ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - 10th match, Group D

India v Pakistan

Match tied (India won the bowl-out)

7.52 pm local time Covers off now, the Indians are in their huddle. Salman Butt and Imran Nazir are Pakistan's openers. RP Singh will open the bowling for India. Two slips in place.

7.48 pm Pakistan need 142 from 20 overs at 7.10 runs per over. If they score the runs at a rate of 9.6 an over or more, which means in 14.4 overs or less, India will be knocked out of the tournament because they will have a worse net run-rate than Scotland.

It's drizzling again and the covers are back on the square.

0.1

Singh to Salman Butt, no run, excellent start for RP Singh, he bowls it full outside off stump and the ball swings away from Butt who plays a cover drive without moving his feet and gets beaten

0.2

Singh to Salman Butt, 1 wide, banged in short down leg side, Pakistan are away with a wide

0.2

Singh to Salman Butt, 1 run, pitches on a good length outside off stump, Butt waits on the back foot and plays it down to third man for a single

0.3

Singh to Imran Nazir, no run, RP Singh angles it across Nazir from over the wicket, Nazir tries to cut off the back foot but the ball seams into him and cramps him for room, he gets an inside edge past the stumps

0.4

Singh to Imran Nazir, no run, Nazir tries to pull it but hits it to Harbhajan at square leg, ambitious shot for the length wasn't short enough

0.5

Singh to Imran Nazir, 1 wide, RP Singh bowls it wide outside off stump, Nazir chases it and tries to cut but gets beaten, it's called wide

0.5

Singh to Imran Nazir, no run, defended towards Yuvraj at point off the back foot

0.6

Singh to Imran Nazir, FOUR, too much width outside off stump, Nazir backs away and smashes it through covers for the first boundary of the innings

End of over 1 (7 runs) Pakistan 7/0 (135 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.10)
Imran Nazir    4* (4b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-7-0
Salman Butt    1* (2b)     

Sreesanth will share the new ball.

1.1

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, 1 run, full ball on off stump, Butt drives superbly through point but Yuvraj dives to his left and saves a certain boundary

1.2

Sreesanth to Imran Nazir, no run, full ball outside off stump, Nazir backs away and tries to hit that to Cape Town but the ball swings away from him and beats the outside edge

1.3

Sreesanth to Imran Nazir, 1 no ball, Sreesanth over-steps and strays down leg side, free hit coming up

Dhoni cannot change the field.

1.3

Sreesanth to Imran Nazir, 3 runs, Sreesanth bowls a slower ball outside off, Nazir tries to pull it but gets an inside edge through midwicket

1.4

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump and seams in towards the left-hander, Butt lets it go

1.5

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, no run, tight line and length around off stump, the ball shapes into the left-hander and Butt waits on the back foot and defends back to Sreesanth

1.6

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, no run, caught! or not! Sreesanth gets the ball to seam into Butt who drives away from his body, the ball hits an inside edge and Dhoni dives to his right to take the catch, it's a very low catch and there is doubt about whether that carried, the umpires chat about whether that carried and decide that it didn't

End of over 2 (5 runs) Pakistan 12/0 (130 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.22)
Salman Butt    2* (6b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-5-0
Imran Nazir    7* (7b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-7-0

2.1

Singh to Imran Nazir, OUT, bowled him! Nazir tries to slog one through midwicket, he misses and the ball hits leg stump, that was a dismissal waiting to happen because Nazir was slogging at everything

Imran Nazir b Singh 7 (10m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

2.2

Singh to Kamran Akmal, no run

2.3

Singh to Kamran Akmal, no run, driven off the back foot to mid-off

2.4

Singh to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, too short and the line is poor as well, on leg stump, Akmal swivels and pulls the ball to the fine leg boundary

2.5

Singh to Kamran Akmal, no run, pitches on a good length on off stump, the ball angles across Akmal who tries to pull without moving his feet, the ball beats the bat

2.6

Singh to Kamran Akmal, SIX, once again RP Singh bowls too short, poor stuff from the bowler when the pitch is offering so much, Akmal has plenty of time to get into position and pull it into the stands at square leg

End of over 3 (10 runs) Pakistan 22/1 (120 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 7.05)
Kamran Akmal    10* (5b 1x4 1x6)      RP Singh    2-0-17-1
Salman Butt    2* (6b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-5-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, 1 run, full and straight , swinging into Butt's blockhole, he pushes it towards the off side and gets a single

3.2

Sreesanth to Kamran Akmal, no run, excellent ball, it pitches on a length outside off stump and seams away from the right hander, Akmal pokes at it and gets beaten

3.3

Sreesanth to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, a bit straighter from Sreesanth and Akmal drives to mid-on for a single

3.4

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, 1 wide, far too wide outside off stump, that's another extra, India cannot afford this

3.4

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump and angles across the left-hander, Butt waits on the back foot and tries to cut but gets beaten

3.5

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, FOUR, the attempted slower ball goes horribly wrong, it finishes up as a gentle full toss on leg stump, Butt leans across his stumps and flicks it past square leg for four, Uthappa dives on the boundary but can't save it

3.6

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, no run, Butt tries to cut a ball that is too close to his body and is beaten

End of over 4 (7 runs) Pakistan 29/1 (113 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 7.06)
Salman Butt    7* (10b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-12-0
Kamran Akmal    11* (7b 1x4 1x6)      RP Singh    2-0-17-1

4.1

Singh to Kamran Akmal, no run, RP Singh bowls a little short and Akmal tries to pull him again, this time Akmal misses and gets hit on the thigh

4.2

Singh to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, RP Singh bowls it fuller outside off stump and gets it to jag back into Akmal's mid-riff, excellent ball, Akmal fends it towards the off side

4.3

Singh to Salman Butt, 1 run, Butt waits on the back foot and opens the face to run the ball towards third man

4.4

Singh to Kamran Akmal, 1 leg bye, RP Singh pitches just short of a length on leg stump, Akmal tries to flick but gets hit on the pad

4.5

Singh to Salman Butt, 1 wide, poor bowling, another wide, this time down leg side

4.5

Singh to Salman Butt, no run, good length delivery angles into the left hander, Butt stands in his crease and defends towards cover point

4.6

Singh to Salman Butt, no run, lovely ball, the length outside off stump has Butt in two minds - whether to play off the back foot or come forward - he ends up fending at it and gets beaten

End of over 5 (4 runs) Pakistan 33/1 (109 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.60, RRR: 7.26)
Salman Butt    8* (13b 1x4)      RP Singh    3-0-20-1
Kamran Akmal    12* (10b 1x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    2-0-12-0

5.1

Sreesanth to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, driven to mid-off for a single

5.2

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, FOUR, over-pitched on off and middle stump, Butt leans forward and drives with a full face of the bat to send the ball racing to the long-on boundary, elegant shot

5.3

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, no run, Butt tries to play the square drive a little too hard and hits it into the ground towards Yuvraj at point

5.4

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, no run, pitches on a good length outside off stump and angles away from the left-hander, left alone by the batsman

5.5

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, no run, Sreesanth bowls a sharp bouncer at 137 kmh, Butt tries to pull but doesn't connect

5.6

Sreesanth to Salman Butt, 1 run, over-pitched outside the off stump, Butt drives superbly off the front foot wide of mid-off but Pathan moves quickly towards his right and dives, outstanding effort

End of over 6 (6 runs) Pakistan 39/1 (103 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 7.35)
Salman Butt    13* (18b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-18-0
Kamran Akmal    13* (11b 1x4 1x6)      RP Singh    3-0-20-1

6.1

Singh to Salman Butt, no run, played off the pads towards square leg where Harbhajan moves to his left and makes the save

6.2

Singh to Salman Butt, 1 run, RP Singh angles the ball into Butt who gets an inside edge on to the pad, Akmal calls Butt through for a single, Yuvraj sprints in but doesn't hit the stumps

6.3

Singh to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, played with an open face through backward point

6.4

Singh to Salman Butt, no run, excellent length outside the off stump, the ball bounces sharply on Butt who gets caught on the crease, he tries to play it late but got beaten

6.5

Singh to Salman Butt, no run, Butt moves towards leg to make room but RP Singh follows him, cramps Butt for room and beats him with the bounce

6.6

Singh to Salman Butt, 1 run, pushed off the pads towards midwicket for a single

That's the end of RP Singh's spell, 1 for 22 off four overs, an excellent effort.

End of over 7 (3 runs) Pakistan 42/1 (100 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.69)
Salman Butt    15* (23b 2x4)      RP Singh    4-0-23-1
Kamran Akmal    14* (12b 1x4 1x6)      S Sreesanth    3-0-18-0

Agarkar replaces Sreesanth.

7.1

Agarkar to Salman Butt, 2 runs, strays on to the pads, Butt flicks to Karthik at deep backward square leg

7.2

Agarkar to Salman Butt, OUT, caught! Agarkar gets one to bounce sharply from a good length, Butt gets caught on the back foot and tries to run it down to third man, he gets an edge that's comfortably taken by Dhoni

Salman Butt c †Dhoni b Agarkar 17 (32m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.00

Younis Khan is the new batsman.

7.3

Agarkar to Younis Khan, 1 run, good length ball outside off stump, Younis gets off the mark by running it down to third man

7.4

Agarkar to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, too short from Agarkar, Akmal swivels and pulls it to deep square leg, there's a fielder in the deep now, after Akmal hit RP Singh in that area

7.5

Agarkar to Younis Khan, no run, pushed to point off the front foot, Younis sets off for the run and then sends Akmal back, Yuvraj picks up but lobs the ball towards the bowler's end, that could have been a run-out

7.6

Agarkar to Younis Khan, 1 run, driven off the front foot to deep cover

End of over 8 (5 runs) Pakistan 47/2 (95 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.87, RRR: 7.91)
Younis Khan    2* (3b)      AB Agarkar    1-0-5-1
Kamran Akmal    15* (13b 1x4 1x6)      RP Singh    4-0-23-1

Irfan Pathan replaces RP Singh.

8.1

Pathan to Younis Khan, OUT, this time Yuvraj hits! Younis pushes the ball to point and Akmal scurries down the pitch, Younis doesn't want the run, Yuvraj picks up cleanly and throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end with Akmal well short

Kamran Akmal run out 15 (25m 13b 1x4 1x6) SR: 115.38

Shoaib Malik is the next batsman.

8.2

Pathan to Younis Khan, no run, played to Yuvraj at point

8.3

Pathan to Younis Khan, no run, Younis tries to cut but gets beaten by the angle across him

8.4

Pathan to Younis Khan, no run, full ball outside off stump, Younis comes forward and drives to Yuvraj at point

8.5

Pathan to Younis Khan, OUT, bowled him! Irfan angles the ball across Younis who comes forward and tries to defend, the ball bounces a bit more, hits the glove and crashes into the stumps, huge wicket for India

Younis Khan b Pathan 2 (5m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

What a comeback for Pathan, it's early days yet but he's bowled five dot balls and taken a wicket.

Misbah-ul-Haq is the next man in.

8.6

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good length ball outside the off stump, Misbah lets it go, Pathan completes a maiden over

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 47/4 (95 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.22, RRR: 8.63)
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (1b)      IK Pathan    1-1-0-1
Shoaib Malik    0* (0b)      AB Agarkar    1-0-5-1

9.1

Agarkar to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, just a fraction short from Agarkar but that's all Malik needs to swivel and pull all along the ground for four, superb shot

9.2

Agarkar to Shoaib Malik, no run, driven off the back foot towards point where Yuvraj moves to his right and fields, he's in excellent form

9.3

Agarkar to Shoaib Malik, no run, Malik tries to run one fine towards third man but gets beaten

9.4

Agarkar to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, good length ball outside the off stump, Malik opens the face and guides the ball towards third man

9.5

Agarkar to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, played past backward point for a single, Misbah's off the mark

9.6

Agarkar to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length ball angles into Malik who waits on the back foot and defends towards the off side

End of over 10 (6 runs) Pakistan 53/4 (89 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.30, RRR: 8.90)
Shoaib Malik    5* (5b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    2-0-11-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    1* (2b)      IK Pathan    1-1-0-1

10.1

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pitches on leg stump and angles across Misbah who gets into a tangle while trying to flick, the ball hits one pad and then hits the other

10.2

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, streaky boundary, Misbah tries to cut a ball that angles across him but it swings back into him and hits the inside edge, the ball bounces over Dhoni and runs to the boundary

10.3

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defended to the leg side

10.4

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good length ball on off and middle stump, Misbah leans forward and defends back to Pathan

10.5

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, too wide outside the off stump, Umpire Doctrove thinks over it and then extends his arms

10.5

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah tries to pull but the ball isn't short enough and he mis-times it to square leg

10.6

Pathan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full delivery outside off stump, Malik opens the face and plays it to third man

End of over 11 (7 runs) Pakistan 60/4 (82 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.45, RRR: 9.11)
Shoaib Malik    6* (6b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-1-7-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    6* (7b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    2-0-11-1

Pakistan need 82 of 54 balls. Harbhajan Singh has the ball, he's also making a comeback.

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, bowled flat on middle and leg stump, flicked off the pads behind square

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, bowled slower through the air on off and middle stump, played through square leg once again

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, driven down to long-on for a single

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, a bit too short and wide outside off stump from Harbhajan, it was the doosra, Misbah cuts past Sreesanth at short third man

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah leans forward in defense, the ball hist the pad and lobs up, Dhoni runs in front of the batsman and takes the catch but there was no bat in it

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, terrible fielding from RP Singh, India have been good in the field today but that was shoddy, Harbhajan dropped it short and Misbah pulled to deep square leg where RP singh over ran the ball

End of over 12 (9 runs) Pakistan 69/4 (73 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 9.12)
Misbah-ul-Haq    13* (11b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-9-0
Shoaib Malik    8* (8b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-1-7-1

12.1

Pathan to Shoaib Malik, no run, cut towards point off the back foot

12.2

Pathan to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, too full and on the pads, Malik flicks the ball fine and the fielder at fine leg has no chance

12.3

Pathan to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length delivery on off and middle stump, driven with a straight bat back to Pathan

12.4

Pathan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Pathan offers width outside off stump, Malik cuts off the back foot in front of point

12.5

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defended off the back foot towards Yuvraj at point

12.6

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, good line from Pathan, keeping it tight around the off stump, Misbah pushes the ball towards cover point on the front foot

End of over 13 (6 runs) Pakistan 75/4 (67 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.76, RRR: 9.57)
Misbah-ul-Haq    14* (13b 2x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-13-1
Shoaib Malik    13* (12b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-9-0

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, too short from Harbhajan, Misbah has plenty of time to pull to RP Singh at long leg

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, driven to long-off for a single

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Harbhajan drifts on to leg once again, flicked to the fielder at short fine leg

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, driven off the front foot to long-off

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Harbhajan sees the batsman step down the track and fires in a quick one, played to midwicket

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah moves across his stumps and tries to sweep fine, Pathan moves to his right at short fine leg, dives and stops the ball

End of over 14 (5 runs) Pakistan 80/4 (62 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.71, RRR: 10.33)
Misbah-ul-Haq    17* (17b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-14-0
Shoaib Malik    15* (14b 2x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-13-1

14.1

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pushed off the back foot towards cover point

14.2

Pathan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Malik tries to drive through midwicket but gets an inside edge down to fine leg

14.3

Pathan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short ball outside the off stump, Misbah flat-bats it over cover

14.4

Pathan to Shoaib Malik, no run, excellent delivery, full outside the off stump, Malik tries to squeeze it through the offside but gets yorked

14.5

Pathan to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, Malik picks this one up from middle stump and swings it over midwicket, the ball bounces a fraction inside the boundary

14.6

Pathan to Shoaib Malik, OUT, caught! Malik tries to hit another one over midwicket but the ball is angling across him and he only gets a top edge that flies high in the air to Harbhajan at cover who takes a simple catch

Shoaib Malik c Harbhajan Singh b Pathan 20 (24m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

End of over 15 (7 runs) Pakistan 87/5 (55 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.80, RRR: 11.00)
     IK Pathan    4-1-20-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    19* (19b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-14-0

Pakistan now need 55 from 30 balls. Perhaps it's the right time for Shahid Afridi to come in. And here he is.

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, played to backward square leg for one more

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, fired in quickly to the blockhole, Afridi backs away and drives to long-on

15.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shahid Afridi, no run, Harbhajan fires in fast and full, Afridi tries to drive straight but hits it hard into the ground and back to Harbhajan

15.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shahid Afridi, no run, Afridi backs away but Harbhajan follows him with another yorker

15.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, Afridi makes room and lofts over cover, Karthik runs back and makes a despairing dive but he was never going to catch that

End of over 16 (6 runs) Pakistan 93/5 (49 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.81, RRR: 12.25)
Shahid Afridi    5* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-20-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    20* (20b 2x4)      IK Pathan    4-1-20-2

16.1

Agarkar to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good length ball outside the off stump, Misbah tries to cut but gets beaten

16.2

Agarkar to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, cut down to third man for a single

16.3

Agarkar to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, dropped! Afridi tried to pull a ball that wasn;t that short and skied the top edge, Agarkar stopped in his follow through, turned and went for the catch, Harbhajan was running towards it from mid-off but agarkar went for it and couldn't hold on, you can't afford to drop Afridi

16.4

Agarkar to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, smashed straight back over the bowler's head for four, awesome power

16.5

Agarkar to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, played past pint for a single

16.6

Agarkar to Shahid Afridi, no run, Afridi backs away and tries to smash it over the cover boundary but misses, the ball misses the stumps by very little

End of over 17 (7 runs) Pakistan 100/5 (42 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.88, RRR: 14.00)
Shahid Afridi    6* (7b)      AB Agarkar    3-0-18-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    26* (24b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-20-0

Pakistan need 42 from 18 deliveries. Surely only Afridi can take this match away from India. How costly will that drop prove?

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Harbhajan's not allowing the batsman to get under the ball, Misbah drives to long on

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, hit over the fielder at midwicket for a single, Afridi tried to make room but Harbhajan followed him

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 leg bye, played to short fine leg for one more

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shahid Afridi, OUT, caught! Afridi tries to blast another one out of the ground, it's a low full toss from Harbhajan and this time the top edge is safely held by Karthik at mid-off, crucial wicket this

Shahid Afridi c Karthik b Harbhajan Singh 7 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, flighted delivery on off stump, Misbah backs away and lofts cleanly back over the bowler's head, powerful shot

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, this time he picks out deep midwicket and lofts cleanly once again, he's picked the gap in the deep to perfection

End of over 18 (13 runs) Pakistan 113/6 (29 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.27, RRR: 14.50)
Misbah-ul-Haq    37* (28b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-32-1
Yasir Arafat    0* (0b)      AB Agarkar    3-0-18-1

29 from 12 - that's the equation. Can Misbah prove his critics wrong?

18.1

Agarkar to Yasir Arafat, FOUR, too short from Agarkar and that's pulled away to the midwicket boundary, that's the wrong length from Agarkar

18.2

Agarkar to Yasir Arafat, 2 runs, full ball outside the off stump, driven to Sehwag at deep cover, his throw is poor and the batsmen take two

18.3

Agarkar to Yasir Arafat, FOUR, length once again from Agarkar and he gets dispatched to the wide long-on boundary once again, that shot had a lot of power

18.4

Agarkar to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, Arafat throws his bat at it again, trying to hit Agarkar over cover but gets an outside edge to third man

18.5

Agarkar to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, clever shot, Misbah moves to the off side and chips a full ball over the fielder at short fine leg, Pakistan are on fire at the moment

18.6

Agarkar to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, full ball outside the off stump, driven to deep cover for two more, huge over for Pakistan, 17 from it

End of over 19 (17 runs) Pakistan 130/6 (12 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.84, RRR: 12.00)
Misbah-ul-Haq    43* (30b 5x4 1x6)      AB Agarkar    4-0-35-1
Yasir Arafat    11* (4b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-32-1

An expensive over at a crucial stage from Agarkar. Last over - 12 from 6 needed. And Sreesanth has the ball. Fine leg is in the circle.

19.1

Sreesanth to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, full ball outside the off stump, driven straight to Yuvraj at point, just the single

11 runs from five balls needed. Fine leg goes back to the boundary.

19.2

Sreesanth to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, length delivery outside the off stump, Misbah backs away and hammers the ball over cover, it bounces just inside the boundary, superb stuff from Misbah

7 needed off four now.

19.3

Sreesanth to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, full ball on middle stump, driven to long-on for a single but poor fielding allows the second

19.4

Sreesanth to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, full toss on off stump, mid-off was in the circle and Misbah drives past him, he brings up his fifty and the scores are level, superb innings

Just one run needed off two balls.

19.5

Sreesanth to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Misbah tries to cut but gets beaten

The field comes in, tension writ on Sreesanth's face.

19.6

Sreesanth to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, it's a tie! Misbah can't get it away and hits it towards cover, Yuvraj runs in, picks up the ball and throws it to the non-strikers end, Sreesanth whips off the bails with Misbah well short of his crease, delirious scenes at Kingsmead

Misbah-ul-Haq run out 53 (46m 35b 7x4 1x6) SR: 151.42

It's been a fantastic Twenty20 match. The pitch wasn't your usual featherbed and it had plenty for the bowlers. Mohammad Asif, the Man of the Match, was splendid and his 4 for 18 rattled the Indian top-order. Uthappa scored a plucky half-century and a late flourish from Pathan and Dhoni took India to 141 for 9.

Pakistan's chase started well but soon went off the rails and when Afridi was dismissed it looked like India had the match wrapped up. Irfan Pathan took 2 for 20 in his comeback match and Harbhajan bowled an excellent spell as well until his final over. Arafat and Misbah, however, hammered boundaries at will during the last three overs but couldn't score 1 off the last two balls. The match ended in a tie after Misbah was run-out and then India prevailed 3-0 in a bowl-out.

Both India and Pakistan qualify for the Super Eights, India with three points and Pakistan with two.

It's been heart-stopping stuff and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. That's it from us at Cricinfo for today. This is George Binoy signing off, cheers!

Bowl out

What a match it has been. Pakistan clawed back in the last three overs and the match will now be decided by a bowl out. Each team will nominate five players who will bowl at a set of stumps over 22 yards. Each team will have alternate attempts at hitting the stumps and the team with the most hits wins. it's like a penalty shoot-out in foot ball. In case there's a tie after the first round, the same five bowlers will have to have another go.

Shoaib Malik has won the toss and he has asked India to have the first go. Both teams are out there practising hitting the stumps.

How hard can it be to hit three stumps without a batsman in front of them? We'll soon find out.

India have nominated Sehwag, Uthappa, Sreesanth, Pathan and Harbhajan. It will be Gul, Tanvir, Arafat, Afridi and Asif for Pakistan.

Round 1 Sehwag is up first for India. Dhoni waits behind the stumps. Sehwag has a big grin on his face. Sehwag runs in, bowls flat and fast and hits the stumps.

Arafat gets ready for his turn. He bowls a full toss that misses off stump.

India lead 1-0 after the first round.

Round 2

Harbhajan bowls quick and straight and hits. He's delighted and celebrates like he's taken a wicket, or scored a penalty.

Gul runs in off a short run up and also misses the stumps. The Indians love it.

India lead 2-0 after the second round. Massive pressure on Pakistan.

Round 3

Robin Uthappa runs in, bowls seam up and knocks the stumps over. He takes off his cap and bows to the crowd.

Pakistan have to hit the stumps with all their three remaining chances to stay in the bowl-out. If India hit one more time, they will win.

Here comes Afridi and he fires it down leg side! India have won the bowl-out 3-0.

Amazing scenes at Kingsmead. It was like a football shootout and the Indians are celebrating fittingly. They won the match 3-0 through a bowl-out after the proper match ended in a thrilling tie!

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Pakistan and India have both qualified for the Super Eights.

End of over 20 (11 runs) Pakistan 141/7 (1 run required)
     S Sreesanth    4-0-29-0
Yasir Arafat    12* (5b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    4-0-35-1
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Sep 14, 2007

Robin Uthappa takes a bow, India v Pakistan, Group D, ICC World Twenty20, Durban, September 14, 2007

Robin Uthappa takes a bow

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Mohammad Asif cleans up Virender Sehwag, India v Pakistan, Group D, ICC World Twenty20, Durban, September 14, 2007

Mohammad Asif cleans up Virender Sehwag

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