Asia Cup: Kohli leads India to victory against Pakistan

Published: March 18, 2012

Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century against Pakistan during their Asia Cup One Day International cricket match in Dhaka . PHOTO: REUTERS

Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century against Pakistan during their Asia Cup One Day International cricket match in Dhaka . PHOTO: REUTERS Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century against Pakistan during their Asia Cup One Day International cricket match in Dhaka . PHOTO: REUTERS Shahid Afridi plays a shot during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 18, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Indian cricketers congratulate teammate Ashok Dinda (2nd R) after the dismissal of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (L) during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 18, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Mohammad Hafeez (R) plays a shot as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) reacts during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 18, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Nasir Jamshed celebrates after scoring a half century against India during their Asia Cup One Day International (ODI) cricket match in Dhaka March 18, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS Mohammad Hafeez acknowledges the crowd after scoring a half century (50 runs) during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 18, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Nasir Jamshed plays a shot as India's captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) runs to catch, during their Asia Cup One Day International (ODI) cricket match in Dhaka March 18, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS Pakistan's Nasir Jamshed plays a shot during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 18, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA: India won their match against Pakistan on Sunday as in-form star batsman Virat Kohli single handedly spearheaded his team’s mammoth 329 run chase in the Asia Cup match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

Team India finished the match at 330 for the loss of four wickets, with captain MS Dhoni scoring the winning run with a boundary. Losing to Bangladesh in their previous match, today’s match was crucial for India as they played to keep their hopes alive for a place in the final.

Leading from the front, Kohli scored 183 runs (148 balls) with Rohit Sharma providing a pivotal role, scoring 68 (83 balls). Losing Gautam Gambhir’s wicket early on, Sachin Tendulkar scored a half century before Saeed Ajmal took his wicket.

Pakistani bowlers, including Saeed Ajmal, who is touted as the world’s best spinner, were not able to contain Kohli’s onslaught. Ajmal managed to take only one wicket in the match.

The pick of the bowlers for Pakistan was Umar Gul, taking two wickets for 65 runs.

Earlier in the first innings, Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez cracked solid centuries to help Pakistan score 329-6.

Left-handed Jamshed smashed a 104-ball 112 for his maiden one-day century and Hafeez a 113-ball 105 for his fourth hundred to boost their team’s hopes of posting a third successive win.

The pair put their team on course for a big total with a 224-run stand, Pakistan’s best for the opening wicket against India in one-day internationals.

The day-night match is the first between the two teams since the high-profile World Cup semi-final at Mohali last March, which India won on their way to clinch the showpiece title.

Jamshed and Hafeez dominated the Indian attack, playing attractive shots during their 35.5-over stand to help their team maintain an impressive run-rate from the beginning.

Pakistan scored 73 in the last 10 overs, with Younis Khan hitting a 34-ball 52 with the help of six fours before falling to a superb one-handed catch by Suresh Raina in the covers off paceman Praveen Kumar.

Shahid Afridi (nine) completed 7,000 one-day runs before being caught by Virat Kohli off Irfan Pathan.

Hafeez was the first to complete his century, pushing Kumar to mid-off for a single. He struck one six and nine fours before being trapped leg-before by seamer Ashok Dinda.

Jamshed reached the century in Kumar’s next over with a single and then hit the bowler for a six. He also cracked 10 fours.

India, who failed to defend 289 in their last match against Bangladesh on Friday, again put in a below-par performance as none of their bowlers could keep pressure on the Pakistani openers.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni used eight bowlers, including part-time spinner Sachin Tendulkar who bowled just 10 deliveries before he was injured attempting to hold a return catch off Jamshed when the batsman was on 69.

Pakistan broke its record of highest opening partnership against India after making 175 runs at 29 overs. The previous record of highest opening partnership was made by Amir Sohail and Saeed Anwar with 144 runs in 1996.

Pakistan have posted two victories in the tournament, while India and Bangladesh have one win after two matches. Sri Lanka have lost both of their games.

Pakistan: Misbahul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema, Wahab Riaz.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ashok Dinda.

Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) and Ian Gould (ENG)

TV umpire: Sharfuddoula Shahid (BAN)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

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Reader Comments (153)

  • Pinky
    Mar 18, 2012 - 1:08PM

    Shukar hai!! we are not made for chase ;p ;p

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  • Tariq
    Mar 18, 2012 - 1:25PM

    Pakistan will lose. India is a better team.

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  • Tony Singh
    Mar 18, 2012 - 1:42PM

    If India wins, its fixed. If Pakistan wins then its fair play

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  • Zeta
    Mar 18, 2012 - 2:01PM

    Pakistan can have it without problem if the batsmen click

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  • WootWoot!
    Mar 18, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Indians for once quiet on ET website. Thank God!!!!

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  • Rashid rehman
    Mar 18, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Pakistan will win this match and most probably face bangal tigers in the final.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Mar 18, 2012 - 2:49PM

    Full marks to Nasir Janshed!

    Why weren’t we using him earlier Assam opener?
    He seems to have the temperament to also open in tests.

    My two cents – now back to the enjoyable match.

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  • Tariq
    Mar 18, 2012 - 2:50PM

    @Tony Singh:
    I think whoever wins, its fixed.Recommend

  • Newas
    Mar 18, 2012 - 2:57PM

    Bangladesh will be new champion

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  • Imran Swati
    Mar 18, 2012 - 3:03PM

    Dear Brother Tahir !

    Pakistan will win INSHA’ALLAH .Recommend

  • Khuldun
    Mar 18, 2012 - 3:41PM

    @Tariq – Only a sore loser will judge every thing like that. Get a life!

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  • Zeta
    Mar 18, 2012 - 3:59PM

    India getting hammered.

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  • Pankaj
    Mar 18, 2012 - 4:09PM

    Congratulations to Pakistan in ADVANCE

    Pakistan will definitely win TODAY Pakistan is playing very well

    Indian team is in very BAD FORM right now
    We will surely loose

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  • Jan
    Mar 18, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Chaaa gayein hein shahzaday… Younis Khan played very well… game on…

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  • karachi
    Mar 18, 2012 - 5:00PM

    no excuses pankaj… once final wicket falls.. the real banter will begin.. “no form” is no excuse.. wait ….for it…

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 18, 2012 - 5:02PM

    @WootWoot!:
    Lol – quite true…. but dont be fooled.. they are lurking in the dark… will appear soon….

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  • woohoo
    Mar 18, 2012 - 5:04PM

    A: Who will win today?
    B: Duh… Pakistan!

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  • rashid comilla
    Mar 18, 2012 - 5:48PM

    i think pakista will won the match and play aginest bangladesh in the final

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  • Blithe
    Mar 18, 2012 - 5:57PM

    ET,
    I know you want to please Afridi trolls but
    let’s not be do openly biased.

    kindly change the picture to one of the batting
    performers: nasir, hafeez or Younus

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  • Mar 18, 2012 - 6:15PM

    Boom Boom Pakistan!

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  • malik umar
    Mar 18, 2012 - 6:40PM

    pakistan is honest team pakistan will win the match

    India will loose Asia cup

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  • fixed
    Mar 18, 2012 - 6:42PM

    looks like a fixed match….Pak losing already……

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  • hmmmm
    Mar 18, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Dhoni at toss….”what r we doing…/ I am confused…are we going to bat or bowl…??
    he was so prepossessed with the thought that ok we are going to win because it is fixed….so why bother who is winning the toss…….

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  • zahid
    Mar 18, 2012 - 6:54PM

    @Blithe
    I agree with you.

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  • Mar 18, 2012 - 7:15PM

    whoever wins i just love to watch a game between India-Pak

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  • Reddy
    Mar 18, 2012 - 7:22PM

    @hmmmm: ya, we let you hit 329 in a fixed match and we lost a wicket in first over, mind numbing theory.i think,pakistan thrives on these theories.

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  • Faraz
    Mar 18, 2012 - 7:36PM

    What is the useless Shahid Afridi doing on the cover of this piece?? No runs and expensive with the ball…I just find no reason in his fan following. Just retire, PLEASE

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  • Yaida
    Mar 18, 2012 - 7:39PM

    Inshallah Pakistan will win by at least 100 runs !! Go Afridi Go !!

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  • unbeliever
    Mar 18, 2012 - 7:40PM

    i can already sense discomfort in pakistan……don’t worry we still have the next match…try to perform to your potential in the next one

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  • Sajna Rafeek
    Mar 18, 2012 - 7:41PM

    Common INDIA…Common!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Tariq khan
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Its a fixed match India will win Pakistani bowlers not performing as they usually do its all pre planned

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  • hmmmm
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:09PM

    @Reddy:
    I am indian and i know we won the world cup purely due to the fact that semi and final was fixed……so you are politely asked to do a reality check….i am ashamed that ICC is fast becoming Indian Cricket Council….we should win win on merit and not on platters….!!!!this is not a money based fix match due to Pakistani players …this is a high level fix so that final is marketable…..Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:33PM

    Im growing more and more convinced that this is another match fixed. You cant suck so much in bowling on one of the most important matches after such consistent performances.

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  • unbeliever
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:34PM

    and slowly, slowly i have come to realisation as to why pakistanis have not developed at a rate they could have. because even their intellectual torchbearers(i mean english educated, pardon me if i’m wrong) believe in conspiracy theories. mind it, till the time you are in denial-mode you will never take a step to fix the problem and will continue to loose.

    accept defeat with lessons, and win with humility.

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  • Deb
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:40PM

    I am posting this comment while watching the match on T.V.
    India needs 35 from 33 balls with 8 wickets in hand.Oh! now it’s 30 from 31.

    All get ready with your excuses.Come up with something new.’India fixed the match’ is becoming a bit of a cliche.

    Now it’s 26 from 29.

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  • Arjun
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:42PM

    @Proud Pakistani: yup ….if you team plays well….it is not fixed. If they are torn apart by your enemy nation..it has to be fixed.Recommend

  • syed baqar ahsan
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:47PM

    Pakistan is going to loose this match, it is very apparent from face impression and body talk when started fielding.

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  • Faesal
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Now, I love the look at afridi’s face :)

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  • Rao
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:56PM

    India going to win. Best luck next time!

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  • cosmo
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:59PM

    We winnn !!!!

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  • unbeliever
    Mar 18, 2012 - 8:59PM

    india wins…………………………..hahahahhahhahahahahha

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  • aho
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:03PM

    After all India has to go to the finals. A big market should be at the top of the world. Cricket is not a game now it has became a business now.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:04PM

    Play with B class teams so that our club level players could perform.

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  • munnA
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:04PM

    India won!!

    Jai mata ki

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  • Mirza
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:07PM

    Pakistan has the best bowling attack? They are cut down to size against a good batting side. What happened to their great spinners when faced quality batting? Sachin is no good when he scores India loses, is that right?
    Let us appreciate the team which played better won. Kudos to the Indian batsmen. Pakistan should learn a thing or two if they have to successfuly chase a big total.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:07PM

    Congratulations to India. It was well deserved win.

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  • Ovais
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Incapable captain.. Misbah-ul-Haq………… good for nothing.
    The captain who cannot lead the team from front is useless.

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  • Indian
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:08PM

    @Tariq khan:
    Pakistan scored 329….. So does that mean Indian bowlers fixed the match????? Grow up brother and learn to take defeats….

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  • hmmmm
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:09PM

    @Deb:
    i am sorry but as indian we have forgotten that winning honestly is bigger than winning with clout…..yes…we with our market and betting mafia and clout in ICC and advertsing power …we rule the world….but not on merit….whatever you say….i am ashamed…..i wish we could have clean players like sunil gavaskar, bedi, chandershekar, parsanna…i have been follown team india since 1960s….it was greatseeing those har working people rather than seeing this money laden, shoulder mounted ICC pawns….go on and enjoy another of this platter win…remember the reality has been shown by ENG 4-0 and AUS 4-0 because they have become fed up with forced wins..they played straight and won…but smaller boards are still under influence of Indian Cricket Council…i.e ICC….):-

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  • Mirza
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:09PM

    What is the great all rounder Afridi doing? Let us reward him more and more. He is supposed to be a feared spinner.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:10PM

    It was not a fixed match. India won on merit. Our Hero performs once after ten matches and that match has not come yet.

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  • Ashvinn
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:14PM

    It was fixed

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  • Ash
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:17PM

    India won! India won!india won! Hahahahaha

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  • Mar 18, 2012 - 9:19PM

    Whosoever stacked the team with fast bowlers is responsible for defeat.Two fast bowlers are enough on this wicket.You go foe keeping the score low not for getting batsmen out.

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  • Danish
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:19PM

    M from Pakistan but that inning from kohli, to me it was the best one day inning of the last decade. Congrats to India and to my Pakistani team, “no problem guys, they were just better today.”

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  • Anjum
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:21PM

    Amazing. Hats off to india. It really shows that against Pakistan for them it is life and death so they perform against all odds. Pakistanis don’t have to same extend this pressure. And surprisingly how Pakistan is not able to take out Kohli. Anyway, we must credit india for a truly good performance.

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  • Mar 18, 2012 - 9:24PM

    Bookies want India and Pakistan to play the final. Thus Pakistan possibly losing today. Any takers?

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  • Azim
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:27PM

    What a great game of cricket, congrats to Kohli and good luck to Pakistan for Finals!

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  • Mar 18, 2012 - 9:28PM

    India always win

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:30PM

    odds were against India as Pakistan has been in great form lately. I am sure bookies must have made massive amount of money as most bets were on Pakistan. let us what happens in final. My bets are on Bangladesh, though I will love to see India win.

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  • Khaksar
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:30PM

    This answers a lot of questions…doesn’t it?

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  • Mar 18, 2012 - 9:30PM

    India is best

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  • saeed
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:31PM

    Congratulations to India..I must confess it was a real pain seeing Pakistan loosing after making 329 but you can not do any thing when a player plays that kind of inning which Kohli has done..Writing this with a very heavy heart..but full credit goes to India..Very bad performance by pakistan…I though there are no fielder in the ground when india was batting..this is sick..no planning..worst fielding I have seen in my life…worst worst bowling..

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  • Tariq
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:33PM

    Well played Kohli. What can any opposition do if Kohli keeps batting like that!? It was purely batting class on display by Indian batsmen. Well deserved victory. Interesting tweet from Cricinfo: “… Ganguly:183 in 1999. Captain:2000 * Dhoni:183 in 2005. Captain: 2007 * Kohli:183 in 2012. Captain: Very Soon?”

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  • Babloo
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:34PM

    Great game by both Pakistan and India. in such high scoring matches , the results can go either way.

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  • well-wisher
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:39PM

    It was do or die situation for India however congratulations to them for achieving an almost difficult target set by Pakistan. Nevertheless, Pakistan should not be disappointed since they played excellent cricket but the India’s wonder boy Virat Kohli spoiled their party.

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  • John
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:40PM

    Poor or lack of strategy on Pakistan side. When a team is chasing a high score, one is supposed to make it hard for them by bringing fielders in and inviting them to play high risk shorts.Recommend

  • K B Kale
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:48PM

    We batted really well today. I hope SL beats BD, so IN meets PK again on 22 in finals.

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  • ahmed
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:52PM

    something is rotten in this team, poor selection, grouping or fixed match to keep india is what i must say…nothing is logical about team again it was during salman butt time. i say money is involved or we neeed to get rid of afridi cheema, gul and Riaz…no pride no plan…Recommend

  • kohli fan
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:58PM

    Hahaha! Rameez silenced, pakistan silenced!Recommend

  • ahmed
    Mar 18, 2012 - 9:59PM

    my theory is that yes fixed are at the top…indian should be in the final and bangladesh should not get out till finals,,,,reality is asia cup needs full stadiums and sponsors. No big sponsors w/o india and no spectators w.out bangldesh…remember the final in carribean india was out so were sponsors.
    We really want to see some real believable matches Kohli is a great talent but he is no super human as he was made to look in this match and what business did sharma had scoring against Gul and Ajmal.

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  • Saad Aziz
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:01PM

    I asked God for a close match but this is ridiculous! I take it back!!!

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  • WoW
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:03PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    For once I fully agree with you.

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  • Narowali
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:04PM

    It was a great Match between great nations, Congts to India, InshaAllah we’ll have good contest in final.

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  • Suresh Singh
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:04PM

    @Indian:

    I wouldn’t be suprised it could be a well thought out pre planned match to pull the wool over our eyes.

    You never know these days which match is played for real and which is fixed. Take the recent World-Cup finals as an example.

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  • Mar 18, 2012 - 10:06PM

    congrats to India! The punjabi boy Virat Kohli, only today I saw his close shot. He is cho cute and soooo modest! Of course the kashmiri Raina god bless him too. After all we are all Indians!

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  • Its (still) the Economy Stupid
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:07PM

    “team’s “mammoth” 329 run chase” Mammoth was defined by Australia and South Africa when the scores were around 500-600. Galeeb dil bhalney kay liya khayal achha hai.

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  • BlackJack
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:12PM

    I don’t know how you fix a match where over 650 runs have been scored over all. If the match was to be fixed, Pakistan would not have dared to score this many runs – this is the highest successful run chase in Indian history. Get a life people!

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  • gp65
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Well played both team. The atch could have gone either way. I am glad India won though.

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  • Dingo
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:22PM

    This win puts Team India in an win-win situation.

    Fans happy because India defeated Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
    If Bangaldesh beats Sri Lanka, India will not be facing Pakistan again and the winning record against Pakistan remains in tact.
    If Sri Lanka beats Bangladesh India has a chance to defeat Pakistan again.
    India beats two of their competitors (Sri Lanka & Pakistan)

    Well done …

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  • Pakistaniat
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:29PM

    Although it hurts when Pakistan loses but I have to commend Kohli’s performance… He was ruthless and professional at the same time. Cheema and Wahab Riaz sucks… they should not be in the team…. period…

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  • unbeliever
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:31PM

    @hmmmm:
    actually sir you are full of nostalagia… get over the india of 60s, i have seen how our so called gems gavaskar and others batted and fielded, they were just some aberrations, while the entire team just withered away without any resistance.

    come on sir, accept the reality of today, we young indians not only like to work hard but also like to get results.
    and you cannot breathe team spirit in a team by throwing money at them, it requires culture, which they have nourished.
    and your remark of england and australia is probably because you forget a lot of things. we bundled england with the same statistics when they were in subcontinent.
    india lost to them because it wasn,t playing them at home. at home we are still the best.
    however i agree that it alone would not work, and we have to forge an even stronger team by training them to play in different circumstances.

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  • ravinder
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:33PM

    india is to good to chase they runs it is not fist time more thean 7 times good luck in final india

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  • ravinder
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:37PM

    @Afghan Karachite: no boom boom dum dum

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:49PM

    Pakistan’s bowling created an utter mess of the whole game.

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  • Imran Bhatt
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:55PM

    At the end of Pakistan batting, Pakistani cricket pundit said Pakistan batted superbly. At the end of match the same pundit said Pakistan bowled poorly. What he was foolishly trying to conceal that India played magnificently.

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  • Saqib
    Mar 18, 2012 - 10:59PM

    No ,it was not a fix .. Indians really wins this timeRecommend

  • Tamil Arasan
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:07PM

    I don’t understand how can the Pakistan cricket fans blame their players saying they lost the match purposely for money!!! – I am an die hard fan of India and will never ever can even imagine my fellow Indians throw matches for money,..so Pakistani cricket fans stop degrading your nation and your country men by saying your players are losing match for money…Recommend

  • shaq(india)
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:11PM

    you guys lost again!!!! hahahahahaha
    Remember we are the best

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  • Amir
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:14PM

    I am jobless since last many moths. These are actually the moment when i forget my worries for a little while though my team is pakistan and it hurts me when team losses the match but my advice to both indian and pakistani friends to be generous and convey love as this is just a match. Many of you just cant imagine my pain and grief. May both countries have a lot of success

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  • amer
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:27PM

    *We must learn from our mistakes , only exceptions remember this old adage.This is a landmark defeat utterly shameful, disgusting and unpardonable one .
    We will continue if we continue with the same style and pack of dilapidated cards ,our team needs to be purged of old Morris mottas,like Afridi ( he only performs once he is leading the team,he doesn’t seem to have given up his captaincy obsession ) ,sluggish captain Misbah needs to call it a day.We lack pacers ,match winners ,and fighters in our team.
    Only genuinely selected in-form players can bring some sobriety back in our team.
    strong text* .
    Pakistan must strive hard to win this Asia Cup.
    Wish it turns out to be a melodramatic situation**

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  • across the border
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:30PM

    @WootWoot!:

    **

    Indians for once quiet on ET website. Thank God

    **!!!!

    We are back- surprise surprise- we won

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  • Saim Baig
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:42PM

    Regardless of the match result, I am a fan of Virat Kohli from now on.

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  • Babloo
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:45PM

    Pakistan actually lost nothing in this match. Pakistan has already qualified for the final while india’s chances , despite win against SL and Pak, depend on the outcome of the SL-BD match.
    SRT’s selfish, slow knock hurt india against BD.

    Pakistan’s chances ( I would give it 50% probability ) of winning the tournament stand exactly at the same place as it did before this match.

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  • across the border
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:50PM

    @Zeta:

    ” India getting hammered”

    Maam, we just won- fyi

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  • talal
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:58PM

    Still i am proud of supporting of my team Pakistan you know why than listen…Hafeez and Nasir Made A Century and Bowed Down To Allah. .. Kohli made a Century n abuses spelled out of his mouth! Thats the difference! This Makes me feel Proud to support my team. ♥”

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  • Mawali
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:59PM

    The inshallah, mashallah gang just gave up in the end they should have scored another 30 runs. But, India, deserves the credit. The good news out of all this is Sachin can finally ride out into the sunset. Thanks to the curator in Bangladesh!

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  • Yash
    Mar 19, 2012 - 12:01AM

    its fun reading the comments from top to bottom….just try it once

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  • JJ
    Mar 19, 2012 - 12:14AM

    Anayways What The Ppp Says (ITS FIXING, CHEATING. OR GAMBLING) We Must Back Our GREEN CAPS…….329 IS NOT JOKE……

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  • Frank Observer
    Mar 19, 2012 - 12:20AM

    Absolutely pathetic display of bowling by the likes of Cheema and Riaz. God knows what they are doing in the team. Why can’t we find any genuine pace bowlers? I’m sure there are lots of them around playing in the streets of Pakistan. We need a genuine pace bwloer who can bowl in excess of 90mph.

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  • amit
    Mar 19, 2012 - 12:21AM

    @hmmmm:
    Pure mathematics tells me (u r following the game since 1960 ) that u must b in the twilight or atleast second half of your life …. But sad you haven’t managed to gain any wisdom in all these years… You have put your stupidity on display big time here … If u think all matches r fixed then why on earth do u watch the game even today… Do a favour to the game stop watching… Please get well soon….don’t put ur loved ones shame by writing mindless comments… U have gone senile

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  • non conformist
    Mar 19, 2012 - 12:26AM

    Today’s match is complete disaster. it is simply mind destroying, unimaginable and mammoth defeat. It is contest between Pakistani bowling and Indian batting and after the match it can be clearly said, in battling department India is far superior than us.Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Mar 19, 2012 - 12:28AM

    KHOLI.. What an innings and what a batsman! too good

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 19, 2012 - 12:43AM

    I am happy that pakistan open made record against india of 224 runs partnership and we are already in final while india has slim chance. but most important game is final we must win the final.

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  • Rao
    Mar 19, 2012 - 12:52AM

    @Amir, cheerup. today is India’s day. tomorrow may be different. This is just game of cricket and we should stop from bringing emotional, nationalistic & religion factors. Let’s enjoy subcontinal’s talent in great game of criket.

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  • Mar 19, 2012 - 1:05AM

    WE WILL SEE THEM IN THE FINALS.

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  • Mar 19, 2012 - 1:11AM

    These bookies must be taken OUT!!! All of them! They had fixed it again. :-(

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  • waw
    Mar 19, 2012 - 1:47AM

    Wahab Riaz should have been groomed over the last year after his stellar performance in WC semifinal. Instead medium pacers like Cheema were given plenty of exposure as Riaz carried the drinks. Anyone who can bowl swinging yorkers at over 90mph deserves to have his confidence improved by playing repeated international games with the backing of the captain and management. India would love to have someone like him opening their fast bowling attack. Now that he gets to play after sitting on the bench for weeks, he couldn’t find his rhythm. Umar Gul is also a nice guy, but his horizon is limited and newer talent needs to be scouted by the new selection committee for the time when Gul reaches 30. Fielding also needs rigourous focus with Younis setting a good example even as someone in his mid-30s.Recommend

  • EK
    Mar 19, 2012 - 2:18AM

    @Indian: Look at Pakistani players body lang when they were fielding and stupid throws of the so called Pakistani wicketkeeper. Plus when shots were being played for boundaries see Pakistanis commitment to stopping them, u can see with your eyes.

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  • Zeta
    Mar 19, 2012 - 3:18AM

    @across the border:
    I posted that when we were batting. The Clueless faces of indian team and dhoni were as apparent as sun in clear day.

    and fyi ma’am, im not maam.

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  • Santoshouille
    Mar 19, 2012 - 3:50AM

    India finds future cricket captain as ” Virat Kohli ” from this particular match . A single man who guided India to win a crucial match against Pakistan . He’s the hero of the day . Where as Pakistan have given all his efforts to save this match till the end . Nothing really worked in Pakistan’s favor , perhaps they’ve really bowled badly . All Pakistan great effort goes into vain due to poor bowling performance . Here , they must need to rethink about Sami who’ has performed brilliantly throughout this year . A single question arises ” Why PCB is ignoring this pace man ? What’s wrong with his selection ? Can’t we trust him again ? ”

    In this match , there was a great expectation from BOOM BOOM Afridi . But in a real sense , his batting didn’t click at crucial time however he completed his personal landmark ” club of 7,000 Runs “, he lacked confidence throughout his inning . Next team management must need to promote him as no . 3 batsman if in a case Pakistani opener set a very good total against India . There’s no doubt about his abilities but still some time team management suppose to take a bit risk during such a high profile match . Hope for the best in future from Pakistan Team , let’s forget this match ” it’s all over now ” . Let’s think fresh for final . Good Luck next time Pakistan Team . Have a wonderful day ahead !!!

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  • K B Kale
    Mar 19, 2012 - 5:14AM

    @Zeta
    Then may I suggest you use a pseudonym of ‘Zeto’ & not ‘Zeta’!

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  • Syed B.
    Mar 19, 2012 - 5:45AM

    On that pitch it was not a mammoth total. 350 was on the cards and it was achievable with the kind of start we had. We slowed down in the last overs. Why? Afridi failed as usual. He continues to hold the record of maximum failures over 290 in about 330 appearances. Misbah should be restricted to only Tests to bat. He is not fit for ODIs and T20s.

    At least now think of genuine pace attack. Bring back Shoaib Akhtar he still has some years left in him. He is extreme talent. But we have not had extreme talent in management to manage good players. Afridi and Waqar Younus conspired to kick Shoaib Akhtar out of the team. Bring him back. Believe me he is still good. Let me quote Intikhab Alam: Even half fit Shoaib Akhtar is deadly dangerous. It sends a wave of fear in the opposite team batsmen.Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Mar 19, 2012 - 5:53AM

    Pakistan lost because Ajmal took Tendulkar’s wicket when he was on 52. They should have known that India looses when Tendulkar scores a century. So they should not have gotten him out.

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  • o b server
    Mar 19, 2012 - 6:31AM

    Congratulations India; Better luck to Pakistan in the next match!

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    Mar 19, 2012 - 7:00AM

    @Amir: Best of luck

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  • khan
    Mar 19, 2012 - 7:29AM

    Let us show good sportsman sprit the better team WON.Congratulations to India

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  • maestro
    Mar 19, 2012 - 7:42AM

    @hmmmm:
    Exactly right! The organizers, advertisers, sponsors are banking on a Pak India final to to rake in the cash. No game sells better than that obvious by the huge crowd just in the stadium alone, the number of adverts after almost every ball, and me sitting here in Islamabad can tell you people were out on the streets, markets, cafes, and restaurants PACKED watching the game on big screens specially put up for the event. A Pak India final means big bucks for the ACC. Simple as that – otherwise, this was a won game for Pak. And congrats to Kohli. What a new young joy to watch. Pakistani’s actually stood up and cheered him when he got his century. May the best team always win. Cheers.

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  • Ashok
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:04AM

    Amir,

    Best wishes on finding a job that you enjoy, and may it lead to a long and satisfying career. Take care.

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  • Pollack
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:15AM

    @Imran Swati: looks like Allah willed that India should win this match or maybe it was Kohli who willed that. There is always a next time.

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  • Faraz
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:19AM

    @Syed B.:
    Bring back Shoaib Akhter??? Are you sure you even know anything about cricket?? At best- He was half-fit even during his prime and now you want him to play again, may as well wish Wasim to come back again. The most idiotic comment I have seen-ever, LOL. hahah.

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  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:21AM

    I think, Pakistan will come out very strong in the finals and beat India.

    History shows that Pakistan can never be beaten for a second time by Indians.

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  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:24AM

    If there’s any chance for fixing the match, it is now…

    Either Pakistan pays Bangladesh to lose or India pays Sri Lanka to lose.

    Whoever loses in the next match has taken money!!!

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  • well-wisher
    Mar 19, 2012 - 9:00AM

    To my Pakistani friends who are either blaming their players or attributing the loss to match fixing- This match should be rated as one of the best between the two countries even higher than the S/F at Mohali where Pakistanis spilled many catches and Misbah played a slow innings. This time Pakistan played their heart out and scored 329 runs which looked to be a winning total to most Indians and many of us including myself switched off their TV’s and went out for a walk and were still not sure till India reached around 300. Pakistan would be playing the final against India and they can certainly turn around things and end up as champions.

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  • Mar 19, 2012 - 9:08AM

    Someone was saying India loses when Tendulkar bats well. Huh!

    Pakistan played well, too. Congrats to everyone.

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  • A
    Mar 19, 2012 - 9:24AM

    I don’t know why Misbah has replaced Muhammad Hafeez after the first over and why he has replaced Ajmal after his first spell (9th Over)? Incompetent captain.

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  • Citizen
    Mar 19, 2012 - 9:26AM

    Well played match INDIA . amazing strategy and confidence . Pakistan’s Batted really well but fielding sucked totally . It showed as if team is captain less. No strategy in field by our captain. such a disappointment.

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  • patroitindian
    Mar 19, 2012 - 9:27AM

    Both those mulla has not bowed down to your allah…they bent down to India…now we got a century ..plz kick us now…and when kohli made his century..he told pakistan that get ready i will kick you alone@talal:

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  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Mar 19, 2012 - 9:50AM

    This is game so give credit to the winners without any ifs and buts. Virat Kholi was outstanding. Our players did their best and also gave their best but this is called game. One has to win.

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  • Amit
    Mar 19, 2012 - 10:02AM

    @Mr. Righty rightist: Just because many pakistani (mostly only pakistani) players have sold the pride of their country in match fixing etc. does not mean other nations are like them… stop this fixing nautanki man….learn to accept defeat gracefully

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  • vasan
    Mar 19, 2012 - 10:06AM

    OK guys , chill. It is after all a game and that too a prelim match in the piddly Asia cup, Dont waste energy.

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  • Mubasher
    Mar 19, 2012 - 10:09AM

    This is display of Indian batting in these kind of pitches. Kohli batted superbly. Wahab Riaz bolwed poorly. If india improves its bolwing the can be one best side.

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  • across the border
    Mar 19, 2012 - 12:54PM

    @Amir:

    Bro- Wish you all the luck in your life
    Theese are just freindly banters. Please dont mind.

    We respect pakistan as a worthy opponent. Its just a game” cheer up

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  • Tony Singh
    Mar 19, 2012 - 1:08PM

    Now that India has won the match, its clear it was fixed. Virat Kohli fixed it for India!

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  • Umer
    Mar 19, 2012 - 1:12PM

    Pakistan under Misbah were on a winning run prior to Afridi joining. Things took a turn for the worse a soon as he joined camp for the UAE one dayers and the T20s and finally the latest India loss.
    Time to chuck him out for the final…and am sure the result would be positive for Pakistan. Teams with young blood rather than old hags are fairing far better.

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  • Shyam
    Mar 19, 2012 - 1:24PM

    How can Pakistanis lose. They are a martial race and are not capable of losing. Its only when someone pays them money they make an effort to lose. Wether it is about a cricket match or war. They never lost a war either, Indians cheated them in 1971 and Pakistani politicians cheated them in Kargil

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  • Zaid Hamid the 2nd.
    Mar 19, 2012 - 1:24PM

    Let’s make it a Law – All matches between India and Pakistan will be considered fixed with exception of those won by Pakistan. THIS LAW WILL BE APPLICABLE FROM RETROSPECT EFFECT (w.e.f. ever since the date India and Pakistan started playing each other). Anybody who thinks to the contrary will be considered an enemy of Pakistan and by extension enemy of Islam. This is part of Gh-e -Hind (or whatever its named) and hence ordained by GOD himself. Period

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  • Syed B.
    Mar 19, 2012 - 1:50PM

    @Faraz:
    So you want the world record holder of maximum failures Afridi in the team LOL Hahahaha and keep loosing. When he is in the team we are most likely to loose. Your comment is non-serious. Man what choice do you have? Do you have a fast bowler of that level and caliber? It was conspiracy that threw him out. Do you still have a better bowler? Stupid non-serious comments must be deleted. Shoaib Akhtar was the only genuine fast bowler the world has seen and Pakistan produced. The other two we had are serving jail terms or are banned. You must have played some cricket in your lifetime and have some brains to even comment on Cricket? Have you ever been on a cricket ground? Keep applauding Afridi for his continuous failures. Your level is that only.

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  • Ashish
    Mar 19, 2012 - 2:15PM

    @Amir:
    I hope you lend a job soon and wish you all the success in life…If you look closer, everyone here, like you, is get a break from the real life…so in a way all of us are not very different…

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  • pervaiz memon
    Mar 19, 2012 - 2:56PM

    As thendulkar got out my son say now we can not this match b/c he got out before century . although it was joke in actual kholi played inning of his life although pakistan were comeback in 3rd power play and 83 runs require in 10 over and india give chance to pakistan but after this kholi play out standing shot even he hit fours on wicket taking devilries . if one can hit 180 plus in such way even u can not defend 400 runs . it was his day and hats on for him . .

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  • Tony Singh
    Mar 19, 2012 - 3:37PM

    @Amir:
    Find work! Get a life. That is more important than watching matches. These matches will not put food on your table.

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  • Kris
    Mar 19, 2012 - 3:43PM

    btw. Who was that guy who said India was afraid of playing pakistan?

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  • shalin
    Mar 19, 2012 - 3:50PM

    heres a nice one

    kaalia- sarkar maine aapka namak khaya hai
    Gabbar- Le ab “Kohli” khaa

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  • Nirmit
    Mar 19, 2012 - 4:32PM

    @Imran Swati:
    againg religion….please spare it at some places….it is just cricket….

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  • Mar 19, 2012 - 5:47PM

    Pakistan overplayed fast bowling. India got extra 100 runs and won the match.

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  • Lion Heart
    Mar 19, 2012 - 9:48PM

    @hmmmm:

    So if India looses to England or Australia its reality and When India beat England 4-0 when they toured India its not honest…Come on Who do you think you are fooling. The bias in your observation is very obvious.

    Indian team plays better on the subcontinental pitches which favour the batsman much more than the Bowler.
    They are playing better and are hungrier for a win more than any team we have had in the past. We are very proud of their achievements and all of them are genuine hardworking cricketers honest to the Core.

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  • Syed B.
    Mar 20, 2012 - 12:40AM

    @Lion Heart: Is more right than most commenting here. And please recall Shoaib Akhtar or get such stubborn batsmen out. He still some years left in him. Lets avail of his talent just for a couple of years more. Come back Shoaib. These stubborn good batsmen are not getting out.

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  • Syed B.
    Mar 20, 2012 - 12:41AM

    We want genuine pace that rips through and sends a shiver of fear down the spine.Recommend

  • Girl who luvs Shahid Afridi very much
    Mar 20, 2012 - 7:27AM

    @Amir:
    You are not the only one jobless. I have been jobless for 1.5 years, so I know how you feel. I agree with you – the world needs more love – I am an Indian girl (hindu on top of being Indian) and I am so in love with Afridi, I can’t see beyond him. I wanted Pakistan to win, because I was so sad last year when Shahid Afridi was captain and did not win the World Cup 2011. Cricket is exciting for me only because of Shahid Afridi. To all who complain about Afridi, take a good look at all of Shahid Afridi’s good qualities. I dont have an interest in any other cricketer from India or any other country because Shahid Afridi is the whole wonderful package :) I always admire/respect/can never get enough of your gorgeous Pakhtun Afridi, and have obtained a copy of the Quran & have started taking Pashto language lessons since Pashto is one of Shahid Afridi’s native language :) INSHA ALLAH, life will bring me a Pakhtun man that can be as charming/kind-hearted/sexy/loving as Shahid Afridi–INSHA ALLAH I will find myself a Pakhtun man that excites me as much as Shahid Afridi :)

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  • Chulbul Pandey
    Mar 20, 2012 - 8:00AM

    @Sherrbano: Bookies want India and Pakistan to play the final. Thus Pakistan possibly losing today. Any takers?
    My dog sneezed twice today instead of once and pooped in the west part of the lawn instead of the usual east side. That made Pakistan lose today. Any takers?

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