World Cup: India-Pakistan warmup looked like the final

June 4th, 2009 - 12:31 am ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan Singh London, June 3 (IANS) Lord’s wore the festive look of a final Wednesday as tens of thousands of fans packed the famed cricket ground for an ICC World Cup warmup tie between India and Pakistan.
In contrast, matches involving South Africa and Sri lanka - let alone Netherlands vs. Scotland - were attended by only a smattering of spectators.

Seas of blue and green - the colours of the India and Pakistan teams - swept through Lord’s for the Twenty20 match, which was billed by the organisers as a ‘Catch the Spirit’ event to raise funds for the victims of the Lahore terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in March.

The match, held amid tight security, lived up to expectations in the first half-hour, swinging wildly in favour of India and Pakistan - every boundary and wicket cheered on by delirious supporters.

Batting first, Pakistan lost a wicket - that of Shahzaib Hasan for a duck - in the very first over.

Harbhajan Singh then dropped Ahmed Shehzad when he was on five, but Pakistan hit back almost immediately, as Shehzad and Kamran Akmal began hammering Indian quickies R.P. Singh and Praveen Ojha to all corners of the ground.

The men in blue then hit back, grabbing six quick wickets, including a smart runout of Akmal by Suresh Raina.

Pakistan were 71 for five at the end of the 10th over.

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