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India defeated Pakistan by six wickets in the Asia Cup one-day tournament in Dhaka on Sunday.

Virat Kohli smashed a 148-ball 183 as India achieved the stiff 330-run target with 13 balls to spare in the day-night match, the first between the two teams since the World Cup semi-final at Mohali last March.

Nasir Jamshed (112) and Mohammad Hafeez (105) earlier hit centuries as Pakistan scored a challenging 329-6 after electing to bat.

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (L) plays a shot as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) reacts during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. ? AFP Photo.
Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (L) plays a shot as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) reacts during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. ? AFP Photo.
Pakistan's Nasir Jamshed (L) congratulates his teammate Mohammad Hafeez (R) on scoring a century. -AFP Photo
Pakistan's Nasir Jamshed (L) congratulates his teammate Mohammad Hafeez (R) on scoring a century. -AFP Photo
Pakistan's Nasir Jamshed bows towards Mecca after scoring a century (100 runs) during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. ? AFP Photo.
Pakistan's Nasir Jamshed bows towards Mecca after scoring a century (100 runs) during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. ? AFP Photo.
A Pakistani supporter reacts while watching the match. -AFP Photo
A Pakistani supporter reacts while watching the match. -AFP Photo
India's Irfan Pathan, center, watches as Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez, left, and Nasir Jamshed run between the wickets during their Asia Cup cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh. ? AP Photo.
India's Irfan Pathan, center, watches as Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez, left, and Nasir Jamshed run between the wickets during their Asia Cup cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh. ? AP Photo.
Indian cricketer Virat Kholi (R) congratulates teammate Ashok Dinda (C) after the dismissal of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (L) during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. ? AFP Photo.
Indian cricketer Virat Kholi (R) congratulates teammate Ashok Dinda (C) after the dismissal of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (L) during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. ? AFP Photo.
Younis Khan celebrates his half-century. -Reuters Photo
Younis Khan celebrates his half-century. -Reuters Photo
Ajmal celebrates the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar with his team mates. -AP Photo
Ajmal celebrates the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar with his team mates. -AP Photo
Virat Kohli acknowledges the crowd's applause. -AP Photo
Virat Kohli acknowledges the crowd's applause. -AP Photo
Indian cricketers Suresh Raina (L), Virat Kholi (C) and their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) celebrate after winning. -AFP Photo
Indian cricketers Suresh Raina (L), Virat Kholi (C) and their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) celebrate after winning. -AFP Photo

Comments (35) Closed



S.Masood
Mar 18, 2012 07:50pm
First of all Pakistan make good score but fielding & boiling are not satisfactory.
jowel
Mar 19, 2012 02:11am
i well see match
Pushp
Mar 19, 2012 08:17am
Nice photo ,good coverage
jameel
Mar 19, 2012 08:33am
The match is fxed.hehehe Since we lost it.
Dallasqboy-Tx
Mar 19, 2012 09:41am
Pakistan needs batsman like Virat in thier team. He is a very talented young batsman, someone who can be an inspiration for young and upcomming cricketers in Asia. Unfortunatly Pakistan fast bowling was way far below its usual standards. Both Wahab Riaz and Cheema were technically very inaffective in front of india's top & middle order. About Umar Gul, well after his devastating performance in World cup last year, he shoud and must hang his boot - seriously for the sake of Pak cricket.
daniyal durrani
Mar 19, 2012 09:44am
"I like Pakistan and India but I think that It was a match-fixing."
Jai
Mar 19, 2012 09:53am
It was a great match to watch. Nothing like an Indo-Pak game to get the competitive juices flowing. Good stuff from both teams !
francis k. marak.
Mar 19, 2012 12:40pm
you think so because Pakistan lost ? Com'on, it was great match played with heart and soul by the players of both the teams !
sandeep gaur
Mar 19, 2012 01:13pm
the match was great and you r saying that its fixed bcoz pakistan lost, but its not good way.
Kaushik
Mar 19, 2012 01:19pm
Well said!! Both the teams played exceptionally well yesterday
Kaushik
Mar 19, 2012 07:49am
Well said!! Both the teams played exceptionally well yesterday
Osman
Mar 19, 2012 01:26pm
Kohli... what a player!! Comments for Misbah: 1- No point playing Wahab as a 7th bowler instead of a specialist keeper; 2- If our 6th bowler Azam (an all-rounder) is never going to bowl, then surely a specialist batsman would be better in his place: Asad Shafiq*. * I would rather keep Azam in the team and utilize him as an all-rounder, and let him bowl a few overs.
ganesh
Mar 19, 2012 01:28pm
Always first pref to IND PAK match. Both the team played well. worth to spend sunday evng. Hats off to Kohli. Hope he 'll be the next little master if he plays like this consistently.
nITIN
Mar 19, 2012 01:47pm
Ya since Pakistan lost the match it was fixed. and if Pakistan wins it its well played Pakistan. Come on Guys Grow up....Appreciate the better performance of winning team and don say all those stupied and uselss things. It was a gr8 match played well by both the teams...Pakistan bowleed well but I guess Virat was just too gud for such a quality Pakistan attack
entertained
Mar 19, 2012 02:11pm
India played well especially Kohli and deserved to win. Our bowlers & fielders also helped them.Team selection was poor which also contributed to Pak loss. They should have kept the same team which played against Sri Lanka with a speacialist wicket keeper and should have Hammad bowled some overs.What is the point in selecting a player if he is not utilized. I think we need to have a proper study and planning to execute with our players to give 100%. The body language of our team, while bowling & fielding did not reflect this.
Khurram
Mar 19, 2012 02:42pm
200% agreed with Osman comments..
Khurram
Mar 19, 2012 09:13am
200% agreed with Osman comments..
saurabh
Mar 19, 2012 03:08pm
Pakistan should have scored 20-30 runs more in last 10 overs after exceptional platform they got from the openers.Hats off to India how they executed their plan for chasing this mammoth target.India should now seriously improve their bowling deparment and should have atleast one strike bowler.Ashwin was good but was not as impressive as ajmal.
Hussain
Mar 19, 2012 03:22pm
Well done: Pakistan. Sometimes it happens. I would advise Pak cricketers to discard the habit of panic.
Suryaprrakash
Mar 19, 2012 03:25pm
Dear all.. what a match... worth waiting and seeing it.. these matches are so interesting and nail biting irrespective of the tournament.. well played pakistan, they were just short of luck... i am an indian but crazy about indo pak matches be it hockey or cricket. well played
Tarun
Mar 19, 2012 03:31pm
Amidst all the excitement etc., as an Indian ,I admired Saeed Ajmal, he was superb
Yousaf Ali
Mar 19, 2012 04:23pm
I fully agree with Osman
rahull
Mar 19, 2012 04:29pm
What a message Waqas. I'm an Indian. We are just fools to be quarrelling against each other. We are the songs of the same mother. The Britishers divided us. We should be together, prudent, and non-violent.
wajid
Mar 19, 2012 04:45pm
You need to play for the nation not for personal achievements. Both Pakistan opener got out as they made centuries. They were set in the field and could have made more runs as Virat Kohli did for India.
Khalid
Mar 19, 2012 04:58pm
I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but Pakistan shouldn't have lost this match with that high score. Also, I as Pakistani embarrass watching Pakistan fielding; I don't know why they themselves are not embarrassed. They must be ashamed with their fielding standard. You are not a street team only but an International one.
Osman
Mar 19, 2012 05:29pm
Thanks yar... just to add: even Younus Khan can bowl better than Wahab. At least Azam and Younus are likely to be less erratic (wont spray on the legs so much) and their slower pace may help, as it worked for Dinda, Kumar, and Irfan at the death.
Ali Aslam
Mar 19, 2012 05:51pm
Ashwin is better as he uses genuine Technic and fair straight arm for deliveries. In case of Ajmal watch it on your TV screens it is so visible.
kumar
Mar 19, 2012 06:25pm
good match to look on. both the teams played to their potential, but it was well executed by indians. pak was short of 20-30 runs which it could have achieved from getting a good start.
CricketLover
Mar 19, 2012 06:40pm
Pak’s Captain couldn't build the pressure on Indian batsmen. He had golden opportunities from the 2nd ball of the game and the second time when Saeed Ajmal started his spell. The Captain removed both bowlers after their first over. What was he thinking? This was a match he gave away. Well done Virat.
Piyush
Mar 19, 2012 07:19pm
The problem is that the Pakistani players are under too much pressure against India. The players in their eagerness to CRUSH INDIA - tend to lose their natural rhythm.
Khalid
Mar 20, 2012 02:17am
Kohli & Rohit are future Tendulkar, very well done and congrats to Indian team For Pakistan there is crucial need to replace the captain with some one energetic and ready to take challenges, plan and be proactive to make right decisions on right time, Afridi is an exceptional option under utilized. Misbah, Younus & few old players should pave way for new talent, their learning period has far gone so new talent to be tested, was a golden opportunity to test few good players in Asia cup and plan for world cup.
Imran Mohammad
Mar 20, 2012 10:18am
I still dont understand a thing, how come paki bowlers always have bad fielding and bad bowling line against india(short-balls) when Mohammad hafeez took the first wicket in first over, why he didnt come back for 3rd over? why hammad azam didnt get a chance of bowling? also never got 2nd over against bangladesh when he took a first wicket in 1st over 1/6. I think it was all set up, how come Anwar ali never got any chance in a world cup or Asia cup, sarfaraz ahmed came from the same team as Anwar ali, he got a chance, and Anwar ali took 7 wickets on u19 world cup against India, and gave only 20 runs. I would say get Anwar ali in paki team and change Captaincy and stop taking bribes!
arslan prince
Mar 20, 2012 10:56am
misbah iz not a captain as he proved
Usman Ali
Mar 21, 2012 06:33am
Very right,,, and there are many more examples, to say in cricket only where we find talented ones are left unnoticed. I cant understand why people at affairs of PCB donot respect about almost every Pakistanis feeling and bring best players to the game. We just need to ameliorate few slots and we can be No 1 team in the world.
M Janni
Mar 27, 2012 10:06pm
Well. I agree India vs Pak-Asia, game seemed set up. If you look at previous match such as T20, where India and pakistan tied and they had to bowl to win. All Indian side bowled wickets and our side none. Lately, Indians got more billionories, millioniers then Pakistan and India shows it's so called "super power" muscle in South Asia-and thus can easily buy our team rightout because of their huge purchasing power. Logically, it's more profitable for our team to take twice the money and live like a king for few days-moment bangali's start to do the same, Pak team will go to them for money!