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KARACHI: Pakistan Twenty20 captain, Mohammad Hafeez, praised his side’s effort in the first T20 match against India which Pakistan won in a dramatic finish by five wickets in Bangalore, adding that the win was a gift for the whole nation.

"It is a great effort, we wanted to do well at the start of the series. Irfan was the surprise package for us and everybody. We knew that we had a good attack. They restricted India where we wanted them to,” Hafeez, also the man-of-the-match for his 61 runs off 44 balls, said.

The historic match coincided with Christmas and the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

“Once the spinners came on after the new ball, we knew we had a chance, we took a risk at the right time. It is a gift for the whole nation, it is Quaid day back home," he added.

Shoaib Malik, who hit the winning runs, said the pressure of playing against India was there but the team managed to handle it despite the initial jitters.

"We were struggling when the debutant bowler, I don't remember his name, took those early wickets, Hafeez played a brilliant innings. You are playing against India, pressure is always there, but you have to play according to the situation,” Malik said.

India captain MS Dhoni, meanwhile, rued his side’s shortage of runs, saying the hosts were about 15 runs short of what would have been a good target.

"If we would have got more runs. We got a good start, fantastic effort by the openers, we kept losing wickets after that, 10 or 15 more runs we should have got easily. 145 would have been a safe score,” Dhoni said.

He added that India had taken a gamble to have a fast bowler for the last over as Pakistan were scoring at a high pace.

“You have to pitch it up, not bowl short. That gamble was done three or four overs before that. At that time, Pakistan were scoring at a high pace, we had to take that gamble," he said.

The two sides are playing the first bilateral series after five years. Relations between the two countries have been tense since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which also lead to a suspension of cricket ties.

The second T20 takes place in Ahmedabad on Friday.

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Ahmad K.
December 26, 2012 11:41 am
Feels good to win but let us not go too far. It is possible you might lose next match, then which gift you will send to the nation ?
Syed rizvi
December 26, 2012 12:10 pm
CongrTulation to the team and it is a good news after long time.Keep it up, pleasewe need more news like this in futurevalso
December 26, 2012 4:01 pm
bravooo! team Pakistan
December 26, 2012 2:22 pm
Shuaib...there you your life revolves around INDIA the magnet. The statements of your cricket captains, politicians prove this time and other window to the world outside....
Muhammad iftikhar
December 26, 2012 1:59 pm
Lets de politicize the game. enjoy it and learn tolerance. well done both the teams. cricket is victorious.
Capt C M Khan
December 25, 2012 10:36 pm
Just imagine if the extremists in Pakistan had shown respect to HUMANITY and SPORTS...and not tried to kill Sri Lankan cricket team....Pakistan Cricket team would have been among the top three...Sad. Anyway well done TEAM EFFORT...Dave some More Good Job.
December 26, 2012 12:54 pm
Truth is Bitter! I am sure you have not checked out comments on Time of India & other Indian sites and you will find out the hurdles in the friendship-if you really want to!
December 26, 2012 1:18 am
Congratulations to team Pakistan, keep it up.
December 26, 2012 3:29 am
Thank you team Pakistan. We are proud of what you achieved. And thank you Hafeez for reminding those present in the stadium and watching on TV that Dec 25 is Quaid's day.
December 26, 2012 3:43 am
well done PAKISTAN. mr hafeez i m surprised why you asked india to bat first after winning the toss.
December 26, 2012 1:30 pm
yes it is true.. but what can be done? Indians are Indians and Pakistanis are Pakistanis. two different nations both have their +ves and -ves.
December 26, 2012 4:47 am
The Pakistani nation salutes its cricket team, for giving a very befitting victory gift to the nation, on the eve of the 136th birthday anniversary of the father and the founder of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah Sahab. This is not an ordinary T20 win. Rather, its the 1st T20 victory ever, against India. And the icing on the cake is, that it was achieved on Indian soil. The gist of the victory can be found in the excellent leadership of the captain Muhammad Hafeez, who led the team by example and from the front. Bowling was up-to the mark with bare minimum extras. However, the fielding was exceptionally improved, with three direct run outs. However, the batting failures of Nasir Jamshed, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal needs immediate attention of the team management and the PCB. In the end, I will repeat that victory has many fathers (which hides all the weaknesses) and defeat is an orphan (which turns even positives into negatives). As such, our team must not sit on its laurels of Today's win. Rather, it should concentrate to overcome the short comings of this match, to focus on a clean sweep during the Indian tour. Last but not the least the team management and the PCB must ensure to immediately work on for improving the very low fitness levels of Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Suhail Tanvir and Kamran Akmal. Best of luck to the Pakistani cricket team, its management and the PCB.
December 26, 2012 4:55 am
Hafeez and the entire team are heroes! Bravo!
December 26, 2012 3:09 pm
I am surprised by the immaturity of the comments from both sides. We all need to grow up and enjoy the game.
December 26, 2012 3:05 pm
There is a no reason to fight. It is a game. Rivalery is good, but let the best team win. I will enjoy the game regardless whoever win.
December 26, 2012 2:34 pm
Well done! team PAKISTAN. I am very disappointed by Indian spectators and commentators behavior, though Indian players were better to accept their defeat. Indian spectators need to grow up and come to see cricket not India's victory all the times - they can pray and expect it but it doesn't happen all times. We in Pakistan always pray for our team but at the same time we appreciate good cricket at any moment - even when the new guy was taking wickets with some beautiful swinging deliveries at very crucial moment of the game. Please "grow up".
December 26, 2012 2:26 pm
Why PCB keeps selecting Umar Akmal and Nasir Jamshed. Enough is Enough.
December 26, 2012 2:25 pm
Nothing has been so special thus far in proving Quaids Ideals ...just like islam is mentioned everyday but the opposite ie violence... is done daily ...hypocrisy ....
December 26, 2012 7:59 am
I rather lose every game against everybody in the world but NEVER want to lose against Indians. Did you see how there was no support for Pak team in stands? As cpmpare to many shameless Pakistani always wear goofy indian flag on their faces to support the the enemy when they play in Pak. Shame on those people and God Bless the Pakistani Players.
Nasir Magsi
December 26, 2012 8:00 am
Muhammad Hafeez as captain performed very well.Best of luck for coming Matches....
December 26, 2012 8:31 am
Grow up buddy!
Nivit Kumar Yadav
December 26, 2012 8:36 am
Congratulations my friends in Pakistan your team played well yesterday
December 26, 2012 8:37 am
Infact, it is a great win against 35,000 Indians minus 200 Pakistani spectators, 11 revenge series players, 3 upset umpires and 2 hostile commentators (shastri and sunny). We all in Pakistan await, tOwEet by Raina's nephew!!!!
December 26, 2012 8:49 am
its people like you due to which this two countries can never become friends......
ch.Subba Rao
December 26, 2012 3:50 pm
congrats pakistan,well done,played better than india
December 26, 2012 9:38 am
You grow up. Do you see how your crowd and politicians behave towards Pakistan? BTW, get off of our board and go check out comments on Time of India. See all the "Grown ups" there.
December 26, 2012 9:40 am
I think sports should be without the regional or international politics. Indians are one of the finest cricket teams in the world, and it was a pleasure watching the two sides competing against each other. Healthy competition is always good, and the history has proven it again and again that war has never done good to humanity. Peace on the other hand brings prosperity for every one. PEACE
December 26, 2012 9:47 am
historicaly teams chasing have won more in india because of the dew factor
hamid Shafiq
December 26, 2012 10:28 am
long live my country pakistan and i think media should behave gently not showing its war. its a game in which both player fight for winning a game not killing in war.
December 26, 2012 10:33 am
spot on to raj, the grown up or down
December 26, 2012 11:09 am
Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have a new problem to deal with.. Memory Loss. One forgets who is in the squad at the start of the match, the other forgets the name of the man who played hours against him(B. Kumar) and got three amazing wickets.. No sarcasm or pun intended, this is pure fun. Oh.. and Big Dave, cheer up will you ?? LOL
December 26, 2012 11:56 am
I think the match was fixed
December 26, 2012 7:28 pm
well played pakistan...u deserved to win...but picture abhi baki hain mere doost...let us see how many can you win from the next 3...btw, i sincerely apologize to all pakistani sports lovers on behalf of ishant for his bad temper to a guest cricketer from another country, he should not have done request to all sports lovers - game ko game rahne do aur maaza lo...
December 26, 2012 8:59 pm
Win series first
Ali abbas
December 26, 2012 11:44 pm
Why are Indians our enemies? They treat us lot better than our so called "Arab brothers ". And "afghan brothers" the one we supported in million and now they hate us. You think Iran and Turkey are our friend? Grow up. It's hate filled people on both side of the border who are the real enemies of both countries.
Ali abbas
December 26, 2012 11:48 pm
Like I wrote earlier, there are people who are filled with hate on both side of the border and they are the real poison destroying two nations, Pakistan more than India though. So we pakistanis need to realize that our future is tied with Indians and not with Arabs as they are the people who really hate our guts. Just ask someone who works in Arab countries.
Ahmed Sultan (India)
December 27, 2012 6:40 am
Why didnt you came to support your team?? Anyways the match was fixed.
December 27, 2012 6:44 am
Hooray! We won a cricket match!! Now back to work.
Ahmed Sultan (India)
December 27, 2012 6:45 am
I feel sorry for Shoaib Malik. If he performs well then wife is now happy, if he doesn't performs then his entire nation is not happy. Bechara kisko khush rakhe begum ko ya mulk ko..
December 27, 2012 7:09 am
Pakistan can never win against India .. It was fixed.
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