Match reports

Asia Cup 2008

Wisden's review of Pakistan v India, Asia Cup, 2008

Osman Samiuddin
Osman Samiuddin
At Karachi, June 26, 2008 (day/night). India won by six wickets. India 2 pts. Toss: Pakistan.
Both sides had already qualified for the Super Fours, but this match was anything but a dead rubber, as the winners carried their points forward into the next stage. And Raina made sure India would take that advantage, hurrying them to an emphatic victory with 47 balls to spare. After his century the previous day, this time he bustled to 84 in 69 balls, and achieved the not inconsiderable feat of outshining Sehwag, whose 119 from 95 balls contained a dozen fours and five sixes. Together they piled on 198 in 25 overs, virtually ensuring that a sizeable target would be overhauled with ease. Earlier, Shoaib Malik anchored Pakistan's innings with 125, his first century as captain, before retiring hurt at the end of the 40th over with cramp. India tore along at more than seven an over against an attack lacking not only Malik's off-spin but also the pace of Umar Gul, who pulled a rib muscle in his second over and played no further part in the tournament.
Man of the Match: S. K. Raina.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo