Shoaib Malik and Captain Mohammad Hafeez scored valuable half centuries as Pakistan completed their 1st Twenty20 won over India, beating India by five wickets to take 1-0 lead in the two match Twenty20 series.
Needing 10 runs in the final over, Pakistan overhauled the Indian target of 133 runs when Shoaib Malik smashed Ravindra Jadeja for straight six. Malik remained unbeaten on 57 from 50 balls while Hafeez made 61 from 44 deliveries. These two mutual 106 runs for the fourth wicket - the maximum for Pakistan in a T20 international.
following being controlled for a miserable total, India were given a inspiring start when Bhuvneshwar provided the hosts three opening wickets. He was castled Nasir Jamshed (2 off 6) before getting Ahmed Shehzad (5 off 7) caught by MS Dhoni. He uprooted Umar Akmal’s middle stump off a cruel in-dipper before the batsman could get his eye in.
Earlier, Indian batting suffered a sensational disintegrate as they were restricted for a meagre 133 runs for 9. Openers Gautam Gambhir (43 from 41) and Ajinkya Rahane (42 from 31) gave India a solid platform, putting up 77 runs for the 1st wicket. But everything changed severely once Rahane got out trying to clear the extra cover boundary off Shahid Afridi. India vanished nine wickets for an addition of just 47 runs.
Umar Gul was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers, taking 3 for 21 after conceding 13 in his first over. Ajmal too chipped in with 2 for 25 to keep things below the check in the middle overs.
Irfan return for his final over and bothered Kohli with his awkward bounce before getting him caught behind. MS Dhoni (1 off 2) was bold by Ajmal whose length ball angled across before kissing the side of the off-stump. Rohit Sharma (2 from 2) was run out by a dazzling direct throw by Malik while Ravindra Jadeja ( 4) was caught behind poking at an away going delivery by Gul, who also cleaned up Ishant Sharma with a toe-crushing yorker for a duck.