ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICC World Twenty20 - Final

India v Pakistan

India won by 5 runs

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the final of the ICC World Twenty20.

It's India versus Pakistan and no-one could have scripted a bigger finish to this tournament.

I'm Anand Vasu and I'll be your commentator for this game, along with Jamie Alter.

The early news concerns the two teams. Virender Sehwag has not recovered from his groin injury and will have to miss this game. He is replaced by Yusuf Pathan.

Pakistan have also made one change, bringing in Yasir Arafat in place of Fawad Alam.

Our man at the ground is S Rajesh and he says: "The atmosphere is building up, and the support for India is much more than for Pakistan at the moment."

Rajesh is hard at work but he tells us: "It's a pretty hot day here, and there are already queues at the beer counters"

The pitch looks absolutely flat, and everything points towards an absolute run-feast.

"Plenty of locals at the ground too, even though South Africa are not playing today," says Rajesh. "I guess it shows the appeal of Twenty20 cricket - it's much easier to be a neutral fan here. There are still some empty seats around, but today being a national holiday - it's National Heritage Day - the ground should fill up pretty soon"

The two captains are now walking out for the toss.

Dhoni calls heads and it is a head. India have won the toss and chosen to bat against Pakistan.

Dhoni says that Sehwag still has a groin niggle and will be replaced by Yusuf Pathan the all-rounder. He says India will stick to their strategy of batting first and putting a good score on the board. Dhoni thinks 180 is a good score.

Shoaib Malik, for his part, says he's not too disappointed at losing the toss. He would have bowled first in any case. His aim is to keep India down to 150-160.

The cheerleaders have now lined up on the field and are doing a bit of a routine with Indian and Pakistani flags. All 32 of the dancers are out in the middle at one go.

And now, with the action set to begin shortly, this is Anand Vasu handing you over to the able hands of Jamie Alter to start the commentary of the final of this ICC World Twenty20.

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Thanks, Anand. Hello, everyone. Both teams just lining up for their respective national anthems. Crowds cheering. Great scenes at Jo'burg.

Dhoni leads India out first. Crowd goes berserk. And now it's Malik's turn to lead Pakistan out. Equally loud shouts from the crowd. Both teams stand face-to-face as matters prepare to get underway. Its India's national anthem first, followed by Pakistan's.

The two umpires, Simon Taufel and Mark Benson, punch fists as they make their way out to the middle. Lovely weather, by the way.

Pakistan take their places in the field as the Indian openers, Yusuf Pathan and Gautam Gambhir, walk out. Gambhir will face first. Mohammad Asif will do duty with the new ball. One slip in place.

Taufel says 'play!'

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

0.2

Mohammad Asif to YK Pathan, 1 run, good length delivery on leg stump, clips Pathan on the pad, very high, and rolls towards point as Gambhir calls for the single

0.3

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

No real pace at all from Asif yet, just looseners

0.4

Mohammad Asif to YK Pathan, SIX, hello, thats gone! Great way to get your international career off to a start! Pathan stands his ground and clubs a length delivery straight back down the ground for half a dozen!

0.5

Mohammad Asif to YK Pathan, 3 runs, full toss this time, which he clips through mid-on for a well-run three

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

End of over 1 (13 runs) India 13/0 (RR: 13.00)
G Gambhir    2* (3b)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-13-0
YK Pathan    10* (3b 1x6)     

Here's Sohail Tanvir, left-arm over the stumps

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to YK Pathan, 1 run, full delivery on off stump, dug out to cover by Pathan

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

Malik brings Asif down to the ropes at fine leg, third man comes up

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

1.5

Sohail Tanvir to YK Pathan, no run, great length, pitching and angling across Pathan at a good height, beating him as he pokes at it off the front foot

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to YK Pathan, no run, good length again, no width on offer, and Pathan pushes to point

End of over 2 (7 runs) India 20/0 (RR: 10.00)
YK Pathan    11* (6b 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-7-0
G Gambhir    7* (6b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    1-0-13-0

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

2.3

Mohammad Asif to YK Pathan, FOUR, loose ball, very wide and Pathan cracks it through point for four

2.4

Mohammad Asif to YK Pathan, OUT, gone this time! Pathan tries to pull a short delivery over midwicket but miscues it up in the air for mid-on to run back, keep his eyes on it under the sun, and pouch a simple enough catch

YK Pathan c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Asif 15 (12m 8b 1x4 1x6) SR: 187.50

Asif gets the breakthrough, bowling at just a gentle medium-pace at this stage of the game.

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

Successful over for Pakistan

End of over 3 (6 runs) India 26/1 (RR: 8.66)
G Gambhir    9* (10b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-19-1
RV Uthappa    0* (0b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-7-0

Fine leg drops back again

3.1

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

Here's Robin Uthappa

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to Uthappa, 1 run, full delivery, steered down to Asif at third man for one to get off the mark

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

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to Uthappa, 1 run, good length delivery outside off stump, defended to cover for a sharp single

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

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to Uthappa, 1 wide, short of a length, going away, Uthappa chases it and gets beaten by the bounce, wide signalled by the umpire

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to Uthappa, 1 run, good length outside off stump, Uthappa gets onto the front foot and just pushes it very so softly in front of cover and calls for the sharp single

End of over 4 (7 runs) India 33/1 (RR: 8.25)
RV Uthappa    3* (3b)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-14-0
G Gambhir    12* (13b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    2-0-19-1

4.1

Mohammad Asif to Uthappa, no run, good length, tidy delivery, no movement, Uthappa defends with an inside-edge

4.2

Mohammad Asif to Uthappa, FOUR, safe hit, Uthappa seeing the length of a fuller delivery and driving it hard and over mid-off's head, just playing through the line and picking his spot

4.3

Mohammad Asif to Uthappa, 1 run, good length outside off, again he uses the soft hands to dab into the covers and calls for the run

4.4

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

4.5

Mohammad Asif to Uthappa, no run, short delivery, kicking off the surface outside off, Uthappa commits himself to the front foot and gets beaten by the extra bounce

4.6

Mohammad Asif to Uthappa, no run, bouncer this time, forcing Uthappa down as he lets it pass safely

End of over 5 (6 runs) India 39/1 (RR: 7.80)
RV Uthappa    8* (8b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-25-1
G Gambhir    13* (14b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-14-0

5.1

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

5.2

Sohail Tanvir to Uthappa, no run, back of a length outside off stump, steered to Hafeez at backward point

5.3

Sohail Tanvir to Uthappa, no run, good length, pushed into the covers, quick work there cuts off the single

5.4

Sohail Tanvir to Uthappa, OUT, another one goes! Uthappa tries to hit this one over the infield but totally mistimes it, lobbing it up into the air and Afridi doesnt have to move an inch at extra cover to hold the simplest of catches

RV Uthappa c Shahid Afridi b Sohail Tanvir 8 (13m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

Here's Yuvraj Singh

5.5

Sohail Tanvir to Yuvraj Singh, no run, low full toss first-up, surprises him, he tucks it Younis at midwicket

5.6

Sohail Tanvir to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length, width, but Yuvraj crunches it to point

End of over 6 (1 run) India 40/2 (RR: 6.66)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (2b)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-15-1
G Gambhir    14* (15b 1x4)      Mohammad Asif    3-0-25-1

Into the attack comes Afridi

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

6.4

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short of a length and Yuvraj chops it to short third man for one

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

End of over 7 (5 runs) India 45/2 (RR: 6.42)
G Gambhir    18* (20b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0
Yuvraj Singh    1* (3b)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-15-1

Hafeez comes on as Malik opts for spin from both ends

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

7.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flatter delivery outside off stump, driven off the backfoot to extra cover

7.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flatter and fuller, he looks to on-drive but mistimes the shot, Hafeez moves across and fields

End of over 8 (5 runs) India 50/2 (RR: 6.25)
Yuvraj Singh    1* (5b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    23* (24b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-5-0

8.1

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

8.2

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fuller delivery, Yuvraj drives, taking one hand off the bat, but gets one to mid-off

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

8.5

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up wide, Yuvraj stands and chases it, gets beaten

8.6

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, quicker delivery, back of a length on middle and leg, tucked to midwicket for one

End of over 9 (8 runs) India 58/2 (RR: 6.44)
Yuvraj Singh    3* (8b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-13-0
G Gambhir    29* (27b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-5-0

9.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up, almost a low full toss, which he drives straight to cover

9.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, holds back the length, Yuvraj plays across the line but mistimes it to square leg

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

End of over 10 (11 runs) India 69/2 (RR: 6.90)
G Gambhir    39* (31b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-16-0
Yuvraj Singh    4* (10b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-13-0

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up gently on off stump, Yuvraj looks to work it fine but gets beaten in the length, ends up pushing back to Afridi

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tossed up again, leg stump, tucked fine to square leg for one

10.3

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

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, tossed up and Yuvraj clubs it over mid-off, good shot

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, width and he steers it to gully for one

10.6

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

And now its over to Anand Vasu till the end of the innings.

End of over 11 (13 runs) India 82/2 (RR: 7.45)
G Gambhir    45* (33b 5x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-25-0
Yuvraj Singh    10* (14b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-16-0

Thanks Jamie. With the change in the commentary there's a change in bowling as well with Umar Gul coming into the attack.

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

End of over 12 (7 runs) India 89/2 (RR: 7.41)
G Gambhir    50* (38b 6x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    1-0-7-0
Yuvraj Singh    11* (15b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-25-0

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

12.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, low full-toss on the stumps, Yuvraj tries to hit it really hard over the leg side but doesn't get hold of it

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

12.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fired in on the pads, Yuvraj can only drive back to the bowler

12.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, fullish and outside the off, driven inside out through cover

End of over 13 (9 runs) India 98/2 (RR: 7.53)
Yuvraj Singh    14* (18b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-25-0
G Gambhir    56* (41b 7x4 1x6)      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

End of over 14 (7 runs) India 105/3 (RR: 7.50)
MS Dhoni    1* (2b)      Umar Gul    2-0-14-1
G Gambhir    62* (44b 8x4 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-25-0

14.1

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 2 runs, fullish and on the off, driven to the on side, it's played softly enough for the batsmen to come back for a second

14.2

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run, another quick, flat one from Afridi, can't get it away at all

14.3

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 2 runs, full and on the pads, worked away down to long-on, diving save from Asif

14.4

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run

14.5

Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, slightly short and on the off, dragged to the leg side for a single

14.6

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

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 110/3 (RR: 7.33)
G Gambhir    62* (45b 8x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-30-0
MS Dhoni    6* (7b)      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.

End of over 16 (4 runs) India 114/4 (RR: 7.12)
RG Sharma    2* (3b)      Umar Gul    3-0-18-2
G Gambhir    63* (46b 8x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-30-0

16.1

Yasir Arafat to Sharma, 1 run, full and on the pads, clipped through the on side. Pakistan's bowlers all going for yorkers here

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

16.5

Yasir Arafat to Sharma, 1 run, low full-toss on the pads, whipped through the on 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

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 120/4 (RR: 7.05)
G Gambhir    67* (50b 8x4 1x6)      Yasir Arafat    1-0-6-0
RG Sharma    4* (5b)      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

End of over 18 (10 runs) India 130/5 (RR: 7.22)
     Umar Gul    4-0-28-3
RG Sharma    6* (7b)      Yasir Arafat    1-0-6-0

18.1

Yasir Arafat to Sharma, FOUR, full-toss, it's quite high though, slogged away through midwicket. Welcome boundary for India

18.2

Yasir Arafat to Sharma, FOUR, another full-toss, his one homing in on Rohit. He moves to leg, opens the face of the bat and chops the ball down past short third-man. Quality shot this.

18.3

Yasir Arafat to Sharma, 2 runs, yorker jammed in on the pads, dug out to the vacant mid-on region and there'll be runs here

18.4

Yasir Arafat to Sharma, 1 run, full and on the pads, Rohit gives himself some space to free his arms and drives through midwicket

18.5

Yasir Arafat to IK Pathan, no run, yorker jammed in on the pads from around the stumps, all Irfan can do is defend this back to the bowler

18.6

Yasir Arafat to IK Pathan, 2 runs, full-toss just outside the off, driven inside out through cover for a couple more. Just one over left now and you have to think India are a bit short of what they would have liked from this innings after winning the toss and choosing to bat

End of over 19 (13 runs) India 143/5 (RR: 7.52)
IK Pathan    2* (2b)      Yasir Arafat    2-0-19-0
RG Sharma    17* (11b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-28-3

Sohail Tanveer to bowl the last over

19.1

Sohail Tanvir to Sharma, 2 runs, low full-toss on the stumps, driven inside out over the fielder at cover, couple of runs more to the total but no boundary

19.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sharma, SIX, slower ball, on the stumps, Rohit waits on the ball and hits it to midwicket. Hafeez is there and should take it ... No! He gets hands to it but ends up palming the ball over the ropes

19.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sharma, 1 run, fullish and on the stumps, dug out to the leg side

19.4

Sohail Tanvir to IK Pathan, 1 run, full and on the off, big swing, off a thick inside edge down towards square-leg

19.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sharma, 2 runs, fullish and outside the off, Rohit walks across and tries to lap the ball of the man at short fine-leg. Off a leading edge towards third-man

19.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sharma, 2 runs, full-toss on the pads, Rohit comes down the pitch and slaps that back down the ground. A couple of bounces and to long-on as India end on 157

Pakistan's bowlers have done a tremendous job in the first half of this game. India have been kept down to 157 but at least they have some runs on the board. Gul with 3 for 28 from 4 overs was the best bowlers on the day.

Now it's over to India's bowlers and Pakistan's batsmen. The action will resume in about ten minutes and it will be Jamie Alter to call the beginning of the game for you.

End of over 20 (14 runs) India 157/5
RG Sharma    30* (16b 2x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    4-0-29-1
IK Pathan    3* (3b)      Yasir Arafat    2-0-19-0
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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

Joy and sorrow: Indians celebrate while Misbah-ul-Haq is left to ponder what could have been, India v Pakistan, ICC World Twenty20 final, Johannesburg, September 24, 2007

Indians celebrate while Misbah-ul-Haq is left to ponder what could have been

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