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Super Dhoni leads India to history

Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India to a five-run over Pakistan in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup, chasing a target of 158, Pakistan were bowled out for 152 runs in 19.3 overs.

Earlier, Gautam Gambhir scored 75 runs off 54 balls even as Umar Gul bowled brilliantly to scalp three Indian batsmen.

Gul dismissed the big-hitting Yuvraj Singh, skipper Mahendra Dhoni and a well-set Gautam Gambhir as India were restricted to 157-5 after electing to bat.

A packed house consisting largely of Indian and Pakistani fans waved flags and shouted slogans in support of their teams. Shouts of India jeetega and Pakistan zindabad rent the air as the two teams clashed in the final of a world level event for only the second time, the first occasion being the Benson and Hedges World Championship in Australia in 1985.

But the two men everyone thought capable of giving an impetus to the Indian score failed on the big occasion, both falling to Gul in his two successive overs.

The slower pitch was not to the liking of Yuvraj and a frustrated heave ballooned up and was taken by the bowler himself. Gul then played an old trick on Dhoni as he unleashed a bouncer and then slipped in a yorker.

Gambhir, who played the anchor-sheet but still managed to show his penchant for cuts and pulls, compiled a neat 75 off 54 deliveries with eight fours and a pulled six each off Shahid Afridi and Gul before trying a pre-determined sweep and being caught at short fine-leg

Earlier, Yusuf Pathan's baptism by fire promised a lot as he smashed a six off Mohammad Asif off only the second ball he faced. He scored 15 off eight deliveries but was caught at mid-on by Shoaib Malik off the same bowler. Yusuf, playing his first match for India in any form of the game, came in for the injured Virender Sehwag.

Robin Uthappa followed without doing much either, which left the left-handed pair of Gambhir and Yuvraj to play the middle overs, who completed a fifty partnership in just 40 balls.

source - cricketnext.com
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