10.05 pm Pakistan did extremely well to blunt India's batting line-up but then almost made a hash of the chase against the spinners. But Hafeez and Maqsood were just what the doctor ordered and even as wickets tumbled in the end, Shahid Afridi has scripted another nail-biting chapter into his legend. That is all we have for you on commentary, but do stick around for the post-match pieces that would be flying in soon. This is Alagappan Muthu, signing off
Mohammad Hafeez is the Man of the Match The way Pakistan won it pleased him. The management says they wanted him to be No.3 and he's happy to be performing. Whenever there is a left-hander, he is happy to bowl. The captain asks him and he is happy to deliver. he had a chat with Maqsood about playing normally because the run-rate was not too daunting. And then Shahid Afridi finished it in the end. Want to dedicate the victory to the Pakistan people
Misbah-ul-Haq says it was a really important win and he's very happy because Pakistan played really well under pressure. He knows they have a label of being bad chaserst but Hafeez and Maqsood did well and Afridi finished it for us perfectly. We knew there was a dew and we just wanted to keep ourselves in the game. I'd be happy to keep getting out if Pakistan win. We are not looking ahead to the final yet, just taking one game at a time
10.00 pm Not letting them get used to one bowler was the idea says Virat Kohli. The guys put in a good effort after a modset total. Mishra was getting it to turn and I kept him for the end. Ashwin was confident of bowling in the death as well. It could have gone either way, but he thinks India were 20-30 runs short with the bat. He's proud of the way India have played in the last two games and praised his young bowlers for their efforts in the last two games
9.50 pm Shahid Afridi is drowned beneath the entire Pakistan squad. Neither of those hits were off the middle of the bat, neither of those were particularly good balls either. And Pakistan have sealed a thrilling win. India fought hard despite posting a sub-par total especially with a returning Amit Mishra, who was exceptional with his flight and guide. But there were a couple of batsmen they could not stop. Mohammad Hafeez was very cool during his half-century partnership with Sohaib Maqsood, who also gutsed it out despite poor form. They kept Pakistan in sight of the required rate and Afridi's final flourish was just about enough. Another see-saw encounter between these two storied rivals. Do stay tuned for the presentation.
Shahid Afridi: Really under pressure, didn't perform well. Hit some bad shots. "Expectations were high. We all know how importat this game was and I am glad I did it. The captain told me to take my time and I did that. Whenever we play against India it's a great occasion and I'm very happy. Gul was talking a lot with me, we wanted singles as well and we needed a hit as well. When we arrived here, our goal was to win this competition. Very important for my country and team and I want to thank Bangladeshi crowd for supporting us"
Dave: "As much as I would like it to have gone the other way, credit to Pakistan, there were chances for us to get ahead, the missed stumping by DK springs to mind, but now time for India to focus on getting the last win out the way, and hope against hope that Sri Lanka lose there next two fixtures, and Pakistan lose their final fixture"
Junaid Khan is the last batsman and will be on strike
10 needed off the last over and here's Ashwin to bowl
Mohammad Talha has walked out at No. 9
AT: "I somehow feel that the game will get over in this Bhuvneshwar Kumar's over. Poor Ashwin was in good form today but won't get to bowl. Huge call from Virat" I think he's saving him for the last over
Bhuvi to continue... 13 needed off 12
Prashanth: "I just cleared browser history.. may be it can get some good luck to Indian bowlers" That might well be the height of optimism
Kohli has a dilemma here. Who does he throw the ball to? It's Shami. What bets he's going to start with another slower one? Afridi on strike
Paras: "Looks like the last 2 overs of the Indian innings, which yielded just 8 runs, are going to come back and haunt the Indians immensely!"