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Highlights of India Vs Pakistan, Group A Match at Centurion

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Hello friends, welcome to what could be the match of this Champions Trophy – a mouth watering contest between India and Pakistan at Centurion. The toss has gone in favour of Pak and they will bat first. Younis is back for them.

Pakistan Innings

Over 0.2: Single. Ashish Nehra to I Nazir, short and wide, cuts it to point and finds a diving stop from Raina, the ball deflects to covers and a direct hit would have sent Nazir packing at the bowling end.

Over 1.1: Boundary! R P Singh to I Nazir, pitched up delivery, drives it uppishly but well in the gap between the non striker and mid off for a boundary.

Over 1.3: Boundary! R P Singh to K Akmal, pitched up delivery, drives the juicy one uppishly to the left of mid off for a boundary.

Over 2.2: Boundary! Ashish Nehra to I Nazir, short and wide, gives everything in his backfoot drive that disappears through extra covers for a boundary.

Over 3.3: Boundary! R P Singh to I Nazir, short of length delivery, nothing wrong with that from RP but its a solid crunchy punch down the ground past the non striker for a boundary.

Over 3.6: Boundary! R P Singh to I Nazir, short of length delivery, not a bad ball but the pitch is on the slower side and Imran plays a flowing wristy drive through covers for a boundary.

Over 4.2: He is Caught! Ashish Nehra to I Nazir, short of length delivery, goes for an ambitious pull shot rather a rash one and the ball is miscued in the air towards the mid wicket and mid on region and is safely caught by Harbhajan! Nehra seems to have found just enough zip in that short delivery.

Over 4.6: Boundary! Ashish Nehra to K Akmal, short of length delivery, thats an Imran nazir kind of pull shot but Kamran seems to have got hold of it and has made decent connection to get it over wide mid on for a boundary.

Over 5.3: Boundary! I Sharma to Younis, short of length delivery, drifts onto the pads and Younis works that through fine leg for an easy boundary.

Over 5.4: Boundary! I Sharma to Younis, short and wide, smacks that past Raina at square covers for a boundary.

Over 6.4: Boundary! Ashish Nehra to K Akmal, short of length delivery, picks the length early and plays a solid flat pull over short mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 8.5: Bowled him! Ashish Nehra to K Akmal, short of length delivery, looks to play a forcing drive but can only manage an inside edge which luckily for India crashes onto the stumps!

Over 11.6: No runs. I Sharma to S Malik, good length delivery, plays a spanking drive on the up to Gambhir at mid off. Well thats consecutive maidens for Ishant! Just the one run came in the last three overs!

Over 13.6: Boundary! I Sharma to Younis, short and wide, cuts it away wristily and perfectly between point and square covers for a boundary.

Over 14.4: He is Caught! R P Singh to Younis, good length delivery, shuffles across and pokes at an away going one and thats a thin edge taken by MSD. Lovely line from RP, angled it in and probably got it to hold its line.

Over 15.2: Boundary! I Sharma to S Malik, good length delivery, stays back and plays a late cut past the keeper and ends up beating Harbhajan at thirdman for a boundary.

Over 26.3: Single. Y Pathan to M Yousuf, flighted delivery, goes back and nudges it softly to point for a single that brings up the 50 of this 4th wicket stand.

Over 27.6: Five Wides! Harbhajan to S Malik, flighted delivery, pushes it down the legside needlessly and neither the keeper nor short fine leg can stop that!

Over 31.3: Boundary! Y Pathan to M Yousuf, quicker and flatter in the air, stays back and guides it nicely using the bowler’s pace for a boundary to thirdman. Thats the first boundary for Pak in 65 balls!

Over 32.5: Boundary! Harbhajan to S Malik, flighted delivery, goes back and plays a late cut to that doosra that runs away fine past the keeper for a boundary.

Over 33.1: Boundary! Y Pathan to M Yousuf, flighted delivery, goes back and plays yet another late cut past the keeper for a boundary.

Over 33.5: Boundary! Y Pathan to S Malik, quicker and flatter in the air, goes back and cuts it beautifully behind point for a boundary.

Over 35.1: Boundary! I Sharma to S Malik, short and wide, plays a smacking cut over backward point for a boundary, that takes him to his 32nd ODI fifty. Ishant has replaced Yusuf.

Over 35.4: Boundary! I Sharma to S Malik, short and wide, cuts it away flat over backward point for the second boundary of this over.

Over 35.6: Boundary! I Sharma to S Malik, short and wide, throws his bat at that wide one and its a top edge off the cut that sails over MSD for a boundary.

Over 36.6: Boundary! Harbhajan to S Malik, on the shorter side, goes back and cuts it behind point for a boundary.

Over 37.2: Boundary! R P Singh to M Yousuf, half volley, lifts it sweetly over mid off for a boundary.

Over 38.3: Boundary! Harbhajan to S Malik, flatter trajectory delivery, goes back and cuts the doosra behind point for another boundary.

Over 39.5: Boundary! R P Singh to S Malik, full toss, opens the face and guides it behind point for a boundary beating Pathan’s desperate slide.

Over 40.4: Boundary! Harbhajan to S Malik, flighted delivery, goes back and cuts it in the air behind point for a boundary.

Over 42.5: Boundary! Harbhajan to S Malik, flatter trajectory delivery, goes back and cuts it wide of Sachin at short thirdman for a boundary to bring up his 7th ODI hundred!

Over 43.1: Boundary! R P Singh to M Yousuf, pitched up delivery, drives the wide one fluently through point for a boundary.

Over 43.6: Boundary! R P Singh to S Malik, pitched up delivery, clears his frontfoot and lofts it cleanly towards straight long off for a boundary.

Over 44.3: Boundary! Harbhajan to M Yousuf, dragged way too short, that’s a long hop, goes back and lofts it high over covers for a boundary.

Over 45.1: Single. Ashish Nehra to M Yousuf, pitched up delivery, makes room and drives it to extra covers for a single. The batting powerplay has been taken now.

Over 45.5: Boundary! Ashish Nehra to M Yousuf, full toss, heaves it past a lazy mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 45.6: Bowled him! Ashish Nehra to M Yousuf, good length delivery, makes room to smash it through point but misses that slower one which hits the stumps.

Over 46.5: Boundary! Y Pathan to S Afridi, quicker and flatter in the air, makes room and lofts it inside out over covers for a boundary.

Over 46.6: He is Caught! Y Pathan to S Afridi, quicker and flatter in the air, makes room to plunder it on the up but can only get an edge to the keeper.

Over 47.1: Boundary! Ashish Nehra to S Malik, full toss, plays a flat batted drive that disappears through covers for a boundary.

Over 47.2: Boundary! Ashish Nehra to S Malik, pitched up delivery, heaves it across flat over wide mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 47.5: He is Caught! Ashish Nehra to Umar Akmal, pitched up delivery, tries to heave at a wide away going one and can only edge it behind to MSD.

Over 48.2: Boundary! Harbhajan to Naved-ul-Hasan, flighted delivery, steps out and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.

Over 48.6: He is Caught! Harbhajan to S Malik, quicker and flatter in the air, steps out and lofts it straight into the hands of Pathan at long on.

Over 49.3: He is Caught! I Sharma to U Gul, pitched up delivery, slices his big shot to Raina at backward point who had run backwards slightly to take that catch.

Over 49.5: He is Caught! I Sharma to Mohammad Aamer, pitched up delivery, backs away from his stumps and can only chip the slower one into the hands of mid on!

Over 49.6: Beaten! I Sharma to Naved-ul-Hasan, pitched up delivery, makes room for a big shot but can’t manage to touch the ball at all. India needs 303 runs to win from 50 overs.

India Innings

Over 1.6: Boundary! Naved-ul-Hasan to S Tendulkar, short and wide, plays a crunchy drive that races away past point for a boundary.

Over 2.2: Boundary! Mohammad Aamer to Gambhir, good length delivery, strays onto the pads and Gauti plays a stylish flick flat in the air over squareleg for a one bounce boundary.

Over 3.6: Boundary! Naved-ul-Hasan to Gambhir, full toss, that was perhaps a slower one and Gambhir heaved it nicely off the middle through mid wicket for his second boundary.

Over 4.1: He is Caught! Mohammad Aamer to S Tendulkar, short of length delivery, feels for the away going one and opens the face to nick it behind and Kamran takes a nice diving catch!

Over 4.6: Boundary! Mohammad Aamer to R Dravid, short and wide, plays a spanking cut that races away behind point for a boundary.

Over 5.6: Five Wides! Naved-ul-Hasan to Gambhir, bouncer, ducks under that and Kamran has no chance in stopping that.

Over 6.1: Boundary! Mohammad Aamer to Gambhir, pitched up delivery, clears his frontfoot and whacks the free hit flat and wide over mid on for a boundary.

Over 7.4: Boundary! Naved-ul-Hasan to Gambhir, short of length delivery, doesn’t cover the line and plays a lovely late cut past point for a boundary.

Over 8.2: Boundary!. Mohammad Aamer to Gambhir, good length delivery, flicks it off the frontfoot towards mid wicket.

Over 10.3: Sixer! U Gul to Gambhir, pitched up delivery, makes room and heaves the free hit ball high over squareleg for a long six!

Over 10.5: Two runs. U Gul to R Dravid, short of length delivery, flicks it through wide mid wicket for a couple. That six for Gambhir brought up his fifty!

Over 13.2: Boundary! U Gul to Gambhir, good length delivery, flicks it gloriously off his pad through wide mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 13.5: Run Out at the Non Striker’s end! U Gul to R Dravid, pitched up delivery, drives it straight to mid off and Gambhir is sent back but its too late for him as he is defeated by a strong direct throw! That was a waste of a precious wicket, Gambhir too itchy to get the strike, the call was obviously Dravid’s.

Over 14.1: Boundary! Saeed Ajmal to R Dravid, flatter trajectory delivery, deflects it solidly wide of short fine leg for a boundary.

Over 15.3: Boundary! U Gul to R Dravid, pitched up delivery, clears his frontfoot and smacks the free hit ball flat over wide mid on for a boundary to take India past 100.

Over 17.5: Boundary! U Gul to V Kohli, good length delivery, goes back and guides it safely along the ground past slip for a boundary.

Over 21.3: He is Caught! S Afridi to V Kohli, flighted delivery, steps out and lofts it straight into the hands of Umar Gul at long off who appears to put it down but manages to hold onto it in the end.

Over 23.5: Out LBW! S Afridi to M S Dhoni, quicker and flatter in the air, steps out and is hit on the pad, another massive shout for an lbw and this time Taufel gives that out! Dhoni was miles down the track!

Over 28.3: Boundary! U Gul to S Raina, good length delivery, plays a brilliant drive on the up that sails flat over point for a boundary.

Over 28.5: Sixer! U Gul to S Raina, short of length delivery, swings his arms across and launches that over the bowler’s head for a six! Raina was playing golf and not cricket!

Over 29.5: Boundary! S Afridi to S Raina, flighted delivery, steps out and plays an amazing drive past extra covers for a boundary.

Over 30.4: Boundary! U Gul to S Raina, short of length delivery, flashes at that high over backward point for a boundary.

Over 32.3: Boundary! S Malik to S Raina, flighted delivery, stretches forward and plays a powerful flat slog sweep over wide mid wicket for a boundary.

Over 32.4: Boundary! S Malik to S Raina, flighted delivery, steps out and lofts it inside out over covers for another boundary!

Over 32.5: Sixer! S Malik to S Raina, flighted delivery, gets the length he wants and slog sweeps it all the way over mid wicket for a six!! Flashes of Brian Lara!

Over 34.6: Out LBW! Saeed Ajmal to S Raina, quicker and flatter in the air, gets hit on the shoe by a yorker that drifted in with the arm and the Umpire raises his finger, the bat came down a touch late.

Over 38.2: He is Caught! Mohammad Aamer to Y Pathan, good length delivery, goes hard at the ball with his drive and can only edge it to the lone slip who holds onto the sharp chance.

Over 39.3: Boundary! Naved-ul-Hasan to R Dravid, short of length delivery, flicks it off his pads past deep squareleg for a boundary.

Over 41.1: Two runs. Naved-ul-Hasan to R Dravid, pitched up delivery, drives it straight past the bowler for a couple. India have taken the batting powerplay.

Over 41.6: Run Out at the Striker’s end! Naved-ul-Hasan to R Dravid, pitched up delivery, drives the slower one to deep covers and completes a second run, Dravid turns back for the third which wasn’t there and he has no chance of turning back to safety! Dravid has not only got run out but also seems to have twisted his leg slightly!

Over 43.4: He is Caught! Naved-ul-Hasan to R P Singh, pitched up delivery, slogs the slower one high towards deep mid wicket and Yousuf charges forward from there to take the catch.

Over 43.6: Bowled him! Naved-ul-Hasan to I Sharma, pitched up delivery, cleans him up with a 135 kmph inswinging yorker!

Over 44.3: Boundary! Saeed Ajmal to Harbhajan, quicker and flatter in the air, makes room and smashes it through covers for a boundary.

Over 44.5: Bowled him! Saeed Ajmal to Harbhajan, flatter trajectory delivery, goes for a reverse sweep and misses it with the ball turning in sharply to hit the stumps. Pakistan win by 54 runs.

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