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India - Pakistan Dream Final at the T20 World Cup
WORLD TWENTY20 final, Johannesburg: India v PakistanThe inaugural Twenty20 World cup final, on Monday, is a marketing man's dream - with Pakistan taking on India.
India held its nerve against a brave charge by Australia to win the spectacle by a handsome margin of 15 runs after setting a target of 189 while earlier in the day, Umar Gul's sensational seam bowling and Imran Nazir's half-century ensured Pakistan the first spot in the ICC World Twenty20 final at New Zealand's expense. Chasing a target of 144 runs, after a combination of poor batting and excellent bowling restricted New Zealand to 143-8 from their 20 overs, Pakistan won the semi-final encounter at the Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town by six wickets after knocking off 147 runs in 18.5 overs. A middle order collapse had cost New Zealand vital runs after a promising start, Ross Taylor top-scoring with 37. At Durban, brilliant left-hander Yuvraj Singh hit 70 off just 30 balls as India won the toss and recovered spectacularly from a sluggish start to total 188-5. Australia crumbled when 30 were needed from the last three to end on 173-7.
WORLD TWENTY20 semi-final, Durban: India 188-5 (20 overs) beat Australia 173-7 (20 overs) by 15 runs
WORLD TWENTY20 semi-final, Cape Town: Pakistan 147-4 (18.5 overs) beat New Zealand 143-8 (20 overs) by six wickets
ICC World 20-20, IND vs PAK, Final: India wins the ICC World Twenty20 Championship
Sep 24, 2007India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by five runs in a thrilling contest to win the inaugral Twenty20 World Cup at Johannesburg on Monday.
Defending a modest 158, RP Singh struck first up to scalp Mohammad Hafeez for one run and give India a kickstart. He struck in his successive over to uproot Kamran Akmal for a duck. At that point of time, Pakistan's scorecard read 26 for 2 in 2.3 overs.
Imran Nazir then hammered Indian bowlers all over the ground and soon Pakistan were cruising as they crossed 50 run mark in 6th over with the loss of 2 wickets.
But a splendid direct hit from Robin Uthappa ended Nazirs run at Wanderers. Nazir was caught napping way outside the crease. Nazir was run out on the score of 33 runs from 14 balls. India were riding on high note against Pakistan as they claimed wickets at regular wickets to derail Pakistans attack.
This time Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi were sent of in a hurry by Irfan Pathan. Pathan struck on 3rd and 5th ball of his over to dismiss the two batsman. While Shoaib made just 8 runs, Afridi was out on duck. Pathan claimed his third wicket when he cleaned bowled Yasir Arfat for 14.
Earlier, India were restricted to a modest total of 157 runs by Pakistan. Indian top order crumbled under the fiery attack of Pakistan seamers. But it was a hard fought innings of 75 runs from Gautam Gambhir that boosted Indian total to a modest score. Gambhir's fifty came of just 39 balls. He was caught by Shoaib Malik off the bowling of Mohammad Asif. Umar Gul, with his match figures of 4-0-28-3 was the best bowlers of the day. He dimissed the key wickets of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj made 14 runs from 19 balls.
ICC World Twenty20, IND vs PAK, Final: India 157-5 (20 overs) beat Pakistan 152 (19.3 overs) by five runs
20/20 World Cup 2007 in South Africa
Follow India's World Twenty20 campaign
September 11-24, 2007India are yet to embrace the phenomenon of Twenty20 cricket, despite winning the one-off international match against South Africa. They had specifically requested not to play any on their recent tour of England. But despite their recent struggles in the one-day format, the Indians are confident they can be competitive in South Africa.Wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is leading India in the absence of Sachin-Dravid-Ganguly, was out for a duck after just two balls in the only 2020 international he played - against the South Africans in Johannesburg. He has played five other Twenty20 games, with a high score of 73 not out and an average of 41.00, which compares favourably with his one-day international figure of 46.97. Other members of the Indian team include Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Dinesh Karthik, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Joginder Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh and Rohit Sharma. India's first match is against Scotland at Durban on September 13. India take on archrivals Pakistan on September 14 at the same venue as both are in the same Group D. India is looking to win their first international one-day tournament since they shared the Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka in 2002.
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T20 Semi Finals
WORLD TWENTY20 semi-final, Durban: Australia v IndiaFavorites Australia face brilliant India in the second semi-final, at Durban on Saturday evening
India were brilliant in their victory over England earlier in the week, assisted by a dazzling innings from Yuvraj Singh, who scored 50 off 12 balls and hit six sixes off one over. They were also ruthless in their destruction of South Africa on Thursday night. The only loss in the tournament out of five matches came against New Zealand as they fell 10 runs short while chasing. Australia, pre-tournament favourites, suffered two shock defeats, first losing to Zimbabwe in the first round and then to Pakistan in the second, but coach Tim Nielsen believes the team is peaking at the right time.
The second semi-final starts at 18:00.
World Records at the World T20 Cup
6-sixes in an over, fastest international 50 for Yuvraj Singh
September 19, 2007Yuvraj Singh became the first player in Twenty20 history to hit six sixes in an over in India's match against England.
The astonishing barrage from Yuvraj, 25, helped him reach his half-century off just 12 balls. The lefthander hit the first delivery from England bowler Stuart Broad out of the Kingsmead stadium, and followed with five more sixes in the Super Eight match of the World Twenty20 tournament. Sir Gary Sobers was the first to hit six sixes in an over in first-class cricket, followed by Ravi Shastri, while Herschelle Gibbs managed it in a one-day international. Yuvraj Singh is however the first batsman to hit a fast bowler for max.
Yuvraj's 12-ball 50 is also the fastest in any form of international cricket. The previous quickest one-day fifty belonged to Sanath Jayasuriya, in 17 balls for Sri Lanka against Pakistan in 1996. Record for the fastest 100 is held by Shahid Afridi, who needed only 37 balls against Sri Lanka on his first ever innings.
Previous 36-run overs 1968 Garfield Sobers, of Nottinghamshire and West Indies, hit Malcolm Nash, the Glamorgan left-arm bowler, for 36 in an over in Swansea. See video of Sir Gary Sober's Six 6s
1985 Ravi Shastri, playing for Bombay, matched the achievement in a Ranji Trophy match. The India opening batsman hit Tilak Raj, a slow left-arm Baroda bowler, out of the ground six times.
2007 Herschelle Gibbs won $1 million for charity when he took on Daan van Bunge of Netherlands, the leg spinner, in the 30th over of South Africas World Cup match.
India, Pakistan in the World Tournaments
Major Cricket World Championships won / lost by India and Pakistan
Also listed matches between India & Pakistan (till 2007 ICC world cup)
1983India 1983 World Cup Champions
In the 1983 Prudential Cup, two-time World Champions West Indies tumbled underdogs India out for 183 and were cruising on their way to a memorable victory at 2-57 before suffering a major collapse. They were annihilated by the Indian bowlers and reached 6-76 before providing some sort of resistance. They were all out for 140, India won by 43 runs. The heroes of the day were Mohinder Amarnath (3/12 and 26) and Kris Srikkanth (top scorer with 38).
India had also beaten West Indies in the group stages, by 34 runs at Old Trafford. In another Group B match between India and Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells, India were struggling at 17/5. Kapil Dev stepped in and hit a majestic 175 not out, which at that time was the highest individual score in a ODI.
The physical trophy won by the Indian cricket team was damaged during a violent rampage on the Indian cricket board's headquarters, carried out by a mob.
India bt West Indies by 43 runs
1985India 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket Champions, Pakistan Runners-up
This Mini-World Cup involving all of the seven Test match playing countries then was played to celebrate 150 years of the Australian state of Victoria.
In the final Sunil Gavaskar's India restricted Pakistan to a score of 176-9 of 50 overs thanks to their bowling attack lead by Kapil Dev and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan. India went on to victory in Melbourne scoring 177-2 in 44 overs.
Ravi Shastri was elected the Champion of Champions for his all-round performance. This was the only instance of the World Championship of Cricket.
India bt Pakistan by 8 Wickets
1992Pakistan 1992 World Cup Champions
Imran and Javed Miandad shared a third-wicket partnership of 139 that set Pakistan back on the right track. And their innings finished with a flourish when Inzamam-ul-Haq scored 42 off 35 balls with Wasim Akram chipping in with a quickfire 33 off only 19. And Wasim was soon in the action with the ball, dismissing Ian Botham for a duck in the first over of England's innings. The left-armer's next wickets settled the match. When he clean bowled Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis in consecutive balls, England were 141 for six with the run-rate climbing.
In the group stage matches India beat Pakistan by 43 runs.
Pakistan beat England by 22 runs
1999Pakistan 1999 World Cup Runners-up
Pakistan, who had played exciting cricket throughout the tournament, never found their form when it mattered most and the match was over in less than four-and-a-half hours, the shortest final in World Cup history. Wasim Akram won the toss and elected to bat, but his decision back-fired and none of his batsmen ever got to grips with either the wicket or the bowlers. Steve Waugh's men were given the perfect start by Adam Gilchrist who reached his fifty off 33 balls and they needed only 121 balls to reach the 133 runs needed for victory.
In the Super Six stage India beat Pakistan by 47 runs.
Australia beat Pakistan by 8 Wickets
2000India 2000 ICC Knock Out tournament (ICC Champions Trophy) Runners-up
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly top scored for India with 117, helped along by his opening partner Sachin Tendulkar who made 69. Scott Styris took two wickets for New Zealand as well as affecting a couple of run outs. New Zealand were stuggling in their chase at 5 for 132 when Chris Harris joined Chris Cairns at the crease. The pair put on 122 together until Harris fell for 46 with 9 balls remaining. Cairns however saw his side home, his unbeaten 102 giving his side victory with 2 balls to spare.
New Zealand bt India by 4 wickets
2002India 2002 ICC Knock Out tournament (ICC Champions Trophy) Joint-winner
The final between India and Sri Lanka was washed out twice to leave no result. Consequently, the ICC Champions Trophy for the year 2002 was jointly awarded to India and Sri Lanka.
India & Sri Lanka are the joint winners
2003India 2003 World Cup Runners-up
In the 2003 finals, Australia dominated from the very start, achieving 105 runs in 14 overs before losing a single wicket. Ricky Ponting (140 from 121 balls), and Damien Martyn (88 from 84 balls) took Australia to an Australian record 359, a record that would not be beaten until 2006. India never stood a chance after Sachin Tendulkar lost his wicket for just 4. Virender Sehwag (82 from 81 balls, 10 fours, 3 sixes) and Rahul Dravid (47 from 57 balls, 2 fours) brought India to a respectable 234 in 39.2 overs, but the rest of middle order collapsed spectacularly and India were all out. India lost only two matches in the entire World Cup, both of those being to champions Australia.
In the group stage matches India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets.
Australia bt India by 125 runs
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2007-08 ODI Captain
Dhoni gets one-day job
Sep 19, 2007Mahendra Singh Dhoni was appointed the captain of the ODI site that has three former captains besides a couple of recalled seniors for a water-tight 12-ODI schedule against Australia and Pakistan. While Yuvraj Singh has been named vice-captain, Virender Sehwag stays out of the team though it is believed that he may get a chance soon with the selectors putting a rotation system in place, especially for the seniors.
The selection committee, however, put off the appointment of the captain for Indias Test matches against Pakistan, Australia and South Africa to an unspecified date. Meanwhile, Dhoni's elevation to captaincy was greeted with beating of drums, bursting of crackers and smearing of 'gulal' in his home town Ranchi.
Meanwhile, Netizens want Sourav Ganguly back
Who should be the next Indian ODI captain?Poll conducted on September 18, 2007
Who should be the next Indian Test captain?Poll conducted from September 15 to 17, 2007
Ganguly who has been nicknamed Bengal Tiger, Prince of Calcutta, Lord Snooty by his opponents, and affectionately Dada by his team-mates, went on to become the captain of the Indian cricket team from 2000 to 2005. He led India to the 2003 World Cup finals, and holds the Indian captaincy record for the most Test victories. Following an exit from the national team in early 2006, Ganguly was recalled to the Indian test side in December, staging a successful comeback in the 2006 - 2007 Indian tour of South Africa.
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