6th Match (D/N), Dhaka, Mar 2 2014, Asia Cup
(49.4/50 ov, target 246)249/9
Pakistan won by 1 wicket (with 2 balls remaining)
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• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

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

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
India245/8(50 overs)
Pakistan249/9(49.4 overs)

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"

Ashwin to Afridi, SIX runs

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!

Ashwin to Afridi, SIX runs

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!

Ashwin to Junaid, 1 run

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

Ashwin to Ajmal, OUT

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

Saeed Ajmal b Ashwin 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

10 needed off the last over and here's Ashwin to bowl

end of over 493 runs • 2 wickets
PAK: 236/8CRR: 4.81 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 10 from 6b
Shahid Afridi22 (16)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar10-0-56-2
Mohammed Shami10-0-49-0
Bhuvneshwar to Talha, OUT

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

Mohammad Talha c Jadeja b Kumar 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Bhuvneshwar to Afridi, 1 leg bye

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

Bhuvneshwar to Afridi, no run

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

Bhuvneshwar to Umar Gul, OUT

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

Umar Gul c Rahane b Kumar 12 (19m 12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100
Bhuvneshwar to Afridi, 1 run

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

Bhuvneshwar to Umar Gul, 1 run

wide fuller ball, Gul thumps to long-off

Bhuvi to continue... 13 needed off 12

end of over 484 runs
PAK: 233/6CRR: 4.85 • RRR: 6.50 • Need 13 from 12b
Shahid Afridi21 (13)
Umar Gul11 (10)
Mohammed Shami10-0-49-0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar9-0-54-0
Shami to Afridi, no run

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

Shami to Umar Gul, 1 run

low full toss on off stump, stays in his crease and pushes to long-off with an open face

Shami to Afridi, 1 run

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

Shami to Umar Gul, 1 run

fullish on the stumps but he gets underneath it to whack to long-on

Shami to Umar Gul, no run

another one which is very full on off stump. Gul digs it out to cover. Looks like the plan is clear.

Shami to Afridi, 1 run

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!"

end of over 4713 runs
PAK: 229/6CRR: 4.87 • RRR: 5.67 • Need 17 from 18b
Umar Gul9 (7)
Shahid Afridi19 (10)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar9-0-54-0
Ravindra Jadeja10-1-61-0
Bhuvneshwar to Umar Gul, 2 runs

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

Bhuvneshwar to Umar Gul, SIX runs

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

Bhuvneshwar to Umar Gul, no run

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

Bhuvneshwar to Afridi, 1 run

shortish and outside off, Afridi shuffled across and whips it through midwicket

Best performances - batsmen
Mohammad Hafeez portrait
Mohammad Hafeez
75 runs (117)
3 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
32 runs
1 four
0 sixes
Ambati Rayudu portrait
AT Rayudu
58 runs (62)
4 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
1 four
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal
R Ashwin portrait
R Ashwin
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesAsia Cup
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez
Match numberODI no. 3479
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days2 March 2014 - daynight match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Mohammad Talha
Mohammad Talha
Australia Image
Bruce Oxenford
England Image
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Reserve Umpire
Bangladesh Image
Tanvir Ahmed
Match Referee
New Zealand Image
Jeff Crowe
PointsPakistan 4, India 0