ICC World Twenty20, Final: India v Pakistan at Johannesburg, Sep 24, 2007
India won by 5 runs
Played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (neutral venue)
24 September 2007 (20-over match)
0.1

Mohammad Asif to Gambhir, 1 run, oh would you believe it? Gambhir pushes a full delivery gently into the covers, there's some indecisiveness in the call, Gambhir then harries down and Pathan's struggling to make his ground, he flings himself and his bat forward as a good throw comes in to Kamran Akmal, and replays show he's just! Whew that was a dicy start to the innings

0.3

Mohammad Asif to Gambhir, 1 run, full on middle and off, tucked towards Gul at mid-on for a single

0.6

Mohammad Asif to Gambhir, 1 wide, full and well down leg stump, Gambhir goes for the flick but misses

0.6

Mohammad Asif to Gambhir, no run, down leg again, this time he gets a tickle on it but cant beat short fine leg

India 13/0   G Gambhir 2* (3b)
1.2

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 wide, very wide down leg stump, Gambhir watches it go to Akmal

1.2

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, FOUR, full down leg again and this time Gambhir flicks it well for four

1.3

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, no run, another ball down leg stump, Gambhir makes contact but cant beat Akmal

1.4

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, comes in sharply but Gambhir tucks it fine for a single to bring Pathan back on strike

India 20/0   G Gambhir 7* (6b 1x4)
2.1

Mohammad Asif to Gambhir, no run, full, no real pace on it, Gambhir comes forward and steers it to backward point where Hafeez runs in and fields

2.2

Mohammad Asif to Gambhir, 1 run, half-volley outside off stump, pushed to Malik at mid-off for a single

2.5

Mohammad Asif to Gambhir, no run, full down leg stump, clipping Gambhir's boot as he tries to flick, Akmal takes it and appeals very loudly

2.6

Mohammad Asif to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length, still no threatening pace, Gambhir tucks it to midwicket

India 26/1   G Gambhir 9* (10b 1x4)
3.1

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, full down leg stump, flicked down to Asif on the boundary

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, full delivery, speared into leg stump, Gambhir manages to flick it into midwicket for another single, brushing into Tanvir as he runs

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, Gambhir tucks it to midwicket and Uthappa's eager on the single, they get it very easily too

India 31/1   G Gambhir 12* (13b 1x4)
4.4

Mohammad Asif to Gambhir, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, tucked to backward square leg for one more

India 39/1   G Gambhir 13* (14b 1x4)
5.1

Sohail Tanvir to Gambhir, 1 run, good slower ball, full on off stump, pushed uneasily into the covers

India 40/1   G Gambhir 14* (15b 1x4)
6.1

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 2 runs, looped up full on leg stump, flicked wide of square leg for a couple

6.2

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, no run, quick and wide, Gambhir goes for the dab but misses

6.3

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, full again, middle and leg, flicked to Nazir who's back on the circle

6.5

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, no run, short and wide, Gambhir gets back and cuts hard but cant beat Asif at extra cover

6.6

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, wide one again, cut hard between short third man and backward point, calls for the run, theres hesitation and he's struggling but the throw back to the bowler's just off and he makes it

India 45/2   G Gambhir 18* (20b 1x4)
7.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, no run, tossed up wide, Gambhir flings the bat at but cant make contact

7.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, FOUR, but theres contact on that one, as Gambhir cuts another wide delivery between point for four

7.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, no run, short on off stump, he gets into shape to pull but hits it into his feet, very close to leg stumps

7.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, 1 run, tossed up on a good length, Gambhir leans forward and pushes into the covers for the single that raises India's 50

India 50/2   G Gambhir 23* (24b 2x4)
8.1

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, width outside off stump, quick ball, cut down to third man

8.3

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, FOUR, fizzed up on middle and leg, Gambhir uses the feet and flicks, and his timing's perfect as the ball speeds across the fast outfield

8.4

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 run, hold back the length this time, Gambhir drives out to deep cover for one

India 57/2   G Gambhir 29* (27b 3x4)
9.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, FOUR, tossed up, wide, Gambhir uses the feet and drives this wonderfully through the gap at cover, he looks the better batsman against spin

9.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, 2 runs, short and wide, he gets over it and cuts well, both point and backward point get confused and dont know which will field and end up allowing two

9.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, no run, a bit of width again, he cuts but cant beat backward point this time

9.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, FOUR, good shot! Gambhir gets his front leg forward and creams a tossed up delivery on the up and gets it past a lacklustre mid-off, again the ball fairly races away

India 69/2   G Gambhir 39* (31b 5x4)
10.3

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, flatter one down leg stump, paddled for one

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, SIX, good shot! Gambhir steps down and heaves this away over cow corner for six!

India 82/2   G Gambhir 45* (33b 5x4 1x6)
11.2

Umar Gul to Gambhir, no run, just short of a driving length and on the off, Gul coming around the wicket now, this one pitches and straightens a touch, defended to point

11.3

Umar Gul to Gambhir, no run, short of a good length and on the stumps, Gambhir launches into the pull but is late on the shot and can only bottom edge the ball back down into the pitch

11.4

Umar Gul to Gambhir, no run, quick yorker on the leg stump, Gambhir can only get his feet out of the way and dig the ball out. After beginning with a wide Gul has pulled things back well in this over

11.5

Umar Gul to Gambhir, FOUR, short of a length and outside the off, a bit too much width on offer and Gambhir lays into it, slashing the ball over point and finding the gap.

11.6

Umar Gul to Gambhir, 1 run, full and outside the off, Gambhir opens the face of the bat and runs the ball past point to pick up a single that will take him to a half-century in the final of this ICC World Twenty20. Very significant knock from Gambhir who has more than 200 runs in the tournament

India 89/2   G Gambhir 50* (38b 6x4 1x6)
12.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, 1 run, just short of a length and on the middle and leg, Gambhir comes down the pitch and drives awkwardly towards long-on

12.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir comes down the pitch, takes the ball on the full and drives inside out through cover. That is a clever shot from a batsman in form.

12.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Gambhir, 1 run, another little shimmy down the pitch, chipped over the infield down towards long-off

India 96/2   G Gambhir 56* (41b 7x4 1x6)
13.1

Umar Gul to Gambhir, FOUR, very full and a touch too straight, Gambhir frees his front leg and powers this one through midwicket. Top shot. Gambhir really picking his spots here.

13.2

Umar Gul to Gambhir, 1 run, low full-toss outside the off stump, driven inside out through cover

13.4

Umar Gul to Gambhir, 1 run, full-toss on the pads, swatted to the leg side

India 104/3   G Gambhir 62* (44b 8x4 1x6)
14.6

Shahid Afridi to Gambhir, no run, full and on the stumps, defended back down the pitch to the bowler

India 110/3   G Gambhir 62* (45b 8x4 1x6)
15.4

Umar Gul to Gambhir, 1 run, low full-toss on the stumps, clipped to the on side for a single. India need more than singles now but they're losing wickets at regular intervals

India 113/4   G Gambhir 63* (46b 8x4 1x6)
16.2

Yasir Arafat to Gambhir, 2 runs, full and outside the off, Gambhir opens the face of the bat and runs the ball through point

16.3

Yasir Arafat to Gambhir, no run, very full and on the leg stump, defended back down the pitch

16.4

Yasir Arafat to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball, short and a bit of width, cut over the infield towards the sweeper on the off side

16.6

Yasir Arafat to Gambhir, 1 run, another heave over the leg side, no real contact. thick inside edge down towards square-leg

India 120/4   G Gambhir 67* (50b 8x4 1x6)
17.1

Umar Gul to Gambhir, 1 run, quick swinging ball on the off stump, skewed away off the leading edge to the off side

17.3

Umar Gul to Gambhir, SIX, Release! Gambhir lines this one up and hits it baseball style over the leg side. That's off the meat of the bat. Powerful drive over the leg side and the ball thuds into the scoreboard!

17.4

Umar Gul to Gambhir, 1 run, low full-toss on the off, attempted yorker, nurdled to the leg side

17.6

Umar Gul to Gambhir, OUT, Another! low full-toss on the pads, another attempted yorker. Gambhir anticipates the length and plays the paddle sweep. The ball flies to Mohammad Asif at short fine-leg and he takes a sharp catch. India's topscorer is gone and this innings is fast losing momentum

G Gambhir c Mohammad Asif b Umar Gul 75 (76m 54b 8x4 2x6) SR: 138.88

India 130/5   G Gambhir 75 (54b 8x4 2x6)
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