Dhoni XI Warms Up In T20 Encounter

India 159 for 1 (Rohit 80, Gambhir 52*) beat Pakistan 158 for 6 (Misbah 37*, Younis 32, Ishant 1-11) by nine wickets

Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Finally India and Pakistan played out a one-sided Twenty20 game. Filling in for Virender Sehwag as opener, Rohit Sharma continued to give India a combination dilemma and made the chase seem like an afternoon walk in a London park. A target of 159, with extra bowlers available by the virtue of this being a 13-a-side game, was by no means an easy one, but Gautam Gambhir and Rohit managed with the ease that belies the tension an India-Pakistan match brings.

Nothing about this encounter suggested it was a warm-up game. The sell-out crowd, and the intensity in the first innings was something even the final of the actual tournament will be proud of. But in the second innings, Pakistan went into the experiment mode. They went in with an interesting strategy, interchanging the usual roles between Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir. Gul, who usually bowls in the last 10 overs, opened the bowling, and Tanvir came on to bowl in the 10th over – none of the moves worked.

It was disappointing for the Pakistani fan as they were hoping to avenge the defeat fof last years finals but Younus Khan took the game really as warm up match. He kept on changing the bowlers and tried seven of them despite of the fact that Soahail Tanveer has a pretty good record of T20 he used Umer gul for opening spell. Muhammad Aamer was also not used well. Shahid Afridi performs only well in the advertisements.


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