India v Pakistan at Karachi Asia Cup Cricket 2008

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IND v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: Younis brilliant unbeaten century takes Pakistan home

Younis Khan hit for a century and an under-strength Pakistan beat India by eight wickets Wednesday to revive its hopes of reaching the Asia Cup final.
Younis hit an unbeaten 123 off 117 balls and stand-in captain Misbah-ul-Haq scored an undefeated 70 off 62 deliveries, enabling Pakistan to reach the 309-run target in 45.3 overs for the loss of two wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan's second-choice bowlers restricted India to 308 for seven from its 50 overs on a flat batting wicket with fast bowler Rao Iftikhar taking three for 51. Younis hit 11 fours and a six and, together with Misbah, shared a match-winning 144-run unbeaten third-wicket stand off 123 deliveries.
Playing in his 174th one-day international, Younis also became the ninth Pakistani batsmen to score 5,000 runs when he pulled leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for a boundary and reached 37.
The result left India requiring to beat defending champion Sri Lanka on Thursday to assure itself of qualifying for the final. Pakistan, which lost to India by six wickets in the group stage, faces Bangladesh in its Super Four game Friday and if India loses Thursday, the home team could qualify for the July 6 final against Sri Lanka.
Earlier, Dhoni, who won the toss and elected to bat, made 76 off 96 balls while Rohit Sharma scored 58 off 71 balls - combining for 112 for the fifth wicket. Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed took a running catch to dismiss Dhoni in the 49th over, and Sharma mistimed a pull shot and was caught in the deep.
Left-arm pacean Sohail Tanvir conceded 87 runs off his 10 overs - the highest ever by a Pakistan bowler in a one-day international against India - but took the wicket of Dhoni. Virender Sehwag scored 49 off 33 balls and Gautam Gambhir had 35 off 32 balls for India before Pakistan's bowlers claimed three wickets in space of three runs.
Shahid Afridi held onto Gambhir's fierce drive in the covers off Iftikhar before paceman Abdur Rauf - one of the three Pakistan replacements for the match - took the wickets of Sehwag and Suresh Raina in one over. Yuvraj Singh (37) hit four boundaries before he edged Iftikhar behind the wickets as India slumped to 129 for four in the 19th over.
Newcomer off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (1-47) claimed the wicket of Yusuf Pathan (0) in his last of 10 overs - a ball after dropping the batsman off his own bowling.
Irfan Pathan - playing his first match of the tournament after recovering from a side strain - hit an unbeaten 38 off 25 deliveries to take four-time Asia Cup winner India past the 300-run mark.
IND v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: Pakistan 309 for 2 (45.3 overs) beat India 308 for 7 (50.0 overs) by 8 wickets

IND v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: India look to seal spot in final

A 64-run deafeat against Sri Lanka and Pakistan are staring at imminent elimination from the on-going Asia Cup. The green brigade needs to win both their remaining matches to have a slim chance of qualifying for the final.
India is in a much better position and a win would put them in the title clash against Sri Lanka, a repeat of the 2004 final in Colombo. On the other hand, after a three-day break Team India will look to seal a place in the final against Sri Lanka with a win at Karachi against Pakistan.
The Indian players enjoyed a two-day break from cricket after captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni complained that the tournament schedule was too tight and had left the players tired. Kirsten said it was very important to give the players some time off from cricket. "We are now back to cricket, but it is very important to give guys some time off the cricket so that we did that and now guys are back and focusing on next two games," he said.
The Indian batting is solid as ever with Gambhir and Sehwag giving the explosive starts and the middle order of Raina, Yuvraj and Dhoni there to finish the job. The batting makes up for the slightly weak bowling but the biggest worry for the team has been their fielding.

India v Pakistan at Karachi


India won the toss and decided to bat
308 for 7 (50.0 overs)
309 for 2 (45.3 overs)

India Innings - Close
Gambhir c Afridi b Anjum
32 4 0
Sehwag c Ahmed b Rauf
33 6 2
Raina c Butt b Rauf
6 0 0
Yuvraj c Ahmed b Anjum
32 4 1
Dhoni c Ahmed b Tanvir
96 4 0
R Sharma c Rauf b Anjum
71 4 0
Y Pathan c Jamshed b Ajmal
4 0 0
I Pathan not out
25 4 0
Kumar not out
1 0 0
8w 1b 4lb 13
for 7 308 (50.0 ovs)

Tanvir 10.0 0 87 1
Rauf 10.0 0 66 2
Anjum 10.0 1 51 3
Afridi 10.0 0 52 0
Ajmal 10.0 0 47 1
Fall of wicket
88 Gambhir
90 Sehwag
91 Raina
129 Yuvraj
241 R Sharma
249 Y Pathan
290 Dhoni

Pakistan Innings - Close
Butt run out
31 6 0
Jamshed retd hurt
43 9 0
Younus not out
117 11 1
b Chawla
23 2 0
Misbah-ul-Haq not out
62 7 1
3nb 2w 1b 1lb 7
for 2 309 (45.3 ovs)

Kumar 8.3 1 61 0
I Pathan 10.0 0 68 0
I Sharma 10.0 1 63 0
Y Pathan 4.0 0 29 0
Chawla 8.0 0 53 1
Sehwag 5.0 0 33 0
Fall of wicket
65 Butt
165 Yousuf

Umpires: I J Gould, A L Hill
Pakistan: Butt, Jamshed, Younus, Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Afridi, Ahmed, Tanvir, Anjum, Rauf, Ajmal
India: Sehwag, Gambhir, R Sharma, Yuvraj, Y Pathan, Dhoni, Raina, I Pathan, Kumar, Chawla, I Sharma

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.