Pakistan vs India: Excited Sohail Khan impresses in comeback, despite hiccup

By: | Updated: February 15, 2015 9:18 PM

Opening the bowling for Pakistan in a World Cup match with India is enough to get any paceman excited. For Sohail Khan...

Opening the bowling for Pakistan in a World Cup match with India is enough to get any paceman excited. For Sohail Khan, playing  his first international since September 2011, that excitement briefly got the better of him on Sunday.

Charging in to bowl in front of a full crowd at Adelaide Oval and an estimated television audience of a billion people, 10 times more than the Super Bowl, Sohail thought he had struck gold with his first delivery.

He appealed for a leg before against India opener Shikhar Dhawan. When it was turned down, he instinctively asked for a review, before his captain Misbah-ul-Haq ran in and cancelled the appeal, telling his over-excited paceman the ball had hit Dhawan’s bat.

Here’s how #INDvPAK played out on Twitter:
Total Tweets
The game saw a total of 1,694,510 Tweets during the game
Tweet peaks
The top Tweets Per Minute (TPM) moments were:
1.    India are victorious by 76 runs (9987 TPM)
2.    Virat Kohli brings up his century (7159 TPM)
3.    Kohli is dismissed by 107 runs (6916 TPM)
Most mentioned players
1.    Virat Kohli
2.    MS Dhoni
3.    Suresh Raina
1.    Misbah-ul-Haq
2.    Shahid Afridi
3.    Sohail Khan
Most Retweeted Tweets
Includes Tweets from @narendramodi, @bcci, @sachin_rt, @yuvstrong, @iamsrk, @srbachchan

Sohail calmed himself down and proved a thorn in India’s side for the rest of the innings, finishing with career-best figures of 5-55.

Pakistan only took seven wickets and with one coming from a run out, Wahab Riaz was the only bowler apart from Sohail to claim a wicket.

Sohail made the initial breakthrough when he dismissed India dangerman Rohit Sharma for 15 in the eighth over. India regained control after Dhawan (73), Virat Kohli (107) and Suresh Raina (74) lifted the total to 273-2 with five overs remaining.

With eight wickets in hand, India looked set to get past a total well above 300 but were restricted to 300-7 after Sohail was reintroduced and succeeded in stalling India’s push.

The 30-year-old got rid of Kohli in the 46th over and then Raina in the 48th over and also dismissed Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahana in successive balls in the final over.

He was inches away from getting a hat-trick when he beat Mohammed Shami with a yorker that just missed the off stump but his heroics had given his team an outside chance of winning.

It never happened as Pakistan could only manage 224 in reply but for Sohail it was an impressive comeback to the international arena after making just five ODI appearances between 2008 and 2011.

“I think bowlers did very well in the last session. Especially the last 10, 15 overs they bowled really well,” Misbah said.

“It was looking that they were going to score 340, 350, but then I think they pulled them really back. 300 was pretty much chaseable, the kind of pitch it was.”

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