Live Cricket Score : India Vs Pakistan 2012 - Second T20

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Ahmedabad, Dec 28: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the 2nd and the final T20I between India and Pakistan. Pakistan lead the 2-match series 1-0. The visitors bowled really well in the first ODI, but their batting was a bit wobbly. Shoaib Malik and skipper M Hafeez rescued them with a calm partnership, while for India Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the toast of the town. It will be interesting to see if India bring in R Ashwin back into the side today. Stay tuned to find out.

Pakistan have won the toss and elected to field.

Dhoni: 'We were looking to bowl too. It looks like a pitch which might not change throughout. Bhuvneshwar bowled superbly well. He may have to bowl slightly shorter on a flatter wicket. He looks like a smart guy. A 3 match series is better. Ashwin is in for Jadeja'

Hafeez: 'The way the boys came out with a good performance under pressure in the previous game was brilliant. The energy was great. We want to repeat it. We are playing the same side.'

Pitch Report: The pitch is really dry unlike the one in Bangalore. It is expected to be a batting paradise. It will be interesting to see what the captain winning the toss chooses to do.


India (Playing XI): Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda

Pakistan (Playing XI): Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez(c), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal(w), Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan


India will have to quickly plug their batting shortcomings and pick the right team composition when they go into the second and last Twenty20 cricket international against arch rivals Pakistan in Ahmedabad, hoping to level the two match series 1-1.

India suffered a five-wicket drubbing in the series opener in Bangalore after a middle-order collapse, which saw the hosts struggle to 130 for nine after being 90 for two at one stage.


The hosts desperately need to win the second game to level the series and the pressure will be on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men to deliver the goods when it matters the most. Apart from Gautam Gambhir (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (42), all the other batsmen failed to apply themselves when confronted against a strong bowling attack spearheaded by the experienced Umar Gul.

In fact, all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina were the only ones other than the openers to have reached double figures and Dhoni will hope there is no such collapse in the must-win game. India would need the likes of Virat Kohli, Dhoni, Yuvraj and Rohit Sharma to regroup and fire in unison against the traditional rivals who are also equally determined to clinch the T20 series.

The bowling also remains a persistent headache for the Indians. Except for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who finished with impressive figures of three for nine in his debut game, none of the other bowlers could trouble the Pakistani batsmen.

Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja all struggled to get wickets or even check the flow of runs. The decision to leave out Ravichandran Ashwin in the last match was seen as a move that worked in Pakistan's favour and Dhoni might be tempted to play him in the must-win tie.

The Indians had opted to go in with three specialist seamers in the last match and it will be interesting to see whether they go in with the same strategy or include a spinner.


Pakistan, on the other hand, lived up to their reputation of a strong bowling unit with three specialist pacers -- Gul, Sohail Tanvir and lanky debutant Mohammad Irfan -- wrecking havoc on a pace-friendly track at Bangalore.

They would look to carry on the momentum tomorrow also though the Sardar Patel track may not give them much assistance. The visitors' batting, however, has been a cause of concern for them with openers Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad struggling to provide a platform during their run chase at Bangalore.

Even the reliable Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi failed to get big scores.

Hafeez and Shoaib Malik were the saving grace and Pakistan would hope that they continue with their exploits along with the others striking form.

Captain's Quotes

Ashwin was not there in this team. So our plan was that if we play out the new ball, then their spinners are not world-class; I know Yuvraj is in great form, but when you don't have a world-class spinner then we can dominate: Mohammed Hafeez.

The batsmen got out trying to play big shots. We could have easily scored 200 if we had applied ourselves: MS Dhoni.

Final word:

Dhoni will be under intense pressure with his captaincy coming under the scanner in the aftermath of the recent Test debacle against England. He has always been regarded as a better captain in the shorter formats of the game, but the recent defeats in T20 matches have certainly dented his reputation. The defeats have come at home, where the team is playing in familiar conditions, and Dhoni has a tough task in lifting the morale of the team.

Pakistan will hope to keep the winning momentum with another win. They have the bowling attack to rattle the Indians but will hope that their batsmen show a little more fight and not fall without creating much of an impact.


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