Sunday, September 30, 2012

WT20 Super Eights: Pak vs India: Pakistan Batting Shattered: All Out At 128

When half of the Pakistan team was back to pavilion in first 10 overs, and that too with batting average of not more than 6 runs, chances of their getting a challenging total had gone quite low. They lost their sixth wicket in 16th over at the time when the two batsmen Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal were looking as well settled and going for a grand total with the help of big hits. It was Shoaib Mailk who got caught in the 16th over being thrown by Ashwin at his score of 28 made in 22 balls with 3 fours.

In 17 overs Pakistan were 114 for the loss of 6 wickets with Umar Akmal playing at 21 made in 16 balls with 1 six and the newcomer Yasir Arafat at 7 in 9 balls with 1 four. In 18th over of the game and Ashwin's 4th over, Pakistan lost their 7th wicket when Umar Akmal got caught by Raina at his score of 21 runs made in 18 balls with 1 six. Pakistan were 115 for the loss of 7 wickets at the end of 18th over with an average of 6.38 runs per over.

With 2 more overs to go, some big hits were required to attain some respectable score on the board. 19th over was given by Dhoni to Zaheer Khan. Eighth wicket of Pakistan was gone on the very first ball of Zaheer Khan when Yasir Arafat got run out at his score of 8 made in 11 balls with 1 four. Second ball gone for four by Umar Gul. Score 120 for 8 wickets. Third ball and here is 1 run. Fourth ball and again a single. Fifth ball, no run given, a dot ball by Zaheer. last ball of 19th over gone for 1 run. At the end of 19 overs, Pakistan was 122 for the loss of 8 wickets. Average 6.42.

Last over by Balaji. First ball, no run. Second ball, gone for a big hit - 6 runs by Gul. Third ball, Gul got out caught by Dhoni at his score of 12 runs in 10 balls with a six and a four each. Pakistan wre 128 for 9. Last 3 balls, 1 wicket left. Average 6.56. Fourth ball and that was the end of Pakistan innings. Saeed Ajmal also got out in the same fashion.

Dhoni has taken 4 catches in this match. Pakistan is 128 all out. India to make 129 to win.
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