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Virat Kohli is named the Man of the Match. 22:08(IST) 22:05(IST) 22:04(IST) 22:04(IST)
The scorecard might say a comfortable win for India. But it was a gripping contest. India bowlers did well to bundle out Pakistan for just 83. None of the Pakistan batsman wanted looked to build a partnership and played rash shots which brought about their downfall. Pakistan came out fighting as Amir wreaked havoc removing India's top order inside first three over. But Kohli played a gritty knock and took it away from Pakistan, Yuvraj struggled to connect the ball but he gave the crucial support to Kohli. Once the movement vanished, the India batsmen felt at ease. 2 wins in 2 matches for India so far in Asia Cup......
21:59(IST) That's it! India win by 5 wickets!
A touch wide from Wahab, Dhoni cracks it through point for a boundary.
21:58(IST) 21:58(IST) After 15 overs, India 80/5 ( Yuvraj 14, Dhoni 3)
A successful over from Sami. But India have inched closer to a win. Sami removes Kohli and Pandya but then Dhoni punches one through covers for three. A single off the last ball from Yuvraj makes it four runs and a wicket off the over. Just 4 needed now.
21:54(IST) OUT! Is there is twist in the tale? Sami gets the second in the over. HH Pandya c Mohammad Hafeez b Mohammad Sami 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6)
Good length delivery outside off, nips away sharply. Pandya pokes at it and edges it to first slip where Hafeez fumbles but ends up grabbing the ball.
MS Dhoni strides out to the middle.
21:52(IST) OUT! Kohli misses out on his fifty! V Kohli lbw b Mohammad Sami 49 (71m 51b 7x4 0x6)
Sami takes the wicket but it's too late now. Length delivery outside off, tailing in. Kohli shuffles a tad and looks to flick but seems to miss it. There are two sounds and he shows the bat tot he umpire as the Pakistani's appeal. The umpire lifts his finger. The replays indeed show that he got an inside edge. Kohli has a smile on his face as he walks back. A brilliant innings ends.
It's Hardik Pandya who strides out to the middle.
21:50(IST) After 14 overs, India 76/3 ( Kohli 49, Yuvraj 13)
Kohli hits the shot of the day in that over as he crunches one through extra cover for a boundary. Three more singles make it 7 runs off the over. 8 needed now.....
21:45(IST) After 13 overs, India 69/3 ( Kohli 43, Yuvraj 12)
Another over where there was a no ball and another over where the free hit got wasted. Yuvraj could just mistime his pull to wide long on for a single. 5 runs off the over. India inching close to a comfortable win here.
Mohammad Irfan back into the attack....
21:39(IST) After 12 overs, India 63/3 ( Kohli 39, Yuvraj 11)
A mixed over from Sami. Kohli went for a cut but missed, he then flicked one through mid-wicket for a boundary. Sami hit back to beat Yuvraj's outside edge with a beauty. 5 runs off the over. Just 21 needed off 48 now.
The 50-run stand has come up. Sensible batting from Kohli and Yuvraj.
21:35(IST) After 11 overs, India 58/3 ( Kohli 34, Yuvraj 11)
Wahab has been really poor today. He delivers a no ball in the over and gets away with the free hit delivery. 5 runs off the over. But it's looking all too easy for India at the movement. The movement has totally gone. 26 needed off 54 now.
21:30(IST) After 10 overs, India 53/3 ( Kohli 32, Yuvraj 10)
The early movement has vanished. Sami is bowling quick though. Kohli drives one through covers for a couple and a single more makes it three runs off the over. Yuvraj looks to pull the last one but its too quick and he misses. 3 runs off the over. 31 needed off 60.
21:25(IST) 21:24(IST) After 9 overs, India 50/3 ( Kohli 29, Yuvraj 10)
This might be the over that finishes it all. Three fours off it. Kohli caresses a couple of overpitched balls through covers for fours and then Yuvraj flicks it behind square leg for the third four of the over. 15 runs off the over. A big one for India. Fifty comes up too.
Wahab Riaz into the attack now...
21:20(IST) After 8 overs, India 35/3 ( Kohli 18, Yuvraj 6)
Pakistan need to make something happen now. Kohli is getting into the groove. He pushes one hard wide of the slip cordon for a four. A single and a leg bye more make it 6 runs off the over. Irfan not getting too much swing or seam movement.
21:16(IST) 21:16(IST) After 7 overs, India 29/3 ( Kohli 14, Yuvraj 5)
Kohli releases some pressure in that over with a couple of fours. He flicks one uppishly wide of the square leg fielder for four. It was risky but effective. He then drives one on the up through covers for consecutive fours. Amir then comes from round the wicket but Kohli is solid in his defense. 8 runs off the over. A superb spell ends - 4-0-18-3.
Amir will bowl out here. Interesting call....
21:11(IST) 21:11(IST) After 6 overs, India 21/3 ( Kohli 6, Yuvraj 5)
A very good over from Irfan. He got a couple to jag back in and beat Yuvraj's inside edge. And then bowled in that corridor outside off which Yuvraj left alone cautiously. Just one run off the over. Brilliant bowling from Pakistan.
21:09(IST) 21:08(IST) After 5 overs, India 20/3 ( Kohli 6, Yuvraj 5)
A wicket-less over from Amir. He bowls a bouncer first up and it rears over the head of Kohli and the keeper for five wides. He bowls another short one and Kohli gets an outside edge on the fend between the slip cordon and the gully for streaky single. There is an incident where Umar Akmal's throw hits the umpire and he needs medical attention. Amir comes from round the wicket off the last ball and beats Kohli's outside edge straightaway.
Amir continues, can he get another one?
21:01(IST) After 4 overs, India 13/3 ( Kohli 5, Yuvraj 4)
A mixed over from Irfan. He bowled one full and Yuvraj drove it through covers for a boundary. Irfan than brings a couple back and induces inside edges before bowling a snorter which snakes off the surface. The last one too zips past the outside edge. 4 runs off the over.
20:58(IST) 20:57(IST) 20:56(IST) After 3 overs, India 9/3 ( Kohli 5, Yuvraj 0)
Another sensational over from Amir. There was a huge LBW appeal turned down against Kohli as he missed a flick, there seemed to be a problem with height but replays showed it was umpire's call. Amir then got Raina whom he troubled off the first ball by bringing one back in sharply. Yuvraj then left his first ball but it whizzed inches past the off stump. Kohli finally defended one off the middle off the last ball. 3 runs and a wicket off the over.
20:53(IST) OUT! Amir gets his third. Raina back in the hut. SK Raina c Wahab Riaz b Mohammad Amir 1 (10m 4b 0x4 0x6)
Good length delivery on middle and leg, it nips away. Raina is into his flick a tad early and is doen in by the away movement. He gets a leading edge to mid on where the fielder takes a simple catch. Amir sets off in celebrations. This is brilliant spell of fast bowling.
Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman.
20:49(IST) 20:49(IST) After 2 overs, India 6/2 ( Kohli 5, Raina 0)
Misfields won't help Pakistan, there was one at mid on which earned India two runs. A disciplined over from Sami. He got a hint of swing. Kohli is looking calm out in the middle. He clipped one behind square leg for a couple. 4 runs off the over.
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Mohammad Sami will bowl from the other end.
20:45(IST) After 1 over, India 2/2 ( Kohli 1, Raina 0)
What a brilliant first over. A huge LBW shout turned down off the first ball. A wicket off the second ball. A single, a wide and then the wicket of Rahane. Raina gets beaten off a beauty off the next ball before defending the last one. Two runs and two wickets off the over.
20:42(IST) 20:42(IST) OUT! Another one bites the dust. Class bowling from Amir! A Rahane lbw b Mohammad Amir 0 (5m 1b 0x4 0x6)
Full outside off, it swings back in late. Rahane looks to drive but is done in by the inward movement. He misses and they all go up in a huge appeal. The umpire takes some time but then lifts his finger.
Suresh Raina is the new batsman.
20:40(IST) OUT! Amir strikes second ball. Just what Pakistan needed. RG Sharma lbw b Mohammad Amir 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6)
There was a huge appeal for an LBW off the first ball against Rohit but the umpire remained unmoved. It seemed as if Rohit got lucky. The next ball was a full one, it nipped back in and Rohit missed his forward defense. It was dead plumb. What a couple of balls to start off.
Virat Kohli is the new batsman.
Back after the break. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are the openers. Mohammad Amir will start off proceedings.
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Watch cricket expert Ayaz Memon's Pakistan innings analysis by clicking on the above link. 20:22(IST)
What a poor batting performance from Pakistan. None of the batsman seemed interested to stay out in the wicket. There was some movement for the pacers and also extra bounce which the Indian fast bowlers used really well. Pakistan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. It was a procession and they might have already lost the match now. It will take a miracle to wit it from here.
20:20(IST) That's it! Pakistan all out for 83!
Hardik takes two in two. It's a length delivery on middle, nips back in a tad. Amir gives himself a bit of room and looks to cut but misses. He finds his middle stump shattered.
20:17(IST) OUT! Hardik strikes. Mohammad Sami c Raina b Pandya 8 (16b 1x4 0x6)
Dhoni had moved the fielder there just the prevous ball. Hardik smartly bowls it short, Sami goes for a pull but gets a top edge to deep square leg where Raina pouches a tricky catch. Pakistan 9 down.
Mohammad Irfan is the new batsman.
20:15(IST) 20:14(IST) After 17 overs, Pakistan 83/8 (Sami 8, Amir 1)
Something to smile about for Pakistan fans. Sami heaves one over square leg for a four and then Ashwin fluffs his line to bowl five wides. Three more singles more make it 12 runs off the over.
20:11(IST) After 16 overs, Pakistan 71/8 (Sami 2, Amir 0)
Another tight over from Jadeja. Just the wide and the wicket of Sarfraz in that over.
20:10(IST) OUT! Jadeja gets the big one. Sarfaraz is back in the hut. Sarfraz Ahmed b Jadeja 25 (29m 24b 3x4 0x6)
Length delivery outside off, angling in, it's quick and goes straight on. Sarfraz stays in his crease and looks to cut but misses and finds his stumps rattled. He was playing well but it's just typical Pakistan performance today. Boom or bust!
Mohammad Amir is the new batsman.
20:07(IST) After 15 overs, Pakistan 70/7 ( Sarfraz 25, Sami 2)
A good over for Pakistan. Sarfraz charges and heaves one over mid-wicket for a four. He employs a couple of sweeps for singles. 7 runs off the over.
20:05(IST) 20:05(IST) After 14 overs, Pakistan 63/7 ( Sarfraz 19, Sami 1)
Sarfraz finally releases some pressure as he steers one fine wide of the short third man fielder for a four. He then takes a single before Jadeja bowls four dot balls to Sami. Five runs off the over.
20:02(IST) After 13 overs, Pakistan 58/7 ( Sarfraz 14, Sami 1)
Ashwin mixed it up really well with his off-spinners and the carromm balls. A tight over with just one run off it. Sarfraz is a good player of spin and he will look to make the most of it from here on.
Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack now....
20:00(IST) 19:59(IST) 19:59(IST) After 12 overs, Pakistan 56/7 ( Sarfraz 13, Sami 0)
Another successful over for India. 5 runs and a wicket of Wahab in that over.
19:58(IST) OUT! Jadeja joins the party now. It's a procession. Wahab Riaz lbw b Jadeja 4 (10m 12b 0x4 0x6)
Wahab gets down for a slog sweep but is foxed by the straighter one. He misses and trapped plumb in front. It was a slight quicker too.
Mohammad Sami is the new batsman.
Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now.
19:54(IST) After 11 overs, Pakistan 51/6 ( Sarfraz 10, Wahab 4)
Pandya has bowled well so far. Not given away anything. Disciplined with his lines and lengths. Four singles off the over. Sarfraz is the key now for Pakistan.
19:52(IST) 19:52(IST) 19:51(IST) After 10 overs, Pakistan 47/6 ( Sarfraz 8, Wahab 2)
Another tight over from yuvraj. Pakistan were very close to committing hara-kiri once again as they tried to take on Jadeja's arm for a risky second but the throw was at the wrong end and they got saved. Four singles off the over.
19:49(IST) 19:49(IST) After 9 overs, Pakistan 43/6 ( Sarfraz 6, Wahab 0)
A fiery over from Pandya. He ramped up good pace and torubled the batsmen with the short deliveries. But thankfully for Pakistan, no wickets in that over. Just one run off the over.
19:47(IST) 19:47(IST) 19:46(IST) After 8 overs, Pakistan 42/6 ( Sarfraz 5, Wahab 0)
Sarfaraz had hit a four in that over as he cut one through point for a boundary. But then Pakistan suffered another brainfade with another run out. 7 runs and a wicket off the over.
19:45(IST) OUT! This is madness! You don't take on Jadeja's arm! Afridi back in the hut. Shahid Afridi run out 2 (2b 0x4 0x6)
Afridi stays back and flicks it to deep square leg, they scamper through for a single and then decide to go for the riskky second, Jadeja rushes to his right and responds with a flat throw beside the stumps. Dhoni shatters the stumps in no time as Afridi dives in. Replays show he was well short. This is shambles for Pakistan.
Wahab Riaz is the new batsman.
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Sarfraz Ahmed and Shahid Afridi are the two batsmen out in the middle. Pakistan need a big partnership now.
19:40(IST) DOUBLE BLOW FOR PAKISTAN!
Malik and Umar Akmal depart off consecutive balls. Hardik Pandya takes Malik off the last ball of the sixth over. It was a tad full and Malik went for a booming drive but ended up edging it to the keeper. Yuvraj is then introduced into the attack. He bowls a straighter one first up, Akmal lunges forward for a prod but misses and is caught plumb in front. Pakistan in deep, deep trouble.
19:38(IST) After 6 overs, Pakistan 32/3 (Malik 4, Akmal 0)
Bumrah has bowled another good over. He started off poorly with one on the pads which went for four leg byes but was disciplined off the next five. India got a wicket via a run out in that over. Four runs off it.
19:35(IST) OUT! With Pakistan, you can expect a run out anytime and it has happened. Manzoor is back in the hut. Khurram Manzoor run out 10 (25m 18b 1x4 0x6)
Malik sells Manzoor a dummy. Malik pushes it to covers, he sets off but then stops, Manzoor has already taken a start and he is sent back mid-way, he loses his bat and slips a tad. Kohli rushes onto the ball and scores a direct hit. Manzoor had given up. India's fielding has been brilliant so far.
In-form Umar Akmal strides out to the middle.
It's getting a bit heated in the middle. Kohli has been involved in exchange of words and then the umpire has a word with Dhoni......
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Khurram is really lucky to be still out there in the middle. He shuffles way across and looks to scoop, he gets a thin edge to the keeper and a huge appeal is turned down. Nehra can't believe it and is shell shocked. Manzoor looked very impatient in that over, he went for a hoick but mistimed it to mid on where a misfield earned him a couple. Just 2 runs off the over.
19:24(IST) After 4 overs, Pakistan 26/2 (Manzoor 8, Malik 4)
Bumrah bowls a successful over. It was a brilliant one. Sharjeel hammers the first ball through mid-wicket for a four. The next one was bowled a bit wide which Sharjeel let go but then the slower one does the trick for Bumrah. He beats Malik off the first ball with an outswinger, Malik then cracks the next one through point for a four. Bumrah however bounces back in style with a jaffa which flies inches past Malik's outside edge squaring him up. 8 runs and a wicket off the over.
19:21(IST) OUT! Bumrah strikes now! Sharjeel is his victim. Sharjeel Khan c Rahane b Bumrah 7 (5b 1x4 0x6)
Sharjeel had hit him for a scorching four off the first ball, a ball later, Bumrah bowls a good length delivery outside off, it's the slower one and a touch wide. There is extra bounce, again. Sharjeel stays rooted to his crease and looks to slash but gets an outside edge to wide first slip.
Shoaib Malik is the new batsman.
19:18(IST) 19:17(IST) 19:17(IST) 19:17(IST) After 3 overs, Pakistan 18/1 (Sharjeel 3, Manzoor 8)
Nehra was a bit wayward in that over. He started off with a wide down the leg side, Dhoni fumbled and allowed a single. Manzoor then hammers the next one through mid-wicket for a boundary. It was a tad short. He then drives one through cover-point, Jadeja chases and pulls back in with a brilliant dive to save a run. Sharjeel missed a slash off the next ball and then Sharjeel pulls one over square leg for three as Bumrah saves a run with a dive in the deep. Nehra then again strays down the leg side for a wide. 13 runs off the over. The fielding has been excellent so far from India.
19:11(IST) After 2 overs, Pakistan 5/1 (Sharjeel 0, Manzoor 1)
A brilliant first over from Bumrah. A maiden. The ball is skidding off the surface and Bumrah got good seam movement. There was a huge LBW shout turned down against Manzoor off the first ball, the height was a problem. Manzoor then went for a cut close to the body but it zipped past his outside edge. He was further troubled by the incoming deliveries. Manzoor looked a bit restless in that over. This is a good start by India.
Jasprit Bumrah will bowl from the other end.
19:07(IST) After 1 over, Pakistan 5/1 (Sharjeel 0, Manzoor 1)
A good start for India. Nehra got some swing. He overpitched one and was spanked for a four throuhg point by Hafeez but he struck back to remove Hafeez with extra bounce. Early signs that this pitch will assist the pacers. Manzoor got off the mark with a single to third man.
19:05(IST) OUT! What a start for India. Hafeez back. Mohammad Hafeez c †Dhoni b Nehra 4 (4b 1x4 0x6)
Hafeez had hit Nehra for a four a couple of deliveries agon, but Nehra bounces back to get his man. Good length delivery outside off, shapes away a tad and jumps off the surface. Hafeez looks to cut but is done in by the extra bounce, he ends up edging it to the keeper.
Khurram Manzoor is the new batsman.
Preview: On a high after a positive start to their Asia Cup campaign, India will aim to keep their winning momentum going when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their second Twenty20 International at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Saturday.
India defeated hosts Bangladesh by 45 runs in the opener on Wednesday, thanks to Rohit Sharma's flamboyant innings of 83 runs, which was followed by some good bowling performances led by veteran pacer Ashish Nehra.
File picture of India Cricketers. AFP
This is the first this iconic tournament is being played in the Twenty20 format. All the earlier editions were One-Day Internationals (ODI).
Form and history are both on India's side. The 2007 World Twenty20 champions have met Pakistan on six occasions in the shortest format of the game where India have outclassed their neighbours five times, including the unforgettable 2007 World T20 final in Johannesburg which India won by five runs in the last over.
The two teams last met here at the same ground in the 2014 World Twenty20, which India won by seven wickets.
But come Saturday, it will be a fresh start for both the teams as Pakistan will aim to keep aside their poor show against India and hope to register a win in their first match of the 2016 Asia Cup.
The 2009 World T20 winners will depend on their charismatic all-rounder skipper Shahid Afridi to deliver for the side alongside experienced Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik.
But all eyes will be on pacer Mohammad Amir, who made a successful comeback to international cricket recently after being convicted for
On the other hand, India after two back-to-back T20 series wins against Australia and Sri Lanka, are in full flow to knock any opponent out on any given day.
In-form openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan will try to give India a good start followed by flamboyant Virat Kohli, who failed against Bangladesh but will be raring to unleash his skills against Pakistan.
The presence of experienced Suresh Raina,
Yuvraj Singh, hard-hitting newcomer Hardik Pandya followed by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni make the batting look extremely strong.
In the bowling department, Dhoni will hope his young gun Jasprit Bumrah along with experienced Nehra and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will continue their good form.