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December 28, 2012


20:28  India down Pakistan by 11 runs, T20 series ends 1-1:  - Scorecard

INDIA WIN BY 11 RUNS!!!!!

Pak 181-7 (20 overs) vs India 192-5


India's bowlers held their nerves in the last few overs as Pakistan's batting went berserk, losing five for 45 in the last five overs.

Dinda shone under pressure with a good spell of three for 36 in four overs, Ashwin kept it tight in the middle with one for 28 in four overs.

Hafeez threatened to take the match away from India with his blazing innings of 55 from 26 balls but regular wickets at the end saw them lose their way in the end.

The two-match T20 series ends 1-1. The two teams will now clash in three-match ODI series, starting in Chennai on Sunday, December 30 at 0900 IST.
20:24  India beat Pakistan by 11 runs to level T20 series 1-1:   - Scorecard

INDIA WIN BY 11 RUNS!!!!!

Pak 181-7 (20 overs) vs India 192-5


20 needed from six balls. Ishant will bowl the final over, he has conceded 26 runs in three overs so far.

The first ball is a low full toss which Shoaib Malik drives to long-off for one. The second ball is full and wide as Gul throws his bat at it but misses, that was very close to being a wide...19 needed from 4 balls.

Gul then hammers the third ball through covers for a boundary....15 needed from 3 balls.

The next ball is full which Gul can only drive for a single and the victory is assured for India unless Ishant bowls a few extras.

Shoaib also can get one from the next ball to make it 13 needed from the last ball.

Ishant tries a wide full ball but it is ruled a wide...12 needed from the last ball.

Gul chips the last ball over the off-side and is caught by Yuvraj at deep point for five.

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20:17  Pakistan need 20 from last over for win:   - Scorecard

Pak 173-6 (19 overs) vs India 192-5


Dinda to bowl the penultimate over, with 26 needed from 12 balls.

Dinda gets the first ball bang on the mark as Kamran Akmal can hit just for a single.

With the pressure building Hafeez chances his arm and tries to clear the straight boundary but is caught by Raina at long-on after a smashing innings of 55 from 26 balls, with the help of six fours and three sixes.

Dinda then tries the slower ball but Kamran Akmal makes room and cuts it through point for a four....21 needed from 9 balls.

Kamran falls off the next ball as he tries to chip it over the covers but is caught by Kohli, running to his left at long-off for five....21 needed from 8 balls.

Shoaib Malik is the new batsman and he hits the first ball to point and gets just one. The last ball is quick and full which Gul can only block.

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20:10  Pakistan need 26 from 2 overs for victory:   - Scorecard

Pak 167-4 (18 overs) vs India 192-5


The inexperienced Kumar to bowl the crucial 18th over. He starts with a slower ball which Hafeez misses outside the off-stump. However, Hafeez smashes the next ball down the ground for a boundary to bring up his half-century from just 23 balls.

He tries to heave the next ball on the leg side but hits it towards long-on for just one.

Kumar tries another slower ball but Afridi reads it and despatches it over the long-on fence for a six...30 needed from 14 balls.

But Kumar gets his revenge off the next ball. He tries another big hit down the ground but holes out to Rohit at long-off to be dismissed for 11 from 5 balls.

Hafeez ends the over with a much-needed boundary as he steers it in the gap between the short thirdman and point fielder.

Kumar was hit for 15 runs in his final over to finish with one for 46 in his four overs.

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20:04  Pakistan need 41 from 3 overs for victory:   - Scorecard

Pak 152-3 (17 overs) vs India 192-5


Dinda bowls a good full delivery which Akmal hits to the cover fielder and the batsmen don't take a run despite a fumble from Ashwin.

And Dinda strikes with the very next delivery. Umar Akmal looks to heave it on the leg side but is by the back of the hand slower ball from Dinda and is bowled for 24 from 17 balls.

New batsman Shahid Afridi starts off with a boundary as he pulls a short ball from Dinda through midwicket.

Dinda makes up for that error by pitching the next ball up, a yorker outside the off-stump which Afridi can't his bat to. The next ball is again full and on the stumps which is hit to the covers for one and Hafeez also can only drive the last ball to long-on for another single.

Superb stuff from Dinda under pressure, giving away just six runs while picking up a wicket.

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19:58  Pakistan need 47 from 4 overs for victory:  - Scorecard

Pak 146-2 (16 overs) vs India 192-5


Ishant back into the attack. Hafeez continues to punish the bowlers as he lofts a wide half-volley over the off-side for a six as his score jumps to 43 from 17 balls, with four fours and three sixes.

Four singles from the next four deliveries before Hafeez is beaten off the last ball of that over as Ishant bowls a yorker.

10 runs from that over as Pakistan now need 47 runs from 24 balls.

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19:53  Pakistan need 57 from 5 overs for victory:  - Scorecard

Pak 136-2 (15 overs) vs India 192-5


Pakistan have smashed 54 runs from the last five overs, while losing two wickets in the process.

Pacer Dinda back into the attack. He bowls a wide half-volley which Hafeez smashes through the covers for a boundary.

The Pakistan captain then sweeps the next delivery behind square on the leg side for another boundary to take his score to 35 from 13 balls.

Dinda has been hit for 21 runs from eight balls in this match so far.

He then gets it on target with a good yorker which Hafeez digs out on the leg side for one and Akmal also has to block a yorker on the off-side for a single.

Dinda then tries the slower ball which foxes Hafeez who can only hit it towards the fielder at midwicket before taking one from the last ball.

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19:48  Akmal, Hafeez keep Pakistan in the hunt:   - Scorecard

Pak 125-2 (14 overs) vs India 192-5


Ashwin is back into the attack. Hafeez slog sweeps the first ball over midwicket for a six. Ashwin pauses for a bit in his delivery stride before bowling the next ball but Hafeez smashes it again over midwicket for another six to race to 25 from nine balls.

He concedes just three singles from the rest of the over to give away 15 runs from that over.

Akmal is on 21 from 12 balls and Hafeez has smashed 27 from 11 balls to keep Pakistan in the hunt, with 68 needed from six overs for victory.

Ashwin finishes with one for 28 in four overs, with 15 coming from his last over alone.

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19:44  Akmal, Hafeez keep Pakistan in the hunt:  - Scorecard

Pak 110-2 (13 overs) vs India 192-5


Akmal takes one from Yuvraj's first delivery before Hafeez plays the late cut past the keeper Dhoni for a boundary fine on the off-side to bring up Pakistan's 100.

Akmal chips down the track and strokes it to deep midwicket for two runs and off the next ball he again gives Yuvraj the changes and smashes it down the ground for a four.

Akmal clips the last ball towards midwicket for another couple as 14 runs come from that over.


19:42  - Scorecard

Pak 96-2 (12 overs) vs India 192-5


Youngster Bhuvneshwar Kumar back into the attack. Akmal steers it to the thirdman region for one.

Mohammad Hafeez gets off the mark with a boundary. He walks across his stumps and scoops the ball over the short fine leg region which falls just short of the ropes.

Two balls later Akmal looks to slog it over the leg side but fails to connect and mistimes it to long-on for one.

Kumar bowls a wide and Pakistan steal another single for two more wides and Hafeez top edges the last ball which goes over the keeper for two more runs.

12 runs from that over as Pakistan reach 96 for two in 12 overs.
19:34  Yuvraj strikes, Pak lose 2nd wicket:   - Scorecard

Pak 84-2 (11 overs) vs India 192-5


Raina bowled a steady first spell of two overs for 12 runs before he gives way to Yuvraj Singh. Off-spinners Raina and Ashwin bowled five overs between them, taking one wicket for 25 runs.

New batsman Umar Akmal goes on the attack straightaway, charging down the wicket and hitting Yuvraj over long-on for a six. He charges again off the next ball but Yuvraj adjusts his length and he can drive it down the ground for one.

Two more singles before Yuvraj strikes in his very first over.

Shehzad charges down the wicket but is beaten in the flight and Dhoni completes an easy stumping. Shehzad is out after scoring 31 from 29 balls and like Jamshed he also struggled to get going against the Indian spinners.

After his heroics with the bat, Yuvraj making an impact with the ball too.
19:28  Ashwin strikes, Pakistan lose 1st wicket:  - Scorecard

Pak 75-1 (10 overs) vs India 192-5


Shehzad tries the reverse sweep again but misses and he takes a leg bye. Jamshed then tries to slog sweep it over the leg side but gets an inside edge which misses the stumps and is also dropped by Dhoni.

In that same over, Ashwin makes the first breakthrough for India with the wicket of Jamshed. The left-hander tried to break the shackles as he looked to loft it over the off-side but spooned a simple catch to Kohli at point after scoring 41 from 32 balls.
19:25  Indian spinners build pressure:  - Scorecard

Pak 71-0 (9 overs) vs India 192-5


Raina to bowl his second over. Jamshed takes one to long-on before Shehzad chips it over the bowler for a four and then drives it down the ground for one.

Jamshed gives the charge but Raina fires it down the leg side which hits the batsman on the pads for one and Shehzad turns it to deep midwicket for another single.

Eight runs from that over as Pakistan reach 71 for no loss after nine overs.
19:22  - Scorecard

Pak 63-0 (8 overs) vs India 192-5


Shehzad reverse sweeps the first ball from Ashwin to the off-side for one and Jamshed takes one from the next ball.

Ashwin, bowling from round the wicket, then has a confident shout for LBW against Shehzad turned down. The right-hander shuffles across and looks to sweep but misses and it strikes him right in front of the of the stumps. He was lucky to get away with that.

Just four runs from that over from Ashwin as India continue to dry up the runs.

19:18  Jamshed, Shehzad give Pak good start:  - Scorecard

Pak 58-0 (7 overs) vs India 192-5


Dhoni takes a gamble as he brings on part-timer Suresh Raina into the attack. He starts with two dot balls as Shehzad defends the first ball and then misses a rank long hop outside the off-stump. He turns the third ball on the leg side for one.

Jamshed clips it to the leg side and picks up two runs before a single to the same region and Shehzad takes one from the last ball.

A good start from Raina, giving away just five runs in his first over.

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19:15  - Scorecard

Pak 54-0 (6 overs) vs India 192-5


R Ashwin into the attack now, to bowl the final over of Powerplay. Jamshed turns the first ball behind square on the leg side for a couple to bring up Pakistan's 50 after 5.1 overs.

This is Pakistan's fastest 50 against India in Twenty20 Internationals.

The next ball is a dot ball as Jamshed hits it to short fine leg before stroking it on the leg side for one.

Ashwin pausing for a long time in his final delivery stride but Shehzad sweeps it to deep square leg for one and does the same off the last ball for one.

Ashwin makes a good start, conceding just six in his first over.
19:11  Pakistan openers cut loose after slow start:  - Scorecard

Pak 48-0 (5 overs) vs India 192-5


Ashok Dinda into the attack as India make their first bowling change. Jamshed welcomes him with a boundary, stroking it handsomely through the covers. He charges down the wicket off the next ball and crashes it back past the bowler for another boundary.

An angry Dinda responds with a short ball which Jamshed lets go through to the keeper. But he pulls the next ball to deep square leg for one before Shehzad lofts it over the off-side for a boundary, the third of the over.

Dinda gives away 13 runs in that over as Pakistan race to 48 for no loss in five overs.

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19:06  Jamshed, Shehzad cut loose after slow start:  - Scorecard

Pak 35-0 (4 overs) vs India 192-5


Shehzad pulls the first ball of Ishant's second over over midwicket for a huge six as Pakistan have scored 16 runs from the last three balls. He takes a single from the next ball before Jamshed plays it straight to the fielder and is then foxed by the slower delivery from Ishant as it goes past the edge.

Jamshed flicks it over the leg side for a boundary and takes a single to end the over.

Pakistan have scored 26 runs from the last two overs to race to 35 for no loss in four overs.
19:02   - Scorecard

Pak 23-0 (3 overs) vs India 192-5


Jamshed chips down the track to Kumar and hits it through the covers where the fielder half-stops it to give away two runs. Two more singles before Jamshed gives Kumar the charge again and lofts it down the ground over long-off for a six. He steers the next ball past the short thirdman fielder for a four.

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18:57  Pakistan off to a slow start chasing 193:  - Scorecard

Pak 9-0 (2 overs) vs India 192-5


Ishant Sharma bowls the second over. Shehzad hits the first ball to covers and then drives the second ball back to the bowler as India keep it tight.

Shehzad breaks the shackles as he punches it through the covers for the first boundary of Pakistan's innings. He is beaten off the next ball as he tries to run the next ball to the thirdman region but misses.

Shehzad plays another dot ball hitting it straight to midwicket and the next ball produces the same result.

Pakistan are off to a slow start with only nine runs coming from the first two overs.
18:52  - Scorecard

Pak 5-0 (1 over) vs India 192-5


The young Bhuvneshwar Kumar will bowl the first over for India. He impressed in the first match, taking three wickets. Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad will open the batting for Pakistan.

Kumar starts with a wide outside the off-stump before Jamshed defends the next ball. He hits the next ball to covers before steering the next ball behind point for one to gt off the mark.

Shehzad turns the ball on the leg side for a single and Jamshed can only block the next delivery as Kumar keeps it tight with the new ball.

The last ball is on the pads which Jamshed flicks through midwicket for two runs as Pakistan get five runs from the first over.
18:45  Yuvraj's blast lifts India to a huge 192:   - Scorecard

India 192-5 (20 overs) vs Pak


Yuvraj was special with the bat and once he got going it started to rain sixes in Motera. This is the second time he has hit seven sixes in a T20I, his first time was against England in Durban during the 2007 World T20 when he had hit Stuart Broad for six sixes in an innings.

India hammered 74 runs in the last five overs as Yuvraj and Dhoni took control with the bat.

Gul was Pakistan's best bowler with figures of four for 37 in four overs and Mohammad Irfan, who completed his spell before the Yuvraj onslaught, conceded just 20 runs in his four overs. But the rest of the bowlers got a lot of punishment in the closing overs at the hands of Yuvraj, who seemed to hit sixes at will.

Dhoni and Yuvraj put on 97 runs from a mere 44 balls for the fourth wicket.
18:37  Yuvraj's blazing fifty lifts India to 192:   - Scorecard

India 192-5 (20 overs) vs Pak


Gul to bowl the final over of the Indian innings. Dhoni takes a single from the first ball before Yuvraj holes out to long-off attempting another huge hit.

Yuvraj walks back to a standing ovation after an entertaining innings of 72 from 36 balls, hitting four fours and seven sixes.

Before that delivery, Yuvraj had hit 32 runs in eight balls, including five sixes, two singles and a dot ball to turn the match on it's head.

Dhoni takes a single from the next ball and new batsman Suresh Raina takes one to get off the mark.

Gul then picks up another wicket as Dhoni plays it back on to his stumps to be bowled for a quick 33 from 23 balls with the help of four boundaries.

Gul oversteps off the next ball to give India a free-hit delivery which Rohit Sharma lofts over the off-side for a four.

India end on a huge 192 for five in their 20 overs.

18:30  Yuvraj on fire, Pakistan bowlers suffer:   - Scorecard

India 184-3 (19 overs) vs Pak


Ajmal back to bowl his final over. Yuvraj digs out a yorker for one on the off-side before Dhoni chips it over the bowler for two runs followed by a single on the leg side.

Ajmal gives it some air and Yuvraj slog sweeps it over the leg side for a huge six and repeats the dose off the next ball as it continues to rain sixes in Ahmedabad.

He makes it a hat-trick of sixes smashing Ajmal high over long-on to race to 72 from 35 balls.

22 runs from that Ajmal over, who finishes with 42 runs from four overs.
18:25   - Scorecard

India 162-3 (18 overs) vs Pak


Tanvir comes back to bowl his final over. He is operating from round the wicket as Dhoni plays the first ball down to long-off for one.

Yuvraj is proving to be unstoppable at the moment. He heaves the next ball over midwicket region for another six, his third of the innings and his 50th in Twenty20 Internationals.

The next ball is short and Yuvraj is ready for it as he yet again pulls it over midwicket for another six.

That also brings up his fifty in some style, from just 29 balls with the help of four boundaries and four sixes.

He gets a single to sweeper cover from the fifth ball.

Dhoni keeps the boundaries coming as he smashes the last ball through the covers for a four.

India smash 18 runs from the Tanvir over, who has been hit for 44 runs in his four overs.


18:19   - Scorecard

India 144-3 (17 overs) vs Pak


With four overs to go, it remains to be seen whether India can score in excess of 170?

Captain Mohammad Hafeez comes into the attack now. Dhoni takes a single from the first ball and Yuvraj is gifted a boundary two balls later as Irfan lets the ball go through his leg at short fine leg.

Two more singles before Yuvraj gets the ball behind point for another boundary.

Hafeez gives away 11 runs in his first over as India reach 144 for three in 17 overs.

Yuvraj has smashed 40 from 27 balls, while Dhoni has hit 23 from 16 balls with the duo putting on 56 runs in five overs.
18:15  Yuvraj, Dhoni on the attack, India on top:  - Scorecard

India 133-3 (16 overs) vs Pak


Pakistan keep juggling their bowlers as Gul comes back now. The first ball is sliding down the leg side and Dhoni helps it round the corner for a boundary through the fine leg region before taking two from the next ball.

Gul then drops it short and Dhoni pulls it over the square leg region for a four.

Dhoni on fire out in the middle as he lofts a full delivery over the cover region for the third boundary of the over and then gets one to long-off.

15 runs from that over by Gul as India take their total to 133 for three in 16 overs.
18:09  - Scorecard

India 118-3 (15 overs) vs Pak


Ajmal back the bowling crease now. Yuvraj welcomes with him a huge six as he slog sweeps him over the midwicket region and then takes a single from the third ball.

Dhoni plays the next ball straight to midwicket before stealing a quick single to short fine leg fielder.

Eight runs from the over as India reach 118 for three in 15 overs.
18:06  Yuvraj's attack puts India on top:  - Scorecard

India 110-3 (14 overs) vs Pak


Irfan comes on to bowl his final over as Pakistan look for another wicket to check India's progress.

Yuvraj works the first ball on the leg side for one while Dhoni drives the next ball to the covers for two runs.

Dhoni defends the third ball before driving the next through the covers for two runs and is then beaten outside the off-stumps as Irfan slants it across the batsman. He blocks the last ball as Irfan concedes just five in that over to finish with impressive figures of 20 runs in four overs.

Yuvraj is batting on 24 from 18 balls, while Dhoni is on nine.
18:02  - Scorecard

India 105-3 (13 overs) vs Pak


Mahendra Singh Dhoni comes in at No. 5. Yuvraj drives Afridi's first ball down to long-off for one. Dhoni starts with a bang as he lofts a full delivery from Afridi over the covers for a four before taking one to the off-side.

Yuvraj then slog sweeps Afridi for a huge six over the leg side to bring up India's 100 in 12.4 overs.

He then steers the next ball fine on the off-side for a four as India look to lift the tempo.

A big over for India as Afridi concedes 17 runs in that over.
17:57  Kohli run out for 27, India lose 3rd wkt:   - Scorecard

India 88-3 (12 overs) vs Pak


Tanvir comes back, to bowl his third over. Kohli pulls a short ball over midwicket where the deep square leg fielder runs around and stops the ball to give away just two runs.

Kohli and Yuvraj looking to lift the run rate with a few boundaries. But Tanvir keeps it tight to frustrate the Indians which also results in the fall of a wicket.

Yuvraj turns it to the short fine leg fielder as Kohli tries to steal a quick single but a direct hit from Ajmal catches him short.

Kohli is run out after a steady knock of 27 from 22 balls, having hit three boundaries.
17:51  Kohli, Yuvraj lift India in middle overs:  - Scorecard

India 83-2 (11 overs) vs Pak


Kohli gives Afridi the charge and chips the first ball over the bowler's head for a four. Kohli then hits the next ball towards point for one before Yuvraj turns it towards midwicket for another single.

Kohli gets a single from the fifth ball before Yuvraj sweeps it through the fine leg region for a boundary.

11 runs from that over as India reach 83 for two in 11 overs.
17:48  - Scorecard

India 72-2 (10 overs) vs Pak


Ajmal back for a new spell. Yuvraj takes one from the first ball before Kohli rocks back and pulls a short ball over midwicket for a four.

The right-hander turns it on the leg side for one and Yuvraj does the same off the next ball.

Kohli charges down the wicket and plays it to deep midwicket for one before Yuvraj gets a leading edge which bounces short of the bowler.

At the halfway stage, India are 72 for two.
17:45  India slow down after Rahane's wicket:  - Scorecard

India 64-2 (9 overs) vs Pak


Shahid Afridi into the attack now, the fifth bowler used by Pakistan today to bowl the ninth over.

Yuvraj turns the first ball on the leg side and runs for a single without any discomfort in his legs despite that blow on the foot in the last over.

Kohli blocks the first ball before driving the next through covers for one. Three more singles in that over as India reach 64 for two after nine overs.

Just 20 runs in the last four overs as Pakistan have managed to pull back things.
17:41   - Scorecard

India 59-2 (8 overs) vs Pak


Mohammad Irfan is back into the attack. Kohli defends the first ball before driving the next ball to sweeper cover for one.

New batsman Yuvraj Singh is beaten all ends up as Irfan bowls a quick short delivery that bounces quite high as even keeper Akmal has to jump high to stop it.

He follows that up with a quick yorker that hits Yuvraj on his right boot and he is down with some pain. That was fast and full and Yuvraj barely got time to get his bat down in time.

Kohli punches the last ball of that over back past the bowler for a delightful boundary.
17:34  Gul's double checks India's progress:  - Scorecard

India 53-2 (7 overs) vs Pak


Kohli hits the first ball of Gul's new over to the covers for one before Rahane clips it behind square leg on the leg side for a couple.

India bring up their 50 in 6.2 overs their fastest against Pakistan in T20Is.

Two more singles before Gul strikes with the wicket of Rahane for a fluent 28 from 26 balls. The right-hander tried to pull a short ball but got it off toe of the bat and spooned a simple catch back to the bowler.
17:28  - Scorecard

India 48-1 (6 overs) vs Pak


Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal into the attack now. Rahane hits the first two balls straight to fielder before stroking the third to deep midwicket for one.

Virat Kohli gets off the mark as he drives it down to long-on for a single.

The duo pick two more singles as India reach 48 for one after six overs.
17:24  Gambhir out for 21, India lose 1st wicket:   - Scorecard

India 44-1 (5 overs) vs Pak


Umar Gul into the attack to replace Irfan, who bowled an impressive first spell of 10 runs from two overs.

Rahane turns the first ball on the leg side for one before Gambhir hits three boundaries in a row.

He gets a thick outside edge from the first ball which flies to the boundary before giving Gul the charge and smashing it over the off-side field for another four.

Gul then bowls a quick bouncer which Gambhir looks to pull but it hits his gloves and goes over the keeper for another four.

But Gul gets his revenge as he foxes Gambhir with the slower ball and traps him leg before wicket. Gambhir walks back after a quick knock of 21 from 11 balls, hitting four boundaries.

Despite that wicket, India are looking comfortable on 44 for one in five overs.
17:18  - Scorecard

India 31-0 (4 overs) vs Pak


Tanvir continues despite a costly first over. Rahane plays the first ball on the leg side for one before Gambhir also picks one from the next ball.

Tanvir then again drops one short which Rahane chops over the off-side for a boundary before turning the next ball fine on the leg side for back to back boundaries. He lets the next ball go before ending the over with a single.

Tanvir continues to leak runs as 11 come from his second over.
17:13  - Scorecard

India 21-0 (3 overs) vs Pak


Gambhir's problem with running between the wicket continues. He backs too far as Rahane hits Irfan straight to Umar Akmal at point who attempts a direct hit at the non-striker's end but misses. That would have been a close call had he hit the stumps.

Rahane is beaten again outside the off-stump as he looks to steer it to thirdman but misses and then takes a single on the leg side before Gambhir does the same.

Irfan then bowls a short ball at Rahane's ribs who turns it to fine leg where a fumble gifts him one. Gambhir also pinches a single to end the over.
17:09  Gambhir, Rahane give India flying start:  - Scorecard

India 17-0 (2 overs) vs Pak


Sohail Tanvir to bowl the second over. Gambhir welcomes him with a cracking boundary through the off-side as Tanvir starts with a rank long hop before taking a single.

Rahane then punches it through the covers for another boundary as India start with a bang. Tanvir finally gets it right off the fourth delivery slanting it across the right-hander, who is beaten as he tries to play it through the off-side and then defends the next ball.

He turns the last ball of that over to the leg side to get a single.

10 runs from Tanvir's first over as India reach 17 for no loss after two overs.
17:04  - Scorecard

India 7-0 (1 over) vs Pak


Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane walk out to open the innings for India, while the tall 7 feet fast bowler Mohammad Irfan will bowl the first over for Pakistan.

Gambhir taps the first ball on the leg side for one to get India off the mark and two balls later Rahane steers a wide delivery past point for a boundary as the entire stadium erupts. A very noisy atmosphere inside the Sardar Patel stadium.

A superb delivery outside the off-stump that beats Rahane as he tries to dab at it before he drops the next ball on the off-side for a quick single and Gambhir gets another single to end the over as India take seven runs from the first over.
16:47  Pak elect to bowl, Ashwin replaces Jadeja:  Here is a look at the two teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan.
16:34  Pak win toss, elect to bowl vs India in 2nd T20:   Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the second T20 match in Ahmedabad, on Friday.

Pakistan lead the two-match series 1-0 following their five-wicket victory in the fist match in Bangalore.

As expected India made one change to their team, bringing in specialist spinner R Ashwin for all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

Pakistan retained the same team from the previous match.
16:27  Live Cricket! India seek to level series in must-win tie:  The pitch at the Sardar Patel stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad looks flat and perfect for batting but experts reckon both teams will look to field first considering the dew that will hamper the teams in the second half of the match.

Ravi Shastri:
Pitch looks nice and flat, hardly a blade of grass on it.

Wasim Akram: Dew would be a huge factor, the teams will look to field. There will be bounce which will help Pakistan's fast bowlers more. We will probably see a lot of runs here.

16:04  India's bowling suffered in the middle overs in the first T20 in Bangalore and the absence of a frontline spinner was sorely felt. R Ashwin will certainly come back into the team and it remains to be seen whether he will replace a batsman or a pace bowler.

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15:09  India vs Pakistan 2nd T20 at 1700 hours IST:  India will have to quickly plug their batting shortcomings and pick the right team composition when they go into the second and last Twenty20 international against arch rivals Pakistan in Motera on Friday, hoping to level the two match series 1-1.

India suffered a five-wicket drubbing in the series opener in Bangalore after a middle-order collapse, which saw the hosts struggle to 130 for nine after being 90 for two at one stage.

The hosts desperately need to win the second game to level the series and the pressure will be on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men to deliver the goods when it matters the most.