Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Hopefully Cricket Australia's admen saw this game. There is room for 50-over game still, but if only they are scheduled well. What. A. Match. For those who had forgotten how India-Pakistan matches felt like - and I had frankly - these guys raised some hell in the sleepy Dambulla. This old dog has life in it yet.

Now we can catch our collective breaths. Congratulations to both the teams for this match that went this way and that throughout close to 100 overs. There was good cricket, there were freak moments, there were nerves, there were some ordinary moments that come with nerves, and in the end a finish for the ages.

If Gambhir and Dhoni and Ajmal reinforced their reputations, there were youngsters who built themselves one. Aamer and Raina were superb in the match. Never mind that six, Aamer absolutely bowled his heart out tonight, and he will walk away with three-fors and four-fors on other days with bowling worse than this. When time called for it, Raina played a superb hand, despite his obvious weakness against the short ball. But - for perspective's sake - let's not compare this with the Javed Mianddad- Chetan Sharma last ball. Let's just leave that moment alone.

And when you are in a fight, under pressure, do take Harbhajan Singh along. Thanks for joining us, hope you enjoyed the match as much as we did.

Presentation time
Gautam Gambhir is MoM "The Champions Trophy was fresh in my mind, this was payback time. Not only me, the whole team was determined to win this one. The gameplan was to have wickets in hand, not to just go bang bang. We had some big hitters to follow, we kept telling each other we need to bat as long as possible. We had Powerplay in the last 10 too. The way Bhajji and Raina finished off was great. I wan't able to pick the spinners at all, it was impossible to pick them from the hand. The light has to improve. I didn't see the last over, especially after Raina got out, my heart was in my mouth."

MS Dhoni "Not really, wasn't cool today. With a match like this, especially against Pakistan, you can never be cool. Thanks to Bhajji, you can call him an allrounder now. We, the batsmen, should have finished the game. In such stages, the heartbeat goes up, and we can only give expert comments from inside. Our fast bowlers bowled well, they might have gone for runs in a couple of overs. I am pleased with them. Zaheer bowled well, Ashish though not 100% fit I am satisfied with him, Praveen as usual was street-smart, and Bhajji made up with the bat. Not the first time I have had a partnership with Gauti, from India A days in Kenya, we have had good partnerships. Under the light, it is difficult to play spinners who can turn it both ways."

Shahid Afridi "It was a great game of cricket, we all enjoyed. The way Dhoni, Gambhir, Raina and Bhajji played, it was amazing. Good entertainment as well. I just told them not to worry about anything, just to bowl in the right areas. I am quite happy with the team's performance, and we will definitely improve."

Mohammad Amir to Harbhajan Singh, SIX runs, Bhajjiiiiiiiii! He has absolutely smoked this one. Gets a length he can get under, and hits it with the sweetest part of the bat, over midwicket. HUGE. And he roars, removes the helmet and roars. As soon as he sees he has hit it clean, he looks towards third man, where Shoaib is, and roars. It is a primal roar, what a blinder from Bhajji, Akhtar makes a V sign, and looks away. The whole team runs out to congratulate Bhaj, Raina is the first to hug him. Spare a thought for Aamer, he bowled really well until now
Mohammad Amir to Kumar, 1 run, short ball, PK makes room, cuts in front of point, takes a single
Mohammad Amir to Kumar, 2 runs, Shaoib, what have you done? Is slow to come around from third man, fumbles also, gives them two when all they should have got is one

What. A. Finish. Has Bhajji been unsettled by that altercation with Shoaib? What a time for PK to come out

Mohammad Amir to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, desperation! desperation! Short ball, beats Harbhajan's swing, Raina wants a desperate bye, Akmal with the underarm throw gets him! Under pressure, Akmal has redeemed himself. Raina gave it his all, diving, nay flying full length, but was caught short by a frame

SK Raina run out (†Kamran Akmal) 34 (47m 27b 2x4 2x6) SR: 125.92

Mohammad Amir to Raina, 1 run, bouncer into the body, misses, gets an inside edge onto the body, takes a single

Last over, what a finish

49 | 9 Runs | INDIA: 261/6 (7 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.32, RRR: 7.00)

  • Harbhajan Singh9 (9b)
  • SK Raina33 (26b)
  • Shoaib Akhtar10-0-57-0
  • Mohammad Amir9-0-46-0
Shoaib Akhtar to Harbhajan Singh, no run, lovely bouncer, he keeps the game alive, Bhaj goes for the big pull and doesn't connect. Shoaib has come back well, and gives Bhaj an earful. Doctrove intervenes, but they have shared some pleasantries already
Shoaib Akhtar to Harbhajan Singh, no run, short ball, Bhajji backs away, looks to upper-cut, misses, back to run a ball
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India 2nd innings Partnerships

1st47G GambhirV Sehwag
2nd35G GambhirV Kohli
3rd98MS DhoniG Gambhir
4th28MS DhoniRG Sharma
5th2MS DhoniSK Raina
6th9SK RainaRA Jadeja
7th43Harbhajan SinghSK Raina
8th9Harbhajan SinghP Kumar