Lol, Morgan posing as England captain is hilarious, given he couldn’t even get into a weak SunRisers middle order that had space for TWO overseas, middle order players. Also, he can’t score runs for Eng, unless flat-tracks are created, in which case all batsmen then score runs, so it’s relative. Media-backing at its best!
Shame. But that delay might come at a reasonable time for Pakistan. India just starting to tick, and some errors starting to creep in for the Pakistan boys. Imad tosses one up and Dhawan wallops it. Now a really irritating bit of cricket, the ball knocked into the deep for a single, a wild throw, keeper misses it, nobody is backing up. Oh, Pakistan. Three runs. Anyway, then a couple of singles and the umpires have the players off after the fifth ball of the over.
Both batsmen living a little dangerously. The ‘win predictor’ has says India win this game 90% of the time from this position, and its another sound over from Pandya. Bangs one in short that rushes Hafeez, deceptively sharp stuff.
Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed: First of all, thanks to the Almighty. I can’t believe it. Thanks to Amir, he played really well. I just told him to play his game and not to worry about the score. That if we took it to the 40th over we would win. Dropped catches are part of the game. Allah helped us today.
The opening game of the tournament is between England and Bangladesh on June 1. Cardiff, The Oval and Edgbaston are the venues for the event, which comprises 15 matches in 18 days, with the final at The Oval on June 18.
Four and Four: Shakib drifts onto Kohli’s pads and the Indian skipper flicks it behind the keeper for a boundar. While, two balls later, Rohit Sharma plays a brilliant inside out shot for a boundary and India are just 16 runs away from victory.
WICKET! Slower ball does the trick, Azhar Ali departs, charges down the wicket but the slower ball gets him. All he manages is an inside edge straight onto the stumps, second wicket falls for 173. Ball gets the wicket
Often you will hear India v Pakistan referred to as ‘more than a game’, a term that touches on all sorts of mildly ridiculous motifs: age-old religious feuds, geopolitical sabre-rattling, border incursions, nuclear armageddon. None of which, you suspect, will be all that relevant when Shikhar Dhawan nudges Wahab Riaz’s first ball down to fine leg at Edgbaston on Sunday, but then in many ways the hyperbole is the point. India v Pakistan is one of those fixtures that people want to mean more than it does.
Lasith Malinga is back! He starts with a short ball around leg, Sarfraz ducks thinking it is a wide but the umpire thinks otherwise. Malinga attempts a dipping, slow yorker but it goes down the leg side. WIDE! DROPPED! Has Thisara dropped the match here? I think so. Sarfraz chips it towards Thisara at mid on, he rushes in and fluffs the ball. Got a bit too excited I feel. Lasith Malinga is fuming. Ahmed tickles the third ball to fine leg for a single. Amir just taps the fourth ball for a run. The Malinga smile is back. Ball six: another slow yorker and Sarfraz drives it uppishly to mid on but it falls well short of the fielder.
Bar that wide second ball, this is the first delivery from Imad Wasim that has offered anything to the batsman. Bit too short, Rohit rocks back and cuts for four.
Bairstow – who was preferred to the out-of-form Jason Roy – was nearly lbw to the second ball of the match, delivered by Junaid Khan. But the batsman was saved by umpire Marais Erasmus, who called “not out”.
Amir continues to bowl well, probing outside off-stump at 86mph or so. Rohit is patient, letting a couple by before finding a fielder in the covers.
OUT! ‘You need a wicket, you go Hasan Ali,’ quips Nasser Hussain on air. Eoin Morgan comes down the track to drive Hasan but the ball moves away slightly to induce an outside edge. Sarfraz does the rest. Once again, Hasan is bossing it in the middle overs. Captain Morgan walks back to the hut for 33. Jos Buttler comes out in the middle.
Latest update: Pakistan stun England in the first semi-final, win by eight wickets, and qualify for the final of Champions Trophy 2017. The winning runs come off Mohammad Hafeez’s blade as he pulls it to the square leg fence for a boundary.
OVER 20: PAK 88/2 (Azhar 49* Hafeez 14*) Metronomic line and length from Pandya, and he ties Hafeez down with three dot balls. The Pakistan batsman has a strike rate of 60 currently, which just won’t do. Two more dots follow, and Hafeez nudges a single to mid-on off the final ball of the over. Pressure building.
Babar drops and goes, risky, and the bowler Bumrah swoops. Azhar Ali has to dive to make his ground. He does himself a mischief in diving and needs some running repairs.
10:08 PM (IST)That is it from today. The highly unpredictable side has toppled the tournament favorites. Kudos to Pakistan for bouncing back after suffering a massive defeat against their arch rivals. Tomorrow it’s the battle of another Asian Giants – India vs Bangladesh in Birmingham for the second semifinal. Whoever wins is another thing, but one thing is guaranteed. It will be two teams from the subcontinent fighting it out in the finals. Will India storm through yet again or will the Tigers cause an upset? Join us at 1030 local (0930 GMT) to find out. Until next time, it’s goodbye from us. Cheers!
Six runs from that over, the boundaries might have dried up but the runs are easily flowing for Pakistan. They will coast home easily at this rate, Rashid looks to be the main threat.
Come on Pakistan. Get your act together. India are putting their foot down and Pakistan are crumbling under pressure. A terrible over from Wahab, who really is old enough to know better. Short and wide outside off, leg stump half volley, short and wide outside off. Dhawan goes four, four, four. Next ball, Wahab produces a decent slower one, but Dhawan has seen that coming, and dabs it into the offside, where Shadab makes an amateurish misfield. That turns none into two and Pakistan are coming apart at the seams here.
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09:49 PM (IST)Azhar Ali was happy to play the second fiddle in the opening partnership but once he got his eye in, he started to fire as well. The duo accounted for the 118-run first wicket stand and set the tone for the chase. Both scored their fifties but Zaman departed immediately after that. However, this time Pakistan didn’t slip. Azhar Ali stood there with Babar Azam and continued the good work. Mohammad Hafeez towards the end provided the finishing touch and took his team over the line.
That’s the game for India, because Wahab Riaz is unable to bat due to injury. Another cheap wicket given away, but Yadhav’s figures have been nicely embellished as he’s cleaned up the tail. A convincing win for India – a 124-run victory.
09:59 PM (IST)England skipper, Eoin Morgan says they did not adapt to the conditions coming from Edgbaston. Credits Pakistan for doing so and outclassing them. Admits they did not manage to adjust to the wicket and feels 200 wasn’t a competitive one, 250-260 would have been. On what he feels regarding the used pitch, he opines that’s how the tournament is. Adds they would look to learn from such defeats. Ends by saying adapting to the conditions in a knockout game is very important and that they will be learning from this.
6:33PM WICKET! Imad c Jadhav b Pandya 0 Sarfraz misses the chance to put Pandya away through the legside when he strays too straight, but only gets a single. Imad faces his first ball, and chips a drive straight to the grateful mitts of Jadhav at cover. It was a shorter length delivery than he thought, and as a result he was always hitting on the up.
The ball before, Babar had slashed at another similar ball and Jadhav made a muff of the field on the boundary. Mohammad Hafeez comes in and there are four dot balls. It’s a lovely evening there now so I don’t suppose DL will come into play, but there’s little chance of Pakistan being ahead of that score from here on.
Handy over from Andya Pandya is spoiled when he tries a bouncer last ball, and it’s called a wide. Digs the bonus ball in, Azhar uppercuts it, and Yuvi makes a right mess of the fielding on the rope. He pat-a-cakes the ball over the fence for a cheap boundary.
3:34PM India make 319/3 off 48 overs 130 off the last 13. Goodness me. Pakistan hopeless. Ground fielding and catching shocking. They need something very special with the bat, and maybe a quirky DL ruling to go their way. Rain coming down now. After 38 overs it was 202/2 and the match was in the balance but India ran away with it. Pakistan got its tactics wrong today imo, the way to stop India from getting to 300 was to bat first and be bowled out for 150— Haseeb Asif (@haseebasif) June 4, 2017
The top eight sides in the ICC ODI rankings as of September 30, 2015 qualified for the event, with West Indies and Zimbabwe being the two Full Member countries that failed to make the cut. The top two sides from each group will qualify for the semi-finals in Cardiff and Edgbaston on June 14 and 15.
The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and subsequent Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 put a hold on India-Pakistan cricket that lasted till 1978, when India toured Pakistan and cricket resumed for a brief period. In the post-1971 period, politics became a direct factor in the holding of cricketing events. India has suspended cricketing ties with Pakistan several times following terrorist attacks or other hostilities. The resumption of cricketing ties in 1978 came with the emergence of heads of government in both India and Pakistan who were not directly connected with the 1971 war and coincided with their formal initiatives to normalize bilateral relations. Shortly after a period of belligerency during the Operation Brasstacks war games, Pakistani president Zia-ul-Haq was invited to watch the India-Pakistan test match being played in the Indian city of Jaipur. This form of cricket diplomacy has occurred several times afterwards as well. Pakistan toured India in 1979, but an Indian tour of Pakistan in 1984 was cancelled mid-way due to the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Yuvraj Singh, a bruising left-hander and India’s most experienced batsman, lit the blue touchpaper. To that point, their captain, Virat Kohli, had been earthbound, pushing his ones and twos, as if his reputation as the world’s best batsman had been much exaggerated. He then reached for the stars, scoring 37 runs off his last 12 balls, while Hardik Pandya weighed in by hitting the first three balls of India’s final over for six.
OVER 2: PAK 10/0 (Azhar 3* Shehzad 5*) Umesh, who is one of those bowlers who really puts his back into it, seems unsure on the greasy surface and it takes him a while to feel confident about his landing area. Anyway, Ahmed Shehzad cuts him attractively for a boundary. But Umesh settles after that.
I don’t really know what to tell you about that. Shadab was struggling with the wet ball, needed a rag. Dhawan down the pitch to a full toss, and plopped it straight to the man in the deep. The Indians in the crowd allow themselves a split second to reflect, then start going nutso. Why? Because Virat Kohli is coming to the crease.
Rohit Sharma said: “Was a great knock, especially when it comes on a winning note. Trying to get a big one, in the last two games. Was quite determined today. Wicket was brilliant. I kept telling myself to bat as much as possible. We’ve been playing good cricket. One last hurdle, a big game against Pakistan. It felt like he was batting overnight (Virat Kohli). As a captain, he was brilliant.”
India make 319/3 off 48 overs 130 off the last 13. Goodness me. Pakistan hopeless. Ground fielding and catching shocking. They need something very special with the bat, and maybe a quirky DL ruling to go their way. Rain coming down now. After 38 overs it was 202/2 and the match was in the balance but India ran away with it. Pakistan got its tactics wrong today imo, the way to stop India from getting to 300 was to bat first and be bowled out for 150— Haseeb Asif (@haseebasif) June 4, 2017
All those cricket enthusiasts around the world are desperately waiting for one of the most thrilling and challenging upcoming cricket event, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 which is going to hit the crease on June 1, 2017 in England and Wales. To get the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 live coverage is the goal of every cricket lover. Never before in the history of Champions trophy, have the two rivals had fought a battle for the cup. This is the first time in the history of Cricket are the two giants, the arch enemies and neighbours are fighting a battle for the ICC Conducted Champions Trophy. The India vs Pakistan match will be played in Kennington Oval London and will be telecasted live all over the world. Check out India vs Pakistan Final Live telecast on YuppTV. The two countries have their strengths and weaknesses equalled and it is tend to get ugly in the final match tomorrow. India has proved to its worth as defending champions in the tournament so far. The Indian Top Batsman Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been performing at their best so far. The trio had already established that they are not ready to surrender in any case in the first match with Pakistan. The bowling squad too has been fighting furiously and had established their dominion in all the matches. Bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Bumrah, B Kumar and Jadeja have given an amazing performance so far. India is at its best right now and proved that it will not be a team to tackle with, with their Amazing win over Bangladesh. Pakistan slightly bent because of its defeat in the previous match with India will come at it with full force leaving minimum chance to luck. The team had gained their strength and confidence back with its powerful win over England in the Semi Final. The hope for revenge in the final will be strong and batsmen like Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali, and Babar Azam will be playing to their strengths. Hasan Ali the highest wicket taker in the entire tournament and Junaid Khan who is at the second place among the wicket takers in Pakistani cricket team will be charged up and are the core strength of Pakistan. The historic rivalry between India and Pakistan has always been a major motivating factor for both the teams and has always attracted the attention of millions of fans across the world. The India and Pakistan Final Match live will attract innumerable audiences all over the world. And since this is the first time both the teams India and Pakistan are fighting for the cup in Final match of ICC Champions Trophy the match is expected to be a breathtaking action and an intense experience for all the Sports fans too. It has been recorded that the Semi Final Match between India and Pakistan in the 2011 world cup has attracted 988 million viewers all over the world. And since the match will be streaming live on YuppTV. The match will be telecasted live on all major internet enabled devices with YuppTV. You can check out the India vs Pakistan final match live streaming on YuppTV.
OVER 1: IND 0/0 (Rohit 0* Dhawan 0*) Mo Amir with an excellent opening over, it’s in the channel outside off and he’s finding some movement. Rohit has his work cut out here. Three of the first four deliveries are pearlers, beating the Indian opener outside the off stump. Fifth ball clumps his inside edge. Lucky to survive the over, playing and missing outside off. Great start from MoAm.
32.2: J Ball to A Ali, OUT! Azhar Ali departs after a very good innings. Ball bowls a very slower short bouncer around off cutting back in, Ali comes down the track and goes for the pull but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. It is too late for England. Pakistan need only 39 off 106 balls.
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