I mean that was crazily nice to see Pakistan winning the Mohali ODI with professionalism introduced at the end of the game. The most amazing and stunning thing was the way through which Shahid Afridi kept his cool, and saw it till the end. With substandard bowling, which was devoid of line and length and discipline and spark and sting, and with the lame fielding and with uncertain batting, it was a miracle to see Pakistan beating the formidable Indian outfit quite nail-bitingly.
If a match is being held in India, and India is playing, you could sense what is happening in Stadium by just standing outside the stadium and listening to the roar and silence of the crowd. When the Mohali ODI was finished, there was a pin drop silence in the stadium, and the people outside of stadium knew the result.
It was really a miracle for Pakistan to conquer the mountain of 321 runs posted by India playing first. 173 runs partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir provided a solid foundation for a massive target. Sachin didn’t make to the 100 and got out on 99, and Gambhir managed to score 57 runs. India’s 4rth wicket fell on the score of 234, when Sehwag threw his wicket away after scoring 25 runs. Initially when Tendulkar and Gambhir were blazing away at the speed of light, India was all set to score even more than 350, but then due to the mistakes by the Indian middle order, they just fell short. Uttappa and Dhoni were the major disappointments for the India.
Opening once again failed for Pakistan. Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt lived precariously, though later on Salman Butt played some solid shots. Kamran went out to pavilion after making 13 runs, and the first wicket for Pakistan dropped on the score of 38. Then at the score of 81, Salman Butt couldn’t take it more, and went out at the ball of Irfan Pathan. Mohammad Yousaf was also a disappointment and was stumped at not-so-mystery ball of Harbhajan after scoring lame 12 runs. He just didn’t try it out, and wasn’t simply there.
When Yousaf was gone, Pakistan’s score was 105 and 23 overs were completed. Then Shoaib Malik came onto the crease and along with Younus Khan they both scored 69 runs. Shoaib Malik was unable to capitalize upon his cautious start and got out after 25 runs. Misbah-ul-haq made 39 runs, and when he was ousted Pakistan still needed 39 runs. Younus Khan remained there like a thorn, and he was exactly a thorn for both Indians and Pakistanis. Indians were livid because he was there, not getting out despite of fragile batting, and Pakistanis were livid because he was just there sluggishly and hanging with the thin nail. Though at the end, he took away all the glory and now for the next hundred matches, Pakistan has to suffer him. Shahid Afridi came out late, but earned his bread and after hitting a sixer ensured the Pakistan’s win. Sohail Tanvir also helped him in achieving the target. It was more of an Indian defeat, then the Pakistani win.More on:India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Pakistan, Pakistan in India 2007, Sachin Tendulkar, Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan
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