India and Pakistan are going to compete in the Asia Cup. The match will be played on August 28. Before that know how Ashish Nehra snatched the match from Pakistan.
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in Asia Cup India-Pakistan The countdown for the match has started. This match is to be played on 28 August. There are so many stories about the cricket of India Pakistan that they rarely end. These stories are from inside the field as well as outside. One of these anecdotes is the 2004 tour of Pakistan, when Ashish Nehra did wonders at the Karachi stadium. The date was March 13, 2004. The National Stadium of Karachi was packed. The seats in the pressbox were also full. Sourav Ganguly won the toss and elected to bat first, Sehwag and Sachin were at the crease. Thanks to Dravid’s 99 and Sehwag’s 79, India added 349 runs on the score board. Pakistan needed 350 runs to win.
Inzamam-ul-Haq’s brilliant batting for Pakistan
In that round, a score of 350 was fine. But Inzamam-ul-Haq had started sabotaging India’s hopes. Inzamam completed his century. Even after completing the century, he remained at the crease. Inzamam was becoming more dangerous now. It seemed that even in the first ODI after the practice match, defeat was written in the fate of the Indian team. About 40-42 overs of the game had passed. Sourav Ganguly gave the ball to spinner Murali Karthik. Murali Karthik got Inzamam caught by Dravid on the very first ball. Suddenly the Indian camp swung into action. Murali Karthik dismissed Younis Khan in the very next over, and Zaheer Khan sent Abdul Razzaq to the pavilion. Now 18 balls and Pakistan need 24 runs. Moin Khan and Shoaib Malik at the crease. Moin Khan specializes in hitting ludicrous shots.
Amazing by Ashish Nehra in the last over
Pakistan needed 9 runs to win off the last 6 balls. Sourav now had only Ashish Nehra to give the last over. As a part time bowler, he or Sourav would have bowled himself or would have bowled to Sachin Tendulkar or Virender Sehwag. Dada gave the ball to Nehra. Naved ul Hasan could not score any run on the first ball of the 50th over. Naved ul Hasan took a run off the second ball. Moin Khan could not score any run on the third ball. Now 8 runs were needed from 3 balls. This was the time when Pakistani coach Javed Miandad was asking Moin Khan to play a certain type of shot from the pavilion. The situation for Pakistan was such that hit a six on the last ball and win the match. But Nehra took his wicket on the last ball, India got the win. After this, the story of 2005 is also tremendous. Rahul Dravid was the captain and the Indian team was playing the triangular series in Sri Lanka. West Indies needed 12 in the last over to win a crucial match against India. Nehra gave only 4 runs and India won the match.