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India thrash Pakistan in T20 warm-up

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 10:08 [IST]
 
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India beat Pakistan in T20 warm-up

Brit Oval: Rohit Sharma's ruthless performance with the bat helped India to thrash their arch-rivals Pakistan by nine wickets with three overs to spare in their final warm-up match of the ICC World Twenty20 at Brit Oval.

Rohit Sharma made 80 and shared a huge first-wicket stand of 140 with left-hander Gautam Gambhir (52 not out) that got India to the brink of their 159 target. Sharma's innings was studded with two sixes and nine fours.

India, who lost to Kiwis by nine runs in their first warm-up match, were again without star batsman Virender Sehwag because of a shoulder injury.

Earlier, Pakistan got off to a racing start before suffering a mid-innings slump even though they eventually reached a competitive 158 for six, thanks to cameos from Ahmed Shehzad (25), Younis Khan (32), Misbah-ul Haq (37 not out) and Yasir Arafat (25 not out).

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But with Gambhir getting his form back and Rohit continuing his purple patch, India's chase was off to a rollicking start today and they never relaxed their grip.

Gambhir flicked the first ball from Umar Gul for a delectable four and ended the over in similar fashion.

This match was a repeat of the 2007 final which India won by five runs.

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