1st T20I (N), Bengaluru, Dec 25 2012, Pakistan tour of India
(19.4/20 ov, target 134)
Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
PAK Innings
Full commentary

Electric start to the tour. Here is Siddhartha Talya's match report for you to read on your way out. Second T20 is in Ahmedabad on Friday. Join us then. Abhishek Purohit signing off.

Mohammad Hafeez, also the Man of the Match: "It is a great effort, we wanted to do well at the start of the series. Irfan was the surprise package for us and everybody. We knew that we had a good attack. We knew that Gul is always good with the old ball, they restricted India where we wanted them to. Once the spinners came on after the new ball, we knew we had a chance, we took a risk at the right time. It is a gift for the whole nation, it is Quaid day back home."

MS Dhoni: "If we would have got more runs ... We got a good start, fantastic effort by the openers, we kept losing wickets after that, 10 or 15 more runs we should have got easily. 145 would have been a safe score. But you have to pitch it up, not bowl short. That gamble was done three or four overs before that [on not having a fast bowler for the last over]. At that time, Pakistan were scoring at a high pace, we had to take that gamble."

What a match. What drama. Collapses, fightbacks, flare-ups, tension. India v Pakistan. You have been missed. Old Pakistan and old India on display today. India from 77 for 1 to 124 for 9, Pakistan from 12 for 3 to victory. The captain Mohammad Hafeez setting the tone for the tour with a refreshing breeze of an innings, and Shoaib Malik coming good against his favourite opposition yet again

Shoaib Malik: "We were struggling when the debutant bowler, I don't remember his name, took those early wickets, Hafeez played a brilliant innings. You are playing against India, pressure is always there, but you have to play according to the situation. [When asked whether one member of his family won't be happy] I scored runs, obviously everyone will be happy."

Mazher Arshad is around: "Shoaib Malik's first international 50 since getting married. And he has just chosen the right opposition to bring it on."

Paras: "Indian fast bowlers - 12-0-58-5, Indian part timers - 7.4-0-75-0,

Says it all, doesn't it?" Sigh, Paras, yes, it does, for probably the zillionth time. Dhoni packing the side with batsmen, and paying for it double, they didn't get the runs, and he didn't have the bowlers

SB: "Its not everyday that the man of the match sleeps on the couch!" The lot of married men

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, SIX runs
Shoaib Malik has done it for Pakistan, he;s wound up and deposited a length delivery from outside off just in front of the sightscreen
Jadeja to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
heave, miss, ball rolls off Afridi to the off side, Dhoni after it, single taken

Dhoni runs to have a chat with his bowler

Jadeja to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs
low full toss, Afridi gives it the Afridi heave, does not get hold of it, comes back even as the throw comes in from deep midwicket

Make or break, just the way Boom Boom likes it

Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, 1 leg bye
he steps out down the track, Jadeja fires it in, hit on the pads, they take the leg bye

Ten needed off the last over. Who will it be? MS turns to Jadeja, oh ho

Wavi: "I have a weak heart, I cant take this non stop drama.."

Daniel: "Morgan,Guptill.. who's turn now?"

end of over 194 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 124/5CRR: 6.52 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 10 runs from 6b
Shoaib Malik51 (48)
Shahid Afridi0 (0)
Ashok Dinda4-0-26-1
Ishant Sharma4-0-23-1
Dinda to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
Dinda finds the blockhole outside off stump, squeezed out behind point, Jadeja pounces on the ball

Enter Boom Boom

Dinda to Kamran Akmal, OUT
what's happening to Pakistan, Kamran has made room and stabbed a full delivery straight to Ishant at third man, the fast bowler takes it and throws it into the ground, shouting out stuff that would make Virat Kohli proud
Kamran Akmal c I Sharma b Dinda 1 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66
Dinda to Kamran Akmal, no run
banged in short and wide outside off, not called a no-ball for height this time
Dinda to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
low full toss slogged to long on, and that is fifty for Shoaib Malik
Dinda to Kamran Akmal, 1 run
driven to sweeper cover
Dinda to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
full toss squeezed out to point, throw is wide at the non-striker's
end of over 182 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 120/4CRR: 6.66 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 14 runs from 12b
Kamran Akmal0 (3)
Shoaib Malik48 (45)
Ishant Sharma4-0-23-1
Ashok Dinda3-0-22-0
I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, no run
played out to midwicket
I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, no run
and next ball Kamran has a blind charge and heave, only to get beaten again

Hello, hello, things have heated up too much now, Ishant and Kamran standing inches apart from each other, shouting out sweet nothings, Suresh Raina comes in, the umpires too, Ishant steps back, then walks upto Kamran again, sorted out in the end, for now

I Sharma to Kamran Akmal, no run
Ishant beats Kamran now with one that is angled in, he pushes outside the line, and the ball goes past leg stump
I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, (no ball) 1 run
top catch from Jadeja, whatever he might be, but he is a world-class fielder, short and wide working for Ishant again, for some reason Malik has started playing wild shots, gets in the air to upper cut, Jadeja runs back from point to take it as it comes down at his head, but the height has saved Malik, he was in the air as he played that stroke, and the ball was at the top of his head, third umpire deems it to a no-ball for height
I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, no run
beaten once again, Ishant getting it to move away from just outside off stump, Malik driving quite loosely
I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, no run
beaten, pitched up outside off stump, past the outside edge on the push
I Sharma to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT
short and wide outside off stump, and Hafeez has upper-cut it straight to third man
Mohammad Hafeez c Kumar b I Sharma 61 (70m 44b 6x4 2x6) SR: 138.63

Mazher Arshad: "106 - Highest 4th wicket partnership for Pakistan in T20 Cricket. Previous best, 101, between Shoaib Malik and Younis Khan against Sri Lanka at Johannebsurg 2007."

What a partnership this has been. Pakistan were 12 for 3, Seems like another age now

end of over 178 runs
PAK: 118/3CRR: 6.94 • RRR: 5.33 • Need 16 runs from 18b
Shoaib Malik47 (42)
Mohammad Hafeez61 (43)
Ashok Dinda3-0-22-0
Ishant Sharma3-0-21-0
Dinda to Shoaib Malik, no run
pitched up, driven, straight to extra cover
Dinda to Shoaib Malik, FOUR runs
Dinda bangs it in short, Malik swings at it, top edge goes screaming a few bounces into the fine leg rope
Dinda to Shoaib Malik, no run
one beats the outside edge after a long time, late away movement, luring him into the drive
Dinda to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs
he's pulled well, short ball, rising high, he gets on top of it and swivels vigorously to hit it over midwicket
Dinda to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs
they are going for almost everything now, length ball around off, Malik swings hard at it, gets it over the bowler, diving stop down the ground