Pakistan in India T20I Series - 1st T20I

India v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

Moments away now. Gautam Gambhir marks his guard out in the middle. Ajinkya Rahane, the young Mumbai batsman, is at the other end. Hafeez looks busy as he directs his field around. Mohammad Irfan to open, one gully in, and a slip too

6.30 pm Mohammad Hafeez wins the toss and Pakistan will bowl

Hafeez: "It is a new fresh journey and we are looking forward to do well. Conditions are not very different from Pakistan." Hafeez tries had, but he cannot recall the four players who are not playing this game. "Umar Amin, Babar ... I really can't remember," he gives up. Junaid Khan and Asad Ali are the other two not in the XI. The tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan is making his T20I debut, he played two ODIs in September 2010

Dhoni: "Dew factor, we would have looked to field as well. This is known as one of the good grounds to chase. This is a very loud ground, I don't think any voice goes outside the ground. I just wait for the fielder to look at me [when he has to change the field]." Unlike Hafeez, Dhoni remembers who he has left out of the XI. Ashwin, Awana and Chawla.

The seam-bowling allrounder Bhuvneshwar Kumar debuts for India. He is not express at all, but he can sure swing the ball, and plays for the same domestic team Praveen Kumar does

Ashwin is not playing. He's been a regular across all three formats of late, and that is a big call. Big because he has been left out of a game in the format which brought him into the limelight, and where he's largely made his name. Ishant Sharma is playing his first T20I since December 2009

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Syed Hasan Rizvi: "Hafeez is nervous even before the match has started." I only hope he does not get into a shell, something he did against India during the World Twenty20

Our reader Suleman wries in: "In Karachi, Pakistan , streets are empty, shops closed ,and families and friends are waiting for the showdown and a public holiday just can't get better than this." Indeed, it cannot.

6.25 pm Moments to go for the toss, and half an hour after that to go for the match. Someone who gave some of his greatest performances against Pakistan announcing his ODI retirement days ahead of the series. One of my first cricket memories - Sachin Tendulkar's sixes against Abdul Qadir

6.25 pm Visuals of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Uttar Pradesh allrounder, being congratulated by team-mates. Signs of an India debut

6.20 pm When Pakistan visited India in 2007, Twenty20 internationals were rare in bilateral series, and today will be the first time they meet in the format on Indian soil

6.15 pm Flat pitch, with some grass rolled in, with some cracks on it, Sunil Gavaskar feels the spinners could get something out of it. Dew is expected later in the evening, Bangalore evenings tend to get rather too cool for my comfort.

6.10 pm India v Pakistan. Bilateral series. Hooked on? Right. Toss coming up in 20 minutes. Before we get on to nitty-gritty stuff, a warm welcome to the Pakistan fans who have made their way to India. It has been five years, yes, there was the World Cup semi-final last year in Mohali, but nothing beats a tour, however short.

0.1

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, no run, 145.8 kph first ball, length ball on the stumps, bounce, hint of straightening, played out to gully in the Gambhir Dab fashion

0.2

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, 1 run, turned wide of mid on for one

0.3

Mohammad Irfan to Rahane, 1 run, more bounce this time, nearly 146 kph, into Rahane's body, nudged awkwardly backward of square

0.4

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, no run, sharp stuff, lots of bounce, away movement from back of a length, Gambhir tries to steer it from the crease, beaten

0.5

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, 3 runs, Gambhir survives, and almost gets a four, leading edge swirls over point as Gambhir tries to work a full delivery into the leg side, beaten by the late away movement, needs a slide to stop it just near the rope

0.6

Mohammad Irfan to Rahane, 1 leg bye, straightening into Rahane, back of a length, climbing above the waist, dropped quietly near the pitch for one

Mohammad Irfan has seriously increased his pace, he wasn't as quick when he played against England in 2010

End of over 1 (6 runs) India 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
AM Rahane    1* (2b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    4* (4b)     

Sohail Tanvir, another left-armer, from the other end, slip, gully in place, mid off is wide

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to Rahane, no run, darts it across the right-hander, good length, left alone

1.2

Sohail Tanvir to Rahane, 2 runs, guided backward of point for a couple of runs, third man fields, Saeed Ajmal it is

1.3

Sohail Tanvir to Rahane, 1 run, full and right on the middle stump, this is a fine start from Pakistan, Rahane opens the face and runs it to third man

1.4

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, no run, bowled full once again, just outside off, Gambhir cannot time the drive, short extra cover fields

Major Hammad: "@ All T.V & Cricinfo Commentators: Don't be so harsh on Hafeez, Dhoni also did'nt remember Ambati Rayudu's name." Fair enough, you got me there.

1.5

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, no run, looks to whip it through midwicket, mistimes again, to mid on

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, sharp run, needs a dive from Rahane, Gambhir drops the length ball onto the pitch, and off they go

End of over 2 (4 runs) India 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
G Gambhir    5* (7b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-4-0
AM Rahane    4* (5b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-5-0

2.1

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, no run, Irfan, towering over Gambhir, walks up and gives him a long stare, that after beating him with a lifter on off stump, had Gambhir hopping

2.2

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length, into the body, nudged on the leg side for one

2.3

Mohammad Irfan to Rahane, no run, has to get on his toes to play the short of a length ball, hits the bat hard, runs to backward point

2.4

Mohammad Irfan to Rahane, 1 run, Rahane is not liking this combination of pace and bounce from Irfan, stays side on, withdraws his head and is hit around the waist

2.5

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, 1 run, in the air, but past the man at point as Gambhir stabs at one outside off

2.6

Mohammad Irfan to Rahane, FOUR, shot, the first time an Indian batsman has looked comfortable this game, Rahane spots some width from Irfan, and bashes it over cover

End of over 3 (7 runs) India 17/0 (RR: 5.66)
AM Rahane    9* (8b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-12-0
G Gambhir    7* (10b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-4-0

3.1

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, moves in from a good length, and hits him on the pad as Gambhir fails to work it away

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to Rahane, FOUR, touch play from Rahane, width from Tanvir, just short of a length, not rising that much, and he adjusts to steer it past point

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to Rahane, 1 run, outside edge now, along the ground to third man, as he is squared up with one angling away on off and middle

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, no run, shot! whipped wristily off the pad but straight to midwicket

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 2 runs, he is very good with this slower one, and almost gets Gambhir, who gets on the front foot to drive, and ends up spooning it over point, falls short of third man

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, into the pads, nudged softly to short fine leg, who has a go at the stumps, misses, Rahane is in anyway by that time

End of over 4 (9 runs) India 26/0 (RR: 6.50)
G Gambhir    10* (14b)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-12-0
AM Rahane    14* (10b 2x4)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-12-0

4.1

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, no run, this one did not get up much, he has been generating a lot of bounce, this barely got up above Gambhir;s knees, sailed down the leg side

4.2

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, 1 run, bounces now alright, short of a good length, worked square into the leg side

Gambhir has a chat with the umpire, possibly about the first ball of the over, which was not given a wide.

4.3

Mohammad Irfan to Rahane, FOUR, lifted over extra cover, he's worked on this aspect of his game, makes some room and carves a full delivery comfortably over the infield

4.4

Mohammad Irfan to Rahane, 1 run, on middle stump now, pushed softly for a single

4.5

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, 2 runs, whoa, Gambhir hurried by a bouncer, right at his throat, he contorts his body as he is surprised, and manages to somehow send it over short fine leg with a half-hearted hook

4.6

Mohammad Irfan to Gambhir, no run, and the Gambhir Dab appears, and results in him getting beaten outside off

End of over 5 (8 runs) India 34/0 (RR: 6.80)
G Gambhir    13* (18b)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-20-0
AM Rahane    19* (12b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-12-0

5.1

Sohail Tanvir to Rahane, 1 run, slower delivery, but on the pads, and worked behind square for one

5.2

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, no run, no width to time the punch from the crease, hit to cover

5.3

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, another slower one, 108 kph, mid off is deep, and Gambhir's mishit of a drive has no chance of carrying to him, don't think it would have even if he would have been up

5.4

Sohail Tanvir to Rahane, no run, now Rahane tries to steer a widish delivery going away from him, is beaten

5.5

Sohail Tanvir to Rahane, 1 run, opens the face and runs a short of a length ball to third man

5.6

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, no run, that could be close, twice, and Gambhir survives, an lbw appeal is turned down, the length ball looked to be sliding down leg, he then races out of the crease, before realising there is no run at all and racing back, Tanvir's lob is too weak

End of over 6 (3 runs) India 37/0 (RR: 6.16)
G Gambhir    14* (21b)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-15-0
AM Rahane    21* (15b 3x4)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-20-0

The Guldozer to bowl now, first bowling change, in the seventh over of a T20, not many times you would have to wait that long

6.1

Umar Gul to Rahane, FOUR, and he is greeted with a boundary first ball, pitched up, not quite full, and Rahane has not quite got hold of it, but his timing is good enough to clear extra cover and mid off

6.2

Umar Gul to Rahane, 1 run, another firm push, beats extra cover, but not mid off

6.3

Umar Gul to Gambhir, 1 run, runs a good length ball outside off to third man

6.4

Umar Gul to Rahane, 1 run, bouncer, 142 kph, handled superbly, swivels calmly and hooks it along the ground through square leg

6.5

Umar Gul to Gambhir, SIX, thump! that is not a bad way to get your first boundary, be it belated, not that short, but Gambhir has made up his mind to go over midwicket, and he does, all the way with a crisp, strong connection

6.6

Umar Gul to Gambhir, no run, stays in the crease, ball is pitched up, and he cannot do much with it, blocked

End of over 7 (13 runs) India 50/0 (RR: 7.14)
G Gambhir    21* (24b 1x6)      Umar Gul    1-0-13-0
AM Rahane    27* (18b 4x4)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-15-0

Saeed Ajmal comes on

7.1

Saeed Ajmal to Rahane, no run, tossed up just outside off stump, he comes forward and nudges it to midwikcet

7.2

Saeed Ajmal to Rahane, 1 run, onto the pads now, fullish delivery, worked through square leg

7.3

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, no run, from round the stumps now, right on off stump, defended

7.4

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, 1 run, charges out, and has a go, thick-inside edge of a heave to deep square

7.5

Saeed Ajmal to Rahane, SIX, exquisite, Rahane, stays still till the last moment as he Ajmal flights it outside off, last moment, he takes a step forward, to the pitch, and pushes the ball in the air, it carries into the crowd beyond deep extra cover, that is timing, some timing

7.6

Saeed Ajmal to Rahane, no run, offbreak defended to the leg side

End of over 8 (8 runs) India 58/0 (RR: 7.25)
AM Rahane    34* (22b 4x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-8-0
G Gambhir    22* (26b 1x6)      Umar Gul    1-0-13-0

Bilal: "Gul has been quite frustrating to watch in the last few T20Is.It seems he has forgotten to ball the yorker.When he was at his best,we got entire spells of yorkers only."

Make way, here is Boom Boom

8.1

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, no run, bit of turn into the left-hander, hit high on the pad

8.2

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, quickish straighter one, he comes down the track and works it towards midwicket

8.3

Shahid Afridi to Rahane, 1 run, had some width but could not time the cut, Jamshed lets it go through his hands at cover

fine leg and third man in the circle

8.4

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, FOUR, slog-swept, tossed up delivery around off, and gambhir mows it into the gap between deep midwicket and long on

8.5

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 2 runs, finding his range now, brings out his favourite loft over extra cover now, sweeper cuts it off

8.6

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 2 runs, a quicker throw from deep midwicket would have tested Gambhir, he was slow in going for the second after some hesitation

End of over 9 (10 runs) India 68/0 (RR: 7.55)
G Gambhir    31* (31b 1x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-10-0
AM Rahane    35* (23b 4x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-8-0

hari: "That cover drive for a six by Rahane off Ajmal is enough to give him a permanent place in all formats."

9.1

Saeed Ajmal to Rahane, FOUR, he loves that area, he knows he cannot slog sweep that naturally, makes some room and lifts a shortish delivery over extra cover, that will do

round the stumps, Ajmal

9.2

Saeed Ajmal to Rahane, 1 run, tossed up ball dips outside off, he is coming forward but adjusts to dab it to short third

9.3

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, no run, that hurried on for off stump, Gambhir back in the crease, keeps it out

9.4

Saeed Ajmal to Gambhir, 1 run, too short and flat, hit out to sweeper cover

9.5

Saeed Ajmal to Rahane, no run, he tries lunging at this one for a sweep, mishits it to short fine

9.6

Saeed Ajmal to Rahane, 1 run, whipped off the pads to deep square

End of over 10 (7 runs) India 75/0 (RR: 7.50)
AM Rahane    41* (27b 5x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-15-0
G Gambhir    32* (33b 1x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-10-0

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Rahane, no run, is already standing outside leg stump, Afridi's legbreak hurries on, does not bounce much, and he almost plays on

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Rahane, 1 run, another mishit, dragged to long on

10.3

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, skiddy and quick, pulled away to deep square leg

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Rahane, no run, shout for lbw, but this full delivery was sliding down the leg side

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Rahane, OUT, Rahane is gone, got a little too predictable, targetted extra cover again, lofted the full delivery cleanly, but there was a man in the deep there, straight to him

AM Rahane c Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 42 (43m 31b 5x4 1x6) SR: 135.48

Virat Kohli walks in

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, another pull from Gambhir, but not wide enough of deep square leg

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 78/1 (RR: 7.09)
G Gambhir    34* (35b 1x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-13-1
V Kohli    0* (0b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-15-0

Ahmed: "I think age is getting to the Guldozer and Boom Boom.. They aren't as destructive as their names suggest."

How about the Professor? He brings himself on

11.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, 1 run, driven solidly, short extra cover takes some pace off it with a dive

11.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, leading edge to point, Hafeez tosses it up slowly, Kohli pushes late from the crease

11.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, 1 run

11.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, goes back to punch a quick offbreak past the non-striker

11.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, 1 run, opens up, Hafeez angles it in, worked backward of square

11.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run, wants to punch off the back foot through the off side, finds midwicket instead

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 83/1 (RR: 6.91)
V Kohli    2* (3b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    37* (38b 1x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-13-1

12.1

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, FOUR, a few steps down the track and blasted down the ground, and along it, long off can dive, only in vain

12.2

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, skips out again, gets too close to the pitch of the tossed up delivery, and hit to long off

12.3

Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, full delivery clipped through midwicket

12.4

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, OUT, Gambhir is hitting it really hard now, but he might be in trouble this time, slogs it in front of square leg, the throw comes in, Gambhir comes back for the second, but his dive cannot beat the throw, Kamran Akmal does the remainder of the job

G Gambhir run out 43 (56m 41b 2x4 1x6) SR: 104.87

Raghu: "Gambhir is the Inzamam of India, always gets run out.."

12.5

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, smack! Yuvraj Singh, first ball, down on a knee, slog sweep, and the ball sails deep into the crowd over deep midwicket, Yuvraj walks up to Kohli and smiles, they take some time to find the ball

12.6

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, no run, quick and full on the stumps, played back to the bowler, now Afridi threatens to throw the ball back, then flashes a broad grin, and Yuvraj returns it

End of over 13 (13 runs) India 96/2 (RR: 7.38)
Yuvraj Singh    6* (2b 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-26-1
V Kohli    3* (4b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-5-0

13.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, worked backward of square leg

13.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tossed up full toss, hit out to wide long on, cannot place it wide of him

13.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, FOUR, another boundary, Virat this time, lunges forward, picks it from off, and slog-sweeps it between deep midwicket and deep square leg

13.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, no run

13.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run, down the track, not to the pitch, but drives neatly down to long on

13.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, no run, quick from round the stumps, skidding in too, he bends low in tight defence, just where does this technique go in Tests I wonder

End of over 14 (7 runs) India 103/2 (RR: 7.35)
Yuvraj Singh    7* (4b 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-12-0
V Kohli    9* (8b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-26-1

shakir: "Gambhir was busy running out partners in the test series vs England. Finally, he runs out himself."

Irfan is back

14.1

Mohammad Irfan to Kohli, no run, whoa, he tries a wild slog to one going across him, is beaten by the carry, from a good length, he is a changed bowler, Irfan, from the one that debuted two years ago

14.2

Mohammad Irfan to Kohli, no run, still more bounce, this time Virat tries the cut, but he is not getting on top of the lift

14.3

Mohammad Irfan to Kohli, OUT, appeal for caught behind, and he is given, Kohli falls to his third successive wild swing, given for an underedge through to the keeper off the short of a length ball

V Kohli c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 9 (15m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

Slip in for MS Dhoni

14.4

Mohammad Irfan to Dhoni, 1 run, dhoni has his own way, he walks some feet outside off and nudges a back of a length ball to leg

14.5

Mohammad Irfan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, speared in full and down leg from over the stumps

14.5

Mohammad Irfan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, a high full toss now, down leg again as Yuvraj walks outside the line

14.5

Mohammad Irfan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, serious, serious bounce, 140 kph, Kamran Akmal leaping in the air and taking it over his head, Yuvraj beaten on the steer outside off

14.6

Mohammad Irfan to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, hops and works a length ball off the pad to fine leg, where a dive is needed as the ball was travelling quickly

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 108/3 (RR: 7.20)
Yuvraj Singh    9* (6b 1x6)      Mohammad Irfan    4-0-25-1
MS Dhoni    1* (1b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-12-0

Saif: "Is VK really as great as he is rewarded? It's time to rethink because it's not media, it should be his performance to determine that. Is his performance up to the mark?" What are you smoking? He has 16 international centuries already

15.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dhoni, OUT, and MS Dhoni is gone now, tame dismissal, he was on the back foot, trying to play his flailing punch through extra cover, plays outside the line, and the ball spins in a bit to graze the off stump enough to disturb a bail

MS Dhoni b Saeed Ajmal 1 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Pakistan right back in this with a flurry of wickets

Suresh Raina in now

15.2

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, tossed up, from round the stumps, on middle and off, pushed away

15.3

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, opens the face and runs a spinning delivery to short third man, cannot get the single

15.4

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, 1 run, punched wide of extra cover and he is away with a single

15.5

Saeed Ajmal to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide

15.5

Saeed Ajmal to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pushed softly to cover off the front foot

15.6

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, FOUR, cut off the middle stump, Raina making room and playing the cut with very quick hands, beats backward point's dive and that is enough, third man was up

End of over 16 (7 runs) India 115/4 (RR: 7.18)
SK Raina    5* (4b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-22-1
Yuvraj Singh    10* (7b 1x6)      Mohammad Irfan    4-0-25-1

16.1

Umar Gul to Yuvraj Singh, no run, beaten outside off stump with a good length ball going across, possibly in two minds whether to cut or punch

16.2

Umar Gul to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, shortish, and the sound of bat hitting ball gives it away, Yuvraj hasn't timed the pull at all, it sails tamely to deep midwicket, Gul raises his arms, it was the slow offcutter

Yuvraj Singh c Umar Akmal b Umar Gul 10 (21m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 111.11

What a turnaround, Pakistan clawing back even further

Rohit in at No 7, slip in, Raina on strike

Ali: "It's the first time I've seen VK really look so helpless against a seamer. Or maybe it was a moment of madness. Irfan looks very promising."

16.3

Umar Gul to Raina, 2 runs, dabbed behind point, and Ajmal's throw from third man is wide

16.4

Umar Gul to Raina, 1 run, front leg out of the way, but cannot time the length ball through the off side, rolls through point

16.5

Umar Gul to RG Sharma, 1 run, Gul goes for the yorker, swinging in a bit, low full toss worked through square

16.6

Umar Gul to Raina, 2 runs, timing has suddenly been drained from India's strokes, Raina tries the whiplash loft over extra cover, mistimes it along the ground to the sweeper

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 121/5 (RR: 7.11)
SK Raina    10* (7b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-19-1
RG Sharma    1* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-22-1

17.1

Saeed Ajmal to RG Sharma, 1 run, offbreak from round the stumps, pushed softly to the off side from the crease

17.2

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, no run, that came in with the angle, Raina was backing away, but had to punch it back to Ajmal

17.3

Saeed Ajmal to Raina, OUT, gone, Ajmal strikes again, short of a length delivery makes Raina have a wild heave, he misses as the ball skids in, stays a touch low, and uproots leg stump, Ajmal punches the air, what a star

SK Raina b Saeed Ajmal 10 (11m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

Naeem: "Where is Raza Hasan? The promising left arm spinner from Pak.." He's had a spine injury

17.4

Saeed Ajmal to Jadeja, 1 run, OUT, wow, now Rohit is run out by several feet, no way there was a second run there, it was nudged towards midwicket, and to Rohit's dismay, there was a direct hit as well

RG Sharma run out 2 (8m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

17.5

Saeed Ajmal to Jadeja, no run, defended quietly, Ajmal giving no width at all

17.6

Saeed Ajmal to Jadeja, 1 run, India all over the place, appeal for a run out, Kamran Akmal has been good with the takes today, the throw comes to his right from short third, he lunges to take it, falls over, but manages to lob the ball onto the stumps, batsman has made it, by a frame

End of over 18 (3 runs) India 124/7 (RR: 6.88)
RA Jadeja    2* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-25-2
B Kumar    0* (0b)      Umar Gul    2-0-19-1

18.1

Umar Gul to Jadeja, OUT, they keep going, sharp bounce from Gul just outside off, Jadeja tries to steer it on his toes, and gets an edge through to the keeper

RA Jadeja c †Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 2 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Test cricket or T20I cricket, Ishant Sharma the batsman walks into a crisis, only, there is no time for resolute resistance here

18.2

Umar Gul to I Sharma, OUT, and he is cleaned up by the Guldozer's yorker, this is like the Pakistan of old, and also, like the India of old, yorker on target, Ishant's bat comes down in another time zone, and in real time, the leg stump is flattened

I Sharma b Umar Gul 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Gul, on a hat-trick, slip in place, in over No 19

18.3

Umar Gul to Dinda, no run, he went for it, he went for the yorker, it ended up as a full toss, and Dinda is able to pat it back

18.4

Umar Gul to Dinda, 1 run, falls away a touch to the leg side and flat bats a back of a length ball which lands at deep mid on, long on fields

18.5

Umar Gul to Kumar, no run, full delivery worked to midwicket

18.6

Umar Gul to Kumar, 1 run, a slower one now, nudged to the off, Gul races in parallel with the non-striker, falls over to lob the ball at stumps, but he misses, and Dinda makes it

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 126/9 (RR: 6.63)
B Kumar    1* (2b)      Umar Gul    3-0-21-3
AB Dinda    1* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-25-2

Hassan: "Man, I've missed that yorker so much recently.. and how many times are we going to hit the stumps today?!"

19.1

Sohail Tanvir to Kumar, 1 run, length ball dabbed behind point for a single

19.2

Sohail Tanvir to Dinda, 1 run, steered to third man

19.3

Sohail Tanvir to Kumar, 1 run, full and down the leg side into the pads, he gets it to short fine awkwardly

19.4

Sohail Tanvir to Dinda, 1 run, low full toss hit to extra cover

19.5

Sohail Tanvir to Kumar, 2 runs, just out of the reach of extra cover, Hafeez it is, and has a smile on his face, one-handed flail eluded his outstretched hands as he ran back

19.6

Sohail Tanvir to Kumar, 1 run, full and hit out to point for a single

From 77 for 1 to 124 for 9 tells the story of how complete Pakistan's comeback was. Ajinkya Rahane feels India are 10-15 runs short. I feel that is an understatement, but there are still 20 overs left in this game

End of over 20 (7 runs) India 133/9
B Kumar    6* (6b)      Sohail Tanvir    4-0-22-0
AB Dinda    3* (4b)      Umar Gul    3-0-21-3
Series Results
India v Pakistan at Ahmedabad - Dec 28, 2012
India won by 11 runs
India v Pakistan at Bangalore - Dec 25, 2012
Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
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Photos

Dec 25, 2012

Ishant Sharma gets a friendly pat from Mohammad Hafeez, India v Pakistan, 1st T20, Bangalore, December 25, 2012

Ishant Sharma gets a friendly pat from Mohammad Hafeez

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Dec 25, 2012

Ishant Sharma gets into an argument with Kamran Akmal, India v Pakistan, 1st T20, Bangalore, December 25, 2012

Ishant Sharma gets into an argument with Kamran Akmal

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