result
5th Match, Group B (N), Karachi, Jun 26 2008, Asia Cup
(42.1/50 ov, target 300)301/4
India won by 6 wickets (with 47 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
84 (69) & 2 catches
suresh-raina
13y
• The Bulletin by George Binoy

Sehwag and Raina seal thumping win

A mighty performance from India's batsmen, led by Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina, made short work of Pakistan's competitive target of 300

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan299/4(50 overs)
Shoaib Malik*125 (119)
Younis Khan59 (60)
RP Singh1/44(10)
India301/4(42.1 overs)

Sehwag and Raina, who was promoted to No 3, shared a explosive 198-run partnership in less than 25 overs as India galloped to victory. Pakistan were hit by the injury to Gul and couldn't find the fire power to stop the Indians. Stay on for the post-match ceremony.

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Shoaib Malik: I had cramps but feeling much better now. 300 was a good total but when you lose your main bowler it was hard to come back and they batted brilliantly." On his batting: "It's hard to feel good when you lose the game."

Man of the Match : Suresh Raina : "This year has been very good for my batting. I would like to thank my captain and senior players. I enjoyed batting with Sehwag who is a world-class player. It's mindblowing to see him hit. He said just play your natural game and I just did that. Yeah It was pretty hot out there but I have worked on my fitness and enjoy my fielding and batting."

Dhoni: "It was fantastic. It was one of the best [batting] tracks you can get. They scored 300 runs but I felt that 300 was chase able. In 25 overs they were just 100 and scored a lot in the next 25, so we knew we can get them. It was hard for them after losing Gul especially on this kind of batting track. I am happy with our bowling and happy with the way the boys have done. Couple of catches went out and we will work on it."

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42.1
6
Younis to Dhoni, SIX runs

Dhoni finishes the game with a bottom-hand powered drive over long-on. This is the fastest India have polished off a target of 300 or more.

end of over 423 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 295/4CRR: 7.02 RRR: 0.62
Rohit Sharma0 (1)
MS Dhoni20 (29)
Sohail Tanvir 9-0-55-1
Younis Khan 4-0-25-0
41.6
Tanvir to Rohit Sharma, no run

full and on the middle stump, just about manages to put bat to ball and squeezes it to point

41.5
1b
Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 bye

short and outside off stump, Dhoni has a lazy waft, misses and so does Sarfraz

Rohit Sharma walks out, Dhoni says something to him and he breaks into a smile

41.4
W
Tanvir to Yuvraj, OUT

holes out to deep midwicket. He wanted to finish it off in style but has perished. He moved outside leg, Tanvir banged it short and Yuvraj topedged his pull to Butt. Out for 48.

Yuvraj Singh c Salman Butt b Sohail Tanvir 48 (54m 47b 1x4 3x6) SR: 102.12
41.3
1
Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run

on the legs, a dab towards right of midwicket and they rush for a quick single.

41.2
1
Tanvir to Yuvraj, 1 run

slower one, full, Yuvraj checks his shot and just pushes it with soft hands towards mid-off for a single

41.1
Tanvir to Yuvraj, no run
end of over 416 runs
INDIA: 292/3CRR: 7.12 RRR: 0.88
Yuvraj Singh47 (44)
MS Dhoni19 (27)
Younis Khan 4-0-25-0
Sohail Tanvir 8-0-53-0
40.6
1
Younis to Yuvraj, 1 run

short in length and quick, dabbed to left of midwicket for a easy single. Just 8 more now.

40.5
1
Younis to Dhoni, 1 run

lands outside off and turns away further, Dhoni reaches out and cuts to deep cover region

40.4
1
Younis to Yuvraj, 1 run

on the leg and middle, eased to long-on

40.3
1
Younis to Dhoni, 1 run

well outside off stump, driven to sweeper cover

40.2
1
Younis to Yuvraj, 1 run

goes on the back foot to punch it to where else but long-on. Just 12 runs more.

40.1
1
Younis to Dhoni, 1 run

dipping delivery on the middle stump line, pushed to long-on for a single.

end of over 404 runs
INDIA: 286/3CRR: 7.15 RRR: 1.40
Yuvraj Singh44 (41)
MS Dhoni16 (24)
Sohail Tanvir 8-0-53-0
Younis Khan 3-0-19-0
39.6
2
Tanvir to Yuvraj, 2 runs

just outside off stump, driven through point this time

39.5
Tanvir to Yuvraj, no run

fullish, outside off stump, square driven to backward point

39.4
Tanvir to Yuvraj, no run

just outside the off stump, punched to covers

39.3
1
Tanvir to Dhoni, 1 run

short delivery outside off stump, cut to deep point

39.2
Tanvir to Dhoni, no run

on the middle and leg, turned to midwicket

39.1
1
Tanvir to Yuvraj, 1 run

on the off stump line, tapped to cover point for a single

end of over 396 runs
INDIA: 282/3CRR: 7.23 RRR: 1.63
Yuvraj Singh41 (37)
MS Dhoni15 (22)
Younis Khan 3-0-19-0
Fawad Alam 7-0-64-0
38.6
1
Younis to Yuvraj, 1 run

on the middle and leg, a nudge to the leg side will allow him to retain the strike

Best performances - batters
Shoaib Malik portrait
Shoaib Malik PAK
125 runs (119)
16 fours
1 six
Control83%
Productive shot
leg glance
30 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Virender Sehwag portrait
V Sehwag INDIA
119 runs (95)
12 fours
5 sixes
Control75%
Productive shot
leg glance
36 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
10610228162126
Best performances - bowlers
Iftikhar Anjum portrait
Iftikhar Anjum PAK
O
9.4
M
0
R
61
W
2
ECO
6.31
RP Singh portrait
RP Singh INDIA
O
10
M
2
R
44
W
1
ECO
4.4
Match details
National Stadium, Karachi
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesAsia Cup
Season2008
Player Of The Match
Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina
Match numberODI no. 2717
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-19.30 Interval 19.30-20.15, Second Session 20.15-23.45
Match days26 June 2008 - night (50-over match)
Umpires
South Africa Image
Brian Jerling
New Zealand Image
Tony Hill
TV Umpire
Bangladesh Image
AFM Akhtaruddin
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Rasheed Bhatti
Match Referee
Australia Image
Alan Hurst
PointsIndia 2, Pakistan 0