T20 warm-up: Kamran, Malik lift Pakistan over India

By AFP
Published: September 17, 2012
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Kamran Akmal celebrates after his teams victory during a World Twenty20 warm-up match between India and Pakistan at The R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on September 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

Kamran Akmal celebrates after his teams victory during a World Twenty20 warm-up match between India and Pakistan at The R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on September 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

Kamran Akmal celebrates after his teams victory during a World Twenty20 warm-up match between India and Pakistan at The R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on September 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal plays a shot during a World Twenty20 warm-up match between India and Pakistan at The R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on September 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Pakistan cricketer Saeed Ajmal (L) celebrates with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal the wicket of Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag during a World Twenty20 warm-up match between India and Pakistan at The R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on September 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag (C) reacts after being dismissed during a World Twenty20 warm-up match between India and Pakistan at The R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on September 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

COLOMBO: Kamran Akmal smashed an unbeaten 92 off 50 balls as Pakistan came from behind to defeat India by five wickets in a warm-up match for the World Twenty20 on Monday.

Pakistan, chasing India’s commanding 185-3, appeared to be out of contention when they lost five wickets by the 12th over with just 91 runs on the board at the Premadasa stadium.

But Akmal and former captain Shoaib Malik turned the game around with a brilliant unbroken stand of 95 off 46 balls that helped Pakistan beat the shell-shocked Indians with five balls to spare.

Akmal plundered six sixes, including the winning shot off seamer Irfan Pathan which sailed over the cover fence. Malik remained unbeaten on 37 off 18 balls.

Virat Kohli had earlier top-scored for India with 75 not out, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed four wickets for 23 runs.

Some 3,000 Sri Lankan fans watched the arch-rivals battle out in the middle in the only warm-up match to be beamed live by the host broadcasters of the World Twenty20 that opens on Tuesday.

“We knew that if India could post a huge total, so could we,” said Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez. “Kamran was exceptional, and Malik’s experience also helped.”

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the batting worked well, but the bowlers needed to contain runs on the easy-paced wickets.

“It was not really a bad game for us,” he said. “We have got to work on a few things with our bowling.”

India and Pakistan are drawn in different groups for the preliminary league, but are seeded to meet in the Super Eights round in Colombo on September 30.

In other matches, England beat Australia by nine runs, Ireland pipped Bangladesh by five runs, the West Indies slammed Afghanistan by eight wickets and South Africa overcame New Zealand by nine runs.

Reigning champions England piled up 172-6 after being sent in to bat, with opener Alex Hales top-scoring with 52 off 38 balls. Luke Wright hit a 29-ball 35 and Eoin Morgan scored a brisk 30 from 16 balls.

Australia managed only 163-6 in reply against the tight England bowling despite a polished 71 off 51 balls from Michael Hussey, who hit five sixes.

England, who take on Afghanistan in their opening match in Colombo on Friday, play another practice match against Pakistan on Wednesday.

A middle-order collapse saw Bangladesh go down to Ireland despite Shakib Al Hasan’s hurricane 52 from 23 balls that was studded with three fours and five sixes.

Ireland made 164-6 after being asked to take first strike, with Paul Stirling hitting a 41-ball 71 with five fours and as many sixes. Ed Joyce scored 39 from 36 balls.

Shakib and Tamim Iqbal (35) took Bangladesh to a comfortable 105-2, before four wickets fell for 21 runs to allow Ireland to bounce back.

West Indies opener Chris Gayle warmed up for the tournament with an unbeaten 65 off 48 balls as the West Indies eased past Afghanistan’s modest 122-7 in the 16th over.

New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor hammered seven sixes in an unbeaten 75 from 42 balls, but could not prevent South Africa from carving out a nine-run victory.

South Africa rode on captain AB de Villiers’ 54 to make 186-6 before four wickets from Dale Steyn restricted the Black Caps to 177-8.

You can view a slideshow of pictures from the match here.

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  • Omar
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:02PM

    I think Pakistan will lose 185 is too high target
    Throw out Sami from the team & throw out Malik

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  • Asad
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:13PM

    No Issues, Aman kee Aashaaa

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  • Gulzar
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Again a big challenge for Pakistan batting

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  • Ammarttitude
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:41PM

    If there’s Aman ki Asha, why do Pakistan has to lose all the time??

    We all know that Pakistan is better than india when its about almost everything, i mean in Cicket, Hockey, Dramas, Movies, Talent, we’re better than than in every field.. I still can’t understand Pakistan losing to india in Cricket, why??

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  • Gulzar
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:50PM

    We want an exciting finish with memorable victory

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  • talha
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:02PM

    keep smiling and have fun. its a game and just enjoy. Pakistan will work on their bad points

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  • Sep 17, 2012 - 4:07PM

    Another poor performance by afridi!!
    I wonder why Shoib malak is in team? Give chance to youngster for better results.

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  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:10PM

    consolation speech for pakistan now.

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  • dpd
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Boom … Boom and 185 is achievlble. Be positive.

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  • Tony Singh
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:23PM

    @Ammarttitude:
    Its just some silly game and that too warm up and you are burning? Why why? May you are better than us in all fields but its not showing in any except one. Burning American flags and killing your own

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  • Game
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:47PM

    @Ammarttitude:
    Hockey, Cricket, some games India wins and some games Pakistan wins.Recommend

  • A
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:53PM

    Congrats Pakistan !

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  • amroodkhan
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:54PM

    we won Recommend

  • Umer
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:56PM

    VICTORIOUS…Yeay !!! hail K.Akmal !!!

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  • Someone
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:56PM

    This game should silence Kamran Akmal’s critics once and for all. The guy is an absolute class batsman, way better than the lazy top order.

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  • Cacha Cricket
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:57PM

    @Zalim Singh… Consolation speech for India now.. What a game. Congrats team green..

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  • Shahbaz Rawalpindi
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Great finish . . . Shoaib rocks and kept the mouth shut of his critics . . Best innings by kamran. . . Keep away from gambling . .. Good luck in t20 worldcupRecommend

  • Ali, Australia
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:00PM

    I wonder who did Sania Mirza support in this match. India or hubby (Shoaib)? :p

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  • A2Z
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Done and dusted…:)

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  • PPP_Forveer
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:03PM

    What a match

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  • Pakboy
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:05PM

    Hahaha Pakistan Wins. Pakistan Zindabad.. in your face indiansRecommend

  • Malik
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:07PM

    Shoaib Malik upset his in-laws :)

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  • Pinky
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:11PM

    and we Won!!!

    never thought i would say this ;p but kamran akmal rocked!Recommend

  • Indian
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Dnt feel happy much because its just a Warm-up match..!!Recommend

  • Careless Whispers
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Well Done Team Pakistan….. Recommend

  • faraz
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:16PM

    disappointingly I didn’t see any appreciation for kamran in the first ten comments, people try to malign kamran for dropped catches but can’t speak a word for his good performance…..

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  • Asad Raza
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:17PM

    we won we won we won we won we won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!shoaib malik silences all!!!!!kamran akmal destroys india!congrats to all

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  • Rizwan
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:18PM

    Pakistan has woooon!! Recommend

  • PaKhtoon
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:18PM

    yahooooooooo – Congrats Green Shirts – Great bating from KamranRecommend

  • joy
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:19PM

    well done Pakistan.team…..congrats from an Indian

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  • Noor
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Well done Pakistan. Great match. Wonderful team effort but the centre stage belongs to Kamran Akmal for his masterful stroke. What a match!!

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  • Usman
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Well Done GREEN TEAM.

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  • Fauzan Naeem
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Oustanding display by Kamran and Shoaib to rescue a win which looked unlikely after quickfire wickets in the middle order. Kudos.

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:27PM

    Guys we have won the match. And the credit goes to Shoaib Malik as well. So please stop complaining and praise the good performance of the team! And if you can’t so please keep quiet..Recommend

  • Lolz
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:27PM

    @ zalim Singh
    Consolation speech FROM Pakistan!

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  • Afzaal Khan
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:31PM

    @Omar

    Boy did u speak too soon LOL

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  • blithe
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Well done Pakistan!!!
    Wonderful knock by Kamran Akmal…

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  • Amer
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:35PM

    Kamran Akmal probably surprised his own family!! He’s played a Gem of an innings today and I think justified his selection in the side. Malik also played very nicely but I still have doubts about him, I think he only plays well against his sustallis… !! :)

    It was great warm-up and I am sure both teams know much more about the wickets in Sri Lanka and the capacity of their bowling attack.

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  • nitish
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:35PM

    @Ali, Australia: Question itself is the answer.Nevertheless we dont consider muslims as indian.They r burden for us.

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  • THE
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:36PM

    @Ali, Australia: She’s answered that one before!!

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  • nitish
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:41PM

    I congrats all muslims including from india for their win……

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  • Morons
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:41PM

    HUH?? This win has warmed up the fans more then the players..

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  • peace for all
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:42PM

    Magic of Miandad was work properly, consequently we win this match its necessary for us to high our moral. Congratulation to all the nation on team victory.Recommend

  • Maher
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:44PM

    It was a warm-up match, but when it comes to Pakistan & India match… Cricket fever is at the TOP :) Congrats team Pakistan and Best of Luck for this event…Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 17, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Need to give the proverbial boot to Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi; formerly known as Boom Boom. With these two in the side, we cannot expect Pakistan to each the semis or even quarter finals. Recommend

  • J T
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:02PM

    Congrats team Pak! Akmal and Shoaib batted really well. And the Indian bowlers were totally clueless toward the end. Cheers from across the border.

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  • THE
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:04PM

    @nitish: Thank you for being honest about your feelings! Thank you for not chanting the slogans of your false secularism.
    Reading your comments, I feel so good about my grand parents leaving India in 1947 and proud to be a Pakistani!!

    P.S: Would you kindly tell the same to the muslim members of the Indian team or maybe they are reminded of people like you everyday!!

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  • Syed Shahbaz
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:05PM

    It was a Dama Dum mast Qalandar for Team Green especially by Mr. Kamran, Malik, Hafeez & Ajmal.
    .
    If Pakistan require more power and depth in Bat & Bowl they require following changes:
    Kick Out Sami and Replace with Junaid Khan.
    Kick Out Umar Akmal and Replace with Asad Shafiq.
    Trust Me its for better cause!
    Umar Akmal last Six Month performance in any format for not high enough for his place in any format of cricket, send him to First Class Cricket or County for improvement PCB.

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  • You are the moron!!
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:07PM

    @Morons: Yep, do you only say that when India looses? Let us enjoy this victory, don’t be too negative, it’s not everyday that our team successfully chases 186 in a T20, let alone any format of cricket!!

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  • THE
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:09PM

    @ET: If you can publish “nitish” hate filled comments, then you can also publish my polite reply.

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  • musa
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:09PM

    practise matches CAN’T be fixed HENCE WE WON!

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  • antanu g
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:19PM

    @nitish:
    your opinion does not matter…you are a blot on indian secularism and i am ashamed to even call you indian.Recommend

  • Raj Kafir
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:20PM

    Today Indians and Afridi showed big hearts. Pakistanis’ predication will come true. Majority had commented earlier that whosoever will win the warm up match will loose the real match. Congrats PakistanRecommend

  • Zaheer
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Sania Mirza is in trouble now, Shoaib performed against India! Shoaib gets ready, Bhabhi is furious.

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  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:29PM

    @ Pakistanis, this is warm up match. We will dust you in real competition.

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Well done Pakistan, congratulations. However, Pakistan winning the practice match would surely pump up India for the tournament matches to take revenge of this defeat.

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  • Pakistanian
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:36PM

    unbelieveable that the ET moderation teams lets through as comments.

    There should be some sort of control…… its a newspaper, not a BLOG website or youtube?

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  • Shahzad Ali Channa
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:38PM

    good cricket my team green. we never thought if Pakistan could chase such a huge target but match between India and Pakistan is never predictable. Enjoy Pakistan and Indian Fans and good wishes for the future matches.

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  • CNIC
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Congrats Pakistan

    Shahid Bhai-take a break with Pepsi and Fight against Polio!
    Umar Akmal- still immature, should be left out, no big hero against India-ever.

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  • Syed
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Great. I wish we had couple of FAST bowlers. Is it too late to include Junaid Khan for the WC? I bet he is better than any of the fast bowlers in the team at the moment.

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  • Mazen
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:14PM

    What? Now my lovely Indian brothers are saying just a warm-up match. WOW.. what a contradiction amongst them. They beat Sri Lanka in a warm-up match and were jubilant when Sri Lankan fans said that was just a warm-up match. Open your eyes my dear Indians. India has been thrashed by Pakistani batsmen and showed where you stand in this T20. Hope they will not come up with another excuse like had ZAK and others not bowled full tosses, India would have won the match. Keep on consoling yourself as you cure lies in it. lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Meanwhile I’m enjoying this victory.Recommend

  • Obaidullah
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:21PM

    @Ammarttitude:
    Pakistan is better than India in every field?? Lol Best joke ever.
    Who taught you that.??
    Why pakistan is soooo obsessed with India!!!!!!!!!!!?????????
    Your country is counted among other failed states like Somalia,Yemen,Sudan etc.,
    But I guess you believe that it is a conspiracy by CIA,Mossad and Raw to destabilize Pakistan.
    May allah give u some brains… Recommend

  • Enlightened
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:38PM

    As per survey, Pakistan is going to lift the cup whereas England, Australia, Sri lanka and other lower ranked teams are just out of this tournament and should be giving walk over to Pakistan.

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  • THE
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:39PM

    @Obaidullah: Brother, please don’t go overboard with your comments. After chasing down a huge total of 186, with batting being our weakness, if you still don’t believe that Pakistan was better then India in this match then I can’t say much….
    I think you are fed a load of hatred when you think about Pakistan and it’s not good for your mental health..
    Pakistanis today are not obsessed with India, we can’t even comment positively after trashing you in a cricket match?
    May Allah lessen your hatred for Pakistan and you get a chance to visit Pakistan someday and see for your self how failed we are….Maybe read a blog by a Bangladeshi brother will help you.

    http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/11969/a-bangladeshi-perspective-on-karachi/Recommend

  • Obaidullah
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:51PM

    @THE:
    we won the senior world cup, we won the under 19 world cup, we won the odi series against nz etc and yet you believe that pakistan is doing better than india. You are brainwashed my brother.!!

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  • nitish
    Sep 17, 2012 - 8:03PM

    @THE: Irony is what you know,even aftter posting such a hateful comment,i m getting opposition from a pakistani muslim…not from indian muslim.I think you may have got ur answer right.Rest , your comment is absurd.Recommend

  • Salman
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:36PM

    @Obaidullah:

    And you lost straight 8-0 in test matches. Most of your victories occurs in Asian team. India is hardly a threat outsides Asian pitches. Pakistan is not that great either but believe me, India is way over rated team. Enough said!

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  • Sep 17, 2012 - 9:47PM

    Indian Team exposed badly by Pakistan… Indians cannot defend any total, they have 100 yrs old bowlers still playing and there is no youth replacing them… IPL is only producing scandals , bad attitudes and Lust for Money…!

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  • Blah
    Sep 17, 2012 - 10:01PM

    Pakistan <3Recommend

  • nitish
    Sep 17, 2012 - 10:12PM

    @antanu g: Believe me ,my comment always matters and whenever i m using “us” in a sentence it shares common public view in india.i dont need a certificate for being blot or something from a pakistani.Recommend

  • Tj
    Sep 17, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Khalas! We dont need to play the worldcup now, we got the cup:)

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  • Kishlai
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Well batted Akmal. just loved his shot selection.
    Hope we always have Indo-Pak matches without any controversies.
    Hope to see you in Finals against us :-)
    Congrats Guys.

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  • Malik Hamza
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:23PM

    YES YES WE DID IT
    we Pakistanis can do anything.
    we chased such a high target well done to kamran akmal
    pakistan zindadbad
    keep it up boys

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  • kashif
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:36PM

    so malik done the trick with kamran mallik and plzzz never under estimate the out form bats and bowler…..caz if they are out of form then they try to come in form forcefully@Omar:

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  • Ali S
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:41PM

    @Someone:

    He’s a good T20 batsman, in terms of style he is what Shahid Afridi should be (Afridi is more of a hype-generating brand name than a cricketer now). But he still has to work on his wicketkeeping.

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  • Char Latan
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:56PM

    I can totally see this Pakistani team win the T20 warmup world cup.

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  • A. Khan
    Sep 18, 2012 - 1:30AM

    Lets hope we get to this type of performance in actual tournament.

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  • Mullah man
    Sep 18, 2012 - 1:33AM

    Shahid afridi is now a liability unless he improves his batting and comes higher up the order

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  • Pk_Paris
    Sep 18, 2012 - 4:46AM

    India has won recent world cups I.e. 2007, 2011 and recently under 19 by beating Pakistan. So it had ‘it’ factor along with jubilation of winning world cup. But of course, yesterday, although it is warm up match, it is first time that Pakistan has won world cup related match against India. I hope they continue to play with full sportsman spirit and hope no controversy and big comments like big & small hearts

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  • Pakboy
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:23AM

    @Indian:
    Whether it warm up or not, It was Pakistan vs india match. You got that?

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  • Cosmo
    Sep 18, 2012 - 6:30AM

    @Pakboy: U deserve only warmups!!

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  • Cosmo
    Sep 18, 2012 - 6:31AM

    @nitish:
    U r not indian. No two ways about it.

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  • Dil dil Pakistan
    Sep 18, 2012 - 8:01AM

    We surprised everyone as usual, great team, let’s show the world there’s more to us than meets the eye!!!!!!!!

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  • Mubarak
    Sep 18, 2012 - 9:20AM

    well done kamran,& Shoib malik……..Recommend

  • Richard
    Sep 18, 2012 - 2:41PM

    We won but we should not forgot that whenever pakistan won the lost their consistency in the very next match.

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  • Sania
    Sep 18, 2012 - 2:45PM

    Shoaib Malik only performs against India, there will always be something weird about it :)

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Sep 18, 2012 - 6:45PM

    @antanu g:

    your opinion does not matter…you are a
    blot on indian secularism and i am
    ashamed to even call you indian

    So you are the same Bangladeshi immigrant who lives in India but, hates India? Are you in a position to teach us “secularism” and other values?

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 18, 2012 - 9:41PM

    @Sania:
    Shoaib has performed well in the practice match against India as per script given to him by Sania but just watch out his performance against India in tournament matches.

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