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Pak 267 all out Salman Butt 74 (85), Kamran Akmal 51 (41), Malik 39 (46), Afridi 32 (25) | Praveen 3, Zaheer 9.3-41-2,
Harbhajan 8-47-2, Jadeja 10-43-1
India win off the 2nd last ball: Gambhir 83 (97), Dhoni 56 (71), Raina 34 (27), Harbhajan 15 no (11) | Ajmal 3, Afridi 10-41-1
In pitch conditions like this, what Pakistan needed apart from the disciplined bowling by Akhtar-Aamer were a few unplayable deliveries they are capable of pulling out, because this Indian batting lineup (bar Jadeja) was quite equipped to handle the chase so long as they were playing in risk-free mode. And Ajmal was probably the only one who repeatedly was able to do this. In the end, India just about made it, but when you think about the overall cricket played by the two teams, like in the Champions trophy game (won by Pak), it was the better team that won on the day.
Gambhir is a weird batsman to predict with regard to form because he can be in play-and-miss mode and still scratch himself to a 50. But like most batsmen have their own little tell-tale signs regarding the state of their game, Gambhir’s little shimmies in the game vs B’desh (evident after quite a while) are possibly his giveaways about how confident he’s feeling about his game regardless of fluency.
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