ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - Final

India v Pakistan

India won by 5 runs

11.1

Umar Gul to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, short of a length and well down the leg side, Yuvraj tries to heave it over long-leg and misses, through to the keeper, wide called. Not the best start from Gul

11.1

Umar Gul to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, overpitched and on the leg side, Yuvraj walks into that one and flicks the ball through square-leg

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   Umar Gul 1-0-7-0

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

13.3

Umar Gul to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Gone! That's the big one for Pakistan. Yuvraj, who was a bit quiet against the spinners targets Umar Gul. Yuvraj goes for a big pull to a ball that's banged in about halfway down the pitcth. The ball gets a bit big on the batsman and takes the top edge and goes straight up in the air. Gul takes no chances, calls the catch his own and settles comfortably under it. That's a huge wicket for Pakistan in this big final

Yuvraj Singh c & b Umar Gul 14 (28m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.68

13.4

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

13.5

Umar Gul to Dhoni, no run, short of a length and outside the off, decent pace as well, cut played and missed, through to the keeper

13.6

Umar Gul to Dhoni, 1 run, low full-toss on the pads, Dhoni drives down the pitch but can't get hold of it

India 105/3   Umar Gul 2-0-14-1

15.1

Umar Gul to Dhoni, 1 no ball, beamer fired in, bang on target as well, Dhoni dives out of the way, no-ball called immediately as Gul apologises

15.1

Umar Gul to Dhoni, no run, short one banged in, good pace on the ball, the angle comes in to Dhoni as well and he does well just to sway out of the way. Excellent bowling this from Gul

15.2

Umar Gul to Dhoni, OUT, Gul on fire! Another big, big wicket for Pakistan as Dhoni has an almighty heave at a full ball and does not quite make contact. The ball is coming in with the angle and homing in on the stumps. If Dhoni had connected that was going out of the ground. As it happens the stumps are shattered and it is Dhoni who has to leave the playing arena

MS Dhoni b Umar Gul 6 (9m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

15.3

Umar Gul to Sharma, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, played down to third-man with an angled bat

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

15.5

Umar Gul to Sharma, no run, very well-directed yorker, homing in on the toes, all the batsman can do is dig the ball out and protect his wicket

15.6

Umar Gul to Sharma, 1 run, another yorker. Gul sending them down at will here. Again the ball is just about squeezed out. Not too much you can do with that as a batsman.

India 114/4   Umar Gul 3-0-18-2

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

17.2

Umar Gul to Sharma, 1 run, short of a good length and outside the off, played down to the fielder at third-man and once again just a single

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

17.5

Umar Gul to Sharma, 1 run, fullish and on the off, Rohit gives himself a bit of room and drives this through cover. There is a fielder on the ropes.

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   Umar Gul 4-0-28-3
Tournament Results
India v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Sep 24, 2007
India won by 5 runs
Australia v India at Durban - Sep 22, 2007
India won by 15 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Cape Town - Sep 22, 2007
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
South Africa v India at Durban - Sep 20, 2007
India won by 37 runs
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Cape Town - Sep 20, 2007
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Cape Town - Sep 20, 2007
Australia won by 10 wickets (with 58 balls remaining)
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Photos

Sep 24, 2007

The winning moment - Misbah-ul-Haq rues his luck as the Indians celebrate, India v Pakistan, ICC World Twenty20 final, Johannesburg, September 24, 2007

The winning moment - Misbah-ul-Haq rues his luck as the Indians celebrate

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Sep 24, 2007

The winning moment - Misbah-ul-Haq rues his luck as the Indians celebrate, India v Pakistan, ICC World Twenty20 final, Johannesburg, September 24, 2007

The winning moment - Misbah-ul-Haq rues his luck as the Indians celebrate

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