Malik, Hafeez guide Pakistan to win over India in 1st T20

BANGALORE (Sporting Alert) — Shoaib Malik blasted a massive six in the last over and Pakistan recovered from a pegged back start to beat India in the 1st T20 International at Bangalore on Tuesday.

Needing 10 runs to win from 6 balls after India posted 133 for 9 off their allotted 20-overs, Pakistan and Malik stayed patient until the second to last ball of the game to hit the winning run in scoring 134 for 5, much to the disappointment of the home supporters.

Malik scored 57 runs from 50 balls and hit three 4s and three 6s in his man of the match knock.

Openers Gautam Gambhir (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (41) put on 77 runs for the first wicket when India were sent in to bat first by Pakistan.

Umar Gul was the top Pakistan bowler with three for 21 from three overs, while Saeed Ajmal finished with two wickets for 25 runs off four overs.

In reply, Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez hit 6 fours and 2 sixes before he was dismissed by Ishant Sharma for a top score and man of the match effort of 67 to add to Malik’s half century.

Debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets for just nine runs from four overs for India.

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