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umar_gulPakistan went one up in the T20 series as they beat India by 5 wickets in an exciting low scoring affair in Bangalore. It was a game that went down to the wire, with control shifting between sides throughout the match. After a great start, the Indian batting line-up collapsed in the second half, with the hosts posting a measly 134 runs as the target. Debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar started off strongly, as he reduced Pakistan to 12-3 at the end of the third over. Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez fought back though, putting on more than 100 runs along with Shoaib Malik and the game looked like it would go to Pakistan. But Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda fought back well for India towards the death, and Pakistan went into the final over with 10 runs needed to win. While the over started off well for India, Malik ended the game as he hit Ravindra Jadeja for 6, sealing the match in Pakistan's favor with two balls to spare.

The atmosphere at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore was electric as India and Pakistan prepared to face off for their first game of the two match T20 series. The series comes after a break of almost 5 years, with ties between the two nations being shaky post the terror attack in Mumbai in 2008.

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An excellent unbeaten century from New Zealand opener Martin Guptill helped the Black Caps bounce back from their demoralizing defeat in the opening T20 match of their series against South Africa with a thrilling last ball win in the first T20 International ever to be played at East London.

New Zealand won the toss again today, but appeared to have decided that chasing would be their preferred approach having been bowled over for just 86 after choosing to bat first in the last game. Guptill came into the side for Peter Fulton, while the Proteas opted to give a T20 debut to spinner Aaron Phangiso in place of the injured Chris Morris, while Morne Morkel predictably replaced Dale Steyn.

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eoin_morgan_odiEngland drew the two match T20 series with India 1-1 after winning a nailbiter of a match that went down to the very last ball. Chasing a total of 177 runs posted by India, the English started off well, but faced some setbacks in the middle overs as Yuvraj Singh once again spun India back into the contest. With 23 runs needed off the last 2 overs, captain Eoin Morgan took charge along with Jos Buttler, and the game boiled down to the English needing 3 runs off the last delivery. Morgan finished the game in style as he hit the ball for a six, to ensure that England headed home feeling rather good about themselves for their Christmas holidays.

India and England squared-off in the second and final T20 match in this short series at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. The Indians would have gone into the match looking to make it a clean sweep, having won the first game in Pune a couple of days ago. The toss though went England's way with the visitors deciding to field first. Both teams made just the one change for this game with Joe Root coming in for Danny Briggs in the England line-up, while the Indians called-up Rohit Sharma for allrounder Ravindra Jadeja.

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India is presented with a chance to go top of the ICC T20I Championship table if it wins all four matches scheduled to be played against England and Pakistan before the end of 2012. India plays England in a two-match series starting tomorrow in Pune and then squares off against its traditional rival Pakistan - also in a two-match series starting on 25 December in Bengaluru.

South Africa and New Zealand begin a three match series from 21 December with the opening game in Durban.

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Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the upcoming two match T20 series against India with a bruised left heel. Broad will return to the UK immediately to begin a period of rest and rehabilitation.

James Harris who is currently in Pune with the England Performance Programme will replace Broad in the squad. The 22 year old is uncapped at international level. Eoin Morgan will captain the side in Broad’s absence with the first match taking place in Pune on December 20.

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Faf du Plessis' impressive international career gained fresh momentum on Thursday when Cricket South Africa (CSA) named him as captain of the Proteas squad for the three-match KFC T20 International Series against New Zealand later this month.

The first match in the KFC Series takes place at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday, 21 December; the second at Buffalo Park on Sunday, 23 December; and the final one at Axxess St. George's on Wednesday, 26 December.

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younis_khanPakistan has announced their ODI and T20 squads for their upcoming tour of India. With two T20s and three ODIs set to be played between the two nations, both teams will be looking to field their best possible sides in an attempt to get one up on their arch rivals.

Coming off their exit from the World T20 championships in the semis, a few players who did not deliver in the tournament have been axed. Opener Imran Nazir is one of the players to be dropped, his rather poor performance in domestic T20 matches has also contributed to this decision. Veteran allrounder Abdul Razzaq and Yasir Arafat have also been excluded.

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