Welcome to Dawn.com’s live coverage of the highly-anticipated Pakistan-India World Cup fixture. The Group B clash in Adelaide promises high-voltage action despite the recent fortunes of the two teams.

Cricket excitement reached fever pitch today as traditional rivals Pakistan and India meet in a World Cup blockbuster touted as the most watched encounter in the history of the sport.

The refurbished Adelaide Oval resembled a sea of blue and green — the respective colours of India and Pakistan — as fans began packing the sold-out stands two hours ahead of the start of the day-night game.

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2015-02-19 16:12:18
2015-02-15 16:45:41

Geoffrey Boycott's takes on on BBC's Test Match Special

"Pakistan never really got in the game with the bat. Their openers were kept in check by the Indian bowlers who bowled a really disciplined line. They squeezed the pressure and then the dam burst and the wickets came. There was a huge collapse in the middle and the game was over before it was over."

2015-02-15 16:42:00

Virat Kohli scored an imperious century as India opened their World Cup defence in convincing fashion with a 76-run victory over Pakistan in a frenzied atmosphere.

The much-anticipated Pool B grudge match, the latest chapter in one of the great rivalries in sport, attracted a passionate crowd of 41,587 to the revamped ground with up to a billion more tuning in on the sub-continent and around the world.

It was the two thirds of the crowd dressed in the blue of India who had most to cheer, though, as Kohli brushed aside concerns over his recent one-day form with a knock of 107 to drive his side to an imposing tally of 300 for seven.

Pakistan started their reply steadily before a three-wicket blitz in two overs at the halfway mark of the innings saw opener Ahmed Shehzad depart for 47 and reduced them to 103 for five.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (76) and Shahid Afridi flirted with a match-changing partnership but once the latter departed for 22 and Wahab Riaz followed in the same over, Pakistan's hopes of a first win over India in six World Cup attempts was gone.

Indian seamer Mohammed Shami took four for 35 but it was Mohit Sharma who drove the final nail into the coffin when Sohail Khan holed out for seven to end the Pakistan innings at 224 all out.

Kohli's century was the first by an Indian in those six World Cup encounters and took his impressive tally to 22 in one-day internationals, joint fourth on the all-time list with his former skipper Sourav Ganguly.

Dropped from a difficult chance by Yasir Shah off Afridi on seven and again by wicketkeeper Umar Akmal on 76, Kohli otherwise played well within himself and gave few chances in his 126 balls at the crease.

The 26-year-old put together a dominant partnership of 129 with Shikhar Dhawan (73) and, once the opener had been run out, another of 110 with Suresh Raina (74), whose innings was as aggressive as Dhawan's had been considered.

Kohli reached his hundred with a single to long on, whipping off his helmet to celebrate his fourth century in five one-day and test matches at the Adelaide Oval.

Sohail Khan took 5-55 in his first one-dayer since 2011, removing both Kohli and Raina as well as India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as three Indian batsmen were sent back in the last couple of overs.

That gave Pakistan some momentum but they lost it completely when Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood (0) and Akmal (0) were dismissed in two overs.

Misbah played the captain's role in his 84-ball 76, which included nine fours and a six, but the 40-year-old's quest for a maiden one-day century will go on to his 157th match.

2015-02-15 16:35:03

Tim Nielsen, forrmer Australia coach on BBC Test Match Special sums it up:

"India won in a manner which shows they were well prepared for this game. They got their head around which was the right line-up to field on this pitch at Adelaide. The two spinners did an excellent job and the wickets were shared between the group."

2015-02-15 16:29:13

OUT! Sohail Khan departs and Pakistan lost to India by 76 runs. This is India's sixth win against Pakistan in World Cup matches. Virat Kohli has been declared as the Man of the Match.

2015-02-15 16:22:09

OUT! Here goes Misbah after a fighting 76 off 84 deliveries

Misbah-ul-Haq cuts a ball away. — AFP
Misbah-ul-Haq cuts a ball away. — AFP
2015-02-15 16:16:45

FOUR! Sohail Khan takes on Yadav with a powerful shot on the leg side

2015-02-15 16:12:47

FOUR! Mibah hits Jadeja towards the mid wicket boundary, and follows it up with two consecutive boundaries

2015-02-15 16:08:37

Geoffrey Boycott on what Pakistan can learn from India

"India's batting was very controlled, patient and solid. It was only in the last few overs that they lost a few wickets. It's been a good, solid performance by India. It's Pakistan who need to improve a bit."

2015-02-15 16:08:35

OUT! Mohit Sharma gets Yasir caught out on mid-on

2015-02-15 16:03:02

FOUR! This time Yasir Shah shows his class and sweeps Ashwin's delivery towards the leg side

2015-02-15 15:54:45

FOUR! And here comes the Misbah's superb reverse sweep off Jadeja. Pakistan at 193/7 in 39.3 overs

2015-02-15 15:53:33

Pakistan 187/7 off 39 overs. 113 runs off 66 balls required.

"The Pakistan batting collapsed too easily. They were doing reasonably well but then they suddenly lost concentration and discipline. The bowling could be better too. Without raising a gallop, India were allowed to hit the ball into gaps for ones and twos," says Geoff Boycott

2015-02-15 15:49:29

Looking a little gloomy for Pakistan. They now require 117 runs with 72 balls remaining | Req RR: 9.75

2015-02-15 15:44:11

FIFTY! And with two runs guiding the ball on the off side, the Pakistan captain completes his 39th ODI half-century.

FOUR! Boundary! Misbah is striving hard out there!

2015-02-15 15:42:10

FOUR! Another boundary by Misbah on the long off boundary. Such a powerful striker of the ball.

2015-02-15 15:41:04

FOUR! Good batting by Misbah, easily drives it through the off side.

2015-02-15 15:40:01

Jonathan Agnew on BBC Test Match Special in Adelaide

"The Pakistan supporters are leaving quite quickly now. It's as though someone has blown a whistle and said 'everyone out, we're going home'."

2015-02-15 15:38:26

SIX! Misbah goes for a big one on mid-on!

2015-02-15 15:36:56

OUT! Another gone, and the Greenshirts yet again failing to cope up with the pressure of an India-Pakistan match

2015-02-15 15:31:52

OUT! Afridi tries to go for a big one and loses his wicket off Shami. Virat Kohli takes the catch.

2015-02-15 15:28:18

FOUR! Misbah plays an elegant cover drive off Yadav, and follows the suit by directing another delivery towards the fine leg boundary

2015-02-15 15:25:30
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A highly unlikely task

Pakistan require 162 runs with 102 balls remaining with five wickets in hand | Req RR: 9.52

2015-02-15 15:19:30

Jonathan Agnew on BBC Test Match Special in Adelaide

"Pakistan's chances are one in a hundred now. It does appear to be India's game. Incidentally, this ground is lovely. It's the first time I've seen it under lights since it's been developed. They've done a great job - you'd be happy to watch all of your cricket here."

"India visibly more confident at the moment," says Mark Nicholas

2015-02-15 15:10:41

FOUR! Afridi directs it towards the deep square leg boundary, trying hard to keep the game alive

2015-02-15 14:59:55

Tennis star Roger Federer shows his support for India:

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2015-02-15 14:58:41

SIX! Shahid Afridi hits it towards the mid-wicket boundary

2015-02-15 14:51:20

OUT! Jadeja strikes, Umar Akmal departs on zero.

2015-02-15 14:49:16

Tim Nielsen, former Australia coach for BBC Test Match Special on Sohaib Maqsood's dismissal

"A flashing almost 45-degree, half-cut, half-drive. It's flown high and hard to Raina's right and he's clung on to that."

2015-02-15 14:43:55

OUT! In comes Sohaib Maqsood, and out he goes!

2015-02-15 14:42:51

OUT! Yadav gets Shehzad on point. He scored 47 off 73 balls.

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Sourav Ganguly says:

"It is all about one of your top order getting a hundred."

Who will it be for Pakistan? Misbah will be hoping its Shehzad. The opener's consumed 71 deliveries for his 46. Pakistan require 203 runs with 168 balls remaining | Req RR: 7.25

2015-02-15 14:28:22

FOUR! A beautiful cut shot off Ashwin. And Shehzad follows up with another boundary over the long-off

2015-02-15 14:24:26

This was such a crucial wicket. Pressure is back on Pakistan now. In-form Misbah is at the crease and Pakistan desperately needs a big partnership. Require 220 more runs to win with 187 balls remaining.

2015-02-15 14:21:48

OUT! Ashwin dismisses Sohail. Totally misread the delivery. Pakistan 79/2 in 18 overs.

2015-02-15 14:16:23

Pakistan require 229 runs with 204 balls remaining | Req RR: 6.73

Drinks on for the teams. Decent start for Pakistan. If they keep wickets in hand anything is possible with the batsmen they still have to come. But they cannot leave it for too late in the piece and must keep up with the required rate. Shehzad 28 off 43, Sohail 31 off 39.

2015-02-15 14:09:50

FOUR! Shehzad drives it over the long-off boundary! Pakistan 67/1 in 15 overs

2015-02-15 14:04:34

Passionate Pakistani fans in Adelaide:

2015-02-15 14:03:02

Ashwin into the attack now. Let's see how much of a role he plays. There was no support for the Pakistani spinners from the pitch. He bowls a maiden at the run rate creeps up to 6.75 now. Pakistan 58/1 in 14

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FOUR! Shehzad charges down the wickets and slaps Mohit Sharma over mid-wicket. Thudded into the fence, that one.

2015-02-15 13:55:44

In other news, Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan insists Lasith Malinga will still be a factor at the World Cup despite the sling-arm fast bowler enduring a nightmare return to action after six months out.

Malinga was smashed to all parts of the Hagley Oval on Saturday in his team's 98-run loss to New Zealand, ending with figures of none for 84 off his 10 overs as the Black Caps piled up 331 for six.

It was the 31-year-old's first international match since undergoing ankle surgery in September.

But Muralitharan, who retired in 2011 after taking 534 ODI and 800 Test wickets, believes Malinga will have benefitted from his brutal treatment.

“Although Lasith Malinga's figures look like a horror show with none for 84 from his 10 overs, he will have benefited from the outing,”

2015-02-15 13:54:21

Pakistan's run rate has dropped a bit. They require 254 runs with 234 balls remaining | Req RR: 6.51

While keeping wickets in tact is a good idea, they must be mindful that the target is 301.

"The opening India bowlers have bowled a good length. It's been very disciplined and I know there's a long way to go, but so far they've done quite well," Geoff Boycott says.

2015-02-15 13:50:19

Teams have employed a simple tactic against Pakistan in the field: pack the off side field with two layers of fielders and choke them. Soon, a needless shot will come. But so far Haris Sohail and Ahmed Shehzad have been patient.

2015-02-15 13:45:21

Pakistan 45/1 after 9 overs, require 256 runs with 246 balls remaining | Req RR: 6.24

Haris Sohail looks really solid in defense as opposed to when he comes down the order and tries to play one too many shots.

2015-02-15 13:40:27

Tim Nielsen, former Australia coach on BBC Test Match Special

"Pakistan kept themselves in the contest by restricting India to 5-27 off the last five overs of their innings. That certainly got their tales up and has shown in the positive start they've made in this run chase."

2015-02-15 13:38:44

FOUR! What a shot! Ahmed Shehzad has had enough of these short deliveries, smacks Shami over mid-wicket for a cracking boundary!

2015-02-15 13:35:12

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2015-02-15 13:26:03

Tim Nielsen, Former Australia coach on BBC Test Match Special

"While Umesh Yadav's pace is OK, his radar is all over the shop at the moment."

2015-02-15 13:24:20

FOUR! Haris Sohail times this one sweetly off his legs! Yadav's pace is enough to get this to the midwicket boundary! The next one is even better! Lovely cover drive that. Pakistan 28/1 in 5 overs.

2015-02-15 13:14:50

OUT! Younis falls! A nothing of a shot, a half pull, half bunt. The pacy Mohammad Shami gets the first wicket for India. Haris Sohail is the new man in. Pakistan 11/1 in 3.2

2015-02-15 13:10:07

FOUR! Younis smacks it off his pads! That's bread and butter even for the kind of form he's in. One would assume he's been promoted up the order to steady one end while Shehzad plays freely.

2015-02-15 13:04:57

Umesh Yadav finishes a tight first over. Younis Khan a little hesitant as an opener, well generally a hesitant ODI player. Ahmed Shehzad on the other hand would want to start off with a bang. PAK 2/0 in 1

2015-02-15 12:54:08

Imran Khan says pressure is on but Pakistan has a fighting chance

Former cricketer, PTI Chairman Imran Khan on ARY said Pakistan managed to restrict India to 300 thanks to bowling attack.

"Pakistan’s specialist bowlers have saved Pakistan today," he said.

He added that Pakistan needs to stay strong with its opening batsmen in the second innings. "Best batsmen should be sent first and try not to let wickets fall. If batsmen stand their ground, then a big total can be chased."

"The pressure is on Pakistan... India right now has the advantage. But Pakistan has a fighting chance."

"If Pakistan wants to win this match, he should not play beyond number four. I know he likes to play five but at that point it is a salvage position. It is better to prevent a crisis than to save the team during a crisis."

"Misbah has good technique and experience... him and Younis should play at three and four."

2015-02-15 12:38:33

Virat Kohli hit a landmark 107 as India piled up 300-7 after electing to bat in the World Cup match against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan made 73 and fellow left-hander Suresh Raina smashed 74 off 56 balls in front of a sell-out crowd of over 47,000 in a pool B game being beamed to an estimated 2.5 billion across the world.

Kohli survived two dropped catches to notch up his 22nd one-day ton in his 151st match, the first century by an Indian in World Cup matches against Pakistan.

Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's 98 at Centurion in 2003 where Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar scored 101. Kohli put on 129 for the second wicket with Dhawan and 110 for the third with Raina to leave Pakistan facing a target of six runs an over for their first World Cup win over India after five straight defeats.

Pakistan's most successful chase in the World Cup was 262 against New Zealand in 1992, but the easy-paced wicket at the Adelaide Oval and India's mediocre bowling will give Misbah-ul Haq's men hope.

Kohli was let-off on the long-on fence by Yasir Shah when he was on three and again by wicket-keeper Umar Akmal after he had moved to 76.

He was finally caught by Akmal in the 46th over, Raina holed out in the deep in the 48th before three wickets fell at the score of 296. India still managed to add 83 runs in the last 10 overs.

Dhawan and Rohit Sharma made a slow, but steady start against the spot-on Pakistani seamers with an opening stand of 34 by the eighth over.

Sharma, the only batsman with two 200s in one-day internationals, made 15 when he top-edged an intented pull off hard-working seamer Sohail Khan and was caught at mid-off.

Sohail, a 30-year-old who played the last of his five one-dayers in 2011, conceded just 15 runs in his first five overs. He finished with creditable figures of five for 55 from 10 overs.

Kohli overcame a hesitant start to bring up India's 50 in the 12th over and 100 in the 21st with well-timed boundaries.

Both Kohli and Dhawan had the bowlers at their mercy when Pakistan earned a lucky break in the 30th over as Dhawan was run out after his partner turned down a sharp single.

The left-hander hit seven boundaries and a six in his 12th one-day half-century.

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OUT! Five for Sohail! Another slower ball and this time its Ajinkya Rahane who's deceived! India 296/7 in 49.2

2015-02-15 12:23:32

OUT! Pakistan finishing well. Dhoni top edges a pull shot and mid off takes an easy catch. That is a big wicket at this stage, four for Sohail now.

2015-02-15 12:22:15

India 296/5 in 49. Projections: 302 at Current Run Rate | 302 runs at 6 RPO | 304 runs at 8 RPO

2015-02-15 12:21:15

OUT! Brilliant slower delivery by Wahab Riaz tricks Jadeja and the stumps are shattered.

2015-02-15 12:16:43

SIX! Full-toss by Sohail smacked away over mid-wicket by Dhoni. A powerful strike!

2015-02-15 12:13:41

OUT! Sohail Khan traps dangerous-looking Raina on 74. This is Sohail's third wicket. India 284/4 in 47.3 overs.

2015-02-15 12:09:48

47 Over: IND 283/3. Four off that Riaz over. Shane Warne think if Pakistan can stifle India a bit here, they'll come out much confident with the bat.

Projections: 301 at Current Run Rate | 301 runs at 6 RPO | 307 runs at 8 RPO

2015-02-15 12:06:52

Wahab Riaz to bowl right at the death

2015-02-15 12:05:01

India 279/3 off 46. Projections: 303 at Current Run Rate | 303 runs at 6 RPO | 311 runs at 8 RPO

How many can India get in the last four. Pakistani fans think they've already got enough to trouble their batsmen!

2015-02-15 12:02:57

FOUR! Dhoni, off just his second delivery, smacks Sohail Khan through the covers for a boundary!

2015-02-15 12:01:11

OUT! Pakistan finally get their man! Kohli attempts a swipe but only manages to edge to the Umar Akmal, who thankfully for Pakistan, gets one in his gloves! India 273/3 in 45.2

2015-02-15 11:57:19

Boycott not impressed by Pakistan's bowling stocks

"I've enjoyed it but in some ways it's been a bit muted and a bit too easy for the Indian batsmen. They've not been pushed. I don't know if that's to do with the pitch or Pakistan's bowling attack."

India projections: 303 at Current Run Rate | 303 runs at 6 RPO | 313 runs at 8 RPO

2015-02-15 11:55:48

FOUR! Raina takes on Irfan now. Pulls it towards the square leg boundary. Death overs are turning out to be disastrous for Pakistan.

2015-02-15 11:54:31

FOUR! Mohammad Irfan to Kohli and the latter drives it over the midwicket. This brings Raina-Kohli partnership to 100 runs off 87 balls.

2015-02-15 11:52:02

Mahmood praises Virat Kohli on a brilliant under-pressure ton.

2015-02-15 11:51:20

FOUR! Sohail Khan has gone for plenty in this over. Raina hits third consecutive boundary. India 259/2 in 44

2015-02-15 11:50:04

FOUR! Raina gives the right treatment to Sohail's poor delivery on the leg side and follows it up by smacking for another boundary over the bowler's head.

2015-02-15 11:47:00

India 245/2 43. Projections: 285 at Current Run Rate | 287 runs at 6 RPO | 301 runs at 8 RPO

Sohail Khan into the attack now. Both the batsmen will be looking to get after him but he was getting some swing early on.

2015-02-15 11:43:17

SIX! Raina smacks Afridi over square leg before moving to his 50 off just 40 balls. This is his 34th ODI fifty, India motoring along now.

2015-02-15 11:42:07

CENTURY! Kohli gets another big one against Pakistan. He was under tremendous stress to deliver before the game and he's stood tall, albeit, with a reprieve from Umar Akmal behind the stumps.

2015-02-15 11:39:05

SIX! Misbah took a risk, bringing Yasir in the last ten and Raina makes him pay with a flat six over midwicket.

2015-02-15 11:34:36

India projections: 271 at Current Run Rate | 277 runs at 6 RPO | 297 runs at 8 RPO

After 40 overs India are well-placed on 217/2. Right, what do we have in store for the last 10?

2015-02-15 11:32:42

In a poll, 84 % of our readers think India will cross the 300 mark.

The way things are going they may go well past it. What could Pakistan have done different today? The bowlers have put in the hard yards but the Indian batsmen have been very sensible about the way they have gone about business!

2015-02-15 11:24:45

FOUR! Irfan now leaking runs. He's had an ordinary day, two warnings and way off the line in this match. Easy pickings for Kohli off his pads.

2015-02-15 11:22:15

Sunil Gavaskar: "Looks like we have 15 overs of madness ahead of us."

With Dhoni and Jadeja in the bank expect some fireworks for sure! If they come off, Pakistan will have a monumental task ahead of them.

2015-02-15 11:21:16

India has an average of scoring at 6.69 RPO during the batting powerplay

2015-02-15 11:19:39

FOUR! Raina sends it towards the mid on boundary off Riaz

2015-02-15 11:07:58

India Projections: 279 at Current Run Rate | 286 runs at 6 RPO | 318 runs at 8 RPO

The Pakistani bowlers just being milked by the Indian batsmen but Misbah's side haven't been helped by some very sloppy fielding. India looking all set for a big one here.

2015-02-15 11:07:01

Former Australian strike bowler Glen McGrath believes India would easily surpass 300.

2015-02-15 10:59:42

DROPPED! Umar Akmal drops Kohli off Haris Sohail! The price Pakistan will pay for not having a regular keeper!

2015-02-15 10:58:57
2015-02-15 10:58:42

Suresh Raina is the new man in for India. He's usually quite solid against Pakistan and a very good player of spin. India projections: 275 at Current Run Rate | 285 runs at 6 RPO | 325 runs at 8 RPO

2015-02-15 10:54:28

'Hang in there guys', Azhar Mahmood tells Team Misbah

"Hang in there guys, if we just get one wicket more wickets will come," Mahmood tweeted.

2015-02-15 10:51:27

OUT! Dhawan falls! Out of nowhere Pakistan affect a run out. A bit lazy by the batsman as Ahmed Shehzad's throw from short mid-on hits the stumps directly!

The bails light up electronically as they fly off the stumps. — Reuters
The bails light up electronically as they fly off the stumps. — Reuters
2015-02-15 10:48:59

FOUR! Haris Sohail, who's the sixth bowling option for Pakistan, drops it short and it's easy pickings for Kohli who cuts it past point!

2015-02-15 10:47:12

FOUR! This time it's towards long off! Dhawan finding his feet now and making Yasir look quite harmless now. India are doing this quite sensibly as the move along to 156/1 in 29. India projections: 269 at Current Run Rate | 282 runs at 6 RPO | 324 runs at 8 RPO

2015-02-15 10:46:53
2015-02-15 10:44:33

FOUR! Dhawan charged Yasir Shah towards the long on. The ball is coming quite easily on to the bat.

2015-02-15 10:42:35

India is looking quite solid at the moment. Pakistan needs a breakthrough to stop India's fast-rising momentum.

2015-02-15 10:33:15

Irfan gets his second official warning and he's come around the wicket now! Pakistan's attack already looks a couple of strike options short and they surely can't afford their lanky pacer to be out of commission. Another warning and he's out!

Ramiz Raja in the commentary box: "Irfan's size 52 feet have be warned for following through into the danger-zone"

2015-02-15 10:31:36
Virat Kohli hits a high shot to deep mid wicket off Afridi. — Reuters
Virat Kohli hits a high shot to deep mid wicket off Afridi. — Reuters
2015-02-15 10:29:31

Geoffrey Boycott on BBC Test Match Special

"The Indians haven't been silly here, they've been sensible. Shikhar Dhawan can be a bit of 'a flash Harry' at times, but today he's really reined himself in."

2015-02-15 10:25:15

Missed opportunity?

It was quite a tough chance to be fair to Yasir Shah

2015-02-15 10:18:49

Tim Nielsen, Former Australia coach on BBC Test Match Special

"There's a jaunty little bounce to his stride Yasir Shah. They're always a little bit out of the ordinary in their mannerisms leg spinners. There's a bit of Abdul Qadir about his action."

But he's been quite harmless today, no turn on offer. And Kohli gets his 50 off 60 balls at India move to 122/1 in 23.

2015-02-15 10:15:38

FOUR! Dhawan sends it towards the point off Riaz. India cruises to 115/1 in 20.

2015-02-15 10:11:48

FIFTY for Dhawan! Played a calm innings under pressure

2015-02-15 10:09:49

FOUR! What a shot from Kohli! Got inside the line of that Yasir deliver and smacked it over cover! He follows it up with another one through point! Yasir Shah under pressure!

2015-02-15 10:05:01

Stephan Shemilt of the BBC:

"For the most watched cricket match of all-time, the hottest ticket in this, or any other, town and the biggest sporting rivalry in the world, there are actually rather a lot of empty seats in Adelaide.

"They seem to grouped together, rather than dotted around, so I wonder if transport/staying the in city was an issue."

2015-02-15 10:02:02

FOUR! Short and Dhawan rocks back on the backfoot, just timing that Yasir delivery to the boundary! IND 94/1 from 19

India projections: 247 at Current Run Rate | 280 runs at 6 RPO | 342 runs at 8 RPO

2015-02-15 10:01:01

Yasir Shah into the attack now. This spell may hold the key. India's never seen him but they're quite comfortable against spin. Let's see if he can get any spin from this surface.

2015-02-15 09:57:45

FOUR! A bad delivery by Riaz, deserved the treatment. Dhawan quite comfortably directed it towards the fine leg.

2015-02-15 09:46:54

Don't understand exclusion of Sarfraz: Saad Shafqat

Cricket analyst Saad Shafqat termed the exclusion of wicketkeeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed "nothing short of treason against Pakistani nation".

2015-02-15 09:45:58

India projections: 237 at Current Run Rate | 281 runs at 6 RPO | 351 runs at 8 RPO

2015-02-15 09:42:03

FOUR! Kohli beautifully sweeps it towards the fine leg off Afridi

2015-02-15 09:41:05
Rohit Sharma wonders what could have been. — AFP
Rohit Sharma wonders what could have been. — AFP
2015-02-15 09:35:26

India Projections: 215 at Current Run Rate | 278 runs at 6 RPO | 352 runs at 8 RPO

South Africa have score more 93 in their last five overs against Zimbabwe, so anything's possible!

2015-02-15 09:31:12

FOUR! Kohli smacks Sohail Khan in front of square for a cracking boundary! IND 52/1 in 12.

2015-02-15 09:27:31

Afridi and Yasir will play a key role, Boycott says

"The key to the game is the two wrist spinners. If they bowl well for Pakistan, they'll keep India in check with 20 overs of tight bowling. If not, there's a strong chance India can get away here and make a big total."

And just as he says that Yasir Shah in the deep drops Kohli off Afridi!

2015-02-15 09:26:00

And Yasir Shah has DROPPED Kohli! Shahid Afridi looks furious!

2015-02-15 09:20:01

"Going off here in Adelaide, amazing noise and damn hot too," says Shane Warne.

2015-02-15 09:17:18

Geoff Boycott on BBC's Test Match Special

"I think that came about by a bit of pressure created by the Pakistan bowlers. The pitch isn't doing much and apart from one long hop, they've bowled it pretty tight and India haven't got off to a flier. That's a poor shot and he's committed a mistake."

India move to 40/1 off 9 overs

2015-02-15 09:16:14
Houseful for high voltage Pakistan-India encounter. — Screengrab
Houseful for high voltage Pakistan-India encounter. — Screengrab
2015-02-15 09:10:39

WICKET! Sohail Khan gets Rohit Sharma. It was a pacy short ball which the batsman attempted to pull but was in no position for the shot! India 34/1 in 7.3

2015-02-15 09:05:21

High nerves everywhere

Senior sports journalist Emmad Hameed tweets to tell Irfan to take advantage of his tall height.

2015-02-15 09:04:06

SIX! What a beautifully executed pull by Dhawan off Irfan.

2015-02-15 08:57:16

FOUR! Sharma drives Irfan through the covers this time as India move to 21/0 from 5 overs. Not the slam-bang type but a cautious accumulation this by India.

2015-02-15 08:53:19

FOUR! Dhawan cuts a half-tracker by Sohail Khan for India's first boundary before Sharma repeats the dose off Irfan. Sharma's was a beautiful flick off the pads to a good length ball! India move to 17 off 4.3

2015-02-15 08:51:47

When the crowd roars even on a single

Cricinfo journalist Melinda Farrell tells how the crowd are cheering on every delivery bowled.

2015-02-15 08:50:47

Geoffrey Boycott on BBC's Test Match Special

"They should have had this game in Melbourne, not Adelaide, straight after England v Australia yesterday. They would have had another 90,000 in the crowd for it. I've seen a number of these games before and the atmosphere is incredible. Both sets of fans don't care about the game, they just want to win. It's that big for them."

2015-02-15 08:47:31

Yasir Shah's the best legspinner in the game today: Warne

Yasir's hero Shane Warne says the Swabi-born spinner's got all the attributes a great legspinner should have. According to Warne, he's the one to look out for.

2015-02-15 08:44:04

'Khul ke khel', says DG ISPR Asim Bajwa

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Asim Bajwa tweeted to wish the boys in Green luck.

2015-02-15 08:43:44

SMH's Scyld Berry on the Pakistani team

It is hard to say what Pakistan's particular strength is. It could have been spin, but Saeed Ajmal was banned before their squad was chosen and has only just been cleared, then Mohammed Hafeez was banned as well before being injured.

These off-spinners would have been all the more potent because Pakistan have a full complement of left-arm pace bowlers to create some rough for their off-breaks. The giant Mohammad Irfan will be a threat to all teams as he can swing it and, while Junaid Khan was injured out of their squad, Pakistan have two more left-armers in Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz.

Still, Pakistan will raise their game for their greatest rivals and, after all, the result does not matter. This is not the spirit of the Victorian era brought back to life, but the reality of the qualifying round: so long as you beat up the minnows in your group, the quarter-finals are guaranteed.

2015-02-15 08:42:31

Pakistan women's team captain Sana Mir wishes luck to the boys for the India encounter.

2015-02-15 08:38:46

Just the two runs from Irfan's first over. The 7ft 1 pacer, as expected, is getting some bounce but he clearly held back in the opening over. Umar Akmal behind the stump meanwhile has fumbled a couple. The muscular Sohail Khan on from the other end.

2015-02-15 08:33:11

And they're off!

After the countdown, Pakistan and India are set to play ball! Mohammad Irfan to start, Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma opening for India.

Pakistan bowling attack for today's game: Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan and part-timer Haris Sohail

2015-02-15 08:29:43

Pakistan are dark horses...again

Former Pakistan coach, Australia's Geoff Lawson, in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald writes:

Where are the dark horses? The perennial paradoxes are, of course, Pakistan. Which of their sides will turn up? The enigmatic form line seems to have levelled out in the last couple of years now that Misbah ul-Haq has taken the helm.

Pakistan will feel the emotion in this game, too, and it will be Misbah's job not to eliminate the emotion, but to shape it to inspire and drive his troops.

Perhaps Pakistan's biggest challenge will be how quickly they can adapt to the Australasian pitches. It is one thing to dominate on low-bouncing tracks in the UAE; it is another to play aggressive back-foot cricket Down Under when there hasn't been much time to adapt.

Pakistan have a capable all-round squad, and if they can sneak into a semi-final then all things are possible – even cool, calm, collected performances under pressure.

They are the dark horses, again.

2015-02-15 08:17:09

'Be strong, play brave'

"Be strong, play brave," said Misbah-ul-Haq's mother to the Pakistan captain. She was speaking to a news channel just now.

2015-02-15 08:12:54
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Misbah-ul-Haq during the toss. — DawnNews screengrab
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Misbah-ul-Haq during the toss. — DawnNews screengrab
2015-02-15 08:03:48

India wins toss, to bat first

Team news: Umar Akmal will keep wickets for Pakistan after regular gloveman Sarfraz Ahmed was left out. Veteran batsman Younis Khan will be opening the innings.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal†, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan

India: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, AM Rahane, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*†, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, UT Yadav, MM Sharma, Mohammed Shami

2015-02-15 08:00:55

In case you missed it:

Snippets from Imran Khan’s message to the team

  • "Abandon fear of losing. If one fears losing they will keep making mistakes."

  • “The best batsman should start first…If Pakistan chases, Misbah should not play beyond number four.

  • "If you have wickets in hand you can even chase a big score… If the top order can score enough, beating India is possible.”

  • "At times a captain in good form can take his team ahead."

2015-02-15 07:54:18

For India, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the only concern and MS Dhoni is likely to go with the safe option of Ravindra Jadeja as the second spinner in the side instead of handing a World Cup debut to Axar Patel.

Here's the 15-man squad for India:

MS Dhoni*†, R Ashwin, STR Binny, S Dhawan, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, AR Patel, AM Rahane, SK Raina, AT Rayudu, MM Sharma, RG Sharma, UT Yadav

2015-02-15 07:50:32

News filtering in from Australia indicated Pakistan may open with Younis Khan and Ahmed Shehzad today with Umar Akmal donning the gloves. Here's the 15-man squad for Pakistan.

From: Misbah-ul-Haq*, Ahmed Shehzad, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal†, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan

2015-02-15 07:31:40

Of high nerves: Crowd gathers at Adelaide Oval for Indo-Pak clash

Thousands have gathered without tickets waiting outside the stadium in temperatures already touching 38 degrees Celsius hoping to clinch a last-minute deal to get in, or at least have a glimpse of their heroes.

The Adelaide Oval resembled a sea of blue and green. — Reuters/File
The Adelaide Oval resembled a sea of blue and green. — Reuters/File

The ground can hold 53,000 spectators but the capacity for the World Cup was reduced to 47,000 to make space for sightscreens at both ends — a loss for both the organisers and fans, agencies reported.

Tickets were sold out within 20 minutes when they went on sale online last year with officials saying that 80 per cent of the tickets were lapped up by people outside South Australia, both from within and outside the country.

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Comments (371) Closed

dawn
Feb 15, 2015 07:54am
I am a little uncomfortable with Younis Khan opening. Hafeez will surely be missed. Please dont up Afridi's batting order. He is another bad apple.
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kashmiri
Feb 15, 2015 07:56am
my heart stays with India though pakistan is better team overall..pakistan may win this time..!! above all cricket should win !!
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Ahmed
Feb 15, 2015 08:00am
Fingers crossed
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TR
Feb 15, 2015 08:07am
I wish our Pakistani team best of luck for today's match.
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Bilal Alam
Feb 15, 2015 08:07am
Good Luck Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad !
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Ahmed
Feb 15, 2015 08:09am
WE CAN DO THIS !!!!! PAKISTAN
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Ajay vikram Singh
Feb 15, 2015 08:10am
As an Indian fan, i want to wish all the best to Pakistan team. As great imran khan said, abandon the fear and all mental blocks. Just go out there and express yourself. and make sure you have fun. Darr k aagey ...jeet hai!
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Izhar Minhas
Feb 15, 2015 08:14am
Team Pakistan! Nation is looking up on you for an impressive performance today, and will not accept less than a perfect win over India. Best of luck boys.
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arindam
Feb 15, 2015 08:19am
jitega bhai jitaga India jitaga
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Fiz
Feb 15, 2015 08:20am
YaAllah raiham!
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Muhammad
Feb 15, 2015 08:21am
In Sha Allahu, Pakistan Team will win this match and eventually will win world cup. May Allahu Blesseth the team, country and the Nation. Aameen.
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Rahul
Feb 15, 2015 08:22am
Pak'em back MS!!!
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mrme
Feb 15, 2015 08:24am
Sarfraz OUT!! give me just one good reason? absolute rubbish!
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Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Feb 15, 2015 08:25am
As a Canadian of Pakistani origin, I wish that this game (of cricket), proves the first step for establishing good relations between India and Pakistan!
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arindam
Feb 15, 2015 08:30am
world war 3 just begun
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Zahid
Feb 15, 2015 08:34am
Despite the cricketing rivalry, the 'togetherness' of Pakistan and India is amazing. Both are emotional. Either we love or we hate. I hope the balance tilts in favor of more love than hate.
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Manu USA
Feb 15, 2015 08:35am
Record shows India win, Pakistan has better side. To me it does not matter.
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Anil Nair
Feb 15, 2015 08:38am
I can't bear to watch
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Aaqib
Feb 15, 2015 08:55am
Saeed Ajmal and Junaid khan will be missed , yasir shah will be vital !! Let's do it Pakistan
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m1968
Feb 15, 2015 09:21am
I wish YK good luck as I really want him to prove his critiques wrong.....go YK.
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shamain
Feb 15, 2015 09:31am
Pak cheer do unko
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Shaneeza
Feb 15, 2015 09:34am
General Raheel, just do something. Only you can make the Pakistani team win.
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Casper Smart
Feb 15, 2015 09:48am
Couldn't get the ticket cheering for pakistan from melb :)
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Iram
Feb 15, 2015 09:51am
If Saeed Ajmal was cleared then he should have been played. Short sighted ness by the selectors. And Younis Khan as open or, let's see. Why Sarfraz missed out?Looks fishy.
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Ashish
Feb 15, 2015 10:21am
Full house at the adelaide oval today. Guess even if Australia had played there it would not be a full house.
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Ayesha
Feb 15, 2015 10:28am
Sarfaraz is a Karachite and that's why he was excluded. However if they get it right now its fine otherwise such discrimination means they will perish i.e. loose the match.
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mrme
Feb 15, 2015 10:48am
misbah teri kapataani pey fida jaoon merey heeray!!
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Shaneeza
Feb 15, 2015 10:57am
@Shaneeza "General Raheel, just do something. Only you can make the Pakistani team win" Thank you General Raheel for running out Shikhar Dhawan.
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dawn
Feb 15, 2015 11:03am
Pakistan is there not to win. Umar Akmal keeping wickets? Haris Sohail should not even be allowed to ball. Indians are playing a very sensible game. Not missing any opportunity for singles. Afridis of Pakistan only believe in 6s. Sadly the outcome is obvious.
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dawn
Feb 15, 2015 11:17am
@mrme - Agree.
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Sam
Feb 15, 2015 11:26am
As an Indian I wish Pakistan well. I want India to win but if Pakistan wins, I would celebrate that too. Because it would be a victory of hard work and dedication. Let's celebrate the cricket!
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Indian
Feb 15, 2015 11:30am
Let the team win who play well. Best of luck for both teams. Just enjoy the game!
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Shaneeza
Feb 15, 2015 11:38am
@Shaneeza "General Raheel, just do something. Only you can make the Pakistani team win" @ Shaneeza "Thank you General Raheel for running out Shikhar Dhawan" General Raheel, don't allow Virat to score a century. Please call Australian Prime Minister.
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indian citizen
Feb 15, 2015 11:41am
@Shaneeza lol
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Tutu
Feb 15, 2015 11:48am
Kohli should thank Pakistani fielders for his 100.
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Golden Words
Feb 15, 2015 11:50am
Sohail Khan says "Kohli wohli hoga apne ghar mein". Now Kohli showed him who he is... ha ha
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devil
Feb 15, 2015 11:56am
Pk really needs chinese help to overcome in cricket also.
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AdHawk
Feb 15, 2015 11:56am
Looks like someone let the chicken out among the foxes.
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Manu USA
Feb 15, 2015 12:02pm
@Shaneeza general took one more wicket.
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Muradabadi
Feb 15, 2015 12:17pm
India will win easily..Pakistan all out between 240-260.
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iqbal
Feb 15, 2015 12:34pm
outstanding performance by Misbah,social khan
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Calcutta Man
Feb 15, 2015 12:36pm
@Shaneeza Really? I thought it was Sartaj Aziz...
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Calcutta Man
Feb 15, 2015 12:43pm
So, 300? India batting flat track bullies? Where's Sarah and Zak and the rest?
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Abhai
Feb 15, 2015 12:54pm
@Zahid - Insha Allah. We are playing so we are friends. Let's get rid of useless ego
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rahuls
Feb 15, 2015 01:02pm
Enjoy the game...
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Cosmic Lion
Feb 15, 2015 01:15pm
There are always a next time for Pakistan :-)
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Tanveer
Feb 15, 2015 01:16pm
Shehzad is out due to BCCI conspiracy :)
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Aamir
Feb 15, 2015 01:21pm
Younis Khan greed cost Pakistan a lot. He blocked Fawad Alam's place for nothing.
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mrme
Feb 15, 2015 01:23pm
If Pakistan loses I will not be disappointed a bit. Dropping in form Sarfraz, from an already crippled batting lineup, shows the amount of merit done in this country. This bunch of XI does not deserve a win. Yunis, I hope you proved your point for selection by wasting A batting position yet again. Umar Akmal dropped Kohli and some part of me was relieved. LikeLeaderLikeNationLikeTeam. Never a surprise no more. period.
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Prince
Feb 15, 2015 01:38pm
Younus was added to the team to help accelerate Pakistan's exit from the tournament. He is right on his task.
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shamain
Feb 15, 2015 02:01pm
I was on home page and there wss this display pic of cricketers hugging and all and there i saw ahmed shehzad with indian written on chest and blue kit .The shock i got. Then well i realized what i realized. Phew!!!
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apoorva
Feb 15, 2015 02:06pm
Harris ...there are ghosts in the pitch
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Fiz
Feb 15, 2015 02:11pm
Keep going, keep going Pakistan. I like the way you are doing it.
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AdHawk
Feb 15, 2015 02:13pm
Ok, time for bed. The likelihood of Pakistan chasing down 300 is minuscule. Let's do this again in four years.
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BlueEarth
Feb 15, 2015 02:50pm
Hello Pakistani friends,how are u feeling? ;-) had enough?
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akhthar
Feb 15, 2015 02:51pm
Its over for Pakistan. 103/5.
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Cosmic Lion
Feb 15, 2015 02:52pm
Irfan is appalling...the way he is running on to the pitch while he is bowling, he would be more useful for the opposition. Do 3rd umpires know that commentators don't. I mean are they trained for something people don't see and they see. Umar Akmal's dismissal looks iffy to me.
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Shaneeza
Feb 15, 2015 02:53pm
General Raheel, please hurry up. Akmal is out as well. if you cannot go, please send Bajwa.
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Saad
Feb 15, 2015 02:54pm
If Younis khan has any Shame or respect for him self. Please rule your self out of World Cup. Don't let the nation suffer or beselfish. I am sick of pcb they act like they own the pcb. Remind them it's the tax payers money , good luck to all the Indians they played very well. Pakistan 105/5 . Lost my day pay to watch this game. Never again. Usa ....,
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chin music
Feb 15, 2015 02:56pm
7 - 0 he he he he he .............
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vickash
Feb 15, 2015 03:05pm
it's going to be same old story
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Alien
Feb 15, 2015 03:06pm
Playing Pakistan seemed much easier than an evening walk in the park.
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tanuj
Feb 15, 2015 03:11pm
Pakistan can't beat India in wc. ..lol
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Omprakash Ramchandani
Feb 15, 2015 03:12pm
2015 World Cup belongs to Asian team whether its India, Pakistan or Srilanka We should be proud of our Asian teams. Lets stop hostile nature against each other
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Anwar
Feb 15, 2015 03:13pm
The Indian team is very mediocre but Pakistan is just third class.
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sid
Feb 15, 2015 03:19pm
All those Pak "hopeful" fans... All I can say is.. I told you so. Nothing will change until our mentality doesn't change. PCB needs to be overhauled and that is only possible when the country goes through proper reform, otherwise the same old corrupt people will run the board and Pakistan will produce the same old results! Nothing will change.
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Charu
Feb 15, 2015 03:23pm
PAKISTAN : Time to sell those crackers on OLX;-)
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sagar
Feb 15, 2015 03:30pm
Whoever wins no worries, happy that both the teams are showing sportsmanship on the ground. True cricketing!
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Sajjad Khan
Feb 15, 2015 03:32pm
How nice would it be if we fought poverty & corruption with the same fury and fervour instead to help our poor masses??????????? You are reporting on cricket as if it was the only greatest thing in the world.
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sagar
Feb 15, 2015 03:33pm
@Izhar Minhas this is sport, success and failure are to come whether a fan like you accept or not
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Aslam
Feb 15, 2015 03:34pm
Our cricketers can't play cricket. Now Gen Parvez needs to play for us. Hopefully on cricket ground he can do something other than talking.
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Shahid
Feb 15, 2015 03:34pm
Down with Moin, Shaharyar and Najam Sethi, if not today then wait after they have lost to zimbabwe and UAE.
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Ero
Feb 15, 2015 03:35pm
And Pakistan lost another battle against India.
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arindam
Feb 15, 2015 03:35pm
@Shaneeza bang on
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mithun anand
Feb 15, 2015 03:35pm
Proud to see Our Kolkat Boy contributing for our nation ..great job Sami ! That is India ..now it is 7 Up !
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Fiz
Feb 15, 2015 03:37pm
Ok, now we know. Congrats India.
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jjohn
Feb 15, 2015 03:37pm
I am an Indian fan, but wished Pakistan to win. Unfortunate that wining the toss is what determines the winner here. If Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bat, India would have run into trouble. A world cup match should not be determined by chance, but by the ability of the team.
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Shahid
Feb 15, 2015 03:38pm
India have been in Australia for 2½ months and won not single match and look how they undress this pak team. Thanks Moin.
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Cornered tigers
Feb 15, 2015 03:38pm
Another match...same result. Same bhoosa team and parchi system. PCb needs to be dissolved and proper elections should take place. Let's start with ground zero.
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Neel
Feb 15, 2015 03:39pm
I feel pity towards pakistan.
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Ample reverence For Pak Army & Saudi Arab
Feb 15, 2015 03:39pm
No surprising but very predictable Pakistani team and match result!
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sagar
Feb 15, 2015 03:39pm
@Shaneeza this looks utterly nonsense!
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Indian
Feb 15, 2015 03:39pm
Mr. Sirtaj the great :- Yes, Pakistan has lost the match and I see Indian hand behind it. All Word :- Yes, Sir! This time all are agree with your wisdom!!!
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Luketer Massa
Feb 15, 2015 03:43pm
Another four more years of agonizing wait for Pakistan......Virat Kohli played like a BOSSMAN.....
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Fiz
Feb 15, 2015 03:43pm
Can we get rid of over rated Umar Akmal? Perhaps it's time for Afridi & Yunis to say good bye. Kudos to Misbah for trying on his own. Shehzad & Sohail Haris are a good assets to the team. Yasir Shah was such a disappointment. India always manage to find motivation against Pakistan. Bad luck for us.
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sagar
Feb 15, 2015 03:43pm
@Shaneeza this is where you need army chief for anything and everything. By the way, I guess Australian PM is cheering for India's play
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DV
Feb 15, 2015 03:44pm
Where all those are, who other day claimed PAK's victory in this Match....?
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raj
Feb 15, 2015 03:48pm
India came back from the sharjah routes.pak can do the same in WC....let the team mature...
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Rizwan haider
Feb 15, 2015 03:49pm
Why are people always bashing Younis khan? What happend to our future young talents Umar akmal and Shoaib Maqsood? Both went for a golden duck the truth is Umar Akmal will never learn shoaib maqsood is not another inzamam kick these 2 out permenteley Harris sohail is definitely looking good for future we needed abdur Razzaq badly in this game.
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TR
Feb 15, 2015 03:53pm
Don't give up. Keep doing your best. Hope is alive till the last minute of the game.
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Raja
Feb 15, 2015 03:59pm
@Omprakash Ramchandani . Misplaced pride is of no value.
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Liberal Indian
Feb 15, 2015 04:03pm
C'mon Misbah, Make a match out of it..
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arindam
Feb 15, 2015 04:04pm
@sagar chill its sarcasm. general raheel
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Raja
Feb 15, 2015 04:06pm
@Shaneeza . Sorry, the general can at best send Hafiz or Great Lakhvi .
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UD
Feb 15, 2015 04:07pm
Zak ! Where are you my friend ?
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aamir
Feb 15, 2015 04:07pm
Well played India. Better side has won. Pakistan will never learn. The problem is not with Umer or Maqsood or the selection committee or the coach. The problem is with our domestic infrastructure that is not producing quality players anymore. One can argue about the team selection but I am sure this was the best possible 11. Those left out of the side would not have done any better.
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sagar
Feb 15, 2015 04:09pm
@Tanveer OMG, don't know who will save you from this foolishness
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Taimoor
Feb 15, 2015 04:10pm
Incompetent cheif of Pakistan cricket , the highness prime minister, and the incompetent team. Are we expecting any nicer things? Glad I didnt waste eight odd hours of my life. under present circumstances cricket is a distraction for us as a nation where our sole focus should be on how to get rid of these corrupt and bogus leaders of Pakistan.
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Manjeet kocchar
Feb 15, 2015 04:15pm
This is a game one team has to loose. How we all are trying to get credit for the win or taking responsibility for the loss while being spectators why have we reduced cricket to the level of borders squabbles pl grow up guys enjoy cricket without being judgemental
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indian
Feb 15, 2015 04:17pm
Man... .lets do one thing.. lets divide the indian team into two groups, one a Indian Batsmen Group(A) of 6 players and indian bowler group(B) of 5 bowlers. Similarly lets divide the pakistani team into two groups, one a pakistani batsmen group(C) of 6 players and pakistani bowler group (D) of 5 bowlers. Then lets mix up these groups. Group (A+D) would become the strongest team ever seen in cricket history and would easily beat south africa and australia. Group (B+C) would become the worst team ever in cricket history and would easily be beaten by all club teams, leave alone bangladesh and ireland.
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Pashabhai
Feb 15, 2015 04:22pm
The UN needs to intervene right now....
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pratik
Feb 15, 2015 04:27pm
From India :- Good Fight Mis Bah , salute.
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Zierbu
Feb 15, 2015 04:28pm
Now be ready for conspiracy theories as always..LOL
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Hope Springs Eternal
Feb 15, 2015 04:28pm
Live to see another day. Sorry about today though.
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Ayesha
Feb 15, 2015 04:30pm
Two players from Karachi, Fawad Alam and Sarfraz Ahmed Memon were excluded and we know why. This is why we lost as discrimination lead to downfall.
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Karna
Feb 15, 2015 04:31pm
The game was pretty boring, it was not as interesting as it was expected. The game was overall one sided. SA vs ZIM was far interesting than this. Even though Zimbabwe lost the game, it earned respect. If it can give SA such a hard time, then beating India and Pakistan would not be a big deal for them. They even defeated Sri Lanka in warm up match.
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krishan gopal
Feb 15, 2015 04:32pm
India India......
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Kranti
Feb 15, 2015 04:33pm
See how Indian players celebrated the win. contrast to Pakistani Hockey players win. That is the difference between INDIA & PAKISTAN. LOL...
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Amit
Feb 15, 2015 04:34pm
India 10-0. See you in 2019 World Cup..... Oops in 2016 in india
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Rupes
Feb 15, 2015 04:34pm
@shamain khud ko he cheer diya -:(
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sahil
Feb 15, 2015 04:35pm
Great job indian tigers....salute.
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sudhakar
Feb 15, 2015 04:35pm
Well tried Pakistan. It is just a game. This day neither team won. Subcontinent won, Cricket won. Chill. take it easy.
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Abdullah
Feb 15, 2015 04:36pm
Team built on corrupt fundamentals:..cant ball, cant field.. can't bat.......therefore can't win
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slalom
Feb 15, 2015 04:37pm
Hurrah! 6-0 it is :-) Congratulations both sides for good game.
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Rienz
Feb 15, 2015 04:37pm
Yet another flop show
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sam
Feb 15, 2015 04:38pm
YESSSSSSSS! WE WON!!!!!!
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essaki
Feb 15, 2015 04:39pm
YES History repeated,.......................... INDIA ZINDABAD
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INDIAN
Feb 15, 2015 04:39pm
I have a advice for younow its time to sell your fireworks on olx at least it is better than rusting. don't worry Indians will surely buy it.
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Bahadur
Feb 15, 2015 04:39pm
It's 6-0 Folks! Congrats Men in Blue.
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Javeed
Feb 15, 2015 04:40pm
Misbha take a bow! U r a real star, love U! the rest are just selfie junks!
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mark
Feb 15, 2015 04:40pm
@Shaneeza I simply love your comments
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indian
Feb 15, 2015 04:41pm
victory ! :) A great fight by put up by Pakistan nonetheless. All the best to them!
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mabob
Feb 15, 2015 04:41pm
India has won the match but Pakistan has one the deal.
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zain
Feb 15, 2015 04:42pm
India blasted Pakistan.
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Manoj
Feb 15, 2015 04:42pm
Hats off to Misbah. He played very well. If someone had supported him, result cold have been different. I am happy India own this high pressure game.
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AJ
Feb 15, 2015 04:43pm
Pakistan team never deserved to win this match, not even before start of the match. We must congratulate India as the deserved Winners. Ours is a weak team specially after loosing Ajmal, Hafeez, Omar Gul and Junaid. And then we have some selectors who have stupid idea's of playing Younis and Yasir while they could have had Fawad Alam and Said Ajmal instead of them. Let me also salute Younis for his stubornness ad insistance to play ODIs while he himself knows that not a single pakistani of the 180 million wanted him in this team. Shame on him for hurting Pakistan's cause only for his ego and money.
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true kashmiri
Feb 15, 2015 04:44pm
And again we win, pak cannot win with India be it cricket or war. Inshallaha
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Vairamuthu
Feb 15, 2015 04:44pm
Congratulations India. Even though Indians were 20 to 30 runs behind, I was confident that Pakistan will find it tough to chase down and I was totally shocked to see Younis Khan open the innings. When he departed and the slow run scoring of Shehzad, I was pretty confident that Pakistan will not chase it and I was right. The wickets of Shehzad, Sohaib and Umar in quick succession is the main cause for the downfall of Pakistan. I thoroughly enjoyed this match. Btw, Afridi should play sensibly. You cannot throw your wicket in a world cup match. Score a blistering fifty is not important, but to play like Virat or Misbah and then launch your attack when you have scored a decent 40 odd runs.
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true indian
Feb 15, 2015 04:45pm
Congratulation team india to maintain winning record against pakistan..
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Indian Ozy
Feb 15, 2015 04:45pm
Misbah and team did indeed gave their best...better luck next time...MS Dhoni and the fiery Indian boys have made us proud again...Inshallah we will bring home the cup.
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Agnos
Feb 15, 2015 04:46pm
India's performance was clinical today. They were ahead skill, stamina and intelligence wise.
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Shahid
Feb 15, 2015 04:47pm
Shaharyar, Najam Sethi and Moin must go. Shaharyar for Guaranteeing Younis a place long before the selection process. Moin being the worst at cricket knowledge a picking people like Younis, Yasir and Ehsan. And Najam Sethi because he is root cause of this total disaster of PCB in all departments.
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sporting spirit
Feb 15, 2015 04:47pm
I thing Chinese are not good at cricket ...............................how to counter India
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ROHIT PANDEY
Feb 15, 2015 04:47pm
I really wish Pakistan had won the match! Would have been a national morale-booster. Time for India to make a big mark in Olympics in all sports...too much of this cricket for too long! Would love to see an Indian making a mark in marathon or gymnastics or swimming! Will happen sometime I am sure.:)
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shaneeza
Feb 15, 2015 04:48pm
Someone found it very funny to use my name and posting random comments. We have lost the match and I hope world cup is not over yet.
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Noor
Feb 15, 2015 04:48pm
Thank you ... for being a blog of hate speech and negativity ... all in the name of freedom of speech. I would like to meet the person who audits the comments section on the articles. The country being ridiculed on a news website of the same country by comments from across the border... (P.S. I am pretty sure this comment is going to get blocked)
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janasheen
Feb 15, 2015 04:50pm
India's loss would have been bad for business and Pakistan can come back not all is lost so finally business has won.
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Shashi
Feb 15, 2015 04:50pm
@Rienz Its bad in office. Many matches left. Here in India , not much celebrations in my area ..no firecrackers heard. So not that frenzy
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sudhakar
Feb 15, 2015 04:51pm
Hope PA does not start firing over the LOC because of this loss :-)
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rodent
Feb 15, 2015 04:52pm
Now firing will start on border to beat the blues.
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vick
Feb 15, 2015 04:52pm
@BlueEarth lol... Yaar.. Don't rub salt on their wounds na. Dear Pakistan friends... Don't worry, theres always a next chance. Yay.... Be happy.
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Guest
Feb 15, 2015 04:53pm
@Ayesha Or maybe you lost because we were the better side???
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L.Ahmad
Feb 15, 2015 04:53pm
The target set by India was beyond Pakistan's reach. They could not play for allocated fifty overs. Pakistan team will struggle to get 250 plus runs .
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Sandip from India
Feb 15, 2015 04:53pm
Wait for the next 4 years again. Good luck. We just want to see the face of Ajmal who was sure about Pakistan's win before the game.
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Indian
Feb 15, 2015 04:54pm
Well Done both the teams.Well Played . Personally I felt less rivalry between two teams which is very good.Best Luck to both the teams.Cup should be in Asia :)
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Ayaz
Feb 15, 2015 04:54pm
@Kranti See the crowd behaved compared to the Indian crowd in hockey match!
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N K Ali
Feb 15, 2015 04:54pm
The outcome was expected. If the Pakistan team continues with the hype of 'jinx,' they will continue in this way. The less said the better. Salams
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Ramesh Nakhwa
Feb 15, 2015 04:54pm
No matter what field which players and what venue Pak will always lose to India
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Ali-Indian
Feb 15, 2015 04:54pm
go on pakistani's keep building pressure on your team for nothing!! INDIA WILL ALWAYS WIN AGAINST PAKISTAN IN WORLD CUP COZ WE ARE CALM AND COMPOSED UNDER PRESSURE
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ismail
Feb 15, 2015 04:55pm
This match could have been won, had Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi would have played sensibly and with responsibility like Misbah? The total was doable and achievable. Most of the people have commented that Younus Khan should gracefully retire without any pressure or the time will come that he will be kicked off from the team. Please realize Mr. Younus Khan!
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Ali-Indian
Feb 15, 2015 04:56pm
All weather friend china please help pakistan win :P
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Iram
Feb 15, 2015 04:56pm
Congrats to India. They played all round cricket and won. We have only one batsman in our captain and the rest are pretty ordinary, can't lift their game when the situation demands. Throw this umar akmal and Younis khan out and LALA you will never mature as a batsman. Frustrating.
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Saima
Feb 15, 2015 04:57pm
(1) Younis Khan should be ashamed of himself for insisting to play in the ODIs. (2) Moin Khan should have been fired 4 months ago when he selected the team for UAE series. He should be ashamed to know that a common fan has a much better knowledge of the game than these illiterate ex players. Younis, Yasir and Ehsan should never been selected. When Hafeez was sent back, Ajmal should have been called. End of Moin now, he has lost everything since he became selector. (3) Shaharyar, although he is a powerless dummy chairman but he must go too for guaranteeing Younis a place in the squad even before selection process started. (4) Najam Sethi, for God sake get of our back. (5) Congrates to supurb indian team and their fans. May you win the Wc (as we won't go even next round).
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Indian Fan
Feb 15, 2015 04:57pm
Well played Pak. Dont despair my Pak friends, there are a lot of matches left for you to show your potential. May your team use this defeat to channel your energies in the right direction. Misbah is an amazing guy, I always liked him so much. I wonder why he'l so derided by Pak fans. It was a good win from Indian point of view since India has been down under for the last 3-odd months without a win. This will give them confidence boost. I wish there are at-least 3 teams from the sub-continent in the last 4. All the best to all (also to the Lankan-Lions, Bangla-tigers and the Afghans).
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Earthling
Feb 15, 2015 04:57pm
Hockey India, Avenged!
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Ashok
Feb 15, 2015 04:57pm
Now Pakistanis will say-- Match was fixed by their players.... lol
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Ravi
Feb 15, 2015 04:58pm
@Shaneeza Lol.....nailed it....:)
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kamal
Feb 15, 2015 04:58pm
Younis Khan is a great test batsman but his record in one day does not deserve a place in playing eleven. He coaxed selectors to include him in WC team.He should not have been included in playing eleven.
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ankur
Feb 15, 2015 04:58pm
Bhai jitna to India KO hi tha.
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Aman Khokhar
Feb 15, 2015 04:59pm
I think Pakistan had a golden opportunity this time, it was the weakest ever Indian team you could face. You will never face that much weak team from Indian perspective, as even we were scared this time. Imagine a World Champion Team without Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh. Still India crushed Pakistan, Our TIGERs are are really World Champion !! I m proud of them and hope the same for Indian Hockey Team in future.
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ismail
Feb 15, 2015 04:59pm
Pakistan should concentrate on fielding also as Indian fielding was good but we have to take example of NEW Zealand. Our players run after the ball or ask other player to run when they cannot reach. It is high time that we should field well if we want to be in the game and get rid of Younus Khan.
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OM
Feb 15, 2015 05:00pm
Well Played India. And hope India-Pakistan will have another encounter in Final Match.
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Harsha
Feb 15, 2015 05:00pm
Congratulations to Team India.
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GT
Feb 15, 2015 05:00pm
Fanastic cricket from India! Well Done guys! Keep up the good work! Winning by 75 runs is emphatic and that's some real thrashing. Its 6-0 now in WC.
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indian
Feb 15, 2015 05:01pm
After loss....pakistani cracker shop put a board outside:::::---- " Becha hua maal wapas nahin hoga"
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Vijay
Feb 15, 2015 05:02pm
@Golden Words Vanity is downfall of many people.
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pravin
Feb 15, 2015 05:02pm
Ye patakhe kb fodenge?????
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vinie
Feb 15, 2015 05:03pm
As it happen..history repeat once again..pakistan 11 sink in blue indian ocean...
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BlueEarth
Feb 15, 2015 05:03pm
If only Shahid Afridi could for once convert his big words to runs against India, Pak would have given a fight atleast.
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Amit
Feb 15, 2015 05:04pm
@Muradabadi Your prediction came true :)
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Mayank
Feb 15, 2015 05:05pm
As an Indian Salute to Misbah.. Afridi is such a junk . selfie boy only
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H.H.Shah
Feb 15, 2015 05:05pm
I have one big Question to Mr. Misbah. Why does he plays all the big shots at the end of innings, if he plays these big shots in the middle of the innings then the pressure goes directly on the opponents. And the biggest shame is Younus kha. Ahmed shahzad has to learn how to build an innings from India players, not to lose your wicket when it is needed the most. If Pak plays with Sarfraz instead of younus, then i think we have some 30 - 40 runs advantage.
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Ample reverence For Pak Army & Saudi Arab
Feb 15, 2015 05:05pm
@chin music My Son still you need ample years to level the bilateral record as Pakistan is still vividly ahead of India.
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Indian_Cricket_Fan
Feb 15, 2015 05:07pm
India won again. Well played Misbah Ul Haq. Well bowled Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan but India was better team. It requires experience in playing in big tournaments. Pakistan team was quite inexperienced. Anyway hardluck Pakistan. Being Indian fan, I am happy it's 6-0 now.
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Deepak Talwar
Feb 15, 2015 05:07pm
This is just the first game and we Indians should not go overboard. We have to improve our performance to defeat the top teams - England, Australia, SA, and win the Cup. Misbah ul Haq was simply outstanding in the face of certain defeat. Not only is he great with the bat, he has nerves of steel and the quiet demeanour of the likes of Roger Frederer.
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Dr. Patel
Feb 15, 2015 05:07pm
Pakistani cricket has always been a roller coaster ride. The players are either treated as national heros or trampled as national shame. I cannot even imagine the pain of Pakistani criketeer returning home after losing to India. It is time Pakistani editors understood "it's only a game" and let their boys play.
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Indian
Feb 15, 2015 05:07pm
Good game! Excellent result.
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Team India Fan
Feb 15, 2015 05:08pm
Jab b pak ka koi boler world cup match mai 5 wickets leta hai against India. India hamesha hi jita hai.....Love uteam India!...Well Played!!
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jammu wala
Feb 15, 2015 05:08pm
kab jitengay yr...hahahahahahahahah.......we won the cup
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rakesh
Feb 15, 2015 05:09pm
@jjohn 3 out of the 5-0 record of India Vs Pakistan in world cup..India batted second
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zain
Feb 15, 2015 05:09pm
@Muhammad india beat Pakistan.
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Sanjay Guha
Feb 15, 2015 05:10pm
It was unfortunate that Pakistan lost this match. We never believed an Indian attack could fully bowl out another team. Mohammed Shami and the rest showed that it could be done. Misbah Ul Haq played a great innings. Shahid Afridi and other batsmen should have supported him, which didn't happen
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Sandip
Feb 15, 2015 05:10pm
Now where is Saeed Ajmal hiding?
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aam aadmiA
Feb 15, 2015 05:10pm
hats off to pakistan for digesting 5th great defet,
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rakesh
Feb 15, 2015 05:10pm
Is baar bhi patakke reh gaye..phode nahi paya..
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Syed
Feb 15, 2015 05:12pm
6-0 and counting. Pakistan team is the weakest ever I have seen in any world cup. If you qualify for super 6 then take it as blessing. And please next time when Pakistan has a match with India they should hand it over to India as everyone knows the outcome. Misbah is a bad batsman, he wasted so many balls.
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Vedic
Feb 15, 2015 05:13pm
6 - 0 ,, ha ha aha what more i can say. Pakistan will always lose against us...
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zain
Feb 15, 2015 05:14pm
Conspiracy theory coming up from Pakistani troll.
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Nazir Ahmed
Feb 15, 2015 05:14pm
Well done India, congratulation.
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Nadeem
Feb 15, 2015 05:15pm
Whatever happened..I simply love Mohammed Irfan..mwah
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Vedic
Feb 15, 2015 05:15pm
@Izhar Minhas now what happend....
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Robin- New Delhi
Feb 15, 2015 05:17pm
Well Done Team India !!! also well played Misbah, sadly he did not have any mature Batsman to support... For me the biggest hype Mohd. Irfan failed miserably, he is good at a club level for T-20 game, he was panting just after 4 overs given his huge structure, get some committed and talented players. I was also watching SA vs ZIM game, i think all of us learn from that game specially ZIM how they fought...
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diwakar
Feb 15, 2015 05:19pm
@Golden Words .Remember Sehwag's words to Akhtar?
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Kakagan
Feb 15, 2015 05:20pm
Congratulations to Dhoni. You really deserved this win. Commiseration to Misbah. It was only You vs India Eleven.
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Sanjay Guha
Feb 15, 2015 05:20pm
@Zahid That's because we are brothers who love fighting one another
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John
Feb 15, 2015 05:25pm
Imran Khan " World cup mey dhandli hui hey, we will start a new protest in Australia and also in front of Nawaz sharif and Najam Sethi jinone humare 11 ko puncture kiya". Hafeez Sayeed and Hameed Gul " Pakistan world cup ki match harne mein India ka RAW mulfiz hey. Badla lenge"
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TanBhartiyaMay
Feb 15, 2015 05:26pm
Best Wishes to Pakistan team for coming matches! Although they have a novice side, still they bowled with maturity in death overs. Congratulations Team India and thank you both the teams for a wonderful game!
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glassyman
Feb 15, 2015 05:27pm
I read somewhere some pakistani player saying kohli wohli hoga apne ghar mein........ Koi awaaz te lagaao paaji
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karan sharma
Feb 15, 2015 05:27pm
Overall great game.. Pak cost because of wickets given by maqsood and akmal And pressure created by sehzaad Overall pak lacks maturity in this game Still there is one man standing for pak Remembering 2007 t20 final Misbah a great player. Other must learn from misbah Overall gud game finished by my country :) Someone must b there wid misbah But it did nt happen. Gud luck for both teams for d coming matches. One gud thing i see today Pepole from ind pak while livibg outside they become close ..they know still they r 1 :) Evn after partition They were sitting in a mixture tym manner :D Ind pak fans sitting together.. By heart we r one And separation is created by govts and some bad people who do not want to see us co operating wid each other
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zain
Feb 15, 2015 05:27pm
@Tanveer younis out due to BIG 3 Conspiracy! !@!@
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Wazir
Feb 15, 2015 05:27pm
Its BOO BOO afraid(i) no more BOOM BOOM Afridi
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Zulfi
Feb 15, 2015 05:28pm
Afridi don't let the door hit you on your way out. Big players, win big matches! This is your fifth WC. You've been an utter disappointment, and utter failure on all big occasions, and today was no different. And in a way Pakistanis deserve it Every kid with a bat wants to be the next Afridi in the country. This is how badly his glorified mindless slogging has polluted the street cricket culture in Pakistan and overtaken the importance of being a proper attacking batsman a la Miandad, Inzamam style, in the eyes of aspiring youngsters. Good thing he's leaving Pakistan cricket, it is about time, PCB invest some money in proper advertising and awareness campaign that aims to revive the names and services of proper batting legends for the new generation to look up to.
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zain
Feb 15, 2015 05:28pm
@Fiz Gone to sleep.
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sayeed
Feb 15, 2015 05:28pm
feeling sorry for misbah. Two very bad selections cost the pakistan the game, Younis and yasir shah. Sarfaraz and fawad would have been a better choice..Nonetheless, loss to pakistan. Selectors open your eyes please. always pakistan interests prior to everything
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vasudhaiva kutumbakm
Feb 15, 2015 05:30pm
Breaking News! India may not play rest of the matches as Indian fans think they got world cup today! Good luck to pakistan for coming matches.
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Khan
Feb 15, 2015 05:31pm
Congrats India. I think its about time I accepted the fact that you have a better team. From a dishearten Paki
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mohsin
Feb 15, 2015 05:31pm
Go Nawaz go
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Divyo
Feb 15, 2015 05:33pm
Forget about match...Pakistan never won toss against India in world cup
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mohsin
Feb 15, 2015 05:33pm
What about Najam sethi ?
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sunny
Feb 15, 2015 05:33pm
Well done India..Gud luck Pakistan for 2019..
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T.M. Reddy
Feb 15, 2015 05:33pm
Something to look for the toss. All the winners won the toss so far.... I am not a fan of luck for the the so called "luck" should match with determination to win....
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valiya
Feb 15, 2015 05:34pm
Too much debates in TV channels, lot of comments and suggestions by cricket pundits, overconfidence of country men,blind anti Indian sentiments, underestimation of Indian team and over hype of Pakistani teams ability to beat India by the followers back home gave immense pressure to the team. The players and the team members really wanted to live up to the expectation back home which made them tense. That is the reason. Don't call for Misba,s blood, poor man did his best as a captain and player. All the best Pakistan for next time.
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William
Feb 15, 2015 05:34pm
Congratulations Team India......well done!!!
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Pankaj
Feb 15, 2015 05:36pm
Three day national mourning in Pakistan.
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Abhai
Feb 15, 2015 05:38pm
Pakistan Team looked a pale shadow of itself today, we all deserved a better contest. Though India looked strong against Pakistan, the real test would be against Englad, Australia and South Africa. I wish both the teams best of luck for the rest of games.
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Zak
Feb 15, 2015 05:38pm
If not this time, then next. But win is inevitable. Team was good, but planning needed some attention. You us khan should have gone down as no 3, not opener. His getting out left too much pressure on Afridi. Bowlers, did not change line, length and pace, when runs were being given away. This match was lost simply due to unwise strategy and tactics. India just played good cricket.
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namo
Feb 15, 2015 05:38pm
Pakistani players after loosing match in dressing room - yaar tum log yeh mat dekho ki hum haar gaye hey dekho ki hamare main batting sabki aayi.
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Murali
Feb 15, 2015 05:38pm
@Calcutta Man Add Lafanga and Ahmed USA too
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sadiq
Feb 15, 2015 05:39pm
Please bring Pakistan back from world cup, they are an embarrassment
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Zak
Feb 15, 2015 05:40pm
@Zahid there is no togetherness, just two rivals on opposite side of the spectrum. Our closeness is to China, Afghanistan. Those with whom are minds meet on all issues.
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Murali
Feb 15, 2015 05:40pm
India...India...India...
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N
Feb 15, 2015 05:41pm
the Don won...!!!
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sunil
Feb 15, 2015 05:41pm
what guys...enjoyed the match... so again lost it... whom are you going to blame now
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Hemant
Feb 15, 2015 05:42pm
Pakistan had a good team. I think they come under unnecessary pressure to have lost so many times against Indian team in the world cup. I feel sorry for them. Anyway, there is always a next time. Do not lose heart, Pakistan team.
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aaptard
Feb 15, 2015 05:43pm
game ticket - $40; flight ticket - $1200, watching Pakistan loose again - PRICELESS ;)
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aladin
Feb 15, 2015 05:46pm
@mabob inshah Allah.
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Aman Ki Asha
Feb 15, 2015 05:55pm
All these hype is been created by the television companies for TRP's.
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Robin
Feb 15, 2015 05:56pm
Just coming back from the match. Great atmosphere. Happy from the out come. I was sitting in Pakistan supporters zone with Indian flag.
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unknown
Feb 15, 2015 05:57pm
giving moral support to Kashmiri might help...
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ziavrep labqi
Feb 15, 2015 05:58pm
The predictably unpredictable Pakistan team.
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Narendra
Feb 15, 2015 05:59pm
INDIA, a team with weakest bowling line up, batsman out of form and especially team unable to win any match in last 3 month, pulverises Pakistan. That shows where Pakistan's cricket belong. Its time for Pakistan to involve UN and China in persuading India to throw away the match.
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Zulfi
Feb 15, 2015 06:03pm
Looking at the scorecard one could be forgiven for thinking that Pakistani batsmen were facing Malcom Marshall, Joel Garner, Holding and Ambrose....Indian fast bowlers bowled almost 30 overs, and took 8 wickets for 120 odd runs.. I mean whole Summer this Indian bowling was trashed and thrashed in Australia and we made them look invincible !!
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Murali
Feb 15, 2015 06:04pm
@Zak That's the spirit Zara! !! I Second You whole heartedly. .. you leave hating India , it will give peace.... The same messege to my nationality people to 'Love Pakistan'
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sagar
Feb 15, 2015 06:05pm
@shaneeza dear shaneeza, don't mix politics and army with cricket at least, this is a bad taste, we all love both India and Pak cricket teams
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Indian
Feb 15, 2015 06:06pm
From now onwards India should take off from here and win the world cup.
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nikus
Feb 15, 2015 06:12pm
Cricket is lazy man's game. Let India sponsor cricket in Pakistan, BD and Srilanka and devotes more money on real sports like Football, Gymnastics etc. At some point we were at good position in Chess. But look , there is no good player coming out after Humpi and V Anand..........
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nooru
Feb 15, 2015 06:13pm
i think misbah should open
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allah
Feb 15, 2015 06:13pm
@Syed Not sure if you passed this comment seeing this match. Misbah is the best bats man Pakistan team has. I will not be surprised if he will take Pakistan to semi's. Only thing he need is a matured batsman who can rotate the strike and leave the hitting to him.
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aladin
Feb 15, 2015 06:13pm
It is 6-love. Inshah Allah.
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RMH
Feb 15, 2015 06:16pm
Pak team was very predictable....in making it 0-6. Younus Khan played for India.Dhoni can be a non playing captain..Nothing great in second class team beating 3 d class team.
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Karan
Feb 15, 2015 06:19pm
India need to raise their game...Pak is a weak unit...SA or Aus would have chased 301 easily.
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zak the supreme
Feb 15, 2015 06:19pm
@Shaneeza like going to china
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fact indian
Feb 15, 2015 06:20pm
Cricket match is a friendly professional game and its not a war, the best team wins on that day.
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zak the supreme
Feb 15, 2015 06:22pm
@rodent it has happened
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Waseem Ahmad
Feb 15, 2015 06:33pm
The Pakistani cricketers are in possession of all the techniques and qualities which world best team should have, but are weak in the psychological sector, they lack the courage, boldness, .. every time they fail because they fail to cope the pressure of the game ,,,,,,,,So in this sector work needs to be done.....SO Good Luck for the next time
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Aziz Rakla
Feb 15, 2015 06:34pm
Our boy are paying the price. Why foreign teams are not coming to Pakistan to play. We need a political party in Pakistan, whose main aim, should be to eradicate, these bombings of innocent. No case to be forgotten till it is solved and those who have done are brought to justice. A political party can ignite this issue, every case has to be solved and criminals should be punished or people who are in position of power to do this job, should resign.
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zak the supreme
Feb 15, 2015 06:34pm
be it cricket or civilian matters---- you need nerves of steel and calm composure. sadly lacking.
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Zak
Feb 15, 2015 06:35pm
@zain so, lucky this time. Btw what was result with Australia. Did they get UNSC seat.
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Amir Indian
Feb 15, 2015 06:38pm
Bleed Blue. Congratulations to India. Well played. Virat and Misbah also played really well.
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Arun Madhav
Feb 15, 2015 06:42pm
India are not definitely unbeatable - they just played as one unit. Jadeja is getting worse by the day. Death batting rusty, but still collectively they were spirited in their approach. Heart goes out for Misbah. Respect for him. Afridi should take flight back and start some other business - but should never be allowed close to a cricket ground here onwards.
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Pawan
Feb 15, 2015 06:43pm
Pakistan's loss to such an Indian team (perhaps the weakest in the last 2-3 years in 'away' conditions) and making it 6-0 in WC matches in favour of India, shows 2 things: 1) Good cricketing system in India 2) It is 'all-in-the-mind'. Time for Pak to set its home in order and give justice to its huge talent.
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El Indiano
Feb 15, 2015 06:43pm
Thanks Pakistan, for making our pathetic Indian team look good.
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Zak
Feb 15, 2015 06:45pm
@Indian doubt it, but no harm in dreaming. My guess Australia.
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bb
Feb 15, 2015 06:46pm
See next in semis or final again
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Kashmiri34
Feb 15, 2015 06:46pm
Pakistan should keep their "Patakha" for next time & then again next time....
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Kranti
Feb 15, 2015 06:46pm
@Zak First time I am hearing from ZAK without conspiracy theories. LOL...
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anonymous
Feb 15, 2015 06:49pm
When Misbah said "we can create history" ... he was serious ... this is the biggest historical world cup win India has had over Pakistan..... Well done!!!!!....Wonder where are the people who made statements like "India's overconfidence may cause it to lose the match".....
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Alpha
Feb 15, 2015 06:53pm
Now Pak will play Cricket only with China. Anyway Counter-Terrorism Team Won.
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Karan
Feb 15, 2015 06:55pm
Pak should write to UN about this.
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VakraChakra
Feb 15, 2015 06:57pm
Umar Gul, Hafeez, Ajmal, Junaid .... All down due to injury. Sohail Tanveer, Sarfaraz etc not selected due to intrigue. If India did not win against this second string Pakistan team, it would have been a shame. India did however kept nerve and played well. Don't despair Pakistan. We have felt this bad when our respective Hockey teams were languishing at the bottom of the world. India surely lower than Pakistan.
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Ahmed Shaikh
Feb 15, 2015 06:58pm
well..it was not India vs. Pakistan, but it was India Vs. Central Pakistan match....No Baloch and Sindhi speaking person represents the team which means that considering the current demographics, more than 60% area of present Pakistan did not represent the cricket team which played world cup match with India....
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indian
Feb 15, 2015 07:04pm
@Zak we will get that UNSC...!! also we won't speak..!! but action of our's will speak...!!! please be wise...!!!
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Munir Khan
Feb 15, 2015 07:10pm
I am a Pakistani but honestly India is 100 times better in every way comparing to Pakistan. We can't compete with India in anyway. Never the less let us extend our friendship and enjoy our relationship.
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Malik
Feb 15, 2015 07:12pm
Pakistani team deserved to loss. This is the first time I boycotted Pakistani team because of their attitude towards the Peshawar school incident.
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Sourabh
Feb 15, 2015 07:17pm
@ROHIT PANDEY not too long back, we never expected Indian medals in sports like boxing and wrestling. but now it is not so surprising. give it a few more years. more medals are coming in more sports.
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zak the supreme
Feb 15, 2015 07:22pm
where are the regular pk people,
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Calcutta Man
Feb 15, 2015 07:23pm
@Ahmed Shaikh .....and that's BCCI's conspiracy?
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Amir Indian
Feb 15, 2015 07:25pm
@Ahmed Shaikh yes USA 7 China will part Pakistan like in 1971 into Balochistan, Sindh, NWFP. May Pakistan send Chinese cricketers as their representative for win.
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ziavrep labqi
Feb 15, 2015 07:28pm
The tournament is wide open till the quarter finals. Pakistan has to work hard in all fields - bowling, batting, fielding - to stay as a contender of the Cup. The team that gives its best on the day and is helped by a bit of luck can emerge as the winner. We must not be misled by the hype created by the TV channels about Pakistani teams invincibility. Its just a game, after all. We should be serious about more serious things.
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Karthik
Feb 15, 2015 07:38pm
@shaneeza - "Someone found it very funny to use my name and posting random comments. We have lost the match and I hope world cup is not over yet." - hahahaha.... you have to admit it.. its quite funny! So how many of the General Raheel msges of the last few days were actually yours?
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ROHIT PANDEY
Feb 15, 2015 07:52pm
@Sourabh I really hope so,sir. I just love watching individuals excel...the time,effort and discipline required is stupendous!:) Let us pray for a better medal tally in the next Olympics!:):) We need at least half a dozen gold for a starter.:)::)
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Adnan
Feb 15, 2015 07:52pm
Well played India - looked like they executed their plans perfectly. India should have been under pressure to perform, but looked like all the pressure was on Pakistan. We have some work and more planning to do. The player's minds should have been clear with such a batting pitch but we seemed confused, though did well to keep them to around 300 which was getable. No opening stand again, Misbah to the rescue again, too many silly shots played, too many dot balls, coudn't handle Ashwin for some reason, gave away too many easy runs in the middle overs. Tough on Yasir with India such good players of spin. He will have a better match against Australia, South Africa, West Indies. All is not lost. Game against West Indies becomes crutial. Keep your chin up boys and forget the past and think ahead.
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Ragu
Feb 15, 2015 07:54pm
Forget who won or who lost; India and Pakistan should play each other in all sports, with no western nations in the game. I grew up admiring the great Pakistani cricket players and hockey players; the more the two nations play with each other the better will their friendship be.
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Singh.ra
Feb 15, 2015 07:55pm
@Ali-Indian: well said
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Armaan
Feb 15, 2015 08:01pm
Hum na kehte the Beta tumse is baar bhi nahi ho paayega (n)
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Babu
Feb 15, 2015 08:07pm
@Khan - don't be disheartened. Its just a game. There is always next time. Good luck.
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Sam R
Feb 15, 2015 08:15pm
There may be one more Ind-Pak match in this WC. Who knows, Pak team can turn the tables. Cheer up!
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Aryan
Feb 15, 2015 08:19pm
India zindabad, well done guys
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vinay singh
Feb 15, 2015 08:20pm
well done INDIA!!!!
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 08:30pm
I think the Indian team got just lucky today, just like in earlier matches, else it was an easy Indian win.All we needed was Kohli's catch to be taken, Akmal's wrong decison to be over turned and Afridi to have stayed for a few overs and it was a comfortable win for Pakistan !
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olive
Feb 15, 2015 08:32pm
This is no "War" . We are brothers... Don't listen to the political pygmies...
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 08:32pm
@dawn - Younis just got unlucky with an unplayable delivery. Younis at the top of the order and Misbah in the middle gives the Pakistani team the solidity to win the world cup ! I think we finally have got the perfect combination !
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Mohammad Iqbal
Feb 15, 2015 08:34pm
@mrme Yes.. where is Sarfraz?
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Mohammad Iqbal
Feb 15, 2015 08:35pm
Where is Sarfaraz?
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 08:36pm
@Calcutta Man No win in Austalia in 3 months ? Do we need to say anything more ?? Proves the case of the flat wicket bullies !!
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 08:39pm
@Saad Younis khan has proved his worth to the country again and again. he may be old and not an exponent of the current ODI methods but he brings a solidity that Pakistan team needs to win the world Cup ! He along with Misbah and Boom Boom will win the world cup for Pakistan !
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 08:40pm
@mrme Akmal is a proven match winner and a competent Wicket keeper...Sarfaraz loses out to him though I wish he were in the team.
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 08:41pm
@sid This kind of pessimism is unwarranted. the same team beat Australia after 20 years, we need to be patient and support them.
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 08:43pm
@Fiz Umarl Akmal, Afridi and Younis are proven match winners, winning for Pakistan again and again over years and decades. We need to keep them and bring in new blood to win the world cup !
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 08:46pm
@Iram Dont forget the number matches LALA has won for the country. Akmal and Younis need to be persisted with, look at how India sticks with Shikar Dhawan and he delivers when required !
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 08:48pm
@Babu We will thrash you the next time !
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 08:52pm
@anonymous You need a little bit of ;luck to win wars, we just needed those little things to win and create history ! Next time for sure !!
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arun
Feb 15, 2015 08:53pm
Pakistan team....tumse naa hoga...!!!!
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Sonal
Feb 15, 2015 08:59pm
Good game people, enjoy it! No need to take anything personally. Wish both teams a good campaign ahead, you may still see another match featuring both teams in this tournament again.
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Traveller
Feb 15, 2015 09:01pm
@Fiz Thanks! India won :)
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Raj
Feb 15, 2015 09:08pm
Its a game , India -Pakistan , grow up and enjoy the game.
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Amal
Feb 15, 2015 09:10pm
@Zak We were in the game until Afridi and Misbah were playing together...scoring 120 odd runs in last 15 overs is a child's play these days, if only Afridi had stayed for a few more overs like he did against NZ recently, we would have been easy winners ! It was obvious the amount of pressure the Indian team was feeling when Afridi was batting, that is the kind of fear and respect he evokes in opponents !
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Pramod
Feb 15, 2015 09:10pm
India played a much better game . They did worked hard during their batting by not relying on boundaries only keeping healthy run rate and wickets in hand. Pakistan on other hand only two player Shahzad and as always Misbah were showing some intention to win . Other were trying to be hero in one game. Misbah what a player man !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Robbing Hoods
Feb 15, 2015 09:11pm
Extremely poor selection, poorly executed plan and most importantly way too many dropped chances. Get rid of Younus Khan, give one more chance to Umar Akmal and find a way to bring Saeed Ajmal. Play Sarfaraz at the top(Sarfaraz Dhokha Nahi De Ga), play umar Akmal(for last time) one down and they will see better results. I would still say get rid of Umar Akmal and bring in Fawad Alam(I hope he will do good since now he will have mountain of pressure on him).
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Abdullah Yousuf
Feb 15, 2015 09:13pm
India played better,and Pakistan played much better(with the prevailing composition of its team)the match was very interesting,the crowed was excellent,so what if India won,according to sportman spirit we must CONGRATULATE INDIAN TEAM.
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Sanjay Guha
Feb 15, 2015 09:14pm
@Zulfi Yes. I think Afridi has overstayed in cricket. We need more Pakistani kids out there who bat like Miandad and bowl like Waseem Akram. Why not emulate Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar too so that we have a two great teams in the subcontinent?
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Pramod
Feb 15, 2015 09:16pm
@Cosmic Lion Why it looks jiffy it was a faint edge but it was there . May be you would have thought differently if it would happened with India.
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Naveed ,USA
Feb 15, 2015 09:18pm
I think Irfan did bowl well ,he gave too many runs as well as Afridi. In batting either Haris or Ahmed should have played a long inning as both got out after occupying the crease later Sohaib or Umer Akmal should played the part but I don't know when will they become reliable and consistent performers for Pakistan? especially Umer Akmal. And we can not make Afridi understand after playing so much matches he is the same. Pakistan bowling did well overall but they need to be more disciplined especially Irfan,Afridi,and Yasir.
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Pramod
Feb 15, 2015 09:20pm
@Amal I don't think Umar Akmal decision was wrong . There was clearly a sound in sneakometer when ball ws passing the bat. it was faint and Dhoni went for appeal and after that review instantly without any hesitation.
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marghoob ahmed siddiqui
Feb 15, 2015 09:31pm
Yonus Kh and Akmal brothes must be excluded from Pakistan team as they are useless.
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JBR
Feb 15, 2015 09:37pm
Pakistan can't break the jinx till the time Rahul Gandhi gets married!
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Silajit
Feb 15, 2015 09:53pm
C'mon fellow Indians. It's a game. Keep it light. Ease up on the politics...
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himmat
Feb 15, 2015 10:06pm
If Pakistan team fielding was good, it would have been a good fight, between otherwise balanced teams.
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Zak
Feb 15, 2015 10:18pm
@vasudhaiva kutumbakm shows the only objective to attain for indians. Well done pakistan, you are superior.
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Zak
Feb 15, 2015 10:22pm
@Amal agree 100%
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Zak
Feb 15, 2015 10:24pm
@Kranti see how Australian crowds behaved and how obedient indian crowds were, not like indian crowds at the hockey. That is the difference in playing away from India. No manipulation and psycho games here.
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zain
Feb 15, 2015 10:26pm
@Zak what about the NZ results in U AE
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Zak
Feb 15, 2015 10:28pm
@JBR then you are not a gambling man. Don't bet, you will lose.
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sam
Feb 15, 2015 10:30pm
ridiculous team selection by pakistan ahead of a psychological thriller. Three spinners?....really?
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PRD
Feb 15, 2015 10:30pm
@Saima. Don't lose heart. Pak was defeated by India also in the World Cup won by Pak. Good wishes to all Pakistani fans.
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Sam
Feb 15, 2015 10:31pm
Indian team is far far better and they proved it again. Hats off to them.
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Narvinnie
Feb 15, 2015 10:32pm
This was an evenly played match and in my view both teams showed good sportsmanship. Media needs to stop calling this rivalry. It's game and one Team will win and other will loose. India and Pakistan can improv
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rahman indian
Feb 15, 2015 10:35pm
@Zak Pakistan lost.
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HITMAN
Feb 15, 2015 10:38pm
Pakistan Team looks so weak i have never seen such a weak team in ma life. Rest all Team Looks really good. But Pakistan i doubt will qualify for super 6.. Need to have more partnership or else even Afghanistan will beat pakistan
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Anil Singh
Feb 15, 2015 10:41pm
@jjohn You are not an India fan. No fan wishes other party to win ever. Keep hiding.
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Dr.Tahir Padri
Feb 15, 2015 10:42pm
I love Canada
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Umair
Feb 15, 2015 10:47pm
Well played India. Misbah you were excellent but missed the crucial support from the team. Surely you are a fighter. All the best to Team Pakistan.
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rahman indian
Feb 15, 2015 10:48pm
@Zak hey wait till your team meets Zimbabwe or Ireland. They are not your "iron brother" but loose you will surely to them. UNSC, don't split your hair. It will take exactly billion years for Pakistan to be even associated with that.;-)
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Ali
Feb 15, 2015 10:49pm
@anonymous it is simple India played as a team, and Pakistan did not , and when one does not play as a team, they give away a lot of unnecessary runs, and eventually loose the match.
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Indian
Feb 15, 2015 10:52pm
Very happy that we won, really wasnt expecting to win this time around. Respect to Misbah, he has got some attitude.
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Yousuf Pakistani
Feb 15, 2015 10:55pm
@Amal we are not even that. Why do we waste money on cricket? Money spent on these losers could have brought 100 families out of poverty.
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Dastak
Feb 15, 2015 10:58pm
A word on Misbah. He is a true and loyal servant of Pakistan.He didn't just bring stability to an otherwise unruly team but he also improved the global image of Pakistan after the nation's fall from grace because of the spot fixing scandal. Pakistan has a lot to thank him for. He is a class act.
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gupta
Feb 15, 2015 11:06pm
Pakistan team has lot of potential, good job by both team... Who cares who wins as long as they play well...
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Kranti
Feb 15, 2015 11:08pm
@Zak I am talking about players not crowd. LOL...
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Faisal
Feb 15, 2015 11:15pm
Why does the Pakistani team not have any players from Sindh? Punjab and NWFP produces wonderful bowlers but they have not produced any good consistent batsmen for a long time. Even Afridi produces some results versus the duck batsmen of todays team. Sarfaraz and Fawad Alam and several other good batsmen are waiting on the sidelines. Kindly make it a true Pakistani team and we might have a chance.
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KM
Feb 15, 2015 11:16pm
@Pankaj come on don't be that sarcastic buddy.
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Anil Singh
Feb 15, 2015 11:16pm
@Amal and then the same team beats Pakistan. Now where does Pakistan stand? I do expect you to talk from both ends. Keep doing that.
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Pramod US
Feb 15, 2015 11:17pm
@Amal I think you are just giving some emotional statements here. Afridi was never a threat . Only threat India had was Misbah and Shahzad to some extent.
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Black Sabbath
Feb 15, 2015 11:26pm
@Zak : Whenever India loses to Pakistan by the skinniest of margins, I've noticed you say that India "was thrashed" by Pakistan. So what do you think of today's margin of Indian victory?
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Jamil
Feb 15, 2015 11:29pm
@aaptard ---- BJP loss was worst then Pakistan lost... here it was expected and in Delhi election it was not..
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nikhil
Feb 15, 2015 11:52pm
@kashmiri The Best Team won! India did not look strong however on field they were spot on. Unbiasely watching India batting, I found Misbah made mistakes by choking his bowlers despite they were getting no help. Irfan was made to bowl 7 overs, instead he could have been brought back for a couple of overs between 20-30 overs. Catches went down as Kohli was given nearly 3 lives like Sachin was given 4 in last world cup. Indian bowlers looked weak on the book but their bouncers, short deliveries and spin on a non spinning track was quite effective. Respect for Misbah for once again standing alone and trying however feel sorry that Afridi and Misbah would now retire without being able to break he jinx.
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Sarah
Feb 15, 2015 11:52pm
@Anil Singh Both are lower grade team.One is Number 05 and gradually going down and Pakistan ODI current team is useless.Where other team like New Zealand,Australia ,England can have two teams of 22 players.Pakistan find it hard to have one ODI team of 11 player.As usual it is one man army in Batting which is just Misbah.Younis Khan keeps on playing whether he can bat or not in ODI.I don't see them winning against minnows too based on current performance.India's only win will be the only one against Pakistan because with 3 spinners they will find difficult to go further in Tournament.Both team is heading Hockey way anyway as far as ODI is concerned.
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Sarah
Feb 15, 2015 11:56pm
@Zulfi Pakistan batsman even struggled against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka bowlers.So that tells the story where problem lies.It is hard to believe that all will be out for duck in same match.Pakistan ODI team performance looks very suspicious especially since many players have gate crashed in ODI team.
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Akash
Feb 15, 2015 11:56pm
heartening to see warm handshakes after match.
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Abdulla Hussin
Feb 15, 2015 11:59pm
I think India played much better & won. This time as well Pakistan failed to jinx for tow reasons, one concerning poor play by the players & the second Pakistan media hype that made the players nervous even before the start of the game.
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sid
Feb 16, 2015 12:24am
@Zulfi Lets not forget the T20 WC in England. Afridi single handedly made Pakistan win that tournament.
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Dr.Cajetan Coelho
Feb 16, 2015 12:29am
Both teams are good. Both need to make further improvements if they are to challenge their rivals in the QFs and beyond. All the best to Misbah, MSD and their hugely talented squads.
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Luketer Massa
Feb 16, 2015 12:36am
The best team always wins......and India's been best for about quarter of a century against Pakistan in the WC........Now that's a statistic to behold......
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Nadeem Khattak
Feb 16, 2015 12:53am
A good fight by Pakistan side, don't get side tracked by this loss. Get back to the drawing board and come up with a strategy. Trophy is what matters. Good job team, put your heart in it and believe you will win. Good luck!
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Googlie
Feb 16, 2015 01:17am
PM Shariif deserves all the credit for team's defeat;indeed he has Sathized Pakistan cricket!
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Sarfaraz Baloch
Feb 16, 2015 01:45am
Kick the poor performers out,wahab riaz,umar akmal, concentrate on batting ,cricket is batting,bowling and fielding .Selection is the criteria. Kick the old poor performers enough is enough
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Madan
Feb 16, 2015 02:25am
Congrats to India team.
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Chewnti himat
Feb 16, 2015 03:02am
There's no jinx but there's nepotism that's keeping the best players out the imran khan era was a glorious era where players were given a chance on ability without him there would no inzaman no waqar no akram no qadir unfortunately that era was a fleeting era and our team has never reached those heights since
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MP
Feb 16, 2015 03:32am
oouchh....Again..??? Players played well.. just a wrong strategy. Misbah.. keep going buddy.. well played...
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kamal
Feb 16, 2015 04:33am
I am proud to be Indian but my second best wishes are always with my Pakistan friends!
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sap
Feb 16, 2015 06:10am
In other words ...India helped Pakistan from extra expenses of fireworks, so they can purchase patrol and can pay electricity bills...... take it in positive way, players undergoing an immense amount of pressure playing against Indian players. .....!!!!
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mike hasan USA
Feb 16, 2015 07:20am
Pakistan would have lost even Misbah had won the toss & elected to bat.. Misbah deserves applause for being Captain & batsman.
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A. Khan
Feb 16, 2015 07:22am
This match revealed several deep flaws with Pakistan team : 1. Afridi is past his best-by date and has been for last 10 years. Occasional flashes have let him keep his place in team but now surely he has to retire after this tournament. 2. Irfan is always unfit and seems to be struggling towards the latter part of his spells. This suggests weakness with his physique. This cannot be improved as has been seen over the past so many years and its time he is put to pasture. Just because he is over 7 feet tall doesn't mean he is a good bowler. Marshall was about 5'8' inches but the most feared fast bowler amongst his contemporaries. 3. Misbah is still a better batsmen/fielder than about 90% of the team, despite his age. Hopefully the team can improve as the tournament progresses. It is better to take your loss earlier than to lose later in the latter games.
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Shree
Feb 16, 2015 07:30am
Jai Hind!
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Zak_ka_baap
Feb 16, 2015 08:23am
What Jinx?! - let us see the facts: - India has a stronger and bigger economy than pakistan - India has a stronger and bigger military might than pakistan - India has a stronger and better education system than pakistan - pakistan has a bigger population than S. Korea and Japan - but hardly keep up with bangladesh on all economic indicators - Indian cricket team is stronger than Pakistan - Indian cricket team has the guts and balls to win at the big stage, such as world cup, T20 and Champions Trophy So what Jinx? - pakistan simply lost to a far superior India team - simple.
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KrishnaKumar
Feb 16, 2015 08:25am
@Ayaz :crowd behavoiur cannot be controlled, onus always rest onthe sports men...i think you missed this important point, while trying to be critical of india
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KrishnaKumar
Feb 16, 2015 08:33am
@Zak :You dont even understad the difference of a crowd and being a sportsman..... pity you...get some understanding buddy
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zain
Feb 16, 2015 08:42am
@Ample reverence For Pak Army & Saudi Arab you are delusion.
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Shak
Feb 16, 2015 08:55am
Pakistan lack wicket taking bowlers currently..plus our fielding as usual was bad yesterday the dropped catches of Kohli made a difference, otherwise India could have been contained < 300 The other big difference Indian batsmen rotated strike easily ...poor bowling & field adjustments by Misbah & company e.t.c...while Dhoni was very smart adjusting field placements and suffocatting both Sohail & Shezad (both at one stage were scoring well) in the middle of the innings. Indian spinners bowled a lot better than Pakistan 300 was always going to be a tough chase especially knowing Pak batting limitations. Everyone talks about 92 WC ...but we had great wicket-taking bowlers like Wasim,Mushtaq and Aaqib...and batsmen like Maindad, Imran and Inzi..in present team unfortunately we dont have anyone of that caliber either in bowling or batting so this result is predictable. There is no shame in admitting we are not a good balanced team currently either in bowling or batting. On present form & team, Pak may only be good enough to beat UAE sadly. Unfortunately, we did not plan well for the WC ahead of time either. Players like Younis, Afridi and Akmal are not a good fit for this WC in Australian/Kiwi conditions and are hurting the balance of the team but unfortunately our culture is such that folks are selected based on seniority and nepotism rather than merit and taking into account playing conditions in Australia/Kiwi
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Sarah
Feb 16, 2015 08:56am
Pakistan team please watch how score of West Indies of 300 plus is being chased by Ireland team.At least learn from associate members of ICC how to bat and pace the innings.There two batsman in Succession doesn't goes out for 0 and there opener doesn't goes out for 6 like Younis khan.Pakistan had lost WC day they selected wrong team members.
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zain
Feb 16, 2015 09:05am
@Amal West Indies wud win
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Yousuf Pakistani
Feb 16, 2015 09:15am
@Zak see how Pakistani crowd was. Better than their players and rulers. Zak, if any country allows you, try to relocate.
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Harsh
Feb 16, 2015 09:46am
Boring match. Not much excitement in India for cricket due to unpopular BCCI, Dhoni and our arrogant players. Yes we beat Pakistan but its just a game, no big deal. Winning losing is part of it. Contrary to the past years, the malls and cinema houses were full which means only the die hard cricket fans were watching the match. New generation youngsters are not into Cricket much and an India-Pakistan league match does not mean much for them. I have heard that the number of kids taking up the game in large cities has gone down substantially in the recent years and as a result, BCCI is looking more into the rural places and small cities.
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Just another guy
Feb 16, 2015 10:28am
@Jamil No because BJP didn't loose to Muslim League or the other parties which I can't even pronounce.
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kami
Feb 16, 2015 10:48am
@Ajay vikram Singh, thanks u showd a sportsman spirit.sports should be treated like sports..
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Joel Garner
Feb 16, 2015 10:52am
Sorry for pak fans, the reality is poor batting. If they struggle against a near empty indian bowling attack, they are very unlikely to survive south africa and australia. Many bad decisions including going with younis and afridi is a fluke player. He has faired well against kenya, zimbabwe etc., but cant put off a full-toss. He needs to retire.. pakistan should encourage young talent and revamp their batting big time. wahab & sohail were good - but indian batting is too strong in this instance atleast..
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Kaly
Feb 16, 2015 01:05pm
India played well and they have own...thats it. Keep the game as game and not war....
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TrollMeNot
Feb 16, 2015 02:51pm
@sagar Pakistan mixes Politics, Judiciary, Governance with military. Why not Cricket?
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TrollMeNot
Feb 16, 2015 02:56pm
@Munir Khan Yes my friend, appreciate your thought.
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ROHIT PANDEY
Feb 17, 2015 04:50am
@Zak_ka_baap I totally agree.There is NO jinx. I haven't followed cricket in years,but even a very cursory look at the Pakistanis tells me that they have lost all professionalism/ They seem to be involved in betting scandals,something seems to be working against them in selection,and there seems to be a lot of intra team politics ...one thing or another! I am sure that Pakistan has got plenty of talent and with a bit of firefighting the team should be back on it's feet again. Jinxes or soothsaying or pointing fingers is not going to help?
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abdul
Feb 18, 2015 04:07am
In my book there is no such thing as jinx, more like incompetent management, incompetent bowling, incompetent fielding and of course incompetent batting. They seem to have lived up to their expectations. We need to reward them appropriately, what better than a kick up their backside. Start afresh with a clean slate and this time keep the political gundas well away from the gentleman's game.
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