It was on this day 13 years ago when India defeated Pakistan in a group stage game in the T20 World Cup in 2007. India added another feather to their cap by defeating their arch-rivals in an ICC tournament in a bowl out competition.
It was the 10th match of the tournament in the Group D as Pakistan’s skipper Shoaib Malik won the toss and elected to bowl first.
India lost openers Gautam Gambhir (0) and Virender Sehwag (5) cheaply as Mohammad Asif struck twice to restrict India on 9/2.
The only bright side in India’s innings was Robin Uthappa’s half-century while skipper MS Dhoni scored 33 runs off 31 balls. With the contribution from the middle-order, the men in blue managed to reach 141/9 after 20 overs.
Pakistan lost its first wicket on 12 runs as Ajit Agarkar gave India its first success by removing Salman Butt (17) in the third over. Subsequently, Pakistan lost the next three wickets under 50 runs before Shoaib Malik and Misbah Ul Haq came into bat.
India again bounced back in the game and this time they bundled the Pakistani skipper on just 20 runs. However, Misbah Ul Haq continued to score from another end and batted till the end.
Despite all of his efforts, Misbah couldn’t finish the game for his side as India showed last-minute grit and managed to pull a tie.
From India’s side, Irrfan Pathan finished with 2 wickets while RP Singh, Ajit Agarkar and Harbhajan Singh took a wicket each.
The Indian side won the match in a bowl out competition and hence continued with their unbeaten streak against Pakistan in an ICC tournament.
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