India v Pakistan, 2nd T20, Ahmedabad

Yuvraj and Dinda take India to series-levelling win

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

December 28, 2012

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India 192 for 5 (Yuvraj 72, Dhoni 33*, Gul 4-37) beat Pakistan 181 for 7 (Hafeez 55, Jamshed 41, Dinda 3-36) by 11 runs
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Ashok Dinda's three wickets were crucial in India's win, India v Pakistan, 2nd Twenty20, Ahmedabad, December 28, 2012
Ashok Dinda's second spell swung the game India's way © BCCI
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India overcame a Mohammad Hafeez masterclass to win by 11 runs and level the two-match series. His wristwork and effortless clearing of the ropes would have inspired admiration from those he tormented today. But Ashok Dinda bowled an excellent second spell at a time when Pakistan, led by Hafeez, were on track to chase down 193, a target set up by a dominating innings by Yuvraj Singh, who treated a packed house in Ahmedabad to an airshow that included seven sixes.

Dinda was at the receiving end of a last-ball six that sealed victory for England in their T20 against India less than a week ago, but he came back well despite being put under pressure early in each of his two spells. He conceded 13 in his first over, during a promising opening stand of 74 between Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad, and was struck for two consecutive fours by Mohammad Hafeez in the 15th over that began with Pakistan needing 68 to win off 36 balls.

The conditions in Ahmedabad were pitted against the seamers, with no movement on offer and thereby forcing them to rely on variations to contain the batsmen. Dinda not only did that, he was largely accurate and picked up three wickets, including Hafeez, in a three over spell that yielded 23 when Pakistan still had wickets in hand and the target appeared within reach. A slower ball that bowled Umar Akmal ended a 62-run stand with Hafeez that had given Pakistan the edge in the chase, and Dinda got Hafeez and Kamran Akmal to hole out in the penultimate over at the start of which Pakistan required 26.

India's spinners, R Ashwin, part-timer Suresh Raina and Yuvraj, slowed down Pakistan's openers between overs six to 11, resulting in their wickets at the cost of just two boundaries. The required rate had climbed to more than 12 in the 12th over, when Hafeez began his charge with a scoop for four that highlighted the feature of his innings, swift but skilful and interspersed with some wonderful touch-play, but little brute force.

Smart stats

  • India's score of 192 is their third-highest total in T20 internationals, and their highest against Pakistan. Pakistan's 181 is also their highest against India.
  • Yuvraj Singh's 72 is his fifth half-century, and his highest score, in T20 internationals. It's also his first against Pakistan. Among Indians, only Gautam Gambhir has more fifty-plus scores.
  • Yuvraj's seven sixes is the joint sixth-highest in a T20I innings, and the highest by an Indian. It's the second time he has struck seven sixes in an innings. His tally of 54 sixes is the fourth-highest in T20Is.
  • Mohammad Hafeez's 26-ball 55 (strike rate 211.53) is the fastest 50-plus score by a Pakistan batsman. He reached his half-century in 23 balls, the second-fastest for Pakistan.
  • Umar Gul picked up his fifth haul of four or more wickets in T20Is, which equals Ajantha Mendis' record. Saeed Ajmal has four.

Hafeez deftly guided Yuvraj past point, then proceeded to dispatch Ashwin for two straight sixes over midwicket before driving and paddling Dinda for two consecutive boundaries, all in successive overs. A flat six over extra cover off Ishant Sharma showed the confidence he was playing with, but Dinda's comeback was vital in preventing Pakistan from pushing on. Two wickets in the penultimate over brought the equation to 20 required off the last, too much for Umar Gul and Shoaib Malik against Ishant.

India's middle order played a prominent role in the win, after having squandered an excellent foundation laid by openers Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane in the opening encounter in Bangalore. The openers did their job again, and Yuvraj and MS Dhoni, in a stand of 97 off 44 balls, ensured their work wasn't laid to waste.

Yuvraj , who was struck a painful blow to the toe off a Mohammad Irfan yorker early in his innings, recovered well and seemed to be in his element, striking the ball cleanly, with a lovely flourish. Afridi and Saeed Ajmal were deposited towards cow corner, and two successive short balls were pulled over the square-leg boundary. Ajmal was targeted in the penultimate over, as Yuvraj took him for three consecutive sixes, the last of them smacked over long-on.

The last five overs yielded 74 and though Dhoni played the supporting role, he wasn't left far behind. He ran well between wickets, and pulled and drove Umar Gul for two straight fours. Though Gul picked up four wickets, accounting for India's openers and the pair that took them towards 192, he was short of support from the rest of his attack and bowled a no-ball in the final over that yielded a boundary off the free-hit. Tanvir, Ajmal and Afridi each went for over 10 an over, leaving their batsmen too much to compensate for.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 overs NB/Wides
India 33 20 7 48-1 59-2 1/0
Pakistan 36 17 7 54-0 35-2 0/4

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Posted by aaaa2aa on (December 30, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

@g.narsima pluming india is always a pleasure ask any pakistani, as far as irfan is concerned he is ok i think pak should work with him and try to retain him for next couple of years till Mohammad Aamir is back watching pakistan's opening attack reminded me of the sultan's of swing that we used to have

Posted by g.narsimha on (December 30, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

WICKYROYPAKLOVER-ROAD TYPE PITCHES - is it pak played on deferent pitch pl dont claim like our SL brothers that u r team too only plays on fast tracks- at present no deneing that we are at low on confident , internal tussel, wrong selections , u r PEOPLE STRARVED of positive in all folds of u r life so smallest things like a win gives u so much pleasure , at the same time i dont have any reservations in admitting u r team really deserved to win this match the way they batted.better luck next time i dont have much faith non our team inodis al;so.

Posted by bhrangi on (December 30, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

@mtalhas : You are not kidding right ?? Non of the subcontinent teams have these so called sportsman spirit., Have you seen Asian cup and T20 in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka., Pak may consider UAE as their home ground but it is not. Stop preaching to us

Posted by Fijicricket on (December 30, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

@ brusselslion Please find out how many people are interested in TEST CRICKET-just check the crowd numbers or TV ratings of a Test match all over the cricket world. Then check the worldwide interest in the 20/20- Rocket science will be easy!

Posted by Nampally on (December 30, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

@haq33: Admittedly Indian bowlers are poor compared to Pakistani ones. But in T20 format, you get batsmen out in whatever manner you can. Most of the times the batsmen get out while hitting out. If a bowler can get a wkt. via this process by having fielders in the right spot, it does not matter what sort of ball it is. Dinda managed to get via this process but also bowled tight Yorkers difficult to put away. He got both Hafeez & Akmal which sent Pakistan from a strong position to losing one. Please also note that Yuvraj got out caught on the fence to a ball which was going for a Six - if there was no fielder in place there. So an OUT is out, no matter how the bowler gets him. T29 is lottery type of format. On a good day, a batsman can light up the board or get out for duck if he is unlucky. The same applies to the bowlers too. ODI is a much better format to show one's skills in Cricket.

Posted by haq33 on (December 29, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Someone claimed there is no such thing as scoreboard pressure and dinda's bowling was genuinely special... Look...let me make it simple. I appreciate that Indians are desperate for a star bowler but dinda is not that man. Yes his previous tight balls were good but not good enough to take wickets. The later ones that DID take wickets (2 of the outfield caughts) were ALSO not good enough to take wickets but the batsmen had to hit out. That is scoreboard pressure, not great bowling. We would have seen lbw or bowled for all of his wickets if he was really good. Or he cud have induced a shot to create a catch through an extra yard of pace surprising the batsmen but again that is not what actually happened in this case. The score was just too high to chase and some poor discipline by pak bowlers and fielders allowed the extra runs while a few batting hesitations at crucial points also helped India. Looking forward to the odi series.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

The English/Australians are really fixated with their test match success and why not!!! But you guys just have to let the others be... If india is thrilled to be winning T20s... so be it... If you think that India is living in some fancy world... so be it...

Good for you guys... no one to challenge your test supremacy. Gloat while it lasts... cos some one is coming to displace you.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Congratulations to India and well played Yuvraj. I think it's suffice to say that clean hitting of Yuvi saw India home with assistance from Dinda. Pakistan should take some positive from the game that they nearly chase down mammoth score of 192. End result may be loss for Pakistan but a great show of effort from a side not know for their batting. On the other hand, some critical thinking time for Indian think tank on the bowling end where they nearly blew a sure win. At the end, well played both teams.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Excellent match by two asian powerhouses . I am pakistani fan but i really enjoyed the class batting of yuraj who alongwith dhoni made a match winning partnership .The other highlight was bowling of irfan what a class act he is appearing to be .He will really test the quality of all test nations if he was fit enough to play for 5 or 6 years .Overall india pakistan matches are must for the quality of cricket .India srilanka or Pak BD series cant come closer to Pak Ind clashes . Eagerly waiting to see test series between arch rivals.

Posted by romirom on (December 29, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

pathetic team selection from pakistan. Junaid khan the promising fast bowler was sat out for the worse bowler in the team i.e sohail tanvir. what he has done that he is over junaid. look out the result. he was so expensive and neither done well in previous match. and plz no more afridi. i like his bating but he is completely out of form with bat and bowl. so he needs a break. now try haris sohail for odi and give him fair chance. hope he comes good for pak. I stil think junaid is the best bowler in this pakistan bowling line up. umar akmal needs some break. he played lot of cricket so give his some rest and let him work on his temprement. he has all the talent but temprement is worse. drop him for few series. hop he get his confidence back. best of luck for odi...

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 29, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Yuvraj is what Tendulya could never be - a Match winner. For test matches we need more batsmen like Pujara. But, for shorter formats, we need more batsmen like Yuvraj and Dhoni, not Tendulya. Also, its about time we let Ishant Sharma go. We have lots of exciting fast bowlers doing extremely well in Ranji Trophy - bowlers like Pankaj Singh, Shami, Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey, Sandeep Sharma, etc.

Posted by brusselslion on (December 29, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

You Indian fans are easily pleased: A solitary 20/20 win and everything in the garden is rosy again. The chances of India ever becoming a force again in Test cricket grow slimmer every day.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Tiny Ground.It was like watching a neighborhood game. The only time I felt like cheering was when the bowlers got wickets with all the odds against them. The batting statistics are empty and meaningless. The tremendous skills of a Yuvraj deserve a better stage.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (December 29, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

@matchfixerpkn sure pak batter not that good they beat aus in thier home.but you are missing one point pak bowler are not that bad they will not let them feel easy to win.last test series pak aus played in england on a very good bowling pitch they won 1st we second.where our batting more weak from now still we draw series.we won one test against england.apart from that we won in uae cause of our bowling not can say we won cause of spin till you what when we need pacer we had you cant say we are minnow.yes we know that we are not great but what we are we love it.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 29, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

WickyRoy.paklover ..your one living in just statistics...and dream and jsut not ready to digest the reality...

exactly dinda is ordinary same with ashvin and ajmal.. i stick to my worlds...irfan is ordinary bolwer ..time will prove it ..(its stupidity to compare him to akram or waqar) . there is no waqar or wasim or kumble or murali or saqlan..(its duty of comentators to prasie the players..even wasim akram also knwo that irafn is not half the talent of himself)

i dnt know when pak defeated australi or s africa in their coiuntry... bcos in curent line pu ther is not a single batsamn who can face real fast bowlers...thats the reality... india proved it..that time srilankan fans behaved as thoiught they will wihte wash australia sirilanka alredy proving it that they cant play in boiuncy pitch....definelty next will be pakistan.. fact is current bating line up there is not a single subcontinet pplayer who can play in boucy pitch..

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

I believe India should retain the three seamers Ishant, Dinda and Kumar for the remaining matches and fiddle around with which spiinner to chose in the ODI's.

I also believe Harbajan can make a big difference with his experience to ensure India wins.

The batting line up is a given.

India should walk away with the ODI's as Pakistan's camp will have problems in their selection having to deal with out of form Afridi, Akmal, Tanvir and in helping their young seamer to maintain line and length.

Their young qickie should remain in camp under Wasim Akram a little longer before being exposed and lose his confidence if he is treated badly from some prolific batting from the Indian batsmen.

Hoping for a continued exciting cricket between these two teams.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Very impressed withthe way the boyz from Pakisthan are playing .Most impressed with Hafeez ,his captaincy and behaviour.Hafeez Bhai ,you have won an Indian fan in me.Still would love to see a long innings from my favourite cricketer Umar Akmal.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

if we go into the last match we will see that the turning point of match was the 2 overs bowled by suresh raina and just 12 scores were scored of them. then saeed ajmal was hit for 3 consecutive sixes he was so over confident that he bowled yuv raj a second short ball in a row and was hit for sixes consecutively.Umar akmal was so desperate for his batting that he didnt took a clear run and was bowled the next ball. Pakistanis took dinda easy and that was a big mistake.Indians on the other hand kept b.kumar bowling alyhough he was giving awayruns.When Ashwin and raina were bowling he must have let raina bowl another over. Then dhoni on thefirst t 20 took 7 batsmen andthey failed. He must have dropped a fast bowler or a batsmen and let jadeja in the team. When there were spinners on in 7-11 overs pakistani batsmen ere taking no chances or were not attacking there a batsmen shoud have attacked and if he gotout afridi should have been sent in.BEcause of afridi dhoi might have brought fast

Posted by Hanuman1206 on (December 29, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

I've no doubt that Ajmal is great bowler and it was just an bad day in the field for him, he is class player and he doesn't need to prove anything. Hope he (Ajmal) understand this well otherwise he would not have made comment against Sachin during the Asia Cup. It was just an bad day for Sachin. BTW who said India need Waqar/Waseem? India became world champ twice without any waqar/Waseem and remained no.1 team for sometime. Yavraj Singh made me proud once again by bashing Ajmal in this match. Hope Ajmal will come on ground mind his language before uttering anything against any player.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Hats of to Yuvraj, Fantastic batting, great entertainment, Pakistan well tried but seriously Pakistan came so close because we do not have any quality bowlers. Dinda bowled well but with a cushion of 12 an over it was fine, will they be able to do it if it would be 6 an over. Non of the bowlers in India are World class, on the other had Pakistan has great world class bowlers. ( maybe we should exchange a Rohit Sharma for one good bowler with pakistan team )

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 29, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Indian crowd plz dont be so mean. liveupto aman ki asha...had that match been played in pak we would had cheered for u aswell.

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 29, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Pakistan plz do not drop run rate in ODI,s. Azhar ali and Misbah. plz no more tuk tuk tuk. and Afridi its high time to Getup and perform...other wise thanks for coming...

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 29, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

Pakistan...this is a big wake up call...if you cant handle india then i dont expect any thing good from you in South Africa. i would be really surprised if u some how survived a clear white wash...and shame on indian crowd they showed no signs of Aman ki asha.

Posted by AdityaMookerjee on (December 29, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

It seemed, that only I believed that India would reach 210, when the run rate was around 7, near the 13th over, eventually. But, 190 is a very good score. I don't think, Pakistan can chase 180, because their batsmen are circumspect, while hitting big, apart from Afridi. Virat hit a shot which I have not seen Tendulkar hit, a straight flick to the boundary, which was almost a six. The next delivery, he hit into the ground, and showed that he depends on the unorthodox shot, instead of playing it more naturally.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 29, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

)matchfixerpkn,u desperatly need to learn how to analyse bowlr,i tell u what b.kumar is poorer than parveen kumar who himself iz an average bowlr, a gud bowlr iz one who performs 6 to 8 out of 10 times while great bowlr performs more than 8 out of 10 times,by dis logic ajmal is great while ashwin iz avrage,dinda iz fairly ordinary n don't wory about irfan,2ndly safas R vry gud while aus r jst gud not great,they r hard to beat at home (in tests) so iz pakistan,who drew against sa,aus n won against poms when they last meet these sides

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 29, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Wake up Pakistan ,Wake up... and remove this useless Sohail Tanvir from team. And plz plz plz dont bowl rubbish like you did in this game. Otherwise a clear whitewash in ODI,s on the cards. India #3 in ODI, Pak #6 . what a shame...cricinfo plz publish....

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

Nice game of cricketYuvi and hafeez playing great innings.M.Irfan is amazing.Great talent.Love to watch his pace and bouce.Nice game from both sides.

Posted by pkumar471 on (December 29, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

congrats superb win finally..and also congrats to Pakistan showing fighting spirits..both team played well,and normally in t20 matches who can overvome the pressure will be the final winner.yesterday that was India..Yuvaraj's and Hafeez's innigns .... no words to are a real hero...what a come back in the crickret world and what performance...hats off!!!

Posted by realfan on (December 29, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

@davidatlas999 dude its the neutral teams that i am talking to.... there will be silence in every nation when they r not scoring, or opposition team scoring. my point here is with the Comments made by fans. there are some anti indians, and some fakes ( who r hiding behind some other country name, just to blame india, to name one its KIWI ROCKER) i mean they r not supposed to make comments like that even if they have slightest respect towards game......... just one word for those disgracefull fans, who don't even bother to appreciate player...... grow up guys, take game in sportive manner.

Posted by Bruisers on (December 29, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

@mtalhas - Comparing a 22-year old's performance who is just playing his 2nd international game with a 35-year old veteran of 150 games is plain ridiculous. Moreover, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an all-rounder. If he doesn't bowl well, he will contribute with the bat. Unfortunately, he didn't get to bat yesterday. Is Ajmal an all-rounder too?

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Bhuvanesh Kumar is similar to Praveen Kumar. They are excellent opening bowlers when the conditions favour swing. If there is no swing available, with the kind of medium-fast pace they possess, they will go for a lot of runs.

Both Dinda & Ishant are better bowlers with old ball and quite a few overs of these two should be reserved for the end. Ashwin can share the opening overs, where he doesn't leak runs the way he does later. I said that before the match (in the match preview) and am saying it again after the match.

All the four can play in the ODI too (if Yadav is not available).

We have to find two really good fast bowlers. Yadav could be one. Hope he is back soon and is available for the ODIs. Who can be the other. We can't expect swinging conditions all the time!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 29, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Zulfaqar Ali ..hope we also know the result of last visit of india to paksitna ? hope not forgtot multan inings of sehwag.. so stop gving stupid excuses for defeat..accept it..accept it afridi is real winner for india..

Posted by cricinme on (December 29, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Thanks for playing in the true spirit of the game both India and Pak

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

Excellent match by two asian powerhouses . I am pakistani fan but i really enjoyed the class batting of yuraj who alongwith dhoni made a match winning partnership .The other highlight was bowling of irfan what a class act he is appearing to be .He will really test the quality of all test nations if he was fit enough to play for 5 or 6 years .Overall india pakistan matches are must for the quality of cricket .India srilanka or Pak BD series cant come closer to Pak Ind clashes . Eagerly waiting to see test series between arch rivals.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Yuvraj ,he is just special ,hats off what an innings ,well played to hafeez too and i think we should give credit to dhoni too for his captaincy and batting , also see the difference the 4 overs of ashwin made .

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Every one should remember one thing that Pakistan has no cricket in their home since long,and also last three months, India had been playing the series and this is their home grounds,the series was fantastic better display of the cricketing skills from both sides,it is foolish to junp with joy when only the eries id drawn,Let us consider flat pithes like this, this will not help indian bowler to develop, and what is the reson making this type of pithes only to help the batsmen, are the bowlers not the part of cricketing teams, why be so cruel to them ,some one should come to help the bowlers, at least little help from the pitch will make the match more intresting.

Posted by devprasad2011 on (December 29, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

fantastic batting display by both hafeez and yuvraj...great spectacle of cricket in T20 format..this was a great 2 mathc series, but i would ve prefered 3 match series , so that we could ve a series winner...and BCCI please arrange many series with pakistan cos with these kind of games between two countries can bond peace and improve their fighting spitrit by leaps and bounds. I am an avid inidan fan, and i am proud to say i am a fan of mohd hafeez...great batting

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

India played well and Pakistan gave a fighting game too. That is what is needed not one team overshadowing the other completely. All in all Yuvraj out classed everyone with his powerful sixers. Hafiz as usual played responsibly to win but you cant always get what you want.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Cracker of a match. Congratulations to India for winning the match, Yuvi played a bliner. Well played Pakistan too for pulling almost a miracle.

Posted by mtalhas on (December 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

those bashing ajmal, i ask them where was the magic of that kumar who was being considered the waqar n wasim of india not so long ago? :) dear indians, pls take this as a draw and not a win, it just happened in your own backyard where you are still to show that revenge against the white washes you suffered. draws in backyard are no way to be celebrated with bhangra as a win, it is still a draw or may be considered a loss if you were tipped as the favourites.

Posted by Swatantra1001 on (December 29, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

The last five overs yielded 74 and though Dhoni played the supporting role, he wasn't left far behind.

In the statistics given in the article, runs India scored in 16-20 overs is given as 59-2. Correction required somewhere.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Both inda and paksitna fans started to boost their players by jsut wathcing 4 ovrs... what happend to new promise kumar in this match ? believe same thing is going to happen to mohammed irfan.. mohd. irfan or dinda are good bowlers ...not best... a good bowler can perform once in 10 matches..same is going to happen with irfan and dinda.....mohd irfan is another mohd . sami and dinda is another rp singh....... now team need akram/waqar or srinath or old zahir khan to compete against best teams lke africa or australia ......not this type ordinarly bowlers .. this irfan or dinda are not 50 % of steyn ,morkel or siddle or aderson ...

Posted by mtalhas on (December 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

@ muzammil_baig, now u understand why it was necessary for pakistan to get seperated from india in 1947? its because of the acts that the public and media show in cricket. read history and u will realise that all this seen in indian stadiums and media again and again on every tour is the best argument to put in favour of two nation theory and a seperate state for pakistanis. by the way, its strange that indian fans are taking this drawn series as a win in their own backyard, may be because of the state of cricket where the team is on its way to become a test level minnow.

Posted by Pakistanontop on (December 29, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Pakistan team played very well. Losing is usually must for one team but the way pakistani players were fighting, it was great. Great match best of luck Hafeez 11.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (December 29, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Hafeez played one of the finest T-20 knocks i have ever seen.But Yuvraj!!!Man what an amazing record he holds for India.Whenever he plays well/scores fifty, 9 out of 10 games India are going to win it irrespective of opponents/format/pitch/conditions/. And where are the Ajmal fans?????Three consecutive sixes!Where is the MAGIC??

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

@Kiwirocker : Haha tried your best to pull India,s leg.Over hyped kumar what do you mean by that?? Ajmal gave 22 runs in single over does that mean he is not a good bowler ?? Kumar is just a kid and it is T20 anything can happen.I don't know you are Sri Lankan or Pakistan fan but its not needed to always pull India's leg.India is good in shorter format no one cant beat India just like that in ODIs and T20.,Just digest the fact dude LOL.,. Thanks for your concern about India if any but we already have billions of suggestions.,.,.

Posted by Muzammil_Baig on (December 29, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Every time when Pakistan tours India, I always noted biased coverage of tv cameras. EVERYBODY will agree that NOT EVEN a single time cameramen put the camera on the 3000 Pakistani spectators who traveled from Pakistan to India.

This always happened in past too. I remember that in 1999 when Pakistan toured under Wasim Akram, (memorable tour when Shoaib bowled Tendulkar for golden duck first time in his career) Pakistan won the triangular one day series in India too, beating India in final. After the match, the Pakistani team went towards the stand of Pakistani spectators and thanked them by raising their hands. EVEN THEN tv cameras did not put camera on them and we were able to listen just the noise of Pakistani supports.

Posted by PakCricSpin on (December 29, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

I am a Pakistani fan. And the way I see it, Pakistan played really admirably. We were thinking of a batting collapse, but there was a tremendous fight back from Pakistan and in the end all Pakistan needed was 26 off 12 balls. By that time it was anybody's game. Had Afridi clicked, which he hasn't for the past year or had Kamran Akmal done something, it would've been great.

I am a big fan of Yuvraj Singh! He shows great character and I can tell you he has a LOT of respect and fanbase even in Pakistan. We all prayed for his recovery and it brings us great happiness to see him on top of his game. :)

For us Pakistani fans, this is not a loss. Pakistan is a significantly weaker Batting side anyway. For them to turn in such a performance is great. :) I just wish there was a 3rd T20. :(

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

@mohsin khan What is wrong in doing a dance step? Your great miandad jumped up and down several times to make fun of the Indian wicket keeper in a WC match, we took that sportingly. The way Afridi shows his immaturity time and again and the whole world still loves him for his spirit. Kohli is going to torment the likes of you for sometime, so you may have to bear with him. He is aggressive and he is captaincy material. He will lead India soon and yes we take great pleasure in hammering Pakistan and with an aggressive young turk like Kohli at the helm, it is gong to happen more often than not. The era of the gents like Sachin, Dravid, VVS, Kumble, Inzamam, Wasim raja is well and truly over. we have suffered the arrogance of Majid khan, imran khan, miandad, sarfraz nawaz, afridi and akhtar. expect some thing back from some of our younger players, not all indians are gentle, you know. most of them are good sportsmen, though. A win calls for a celebration, you sound bitter predictably so

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

@Karthikeyan Thirunavukkarasu, i just want to say that u cannot judge a bowler on the basis of one or two matches,Ajmal does not have to prove himself to anyone anymore, he is a class bowler and has performed well against all of the teams including India(if you dont agree, please have a look at his bowling figures in the first t20,where the likes of dhoni and raina failed to pick his variations).About this game, i would just say that he had a bad day, on how many occassions have sachin failed to score and get out on zero, but on that u cannot say that he was not a great player.Secondly, great to see yuvraj back in form as he is among one of my favourite players.Moreover, as far as Ashwin is concerned, just look at his record and then have your say, he has only got 14 wickets in 18 matches(well thats not even a wicket per game) and further, he has a lot to prove, atleast, plz do not compare him with kapil dev,as he will work for ages to even get close to him.So plz think before u speak!

Posted by davidatlas999 on (December 29, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

@28041991 dont till me indian are fans of good cricket they are just indian fans.we saw 49000 crowd last night dead silence while pak batting until 19th over.we pakistani said well played youvi well bowled dinda when the match over.yes some fans of pak are not happy with flat pitch which is true.but i know home team have a that home pitch advantage which india used althoug almost its backfired till the 19th over where dinda keep it smart and pak batter did not hit him properly so all i wanna say well bowled dinda for of you are the man of the match for 19th over you pulled it totally congrats.

Posted by khurramkhalil23 on (December 29, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

congrats india.. and well played pakistan ..i think both teams played very well but indian bowling is not so good..india needs quality bowler.. pak fought well well done pakistan and best of luck for one days :)..

Posted by indiasupbangalore on (December 29, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

I really don't mind a flat track for limited overs games since the batsman are out there trying to do something, a mishit the bowler will get a wicket, also the bowlers have to adopt in flat track bowling wicket to wicket, and it is not true bowlers will not do good, good bowlers like irfan and dinda did well respectively for both the team. I truely really wished india would loose the game, but alas dhonikey won it, and now he will continue as captain for some more time, alas oppurtunity missed, I really do not care much about this limited over games between ind vs pak, it is happening for all the political reason, what I really care about test with australia come feb india is going to loose really bad if the selectors don't take tough decisions like saking dhonkey from captaincy, dropping sheway,tendulkar from test team. Will that happen I doubt because dhonkey wins another game with the favor of yuvraj and ashok dinda. I am really happy for dinda kumar, ishant.

Posted by pitch_curator on (December 29, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

@ matchfixerpkn -- Which series are u watching. Graeme swan was "rested" for the T20 series. Basically the English were afraid that Indians would end his T20 career. To see how Indians play Swann in limited overs games, see the WC match in 2011. Even galli spinners are treated with more respect than him by the Indian Batsman. If he has the guts ask him to play ODI series. His career might very much end there.

Posted by Naeem578 on (December 29, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

M.Irfan is not in one dayers which is good, he should be taken care of because he can prove a lethal weapon against most important South Africa tests where he can become unplayable even with lesser pace. Pak back up in one dayers in the form of Junaid khan and Wahab Riaz is good. Hafeez, Nasir jamshed and Malik shoul take there form in one dayers along with Azhar Ali n Younis Khan. Go Green Go to creat a difference in odi's.

Posted by india_better on (December 29, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

hahahahahha lolz dear paksitani fans now please seriously tell us still Afridi is legend ...i mean the stage was set for him and what he did hit a full toss straight to mid off paksitani fans are strange people ..i mean how many chances you want for your Maggie legend

Posted by pitch_curator on (December 29, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

@ Haq33 -- Be careful what you ask for. Dhoni is an absolute master in the ODI game as a batsman as well as a captain. By the end of the series he is most likely going to end the captaincy career of Misbah. The T 20 kind of slogging will not work in ODI and you will soon find that in this same forum people will start calling the Pakistan Batting order as pathetic. Mark my words.

Posted by intrepid_khan on (December 29, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

Ignoring some of the extreme fans ... i reckon both teams played well and winning T20 is just about 1 mistake from the opponents ( Pak made twice)... i think yuvraj , hafeez and dinda were star performers ... but don't forget Muhammad Irfan, he was most economical and the most deadly bowler of the series :) can't wait for the odi series now ! hope to see the same performances there !! with love from a Pakistani :)

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

conclusion : grame swann is superior bolwer than ajmal and ashwin.... indian wer strugling agianst grame swann ..but same batsman are much comfortable with ajmal... same way..england batsman toyed r ashvin but pakistani batsman sturgled agianst ashvin even agianst raina...

now dnt say taht sub continent players are best agianst spin..england are playing spin much better than india or pakistan or srilanka playing in australia !!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

@wakaPAK ... dude just because pakistan not start blaming the pitch.. they could have also hit like the indians..but they couldnt...didnt they?.... anyway series became a whats to complain???

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

well cricketforpeace! for me you are an ambassador for peace, i loved your unbiased comments and the same are no less than gems indeed. well done Team india and Team Pakistan both displayed quality stuff and character and india deserves congrats on fabulous victory so job well done. Hafeez deserves pat on the shoulder for showing leadership qualities and fighting spirit. Dhoni remained calm which is the key to his team's success.

lets hope that the game of cricket is always played in such positive fashion between these 02 great nations and the crowd should only enjoy the game regardless of who is playing well.

last but not least we lost a great man, unique voice of Sir Tony Greg so condolences to world of cricket and God bless all.

Regards, AMJAD

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Ishant's second last ball of India's bowling innings was a wide, however 0 wides showen in India's column.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

What a wonderful series. although the outcome was somewhat expected. 1 each! but at least we got to see 2 very good teams in two very good matches. Thanks India and Pakistan!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

this is good series, we should respect both sides as both have played very well cricket and end result is the same required from both. Dhoni is on of the great escaper of India and he should not be criticized as he have to give the result within available resources.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

I knew if yuvi or kohli were there at the end pakistan will go for runs and thats what happened. great fight from Pakistan. what i sometimes hate is the arrogance of indian players like kohli doing the bhangra step in the last over.i mean dude the series got tied. people like raina and kohli need to be more mature. and its ridiculous to think that kohli could succeed captain cool.long way to go mate. dinda was more mature than him. Might not be the same old gentlemen's game anymore but still the players need to show some maturity in teh way they act on the field.well played india and pakistan.looking forward to see more india pakistan cricket in the future. Simply brings out the best in both teams.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Dhoni knows what to do in battin line up and bowling strategy, using raina in this match for bowl was a gable but he won it. raina slow down the run rate which was going to chase easily. Yuvi Hafeez, Dinda are the stars of friday, now it seems One day matches will make some impressive results if this kind of healthy compettion goes ov. best of luck team India as well Pakistan

Posted by pitch_curator on (December 29, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

@ Kiwirocker -- It looks like you do not watch a lot of ODI cricket. Yuvi and Raina have exceptional records in this format. These so called "sitting ducks" have so many good ODI innings that I have lost count. Sample are the wc quarter final and semi finals. Your so called sitting duck is the MAN OF THE TOURNAMENT in the WORLD cup 2011 no less. At least check some stats before you blabber.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

I knew if yuvi or kohli were there at the end pakistan will go for runs and thats what happened. great fight from Pakistan. what i sometimes hate is the arrogance of indian players like kohli doing the bhangra step in the last over.i mean dude the series got tied. people like raina and kohli need to be more mature. and its ridiculous to think that kohli could succeed captain cool.long way to go mate. dinda was more mature than him. Might not be the same old gentlemen's game anymore but still the players need to show some maturity in teh way they act on the field.well played india and pakistan.looking forward to see more india pakistan cricket in the future. Simply brings out the best in both teams.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

First time i am not sad after the defeat by India.. both the matches was end up in last over... Best quality cricket... better then Aussies..

Humbly request to all team... Plz visit Pakistan and play cricket here ...

Dhoni is a great captain ... as well as Hafeez is showing his class...

Posted by realfan on (December 29, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

this is where the difference between INDIAN and OTHER countries CRICKET fans can be seen ( wen i say CRICKET fans, it includes only CRICKET fans, not NATION fans)

while many indian fans appreciated pakistan team for their fight in 2nd match, and hafeez's batting, and irfan khan, many other nations fans are finding excuses ( like flat track, ajmal, akmal, etc....)

i mean wen u r cricket fans , you need to appreciate the cricket played by the team on the given day.. wats point in blaming and finding excuses? as if it would do any good for you.. its shows how jealous you guys are against india.....

and some one said ajmal being generous , I can say india were generous in first match... so quit blaming on yourself and enjoy the cricket....

i hope cricinfo doesnt show any partiality , and publish this comment( its been publishing only anti indian comments since england series )

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Well fought out game by the two sides. ODI series could have been a great one as well but dumb captain Misbah will ruin it with his defensive approach. All slow and good for nothing idiots will come back like Misbah, Younis and Azhar.

Posted by G.Vinoth on (December 29, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

Raina should bat at No.3 ..!!! He is Ranking No.5 in T20 Cricket... Infact, the only Indian to score a hundred in T20 Format... Why are we not giving him opportunity... Really PAthetic.......

My Indian T20 Squad...!!! (Only Batsmen):- Rahane, Kohli, Raina, Yuvi, Rohit, Dhoni, M.Tiwary/Rayudu..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

And the fact that the both the matches have been played to packed stadiums means that the Pakistan team's tour of India makes good business sense as well.

Posted by Harry1218 on (December 29, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

@ getsetgopk : it is funny that U are asking for a neutral venue!!!! pakistan always struggle on neutral venue against India. Pak batting can't survive on a bouncy or swinging wicket even flat track also.....

Posted by Abimanyucbe on (December 29, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

It is so nice..........Whenever india wins, people forgetting Dhoni and praising the respective players, who are responsible for win.......but whenever India Loses people thinking only about Dhoni....

Funny Indian Game of Cricket...........

Posted by IndianCricketFan007 on (December 29, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I can say that Hafeez's innings was one of the best T-20 innings in such pressure situation..

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

Dear administrators, bless us with some (atleast 2) genuine bowlers.

Posted by AllahKeBande on (December 29, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

Well played India, and Ajmal no doubt is a good bowler but he is not Saqlain..

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

It was really a great game of cricket, Yuvi, Hafeez and Dhinda really entertained the crowd.But Yuvraj has proved that he is really the most dangerous batsman in T20 as he hit 3 consecutive sixes to the great Spinner Ajmal.

Posted by Lovetesh on (December 29, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

Good to see some Indian pace bowler performing a match turning spell. It was a good series and good cricket by both the teams.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

Somebody said, Ajmal was world class bowler and what happened to him. He went for 42 runs in 4 overs. So please stop complaining about Ashwin. he is a good bowler. When batsman start to hit, any spinner will struggle. Thats what happened to Ajmal today. Ashwin is really a good bowler. Since England players were playing spin so well, he kind of lost his confidence. Since he was included in this match, he took one wicket as well he gave only 28 runs better which is than Ajmal. So now you would say Ashin is better than Ajmal...So basically we can't judge a player based on one series. For me, he is one of the best all rounder India produced after Kapil Dev

Posted by mtalhas on (December 29, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

it is always shameful to see the behaviour of indian crowd in stadiums and media. they dont seem to have sportsman spirit at all. its evident through the silence when their bowlers are hit for a boundary or when their batsman get out. yesterday also when hafeez was announced as man of the series, crowd acted pathetically. when india lost in banglore, ramiz raja rightly quoted that there was "deadly silence" in the stadium. dear indians, pls take all this as a game.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (December 29, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

so called MAGICIAN was brutally walloped by the cancer survivor yuvraj singh ..................

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Hats off to Yuvi and Hafeez for such an entertainment !!

As for the crowed I am really disappointed , Crowed just dont appreciate good cricket played by opposition team .. Thats is Sad ! Shame on Indian Crowed .

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 29, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

And the flat track bullies are at it again. T20 is the junkiest form of the game and pitches like these further degrade it. A pitch on which Saeed Ajmal can't make a difference is a pitch not worthy of any type of cricket. They wont tour UAE and they would have pitches like these in their backyard that are good for nothing but a run fest. Makes for one unfair contest. Enjoy while it lasts India, we will see you outside your den someday, like England and Australia had. This team India owe Pakistan a whitewash!

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 29, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

@Dueu Cii - Thanks for the insight about India getting 'lucky'. India are the ODI World Champs, a feat the United Nations of England, Ireland and SA have never reached in the history of cricket.

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 29, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

@Asif - Winning ALL ODI and T20 WC matches against Pakistan does not constitute one odd victory here and there. I know Pakistan won the Kitply Cup against India about 10 years ago. If that is more important than the WC losses against India and makes you feel proud about your team, so be it. Enjoy the Kitply Cup.

Posted by here2rock on (December 29, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

First time after a long time India showed a bit of fight and passion, two ingredients missing in lot of their late efforts. I still think that they are missing on a good support staff for better planning and execution of those plans.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (December 29, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

Dinda bowled excellent in the death overs. Dinda and Ashwin are good bowlers than Gul and Ajmal. Dont know why people will hype Ajmal and Gul as best bowlers. Against India every bowler will look ordinary

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

Big fan of Dinda..

small demeanour.. big heart!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

I agree with Usman Khan that it was a good, exciting and enjoyable game and in this high scoring game until the 19th over when Pakistan was betting no one knew who will win. Independent of where we come from, let us give credit where it is due. It is good that both sides have infused some new blood into the teams and more of it needs to be done. Hope that the oneday matches will be as exciting!

Posted by jimbond on (December 29, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

Proves again, T20 is a lottery, just like the last game was. Last time it was Pak playing well for a few overs and winning- with luck helping them a bit- this time it was India. On dead pitches, you expect length bowlers like B Kumar/Gul to be hit for a few. Only people with slightly more pace who keep the length a bit short (or very full) are spared- like Dinda or Irfan. Ishant probably only bowls well on a third kind of pitch where there is lot of bounce, or possibly he doesnt bowl well there also. Teams should either choose bowlers according to the pitches, or they should choose bowlers who can adapt to the pitches(not many of these bowlers around). As for spinners, Ashwin did better, but possibly because he was not bowling to Yuvraj. For that matter, even Raina did well. T20s are merely for entertainment Hopefully the ODIs would give us a better understanding of the relative team strengths.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (December 29, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

SK5983: I like your optimism and indeed India did win a test series in England in the summer of 2007 (that is over 5 years ago) however they did not draw in Australia 2007-08, they lost 2-1 with 2 drawn tests. As for being the "top team in tests as we are in ODI's" India have not been ranked No.1 for some time now but that is only the rankings and you probably know better, fair play to you.

Posted by wakaPAK on (December 29, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

Congrats India on leveling the series but Pakistan fought well and everything was going well except for a couple of mishits and I'm very happy with our teams performance; the object was to carry the fight into the last two overs and then it could go anywhere. A lots of positives for Pakistan; Jamshed was his usual self and M. Irfan proved he can bowl on any surface and make the batsmen struggle. I really wanted B. Kumar to perform well on this pitch but nothing was there for him which's not a good sign for India. Yuvraj is the perfect man for a T20 on this kind of pitch. Irfan is not in ODI squad for Pak, I hope he gets a place in ODI squad.

Posted by bhrangi on (December 29, 2012, 2:08 GMT)

I can see some Pak friends suddenly become good and appreciating India as well. Last match they said how they will toil ashwin and how their Ajmal is world class bowler and how he will win the match. It is T20 any bowler can be damaged but 22 runs.,???? India and Pak both equally good India in batting and Pak in bowling , if other option click they easily win, for me Dinda and Haffez made the match interesting , As an indian i feared only for Hafeez and he proved me that. Dhoni hereafter no Jadeja.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 29, 2012, 2:01 GMT)

Moving forward, Pakistan needs to make one/two selection decisions. Sohail Tanvir is obviously not part of ODI team so good riddance as he is not good enough to play any form of game.Pakistan should open with Hafeez and Jamshed and consider K.Akmal as an opener or one down. Younis and Misbah in middle. U.Akmal needs to raise his game as Harris Sohail is a fine fine batsman. Bowling wise, Pakistan should retain Irfan and Malik in ODI team. Junaid Khan missed out in T20 despite being 10 times better than Sohail Tanvir but Tanvir was lucky to slip under radar due to Pak win in first ODI. Hafeez, Jamshed, K.Akmal, Younis, Misbah, U.Akmal/Harris Sohail,Shoib Malik, Umer Gul,Wahab Riaz/Irfan, Ajmal and Junaid Khan will be a well balanced team with young and experienced batsmen. Hafeez and Mailk are under rated spinner as both are good enough spinners to bowl 10 overs! ODI format will mean batsmen will have to show more technical expertise and thats where Raina and Yuvraj are sitting ducks!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

I don't understand what pak fans are trying to say here when they feel India winning was by luck and had the total been less we would have lost bla bla...I would like to be clarified how come one of the best bowling attacks in the world with surprise packages (boasted so) & Ajmal in them got beaten out of the park as if they are a bunch of 12 yr olds ? LOL that is because no matter how good a bowling side you are, we can score and score big against you..Thats our strength always and we did it here too....What are you crying about ? Yes, we hit big runs and defended, thats our strategy if we bat first.........why the fuss ?

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (December 29, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

Finally Dinda has learnt how to bowl yorkers. He was a uni-length bowler until yesterday. A jump up and bang the ball in close to his feet. Thank God! He has finally learnt to do something different. Hafeez almost took the game away from India single-handedly. He seems to be a batsman who strives on innovative strokes rather than bulldozing each ball. Ashwin, as usual, was blow hot blow cold but in any case was way better than Jadeja. All in all a decent win for India and a lifeline for Dhoni.

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (December 29, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

T20 Series Result :-

Pakistan : 1 Yuvraj Singh : 1

After India had posted mamoth 192, (a) failed to digest why the Pak. think-tanks did not open with Kamran Akmal ?????? (b) Dot balls in Power Play, by Pak. openers cost them the match !!!!!!

Look forward to cracking One Day matches !

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 29, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

Contuing from previous post; India's positives were far and few than Pakistan. India's biggest positive was Rahane. He seems a good prospect and shame that he never got many chances.India's negatives were plenty; their fielding is rusty, Dhoni's wicket keeping has gone backwards, India's death bowling problems still remain as they may have defended 192, but they still leaked runs in both games. B.Kumar was hyped just after one game and poor man ended up the most expansive bowler in the second T20. There were few myths busted about Yuvraj's bowling as certainly he is not a regular bowler. Indian bowling clearly has problems, but their batting has also failed to perform. Series result of 1-1 was due to Yuvraj Singh's indvidual brilliance as while all Pakistani batsmen/bowler in either first or second game performed, same can not be said about Indian players.Problems with Indian team still remain as 1-1 result should be seen as a defeat in front of home crowds in home conditions!

Posted by bhrangi on (December 29, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

Congrats India and Pakistan for the nail biter match.,, Yuvi and Hafeez innings were wonderful, I never thought Hafeez was this much talented. Dinda's last over was the turn of match to India.

Posted by Crikoot on (December 29, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

Afridi is boring to watch anymore -- I don't see any reason him clinging like crazy glue. He had his moments and let it go and make space for new generation players. May be Cricket politics and some brand value kept him in the team. Selectors also think beyond Akmal brothers seriously -- their limited capabilities are often exposed. Omar Gul is a good player but he needs to change his body language, especially; his facial expression!

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 29, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

The result of T20 series at 1-1 is probably a fair one. However, it needs to be seen in the context that India had home grounds, home umpires and massive fan support and all this should add up to something. In hindsight, India will consider themselves a loser as Pakistan has thoroughly surprised them. Pakistani batsman ( Hafeez) was lead scores &Pakistani bowler (Gul) was lead wicket taker. Both teams should also examine what were the positives or negatives for them. Pakistan's positives were amazing batting from Hafeez. I have never seen him batting like this before and though Yuvraj's batting did not surprise any was he is a good striker on flat pitches on leg side, but Hafeez surely surprised many.M.Irfan has been a revolution. He is improved.Personally, Pakistan's fiedling really surprised me.They were miles ahead of India.Nasir Jameshed looked good and best of all Shoib Malik has shown his match winning abilities. Negatives for Pak were S.Tanvir,Who needs to be dropped.Continued..

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

@Bogelking. Please throw your Dictionary & Thesaurus into the creeks between Pakistan & Rann of Kuttch. You are insulting the readers by using words, not generally used. As a starter, don't you like to 'appreciate' instead of 'approbate'?

Let me give it back to you in your own coin: (with apologies to all the other readers): " You might have packaged and burried your commonsensical abilities to communicate in the subterranean labyrinths of your courtyard (may be, created by the bandicoots), before you grabbed the key board. Your convoluted discourse, on a frugally available non-confrontational exchange of the physical, mental, psychological and cricketing faculties of two sets of neighboring homo-sapiens made the readers dive deep into that confusing muddled marsh to fish out what you wished to convey...blah...blah.... And, more blah...blah OK? Got it?

Posted by Nampally on (December 29, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

@Dueu Cii: I concur with you. In fact I was shocked to hear Dhoni announcing that "we had 10 runs too many". It shows Dhoni's incompetency if he cannot contain the opposition to <181, after scoring 192. He could have placed more men on the fence & cut the 4's to singles. England did this very effectively against India in 4th Test Match - 4th day.The field restriction for the outfielders only apply first 6 overs.At least 40 runs savings from the Pakistani total was possible by just clever field placement. As for the bowling, there are many fine bowlers who stood out in IPL but exclude4d from Indian squad. I can think of 2 LH spinners- S.Nadeem & Negi, who were very difficult to hit in T 20. When IPL gives India a clear platform for selecting T20 team why do they ignore it? India lost narrowly with 2 balls to spare in the first test but this match should have been won easily even with Hafeez onslaught. It all boils down to team selection & smart/skilful captaincy.MSD lacks these skills!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 29, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

Yuvraj is India's trump card - whenever he plays, India wins. Problem with this approach is that Yuvraj is still a human. We need to find more Yuvrajs. How about giving a chance to all-rounders like Rishi Dhawan or Parvez Rassol in place of Rohit Sharma? Or, give a chance to Rayudu - he's already in the Indian squad.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

This is half in jest. Some one posted in the running commentary that Irfan is the shortest in his family and all his siblings and Dad are taller than him. Pakistan may be the only country where,just one Akmal family may be able field a national cricket team, and one Irfan family in Basketball!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

@ Dueu Cii Every narrow win can be described as lucky. It is naive at best and jingoistic at worst to say that Pak got lucky in the first T-20; and India, in the second.

We should appreciate that the two teams could meet and compete well, within their limitations, and provided the fans from both sides some exciting cricket. Both teams, and their fans needed that happy feeling, for different reasons.

Good for Indo--Pak cricket and Indo-Pak goodwill.

Posted by agent001 on (December 29, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

India benefited from two major "blunders" committed by Pakistan. Professor Hafeez did not learn from the lesson Hussey taught Ajmal when he carted him for three sixes in his last over and eliminated Pakistan from the semi-finals, just like Yuvi did today. A right hand off-break bowler in the death overs to a left hand batsman is asking to be hit in his natural arc to the boundary. Umar Akmal refusal to take that single in the 16th over to give Hafeez the strike upset Akmal concentration when Hafeez showed his dislike for the run refusal. U Akmal lost his wicket the next ball. This is very similar to the guilt that a batsman suffers when he gets his partner run out and he is himself upset and losses concentration to proceed with his batting A well fought series. Congratulations to both countries.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

That was one fantastic match. I request both the teams and the commentators to wear a black ribbon on their arms for the next one day international, in support of the victim who died tragically.

Posted by mxnmxn on (December 29, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Both teams played very well ... again Pakistani chase was superb and full of courage. Thanks god, they don't have batsmen like Kohli and Yuvi ... otherwise they would have finished the game within 15 overs. :) Both Ashwin and Ishant are overrated bowlers. Ashwin is best in the spinners pack though. Ishant needs discipline and first thing would be a nice short haircut. It was good to see three indian seamers bowling. Yuvi, Virat, Raina and Dhoni are true cricketers. I strongly wish Rohit Sharma to attain caliber of these guys.

Posted by RM.Ramasamy on (December 29, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

Thanks to Indian players and Pakistan players for their wonderful performing that lead to good entertainment for cricketers in the world. Both team did well in boweling and batting. I hope that the Indian players will win the forthcoming ODIs series.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (December 29, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

ITS HIGH TIME pakistan finds a replacement for Sohail Tanveer , a very mediocre bowler who is beaten up in every match. Afridi's time is over too. Shameful bowling by all 3 spinners, specially Saeed Ajmal and Afridi. Saeed Ajmal served short ones to Yuv just as he did to Hussy.

Posted by Naeem578 on (December 29, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

Thumbs up to you professor! you realy led the team from the front. Pak's future is very bright in your hands. M.Irfan was the best bowler from both the sides by a long way. Akmal brother's plz play for the country not for yourselves. Good luck to Pak for Odi's.

Posted by marlboro19 on (December 29, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

A very good game . Congratulations to Ind for leveling the series despite loosing the toss in both games, not to mention fighting the dew as well. Ajmal may be world beater in the eyes of our neighbors but when it comes to ind he has been treated like a very very ordinary player indeed. Besides, comparing ajmal to aswin in tests is unfair, ashwin has a batting avg better than almost everyone in Pak batting order.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (December 29, 2012, 0:23 GMT)

OPNERS cost this match to pakistan. over 6 to 11 they scored only 5 per over. HAFEEZ has a big fault in not bowling his overs. SAEED AJMAL was serving short balls to yuvi when he knew that he will hit them out. It is like he never learned from that hard lesson from Hussy.At the end every pakistani fan missed Imran Nazir and Abdul Razaq.

Posted by tp565 on (December 29, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

What a great face-saving win for India. I can't wait for the decider... ;) oops!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

Has anyone noticed that in the 18th over the ball was not returned after Afridi's six. The ball landed only a few rows back so surely the ball could have been found and returned. The ball was replaced with a fresh non dew effected ball which was more difficult to hit to the boundary and the bowlers had better control of hence the wickets fell and and Pak were 12 runs short. Both team played great cricket but this is an observation which I am surprised no one else as picked up on.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

Good fight back from Pakistan, but I always thaught we needed someone like Razaq in WC t20 and even now for the last part of the game to hit couple of big boundries and finished off. missed u alot Razaq.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

yuvi was wild and hafeez played a realy tatsefull inning good luck for odi's to both teams...i am a fan of dhoni,virat and yuvi there was a great fluke for pakistan to won the series being a paki i have regret on that but both teamsplayed realy well ....ajmal is struggling against left hnaders so he has to work to get the rid of being hammer like hussey and yuvi they done...malik or kamran was the better choise instead of afridi....

Posted by Jaijo on (December 28, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Every other country wants to make money by playing against India. And then the fans of those countries blame India for everything... Come on..Yes we will comment against our team when they lose and go over the top when they win... Thats becoz cricket is a passion in India. Its Indian fans who made the sport of cricket lucrative.. and BCCI rich and the players rich...

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

Indians Fans....Please grow up....Ur team is bunch of over rated cricketers....U forgot the thrashing u received in Aus/Eng and lost at home ...:P I am Predicting Pak win in ODI series and Also Eng is coming fresh after Christmas break to thrash you guys once please be prepared for another humiliation... Apart from IPL..Which is 3rd class league....Pak players are playing every where in the world and their demand is high.... India was never a good cricket team...

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (December 28, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

What Pakistan scored 181 in the run chase & almost pulled off a victory here? That's a very good sign given the recent history of batting implosion under pressure & lose by huge margin. However it is not a good sign for opposition, especially india & their bowling attack which nearly gave up the game, again

Posted by kaidranzer on (December 28, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

@bikram_bagchi: Oh come on, don't fall to that level. You're praising Dinda? Hafeez got out to Dinda while trying to hit it for a six. That doesn't make Dinda a good bowler. No one will try to hit sixes in a Test match. I would love to see Dinda bowl against Clarke, Watson, Hussey and the lot. That will bring you down to reality.

Posted by kaidranzer on (December 28, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

This is really unfortunate. Now India will forget the 10 Tests losses and start thinking of themselves as rulers of world cricket. Also, Rohit Sharma with his four on the last ball has guaranteed his place in the side for at least the next 5 games.

Posted by viswag59 on (December 28, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

Fully agree with Usman. This last encounter demonstrated great cricket by Yuwi and Hafeez, not to mention wonderful bowling by Dinda in the 19th over. Thoroughly enjoyable match. So, lets just appreciate instead of point fingers at each other.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (December 28, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

@ Rajesh_india_1990: Yeah, I didn't see your comments on the last game where ajmal clean bowled your two best batsmen one of them was you captain? On Asswin's stats AH_USA has already put facts in front of you. Ciao & rest in peace....

Posted by Jeppo on (December 28, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

I really don't see the point in these T20's. If you have to have a series in this format, why not play over 3 or 5 T20's? That's two T20 series in India that's ended up 1-1. Just think how exciting it would have been if there was a decider. I really can't see the thinking here.

Posted by VivSingh on (December 28, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

Another great T20 game with all the excitement you'd expect from this format. Hafeez showed his class and, as ever, it was a joy to watch excellent Pakistani bowlers but from my perspective it was even better to watch Yuvi continue his tradition of feasting on them!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

Very Very nice contest... Both teams played wonderful cricket and showed superb cricket spirit.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

oh btw, i pity the people who say India or pakistan or any asian teams that bat well on flat pitches is an unworthy performance! I mean what is that!? Is it not that all pitches have to be played !?? Or would you call a bowler taking wickets on green tops unworthy!? So is it ignorance or the rac word that ends with isms? I thot the westerners had that opinion (ofcourse sour grapes). But it also doesnt mean that India can relax saying they are the best!(ofcourse they have to play on green tops, like they did in the past many years barring 2011-2012! Please appreciate all performances, and India do play amazingly well on flat pitches, ahead of most! The best team? certainly not! but give credit where its due!Even the aussies hav admired the way india bat on batting pitches! But im still cross with pakistan for not winning today. Wonder when we would get a fresh team,fresh beginning that we could be back like we were between 04-11 :(

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

Yuwi played fantastic innings, well done and nice come back !

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

@Asif, I dont see anyone going through the roof these are just comments similar to what your countrymen had been posting. But it seems the defeat took a heavy toll on your fragile mind. It is not Indians, but Pakistani players that are over-rated. Before the recent decline in performance, India won the World Cup and are current world champions and reached No 1 spot in Tests, before being dethroned. When was your mediocres were No.1 ? In every world cup match India defeated your team. All luck ? HAhah. On face of it, for India it is just cricket, for Pakistan it is life and death. India wasn't even intrested in bilateral series, but PCB's requests were persistent. You were preparing for this series since announced, while it is series in between series for India, forced on players by bosses. Indian team was never as weak as now in last 10 years, still your mediocres can't thump it. Who is mediocres ? Thanks for sparing us conspiracy theories.

Posted by AH_USA on (December 28, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990: "Ajmal 4-42-0 ashwin everyone knows who is the real magician in LOIS....................."

Here is ICC's rankings for best bowlers: Tests: Ajmal is #3, Ashwin is not in the list of top 10 bowlers ODIs: Ajmal is #1, Ashwin is not in the list of top 10 bowlers T20s: Ajmal is #1, Ashwin is not in the list of top 10 bowlers

Ajmal is the highest wicket taker in T20s with 71 wickets: Bowler Mat Wickets Economy Ajmal 50 71 6.32 Ashwin 18 14 7.48

Posted by bikram_bagchi on (December 28, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

What a match..India prevail in close contest .. till 18th over it was neck to neck.. India was 162/3 where as Pakistan was 167/4..It was 19th over which changed the match to India's fav .. when Ajmal gave away 22 run where as Dinda gave 6 run and took 2 wicket including well set Hafeez.. Wonderful series. Both match were fantastic.. Hope to see this contest in coming ODIS....

Posted by QingdaoXI on (December 28, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

For all those Pakistan fans who says India is Flat track bully go through results India has beat England in 2007 series in England, West Indies in West Indies 2006 and 2011, New Zealand 2009 in New Zealand and Draw the series vs Australia 2008 in Aus and South Africa 2010 in SA. In this period India last only 2 series outside that too vs England and Australia and still we dont consider wins over Bangladesh, as they are young team and need much more time to become competitive and 2 draw series vs Sri lanka as they were in subcontinent. Whether Pak has achieved such great results out side sub-continent in last 5-6 years. Sorry it is big no, Our test team is in transition once the transition will be complete in next 1-2 years we will again be the top team in tests as we are in odi's.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

What is very concerning is that India could not take a wicket until Pakistan had accumulated 70 runs or so and that too with ease. Once again had India not made a high total they would have lost as their bowling department is lacking as usual. This article highlights and over glorifies the Indian batsmen typical of the general view of cricketers in India with much less emphasis on the abysmal bowling performance. To concede 181 runs to Pakistan is cutting it very short and IMHO India got lucky, winning narrowly. Against the better teams Aus, Eng and SA the Indian batsmen are barely able to make an embarrassing 300 never mind bowling out the opposition for less than 400. There are 100s of potential cricketers in India but of course BCCI plays those who have already established a name for themselves (albeit inconsistently) to generate more revenue for their business rather than selecting the best talent for the sport. To summarise: India escaped with luck, I predict Pak & Eng ODI wins

Posted by sirviv on (December 28, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

well done india. it was an exciting game and Pakistan has a complete captain M.Hafeez. I wonder if Dhoni would have blamed the amount of runs scored if they lost. He seems to have an excuse for everything. Happy for your form Yuvraj, keep it up. Looking forward to the odis

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

Folks, it was a good game so appreciate it. Lets not get personal on who is better or who is worse or who had the umpires etc. Hafiz and Yuvraj played gem of innings, both in different class than the other batsmen in the game ... Yuvraj for his power and clean striking and Hafiz for his subtlety and timing. Thoroughly enjoyed the match irrespective of the result.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

It's quite amusing to see how most Indian fans start hitting the roofs after one odd victory here n there - with comments like India can beat pakistan easily, etc. I think the whole world knows how capable your time is - the most over rated flock of failures - you keep forgetting what mess your team has created in the recent series against, Aussies, South Africans and England- Thank your lucky stars that there are no test matches in this series else your team would have successfully managed to create a world record of consecutive test series losses - lol

Posted by AamirAbuOzair on (December 28, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

A match worth watching and at the end, the deserving team wins. Pakistan missed Abdul Razzaq and insisted with Afridi whose magic works only on our Captain and Team Selectors. We surely missed Razzaq's master class here for an excellent finish.

Posted by on (December 28, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

Well done India for levelling the series.. Yuvi was outstanding once again,was a treat to watch that innings of his.. 192 was a gigantic score and to do it against Pak's bowling attack was some achievement.. India did well with the ball keeping in mind the dew and Hafeez's once in a lifetime strokeplay display... Ashwin was outstanding barring the two hits that Hafeez dispatched him for... Very happy with the way Dinda bowled.. He can bowl those yorkers at the death.. The team management needs to be patient with him..Bhuvaneswar must have found out today that cricket is a great leveller... A much deserved result for team india after two heartbreaking finishes.... A great t20 game and series.. I think ICC needs to make it mandatory to have a 3 match series,bcoz we mostly get the 1-1 result.. So a deciding 3rd game wud be very exciting.. Today india played a much balanced team and the results there for everyone to see... Credit to Hafeez for a sublime knock,class personified.

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 28, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

well done team BLUE. india really thrashed pak with power hitting, yuvi made my day by hitting doosra bowler to a hattrick of sixes, i expected more from him , now my pak friends must accept that INDIA are better team than pak as they won easily in the end , come on INDIA

Posted by Tednambury on (December 28, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

What a great festive season treat it has been to watch 2 nations, often at odds, fiercely pit their collective abundance of talent in 2 quite breath taking games. As an aficionado of the world's greatest game and not native or supporter of either team or country I think I can say, with some impartiality, that Yuvraj's spectacular comeback after his life threatening cancer has shown us his deep passion and total commitment to giving us his all. Yuvraj is back, in fact he never left at all ; he's just got better and it sticks out and above several great performances by both teams.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Well played India! What a performance by Yuvraj. Excellent last spell from Dinda. What a way to level T20 by 1-1.

Posted by GoIndiaGooo on (December 28, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Worthy of an India pakistan clash along with the promised shot of adrenaline. All the more reaon why they should be playing more against each other. Hafeez played some awesome shots and nearly took the game away from us. 19th over by Dinda turned to be the turning point. Well bowled !!!. Some of our pakistani friends do not agree Dinda bowled an excellent 2nd spell. @haq33..u claim that pakistan has a team packed with matchwinning batsmen and that they just got our trying to hit Dinda. ...Why did they get out to Dinda then if they are matchwinners and Dinda was a joke as you far as i can see he bowled some pretty good balls in that over...Gotta give credit where due...hopefully the ODI are close finishes too...Always wonder how pakistan has always been able to produce so many good fast bowlers...

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

After a long time i saw an excellent innings in a t-20 match, that's of Hafeez, absolute beauti. Last time i remmeber such an innings was probably from Tendulkar. No doubt Youvraj hammered the bowlers all around, but the class of strokes, timing and placement of Hafeez was just magical.

Posted by Stark62 on (December 28, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

Ind are very fortunate and lucky because Ajmal was feeling very generous today and bowled absolute tosh in the 19th over!!

He bowled a wonderful yorker at the start of the over to Yuvi but unfortunately, he threw that bowl in trash and started to flight the bowl for no reason.

Also, Hafeez played a scintillating knock but the inclusion of Tanvir over Junaid, made the real difference.

Anyway, I still think Pak are the best T20 side and will get hammered in the ODI series.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (December 28, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Sigh.. Poor Pakistanis are resorting to the same old excuse of "flat pitch" when they lose against India ... well i guess they forgot the roads called sharjah and dubai where they play on their own flat pitches and still lose !!!!! Yuvi - you "ROCK"... Hatrick sixes to the so called "best" spinner in the world - CONGRATS!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

Id like to say something about pakistan. My god wht a fighting roaring team uve got! The only mistake what u did today is this... in the words of Sourav ganguly...'!!!..' (read in capital letters for gods sake!). Dont do that man! In fact (due respects to fellow indians) i wanted pakistan to take the series. Like ive said before, this was a very very ripe time for 'wholesale' changes to the indian team , if india had lost. Damn, lost it by a whisker! Now its back to the same ol team jeez. Well played India, but pakistan, wow!., well played too!. :)

Posted by Anandsadvice on (December 28, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

Tips of Dhoni,

Keep the momentum going in your batting and focus on the bowlers. Keep your self up the order if we loose quick wickets as you are the guy who can handle presure well compared to the young lads. I think Viru should come down the order in 1 or2 will be good for his batting style. Bowlers are lacking confidence no harm in trying a new bowler out will keep pakistan guessing.

Gambhir and Rahane are doing well in the opening slot we need to continue with them in the ODI's too. Bowlers need to bat a bit with the big shots just like ashwin who can bowl and bat as well. I think Jadaja is too young to be called an allrounder, he got very good talent no doubt but does not have the temperment to play as an alrounder yet needs to grow in temperment the young lad.

I think there is not much reason why we cannot beat pakistan if we lose its going to be lack of application. If we play to our potential we can easily beat them.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Brilliant and outstanding hitting by Yuvraj. Enjoyed it more than 2007 stuart little broad bashing because this came against paki. Dinda bowled well and thank god there was no jadeja in this match!!!!

Posted by Balb on (December 28, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

A win is a win regardless, but this could have went Pakistan way. I am a fan of both Indian and Pakistan teams and this was exciting cricket played in both twenty/20 matches. To say either of the teams is a better team would be more than an understatement. The batting strenght is equally strong in these formats but the bowling sucks and if these teams are to compete against Australia, South Africa or England, they won't stand a chance to win a game.

Gul was not in his best neither the youngster. Ajmal was messy. Ishant was wild and he threw down too many half volleys. Ashwin could not maintain direction. I cannot see one bolwer threw down a straight deliver except for Dinda who got one in and bowled Akmal. Coaches and captains need to focus on these weakensses to make this game a more competitive one.

Posted by fadiraja on (December 28, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

Posted by manu131 on (December 28 2012, 17:55 PM GMT) My dear pak friend befor calling our team as flat track bullies can u tell me when was d last time your team won test series outside d subcontinent...any idea..

Against New Zealand in New Zealand by 1-0 in 2010. That was a 3 match series. We also won ODI series by 3-2 as well.

Posted by Anandsadvice on (December 28, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Great Job Indian team we are proud of you guys, hats of to Yuvi and Dhoni to take up the responsibilities and bat through the overs and score. I think the young lads Virat, Raina and Rohit have learnt a lot from their innings and got the confidence how to go about their innings. I am sure guys you will win the one dayers.

Dhoni only needs to focus on the bowling department now, few of the bowlers did well and few were avarage. Bowlers need to step up in the one dayers and show what they got it in them they need to get the line and lenght right especially Ishant sharma i think is lacking in confidence if not I think he is much better bowler and one of india's best he got the height and if he gets his lenght right I think he will be very difficult to score off. Dhindi and Kumar got variations but I am sure pakistan will read them in the next game they need to focus more on line and lenght and if possible get some more variations in their kitty.

Good luck Indian team.

Posted by supacricfan on (December 28, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

pakistan cant even DREAM of beating india anymore in a series,they might win an odd t20 match..thats it!!gone are those sharjah days when pakistan used to play with 13 players(2 umpires included)..Lol!!they crash under pressure against india!!once umesh comes in,our weak point our bowling will improve as well,dinda,ishanth and umesh make a decent attack with ashwin and no need to mention our batting especially VIRAT ,ask pakistani bowlers..they will tell u...;-)

Posted by bikram_bagchi on (December 28, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

@haq33..I do not agree with you on Dinda.. It was indeed a gr8 spell.. Pak needed 25 of 12 ball while Hafeez is in ..This is very much getable in T20..Dinda only gave 5 run and took 2 wicket ,one of them is Hafeez.. that's changed the game.. Your remark does not make any sense that batsman was trying to hit and got out..The fact is the bowler deceive batsman.. Both match ended in last ever and a perfect results 1-1 is showing both team played good fighting cricket..Hafeez was superb in both match.. captain leading from front.. Yuvi was awesome today.. Waiting to see how ODI goes...

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (December 28, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Ajmal 4-42-0 ashwin everyone knows who is the real magician in LOIS.....................

Posted by tcw2 on (December 28, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

A very positive effort from Pak team with bat almost chasing down a difficult target in a foreign country.

Abdul Razzaq was missed today for his great finisher qualities.

Good to see the new guy Irfan playing well. Hope he keeps showing good performance in the comming ODIs.

Posted by Ra_Thore on (December 28, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

Pak lost because of that intentional missed run by Akmal with Hafeez. Had the batsmen switched with that run, it could have easily gone to the Pak side. One silly and avoidable blunder by Akmal changed the course of the game.

Posted by sirvivfan on (December 28, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

Good game. But cannot understand the line pakistan bowlers bowling to UV. Bowling round the wicket giving him the angle to swipe the ball to mod wicket area! All they had to was to pict it up well outside off stump. Tactically poor. That said great game and good chase....India deservedly the winners. As to due ....there was little or none. Riaz

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (December 28, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

well the Pakistani's always think Ajmal is invincible...but everytime he was beaten by the Indian team horribly...sorry Ajmal

Posted by hvijay.1985 on (December 28, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

Dhoni always has the 10 run excuse in mind. When he won today, he just reversed his statement -- India had 10 runs too many! Hahaha

Posted by ddlj26 on (December 28, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

@haq33 I am sorry to spoil your dream, but it takes 2 to tango... your criticism of Dinda doesnt make sense as firstly those balls that were caught in the deep due to scoreboard pressure were created by some accurate yorkers and slower bowlers he bowled in the death, scoreboard pressure comes when there are dot balls involved, not the other way round... anyways to make sense of your cricket knowledge in a game like T20 which is decided by a couple of good hits, all it takes is a couple of bad balls to get deposited in the stands, the fact that dinda kept his cool and bowled balls that made sure batsmen didnt smack him for sixes and got out instead shows that he actually bowled well ... this i am saying from a pure cricketing perspective

MSD's career might have already ended in tests as captain, but in ODI's and T20 is still a good bet to lead even if india lose 3-0 to pak because 18 months ago india won a world cup, Pak won their ODI world cup like how long back, oops :)

Posted by maddy20 on (December 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

Very well played Pak. I though they were gonna steal another one from right under our nose again. Now this is what we have missed for so long. No excitement comes close to an India vs Pak encounter.

Posted by cric_sj on (December 28, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

I think Pakistan should preserve "Saeed Ajmal". He is the best spinner in subcontinent. They should not play him in T20's.He should lead their spin bowling in test matches / one day.

Posted by kingofnight on (December 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

people talking about icc tourney but they dont know that inspite of being winning every time in icc events the record against pak vs india is still in the favour of pak bcoz they won more matches than india.

Posted by Prakmca on (December 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

Good Win finally. India's main worry is bowling. Though Dinda bowled couple of good overs in the end, they way he started is pathetic. Running in fast and bowling short & wide is not at all accepted in any format. He has already played few Intl Matches but not learning from the past mistakes. Dinda if you need long stint in Intl level you have learn fast Aswin who replaced all rounder Jadeja made the difference. He bowled beatifully first 3 overs. In last over he was expensive, but still overall is good effort from him.

Seriously, for Jadeja, India can look for Yusuf Pathan in the reserves. Don't count on those triple hundreds....Miracles never happens often. He don't deserve place in 14 member squad of any team International team. Seriously no one knows, whether he is bowler (never completes in quota of overs in any matches) or batsman (struggles pathetically against quality seaming & bouncing balls, not even rotate strike for singles),,, then WHY HE IS IN THE 14 member SQUAD???

Posted by zuber21886 on (December 28, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

What's the point of all this India were so close to a defeat. Why don't they understand, where are world class bowlers in the country with such large population. Where is irfan pathan. What is happening.

Posted by Ajronald on (December 28, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

All the 15 players who batted today has got a strike rate of 100 or above. Is this something happened before?

Posted by haseeb_ahmad009 on (December 28, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

I would only like to say to all Indian fans..KEEP COOL........These kinds of statements as stated above by indian brothers only show their pride.After wining a only single game is enough for you then it is your standered?I am not blaming you but if india loses a ssingle match then all your media and indian make their heroes to less than zeroes.But we say,TUM JETO YA HARO HEME TUM SE PYAR HE.And you are saying india is better than pakistan after one win,my brother,one match is not stander,if it is,then 2 days ago why you did not say pakistan is better than india?We should be petriotic but in the same time should reconize our position.This is for all...

i congratulate all indian fans for 2nd t20.

Posted by BRKRISHNA on (December 28, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Oh...glad India won another match playing in India! I thought we got used to losing these close matches. Congrats to Team India

Posted by haq33 on (December 28, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Am sure I said this already somewhere before this series, India is a 2-man team team, both batsmen as India has ZERO bowlers of worth. One of them fired today, as he often does against Pak so good for him. The other one (Kohli) started his career brightly but is really beginning to look like much-ado-about-nothing as of late. Pak did well to nearly CHASE 190+, regardless of the wicket and the bowlers. Pak can take far more positives from holding India 1-1 in their home territory with their IPL all-stars. Pak's batting finally looks packed with match-winners and our bowling is as ever unearthing new talent. As for Dinda's "amazing 2nd spell", what a joke! Batsmen were hitting out and got caught on the boundary due to scoreboard pressure, that's all. Although the score reads 1-1, Pak nearly won this series. India were not even close. MSD's career will be ended by Pakistan over the coming weeks. Can't wait.

Posted by crindex on (December 28, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Dave Watmore - present Pakistan's coach knows all secrets of Indian team members - their strength and weaknesses - as he was the coach for KKR in IPL. It is this knowledge that has given Hafeez and the others in Pakistan team this kind of confidence to attack Dhinda and Ishant who are ex-KKR - so fluently.

Posted by STRIKETHUNDER on (December 28, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

INDIA is a superior team in T20 and ODIS while pakistan can at best compete a bit in test matches. We can beat them any day given we play to our potential and dont commit harakiri.

Posted by Hira1 on (December 28, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

why hafiz made so much shuffling in the batting order?, shoaib malik played extremely well in the last match but today he came when there is hardly any thing left for him, such a strange decision. Irfan is a very promising cricketer and he should be retained for ODI, can be very useful in that format.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Mohammadwasi, you get your stats right too.. check out the historic combats between these two nations.. Pakistan has better records over India.. we have played 2 finals and 4 semi finals of all world t20s.. we have better winning percentages than india in all the formats of cricket.. you just lay off... your said some of pakistani players dont look like international players.. check your bowlers too.. they even dont look like a first class cricketers.. :P

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Great cricket match witnessed by Cricket fans worldwide. yuvi was shooting rockets with his bat, WOW. In reply Pakistan's batted equally well, great opening followed by amazing captain's inning of Hafeez. Real nail biter, happy to see Pakistan's cricket talent get the real exposer like " they dream to play in India while every one enjoys".

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

to my pakistani brothers stop making excuses of the flat pitches and indians plz stop ur meaningless critixism on our spinners ajmal is still the best swan was taken for 3 sixes in an over in a t20 game in austalia by shane watson does that make him a mediocre bowler? ur ashwin always goes for atleast 3 to 4 sixes per match. today he also got hit for 2 sixes by hafeez!!! yuvi played brilliantly and so did hafeez. match was a good one and well played india for leveling the series but hatts off to pakistani batsmen to give a fight like this its better than winning honestly becoz atleast we can say we fought till the end. a good series for pakistan as we saw our young guns firing today jamshed played a very well compiled innings ahmed showed glimpses of his talent with that huge 99 m six of ishant sharma. umar akmal although now we expect more from him still played a good little innings even afridi hit a six and a four so it was good to see batting clicking. it was an off day in field!!

Posted by Arifain on (December 28, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Even though win is a win and lose is a lose but achieving 181 infront of 50,000 in indian favoured croud is equaivalent to win in my eyes.anyway Hafeez and yuvi rocks today.Good game of cricket after a long time.

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Flat Is that why Pakistan has never won an ODI or T20 World Cup match against India. What is the count, btw? 8-0 or 9-0?? India would have won the first game too had Dhoni given the last over to Kumar instead of his golden boy, Jadeja. Had he played this game too, Pakistan would have won it 2-0. It's as simple as that. Check the ODI win/loss ratio of India of all games that had Jadeja playing and the facts would speak for themselves.

Posted by Nampally on (December 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Another strange comment from Dhoni - Today India had 10 runs too many! The irony is India nearly lost trying to defend a mamoth total of 192. A magnificient innings by Yuvraj saved India from a an equally brave counter attack by Hafeez. These 2 played superlative knocks which raised this game to a great one! Well played both the teams- Fitting to be a world Cup T-20 match. Yuvraj's onslaught might have shocked even Ijaz with 3 sixers off 3 consecutive balls & 7 sixers. Chris Broad was hit for 6 sixers in one over which is a great feat of Yuvi. I think in Hafeez Pakistan has finally found a fine batsman who can dominate bowling like Sehwag did at his best. Batting was the weak chink in the pakistan side & they have found an answer in Hafeez. As for India they need Bowling badly & urgently. S.Nadeem & Rahul Sharma are the 2 bowlers who need to play the short format right now to reinforce the current woeful Indian bowling. Selectors should use IPL stats. as guidelines for T-20 bowlers.

Posted by Faridmalek on (December 28, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Umar akmal to blame for not pitch and also why was the ball changed after afridi six

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Mr. Deep bakwas, he is not the "so called no.1 spinner", stats speak for themselves. He is highest wicket taker in T-20. Indians made flat pitch and fast outfield to out-done the Pakistani bowling which is superior to their bowling. This is a fact.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

As an Indian fan I can say that Yuvi was awesome but what an extraordinary knock from Hafeez under pressure. He played all his shots over every corner of the ground. I am sure as a cricket lover we can enjoy many more from him in ongoing series.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

As some of my friends indicated it is flat pitch, then the score of 200+ must be easily chaseable....And Pakistan could not chase 19+ on a flat pitch with even Indian bowlers ,who are all not world class.....Amazing ! is it not...? At the end of the day Indian bowlers defended the score even on a flat track...Great Pakistanis ,could not chase this..hmmm

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

Jadeja's absence made the difference. No more Jadeja in team India please. We're happy without him.

Posted by saj_92 on (December 28, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

hafeez reminds me off mahela

Posted by MohammedWasi on (December 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

@shez plz get your facts right...Alhamdulillah I am a proud fan of Indian cricket team, we have much better record than many other teams.. We won the first world cup in South Africa(please check the world map, it is an african country and not a state in India) and we beat your team almost all the times we met in ICC tourney's... I would have appreciated if these comments came from an Aussie, SAffie or a British since they beat us but not you... Though we have IPL we dont have good bowlers, accepted. We have a gr8 batting line-up which has won us most of the matches. What does your team have? I can only say its only AJMAL(sometimes GUL, Hafeez & afridi) who can win matches for pak. Others dont even look like international players...!! Mind your stats..!!

Posted by NajSarfraz on (December 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Well good and exciting game.....India did win this game but they need to go back and rethink their approach. India: last game their bowling and batting flopped and this game their bowling failed again...Pakistan: last game their batting failed but bowling was top notch and this game batting was top notch (chasing 192 is not easy in 20overs for any world class team) and their bowling didnt do well. B.Kumar looked good in the first game but today he was well below average....this is what happens India win a game and everyone ignores the weaknesses until they come back to haunt them again.......

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 28, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Pak fans calling Indians flat track bullies same like SL fans Used to say now SL fans realize they r even worst on playing on green tracks and same goes to pak

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Dhoni pls trust ranis bowing give him more overs to him he will do better job then jadu..............

Posted by ProdigyA on (December 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

OMG What just happed.. how did it happen.. Its impossible. Pak cannot lose. Its just impossible. Ah the politics, money, power, pitch have had their say again. India forgot to use these tactics in the 1st match and hence pak won with pure "talent" inspite of the bad facilities and bad selections.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Pakistan had several overs where they started with fours and sixes - but even then they merely kept on par with the asking rate...they did not try to bring down the asking rate to make it easy for them at the end.... Great match nonetheless.

Posted by sukku88 on (December 28, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

I don't know why our Pak brothers are complaining about the flat pitches..!!! T20 is just for entertainment, which today's game provided in plenty.. Go for deep analysis of pitch, weather conditions etc., in the test matches.. Guys.. Let me tell you one thing, even we, 'Indian true cricket fans' loved the way Hafeez batted... why can't you people feel proud for that, instead of complaining about the pitch and Indian team..??

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

@ WickyRoy.paklover By the way, who is rana naveed?

Posted by sukku88 on (December 28, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Hafeez did the mistake of bringing Yuvi's name after the last match and payed the price for it , as i guessed...!!! But seriously guys, Hafeez looks awesome with those sweet shots.. And a good captain too... Just need to improve his English a little for post-match presentation... Yuvi..!! u rocked..!!

Posted by Manu_reddy on (December 28, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Its good win for india...well played uv for india n hafeez for pak..d 2 bowlers stood out in d match r irfan n ashwin.. ashwin bowled really well(except his 4th over) he tied down d pak batsman in d middle overs n i feel thats where matched slipped away from pak...

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

@sehwag,, bro every one has the bad day,dont count us out playing against 50,000 fans and still plyng like champions is an achievment of his own...well done professor

Posted by rustyryan on (December 28, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

@Shez Khan : Simple logic Mate. If Pakistan couldnt even win the match in a flat pitch, how on earth they gonna win in bouncy tracks. Also If pakistan bowlers are capable of bowling well only in bouncy tracks, then I guess they are nothing but a over-hyped mediocre bowling unit. So in either way you are degrading your own country. Just give the credit where its due jus lik we appreciated Pakistan in the last match. This whining aint get you anywhere.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Pakistani fans making excuses of flat pitches. Guys this is what T20 is all about. The so called No.1 spinner taken for 22 in an over. Bravo. So this is it. Ajmal can take wickets only on Afganistani super dry sand pitches only pitches only which turn square. The first win was a fluke. Congrats team India! Happy New Year.

Posted by ramjays on (December 28, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Bringing back our regular and proven spinner Aswin made all the difference. When Pakistani openers were going strong, he controlled it to a great extent by breaking that partnership and also stopped the flow of runs in his first 3 overs. As Pakistan captain put it rightly, v lost the the first match because v dropped Aswin, the present match winning spinner of T 20 games. v would have lost this one too if v had not included Aswin.

Posted by pitch_curator on (December 28, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Superb game. Amazing innings by Hafeez. Some of the cleanest T20 batting I have seen. Reminded me of some innings of Mahela in IPL. Classic game. Evenly matches teams.

Posted by Manu_reddy on (December 28, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

My dear pak friend befor calling our team as flat track bullies can u tell me when was d last time your team won test series outside d subcontinent...any idea..

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

it's gonna be a very exciting ODI series..... too bad it's only a 3 match series, INDO-PAK games puts a new life into cricket.. it was yuvi's destructive innings and hafeez's masterclass batting today !! pressure can really change the line and length of bowlers, even a class spinner like ajmal is vulnerable !! good luck INDIA..

Posted by ddlj26 on (December 28, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

@Shez Khan I fail to understand where the question of pitch comes into picture here, when it comes to facing bowlers on fast tracks i think both pakistan and india are alike, they struggle and that is a fact there is no 2 ways about it... remember your test series against England a couple of years back ???

Also pakistan struggled on a lively pitch against a new indian bowler in bangalore, you seem to have a short term memory, if not for the rubbish team selection by dhoni by ignoring a genuine spinner and the hafeez innings, india would have handily won that game... Remember india choked in that game from being in a strong position of 77/0, pakistan were 12/3 on a lively pitch.... I would say pakistan tend to struggle even more a lively pitch than india because they dont have class batsmen unlike india

Now coming to india only winning on flat tracks this argument is getting old, both teams bat on the same track and today pakistan had the dew advantage too and failed !!!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Well played both teams...A fair series result in the end.This is what IND-PAK cricket is all about.Except some of Indian and pak fans(ignore them :P) its very nice too see fair sporting comments all over.Both yuvi and hafeez played awesome and what felt good is that neither of the team in neither of the match gave it away without fighting.Couldn't have asked for a better T20 series.Just a gap of single day and it will be crackers again :D

Posted by Zaid_sl on (December 28, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

For how long Pakistan is going to be in this dream world of expecting the akmal brthrs,afridi n tanvir to win matches for them.just coz they r going to perform once in a life time how many matches r u going to give them,how many futures of the young generation r u going to waste?people like junaid khan,umar amin,anver Ali?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

A great inning by Yuvi and Hafeez. should have more matches between these two countries. good Cricket.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

What was Jamshed really thinking..Hitting a Wide ball?Come on man that's stupidity. Pak batsmen played really well.IT were the last 2 overs that we had to act really hard.But Danda came in between.Hafeez Omg what an inngs he played.Plz plz never ever come to open again.You are just too good when coming down the order. Pak batting was top class today..It was our bowling which was a flop show.. Giving away 22 runs in an over & still think that we would win the match,it's crazy.. Anyways great game..India played well & they deserved to win..

Posted by ddlj26 on (December 28, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Firstly for people who have not watched the match live, i suggest watch the highlights of yuvi's dismantling of ajmal, it was top class batting against top class bowling... yuvi completely foxed ajmal and his repertoire...

Secondly what most people might have skipped with regards to Indian bowling at the death was ishant sharma, i tell you on a flat track with the ball wet the ishant of the old would have pitched it short or on length and would have been clobbered and that would have made pakistan win, but today Ishant sharma i am hoping has finally woken up in ODI's and T20, i always believed he has got the height from which he can trouble any batsmen in the world in the shorter format if he keeps his variations intact, i am hoping he watches the tape from today and tries to follow what he did today in the upcoming matches... he has to keep in mind that being a senior he needs to spearhead young indian fast bowlers and this might be the start !!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 28, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Many people R demanding that kohli should b made captain but one must admit that his on-field attitude iz so ammuture n childlike.CAN DIS B Creditd as "AGRESSION"?@dmqi,bangla can never dream of having a bowlr of rana naveed's calibre so u beter stop about rating a bowlr.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Nice match overall. Nice to see Yuvi contributing with the bat. But it would be better if others contribute too to take the pressure off Yuvi. And ofcourse offloading the depency on him to deliver each time!

Posted by AHFAD on (December 28, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Technically Hafeez hitting was better. I believe Pakistan bowlers fed Yuvi too many bad deliveries. But when he hit it look so sweat. Great batting by Hafeez and Yuvi. I think Ajmal's bowling was the cause of such a huge total. I guess Ajmal had a off day. Congratualtions to India. Looking forward for ODIs now.

Posted by cric_mojo on (December 28, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

A win is only covering up inherent issues, poor bowling being applauded, oh God save Indian cricket.Fans in India will take eternity to mature up, don't they watch games & their audiences in other parts of globe, treat it as a sport & appreciate players pin drop silence while opposition scores .. matter of fact.. they treat all oppositions alike.... grow up!!!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

The conclusion remains the same: INDIA CAN ONLY WIN ON FLAT HOME PITCHES.

You saw what happened in last match - they prepared a bowling pitch and lost.

Their pitches are not just flat - they are flat to such extreme that there is no help for any type of bowlers (fast or spin).

Pak would have easily won this match if either Yuvi did not play at a blistering pace or Shahzad played faster. 75 runs in the first ten overs are slow, considering the fact that you are chasing a huge total of 192.

Congrats to team India but all those fellow Indian commenting on this blog need to know that your team can't play on either fast or spinning tracks so please do not go gaga thinking you are the best.

I am sure there will be flat pitches prepared for all ODI matches since that is the strongest point of your team!

Thank you!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

great inning by Hafeez.. Great match i think diffnce is Pakistan dint convert gud overs into huge..

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

India deserved the win, they played well. Good luck team Pakistan for the rest of the tour.

Posted by Mr.pPp on (December 28, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

thrilled by the win today... yuvi in his thrashing mode is such a treat to watch... but well played pakistan... Hafeez is such an impressive skipper, always leadin 4m the front... really admire his character...

Man i missed IND-PAK...

Posted by alwaysindia on (December 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

@ then did you notice ramiz raja when pakistan was batting. india showed you where you stand in world cricket. ok its just a one off t20 but odis are coming and you have to be really good to win a game. i am afraid pakistan are not good, they are worse. 3-0 to india. @wickyroypaklover it was interesting all the crap you were talking about india in last game. well, your so called best bowler was destroyed by yuvraj singh. @ rest of pak fans all of you except these two are really good people and i appreciate your comments for the friendship of two countries

Posted by dmqi on (December 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Indian part time bowler and specially the derth over low rated indian bowlers showed Ajmal own more time how to bowl so that the opponent batsman can not hit consecutive sixes. Yuvi did it here and who does not remember Australian batsman took 22 in the last over against Ajma in ODI l, the overrated bowler. Pak gave 20 more runs than India anticipated. Excellent game at the end, better team won.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Hafeez was outstanding , i have never seen him playing like this, i think his battary cell was changed today. Yuvi like always difficult to handle, but sohail tanveer should be kick out

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

As i said earlier,ind can only seek any chance of beating pak if the track iz roadlike,that's exactly what was the case today,2ndly our strength i.e bowlng backfired today and it led us down today,bt i m more than hapy wid hafez becoz agresion was mising in his bating which he has attained now

Posted by khurramsch on (December 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

good game. well played by yuvraj & dhoni. that partnership was the difference. Pakistan bowling was very poor . sohail tanvir,afridi, even ajmal today was so poor. Gul got wickets but very expensive as well. Only irfan impressed.hafez should bowl himself . whats the point of having bowling options but not using and continuing with others getting hammered. In batting hafeez was no doubt a masterclass. very nice inings. needed support but wasnt there. umar akmal was too slow in that partnership. ahmed shezad was also slow in context of this game.overs 7 - 10 were realy setbacks for pakistan. but who would have though pak can go so close.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

T20 - the BEST format of cricket and today we all saw why ! Fabulous game and I thoroughly enjoyed it. What a gutsy innings from Yuvi !! Hard luck to Pakistan. This sets it up nicely for the 3 ODIs. Bring em on !!!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 28, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

As i said earlier,ind can only seek any chance of beating pak if the track iz roadlike,that's exactly what was the case today,2ndly our strength i.e bowlng backfired today and it led us down today,bt i m more than hapy wid hafez becoz agresion was mising in his bating which he has attained now

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

today hafeez performed really well.. he showed a true captain's innings... hats off. but i wished dat afridi helped himin bringing da match towards PAK side.. :(

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT) never mind shastri's is as interesting as his batting and as versatile as his bowling if you know what i mean : 0

Posted by sehwag219 on (December 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Malinga is a superb bowler forr rest of the world other than india...treat him as a club bowler, similar will happen to saed ajmal when india play often with pakistan ...

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

hafeez was really outstanding in both of the innings , pakistan really played well today but i think because of yuvi they fell little short..i guess 3rd t-20 was not bad option in this seris. but all in all India won, that matters.

Posted by kc69 on (December 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Well i see a lot of fans her appreciating the knocks by Yuvraj and Hafeez but the real deal was Dinda because the pitch had nothing for the bowlers at all and dew was added disadvantage for Indians also, Pakistan was always close to required rate(Wickets in hand) and the most important- if there was a bowler like Gul with such performance we could say its his experience but for almost a new comer like Dinda and that too despite of what happened to him and his team in last 2 matches(Comeback).Hats off to Ashok Dinda.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 28, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

As i said earlier,ind can only seek any chance of beating pak if the track iz roadlike,that's exactly what was the case today,2ndly our strength i.e bowlng backfired today and it led us down today,bt i m more than hapy wid hafez becoz agresion was mising in his bating which he has attained now

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

What had gotten into Hafeez. Have never witnessed such controlled strokeplay in a high pressure game. Pakistan team may reuire servcies of some hard hitting batters, they dont have many in their current ODI squad.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

What an innings by Yuvraj Singh. India couldn't have asked for more. Even though Pakistan lost, I really enjoyed the game because both sides gave it their all. A good game of cricket is welcome whatever the result. It's the sob-fest collapses that make for a bad taste in the mouth. Can't wait for the ODIs!

Posted by on (December 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Well played Both teams Specially yuvrag and Hafeez

Apart from who won or who lost, the biggest loser seemed to be the Ahmadabad crowd who never appreciated a good shot by a Pakistani batsman...I also totally enjoyed Ravi shastri commentary during Pakistan innings ... he was like a gambler who put all is money on Indian win . Good cricket need to be appreciated I think

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Winning handsomely despite the dew! Well played India. The spinners did a fabulous job where there was neither turn nor bounce. Dinda was much better today and held his nerve. Better captaincy as well. And Yuvi, he has now graduated from being the Prince to the King! 72 off 36 balls and 2 wickets! Great going! Overall, very satisfied.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Both of the teams played superbly! Yuvi & Hafeez were mind-blowing!! None was less that the other! Enjoyed the game very much. Good for the realationship between the two countries, which is a must in present scenario of the World. Best of luck to all of you!

Posted by MEHATELK on (December 28, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

well played yuvi. u r one of the best limited over player. please keep yuvi out of any test matches. though dinda get some wickets he not a match winning bowler, india should find another good fast bowler. dont give further chances for rohit and jadeja in any international matches. they r very good IPL and ranji trophy stuff.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Great match!.. Yuvraj played great shots and entertained the cricket lovers. He should continue the same attacking strategy in the coming one day games also. Hafeez matured in to a shrewd captain for Pakistan. The seven foot Mohamed Irfan is the future Wasim Akram of Pakistan. Ishant Sharma and Dinda came of age to shoulder the Indian pace attack. India and Pakistan should play more often in the future.

Posted by SamRoy on (December 28, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Hafeez played wonderfully today. Finest T20 innings I have seen in a long time. The way he picked up the gaps was magical. And Yuvraj has the greatest swing any batsman has ever had in cricket at least in the last 20 years. That is why he is a limited overs legend and India's finest limited overs cricketer. And somebody please tell Dinda that he is no Malcolm Marshall or Andy Roberts that he is going to scare opposition batsman with his short pitch stuff on Indian pitches. Bowling 135-140 kmph and digging it short on Indian pitches is a recipe for disaster unless you are very tall and can get extra bounce (like Mohammad Irfan).

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

congrats to India..well played..from Sri Lanka..Pakistan was superb too..Hafeez almost pulled it off..great game to watch

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

India did well as a team. All Dhoni Bashers, he can't pull wonders, it is the team that should play and not individual. He is not a Ricky who had great players like Hayden, Gilly, Langer, Martin, Clarke, Warne, McGrath, Lee, Gillespie and himself (wow looks a great team right) and that's what he had. Before blaming Dhoni look at what others did.

Posted by Cricket_archive on (December 28, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

It was a great game of cricket.Yuvraj knock was outstanding...but had to seriously work on their bowling and need to find some good bowlers to bcome more competetive.

Posted by wake_up_india on (December 28, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Players like Yuvraj are also needed in the Test team to mentally destroy bowlers like Panesar and Swann -- not just for one match but for the entire series. He also has to be given the license to play T20 shots in a Test match, even though that would be unorthodox and high risk. Viv Richards used to do it. That leads us to the real problem: a highly risk averse captain. India needs a captain like Pataudi and Ganguly. Perhaps is Kohli is the answer.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 28, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Not a bad play 4rm pak but i m bit dissapointd that pak didn't win the series which they should have given their balance and confidence,but one should not take any credit away from yuvi, who was unstopable,hafez also played outstandingly,there were lots of twists n turns,pak was stil in wid more than half a chance but then dinda bowld wid tight line n made gud use of variations at his disposal,b.kumar was exposed so early in his intrnational carer,IRFAN IZ A REAL DEAL THOUGH N Would trouble batsmen all around wrld,we want irfan,malik,afridi in our odi team

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

where is razzaq? this pakistan board kept skipping match winners and kept including people like tanvir.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 28, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Not a bad play 4rm pak but i m bit dissapointd that pak didn't win the series which they should have given their balance and confidence,but one should not take any credit away from yuvi, who was unstopable,hafez also played outstandingly,there were lots of twists n turns,pak was stil in wid more than half a chance but then dinda bowld wid tight line n made gud use of variations at his disposal,b.kumar was exposed so early in his intrnational carer,IRFAN IZ A REAL DEAL THOUGH N Would trouble batsmen all around wrld,we want irfan,malik,afridi in our odi team

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

why dont aswin use his variety in t20 rather than in test matchs?our strike bwlr has less than a wkt per match and avg also so high?

kept our nerve today congrats india

Posted by zaheer_aslam on (December 28, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Pakistan lost the match because bowling is there strength which was poor today. India won because there batting is good and was outstanding today. Pakistan batting was better then its standards today.

Posted by mazii on (December 28, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Well played India...No worries Pakistan... Without Ifs and buts, First I want to congratulate India for another nail-bitter. As a Pakistani fan, I could not have asked more from Pakistan; they played with dedication and courageously. Hats off for Yuvraj for playing a phenomenal inning. B.Kumar, as expected, wasn't proved to be lethal as he was in his previous match. On the other hand, Muhammed Irfan again gave tough time to Indian Batsmen and that yorker was a toe crusher. Last but not the least, Muhammed Hafeez's inning was one of the sublimest inning I've ever seen. He didn't butcher even a single ball and yet his strike rate was more than 200, more than Yuvraj's. Muhammed Irfan and Malik should be retained for the upcoming series, especially Muhammed Irfan. No plus as far as India's bowling is concerned except Dinda's secong spell in which he held his nerves. B.Kumar could be lethal on seeming tracks but on real sub continent tracks, he has work on his pace otherwise another P.kumar

Posted by Dannov747 on (December 28, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Saw parts of this match. What on earth has happened to Afridi? Where is his quick slider and etc. Where is the Gul Yorker? Even Ajmal wasn't that great today. Not often that Pak is let down by it's bowling!

Posted by Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on (December 28, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

I just realized dhoni calls rahane "JINKS" Awesome victory for India....Yuvraj ka Raj!!! ^_^

Posted by Bogelking on (December 28, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

I honestly approbate the fact mentioned first in this article that 'Hafeez demands respect not contempt from the opponents'. He really played a gem of an innings, and lived very well to the role of the skipper. He is young and have a steel grit in him, which make him a strong contender in the shorter format of the game. Congrats Hafeez. But equal credit should also be given to the Indian Bowlers, especially Dinda who turned the tide in India's favor while it seemed that Pakistan was steering to victory. What is necessary in this shorter format of the game is applying the basics in the right way, and that too with a bit of adventure interspersed with it. When a game goes down the wire, resulting in an electrifying finish encomiums should not only be poured upon the winning side but also the side that have lost. Hope this indefatigable spirit from both the teams lift up the atmosphere in the forthcoming one-day series.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (December 28, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Well played India. Yuvi and Hafeez were to good for bowlers. Well bowl Dinda. Bhuvaneshar was waste on this pitch as it was not going to swing than why dhoni played him ahead of Awana. Annd most imp why dhoni comes at nu,mber 5 and put Rohit and Raina good batsmen than him in t-20 down thew order he waste the opportunities of rohit and raina in batting. From next t-20 series India should drop gambhir too and play kohli as opener and Rayudu as a finisher. Team: Kohli, Rahane, Yuvraj, Rohit, Raina, Rayudu, Dhoni, Irfan (if fit), Ashwin, Yadav (if fit), and Ishant/Dinda. In odis there was no need of taking sehwag in team at expense of Rayudu it should have been Gambhir, he would have get chance to play in ranji before the Australain series.Any Rahane should open in odis too and Play any one of Sehwag and Gambhir in rotation: Team for odis: Sehwag/ gambhir, Rahane, Kohli, Yuvi, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ahmed/Kumar, Ishant, Dinda. Rahane, Rohit and Raina should get more opportunity.

Posted by Match_Referee on (December 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

I enjoyed Hafeez batting... Master Class batting display... I thought that no batsman in the current PAK squad is even close to Master Class.. but Hafeez proved me wrong...

Posted by Bota on (December 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Amazing chase by Pakistan... Hats off for Mohammad Hafeez for outstanding performance in fornt of indian crowd. Proud of Pakistan Team.

Posted by sweetspot on (December 28, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

What a fantastic game! Yuvraj at his best and Hafeez sublime. Wow! What a treat from both teams! Somebody had to win, and I'm glad it was India, but more than anything I'm glad this series has been superb so far! No rubbish attitude either in this game. People who criticize Ashwin should remember nobody is effective in all games in all conditions. Give him time. Look at what happened to Ajmal today. Does it mean he is not a good bowler?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

great match....congrats to hafeez for bagging the man of the series......THIS IS WHY I LOVE INDIA PAKISTAN matches..i am a PAKISTANI but i enjoyed todays game more then the last one......up till the 26 required off 12 balls, i thought pakistan would win....but God had something else planned!!!!!!i hope the odis are as entertaining.....NOTE: afridi hit his first international six since july ......congrats to u 2

Posted by Manu_reddy on (December 28, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Well played india..uv was absolutely amazing n also dinda(especially his 2nd spell)..all d best for odis...

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

Another great thriller. Any team could had won in the end but 194 was always out of reach but anyways, Pakistan shouldn't feel bad. Apart from feeding Yuvraj at his strength, Pakistan fought really well.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

We are expecting another cracker of a match..Generally the public in both the countries are in for a war and not cricket..I've never seen any of the two teams going down tamely while "fighting" one another..It's not a match being played in a ground..rather it's a battle ground..So we are in for another "FREE USE OF ARMORY & ARSENAL "..May the game be victorious..

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

I think Jadeja is Batter opt than Ashwin coz jadeja hav lot of experience of T20 cricket and He is only person who can give the tough time to pakistanies players!

Posted by satish_vizag on (December 28, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

I fear India might lose today also

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