Tied match turns in India’s favour on bowl-out rule

Saturday, September 15, 2007

DURBAN: After the sensational match between the arch rivals tied, India turned it in their favour on the basis of bowl-out rule in the Twenty20 World Cup tournament here on Friday. However, both teams qualified for the super-eight round from group-D.

The bowl-out rule has been introduced for the first time in the history of this new type of cricket.

Set an easy target of 142 in 20 overs, Pakistan managed to get out of a certain defeat and tied the match against their old rival but the umpires decided to experiment a new rule of bowl-out in the match. They invited five bowlers from each team to hit the stumps on five deliveries. Indian bowlers hit the stumps on three consecutive balls while Pakistani bowlers missed all the three hits and lost the match 3-0.

Earlier, India scored 141 runs for nine wickets after Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik put them into batting after winning the toss in the high voltage clash between the arch rivals.

The Indians got off to a disastrous start losing the three frontline batsmen courtesy Mohammad Asif.

Robin Uthappa once again kept his cool and played some great cricket under tremendous pressure and got to his maiden T20I fifty in his first appearance in this version.

Dhoni supported him well and together they made sure that India get off to a respectable score.

Irfan Pathan hit two massive two sixes in Shahid Afridi's over but was bowled on the last ball for 20 runs.

Mohammad Asif bowled extraordinarily well taking four wickets for eighteen runs in his four over spell.

In reply, Pakistani batsmen could not face Indian bowlers well except Misbah-ul-Haq, who scored 53 and was run out on the last ball of the innings to see the match tied.

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