Pakistan’s tour of India, 2012 and the two t-20’s a recap!
When ever both the teams play, the excitement is always on and most of the time it would be a close finish game with more tense moments and being a t-20 game everything felt in place. The first t-20 Pakistan won the match by 5 wickets and with just 2 balls remaining with Shoaib Malik anchoring the Pakistan Innings.
1st T20I Played at :
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Pakistan won the toss and chose to field Indian Openers Gambhir and Rahane started so well and added 77 in 10.5 overs, Rahane made a quick fire 42 of 31 with strike rate of 135 and Gambhir was a bit patient, scoring 43 of 41 balls with strike rate of 104. India did get a good start but they did not capitalize on that, India started to lose wickets in regular intervals and were struggling to get runs. Big Guns, Yuvi, msd, Raina and Virat failed to get runs and India managed to score only 133 for the loss of 9 wickets in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Gul was the stand out performer for his 3 for 21 in 3 overs.
When Pakistan came into bat, needing 134 to win, this was not a big target to chase in forms of t-20 cricket, but India did manage to build pressure in form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pakistan lost 3 quick wickets for just 12 runs. Kumar was so accurate and brilliant in swinging the ball both ways. Pakistan were really struggling and that was the time when the Pakistan captain Hafeez and Malik put on a match winning partnership of 106, both the batsmen scored 50 plus runs. A little argument between Kamran and Ishant was unforgettable during this match and this even saw both the players fined by ICC match referee. Pakistan were under pressure when they lost two quick wickets of Hafeez and Kamran resp, Shoaib malik took the game away from India. Needing 10 runs to win of the final over from Ravindra Jadeja, Malik hit him a six signalling the win for the visitors. Hafeez was the man of the match, for his match winning 61 of 44 balls, while Malik remained unbeaten on 57.Bhuvneshwar Kumar was brilliant for his 3 wickets for just 9 runs in 4 overs, and this match being his Debut.
2nd T-20 Played at :
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad. Pakistan won the toss and made India to bat, again Gambhir and Rahane provided a good start for India and both Gambhir and Rahane were so quick in getting runs, Gambhir hit three consecutive 4’s before being Dismissed by Gul in the same over and Rahane too lost his wicket following Gambhir. India were 2/53, when Virat came along with Yuvi. Two new batsmen at the crease and they picked singles and 4’s now and then, Virat got run out and that was a unnecessary lose of wicket when they were playing so well, a direct hit from Ajmal from short fine leg. MSD joins Yuvi and the brutal strikers of the ball were at the middle and they both added 97 in just 7.2 overs and Yuvi hitting 3 consecutive 6’s of saeed Ajmal was a treat to watch, yuvi hit a total 7 6’s and four 4’s in his match winning 72 of just 36 balls and MSD giving him a good company made 33 and India put on a big score this time, 192 for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs.
Needing 193 to win this series, Pakistan Openers Jamshed and Shehzad added runs quickly and they both put on a opening partnership of 74, Ashwin got the breakthrough and soon followed the second wicket and it was Yuvi striking with the ball and both the openers were back to the pavilion. Hafeez was brilliant with the bat and he was so quick in getting the runs and Pakistan managed to score 10 runs in every over and Indian bowlers were under pressure until Hafeez Got out. Hafeez scored 55 of just 26 balls with a strike rate of 220 and once Hafeez got out, India were right on the track,Dinda picked up three in his second spell and made sure India was safe. India won the second t-20 with 11 runs and leveled the series 1-1. Yuvi was declared man of the match and Hafeez was the man of the tournament.
The ODI’s will be more interesting and keep watching! Hope India wins that. Bleed Blue!