Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 141/7 (1 run required, RR: 7.05)

  • Yasir Arafat12 (5b)
  • Sreesanth4-0-29-0
  • Ajit Agarkar4-0-35-1

It's been a fantastic Twenty20 match. The pitch wasn't your usual featherbed and it had plenty for the bowlers. Mohammad Asif, the Man of the Match, was splendid and his 4 for 18 rattled the Indian top-order. Uthappa scored a plucky half-century and a late flourish from Pathan and Dhoni took India to 141 for 9.

Pakistan's chase started well but soon went off the rails and when Afridi was dismissed it looked like India had the match wrapped up. Irfan Pathan took 2 for 20 in his comeback match and Harbhajan bowled an excellent spell as well until his final over. Arafat and Misbah, however, hammered boundaries at will during the last three overs but couldn't score 1 off the last two balls. The match ended in a tie after Misbah was run-out and then India prevailed 3-0 in a bowl-out.

Both India and Pakistan qualify for the Super Eights, India with three points and Pakistan with two.

It's been heart-stopping stuff and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. That's it from us at Cricinfo for today. This is George Binoy signing off, cheers!

Bowl out

What a match it has been. Pakistan clawed back in the last three overs and the match will now be decided by a bowl out. Each team will nominate five players who will bowl at a set of stumps over 22 yards. Each team will have alternate attempts at hitting the stumps and the team with the most hits wins. it's like a penalty shoot-out in foot ball. In case there's a tie after the first round, the same five bowlers will have to have another go.

Shoaib Malik has won the toss and he has asked India to have the first go. Both teams are out there practising hitting the stumps.

How hard can it be to hit three stumps without a batsman in front of them? We'll soon find out.

India have nominated Sehwag, Uthappa, Sreesanth, Pathan and Harbhajan. It will be Gul, Tanvir, Arafat, Afridi and Asif for Pakistan.

Round 1 Sehwag is up first for India. Dhoni waits behind the stumps. Sehwag has a big grin on his face. Sehwag runs in, bowls flat and fast and hits the stumps.

Arafat gets ready for his turn. He bowls a full toss that misses off stump.

India lead 1-0 after the first round.

Round 2

Harbhajan bowls quick and straight and hits. He's delighted and celebrates like he's taken a wicket, or scored a penalty.

Gul runs in off a short run up and also misses the stumps. The Indians love it.

India lead 2-0 after the second round. Massive pressure on Pakistan.

Round 3

Robin Uthappa runs in, bowls seam up and knocks the stumps over. He takes off his cap and bows to the crowd.

Pakistan have to hit the stumps with all their three remaining chances to stay in the bowl-out. If India hit one more time, they will win.

Here comes Afridi and he fires it down leg side! India have won the bowl-out 3-0.

Amazing scenes at Kingsmead. It was like a football shootout and the Indians are celebrating fittingly. They won the match 3-0 through a bowl-out after the proper match ended in a thrilling tie!


Pakistan and India have both qualified for the Super Eights.

Sreesanth to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, it's a tie! Misbah can't get it away and hits it towards cover, Yuvraj runs in, picks up the ball and throws it to the non-strikers end, Sreesanth whips off the bails with Misbah well short of his crease, delirious scenes at Kingsmead

Misbah-ul-Haq run out (Agarkar/Sreesanth) 53 (46m 35b 7x4 1x6) SR: 151.42

The field comes in, tension writ on Sreesanth's face.

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st12Imran NazirSalman Butt
2nd32Kamran AkmalSalman Butt
3rd3Kamran AkmalYounis Khan
4th0Shoaib MalikYounis Khan
5th40Shoaib MalikMisbah-ul-Haq
6th16Shahid AfridiMisbah-ul-Haq
7th38Yasir ArafatMisbah-ul-Haq

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