February 28 2003
10. A grateful Pakistan team, led by high priest Saeed Anwar, offers prayers and thanks before the start of a rare and much-awaited game graciously allowed by India.
9. Wasim Akram gets a life on his first ball when he narrowly dodges a potentially fatal Sehwag straight drive.
8. Pak fielders, fearful of the intimidating name of a fan club, refuse to retrieve any balls that land near it: the Bharat Army.
7. At the other end, Shoaib Akhtar runs in to bowl with helmet on, after receiving advice from the Pak umpire who officiated in the India-Namibia match, Mr. Aleem Dar Gayya.
6. Pak players fielding at the boundary line complain of being pelted by a steady rain of hard white missiles. Umpire looks into complaint, dismisses it after finding they have come off the Indian bats.
5. In an experience familiar to them, Pak collapses to 53 all out facing hostile, high-quality fast bowling. Wasim Akram, at age 37, requests Ashish Nehra for lessons in left-arm fast bowling.
4. Facing a disappointed crowd demanding their money's worth, Sourav Ganguly allows Pak to bat a second time and sends Anil Kumble in to open the bowling. In an experience familiar to them, Pak loses all 10 wickets to Kumble, but this time all inside the first over which cleverly includes 3 wides.
3. In a new twist, Inzamam-ul-Haq manages to get himself and his partner run out on a single ball. Upon re-entry to the pavilion, he appears to be blissfully, if bizarrely, happy; replays reveal that he has obtained a much-cherished autograph from Sachin Tendulkar on his way back.
2. The Pak manager, looking into a new outbreak of infighting between his team members, finds that it is caused by the theft of Inzy's recently obtained autograph while he was napping.
And the number 1 highlight of the India-Pak match...
1. Speed records are shattered when a ball is timed at 220 mph on its way to downtown Centurion off Tendulkar's bat!