Boom Boom Afridi sinks India in Mirpur

Published: March 3, 2014
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Shahid Afridi unleashed two stunning strikes that went for sixes, as Pakistan defeated archrivals India to stay alive in the Asia Cup  PHOTO: REUTERS

Shahid Afridi unleashed two stunning strikes that went for sixes, as Pakistan defeated archrivals India to stay alive in the Asia Cup PHOTO: REUTERS

Shahid Afridi immortalised his status as an icon of Pakistan cricket by two stunning strikes in the final over of the Asia Cup match that sealed an unlikely win for the men in green against archrival India.

A panic-stricken Pakistan had collapsed in a familiar way chasing a below par score of 246 in batting friendly conditions in Mirpur.

Afridi(34) had last man Junaid Khan for company. With the men in green needing nine runs for a win in four balls, the all-rounder unleashed two mighty strikes off consecutive balls that sailed over the boundary ropes to ensure a nail-biting, nerve-wrecking Pakistan win. Ravichandran Ashwin was the unlucky bowler who had bowled tightly throughout the evening.

After a 71 run start Pakistan crashed 113 for four in the 23rd over. An 87-run partnership between man of the match Mohammad Hafeez (75) and Sohaib Maqsood (38) revived the chase. Hafeez and Maqsood, however, fell in quick succession and despite some lusty hits the defending champions looked down and out before Afridi’s incredible assault.

India is virtually out of the tournament after the defeat, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka favourites to compete in the March 8 final.

Jadeja, Rayudu revive Indian innings

Misbahul Haq opted to field first after winning the toss on a seemingly benign track. His bowlers did a good job overall as India posted a below par score in the first innings.

Pakistan bowlers mainta-ined a stranglehold for the most part of their innings. Shikhar Dhawan (10) and Virat Kohli (5) perished early with Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Gul making crucial strikes.

Rohit Sharma (56) looked in sublime touch against the new ball, however the extra pace of debutant Mohammad Talha accounted for him. Talha also sent Ajinkya Rahane (23) packing in an inspired seven over spell in the middle section of the innings.

The innings was revived by a 59-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Ambati Rayudu (58) and Ravindra Jadeja(52). The left-handed Jadeja was extremely lucky as a gracious Hafeez dropped a sitter off his own bowling when the all-rounder was on 12.

Jadeja made the most of his luck though and belted four fours and two sixes in his 49 ball unbeaten knock.

Hafeez who besides the dropped chance,held two tough catches in the outfield, ended with two wickets in his nine overs, Talha was hostile in his first game claiming two wickets in his spell, and Saeed Ajmal once again was the best Pakistan bowler on display taking three wickets in his allotted 10 overs.

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Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2014.

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Reader Comments (36)

  • Truth
    Mar 3, 2014 - 1:45AM

    Well Done Greens!

    Great gift to nation in times of despondency and sad tragedies.

    Thanks for making moral high for a greater unity.

    Keep up.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 3, 2014 - 1:46AM

    We will not mind if Afridi rides our nerves for another 100 matches.

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  • Khaksar
    Mar 3, 2014 - 1:48AM

    Just waiting for the outburst. Congrats Pakistan. And please be modest, unlike the sub continental temperament.

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  • Fahad Raza
    Mar 3, 2014 - 1:49AM

    Lala played sensibly…

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  • Alo Paratha
    Mar 3, 2014 - 1:49AM

    Finally !!!

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Mar 3, 2014 - 1:58AM

    This devil Kohli mocked Pakistan players after every wicket, I was glad to see him crying after Pakistan beat him. Congratulations to the Pakistan team.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 3, 2014 - 1:59AM

    it was great match guys both countries plays well cong to pakistan team. jaye pakistan.

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  • Parvez
    Mar 3, 2014 - 2:12AM

    The match was thrilling to watch, both teams played well…….its was Pakistan’s day, well done.

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  • Bazinga
    Mar 3, 2014 - 5:55AM

    One can only say to the beleaguered Indian ms..Ahem Ahem, Bazinga!!!

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  • plal
    Mar 3, 2014 - 8:06AM

    Due to dew factor,in this Asia cup, every time, team chasing is likely to win.So the moment India loss the toss- the game was decided, I therefore think Indians put a good fight.-as the match was decided in the last over by two sixes of Afridi.

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  • Ryan Cherian
    Mar 3, 2014 - 9:53AM

    Well played Shahid and Pakistan. Sad we lost and we are out of Asia cup!

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  • Truther
    Mar 3, 2014 - 10:13AM

    Indian team. Aussie and English Umpires. Yet the “bug 3” spanked boom boom.

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  • ahmed
    Mar 3, 2014 - 10:31AM

    Afridi ka tukka acha laga, but never mind win is a win and especially against India its even better.

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  • Mar 3, 2014 - 11:14AM

    Afridi proud of you, Pakistan Zindabad Recommend

  • deepak
    Mar 3, 2014 - 11:35AM

    afridi ka tukka chal gaya

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  • antanu
    Mar 3, 2014 - 1:08PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    afraid has won more matches for Pakistan than any other cricketer. sadly due to your bias you are trying to demean him.i am an Indian and cricket fan.but found it intriguing that so many people hate afridi. ..For reasons unknown.the guy has about 400 odd wickets in his pocket and still this treatment. well there is no scarcity of people insane by hate and bias.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2014 - 1:08PM

    well congrats to pakistan for winning but i dont think pakistan performed well,i mean pakistan team has all A players containing mostly old and very experienced players but still they win by a margin of only 1 wicket and a 2 balls to spare against Indian Team who has all but mostly young B team representing India in Asia Cup instead of India powerful batting line up of A team(Dhoni,Yuvraj,Raina,Sehwag,Gambhir missing).
    pakistan should take note that had sahid afridi not faced the last over pakistan would have lost to IndiaRecommend

  • LolKholi
    Mar 3, 2014 - 1:33PM

    I got boom boomed :'(

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  • riz
    Mar 3, 2014 - 2:11PM

    @deepak: Chal to gaya na.. :P

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 3, 2014 - 2:40PM

    Great win by us. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 3, 2014 - 2:53PM

    @plal:
    A good try but you could have come up with a better excuse.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2014 - 4:11PM

    Congrats to all Pakistanis! I am so happy that Afridi has got his due. He would always look so stressed out. He was part of the Hyderabad IPL team, Deccan Chargers which is now Sunrisers. We were devastated when he was not selected [since the 2008 attacks]. Hope he plays for Hyderabad again and captains it. Shahid bhai please come to Hyderabad. Parvez Rasool from Kashmir is in the team now.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Mar 3, 2014 - 4:48PM

    @deepak:

    Sour grapes homie……your should be rather perturbed that Kohli’s tukka did not work this time around. As a matter of fact, his tukkas seem to dessert him every time he plays against Pakistan, check his stats against Pakistan over the last 5 ODIs.

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  • ahmed
    Mar 3, 2014 - 6:00PM

    Congratulation to Pakistan team they deserved itthe win after Afridi heroics but they didn’t play as a professional outlfits with comical run outs and immature batting by Akmal etc.
    India played excellent in second innings and I was impressed by Kohli ‘s very imaginative leadership and sportsmanship. It is sad see to one team has to lose and I am happy for Pakistan team but sad for Indians players who played their hearts out…they were equally deserving of the win. Anyone who bought a ticket got good value for their money.

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  • hashim
    Mar 3, 2014 - 8:27PM

    Congrats to everyone on the victory, Pakistan tried everything to lose the match but still won at the end. Afridi’s last crazy shot which went for 6 when there were three balls remaining …God it could have been easily caught. I know we won but again what in the world was he thinking? I guess he will never learn, we could all have been cursing him today if that went to the fielder. Afridi will never learn.Recommend

  • Well wisher
    Mar 3, 2014 - 9:37PM

    virath mocked one time but total pakistani mocked afridy manytime when he was in poor form ……Recommend

  • Well wisher
    Mar 3, 2014 - 9:56PM

    Afridi and shewag are same ,because they both show their skills and impress the selector when they are in condition to be removed from team because of poor form….now ,afridi well stuck with team ..no one ask him next 12 month…evenif he is in zero ….Recommend

  • farhan saeed
    Mar 3, 2014 - 11:52PM

    we as a nation are never thankful. Criticizing and pointing fingers at others is part of our lives. If I ask what would have been your reaction, if afridi wasn’t able to hit two sixes. Those who are saying it was tukka, may i ask them, how many tukkas were made in the match pak vs ind where afridi was able to score fastest century. I would like to ask, which player has got ability to hit those massive sixes in pressure.
    Please try to be thankful for what you get instead of thinking negative and pointing fingers at others.

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  • Kaasma Dadabhoy
    Mar 4, 2014 - 12:14AM

    Pakistanis in California, Texas, Florida, Kanas, Michigan, Alaska, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Atlanta, Oregon, Washington, Utah: Congrats to everyone on the victory, Pakistan

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  • Fawad
    Mar 4, 2014 - 1:20AM

    Everyone talking about Afridi, Hafeez might be feeling jealous :)

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  • abdul Khan
    Mar 4, 2014 - 4:10AM

    One thing I still unable to comprehend. We won. Pakistan deserves congratulations. But the amount of hate generated against India is unbelievable: Deep hate towards India in social media is really disproportionate. Sports is a sport. Winning and loosing part of the game. We should play more cricket with India. So, the frenzy of this types should go. I pity those people who take this opportunity to slam India. It seems to me we are getting vicarious pleasure at the pain ( if there is any) in the neighbor country.

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  • abdul Khan
    Mar 4, 2014 - 6:04AM

    One thing I still unable to comprehend. Pakistan deserves congratulations. But the amount of hate generated against India is unbelievable: Deep hate towards India in social media is really disproportionate. Sports is a sport. Winning and loosing part of the game. We should play more cricket with India. So, the frenzy of this types should go. I pity those people who take this opportunity to slam India. It seems to me we are getting vicarious pleasure ( if there is any) in the neighbor country.

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  • Syed Mubeen Hussain
    Mar 4, 2014 - 10:06AM

    @Vectra:
    talking with ifs and butts buddy…

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  • Lalit
    Mar 4, 2014 - 2:36PM

    Afridi…. for God sake,now quit calling Indians with little hearts.

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  • willed
    Mar 5, 2014 - 2:27AM

    The Beast of Kohat

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  • Mar 27, 2014 - 10:11PM

    lalaa your are aalaa

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