Friday , October 31 2014
Quick wickets put India ahead | India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2014

Quick wickets put India ahead | India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2014

Umar Akmal departs trying to hit one over the mid on but mistimed it totally. Misbah also departs following a misunderstanding with Hafeez and resulting in a run out. Maqsood and Hafeez on the middle.

India have removed both Pakistani openers at 93 after 15 overs. Sharjeel is gone for 25 and Shehzad for 42.They had lifted Pakistan with a flying start after the pair put together 67 runs in the first powerplay hitting 9 fours and 1 six together.

India had put together a reasonable total of 245 in 50 overs losing 8 wickets. Pakistan seamer Mohammad Talha struck the most deadly blows in the intense Asia Cup clash, leaving India in at 113 for 4 in 25 overs, despite a sparkling half-century from Rohit Sharma. Later on, fifties from Rayudu and Jadeja took India close to 250. Saeed Ajmal picked up 3 wickets for Pakistan while Hafeez and Talha bagged two each.

Jadeja’s well delivered 52 from 49 balls was the most vital part of India’s innings after the departure of Karthik (23) who was caught at short fine leg by Azmal. Jadeja added 59 runs with Rayudu in the 6th wicket partnership and and 23 with Ashwin in 7th.

Rayudu scored 58 from 62 deliveries before he mistimed a doosra from Ajmal and gave an easy catch at long on.
Ajmal’s doosra also misled Ashwin as he was stumped attempting to slog one over mid wicket. Shami also returned to the dressing room in the same over attempting a big hit and ended up in Maqsood’s hand.

Rahane was caught after scoring 23 from 50 deliveries at mid-wicket when trying to move across the stumps and generate a stroke. Before that, Hafeez took a blinder at mid-wicket after Rohit Sharma tried to pull a short pitched delivery from Talha to reward him with his maiden ODI wicket. Rohit Sharma scored 56 off 58 deliveries with 7 boundaries and two over boundaries in his name.

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Mohammad Hafeez surprised Shikhar Dhawan with his spin taking the new ball from one end and trapped the opener lbw in the third over of their innings. Sharma and Kohli added 38 runs in the second wicket before Kohli was caught behind the wicket trying to guide a shortish ball from Umar Gul towards third man and ended up with a fine edge leaving his team at 56.

Earlier, Pakistan skipper Misbah-Ul-Haque has won the toss and opted to bowl first. This is comparatively a slow track and there won’t be much for the bowlers throughout the match. But Misbah decides to bowl first keeping the dew factor in mind.

After a comfortable 72 runs win against Afghanistan, Pakistan managed to snatch a valuable bonus point and currently standing at second position in the tournament with more net run rate than India.
Pakistan have brought in Mohammad Talha to replace Anwar Ali while India have included Amit Mishra, a leg spinner into their squad.

Sunviraj Rifat
tigercricket correspondent