Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    46.5 tries to reverse sweep, misses and has been given out lbw. It would have missed the off stump, though. It was full in length, on the off stump and Salman failed to connect. It would have turned well past the off stump. And that brings an end to a very fine innings from Salman. 246/9
    3.2 Afridi is cleaned up. Death by aggression. Typical. It landed a tad short of length, on the off stump and curved in slightly, Afridi took a step forward and tried to hit it out of the ground, perhaps back to Karachi, and missed it completely. The ball kept a touch low and hit the middle of the off stump and up went Pathan on a celebratory hop. 27/1
    8.6 RP strikes from the round the stumps! Younis didn't play a stroke! It landed outside off stump and came in with the angle, Younis chose not to play at it, shouldered arms and to his horror, the ball kept coming in and crashed into the off stump. He was looking pretty good out there but RP changed the angle by going round and has found success. 72/2
    17.4 Yuvraj runs out Yousuf. Yousuf set off for a run after pushing to left of backward point where Yuvraj moved quickly, dived and fired in a throw at the non-striker's end. Zaheer was standing in front of the stumps, swooped low but couldn't collect properly but the ball deflected on to the stumps! 104/3
    27.3 trapped in front! The change of bowling works. The lack of spin does him in. It was floated on the middle and off stump line and Malik went forward to defend, bat behind the pad. Perhaps, he though the ball would turn but this one went straight on and hit him in front of middle. Gone! 134/4
    41.6 Kartik gets the breakthrough. After being hit for a four, he bounces back to get his man. It was delivered slow through the air, spun from outside leg stump, Misbah, who had again moved outside leg stump, tried to play it with the turn, to the off side but missed it completely. Crucial blow. 214/5
    43.4 Another one bites the dust. Akmal has driven down the throat of long-on. He walked down the track, RP dragged back the length and Akmal ended up whipping it straight to the fielder. Dhoni is delighted. 226/6
    43.6 mix-up by the batsmen and RP Singh. It was driven wide of long-on and they took the first run. Salman turned for the second and saw Tanvir, who took a few steps initially, hesitate and turned back. Now Tanvir decides to complete the single and the throw comes in to RP who makes a mess as he lunges towards the stumps. Had he broken the stumps, Salman would have been out but the ball had rolled out of his grasp. NOw both batsmen were at the same end. Now Tanvir decides to run back but RP recovered to throw it to Dhoni who broke the stumps rather violently. 231/7
    45.6 knocks him over. And then they were two. It landed full in length, Rehman missed to connect with his slog across the line and the ball crashed into the middle and leg stump. 244/8
    47.2 India take the lead in the five-match series. 2 - 1 now. Full in length, on the stumps, Shoaib swings it straight to long-off. 248/10
    not out
    13 (lb 1, w 12)
    248 all out (47.2 Overs, RR: 5.23)
    Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Shahid Afridi, 3.2 ov), 2-72 (Younis Khan, 8.6 ov), 3-104 (Mohammad Yousuf, 17.4 ov), 4-134 (Shoaib Malik, 27.3 ov), 5-214 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 41.6 ov), 6-226 (Kamran Akmal, 43.4 ov), 7-231 (Sohail Tanvir, 43.6 ov), 8-244 (Abdur Rehman, 45.6 ov), 9-246 (Salman Butt, 46.5 ov), 10-248 (Shoaib Akhtar, 47.2 ov)
    RP Singh8.016237.752411010
    IK Pathan10.006116.10318010
    Z Khan7.222513.40303010
    Harbhajan Singh10.003213.20372030
    M Kartik6.003816.33153010
    Yuvraj Singh5.001813.60161010
    SR Tendulkar1.0011011.0001000

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