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India vs Pakistan Final Tri Series 2008

IND vs PAK, Tri Series, Final: Pakistan beat India in tri-series cricket final

Umer Gul took four wickets as Pakistan avenged its lopsided defeat in the league round with a 25-run victory over India in Saturday's final of the limited-overs tri-series.
Salman Butt and Younis Khan scored centuries and shared a 205-run second-wicket stand to guide Pakistan to 315 for three and then Gul and the bowlers did the rest, dismissing India for 290 in the penultimate over at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National stadium. India, which beat Bangladesh in its first match and Pakistan by 140 runs on Thursday, struggled early in the reply after losing opener Virendra Sehwag (2) in the second over.
Gautam Gambhir scored 40 before he was caught by substitute fielder Nasir Jamshed of a Gul delivery. Rohit Sharma (24), Yusuf Pathan (25) and Suresh Raina (24) failed to convert starts into a big innings and allrounder Shahid Afridi ended the innings of both of India's top scorers.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit a defiant 64 until he was out in the 48th over, caught by Jamshed off Afridi's bowling. Afridi had earlier dismissed Yuvraj Singh for 56 and returned 2-56 from 9.2 overs. Gul, who also bowled out Piyush Chawla (2) and trapped Praveen Kumar (5) lbw, finished with 4-57 in nine overs.
"It's a big victory, a final and that against India," Gul said. "It was a do or die battle for us." Pakistan started positively after winning the toss. Butt made the most of an early reprieve — dropped at short cover in the 11th over — to hit 10 boundaries in his 129 before retiring hurt near the end of the innings. "It was a perfect team job and it could not have been scripted better," Butt said. "I won an important game for my country, nothing gets better."
Khan stroked seven boundaries and three sixes, scoring 108 off 99 balls before he was caught by Sehwag off an Ishant Sharma delivery. It was a surprising loss for India, which won a recent series in Australia against the World Cup holders and is third in the ODI world rankings.
IND vs PAK, Tri Series, Final: Pakistan 315 for 3 (50.0 overs) beat India 290 all out (48.2 overs) by 25 runs

IND vs PAK, Tri Series, Final: India favourites against Pakistan

India will go into the final of the cricket tri-series against Pakistan Saturday as overwhelming favourites but they cannot afford to take their rivals lightly. The past is replete with instances of Pakistan fiercely fighting back under pressure. An India-Pakistan title clash is a mouth watering contest for cricket fans in the subcontinent and India’s success in Australia and their complete domination of the current series here makes them look invincible even before a ball is bowled in the final.
India ended Pakistan’s 12-match winning streak, handing them 140-run defeat in the league match earlier in the week. India was superior in all the departments and Pakistan hardly ever looked like a team battling it out in the middle.
Everything seems to be going right for the Indians in the series. Their top-order has fired magnificently. In fact, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are in ominous touch and seem to have taken the responsibility of finishing matches on their own. Runs have also come from Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma in the middle order. The bowling has been incisive with Praveen Kumar proving that his performance in the semifinal and final in Australia was not a fluke. He has swung the ball and troubled the top-order batsmen. R.P. Singh is also among wickets, while Piyush Chawla has given nothing away.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had everything going for him so far, but a strategist like him knows that performance on the day counts in cricket. Dhoni and his team will have to guard against complacency.
Pakistan, on the other hand, has plenty to think about before the match. Their batting has been shoddy and fielding awful. The body language hardly gave the impression of a fighting side and skipper Shaoib Malik has failed to inspire the team.
The bowling looked good in patches and Umar Gul certainly has the ability to rock any side on his day. Pakistan Cricket board Chairman Nasim Ashraf has dashed off a letter to the team management, raising awkward questions, after their embarrassing loss against India. It remains to be seen how the team reacts to it and raises its performance Saturday. India team (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, R.P. Singh, Piyush Chawla, Pragyan Ojha and MS Gony.
Pakistan team (from): Shoaib Malik (C), Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Yonus Khan, Muhammad Yousaf, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Umer Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Nasir Jamshed, Sohail Khan, Rao Iftikar, Bazid Khan and Naumanullah.

India vs Pakistan Final Tri Series 2008


Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
315 for 3 (50.0 overs)
290 all out (48.2 overs)

India Innings - All out
Gambhir c sub b Gul
33 4 1
Sehwag c Malik b Tanvir
8 0 0
R Sharma c sub b Gul
27 5 0
Y Pathan c Younus b Anjum
25 4 0
Yuvraj c Akmal b Afridi
59 5 1
Raina c Afridi b Alam
32 2 0
Dhoni c sub b Afridi
59 3 2
I Pathan c Malik b Anjum
35 1 1
Kumar lbw b Gul
8 0 0
b Gul
5 0 0
I Sharma not out
1 0 0
2nb 11w 7lb 20
all out 290 (48.2 ovs)

Gul 9.0 0 57 4
Tanvir 10.0 1 60 1
Anjum 10.0 0 58 2
Afridi 9.2 0 56 2
Malik 4.0 0 28 0
Alam 6.0 0 24 1
Fall of wicket
8 Sehwag
67 R Sharma
79 Gambhir
106 Y Pathan
179 Raina
187 Yuvraj
247 I Pathan
262 Kumar
284 Chawla
290 Dhoni

Pakistan Innings - Close
Butt retd hurt
136 12 3
Akmal c Dhoni b I Pathan
26 3 0
Younus c Sehwag b I Sharma
99 8 3
Misbah-ul-Haq c R Sharma b I Pathan
21 4 1
Afridi not out
11 0 0
Malik not out
8 2 0
1nb 2w 2b 4lb 9
for 3 315 (50.0 ovs)

Kumar 10.0 1 37 0
I Sharma 10.0 0 57 1
I Pathan 10.0 0 59 2
Chawla 10.0 0 85 0
Sehwag 3.0 0 26 0
Y Pathan 2.0 0 11 0
Yuvraj 4.0 0 23 0
Raina 1.0 0 11 0
Fall of wicket
34 Akmal
239 Younus
293 Misbah-ul-Haq

Umpires: E A R de Silva, Nadir Shah
India: Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, R Sharma, Y Pathan, Raina, Dhoni, I Pathan, Kumar, Chawla, I Sharma
Pakistan: Butt, Akmal, Younus, Yousuf, Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Afridi, Tanvir, Gul, Alam, Anjum

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.