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Mar 02, 2014 at 09:38pm IST

India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup: as it happened

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The Asia Cup is more about that elusive chance to witness one of the greatest sporting rivalries unfold on a cricket field. In that light, it won't be wrong to say that the tournament's show-stopper will make its entry on Sunday in the form of India vs Pakistan clash.

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It's the 'intermittent' nature of Indo-Pak contests that keeps the fans gunning for more - though the game would have loved to see that being governed by sporting agreements than political disagreements since Cyri Radcliffe penciled the line that put undivided India to bed and brought Pakistan to life.

India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup: as it happened

Needing 10 runs off the last over, Shahid Afridi hit two sixes to help Pakistan chase down India's target of 246 in 49.4 overs.

Commentary (Pakistan 1st Innings)

That's it from all of us here today. Do join us for the match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan tomorrow which starts at 1330 IST. Until then, it's goodbye and take care!

Mohammad Hafeez is adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock. Starts off by saying that he is very happy to contribute to the win. Credits Maqsood for playing well. They played really well to their plans. Confesses that it was a magnificent episode from Afridi. Thanks the crowd for the supporting them and dedicates this win to the people of Pakistan.

Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq - Starts off saying that it was an important win for them. They are called as not good chasers. Credits Hafeez, Maqsood and Afridi for batting well. Their plan was clear with the dew around, they knew if they take it to the last over, they always had a chance. Says that they are not thinking of the final, they just want to do well in the next game.

Indian captain, Virat Kohli - Begins stating that the idea was to not let the batsmen settle down. Credits Mishra for bowling really well. Their plans were to rotate the bowlers and not let the batsmen get used to them. Admits they were 20-30 runs short. Confesses that the team played well and they will only learn with experience so he is proud of them.

Pakistan in their chase, got off to a solid start with the openers playing well. India then struck back with four quick wickets to peg them back. Hafeez however continued on his merry way to score his fifty. They lost wickets in a cluster at the end but Afridi played a blinder in the end to ensure they won the match.

India got to a decent total thanks to fifties from Rohit, Rayudu and Jadeja. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals which hampered their progress. Ajmal was the best bowler for Pakistan picking up three wickets. Their batsmen yet again threw away their starts which again cost them the match and possibly a spot in the Asia Cup Final.

What a thriller! Afridi has won the match for Pakistan with his batting heroics! Superb scenes at the ground as the Pakistan team runs onto the field to celebrate. Afridi stands in his pose and is delighted with the win. The Indian fielders are in a state of a shock. This match had all the ingredients of a typical India - Pakistan encounter!

49.4 R Ashwin to S Afridi, SIX! BOOM BOOM No. 3! LALA wins it for Pakistan! Shorter in length on middle, Afridi backs away powers a mishit over the long on fence for a huge maximum. PAKISTAN WIN BY 1 WICKET! 249/9

49.3 R Ashwin to S Afridi, SIX! BOOM BOOM No. 2! Bowl it on middle, Afridi backs away and loft it over the wide long off region for a maximum. What a strike from Afridi! 243/9

49.2 R Ashwin to J Khan, Bowls it on middle, Khan turns it towards the mid-wicket region for a single to give strike to Afridi. 237/9

Junaid Khan is the last man in for Pakistan.

49.1 R Ashwin to S Ajmal, OUT! Timber! Bowls it on the middle and leg, Ajmal looks to sweep but the ball spins in and disturbs the stumps. The Indians are pumped up! What drama! 236/9

Ashwin to bowl the final over of the innings. Ajmal is on strike.

Saeed Ajmal is the new man in.

48.6 B Kumar to M Talha, OUT! Talha falls as well! Fuller in length outside off, Talha mistimes his loft straight down the throat of Jadeja at long off who takes a calm catch. 236/8

48.5 B Kumar to S Afridi, Fuller outside off, Afridi gets down to sweep but misses. The players appeal but the umpire is not interested as it was outside off. They take a leg bye. 236/7

48.4 B Kumar to S Afridi, Yorker on off, Afridi drills it to Kohli at covers. Good cricket all round! 235/7

Mohammad Talha is the next man in for Pakistan.

48.3 B Kumar to U Gul, OUT! Gul falls! Fuller in length on middle, Gul swings it down the ground. Rahane at long on takes a really good catch diving forward. That came off the toe end of the bat. India just about in the match, by a whisker! 235/7

48.2 B Kumar to S Afridi, Full toss on middle, Afridi whips it through mid-wicket for a single. This is really mature batting from Afridi! 235/6

48.1 B Kumar to U Gul, Fuller in length outside off, Gul drives it through long off for a single to give strike to Afridi. 234/6

47.6 M Shami to S Afridi, Yorker on middle, Afridi backs away and drills it through covers. Kohli at short extra cover does really well to stop the ball. Pakistan need 13 more in 12 balls! 233/6

47.5 M Shami to U Gul, Low full toss outside off, Gul bunts it through long off for a run. 233/6

47.4 M Shami to S Afridi, Fuller outside off, Afridi walks across and turns it through wide mid on for a run. 232/6

47.3 M Shami to U Gul, Fuller in length on middle, Gul swings it through mid on for a single. 231/6

47.2 M Shami to U Gul, Yorker outside off, Gul pushes it towards covers. Good bowling! 230/6

47.1 M Shami to S Afridi, Yorker on off, Afridi turns it through wide mid on for a single. 230/6

Shami back to bowl his final over. Big, big over for India!

Pakistan need just 17 runs in the remaining 18 balls. Afridi is the key here for them. Only they can lose from here!

46.6 B Kumar to U Gul, Full toss on middle, Gul chips it over the bowler's head for a couple of runs. Good over this from Pakistan. 229/6

46.5 B Kumar to U Gul, SIX! Superb batting! Fuller in length on middle, Gul walks across and plays his favorite shot over the mid-wicket region for a maximum. Superb strike from Gul! 227/6

46.4 B Kumar to U Gul, Yorker outside off, Gul is beaten as he looks to play at it. 221/6

46.3 B Kumar to S Afridi, Good length outside off, Afridi walks across and turns it past mid-wicket for a single. Smart batting from Afridi! 221/6

46.2 B Kumar to S Afridi, Good length outside off, Afridi taps it towards the cover region. 220/6

46.1 B Kumar to S Afridi, FOUR! Superb shot! Fuller in length outside off, Afridi gets outside the line and sweeps it powerfully through the square leg region for a boundary. 220/6

Kumar back on for the spell.

45.6 R Jadeja to U Gul, Fuller outside off, Gul defends it to the off side. 216/6

45.5 R Jadeja to S Afridi, Bowls it on the pads, turned towards short fine leg region for a quick single. Pakistan breath easy! 216/6

45.4 R Jadeja to S Afridi, FOUR! Top edge! Fuller on middle, Afridi goes for the paddle. The ball takes the top edge over the keeper's head for a boundary. 215/6

45.3 R Jadeja to S Afridi, SIX! BOOM BOOM No. 1! Shorter in length on middle, Afridi picks it up and pulls it over the mid-wicket region for a maximum. Superb strike! 211/6

45.2 R Jadeja to U Gul, Fuller on middle, Gul gets a leading edge towards covers for a single. Tension all around! 205/6

45.1 R Jadeja to S Afridi, Flatter on middle, Afridi turns it towards the mid-wicket region for a single. 204/6

44.6 A Mishra to U Gul, Flatter on the pads, turned towards the leg side. Afridi wanted the single but is sent back. 203/6

44.5 A Mishra to U Gul, Fuller on off, Gul defends it. 203/6

Umar Gul is the next man in for Pakistan.

44.4 A Mishra to S Maqsood, OUT! Another run out! Full toss on the pads, Maqsood drills it towards the square leg region and sets off for a single. Afridi sends him back. Ashwin picks the ball and fires in the throw at the keeper's end. Karthik collects the ball and disturbs the stumps. Maqsood is well short of his crease. 203/6

44.3 A Mishra to S Maqsood, Quicker on off, Maqsood defends it. 203/5

44.2 A Mishra to S Afridi, Fuller on middle, Afridi whips it through mid on for a single. 203/5

44.1 A Mishra to S Afridi, Floated on middle, Afridi looks to sweept it but misses. The ball strikes him on his helmet off his pads. 202/5

Mishra back to bowl his last over.

43.6 R Ashwin to S Afridi, Flatter on off, Afridi taps it towards covers for a single to retain the strike. 202/5

43.5 R Ashwin to S Maqsood, Full outside off, Maqsood drives it on the up through covers for a single. 201/5

43.4 R Ashwin to S Maqsood, Fuller on middle, played back to the bowler. 200/5

Boom, Boom Shahid Afridi comes out to bat.

43.3 R Ashwin to M Hafeez, OUT! Ashwin strikes! Fuller in length on middle, Hafeez looks to sweep it. He gets a top edge straight to the fielder in the deep. Kumar takes a very good catch diving forward. India strike just at the right time! 200/5

43.2 R Ashwin to S Maqsood, Fuller on middle, Maqsood drills it towards the long on fence for a single. 200/4

43.1 R Ashwin to S Maqsood, Flatter on middle, Maqsood turns it to the on side. 199/4

Ashwin back on to bowl.

42.6 M Shami to M Hafeez, Fuller in length outside off, Hafeez drives it towards covers. 199/4

42.5 M Shami to M Hafeez, SIX! Magnificent! Back of a length outside off, Hafeez pulls it from outside off and deposits it over the square leg fence for a maximum. 199/4

42.4 M Shami to M Hafeez, Good length on the pads, turned towards the short fine leg region. Mishra does well to field the ball and prevent the single. 193/4

42.3 M Shami to S Maqsood, Good length on the pads, tucked down to the leg side for a single. 193/4

42.2 M Shami to S Maqsood, Back of a length delivery on off, Maqsood taps it towards the off side. 192/4

42.1 M Shami to S Maqsood, Fuller outside off, driven through the cover region for a couple of runs. Good batting this from the two! 192/4

Shami back on.

41.6 R Jadeja to M Hafeez, Flatter on off, Hafeez defends it back to the bowler. A maiden from Jadeja! 190/4

41.5 R Jadeja to M Hafeez, Landed on middle, Hafeez defends it. 190/4

41.4 R Jadeja to M Hafeez, Quicker on middle, played towards point. 190/4

41.3 R Jadeja to M Hafeez, Flatter on off, Hafeez defends it back down the wicket. 190/4

41.2 R Jadeja to M Hafeez, Floated on off, Hafeez defends it. 190/4

41.1 R Jadeja to M Hafeez, Quicker on middle, turned towards mid on. 190/4

Jadeja back on for a bowl.

40.6 A Mishra to S Maqsood, SIX! Swung away! Bowls the googly on middle, Maqsood picks it up and lofts it over the long on fence for a maximum. 190/4

40.6 A Mishra to S Maqsood, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Maqsood lets it go through. The umpire wides him. 184/4

40.5 A Mishra to S Maqsood, Flatter on middle, Maqsood defends it. 183/4

40.4 A Mishra to S Maqsood, Landed outside off, Maqsood cuts it through the point region for a couple of runs. 183/4

40.3 A Mishra to M Hafeez, Flatter on middle, Hafeez pulls it over the mid-wicket region for a single. 181/4

40.2 A Mishra to M Hafeez, Shorter outside off, Hafeez is beaten as he looks to defend it. 180/4

40.1 A Mishra to S Maqsood, Floated outside off, Maqsood defends it with an outside edge towards the off side.They take a run. 180/4

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