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The Indians fans that had come early to Lord’s whooped it up in the early part of the afternoon, as Pakistan stumbled badly in pursuit of a modest Sri Lankan total. But any Pakistani supporters that stayed back for the later game soon got their chance for payback as West Indies produced a high-class performance to push India toward the abyss. Lendl Simmons took a mind-boggling catch to dismiss Gautam Gambhir and then batted beautifully for 44, but it was Dwayne Bravo that took the game away, following up 4 for 38 with a dazzling 36-ball 66.

At one stage, the required rate was climbing up to 10, but Bravo cut loose with some gorgeous orthodox strokes, targetting the straight boundary and cover with equal fluency. India lost it in two overs, with Ishant Sharma giving up 16 and Harbhajan 15 in the 17th and 18th overs of the innings. India had done well to take the game that far, but ultimately they paid the price for the poorest of starts. Having slumped to 29 for 3, they were then marooned in treacle for eight overs as the bowlers frustrated Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni. Dhoni’s 11 spanned 23 balls, and it was left to Yuvraj to inject some urgency with some stunning shots in the final overs.

Yusuf Pathan chipped in as well, but you always sensed that they were 10 or 15 short. (more…)


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He may be a dud with the bat these days, but Pakistan can thank Shahid Afridi’s powers with the ball for their safe progress into the Super Eights. With Saeed Ajmal offering superb support, Pakistan were far too strong for the Netherlands who discovered that lightning doesn’t strike twice, not at an event of this magnitude. So, despite the pathetic showing against England, Pakistan are into the business end of the competition, and two wins against Ireland, New Zealand and Sri Lanka should be enough to seal a semi-final place. A lot depends on the remaining matches and which teams take bonus points into that phase. Pakistan won’t, but having no margin for error they might play their best cricket as they did today.

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