So the 2-match T20 Series as predicted has been shared by the arc-rivals. The pitch was so good that even the total of 192 looked to be chased down. But India seemed to have enough runs on the board thanks to the urgency shown by the pair of Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni and it wasnât possible for Pakistan to keep on hitting the boundaries and sixes right till the end. Mohammad Hafeez played a scintillating knock and his wicket was the turning point. The likes of Dinda and Ishant got their acts right just when it mattered to ensure that Pakistan was short of the target.
The Man of the Match is Yuvraj Singh for blasting 72 from 36 balls. What entertainment he provided this evening! And his left-arm spin proving to be more than useful in this format of the game, this time chipping in with the crucial wicket of a dangerous Ahmed Shehzad. Pakistan Skipper Mohammad Hafeez for his two fifties got the Player of the Series award.
India win by 11 runs and with that draw the 2-match series 1-1.
Over 19.6 I Sharma to Umar Gul, Caught! Carves the near yorker in the air inside out and gets caught by the fielder at deep point.
Over 19.6 I Sharma to Umar Gul, 1 wide,
Goes for a big shot and is beaten by a widish full length away swinger outside off. 12 from 1 ball.
Over 19.6I Sharma to UmarGulWide ball ...
Over 19.5 I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Drills the full ball all along the ground to wide long off for a single.
Over 19.4 I Sharma to Umar Gul, 1 run, Drills the pitched up delivery to long off for one. 14 from 2 balls.
Over 19.3 I Sharma to Umar Gul, Boundary! Smashes the half volley inside out through covers in the gap for a boundary. 15 from 3
Over 19.2 I Sharma to Umar Gul, beaten, no runs Goes for a big hit to a pitched up delivery outside off and makes no connection.
Over 19.1 I Sharma to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Drills the low full toss along the ground to long off for one. 19 from 5.
End of Over 19 (6 runs) Pakistan 173/6
Umar Gul 0/1 AB Dinda 4-0-36-3
Shoaib Malik 1/1
Over 18.6 AB Dinda to Umar Gul, no runs, Digs out the 141 kmph yorker back to Dinda. Pakistan need as many as 20 runs in the final over.
Over 18.5 AB Dinda to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Slices the full toss to backward point for just one.
Over 18.4 AB Dinda to Kamran Akmal, Caught! Another spinner wicket for Dinda with the batsmen going for the big hit and perishing in the outfield. Good running catch from Kohli to his right at widish long off with Akmal carving the length ball in that direction.
Over 18.3 AB Dinda to Kamran Akmal, Boundary! Slower one wide outside off and Kamran releases the pressure by cutting it away in the gap to deep backward point for a boundary.
Over 18.2 AB Dinda to Mohammad Hafeez, Caught! Dot ball and the big wicket of Hafeez and the Indian players are celebrating as if they have won the match with that! Full delivery and Hafeez cleared his frontleg and whacked that flat in the air and holed out to widish long on.
Over 18.1 AB Dinda to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, Drives the slower full ball in the air towards long off for one.
End of Over 18 (15 runs) Pakistan 167/4
Mohammad Hafeez 55/25 B Kumar 4-0-46-1
Kamran Akmal 0/0
Over 17.6 B Kumar to Mohammad Hafeez, Boundary! Moves back and calmly late cuts it past short thirdman for a crucial boundary. 26 from 12 balls.
Over 17.5 B Kumar to Shahid Afridi, Caught! Full toss does the trick for Bhuvaneshwar! Afridi has smacked this straight into the hands of Rohit Sharma at long off!
Over 17.4 B Kumar to Shahid Afridi, Six!! Slower length ball and Afridi gets hold of his mighty slog and sends the ball out of the orbit over wide long on for a monstrous six.