<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="India vs Pakistan 2012: Dhoni, Hafeez play down incident involing Ishant and Kamran" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121215094000.jpg" title="India vs Pakistan 2012: Dhoni, Hafeez play down incident involing Ishant and Kamran" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> MS Dhoni clarified that Ishant Sharma didn't abuse Kamran Akmal © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Bangalore: Dec 26, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> Playing down the face-off between Indian pacer <a href="/tags/Ishant-Sharma/post" target="_blank">Ishant Sharma </a>and Pakistan batsman <a href="/tags/Kamran-Akmal/post" target="_blank">Kamran Akmal</a> in the first Twenty20 International, captains of both the sides said it was a minor argument which ended with an exchange of smiles between the two.<br /> <br /> A heated argument erupted between the two and umpires had to step in to separate them and continue with the thrilling game which Pakistan won by five wickets.<br /> <br /> The two got into an argument when Akmal was declared not out after he was caught off a no ball by Ishant, and was beaten on the next ball.<br /> <br /> Soon both angry players exchanged a few angry words and wagged fingers at each other. Finally, the ground umpires and Indian players intervened and separated both of them.<br /> <br /> "It happened because of some misunderstanding between the two. The bowler said something else and the batsman understood something else. I am pleased that Ishant had not abused him. We will try to keep this in check,"<a href="/tags/MS-Dhoni/post" target="_blank"> Mahendra Singh Dhoni </a>said.<br /> <br /> His opposite number <a href="/tags/Mohammad-Hafeez/post" target="_blank">Mohammad Hafeez</a> said the players doused the issue on the ground itself.<br /> <br /> "We have come here to play competitive cricket and such incidents do happen. It is a part of the game. However, Ishant and Akmal ended the issue on the ground by exchanging smiles at each other," he said.<br /> <br /> Apart from the argument between the two, <a href="/tags/Gautam-Gambhir/post" target="_blank">Gautam Gambhir</a> and <a href="/tags/Mohammad-Irfan/post" target="_blank">Mohammad Irfan</a> too glared at each other at the start of the match.