Player of the Match
Player of the Match
171dThe Report by Siddhartha Talya

Malik and Hafeez guide Pakistan to victory

Two of Pakistan's experienced hands guided them to victory in their first game in almost three months, and their first bilateral tour of India in five years

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez
61(44) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
3 1 8 3 7 12 3 24
Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik
57(50) 3x4 - 3x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
3 8 1 12 2 0 18 13

Best performances - Bowlers

B Kumar
B Kumar
O4
M0
R9
W3
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Umar Gul
O3
M0
R21
W3
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Pakistan led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00

Match days

25 December 2012 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Abhishek Purohit

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

19.4
6
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
19.3
1
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

19.2
2
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

19.1
1lb
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:
19 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 124/5 (10 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.52, RRR: 10.00)

  • Shoaib Malik51 (48b)
  • Shahid Afridi0 (0b)
  • Ashok Dinda4-0-26-1
  • Ishant Sharma4-0-23-1
18.6
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

18.5
W
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

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Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2Nasir JamshedAhmed Shehzad
2nd9Mohammad HafeezAhmed Shehzad
3rd1Mohammad HafeezUmar Akmal
4th106Shoaib MalikMohammad Hafeez
5th5Shoaib MalikKamran Akmal
6th11Shahid AfridiShoaib Malik