India beat Pakistan in bowl-out after thrilling tie
by AFP

Ground:Kingsmead, Durban
Scorecard:India v Pakistan
Player:Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Asif, RV Uthappa
Event:ICC Twenty20 World Championship 2007/08

DateLine: 15th September 2007


India defeated Pakistan in a bowl-out after the arch-rivals played a heart-stopping tie during the Twenty20 world championships here on Friday.


With Pakistan needing one run to overtake India's 141-9, Misbah-ul Haq was run out off the last ball of the innings to leave his team on 141-7.


In the bowl-out, Pakistan's Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi failed to hit the stumps at the other end.


Indian bowlers Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa hit the wicket each time to give their team a 3-0 win.


Both Pakistan and India qualified for the Super Eights round after ousting Scotland from the race.


A sell-out crowd at the Kingsmead watched a slug fest between the two teams that swung from one corner to the other before the match ended with the scores level.


Pakistan appeared on course to victory when they restricted India to 141-9 after captain Shoaib Malik had won the toss and elected to field in overcast conditions.


But India hit back to reduce Pakistan to 103-6 in the 18th over, leaving the batting side needing a challenging 39 to win off the remaining 14 balls in the low-scoring match.


The seventh-wicket pair of Yasir Arafat and Misbah swung the game Pakistan's way by adding 38 off the next 13 balls, but failed to complete the crucial winning run.


Misbah, who made 53 off 35 balls, patted the last ball from Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and ran but failed to beat the throw from the infield to the bowler, who broke the wickets.


Left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan, returning to the Indian team after nine months, took 2-20 in his four overs.


For Pakistan, seamer Mohammad Asif returned the second-best figures in Twenty20 cricket to restrict India to 141-9 in the first session.


Asif used the overcast conditions to wreck India's top order with 4-18, second behind New Zealander Mark Gillespie's 4-7 against Kenya earlier in the week.


India were reduced to 36-4 before Uthappa retreived the innings with 50 off 39 balls.


Indian skipper Mahendra Dhoni hit 33 and Irfan Pathan made 20 to boost the total amid three frustrating stoppages as light showers swept the ground.


Asif struck with his third delivery when he put out his right hand and grasped a return catch as Gautam Gambhir drove uppishly.


In his next over, Asif bowled Sehwag, who made five on his return to international cricket after being dropped for the recent England tour.


Yuvraj Singh holed out in the deep in Asif's third over and the seamer met another success in his fourth and final over when he forced Dinesh Karthick to edge a rising ball on to his stumps.


Uthappa fell soon after reaching his half-century when he was caught behind to give debutant left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir his first international wicket.


Afridi clean bowled Pathan and Harbhajan Singh towards the end to restrict India's total.

(Article: Copyright © 2007 AFP)


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