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India defeat Pakistan in bowl-out

By Alistair Watkins

ICC World Twenty20 Group D, Durban:
India 141-9 (20 overs) tie with Pakistan 141-7

India win bowl-out 3-0

India celebrate victory
India's players held their nerve to win an extraordinary encounter

India won 3-0 in a bowl-out to beat Pakistan and seal their place in the Super Eights after their World Twenty20 group match ended in a thrilling tie.

India were reeling after Mohammad Asif took 4-18 but Robin Uthappa (50) helped set Pakistan 141-9 to win in Durban.

Pakistan, who had already qualified, got to 141-7 and needed one to win off the last ball but Misbah-ul-Haq (53) was run out and a bowl-out followed.

India's first three all hit the stumps but Pakistan's top three all missed.

Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Uthappa all struck the leg-stump while Pakistan's Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi missed.

Matches between these sides are always action-packed but few would have predicted the dramatic rollercoaster that unfolded.

Asif vindicated Pakistan's decision to put in their arch-rivals by holding a superb return catch to dismiss Gautam Gambhir for a duck off the match's third ball.

Pakistan players celebrate
Mohammad Asif (left) celebrates his first wicket

Making good use of helpful conditions, the paceman bowled Sehwag in his next over, had Yuvraj Singh caught at mid-on in his third and bowled Dinesh Karthik in his final over.

Uthappa hit Arafat for two magnificent sixes to the delight of the India fans in the packed Kingsmead stands, but Sohail Tanvir had him caught behind soon after.

Left-hander Irfan Pathan hit Afridi's spin on to the roof of the stand and spanked another booming six off the next delivery, before Afridi bowled him for 20 off 15 balls in a three-ball spell which encapsulated all the excitement of Twenty20 cricket.

A third, brief rain delay interrupted the thrilling entertainment just as Dhoni seemed to be getting into his stride.

Afridi bowled Harbhajan almost immediately after the resumption and Gul dismissed dangerman Dhoni when the captain mis-timed a slower delivery high into the floodlit sky.

Ajit Agarkar's 14 at the death helped India push up the total but it did not seem big enough.

Pakistan seemed intent on going for a quick victory in 14.4 overs to knock their arch-rivals out of the tournament and send Scotland throughon net run-rate.

They lost Imran Nazir in the second over but wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal blasted a six and a four to set pulses racing.

Misbah hit seven fours and one six in his 53

However, the tide swung again as Pakistan lost three wickets for three runs and all of a sudden India scented victory.

Salman Butt was caught by Dhoni off Agarkar for a sluggish 17, Yuvraj ran out Akmal after a mix-up and Pathan bowled Younus Khan.

Shoaib Malik and Misbah put on 40 for the fifth wicket before Pathan removed the skipper.

Agarkar dropped the big-hitting Afridi from a towering whack but Dinesh Karthik held another high chance off a Harbhajan full toss to dismiss the dangerman for seven and leave Pakistan needing 39 off 14 balls.

But Misbah rose to the occasion and blasted a six and a four to leave Pakistan needing 29 from the final two overs.

And when Misbah and Yasir Arafat hit 17 off the penultimate over, it seemed Pakistan would win with only 12 needed off the last six balls.

They got the scores level but could not manage a run off Sree Santh's last ball and in the confusion Misbah, who had made 53 off 35 balls, was run out to set up the dramatic bowl-out to decide the winner.

But it was not to be for Pakistan and India's victory sent Scotland out of the tournament.

see also
Dhoni praises 'terrific' bowlers
14 Sep 07 |  Cricket
India v Pakistan as it happened
14 Sep 07 |  Cricket
Scotland v India match abandoned
13 Sep 07 |  Cricket

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