goes again and he has cleared the long-on boundary! Afridi has won it for Pakistan! This was off a leading edge, it looked like it was going to be swallowed at long-on but Afridi's power takes this over the ropes. And to make this even more memorable, he inadvertently kisses Junaid Khan on the cheek!
Afridi sixes seal final-over victory
No other cricketer in his generation blends genius so liberally with lunacy as Shahid Afridi, and though there were glimpses of both in Mirpur, Afridi sent Pakistan's fans into raptures with two mighty blows during an incredibly tense final over
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"
makes room outside off and Ashwin pitches this one short. Afridi goes for a wild slog and thoguh he gets this off the very bottom of the bat, it clears the man at the deep extra cover boundary!
anothe carrom ball, but this is short and allows Junaid to get off strike with and little dab towards square leg. Afridi on strike now, with the game on his shoulders
Junaid Khan is the last batsman and will be on strike
carrom ball and Ajmal's bowled around his legs! Kohli is beside himself, so is Ashwin! This was amazing flight outside leg and lures the tailender into a sweep shot, but this dips on him and turns viciously to take middle stump
10 needed off the last over and here's Ashwin to bowl
caught on the long-off boundary! Bhuvi has taken two in the over and Talha succumbs! It was a length ball on off stump, he made room outside leg to loft him over the top. Gets too much height on this and Jaddu is very composed as he reverse-cups this just inside the boundary
full and just outside off, Afridi goes down for another sweep and is struck on the pads. Bhuvi goes up in appeal, but the impact was outside the line
yorker on middle as he makes room outside leg and drills it to cover. Kohli is there and keeps it to none
Mohammad Talha has walked out at No. 9
Rahane, you little beauty! He's been India's best fielder and at long-off he's snared a blinder! It was in the slot to be smeared over the top, but Gul has hit it off the bottom and Rahane runs to his left and dives forward to pick up a good, low catch
full toss on off stump, whipped through midwicket
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
wide fuller ball, Gul thumps to long-off
Bhuvi to continue... 13 needed off 12
goes full on leg stump, but Afridi makes room and drills to cover. The India captain dives to his left and stops a certain boundary
low full toss on off stump, stays in his crease and pushes to long-off with an open face
fullish and outside off, shuffles across and whips to long-on
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
fullish on the stumps but he gets underneath it to whack to long-on
another one which is very full on off stump. Gul digs it out to cover. Looks like the plan is clear.
its the fuller one on middle, clipped through to deep midwicket
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!"
low full toss, lofted over the top of the bowler. Long-on and long-off are too deep and the two batsman know that. Race across for a couple
length ball, creamed over midwicket! Terribly choice of ball considering the state of the game and Gul says thank you very much as that strong bottom hand takes over
yorker outside off, Gul was playing inside the line trying to get a little bit of bat and squeeze it down to third man. Misses
shortish and outside off, Afridi shuffled across and whips it through midwicket