India Beat Pakistan By Three Wickets In CliffhangerIndia held their nerve in the final moments to snatch a sensational three wicket victory over arch-rivals Pakistan and sailed into the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament in Dambulla (Sri Lanka), on Saturday
India held their nerve in the final moments to snatch a sensational three wicket victory over arch-rivals Pakistan and sailed into the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament in Dambulla (Sri Lanka), on Saturday .
India will take on Sri Lanka in the June 24 final although before that both the teams will meet each other on June 22 in their final round-robin encounter.
With two defeats out of as many matches, Pakistan crashed out of the tournament along with Bangladesh and will face each other in another inconsequential match on Monday.
Harbhajan Singh (15 not out) turned to be the hero at the Rangiri International stadium as he not only picked up two crucial Pakistani wickets but also finished the proceedings in style, hitting Mohammad Aamer for a huge six over the midwicket boundary with India needing three runs off the last two deliveries.
Chasing a competitive 267 for victory, Gautam Gambhir (83 off 97) and Dhoni (56 off 71) scored half centuries while Suresh Raina (34 off 27) and Harbhajan provided the firepower down the order to see India overwhelm the target convincingly with a ball to spare.
Earlier, Salman Butt (74) and Kamran Akmal (51) made contrasting half centuries before India made a remarkable comeback to bowl out Pakistan for 267.
Praveen Kumar (3/53), Zaheer Khan (2/41) and Harbhajan (2/47) were the pick of the Indian bowlers, sharing eight wickets between them.
It was war minus the guns as two bitter rivals fought tooth and nail for supremacy. The fortunes fluctuated wildly with Pakistan dominating at two stages in the match and India coming back strongly twice.
India's chase, however, started on a slow pace with attacking Virender Sehwag (10 off 32) finding runs hard to come by before edging one to Kamran Akmal off Abdul Razzaq.
Virat Kohli (18) too fell cheaply, leaving it upto Gambhir and Dhoni to build the platform for the victory with the 98-run third-wicket stand. PTI