1st T-20: Pakistan defeats India by 5 wickets

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Bangalore: Pakistan on Tuesday registered their first Twenty20 victory over India, beating their arch-rivals by five wickets to take 1-0 lead in the two match T-20 series.

Batting first, Indian squad scored 133 for nine in 20 overs which the Pakistan chased down with two balls remaining, after suffering early jitters due to a brilliant opening spell by debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Needing 10 runs in the final over Shoaib Malik hit a straight six off the fourth delivery off Indian bowling's weakest link Ravindra Jadeja to overhaul the target and to clinch the issue.

The debutant, Kumar got India a wicket in the first over. The 22-year-old, who has made his way into the Indian team on the back of impressive performances in the domestic circuit, castled Nasir Jamshed to claim his first international scalp.

Then, in his next over the youngster got Ahmed Shehzad to edge the ball to MS Dhoni behind the stumps; and on the last ball of the same over he knocked back Umar Akmal’s middle-stump.

With their team reeling on 12 for three, captain Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik went about the task of reviving the Pakistan innings. After taking their time to get in, the duo counterattacked in the second half of the innings.

After they collected 13 runs in the 11th over off Virat Kohli, Malik launched Yuvraj Singh over mid-wicket for a six as duo picked 10 from the next over.  Yuvraj Singh who was successful against the English went for runs as Hafeez too smashed him for a six. 

And though, Ravindra Jadeja had conceded only four runs in his first, he was hit over the fence by both batsmen in his next. The Pakistan skipper leading from the front brought up his fifty with one such big hit over long-off.

With Pakistan inching towards the target and 16 runs required of 18 balls Hafeez holed out to Kumar off Ishant Sharma. And a couple of deliveries later Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliant running catch after Malik took the aerial route went in vain as the delivery was adjudged a no-ball. But Ishant Sharma had kept India in the game by conceding only two runs in the over and taking a wicket.The home team then got a breakthrough in the next over as Akmal hit Ashoke Dinda to thirdman where Ishant Sharma took the catch.

Earlier, Indian batting suffered an unexpected collapse as they were restricted for a meagre 133 for 9. Openers Gautam Gambhir (43 off 41) and Ajinkya Rahane (42 off 31) gave India a solid platform, putting up 77 for the first wicket.

But everything changed drastically once Rahane got out trying to clear the extra cover boundary off Shahid Afridi. India lost nine wickets for an addition of just 47 runs.

Man-of-the-Match: Mohammad Hafeez for his match winning 61-run knock.

Brief scores: India 133/9 in 20 overs (G Gambhir 43, A Rahane 42,U Gul 3/21, S Ajmal 2/25) lost to Pakistan 134/5 in 19.4 overs (M Hafeez 61, S Malik 57*, B Kumar 3/9) by 5 wickets
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