Dead plumb. Done by one that skidded on straight. It landed on a length around off and middle and caught him in front. He had expected it to turn and had stretched his front leg across and was surprised by the one that went on straight. India win by 140 runs.
It was a terrific opening partnership between Sehwag and Gambhir - the second best for India against Pakistan - that set up the Indian victory. Sehwag was not his usual flamboyant self but played cleverly, eschewing risks and taking toll of the loose deliveries. He stood well inside the crease, waiting for the ball to come to him and still did enough to score rapidly. Gambhir was more adventurous; he stood well outside the crease, walked into the line of the delivery and at times, charged at length deliveries to keep the scorecard moving. Yuvraj started off slowly but adapted to the sluggish nature of the wicket well to play a neat cameo to push India to a strong total. Pakistan chase never got going after Praveen Kumar swung out four top-order batsmen and India went on to wrap a facile win.
Hang on for the post-match ceremony.
Malik: " We didn't hit the right areas and they batted very well. We had a bad day. "
Dhoni: "We got a good start, winning the toss was important. Sehwag and Gambhir played really well, it was a display of exceptional running between the wickets. The bowling was also up to the mark: Ishant, Praveen, Piyush all bowled well; we exploited the conditions very well. The credit goes to the batsmen who waited for the boundary balls and ran well. It's always good to have a bench strength like this; it was difficult to leave a bowler like RP Singh or the other batsmen."
Man of the Match: Virender Sehwag : "I took my time to get set and then went for my shots. If you are playing Twenty20 you are trying to hit every ball, here I wanted to play myself in. The new ball came on the bat nicely. We (Gambhir and I) have a good understanding as we play for Delhi."
On behalf of Sid Ravindran and my scorers Srinivas Raju and Raymond, this is Sriram Veera, signing off. Alvida!
lands outside off, sucking the batsman forward before spinning away
well flighted delivery, full, pushed to covers
leans forward to dab a full delivery to the off side
125.9 kmph change of pace delivery and full in length, Rao Iftikhar picked it up early, leaned into his drive, and sent it soaring over wide mid-off region
on the off stump line, pushed to covers
slightly slower one, back of length and Rao Iftikhar responds with a punchy drive off the back foot. Good comeback.
hit on the helmet. It was banged in short and Rao ducked but ducked straight into the ball
outside the off stump, nudged to point
on a length, on the middle, squeezed to long leg region for couple of runs
goes for the lofted shot over mid-off but edges it to right of mid-off where its held safely. And then they were one.
almost caught by Irfan Pathan at wide midwicket region. Very tough chance, though. Malik slog swept from outside off stump to the cowcorner and Irfan rushed across and dived but couldn't reach it as it dipped .
on the middle and leg, stretches forward to defend
outside off stump, pushed to cover point. There is a slip and a gully in
cuts in a touch off short of length towards middle, worked to midwicket.
on a length, straight on the stumps, punched to mid-on
well outside off, inside edges a square drive to the on side
short of length, on the middle, pushed towards mid-on