Player of the Match
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116dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Afridi sixes seal final-over victory

No other cricketer in his generation blends genius so liberally with lunacy as Shahid Afridi, and though there were glimpses of both in Mirpur, Afridi sent Pakistan's fans into raptures with two mighty blows during an incredibly tense final over

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

Mohammad Hafeez
75(117) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 32 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
6 3 17 5 4 3 9 28
AT Rayudu
58(62) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 19 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
9 0 4 10 5 2 14 14

Best performances - Bowlers

Saeed Ajmal
R Ashwin

Match Details



Pakistan , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45

Match days

2 March 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee


Pakistan 4, India 0

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

10.05 pm Pakistan did extremely well to blunt India's batting line-up but then almost made a hash of the chase against the spinners. But Hafeez and Maqsood were just what the doctor ordered and even as wickets tumbled in the end, Shahid Afridi has scripted another nail-biting chapter into his legend. That is all we have for you on commentary, but do stick around for the post-match pieces that would be flying in soon. This is Alagappan Muthu, signing off

Mohammad Hafeez is the Man of the Match The way Pakistan won it pleased him. The management says they wanted him to be No.3 and he's happy to be performing. Whenever there is a left-hander, he is happy to bowl. The captain asks him and he is happy to deliver. he had a chat with Maqsood about playing normally because the run-rate was not too daunting. And then Shahid Afridi finished it in the end. Want to dedicate the victory to the Pakistan people

Misbah-ul-Haq says it was a really important win and he's very happy because Pakistan played really well under pressure. He knows they have a label of being bad chaserst but Hafeez and Maqsood did well and Afridi finished it for us perfectly. We knew there was a dew and we just wanted to keep ourselves in the game. I'd be happy to keep getting out if Pakistan win. We are not looking ahead to the final yet, just taking one game at a time

10.00 pm Not letting them get used to one bowler was the idea says Virat Kohli. The guys put in a good effort after a modset total. Mishra was getting it to turn and I kept him for the end. Ashwin was confident of bowling in the death as well. It could have gone either way, but he thinks India were 20-30 runs short with the bat. He's proud of the way India have played in the last two games and praised his young bowlers for their efforts in the last two games 9.50 pm Shahid Afridi is drowned beneath the entire Pakistan squad. Neither of those hits were off the middle of the bat, neither of those were particularly good balls either. And Pakistan have sealed a thrilling win. India fought hard despite posting a sub-par total especially with a returning Amit Mishra, who was exceptional with his flight and guide. But there were a couple of batsmen they could not stop. Mohammad Hafeez was very cool during his half-century partnership with Sohaib Maqsood, who also gutsed it out despite poor form. They kept Pakistan in sight of the required rate and Afridi's final flourish was just about enough. Another see-saw encounter between these two storied rivals. Do stay tuned for the presentation.

Shahid Afridi: Really under pressure, didn't perform well. Hit some bad shots. "Expectations were high. We all know how importat this game was and I am glad I did it. The captain told me to take my time and I did that. Whenever we play against India it's a great occasion and I'm very happy. Gul was talking a lot with me, we wanted singles as well and we needed a hit as well. When we arrived here, our goal was to win this competition. Very important for my country and team and I want to thank Bangladeshi crowd for supporting us"

Dave: "As much as I would like it to have gone the other way, credit to Pakistan, there were chances for us to get ahead, the missed stumping by DK springs to mind, but now time for India to focus on getting the last win out the way, and hope against hope that Sri Lanka lose there next two fixtures, and Pakistan lose their final fixture"

Ashwin to Shahid Afridi, SIX, goes again and he has cleared the long-on boundary! Afridi has won it for Pakistan! This was off a leading edge, it looked like it was going to be swallowed at long-on but Afridi's power takes this over the ropes. And to make this even more memorable, he inadvertently kisses Junaid Khan on the cheek!
Ashwin to Shahid Afridi, SIX, makes room outside off and Ashwin pitches this one short. Afridi goes for a wild slog and thoguh he gets this off the very bottom of the bat, it clears the man at the deep extra cover boundary!
Ashwin to Junaid Khan, 1 run, anothe carrom ball, but this is short and allows Junaid to get off strike with and little dab towards square leg. Afridi on strike now, with the game on his shoulders

Junaid Khan is the last batsman and will be on strike

Ashwin to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, carrom ball and Ajmal's bowled around his legs! Kohli is beside himself, so is Ashwin! This was amazing flight outside leg and lures the tailender into a sweep shot, but this dips on him and turns viciously to take middle stump

Saeed Ajmal b Ashwin 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

10 needed off the last over and here's Ashwin to bowl

49 | 3 Runs 2 Wkts | PAK: 236/8 (10 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.81, RRR: 10.00)

  • Shahid Afridi22 (16b)
  • B Kumar10-0-56-2
  • Mohammed Shami10-0-49-0
Kumar to Mohammad Talha, OUT, caught on the long-off boundary! Bhuvi has taken two in the over and Talha succumbs! It was a length ball on off stump, he made room outside leg to loft him over the top. Gets too much height on this and Jaddu is very composed as he reverse-cups this just inside the boundary

Mohammad Talha c Jadeja b Kumar 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kumar to Shahid Afridi, 1 leg bye, full and just outside off, Afridi goes down for another sweep and is struck on the pads. Bhuvi goes up in appeal, but the impact was outside the line

Stumping missed

In the 38th over, Ashwin fired one down the leg side, and had Maqsood way out of the crease, but Karthik didn't collect. Maqsood was on 21, Pakistan on 167 for 4

Mr Consistent


Misbah's average in ODIs batting at No.4 from 39 inns, his highest at any position

Shehzad stat


Runs by Ahmed Shehzad in 2013-14, among openers only Rohit Sharma (851) has scored more

Starting trouble


Innings since Pakistan have had a century opening partnership in ODIs, last one was against India at Kolkata in Jan 2013

Scores against India


The numbers of times India have restricted their opponents below 245 in the past 19 ODIs

Red-hot form

Jadeja has scores of 52*, 62* and 66* in his previous five ODI innings

Rayudu's 58


The last time an India No. 5 hit fifty-plus against Pakistan, MS Dhoni in Karachi


In the 43th over, Jadeja miscued a swipe, and the bowler Hafeez ran back to settle under what should have been a simple catch, but he spills it. Jadeja was on 12, India on 187 for 5

Ace spinner


Ajmal's ave against India, among teams against whom he has played at least five ODIs- his second-best

Bogey team


Runs scored by Kohli in eight innings against Pakistan, excluding the 183 in the last Asia Cup, ave - 11.86

A new high


The previous highest Rohit had scored in the first-ten overs in an ODI, this is now his highest

Left-handed bunnies


Hafeez's avg against left handers (61wkts), as opposed to 48.16 against right-hand batsmen (54)

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