(India take on Pakistan in a high-octane clash at Mirpur on Sunday. This is virtually the semi-final of the Asia Cup 2014 with Sri Lanka being in a very comfortable position to qualify for the final. Catch live cricket scores of the match in our live blog below.)
According to researchers, there are only two ways to get over this #IndvPak heartbreak: 1. Watch Border. 2. Watch Gadar.
With 75 runs, two wickets, and two catches, Prof Hafeez is the Man of the Match. He dedicates the victory to his countrymen.
The Most Trusted player of the Match is Ajmal. He does not get a chance to speak, though.
Misbah says he’s happy. He had nice words for the Hafeez-Maqsood partnership. He brings out that divine smile to say that there’s nothing like winning, even if he does not score himself.
Kohli says he had used his bowlers in short bursts because he didn’t want the batsmen to get used to a single bowler. He says India were about 20-30 runs short. He lauded team India for his performance.
What a man. Seriously, what a man. This is what cricket used to be about. Ridicule him you may, but you cannot hate him. Cricket needs more characters like Boom Boom. He may fail at times, but when he gets going he can win any match. Any.
One person who may feel good today is Chetan Sharma! He’s got company now in Ashwin! #asiacup
Yet another change of ends for Bhuvi. What is Kohli playing at?
Jadeja cuts down pace and holds the pair down. Hafeez had his heart in his mouth when the ball flew just past the diving mid-wicket…
Bhuvi gives way to Jadeja… Kohli has a slip for him…
This one is getting tighter and tighter. Ash keeps the batsmen down, bowling around the stumps. He hatches a plan with KD, bowls one down the leg-side, Sohaib is miles out, but KD muffles it. Will Maqsood do a Sanga now?
Maqsood pushes one through mid-wicket, and Hafeez, in hara-kiri mode, almost runs himself out. He decides, however, that enough is enough, and places the ball — in air — to Rohit’s right for four. That is the fifty-partnership as well.
Another innocent over from Ash. Three runs off it. Bhuvi gets a change of ends (why?).
PowerPlay time. Ash is back.
In case you’re wondering what the delay is about, dew is being roped off the ground.
Two wickets, two catches, dropping a sitter, running his captain out, warned by the umpire, and now a fifty. It has been all about Hafeez today.
Kohli probably intends to keep his spinners for the batting PowerPlay, and maybe even for the kill. Things are getting intriguing here at Mirpur.
Shami finds Maqsood’s edge, the ball flies, but unfortunately DK is human. He would have needed wings to have reached that one. 150 comes up…
Even gods focusing on #AsiaCup. #SaVAus was causing distractions, gods called rain on it.
You just cannot put Jadeja out of the action. They may have taken him to the cleaners, but the blitz at the end was there, and now this! Umar lofts it in the air, Jadeja runs away from the batsman and pulls off a stunner. What a catch, Sirjee!
OUT! Umar Akmal caught Ravindra Jadeja b Amit Mishra 4(17)
Some extremely tight bowling from the Mish-Ash pair. Slow bowling seems to be doing the trick. India’s fielders have also backed their bowlers brilliantly.
Quite a match for Hafeez so far : 2 catches, 2 wickets, dropped a sitter, run out his captain, warned by the umpire #AsiaCup#IndvPak
Spin at both ends. Ash and Jadeja seems to have brought some sanity into the proceedings before Shehzad played a regal cover-drive off the back-foot for four. Still not content, he cut him for four more.
Being ex-cricketers you would think that these commentators know Bhuvi is pitching short enough for ball to not swing, then changed length?!
THAT’S HUGE! Shami bowls a tad short, and Sharjeel lifts it from outside off for a massive six to bring up the fifty-run partnership! Still not content, he pulls Shami to the mid-wicket fence for four more!
Bhuvi’s quest for swing does not work as Shehzad drives him beautifully past him. Almost immediately Sharjeel lofts Bhuvi over his head: four more. India need to break this partnership. Somehow.
Pakistan seems to be dealing in leg-byes here: Sharjeel has used his pads to great efficiency to acquire eight leg-byes from two conseuctive balls of Shami.
Commentator on the possible out of batsmen: “The indian players were jumping with joy..” Virat Kohli was swearing his ass off.. #IndvsPak
Shami keeps Shehzad on a leash for five balls, but the moment he bounces Shehzad hooks, and hooks with panache. Four. Bhuvi appeals vociferously against Shehzad, but Oxenford turns down the appeal. Replays suggest it had brushed the pad.
Sharjeel punches Bhuvi for four past point, but we have an issue there: he is clearly limping. Kohli may want to bring fielders in and dry out the singles.
Bhuvi has been wayward, straying down the leg. Sharjeel seems to have forgotten his injury while Shehzad looks in good nick too.
Total ODI wickets taken by this India XI: 348 Shahid Afridi: 378 wkts #AsiaCup#IndvsPak
Pujara update: was spotted sitting on the sidelines. At least he could have done with some sight-seeing.
Jadeja update: Got a reprieve from Llong, was dropped by Hafeez, had a bash, made a fifty, batted like a king.
Akmal household update: All is well.
Oft-repeated trivia: Pakistan has not chased down anything more than 242 since October 2012.
Some serious hitting by Ravindra Jadeja (in his 100th ODI, may I remind you all) towards the end of the innings lifted India to 245 for 8. It could have been more, but Ajmal and Junaid pulled things back in the last two overs. There was pace to begin with, but the pitch got slower as the match progressed. Pakistan’s slow bowlers have impressed: how will India’s trio of Jadeja, Ashwin, and Mishra fare? Tune in for Pakistan’s chase in a short while from now.
Jadeja gets his fifty, but Junaid pulled things back as India finish on 245 for 8. Have they done enough?
Ashwin has changed his bowling action to Narine and now the batting action to Bhura from Lagaan #IndVsPak
Shami’s hoick lands in Maqsood’s hands at deep mid-wicket. Five balls, no run…
OUT! Mohammed Shami c Sohaib Maqsood b Saeed Ajmal 0(3)
Easy-peasy. Misbah decides to bowl Ajmal out, Ashwin steps out to hit him to the Bay of Bengal, and is caught miles outside.
OUT! Ravichandran Ashwin st Umar Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 9(7)
Whadda smash from Ash! Caught-behind not given, and then he jumps in action! Pull, top-edged hook, you name a stroke, he hits it to the fence. And Jadeja finishes off things in a blast!
Jadeja avenges Rayudu by dispatching him over the mid-wicket boundary!
OUT! Ambati Rayudu c sub (Anwar Ali) b Saeed Ajmal 58(62).
Ravindra Jadeja gets Umar Gul decapitated, well, almost. Gul was fortunate to have had reflexes like that: he took his head away at the last moment from the scorching straight-drive as the fifty-partnership came up. Thus elated, Jadeja pulled Gul for four more the next ball.
Hafeez had been keeping it tight till Jadeja cut him to the right of point for four. The Indian 200 comes up…
Lbw not Given, Catch dropped. I Gues thats the reason y he is called sir ravindra jadeja o_O #PakvInd#IndvsPak
Rayudu gets his second ODI fifty before Jadeja attempted to loft Hafeez out into the stratosphere. Fortunately for him, Hafeez drops one of the easier skiers that can come across him. One cannot really expect to expect Hafeez taking three catches in a match, given that he has dropped about 40% of all catches in recent past! Rayudu, meanwhile, marches on, cutting Gul past point ferociously…
India are trying their best to break loose: after a few frantic singles Rayudu eventually lofted Afridi into the stands over deep mid-wicket!
A lot has been happening! Rayudu lofted Hafeez deftly over mid-wicket for four, but Hafeez had a comeback when he trapped Jadeja plumb in front of the stumps — only for Llong to declare the 100th-ODI-man not out. Some tight, frantic running and close run out misses as India reach the 40th over. Have they got enough for the final launching pad?
Saeed Ajmal has picked up Jadeja in every match he has bowled against him. #PakvInd#AsiaCup
KD is gone! With the fine leg up he tried the slog-sweep again, and only ended up hitting it to Hafeez at fine-leg. India’s PowerPlay woes continue.
OUT! Dinesh Karthik c Saeed Ajmal b Mohammad Hafeez 23(46)
The first over of the batting Powerplay, and immediately Ajmal is summoned. DK waits for a while, then slog-sweeps a boundary — the first after NINE overs. The stroke also brought up the 50-run partnership. 8 runs came off that over: will India switch gears now?
Slowly, very slowly, Rayudu and DK are trying to turn things around. It will take a heck of an effort to get things back in order, though. Meanwhile Afridi toils on in pursuit of his 500th international wicket…
Afridi keeps the Indians on a leash along with ace triple-jumper fast bowler Junaid. Rayudu and DK have been running hard, trying to build up a partnership of sorts…
Talha gets a well-deserved break as well: Misbah turns to Afridi. He has not allowed the Indian batsmen to settle down at all.
Ajmal taken off after a magnificent spell. With an assortment of doosras and off-breaks he has conceded 19 off 5, figures that do not tell the complete tale. Pakistan clearly dominating the contest.
Don’t forget, Karthik was bought for over $2million at the IPL auction, which is of course the best judge of the value of a player…..
FIFTY for Rohit, and how! A dazzling cover-drive off Afridi that cantered to the fence. He looks determined now…
A neat first over from Talha, barring that single short ball: Rahane capitalised on it, and ended up ruining his figures.
Gul pulls back Rohit’s blitz a bit with an excellent over. Rohit has been magnificent today, showcasing to the world why he is considered among the most dangerous batsmen in the world.
Gul gets his man! Kohli tries to guide him to third man but the resultant edge lands up in Umar’s hands. Gul gets the big wicket and celebrates, and how!
OUT! Virat Kohli c Umar Akmal b Umar Gul 5(11)
Meanwhile, Rohit has gone bonkers. It”s raining boundaries here!
And Rohit hits a six! Gul bounces short outside off, and Rohit puts everything into it: the pull vanishes over square-leg!
Just when it seemed Rohit is about to hit Hafeez off the attack, the off-spinner justifies Misbah’s move by rapping Dhawan on his pads as the left-hander missed the line while trying to push off the back-foot.
OUT! Shikhar Dhawan LBW b Mohammad Hafeez 10(13)
Gul steams in from the other end. Misbah has two slips for him. The second ball rockets past Dhawan as the batsman ducks: it seems Gul means business here. Dhawan makes a comeback, playing a silken drive through cover for four.
Talha gets his cap. Dhawan and Rohit stride out. Misbah tosses the ball to Hafeez, and… and… Dhawan square-cuts him for four off the second ball of the match.
The anthems are done. The umpires are walking out. It’s showtime, folks. Ready to shout for your side?
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to field against India in the sixth match of the Asia Cup 2014 match.
Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Talha, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the sixth match of the Asia Cup 2014 between India and Pakistan at Mirpur. This is Abhishek Mukherjee and I will be bringing you the updates of this game. Read preview of the match here.
India take on Pakistan in a highly anticipated clash in the Asia Cup 2014 at Mirpur on March 2. This will be the sixth match of the Asia Cup. India and Pakistan have played two matches each. They have also won one and lost one so far.
Pakistan are second in the standings ahead of India on net run-rate. Sri Lanka lead the standings after beating both Pakistan and India. Pakistan beat Afghanistan in their second match. India had defeated Bangladesh in their first match.