India 141 for 9 (Uthappa 50, Asif 4-18) beat Pakistan 141 for 7 (Misbah 53, Pathan 2-20) in a bowl-out 3-0 after match tied.
India defeated Pakistan in a bowl-out after the archrivals played a heart-stopping tie during the Twenty20 world championships on Friday.It couldn’t get bigger than what we witnessed on Friday in Durban. India Vs Pakistan in twenty 20 group D match. As expected the stadium was overflowing with spectators and support for both Asian teams was spectacular. Everyone anticipated a close finish to the match. India and Pakistan were playing each other after the gap of two years. Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. Asif was on target and destroyed India’s top order. A sensible batting by captain MS Dhoni and Robin Uthappa provided some stability and later few big hits by Irfan Pathan and Agarkar ensured the India reach a respectable score of 141 in 20 overs.
India came out to bowl to ensure that they dont loose match in less than 14.4 overs to save elimination from tournament. Indian bowlers were good and did early damage to grip the match. Pakistan were never in groove to chase the Indian score thanks to some good bowling by Pathan and Agarkar. 42 runs were required of last 3 overs. Afridi was out and then a less known Misbah-ul-Haq played an extraordinary innings and Pakistan required 12 of last over to be bowled by Sreesanth. Two boundaries reduced the target to 1 off last 2 balls. Sreesanth then bowled a dot ball and single was required of last ball. Misbah mistimed the shot and was run out on the last ball and the match ended in a tie.
For 40 overs, two equally matched teams scrapped all they can, taking the inclement and irritating weather in their stride, batting with gusto, bowling with plenty of zeal and firepower, and even fielding with the kind of competence generally not associated with teams from the subcontinent.
Now the result was to be decided by a Bowl Out. India picked Uthappa, Sehwag, Harbhajan, Pathan, Sreesanth as their bowl out bowlers. Pakistan went with their bowlers Asif, Arafat, Afridi, Gul, Sohail Tanvir. India won the toss and lead the bowl out. Sehwag hitting the stumps. Arafat missed. Score read 1-0. Then Harbhajan hit and Gul missed. Score read 2-0. Finally Uthappa hit the stumps and Pakistan needed to hit all 3 next bowl out abut Afridi missed the stumps and India won a nail biting match in Bowl out by 3-0.
The crowd could not have asked for more. This is what which makes Indo-Pak encounters so special. Both Pakistan and India qualified for the Super Eights round after ousting Scotland from the race.The Twenty 20 world cup has got great start which was missing from the world cup in Carrebean in March. The stage is set for some explosive and real nail biting cricket and who knows India and Pakistan may meet again in the later stages.
There is a buzz that Twenty 20 is the future of ‘fatafat’ cricket and if we go by this sort of entertainment it is about to be that way.