India vs Pakistan 2012, 1st T20I - As it happened...

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PAKISTAN INNINGS

Over 19.4|| Score 134/5

Jadeja to bowl the final over, Pakistan need 10 runs from 6 balls. Malik attempts a big stroke, doesn’t connect, 1 run taken. 9 needed from 5, Afridi at strike. He smashes the first ball to deep midwicket and scores two runs. 7 needed from 4. Afridi attempts a big stroke on the leg side, doesn’t connect, one run taken. 6 needed from 3. Malik goes full, smashes one straight down the ground for a SIX! Pakistan win by 5 wickets!

Shoaib Malik 57* (50b) Afridi 3* (2b)

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Over 19 || Score 124/5

Dinda to bowl the penultimate over. Two singles taken off the first two balls. Dinda attempts a Yorker, Malik smashes that towards long on for a single that also brings his 50 from 47 balls! A dot ball. And Dinda picks a wicket as Kamran is caught at third man! A single to end the over.

Kamran Akmal c I Sharma b Dinda 1 (6b)

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Over 18 || Score 120/4

Ishant Sharma brought back into the attack. Sharma begins with a short ball, Hafeez hits an upper cut and is caught at third man by Kumar! It has been a captain’s knock from Hafeez and it could be a match-winning one as well. Pakistan still need 16 runs from 17 balls. Kamran Akmal is the new batsman. And Ishant follows the wicket with a dot ball. Another dot ball as Malik tries a big shot, doesn’t connect. Sharma fires another short ball, outside the off stump and this time Malik plays an upper cut, Jadeja takes an excellent catch running to his back from point but that’s not out as the umpires have called it a NO BALL. Three dot balls to end the over as Kamran and Ishant exchange a few words!

Mohammad Hafeez c Kumar b I Sharma 61 (44b)

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Over 17 || Score 118/3

Dinda brought back into the attack. Hafeez smashes that straight down the ground and a diving Raina saves two runs. (b) 100-run partnership between Malik and Hafeez! Malik agains charges down the track and scores two runs wide of long on. Malik gets a top edge that goes for a boundary!

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Over 16 || Score 110/3

Ishant Sharma to bowl his third over. And he concedes two boundaries in the over!

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Over 15 || Score 99/3

Jadeja to bowl his second over. And Malik dispatches him for a SIX over long on. And Hafeez smashes a straight SIX down the ground. Sixteen runs from the over. A very good one for Pakistan!

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Over 14 || Score 83/3

Yuvraj to bowl his third over. And this time Hafeez smashes him for a SIX over wide long on. Eleven runs from the over.

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Over 13 || Score 72/3

Jadeja brought back into the attack. Four runs from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 68/3

Yuvraj to bowl his second over. Malik hit a SIX towards deep midwicket! Ten runs from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 58/3

Kohli to bowl his second over. Hafeez smashes the first ball over deep midwicket for a boundary! Hafeez takes a single off the next ball. Malik follows it with another single at long on. Hafeez follows it with a couple. Kohli pitches a fuller length ball and Hafeez smashes that wide of deep square leg for a boundary! Thirteen runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 45/3

Yuvraj Singh brought into the attack. Four runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 41/3

Virat Kohli brought into the attack. Eight runs from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 33/3

Ishant to bowl his second over. Shoaib Malik got an inside edge that went for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 25/3

Kumar to bowl his final over. What a debut from the youngster. The entire team and all the fans out there would be extremely proud of this effort. No matter India win or lose, this was a special spell from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar on debut: 4-0-9-3

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Over 6 || Score 22/3

Ishant Sharma is brought into the attack. Sharma gets some good bounce as both the batsmen didn’t take any chance against him in the over. Two runs from Sharma’s first over.

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Over 5 || Score 20/3

Kumar to bowl his third over. Malik takes a single off the first ball. Hafeez almost nicks the next ball to the keeper. Another dot ball. Hafeez works the next ball to deep square leg for a couple. Hafeez once again bowls in that probing channel, Hafeez misses that and he gives a smile back to the bowler. Dhoni likes that! Kumar bowls a fuller length ball that hits Hafeez on the pads, appeal turned down by the umpire.

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Over 4 || Score 17/3

Dinda to bowl his second over. Hafeez plays a short ball wide of the fielder at midwicket for a boundary! Five runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 12/3

Kumar to continue. And he gets his second wicket! This time its Shehzad who nicks it to the keeper. The Indian camp is ecstatic! Kumar is bowling at a probing length here! And guess what! He has bowled Umar Akmal! And What a delivery that was! It was a short of length ball and moved into Akmal who could do nothing much than watching his stumps fly in the air! THE CROWD IS BACK TO LIFE!

Umar Akmal b Kumar 0 (4b)

Ahmed Shehzad c Dhoni b Kumar 5 (7b)

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Over 2 || Score 11/1

Dinda to bowl the second over. Ahmed Shehzad drives the second ball through covers for a boundary! Hafeez times the last ball extremely well for another boundary in the over.

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Over 1 || Score 2/1

Kumar, the debutant, will bowl the first over for India. And he gets his side to a great start as Nasir Jamshed is clean bowled! What a start for India. Kumar moves five balls away from Jamshed and then the last ball nipped in and Jamshed was surprised! Indians are jubilant! They desperately wanted an early breakthrough! Pakistan skipper Hafeez comes to the crease. Two runs and a wicket for Kumar from the first over.

Nasir Jamshed b Kumar 2 (6b)

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Brief Summary: So Pakistan have bounced back extremely well. At one stage, India were 77/0 and the Indian middle order failed to capitalize on that good start. The Pakistani bowlers have been outstanding today and the Indian bowlers will have to come up with something extremely special to win the match!

Over 20 || Score 133/9

Tanvir to bowl the last over. Two singles taken off the first two balls. Kumar follows it with a single towards square leg. Dinda works the next ball towards covers for a single. Kumar lifts the next ball over mid off for a couple. Kumar manages a single off the last ball. Seven from the over. Pakistan to chase 133.

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Over 19 || Score 126/9

Gul to continue. And he dismisses Jadeja off the first ball of his last over. Ishant Sharma comes to the crease. And his stay is very short as an excellent Yorker from Gul and Ishant is clean bowled! Ashok Dinda is the new batsman. And Dinda prevents the hat-trick! Six runs from the over.

I Sharma b Umar Gul 0 (1b)

RA Jadeja c Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 2 (4b)

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Over 18 || Score 124/7

Ajmal to continue. Sharma takes a single off the first ball. Raina nudges the next ball to Ajmal for no run. Raina is clean bowled by Ajmal! The ball skidded after pitching and Raina was attempting a pull shot. And now Rohit Sharma is run out next ball! This is top stuff from Pakistan! Jadeja hit the ball towards deep midwicket and the batsmen completed one and a direct throw from Malik at deep midwicket, led to Sharma’s departure. Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes to the crease.

RG Sharma run out 2 (2b)

SK Raina b Saeed Ajmal 10 (9b)

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Over 17 || Score 121/5

Umar Gul is brought back into the attack. Gul fires a short ball and Yuvraj plays that straight to the fielder at deep midwicket. Yuvraj is OUT! Rohit Sharma is the new batsman. Raina takes a couple as he guides the ball to deep point. Two singles scored off the next two balls. Raina ends the over with a couple towards sweeper cover.

Yuvraj Singh c Umar Akmal b Umar Gul 10 (9b)

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Over 16 || Score 115/4

Ajmal to bowl his third over. And now the Indian skipper departs! It was Ajmal’s first ball that went past the bat and kissed the stumps. Suresh Raina comes to the crease. Two dot balls. Yuvraj takes a single. Yuvi follows it with a single. And Raina gets off the mark with a boundary at deep point.

MS Dhoni b Saeed Ajmal 1 (2b)

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Over 15 || Score 108/3

Mohammad Irfan to bowl his final over. He begins with two dot balls. Irfan’s height is troubling all the batsmen I reckon. And now, Virat Kohli is OUT! Irfan gets his first international wicket. MS Dhoni is the new batsman. Five runs from the over.

V Kohli c Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 9 (11b)

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Over 14 || Score 103/2

Hafeez to bowl his second over. Two singles taken off the first two balls. Hafeez sweeps the next ball that lands for a one-bounce boundary! India reach their 100 runs. Kohli works the next ball for a single at long-on. A dot ball to end the over.
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Over 13 || Score 96/2

Afridi to bowl his first over. Gambhir pummels the first ball straight down the ground for a boundary! Two singles taken off the next two balls. And Gambhir is run-out for 43! Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman. And he gets off the mark WITH A SIXXXXXXXXX! Thirteen runs from the over.

G Gambhir run out 43 (41b)

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Over 12 || Score 83/1

Mohammad Hafeez comes into the attack. Five runs from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 78/1

Afridi to bowl his second over. And Rahane is OUT! Afridi offered some width and Rahane hit that straight to the fielder at deep cover. He has played a fantastic innings! Three runs from the over.

AM Rahane c Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 42 (31b)

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Over 10 || Score 75/0

Ajmal to bowl his second over. Rahane hits the first ball over covers for a boundary! Rahane follows it with a single towards point. A dot balls. Gambhir takes a single towards deep cover. A dot ball. Rahane ends the over with a single

Ajinkya Rahane 41* (27b) Gautam Gambhir 32* (33b)

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Over 9 || Score 64/0

Spin from both ends, Afridi brought into the attack. He begins with two dot balls. A misfield from Jamshed at mid off, a single taken off the third ball. Afridi goes full again and Gambhir hits that towards deep midwicket for a boundary! Gambhir takes a couple towards deep cover. Gambhir follows that with another couple towards deep midwicket.

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Over 8 || Score 59/0

Saeed Ajmal is brought into the attack. A dot ball. Rahane works the next ball to square leg for a single. Gambhir nudges the third ball for no run. Gambhir takes a single off the next ball. Ajmal goes full and Rahane SMASHES THAT OVER COVERS FOR A SIXXXX! Top shot that from the right-hander! Rahane follows it with a single. Nine runs from the over.

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Over 7 || Score

Umar Gul is brought into the attack. And Rahane welcomes him with a boundary! Rahane takes a single off the next ball. Gambhir takes a single. Rahane takes a single. Umar Gul fires a short ball and GAMBHIR SMACKS THAT FOR A SIXX OVER MIDWICKET! Thirteen off the over. India also reach their 50.

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Over 6 || Score 37/0

Tanvir to bowl his third over. Three runs from the over. It has been a good start from Pakistan who have kept the run-rate under control.

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Over 5 || Score 34/0

Irfan into his third over. Irfan pitches one that drifts on the leg-side, that looked like a wide and Gambhir was surprised after . Gambhir takes a single. Rahane makes some room off the next ball, Irfan goes full and Rahane lifts that over covers for a boundary! Rahane follows it with a quick single. Irfan fires a short ball and Gambhir pulls that to deep square leg where an excellent effort saves two runs. A dot ball to end the over. Eight runs from the over.

Gautam Gambhir 13* (18b) Ajinkya Rahane 19* (12b)

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Over 4 || Score 26/0

Tanvir to continue. He begins with a dot ball. Rahane once again some width and he times it well between the fielder at point and cover for a boundary! Rahane takes a single off the next delivery. A dot ball as Gambhir works the next ball to the fielder at midwicket for no run. Gambhir plays a slower one towards deep point for a couple. Gambhir takes a quick single off the last ball.

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Over 3 || Score 17/0

Irfan fires in a short ball and Gambhir almost nicked that to the keeper. Irfan is making full use of the height. Gambhir gets off-strike with a single towards square leg. A dot ball. Irfan fires another short ball that hits Rahane, a bye taken. Gambhir takes a single towards deep point. Irfan offers some width and Rahane smashes that over covers for a boundary!

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Over 2 || Score 10/0

Sohail Tanvir to bowl the second over. Rahane leaves the first ball which is pitched outside the off stump. Rahane beats the point fielder off the second ball and completes two runs. Rahane takes a single towards third man. Gambhir works a fuller length ball to short cover for no run. Gambhir charges down the track, wanted to go towards midwicket, didn’t connect and no runs scored off the fifth ball. Gambhir keeps the strike with a quick single. Four runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 6/0

Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane to open for India. Mohammad Irfan to bowl the first over for Pakistan. And Gambhir tries to glance the first ball past gully, couldn’t find the gap. Gambhir works the next ball to mid on and gets off the mark with a single. And Rahane too gets off the mark with a single next ball. Irfan once again pitches one short ball on the off side, good bounce, Gambhir left that. Gambhir hits the last ball that goes in the air, over point and the batsmen run three. Rahane ends the over with a single. Good over from Irfan, he has kept the batsmen guessing.

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For India, Chawla, Awana and Ashwin sit out while Ishant, Jadeja and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar come in. So big moment for Bhuvaneshwar as he makes his DEBUT against Pakistan!

Ashwin isn't playing.

TOSS: Pakistan have won the toss and Hafeez has decided to bowl first.

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The cricket fans have been waiting for this moment since 2008, when ties were disrupted between India and Pakistan after the Mumbai terror attack. India will play two T20 internationals and three- ODIs against Pakistan which has been scheduled between their ongoing full series against England, which has taken a break to go home for Christmas and New Year holidays.

The Indian team is under some sort of pressure because of the weak bowling attack. The batsmen did well in the recently concluded T20 series against England, but the bowlers failed to show any teeth as both Dinda and Awana leaked runs in plenty.

It is a high-voltage clash and both the teams will be under pressure to deliver. India would consider themselves lucky as they are in some sort of rhythm after playing a 2-match T20 international series with England.

Pakistan on the other hand have been a force to reckon with in the shortest version of the game. They have better all-rounders in form of skipper Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and veteran Shahid Afridi, a factor which could give them a slight edge over Team India.

India Squad:

MS Dhoni (c & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Parvinder Awana, Ashok Dinda, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ambati Rayudu

Pakistan Squad:

Mohammad Hafeez (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Amin, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali, Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan

Match starts at 7pm IST



First Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 17:29

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