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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Asia Cup-2014: Pakistan Beat India By 1 Wicket In An Incredible Thriller!

Shahid Afridi today reminded all India and Pakistan fans of the Sharjah one day international in 1986 between the two countries when Javed Miandad gave Pakistan an incredible victory by sending the last ball of the match sailing over the boundary. An impulsive cricketer, as always, Afridi today became the hero of his fans after quite a long time. 
 
Pakistan beat India by 1 wicket today in the sixth match of Asia Cup-2014 ODI Cricket tournament played in Bangladesh. This Pak win almost ends India's hopes of staying afloat.Now India would like to beat Afghanistan with a bonus point and hope Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka. Pakistan is on top now with 9 points (one bonus point earned against Afghanistan) and is almost through the final even if beaten by Bangladesh in their last encounter.

Pakistan bowlers did better than India in both pace and spin; Pakistan batsmen did better than India building longer partnerships and Pakistan fielded better than India in terms of letting go the least chances.

For India the same nightmarish story of missed opportunities continues. The Kohli centric team folded up for less than 250 being put in to bat as Kohli failed to get going this time. Stand-in wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik continues to mess up huge stumping chances. However, for the avid fans this encounter too lived up to a typical India-Pakistan blockbuster with ups and downs till the last minute. When Indian fans resigned to accept the verdict of a defeat Team India turned the match on its head reducing Pakistan to 235 for 8 needing 11 runs off the last over. First ball 50th over one more Pak wicket making Indian fans celebrate victory. Next ball a single and Afridi regains strike. He hits two huge sixes next two balls and Pakistan finally prevailed overhauling the target of 246 with 2 balls to spare driving Pak fans into an ecstatic frenzy! 


India disappointed again, but then what a match!
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