5. Harbhajan hits ‘Roaring’ Six to answer Shoaib Akhtar:

After the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India-Pakistan meetings became rare and due to this fact, the intensity was always a notch higher. In 2010, India and Pakistan met in Dambulla, Sri Lanka in what was a do-or-die match for both the teams in order to reach the finals.

Pakistan batting first had put up 267 runs on the board and were all out in 49.3 overs. India in their reply were being led by Gautam Gambhir and captain MS Dhoni. But things changed when Kamran Akmal an Gautam Gambhir got into an argument in the second breaks. This disturbed Gambhir’s concentration and he was dismissed soon after. Wickets kept falling for India at regular intervals and India found themselves in trouble needing 38 to win 29 balls with 4 wickets in hand. This is when Harbhajan Singh walked in.

Gautam Gambhir and Kamran Akmal
Gautam Gambhir and Kamran Akmal having an altercation during the drinks break in Asia Cup match.

Harbhajan, the kind of batsmen he is, started going for wild swings and hit Shoaib Akhtar delivery for six. In the second last over, Harbhajan played two dots of Akhtar and got an earful from Akhtar. In the final over, with India needing 7 to win, Suresh Raina was run out in a desperate attempt to take strike as Harbhajan was missing deliveries. But, Bhajji redeemed himself after hitting a six of Mohammed Aamir when 3 runs were required off 2 balls and roared towards Akhtar after hitting the winning shot.

Harbhajan v Pakistan Asia Cup
Harbhajan Singh celebrates after hitting the winning runs.



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