Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 181/7 (12 runs required, RR: 9.05)

  • Shoaib Malik3 (3b)
  • I Sharma4-0-34-1
  • AB Dinda4-0-36-3

Spoo: "Dinda: Overs - Runs - Wickets - 1st spell 2 - 24 - 0. 2nd spell 2 - 12 - 3 That too in a pressure sitauation. Talk about redeeming yourself."

I'll have the presentation for you shortly. Dinda bowled a match-turning second spell but Yuvraj will walk away with the prize for his many sixes and a wicket.

Yuvraj is the Man of the Match for his best T20 score. "Yesterday I was batting in the nets and I couldn't middle a single ball, so I was trying to spend time in the middle. That yorker [which hit him on the boot] reminded me of Wasim Akram but that's cricket, you got to take a few blows ... we thought 160-170 was a good total but if MS and me stayed till the end we knew we could score more."

They have a Man of the Series as well and that award goes to Mohammad Hafeez.

Hafeez: "When we were bowling, we didn't follow the basics, we bowled short of a length. the partnership between MS Dhoni and Yuvraj was the difference. In the first six overs we played very well but in the seventh-tenth over we didn't score as much as we should have ... we wanted Umar Akmal to have more time in the middle."

Dhoni: "A lot depends on the youngsters bowling the last overs, I think they held their nerve nicely. they were feeling the pressure but they responded really well and executed the yorkers. When they wanted to bowl slower ones they did that. [While batting] we got off to a very good start from Gautam and Jinks ... Yuvi was at his best, those big sixes and fours. We got ten runs more than what we would have been happy with. Overall it was good competition between the sides."

Hafeez and Dhoni are receiving the trophy together for a tied series. Smiles all around.

That's all we have for you today. The one-day series begins on December 30, do join us then. Cheers.

Sharma to Umar Gul, OUT, caught at deep point! Gul threw his bat at a length ball and sliced it over the infield. Rahane ran in from the deep to hold the catch. India get home by 11 runs to level the series 1-1.
Sharma to Umar Gul, 1 wide, that's a wide outside off stump, so India and Motera have to wait a minute longer
Sharma to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, another delivery on the blockhole, Malik drives to cover, Kohli raises his arms and does a little jig in the outfield
Sharma to Umar Gul, 1 run, in the blockhole, Gul can only drive it to long off for a single, India will win if Ishant can bowl two more legal balls
Sharma to Umar Gul, FOUR runs, in the slot outside off and Gul drives with power, finding the gap on the cover boundary. Pakistan need 15 from three.
Sharma to Umar Gul, no run, a full ball outside off stump, just inside the tram line, Gul swings and misses, the batsmen don't attempt a bye
Sharma to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, a low full toss, which Malik drives to long off, he didn't quite get under it and he loses the strike

Pakistan need 20 off six balls. They are within reach. Ishant will bowl it.

19 | 6 Runs 2 Wkts | PAK: 173/6 (20 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.10, RRR: 20.00)

  • Umar Gul0 (1b)
  • Shoaib Malik1 (1b)
  • AB Dinda4-0-36-3
  • B Kumar4-0-46-1
Dinda to Umar Gul, no run, in the blockhole to finish, Gul digs it out on the leg side, Dinda's done a supreme job for his team
Dinda to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Malik can only play the ball to point for a single, Pakistan need much more

Umar Gul is the new batsman.

Dinda to Kamran Akmal, OUT, caught on the extra cover boundary! Akmal lofts the full ball inside out and connects well. But Kohli runs quickly to his left from long-off, covering a lot of ground to reach the ball and take the catch on the move. India are taking control of the end game
Dinda to Kamran Akmal, FOUR runs, a slower ball and Akmal waits for it, slashing it hard to the point boundary, Pakistan throw a counter-punch
Dinda to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, Dinda's bowling a superb spell at the death! He follows up that six-run over with the wicket of Hafeez. He tried to clear the wide long-on boundary but mis-timed the shot. Raina came running in from the boundary and took the catch
Dinda to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, a slower ball around off, Kamran Akmal makes room and drives through extra cover. 25 needed off 11.

3 for 9 on debut, 1 for 46 today. Such is life Bhuvnesh.

18 | 15 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 167/4 (26 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.27, RRR: 13.00)

  • Mohammad Hafeez55 (25b)
  • Kamran Akmal0 (0b)
  • B Kumar4-0-46-1
  • AB Dinda3-0-30-1
Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR runs, superb placement from Hafeez! Third man is in the circle and he knew that, openign the face late to steer the length ball between short third man and backward point
Kumar to Shahid Afridi, OUT, a full toss but Afridi's hit it straight to Rohit at long off! A loose delivery that was but Afridi did not place it, he hit it flat and Rohit caught it well inside the boundary
Kumar to Shahid Afridi, SIX runs, that's high in the air and far enough! Afridi simply slogged, clearing his front foot and swinging hard, he connected and cleared wide long-on
Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, another slower ball, played towards long on
Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR runs, another slower ball, this time Hafeez was ready and he smashed it straight and hard, forcing the umpire to get out of the way. The ball curved in the air like a baseball pitch and screamed to the boundary. He brings up a superb half century
Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, a slower ball on a good length outside off, Hafeez tries to launch it over extra cover, hitting inside out, but connects with nothing

Bhuvneshwar is back for his last over, bowling from over the wicket.

17 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 152/3 (41 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.94, RRR: 13.66)

  • Mohammad Hafeez46 (21b)
  • Shahid Afridi5 (3b)
  • AB Dinda3-0-30-1
  • I Sharma3-0-26-0
Dinda to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, in the blockhole, dug out to long-on, so just six runs off the over when the asking rate is nearly double

Can Dinda finish well? Terrific over for India so far, five off five balls.

Dinda to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, driven hard along the ground to cover
Dinda to Shahid Afridi, no run, Afridi tries to blast the ball through cover but gets a bottom edge through to Dhoni, it pitched soon after hitting the bat
Dinda to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs, Afridi gets off the mark by pulling a short ball flat over the in field and into the gap on the cow corner boundary. He didn't have a good day with the ball, can he have a good one with the bat?

Afridi is the new batsman. The margin for errors is reducing all the time now. 47 needed off 22.

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st74Nasir JamshedAhmed Shehzad
2nd10Ahmed ShehzadUmar Akmal
3rd62Mohammad HafeezUmar Akmal
4th17Shahid AfridiMohammad Hafeez
5th5Kamran AkmalMohammad Hafeez
6th4Shoaib MalikKamran Akmal
7th9Shoaib MalikUmar Gul