RESULT
20th Match, Group 2 (N), Colombo (RPS), September 30, 2012, ICC World Twenty20
(17/20 ov) 129/2

India won by 8 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
78* (61) & 1/21
virat-kohli
INDIA
Full commentary
end of over 173 runs
INDIA: 129/2CRR: 7.58 
Yuvraj Singh19 (16)
Virat Kohli78 (61)
Saeed Ajmal 4-0-25-0
Umar Gul 3-0-30-0

Presentation:

Hafeez: "We just didn't get the partnerships. It was a difficult pitch to bat on but Kohli was excellent. We were hoping to get him out and put pressure on the rest but we couldn't do that. We need to improve our fielding. We still have a chance."

Dhoni: "The players looked relaxed, we knew there was something in store. It's good that Kohli is taking the responsibility, Viru batted well, we lost Gambhir early. I always felt that if you are desperate for a win you put more pressure on yourself. We didn't think too far ahead of ourselves. Thanks to the crowd for showing up."

Kohli is the Man of the Match: "The key is to stay as calm as possible. In the last game I thought a bit too much. The idea it to play 10-15 overs and the team benefits from it. It's a slow wicket but better under lights. God's been kind."

So an one-sided encounter ends the Sunday. In fact both games. Hoping for more competitive games tomorrow between Sri Lanka and England and New Zealand and West Indies.

That's it from here. Thanks for the mails and your company. Cheers!

End of match: India deliver a solid thrashing here and extend their winning run against Pakistan in all World Cups and World T20s. This gives India a chance to qualify for the semis and Pakistan will have a bit to do when they play their final game.

Pakistan's NRR at this stage is -0.43 while India's is -0.45. That's as narrow as it gets. Pakistan will have to try and topple a rampaging Australia while India have taken on South Africa, who looked like a ragged outfit today. But you still can't make predictions in this format. India were soundly thrashed by Australia the other day but were a transformed team today. Pakistan shouldn't lose hope.

Since so many of you are asking, here goes: India have won their first Super Eights game since the launch of the IPL.

16.6
1
Ajmal to Yuvraj, 1 run

a gentle nudge behind square gives India their first Super Eights win since 2007! Yuvraj punches the air as he picks up the single

16.5
1
Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run

tossed up on the pads and he clips it to deep square leg for a single, scores level

16.4
Ajmal to Kohli, no run

tucked away to short fine leg again, India haven;t managed to get there within 16.4

16.3
Ajmal to Kohli, no run

down the track and he can only hit it to the fielder at midwicket

16.2
Ajmal to Kohli, no run

Kohli gives the charge and turns it behind him but straight to short fine leg

16.1
1
Ajmal to Yuvraj, 1 run

India need to get there by 16.4 to go ahead of Pakistan in NRR, Yuvraj gently clips the ball to square leg

end of over 1616 runs
INDIA: 126/2CRR: 7.87 RRR: 0.75
Virat Kohli77 (57)
Yuvraj Singh17 (14)
Umar Gul 3-0-30-0
Shahid Afridi 4-0-34-1
15.6
4
Umar Gul to Kohli, FOUR runs

Free Hit Kohli rubbing it in here, friendly half volley outside off and driven past the covers, the sweeper gives up the chase

15.6
3nb
Umar Gul to Kohli, (no ball) 2 runs

Gul oversteps! Full on the pads and he drives through the line down to wide long-on, India closing in on the NRR gap

15.5
2
Umar Gul to Kohli, 2 runs

opens the face of the bat and angles it down to third man, two more to the total

15.4
4
Umar Gul to Kohli, FOUR runs

Kohli is perhaps aware of the NRR scenario, shows his intent by giving the charge and lofting it elegantly over extra cover

15.3
1
Umar Gul to Yuvraj, 1 run

drops it short again and he pulls and it's safe down to deep midwicket

15.2
1
Umar Gul to Kohli, 1 run

Dropped, Nazir this time, Kohli pulls the short one and it doesn't get much distance, Nazir ran forward from deep midwicket and didn't time his dive well

15.1
1
Umar Gul to Yuvraj, 1 run

slower delivery and he clips it down to square leg

end of over 1510 runs
INDIA: 110/2CRR: 7.33 RRR: 3.80
Yuvraj Singh15 (12)
Virat Kohli64 (52)
Shahid Afridi 4-0-34-1
Saeed Ajmal 3-0-22-0

India need the remaining 19 off 10 balls to get their NRR past Pakistan

14.6
1
Afridi to Yuvraj, 1 run

pushes it down to long-on for a single

14.5
2
Afridi to Yuvraj, 2 runs

fuller delivery and he gets on his knee and sweeps it hard down to deep squate leg, the fielder fumbles and nearly parries it to the boundary, kicks it before it hits the rope and Nazir mops up

14.4
4
Afridi to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

that really sped away! Tossed up on the off stump and he comes forward and bangs it down to long-on

14.3
1
Afridi to Kohli, 1 run
14.2
1
Afridi to Yuvraj, 1 run

fuller delivery and he drives him down to long-off

14.1
1
Afridi to Kohli, 1 run

flatter delivery and clipped down to deep midwicket

end of over 149 runs
INDIA: 100/2CRR: 7.14 RRR: 4.83
Virat Kohli62 (51)
Yuvraj Singh7 (8)
Saeed Ajmal 3-0-22-0
Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-7-0

Vineet: "India too confident about defeating SA in the next match? No sense of urgency to improve on the dismal net run rate.."

13.6
1
Ajmal to Kohli, 1 run

clips it in front of the pads and milks another single, India doing this easily

 
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