10th Match, Group D (N), Durban, Sep 14 2007, ICC World Twenty20
(20 ov, target 142)141/7
Match tied
player of the match
• The Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

India edge past in bowl-out

More than 21 years after Javed Miandad's last-ball heroics in Sharjah, India and Pakistan played out a thrilling tie at the ICC World Twenty20. India, however, prevailed in the bowl-out

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Scorecard summary
India141/9(20 overs)
Pakistan141/7(20 overs)
RP Singh1/23(4)
end of over 2011 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 141/7CRR: 7.05 
Yasir Arafat12 (5)
Sreesanth 4-0-29-0
Ajit Agarkar 4-0-35-1

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, 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.

Sreesanth to Misbah, no run

short of a length outside off stump, Misbah tries to cut but gets beaten

Just one run needed off two balls.

Sreesanth to Misbah, FOUR runs

full toss on off stump, mid-off was in the circle and Misbah drives past him, he brings up his fifty and the scores are level, superb innings

Sreesanth to Misbah, 2 runs

full ball on middle stump, driven to long-on for a single but poor fielding allows the second

7 needed off four now.

Sreesanth to Misbah, FOUR runs

length delivery outside the off stump, Misbah backs away and hammers the ball over cover, it bounces just inside the boundary, superb stuff from Misbah

11 runs from five balls needed. Fine leg goes back to the boundary.

Sreesanth to Arafat, 1 run

full ball outside the off stump, driven straight to Yuvraj at point, just the single

An expensive over at a crucial stage from Agarkar. Last over - 12 from 6 needed. And Sreesanth has the ball. Fine leg is in the circle.

end of over 1917 runs
PAK: 130/6CRR: 6.84 RRR: 12.00
Misbah-ul-Haq43 (30)
Yasir Arafat11 (4)
Ajit Agarkar 4-0-35-1
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-32-1
Agarkar to Misbah, 2 runs

full ball outside the off stump, driven to deep cover for two more, huge over for Pakistan, 17 from it

Agarkar to Misbah, FOUR runs

clever shot, Misbah moves to the off side and chips a full ball over the fielder at short fine leg, Pakistan are on fire at the moment

Agarkar to Arafat, 1 run

Arafat throws his bat at it again, trying to hit Agarkar over cover but gets an outside edge to third man

Agarkar to Arafat, FOUR runs

length once again from Agarkar and he gets dispatched to the wide long-on boundary once again, that shot had a lot of power

Agarkar to Arafat, 2 runs

full ball outside the off stump, driven to Sehwag at deep cover, his throw is poor and the batsmen take two

Agarkar to Arafat, FOUR runs

too short from Agarkar and that's pulled away to the midwicket boundary, that's the wrong length from Agarkar

29 from 12 - that's the equation. Can Misbah prove his critics wrong?

end of over 1813 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 113/6CRR: 6.27 RRR: 14.50
Misbah-ul-Haq37 (28)
Yasir Arafat0 (0)
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-32-1
Ajit Agarkar 3-0-18-1
Harbhajan to Misbah, FOUR runs

this time he picks out deep midwicket and lofts cleanly once again, he's picked the gap in the deep to perfection

Harbhajan to Misbah, SIX runs

flighted delivery on off stump, Misbah backs away and lofts cleanly back over the bowler's head, powerful shot

Harbhajan to Afridi, OUT

caught! Afridi tries to blast another one out of the ground, it's a low full toss from Harbhajan and this time the top edge is safely held by Karthik at mid-off, crucial wicket this

Shahid Afridi c Karthik b Harbhajan Singh 7 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.77
Harbhajan to Misbah, 1 leg bye

played to short fine leg for one more

Harbhajan to Afridi, 1 run

hit over the fielder at midwicket for a single, Afridi tried to make room but Harbhajan followed him

Harbhajan to Misbah, 1 run

full ball on middle stump, Harbhajan's not allowing the batsman to get under the ball, Misbah drives to long on

Pakistan need 42 from 18 deliveries. Surely only Afridi can take this match away from India. How costly will that drop prove?

end of over 177 runs
PAK: 100/5CRR: 5.88 RRR: 14.00
Shahid Afridi6 (7)
Misbah-ul-Haq26 (24)
Ajit Agarkar 3-0-18-1
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-20-0
Agarkar to Afridi, no run

Afridi backs away and tries to smash it over the cover boundary but misses, the ball misses the stumps by very little

Agarkar to Misbah, 1 run

played past pint for a single

Best performances - batters
Misbah-ul-Haq portrait
Misbah-ul-Haq PAK
53 runs (35)
7 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
27 runs
3 fours
1 six
Robin Uthappa portrait
RV Uthappa INDIA
50 runs (39)
4 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
20 runs
1 four
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Asif portrait
Mohammad Asif PAK
Irfan Pathan portrait
Match details
Kingsmead, Durban
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesICC World Twenty20Pakistan tour of Kenya and South Africa
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Asif
Mohammad Asif
Match numberT20I no. 29
Hours of play (local time)First Session 18:00-19:20, Interval 19:20-19:40, Second Session 19:40-21:00
Match days14 September 2007 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
Sohail Tanvir
Sohail Tanvir
West Indies Image
Billy Doctrove
Australia Image
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
South Africa Image
Brian Jerling
Match Referee
South Africa Image
Mike Procter
PointsIndia 2, Pakistan 0