Pakistan 141/7 (RR: 4.14)
Umar Amin    7* (9b)      R Ashwin    8-0-35-2
Saeed Ajmal    1* (2b)      RA Jadeja    6-0-23-2

34.1

Jadeja to Saeed Ajmal, no run, full ball sliding onto the pads, looks to defend, that hits the pads, but it was sliding down

34.2

Jadeja to Saeed Ajmal, no run

34.3

Jadeja to Saeed Ajmal, no run, worked towards midwicket, where Karthik makes a smart stop

34.4

Jadeja to Saeed Ajmal, no run, defended off the front foot to the off side

34.5

Jadeja to Saeed Ajmal, no run, careful defence off the front foot

34.6

Jadeja to Saeed Ajmal, no run, spins away after pitching very short, poked to the off side, and that is a maiden, big cheers from the crowd

End of over 35 (maiden) Pakistan 141/7 (RR: 4.02)
Saeed Ajmal    1* (8b)      RA Jadeja    7-1-23-2
Umar Amin    7* (9b)      R Ashwin    8-0-35-2

Powerplay taken

35.1

I Sharma to Umar Amin, FOUR, full and wide, Amin slashes that over point for four, good start for Pakistan

35.2

I Sharma to Umar Amin, no run, short of length ball outside off, looks to slap it through the off side but misses

35.3

I Sharma to Umar Amin, no run, length ball angling in towards off stump, defended down the track

Sarvesh: "If, and highly if, India bowl out Pak, will their score be still re adjusted?" Don't think the score will change too much since Pakistan had lost three wickets before the rain arrived for the huge interruption after 19 overs

35.4

I Sharma to Umar Amin, 2 runs, worked towards deep midwicket, should have been a single, but Karthik looked up to see whether the batsmen were taking a second, took his eyes off the ball and misfields, conceding the second

35.5

I Sharma to Umar Amin, no run, back of length ball outside off, looks to slap it past point but misses

35.6

I Sharma to Umar Amin, 2 runs, short of length once more, driven towards deep extra cover

Anurag: "Guess what is common between the top run-scorer and top wicket-taker of this tournament? You guessed it, both sport fine, fine upper lip hair."

End of over 36 (8 runs) Pakistan 149/7 (RR: 4.13)
Umar Amin    15* (15b 1x4)      I Sharma    6-0-39-1
Saeed Ajmal    1* (8b)      RA Jadeja    7-1-23-2

36.1

Jadeja to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, short of length ball, that was tucked towards square leg

36.2

Jadeja to Umar Amin, FOUR, cracks that down the ground after shuffling out of the crease, between the bowler and mid-off for four

36.3

Jadeja to Umar Amin, no run, defended to the off side

36.4

Jadeja to Umar Amin, 1 run, on the pads, defended towards midwicket

36.5

Jadeja to Saeed Ajmal, no run, slides in after pitching outside off, defended off the front foot

36.6

Jadeja to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, a thin inside-edge as Ajmal looks to defend off the front foot, sends the ball towards short fine leg

End of over 37 (7 runs) Pakistan 156/7 (RR: 4.21)
Saeed Ajmal    3* (11b)      RA Jadeja    8-1-30-2
Umar Amin    20* (18b 2x4)      I Sharma    6-0-39-1

37.1

Yadav to Saeed Ajmal, no run, Umesh is back, slants this down the leg side, off the pads and through to Dhoni

37.2

Yadav to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, short of length ball around off stump, defended towards point for a single

37.3

Yadav to Umar Amin, 1 run, a touch short, slower one 123kph, pulled away for a single

37.4

Yadav to Saeed Ajmal, no run, short slower ball, Ajmal is tricked by that one, beaten as he looks to slap that through the off side

37.5

Yadav to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, short once more, Ajmal swings it behind square leg for a single

37.6

Yadav to Umar Amin, no run, length ball on middle stump, defended to the off side, end of a tight over from Umesh

End of over 38 (3 runs) Pakistan 159/7 (RR: 4.18)
Umar Amin    21* (20b 2x4)      UT Yadav    6-0-24-0
Saeed Ajmal    5* (15b)      RA Jadeja    8-1-30-2

Sahil : "I remember when India used to make Dravid keep because they did not want to lose that one precious batting spot and now there are two wicketkeepers playing, one of them arguably the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world today."

38.1

I Sharma to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, diving take at short cover by Rohit, Ajmal has struggled to score today and his innings is over, it was a shortish delivery from Ishant, Ajmal backed away and flat-batted it, doesn't middle it and Rohit snaps up a low chance

Saeed Ajmal c RG Sharma b I Sharma 5 (19m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

38.2

I Sharma to Junaid Khan, OUT, length ball on off stump, punched towards mid-off, batsmen scamper a single, but have they made it? India seem certain that Kohli direct hit has got Junaid run out, and with good reason too, replays show Junaid is just short as the stump is literally broken, how good is India's fielding in this tournament? Pakistan lose their ninth

Junaid Khan run out 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

shlok: "Reminds me how people were complaining about Misabh's slow pace. I am sure they would love to have his 50 off 75 now."

38.3

I Sharma to Umar Amin, no run, short of length ball outside off, Amin looks to cut that one but misses out

Mathews B: "I think by looking into the Indian spinner's performance, the Pakistan would like to complete their spinner quota of bowling first as the rain can disturb the game while Indians are bating so definitely the number of over can be reduce in that case it would be beneficial for PAK team to get over with spinner quota."

38.4

I Sharma to Umar Amin, no run, short of length once more, the usual Ishant length, defended from the crease to the off side

Gaurav: "So that's a pure Sharma wicket b Sharma c Sharma"

38.5

I Sharma to Umar Amin, 1 run, length ball angling into the stumps, Amin makes room and scoops that towards deep midwicket, drops short of Karthik there

Bharath: "The most unhappy person after Pakistan's innings will be Shikar Dhawan. They had given him very less opportunity to score his 3rd consecutive ODI century, provided he have to compete with Rohit and Pakistan bowler's extras in this mere 170+ chase.

The terrific sight of Mohammad Irfan batting coming up

38.6

I Sharma to Mohammad Irfan, no run, no footwork there as he nonchalantly defends a length delivery to the off side

End of over 39 (1 run) Pakistan 160/9 (RR: 4.10)
Mohammad Irfan    0* (1b)      I Sharma    7-0-40-2
Umar Amin    22* (23b 2x4)      UT Yadav    6-0-24-0

39.1

Yadav to Umar Amin, FOUR, final over of the innings starts with a boundary, a touch short, that doesn't rise up much, Amin pulls it away for a boundary

39.2

Yadav to Umar Amin, no run, full and well wide of off stump, but just within the guidelines for the umpire

39.3

Yadav to Umar Amin, 1 run, length ball outside off, slapped towards deep point for a single

39.4

Yadav to Mohammad Irfan, OUT, oh dear, what an end to the Pakistan innings, it was a rip-roaring drive from Irfan, absolutely hammered that full ball from Umesh, sadly for Irfan though it crashed into the stumps at the non-striker's end, Amin was way out of his crease and decided to go through for a single, Irfan also tries but Umesh has enough time to get back to the stumps and pull them out to complete the run-out

Mohammad Irfan run out 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

4.05pm So Pakistan's batting is not too impressive once again. Bowled out for 165, the revised target for India will be 168. We'll be back in 20 minutes for the chase. I'm off to grab some food.

Abhishek: "Life is not fair... Best shot of his life and he is out..." I agree, tough on Irfan.

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Dinesh Karthik drives during his unbeaten cameo, India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, Edgbaston, June 15, 2013

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