Seamers limit India to 157 despite Gambhir 75

Published: Monday, September 24, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: A disciplined bowling performance by Pakistan seam attack, spearheaded Umar Gul, restricted India to 157 for five in the Twenty20 World Cup final at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Monday.

Gautam Gambhir (75 runs from 54 balls) and a late charge from Rohit Sharma (30 from 16 balls) steered India to a competitive total of 157 for 5.

The pressure of the crunch game caught up on the Indian players as Umar Gul snapped two vital wickets of Yuvraj and Dhoni before dismissing the top-scores Gambhir in the second spell, taking his overall tally to 13.

Opener Gambhir batted through the first 18 overs, stroking eight fours and two sixes and needed only 54 balls for his fluent innings which give India's total some respectability.

Earlie India taking first strike with Sehwag sitting out due to groin injury lost two quick wickets opened with Gautam Gambhir and big hitting Baroda all-rounder Yusuf Pathan. Yusuf after surviving the run-out scare early on started on a bright note hitting a six over long-on in the first over of Mohammad Asif but fell to the same bowler in the third over of the innings caught by Shoaib Malik at mid-wcket.

Uthappa followed immediatly mis-timing a lofted shot to give a regulation catch at mid-off to Afridi off Tanvir. In-form batsman Yuvraj and Gambhir milked 63 runs for the third wicket stand. Yuvi played a more sedate innings for his 14 off 19 balls before conceding his wicket to Gul. Gul in his second over disturbed the woodwork of Dhoni.

India suffered a blow even before the start of the match with Virender Sehwag sitting out due to the groin problem. Baroda all-rounder Yusuf Pathan was drafted in ahead of lackluster Karthik.

Pakistan also made one change to their semi-final line-up with seamer Yasir Arafat coming in for left-arm spinner Fawad Alam.

Brief Score: 

India 157 for 5 in 20 overs (Gautam Gambhir 75, Rohit Sharma 30; Gul 3 for 28, Mohd Asif 1 for 25, Tanvir 1 for 29) Vs Pakistan.



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