WICKET! Malik run out Jadeja 15 (Pakistan 114-4)
Oh what nonsense is this! Malik drops behind point for a single. Was there one? Probably. Hafeez came and then stopped. Malik was sent back. Ravi Jadeja had a stump to aim at. Bullseye.
23rd over: Pakistan 113-3 (Hafeez 23, Malik 15) Looks like Hafeez has wised up (too little too late?). Jadeja gives it a bit of flight outside off stump and Hafeez skips down to chip him over cover for four. Cracking shot. Oh wow… now a HUGE SIX from Malik! Not even in the same postcode as the ball, but uses his hands to thump it high and handsome right back over Jadeja’s head and under the covers in front of the sight screen who, thankfully, look like they are staying put for the rest of the evening. Glorious sunshine in Birmingham right now.
22nd over: Pakistan 102-3 (Hafeez 18, Malik 9) Shoaib Malik has got the memo. Off the mark with a glorious square drive and then a flick around the corner off Pandya. Hopefully he fills Hafeez in, too.
21st over: Pakistan 91-3 (Hafeez 16) 10th career ODI half-century for Azhar but it’s of little use as he holes out later in the over. Shoaib Malik joins Hafeez. “I can’t help but think Mohammad Hafeez has played a part in Azhar’s dismissal,” says Ricky Ponting. Agreed.
WICKET! Azhar c Pandya b Jadeja 50 (Pakistan 91-3)
Fifty and out for Azhar Ali. Desperate to get a move on – 10 overs too late – he sweeps high and not far enough to square leg, where Hardik Pandya is lurking to take a simple catch.
20th over: Pakistan 88-2 (Azhar 49, Hafeez 14) Five dot balls from Hafeez against Pandya. I was probably being harsh before when I said Pandya isn’t good enough to concede just three off an over of his bowling. But he’s definitely not worth of leaking just one!
19th over: Pakistan 82-2 (Azhar 49, Hafeez 13) Oooo a boundary. Remember them? The first in 13 balls. It was a short ball from Jadeja that Hafeez was quick to read and shuffle his feet to open up the leg side. Four through square leg taken with glee. Still, though… 202 required from 22 is too many runs for too few overs.
18th over: Pakistan 82-2 (Azhar 49, Hafeez 8) Another nothing over from Pakistan, all things considered. Pandya’s not good enough to get away with conceding just three runs an over. Need a boundary an over, really and truly. India happy to hold, here.
17th over: Pakistan 79-2 (Azhar 48, Hafeez 6) Ravi Jadeja into the attack and things happen. Strong LBW shout against Azhar – back foot, feet rooted – is adjudged too high. Sweep next delivery balloons up just short of third man. Nine runs the previous over undone by just three from this one. Far too conservative from Hafeez, who is currently six from 12…
16th over: Pakistan 76-2 (Azhar 47, Hafeez 4) You can set your watch by these misfields. This time it’s Yuvraj Singh at third man. Hafeez uppercuts a short delivery from Pandya. There’s no great pace on the ball and the bounce is kind to him, yet he’s unable to keep it in play.
15th over: Pakistan 67-2 (Azhard 42, Hafeez 2) Hafeez off the mark, punching Umesh Yadav through extra cover for a couple. The rate has climbed about 8.5-an-over which, by my calculations, makes the three runs from this over “not ideal”.
14th over: Pakistan 64-2 (Azhar 40, Hafeez 0) DROP! Hardik Pandya’s into the attack – right arm optimistic – and Azhar decides to give him the charge. But he miscues down the ground, where Bhuvi Kumar is steaming in from the boundary sponge. He gets to the ball but it clangs off his wrists and onto the turf. Bad miss.
Meanwhile, for those of you wondering just how good Geoff Boycott’s memory is…
13th over: Pakistan 61-2 (Azhar, 37, Hafeez 0) Another misfield! Jayant Yadav scurries across from deep third man to cut off a slash from Azam. He dives early and ends up overshooting the ball. Comical. Azam’s not laughing, mind – he’s back in the hutch. Mo Hafeez comes out, 186 ODIs now under his belt and 11 hundreds so far. Prior to this over, Azhar Ali had his right calf strapped.
WICKET! Azam c Jadeja b Yadav 8 (Pakistan 61-2)
Very good grab from Ravi Jadeja at backward point. Pace on the ball from Yadav and then some from Azam, who windmills into a cut shot that nestles into the hands of Jadeja, almost sending him off his feet.
12th over: Pakistan 57-1 (Azhar 37, Babar 4) Another misfield from India – the third so far – as Kumar fluffs a routine gather at catching midwicket. None becomes two. And they finish with one that should be none… Azam drops at his feet and sets off. Azhar trusts him. Bumrah swoops, gathers, throws under arm but misses, as Azhar comes sliding into shot. Would have been a goner, I’ve sure of it.
11th over: Pakistan 51-1 (Azhar 36, Azam 0) Umesh Yadav back into the attack. “Change of ends, change of luck” says Warnie. FYI, Warne’s tormenter in chief, Michael Butler, is editing this fine site today (*waves at Michael*). Yadav beats Babar Azam at the start of the over which finishes as a maiden. A bit tentative but solid bat on ball from BA. Butler-esque, I’m sure you’ll all agree
10th over: Pakistan 51-1 (Azhar 36, Azam 0) Class from Azhar. Bumrah digs one in his half and Azhar gives it the up-and-over – bat angled high, ramping away and beating deep third man on the inside for four.
9th over: Pakistan 47-1 (Azhar 32) Shot of the day – no swing from Kumar and Azhar Ali shapes up nicely behind it to drive straight down the ground. But they’ve lost the a wicket – last ball of the Power Play – which brings Babar Azam to the crease. Just seen a replay of the dismissal – it was very out.
WICKET! Kumar LBW Shehzad 12 (Pakistan 46-1)
I thought that was high and maybe even outside the line, but after a long discussion with Azhar, Shehzad doesn’t review. India have the breakthrough.
8th over: Pakistan 38-0 (Azhard 24, Shehzad 11) Shehzad so comfortable going through third man, especially with the pace of Bumrah, that he may as well look at real estate in the area. Box office end to the over: Azhar hits on the up over the top for four down the ground. Then, after a bunt to cover, barges into Bumrah who couldn’t get out of the way. Hardik Pandya gathers, throws… and misses! Azhar had given up the goose. Wonder if India would have upheld the appeal if he hit?Drama averted.
7th over: Pakistan 32-0 (Azhar 19, Shehzad 10) Hello… a couple of misfields from Dhawan and Jadeja – two of the best in this India XI – give up singles through misfields. Maybe there’s something in the Gatorade. Tidy tip and run through cover from Azhar brings a couple, too.
6th over: Pakistan 27-0 (Azhard 16, Shehzad 8) Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack. An awkward bowler to face, what with his nonexistent front arm and surprise nip. Distracting moustache, too. Not for Azhar, though, who powers a hellacious cut in front of point for four to end the over. Some important information below (remember, Pakistan’s score would need to be above par to win):
5th over: Pakistan 22-0 (Azhar 12, Shehzad 7) We’re back. Bhuvi bowls on a good length, Azhar punches off a strong base. No run. Over.
Players and, more importantly, the sun have come out. Bhuvi Kumar has one ball left in his fifth over.
For the next inevitable round of delays, here’s a podcast with Surrey and England’s Gareth Batty on his career, the state of spin and why England aren’t far away from an Australia-style pay dispute of their own…
By the way, if the chase is reduced to 30 overs, the revised target will be 229.
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Rain stops play. Again 🙁
5th over: Pakistan 22-0 (Azhar 12, Shehzad 7) Five balls – a play and a miss, an LBW shout and a leg bye among them – and we’re off for the heaviest rain of the day. After four-and-a-bit minutes, we’ll start losing overs. From what I understand, if Pakistan are no wickets down after 20 overs, they would need more than 103 for the win.
4th over: Pakistan 21-0 (Azhar 12, Shehzad 7) Eeeesh beauty from Yadav. Quick, bat-inducing, movement off the pitch, outside edge spared. Just. Azhar Ali did well not to follow it. Perhaps flustered, he pulls Yadav into his hip. Unperturbed, he whips the next short ball high and in front of square for four.
3rd over: Pakistan 15-0 (Azhar 7, Shehzad 6) An excellent bit of fielding in the deep from Jasprit Bumrah, diving to save a run on the square leg boundary, already has India up in that department. The rough cost of Pakistan’s two drops – Kohli and Yuvraj – is 80. Sound start from these two. Vijayendra Singh has asked for some DLS figures. Will do my best to get my head around it, what with the various fluctuations upon the fall of wickets. Expect your first update after 10 overs. That being said, just spied some Mordor-esque clouds on the horizon…
2nd over: Pakistan 10-0 (Azhar 3, Shehzad 5) Umesh Yadav, brisk, pearly whites, takes the new ball from the other end. Short and wide, though, allowing Shehzad to stand tall and let his hands flow through a cut behind point for four. The rain will have slicked the pitch and, a few more hits along the damp outfield will curtail any swing. Pull around the corner for one, despite a misfield, and Shehzad keeps the strike.