This free streaming cricket video is of the final over of the Twenty20 World Cup Final held in South Africa between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan had almost lost their way towards the end of this Twenty 20 match but Misbah Ul Haq was still around. Picked into the Pakistan cricket team late in his career and amidst much controversy, Misbah played the innings of a lifetime to give Pakistan a shot at another World Cup title. It was such a brilliant knock because of the timing and pace with which Misbah controlled his knock in a game and situation that can overwhelm even the best – an India vs Pakistan Final at a World Cup.
Misbah initially pushed the singles and twos and it was like he decided when he needed to go. He deliberately refused a second run off the last ball in one of the final overs so he could take strike against Harbhajan Singh who until then had bowled a brilliant spell. Six after six followed and Pakistan suddenly looked in the hunt once again.
When Indian captain M S Dhoni gave Joginder Sharma (of all people) the onus of bowling the final over with Pakistan needing 13 runs to win and Misbah on strike, memories of the most terrifying sort began to flash past Indian fans. Watch these memories in a free streaming cricket clip here.
The similarities were uncanny. Almost the same number of runs required off the last over in an India vs Pakistan final. Then it was Javed Miandad, here Misbah Ul Haq. 1 wicket in hand. And a beleaguered Sharma bowling on both occasions.
And when Joginder Sharma bowled a huge wide off the first ball leaving Pakistan two strikes away from a sensational victory, Joginder Sharma began to even look like Chetan Sharma walking up to bowl the ball that would shake Indian fans for a couple of decades. This is where M S Dhoni proved a good captain. He jogged up to the freaked out looking Sharma (did anyone do this to the other Sharma 20 odd years back) with a put on smile on his face and patted him. One more widish ball that escaped the umpire followed.
5 balls remaining. Misbah walks across and lofts Joginder straight over his head. It’s a mistimed shot and still goes for six.
Six runs to win, 4 balls to go, 1 wicket in hand. Dhoni jogs up once again and wonders if the rules of cricket allow you to change a bowler midway if he’s not injured. Well, maybe not. Maybe he was just confident. But one look at Joginder Sharma at this stage and you wonder where Dhoni’s confidence came from.
And then Misbah Ul Haq walks across and tries probably the most audacious shot ever attempted in cricket history considering the circumstances. A scoop up over the fine leg infield. When Sreesanth took the catch that won India the T20 World Cup Final, despite being an Indian cricket fan, I felt disappointed. Something so audacious deserved to come off.
Misbah, you little beauty.