India oust Pakistan in Asia Cup thriller

DAMBULLA, June 19, 2010 (AFP) – Harbhajan Singh smashed the penultimate ball from Mohammad Aamer for a six as India knocked Pakistan out of the Asia Cup with a three-wicket win on Saturday. Raina and Harbhajan then stepped in to lead a brilliant recovery and crush a valiant Pakistan side’s hopes of staying alive in the tournament.

“I think Bhajji (Harbhajan) can be called an all-rounder now,” said an appreciative Dhoni.

“The batsmen should have finished off the game. In a match like this, one can never remain cool because the heartbeat goes up. It’s great we ended up on the winning side.”

Afridi was upbeat about the team under him despite the loss and praised the Indians for snatching a close win.

“It was a great game of cricket and enjoyed by all,” the Pakistan captain said. “The Indians batted really well and it was an amazing finish that provided great entertainment.”

“I am quite happy with my team’s performance even though we lost both games. I am confident we will improve.”

For Pakistan, opener Salman Butt top-scored with 74 and Kamran Akmal hit 51 off 41 balls after Afridi won the toss and elected to bat in the day-night international. Harbhajan’s last-g