Afridi brings Pakistan home in a photo finish match against India
MIRPUR: Pakistan has defeated India in photo finish match by 1 wicket; Shahid Khan Afridi hit couple of sixes in the last over sealing a much needed victory in Asia Cup at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Sunday, ARY News reported.
Shahid Afridi AKA ‘Boom Boom’ scored indispensable 34 runs. He smacked two sixes to Ravicandaran Ashwin when Pakistan required 9 off 4 balls to bring Pakistan home.
Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Maqsood rebuild Pakistan’s inning taking the score from 113-4 to 200 runs. They kept Pakistan in sight of the required rate.
Hafeez scored 75 runs and Maqsood got run out at 38 runs.
On the other hand, India fought hard despite posting a sub-par total especially with a returning Amit Mishra, who was exceptional with his flight and guide conceding only 28 runs in his spell of 10 overs and also took 2 wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan bowling first restricted India to 245.
Pakistani spinners contributed well, Mohammad Hafeez (2) and Saeed Ajmal (3) took five wickets overall.
Right arm pacer Mohammad Talha struck the most telling blows in the marquee Asia Cup clash, leaving India in strife at 113 for 4 in 25 overs, despite a sparkling half-century from Rohit Sharma.
He generated good bounce off an upright, uncomplicated action to dismiss Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane in his first ODI spell, after India's form batsman Virat Kohli had earlier been snapped up by Umar Gul.
Indian middle order played well to overcome the initial surge of wickets. Ambati Rayudu played a sensible knock of 58 runs.
Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja showed some aggressiveness scoring unbeaten 52 runs in 49 balls taking score to 245.