Sunday, September 30, 2012

WT20 Super Eights: India v Pak: First 10 Overs: Indian Win Almost Certain

In reply to Pakistan's 128 all out with 2 balls to spare, India started with a  big blow. Opener Gautam Gambhir got caught and bowled out on the second ball of the game with Raza Hasan opening the bowling spree for Pakistan. Thereafter Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli carried on with the Indian batting towards their target of 129 to win. In 5 overs India were 30 for the loss of 1 wicket. Sehwag was at 17 in 12 balls with 3 fours and Kohli was at 11 in 16 balls with 1 four.

First six of the Indian batting was hit by Kohli at the bowling of Afridi in 7th over of the game. India were 45 for the loss of 1 wicket in 7 overs with an average of 6.4. Asking rate was 6.45 runs per over. India's 50 came in 8th over of the game. At the end of 8 overs India were 51 for 1. In 9 overs it was 59. Kohli heading for his half century was at 33 in 31 balls with 3 fours and a solitary six. Sehwag on the other hand was at 24 made in 21 balls with 3 fours. Required run rate fallen down to 6 per over. Thus the pair taking India to a comfort zone.

2 consecutive fours on first opening balls of 10th over took Kohli to 42 and Indian score to 68 for 1. Asking rate for the first time had gone down below 6. It was 5.8. Sehwag and Kohli were batting together at a rate of over 8 runs per over. In 10 overs India are 70 runs requiring jsut 59 more runs in next 10 overs with 9 wickets intact.
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