The first one day match between India and Pakistan turned out to be one of the most interesting ever. Not only was it one of Pakistan’s closest victories but there were several aspects that made the match one for the history books.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first. Pakistan began with an astounding bowling getting half of India’s team out before they could reach a hundred. However, things started to change once the Pakistani giant, Muhammad Irfan, took the ball. India started to gain momentum again. It was not long before they managed to earn two hundred and twenty seven runs. If that was not enough, Pakistan’s early batting was not exactly good. This could be seen when the first person to bat, Muhammad Hafeez was struck out on the first ball.
From the moment he stepped in for batting you could tell by the look on his face that something was wrong. Muhammad Hafeez shocked everyone back home when he struck out on the first ball without even swinging. Hafeez stood frozen near the wicket not moving and concurrently struck out. He later claimed that he was conscious about what happened and had no excuses.
This match though not India’s victory was not a complete disappointment for the Indian team captain. Dhoni won a personal victory by hitting his seven thousandth ODI run. If that was not victory enough, Dhoni also won the man of the match award despite being on the losing team.
Hundred times two: This match proved to be interesting also because of the fact that one man from each team scored a century. From the Indian team it was Dhoni and from the Pakistani team Nasir Jamshed. This is in most cases is an unusual situation.
Overall the match demonstrated to become a rare mixture of being relaxed yet entertaining. It proved to become quite exhilarating in addition to a significant victory. It had been so since the Pakistani team won on Indian soil. It had been one not for that history books, as well as the reminiscences.