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Hafeez, Afridi lift Pakistan – Asia Cup 6th match vs. India

Zia Rana March 2, 2014

Pakistan 9-249 (Mohammad Hafeez 75, Ahmed Shehzad 42, Shahid Afridi 34*, Ravichandran Ashwin 3-44) beat India 8-245 (Ambati Rayudu 58, Rohit Sharma 56, Ravindra Jadeja 52*, Saeed Ajmal 3-40) by one wicket.

Mohammad Hafeez guided his team to victory with a superb all round performance whereas Boom Boom Shahid Afridi stunned India by smashing two giant sixes.

The Men in Blue scored 245 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 50 overs and the Green Shirts powered 249 with one wicket in hand and two balls to spare.

Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his outstanding game.

The Asia Cup – 6th match was played on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Earlier, Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss for Pakistan, opted to field and got the first wicket at 18. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli took the score to 58 when the latter was gone for just five. Ajinkya Rahane walked in next while Sharma attained his 22nd ODI fifty in the 15th over and departed at 92 for 56. His partner followed him 11 runs later for 23 as Ambati Rayudu and Dinseh Karthih tried to stabilise the innings.

Shahid Afridi - Back to back towering sixes to win the game

Shahid Afridi – Back to back towering sixes to win the game

The pair succeeded in adding 52 runs to the total when the latter became the second victim of Mohammad Hafeez for 23. Ravindra Jadeja appeared in the park next and Rayudu got his second ODI half century on the fifth ball of the 43rd over. Rayudu was dropped on the next delivery but went back to the pavilion for 58. Ravindra Jadeja played an unbeaten attacking knock of 52 off 49 with 2 lofty sixes and 4 fours as the Blue Shirts reached 8-245 after 50 overs.

Saeed Ajmal was the highest wicket taker with three, Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Talha held two each whereas Umar Gul got one wicket.

Sharjeel Khan along with Ahmed Shehzad started the chase in a positive mode as the score went past the fifty runs mark in the 8th over with 1 six and 7 fours. The partnership was dislodged at 71 when the first was clean bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin for 25. Ahmed Shehzad went back to the pavilion for 42 as the total touched 93 and the Men in Green were reeling at 4-113 in 22.2 overs.

Sohaib Maqsood joined in with Mohammad Hafeez who was doing well at the other end. The duo kept on creeping and the latter got his 19th ODI half century in the 35th over. Sohaib Maqsood stood firm on his side and the score board displayed 200 runs in the 44th one. Mohammad Hafeez was finally dismissed for 75 at that point and Sohaib Maqsood ran himself out for 38. Pakistan required another 43 runs to win from the last 30 deliveries with four wickets in hand. Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul took the score to 234 before the latter was caught for 12. Shahid Afridi hit two glorious sixes in the last over, remained unbeaten for 34 as his team amassed 9-249 in 49.4 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the main wicket taker with three whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Amit Mishra shared two each.

Pakistan grabbed the important game with a narrow margin of one wicket and raised its points to 9.

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