On this day in 2007: India beat Pakistan in T20 World Cup after nail biting ball-out, look


In the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, Team India faced Pakistan in their first group match in Kingsmead, Durban. It was on this day in 2007 that the MS Dhoni-led side defeated Pakistan in the heart-pounding match courtesy of a ball-out.

Back then, when a match ended in a tie, the concept of super over like today was not implemented, and so a ball-out was used to determine the winner of the match.

It was an incredible turnaround as Pakistan, known for their bowling, failed to release bails in any of their three attempts, while Team India rattled the stumps in all three attempts to win 3-0.

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For India, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag and Robin Uthappa were able to hit the stumps, while Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul and Yasir Arafat all missed the stumps.

In the regular game, India led by MS Dhoni batted first and was able to score a total of 141/9 in the allotted twenty overs.

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Robin Uthappa and MS Dhoni played with the bat after playing 50 and 33 punches respectively. Mohammad Asif scalped four wickets for Pakistan.

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The Pakistan chase never got off to a good start and the squad was at 87/5. Misbah-ul-Haq played a 53-run knockout but was out in the final over and as a result the match ended in a draw.

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For India, Irfan Pathan scalped two wickets. This was MS Dhoni’s first time leading India and he eventually took the side to the T20 World Cup victory in 2007.

India again closed the horns with Pakistan in the final, and the Men in Blue won by five runs in the final played at the Wanderers, Johannesburg.


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