ICC World Twenty20 - 20th match, Group 2

India v Pakistan

India won by 8 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)

Thanks Sid. By the looks of it, 128 looks is a bit dicey to defend. Pakistan would have hoped for so much more. But it's not over yet. Pakistan have the spinners to make a game of this.

Here's an encouraging stat if you're a Pakistan fan, from Mazher Arshad: "Lowest T20I total that Pakistan has successfully defended is 122, it was just 4 months ago against Sri Lanka in Hambantota."

Raza Hasan to open up. India haven't seen him

0.1

Raza Hasan to Gambhir, 1 wide, starts off with a wide down the leg side, not a good start

0.1

Raza Hasan to Gambhir, no run, fired that in and Gambhir knocks it to the on side

0.2

Raza Hasan to Gambhir, OUT, Raza Hasan has already got one! He fired that in flat and Gambhr was looking to give the charge, ended up spooning it quickly back to the bowler

G Gambhir c & b Raza Hasan 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Early drama, here's Kohli

0.3

Raza Hasan to Kohli, no run, bowls another quicker one and he drives to cover

0.4

Raza Hasan to Kohli, no run, shorter delivery and he slaps it to point

0.5

Raza Hasan to Kohli, FOUR, not very convincing, there was turn and bounce and he hung his bat out and edged it to third man

0.6

Raza Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, comes to the pitch of the ball and drives him to wide long-off, already the fielder's pushed back

End of over 1 (6 runs) India 6/1 (123 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.47)
V Kohli    5* (4b 1x4)      Raza Hasan    1-0-6-1
V Sehwag    0* (0b)     

1.1

Umar Gul to Kohli, no run, gets some late swing and lands it full, Kohli managed to get his bat down just in time, turned the face of the bat

1.2

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run, wristy flick to the leg side for a quick single, one of his most recognisable shots

Can Sehwag make a statement here? All eyes on him now

1.3

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, good start, bowls it nice and straight and he ensures he stays on the back foot and defends solidly

One slip in place

1.4

Umar Gul to Sehwag, 1 run, chops it down and it drops wide of first slip, pick up a single

1.5

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run, gives him a bit of width and he slices it wide of point

This is Gautam Gambhir's 2nd consecutive duck against Pakistan in International Cricket

1.6

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, bangs it in short this time and he ducks under it, watchful start from Sehwag

End of over 2 (3 runs) India 9/1 (120 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 6.66)
V Sehwag    1* (3b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0
V Kohli    7* (7b 1x4)      Raza Hasan    1-0-6-1

2.1

Raza Hasan to Kohli, no run, nearly sneaked through! Quick and flat and it hit Kohli's back pad, outside the line of the stumps

2.2

Raza Hasan to Kohli, no run, goes back and drives him straight to cover

2.3

Raza Hasan to Kohli, no run, beaten! Spins away and skids through, nearly takes the outside edge

2.4

Raza Hasan to Kohli, no run, stays back and punches it down the track

2.5

Raza Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, misfielded by the bowler, really should have stopped that

2.6

Raza Hasan to Sehwag, 1 run, turns the bat and clips it against the turn, ends a good over by Hasan

End of over 3 (2 runs) India 11/1 (118 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 6.94)
V Sehwag    2* (4b)      Raza Hasan    2-0-8-1
V Kohli    8* (12b 1x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0

3.1

Umar Gul to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag's woken up, friendly length delivery wide of the off stump, stays at the crease and slaps it well wide of point

Gul gets an unofficial warning for running on the pitch

3.2

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, nearly gives it away! Shorter and still wide, Sehwag couldn't resist a slash and nearly edged that one

3.3

Umar Gul to Sehwag, no run, continues to feed him the short and wide stuff, this time Sehwag hops at the crease and chops it down to cover point

3.4

Umar Gul to Sehwag, 1 run, punched down to point and Sehwag heads back to the crease, the throw was wild and they concede an overthrow, Pakistan cannot afford this

3.5

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run, nice running, punched towards mid-off and he's a bit deep, he was off the crease quickly

3.6

Umar Gul to Sehwag, 1 wide, hits the deck really hard and the bouncer sails over his head, penalised by the square leg umpire

3.6

Umar Gul to Sehwag, FOUR, pitches it up but in the pads, Sehwag lofts through the line and comfortably clears midwicket, Sehwag getting his eye in

End of over 4 (11 runs) India 22/1 (107 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 6.68)
V Sehwag    11* (9b 2x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-14-0
V Kohli    9* (13b 1x4)      Raza Hasan    2-0-8-1

4.1

Raza Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, stays on the back foot and punches it to mid-off

4.2

Raza Hasan to Sehwag, 1 run, very wristy flick, picks it from outside off and places it wide of mid-on

4.3

Raza Hasan to Kohli, no run, tosses it up quicker and he clips it to the on side

4.4

Raza Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, slower through the air and he tucks it against the turn to square leg

4.5

Raza Hasan to Sehwag, FOUR, punishes a bad ball, floated down the leg side and Sehwag turns at the crease and helps it on its way to fine leg

4.6

Raza Hasan to Sehwag, 1 run, another wristy flick down to mid-on and he jogs the single

Pakistan should waste no time and bring on Ajmal

Adnan: "I think Pakistan has never been able to handle the pressure of Pakistan Vs India game very well. That is why they have lost most of world cup games against India. Even in this match, Dhoni and team looked very composed when Pakistan was batting and they have done the half job already."

End of over 5 (8 runs) India 30/1 (99 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.60)
V Sehwag    17* (12b 3x4)      Raza Hasan    3-0-16-1
V Kohli    11* (16b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-14-0

5.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sehwag, no run, the doosra! Beats Sehwag straightaway outside the off stump, interesting times

5.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sehwag, 1 run, goes back at the crease and punches him wide of cover

5.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, the off break skids through and hits his pads as he tries to pull it away

5.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, FOUR, bowls it straight and flat, Kohli was on the back foot early and made enough room to slice that wide of the diving cover fielder

5.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, clips it with the turn to the on side for a single

5.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sehwag, no run, still no slip in place, flatter and skids through and he mistimes it to the on side

Shuvam: "This is Gambhir's second caught and bowled dismissal against Pakistan for nought in ICC World T20s. The last time it happened was in 2007, the bowler was Mohammad Asif."

End of over 6 (6 runs) India 36/1 (93 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.64)
V Sehwag    18* (15b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-6-0
V Kohli    16* (19b 2x4)      Raza Hasan    3-0-16-1

6.1

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, Afridi nearly gets that googly to skid through and hit the stumps! Kohli just about managed to block it

6.2

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, gets across and he pushes it down to mid-off

6.3

Shahid Afridi to Sehwag, 1 run, goes back at the crease and cuts him down to deep point

6.4

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, SIX, Kohli makes a statement now! Tossed up and he chips down the track and lofts him clean and effortless over long-off

6.5

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, flatter delivery and he places it to the off side

6.6

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, slower through the air and he rocks back and slaps it to deep cover

End of over 7 (9 runs) India 45/1 (84 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.42, RRR: 6.46)
V Kohli    24* (24b 2x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-9-0
V Sehwag    19* (16b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-6-0

7.1

Raza Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, Ajmal is take off, Hasan fires that flat outside off and he chops it to the sweeper

7.2

Raza Hasan to Sehwag, 1 run, slower through the air and he was sizing up for the big hit but changed his mind and played a wristy flick, ala Azharuddin

7.3

Raza Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up outside off and driven firmly wide of long-off, not risking the second

7.4

Raza Hasan to Sehwag, 1 run, clips it against the turn to midwicket for a single

7.5

Raza Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, drives him down to long-off

7.6

Raza Hasan to Sehwag, 1 run, he's loving the wristy flicks, tucks it to midwicket and that's the 50 stand

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 51/1 (78 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.37, RRR: 6.50)
V Sehwag    22* (19b 3x4)      Raza Hasan    4-0-22-1
V Kohli    27* (27b 2x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-9-0

8.1

Shahid Afridi to Sehwag, 1 run, chips it on the up down to long-on

8.2

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, quicker one and he stays at the crease and punches it down the track

8.3

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, FOUR, where's the slip Mr Hafeez? Kohli was down the track for the big one, Afridi flighted it and the thick outside edge beat the keeper and down to third man

8.4

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run

8.5

Shahid Afridi to Sehwag, 1 run, was that a bump ball? Drives a full delivery and Afridi jumped to catch that but it rebounded off his fingers and raced to long-off, a tough chance nevertheless

8.6

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, drives a low full toss down to long-off

End of over 9 (8 runs) India 59/1 (70 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.55, RRR: 6.36)
V Kohli    33* (31b 3x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-17-0
V Sehwag    24* (21b 3x4)      Raza Hasan    4-0-22-1

9.1

Yasir Arafat to Kohli, FOUR, lovely text book cover drive! Pushes a half volley outside off and Jamshed should have done better sweeping at the boundary

9.2

Yasir Arafat to Kohli, FOUR, another ordinary effort in the field, Kohli deliberately dabs it down to third man, Hasan sprinted across at third man, got a hand to it but it rebounded to the rope

9.3

Yasir Arafat to Kohli, 1 run, slower delivery and he clips him down to deep midwicket

9.4

Yasir Arafat to Sehwag, 1 run, shorter delivery and he pulls but doesn't control it as well but safe of the fielders

9.5

Yasir Arafat to Kohli, no run, Dropped! Umar Akmal this time and it would have been a sharp catch at backward point, Kohli sliced it off the front foot and Akmal flung himself to his left and hung on but the ball slipped out when his elbow hit the turf

9.6

Yasir Arafat to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward and drives him down to long-on

End of over 10 (11 runs) India 70/1 (59 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.90)
V Kohli    43* (36b 5x4 1x6)      Yasir Arafat    1-0-11-0
V Sehwag    25* (22b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-17-0

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he drives through the line to long-off

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, FOUR, stylish from Sehwag! Bowled quicker outside off and Sehwag uses the pace of the ball to slice it wide of backward point, good placement

10.3

Shahid Afridi to Sehwag, OUT, nicely taken by Gul at the boundary! Sehwag tries to loft him downtown and nearly succeeds, hit the splice of the bat and Gul pedalled backwards at long-off and caught it over his head just inside the boundary

V Sehwag c Umar Gul b Shahid Afridi 29 (38m 24b 4x4 0x6) SR: 120.83

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good turn inwards from round the wicket, gets forward and defends

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, nice confident sweep this time, on his knee warly

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, clips it against the turn to square leg

Sehwag should be pleased with his effort though he wasn't quite at his best

End of over 11 (2 runs) India 77/2 (52 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.77)
V Kohli    49* (39b 6x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-24-1
Yuvraj Singh    1* (2b)     

11.1

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, comes round the wicket, Kohli fails to pull a short delivery, looked like it skidded through

11.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, FOUR, how do you stop a man in form? Classic cut by Kohli, Ajmal didn't give him room but he managed to slice it past the diving short third man, should have got a hand to it though

11.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 2 runs, clips it wide of square leg and hurries his partner for a couple and that's his fifty!

11.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, he eases it down to long-on

11.5

Saeed Ajmal to Yuvraj Singh, no run

11.6

Saeed Ajmal to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower through the air and defended with soft hands

End of over 12 (7 runs) India 84/2 (45 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.62)
Yuvraj Singh    1* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-13-0
V Kohli    56* (43b 7x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-24-1

12.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run

12.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run

12.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, stays back and h tucks it wide of square leg

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12.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, flatter delivery and he knocks it down to point

12.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, pauses before delivery, he clips it to midwicket

12.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, shot of intent from Yuvraj! Haffez bowls that on the pads from round the wicket, on his knee early and swept away to deep square leg

End of over 13 (7 runs) India 91/2 (38 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.42)
Yuvraj Singh    6* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-7-0
V Kohli    58* (47b 7x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-13-0

13.1

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, SIX, flat! Kohli gives the best spinner in the world the charge and smashes it flat and quick and lands just over the long-on rope

13.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, comes forward and drives down the ground to long-off

13.3

Saeed Ajmal to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the turn and bounce beats Yuvraj outside off, still no slip

13.4

Saeed Ajmal to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, quicker delivery and he clips it down to square leg

13.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, quicker and flatter and he slices it straight to short third man

13.6

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, clips it in front of the pads and milks another single, India doing this easily

Vineet: "India too confident about defeating SA in the next match? No sense of urgency to improve on the dismal net run rate.."

End of over 14 (9 runs) India 100/2 (29 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.14, RRR: 4.83)
V Kohli    62* (51b 7x4 2x6)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-22-0
Yuvraj Singh    7* (8b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-7-0

14.1

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, flatter delivery and clipped down to deep midwicket

14.2

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fuller delivery and he drives him down to long-off

14.3

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run

14.4

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, that really sped away! Tossed up on the off stump and he comes forward and bangs it down to long-on

14.5

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, fuller delivery and he gets on his knee and sweeps it hard down to deep squate leg, the fielder fumbles and nearly parries it to the boundary, kicks it before it hits the rope and Nazir mops up

14.6

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pushes it down to long-on for a single

India need the remaining 19 off 10 balls to get their NRR past Pakistan

End of over 15 (10 runs) India 110/2 (19 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 3.80)
Yuvraj Singh    15* (12b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-34-1
V Kohli    64* (52b 7x4 2x6)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-22-0

15.1

Umar Gul to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slower delivery and he clips it down to square leg

15.2

Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run, Dropped, Nazir this time, Kohli pulls the short one and it doesn't get much distance, Nazir ran forward from deep midwicket and didn't time his dive well

15.3

Umar Gul to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, drops it short again and he pulls and it's safe down to deep midwicket

15.4

Umar Gul to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli is perhaps aware of the NRR scenario, shows his intent by giving the charge and lofting it elegantly over extra cover

15.5

Umar Gul to Kohli, 2 runs, opens the face of the bat and angles it down to third man, two more to the total

15.6

Umar Gul to Kohli, (no ball) 2 runs, Gul oversteps! Full on the pads and he drives through the line down to wide long-on, India closing in on the NRR gap

15.6

Umar Gul to Kohli, FOUR, Free Hit Kohli rubbing it in here, friendly half volley outside off and driven past the covers, the sweeper gives up the chase

End of over 16 (16 runs) India 126/2 (3 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.87, RRR: 0.75)
V Kohli    77* (57b 9x4 2x6)      Umar Gul    3-0-30-0
Yuvraj Singh    17* (14b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-34-1

16.1

Saeed Ajmal to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, India need to get there by 16.4 to go ahead of Pakistan in NRR, Yuvraj gently clips the ball to square leg

16.2

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, Kohli gives the charge and turns it behind him but straight to short fine leg

16.3

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, down the track and he can only hit it to the fielder at midwicket

16.4

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, no run, tucked away to short fine leg again, India haven;t managed to get there within 16.4

16.5

Saeed Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up on the pads and he clips it to deep square leg for a single, scores level

16.6

Saeed Ajmal to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a gentle nudge behind square gives India their first Super Eights win since 2007! Yuvraj punches the air as he picks up the single

Presentation:

Hafeez: "We just didn't get the partnerships. It was a difficult pitch to bat on but Kohli was excellent. We were hoping to get him out and put pressure on the rest but we couldn't do that. We need to improve our fielding. We still have a chance."

Dhoni: "The players looked relaxed, we knew there was something in store. It's good that Kohli is taking the responsibility, Viru batted well, we lost Gambhir early. I always felt that if you are desperate for a win you put more pressure on yourself. We didn't think too far ahead of ourselves. Thanks to the crowd for showing up."

Kohli is the Man of the Match: "The key is to stay as calm as possible. In the last game I thought a bit too much. The idea it to play 10-15 overs and the team benefits from it. It's a slow wicket but better under lights. God's been kind."

So an one-sided encounter ends the Sunday. In fact both games. Hoping for more competitive games tomorrow between Sri Lanka and England and New Zealand and West Indies.

That's it from here. Thanks for the mails and your company. Cheers!

End of match: India deliver a solid thrashing here and extend their winning run against Pakistan in all World Cups and World T20s. This gives India a chance to qualify for the semis and Pakistan will have a bit to do when they play their final game.

Pakistan's NRR at this stage is -0.43 while India's is -0.45. That's as narrow as it gets. Pakistan will have to try and topple a rampaging Australia while India have taken on South Africa, who looked like a ragged outfit today. But you still can't make predictions in this format. India were soundly thrashed by Australia the other day but were a transformed team today. Pakistan shouldn't lose hope.

Since so many of you are asking, here goes: India have won their first Super Eights game since the launch of the IPL.

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 129/2 (RR: 7.58)
Yuvraj Singh    19* (16b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-25-0
V Kohli    78* (61b 9x4 2x6)      Umar Gul    3-0-30-0
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Sep 30, 2012

Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez, India v Pakistan, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo, September 30, 2012

Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez

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Sep 30, 2012

Virat Kohli plays a shot towards the off side, India v Pakistan, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo, September 30, 2012

Virat Kohli plays a shot towards the off side

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