Mar 20, 2016 00:09(IST) 23:42(IST) 23:37(IST) 23:36(IST) 23:34(IST) 23:31(IST)
Kohli the master chaser has done it again. Almost a repeat of the Asia Cup clash. India did well to restrict Pakistan to 118. Pakistan came out roaring defending the target as they removed Dhawan, Rohit and Riana inside the powerplay. It was at this time that Kohli and Yuvraj got together and steadied the ship, played sensible and then took on the bowling. Kohli was batting in an altogether different pitch as he played some glorious shots. In the end it proved to be an easy chase.
23:26(IST) 23:25(IST) 23:24(IST) 23:23(IST) 23:22(IST) That's it! India win by 6 wickets!
India finish it off in style. Kohli cuts one through point for a four and then Dhoni smacks one over long on for a six to level the scores. A single to mid-wicket off the last ball wins it for India. Kohli is ecstatic and so is Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan in the crowd. Brilliant win for India. Kohli was batting in a different zone altogether. He remains not out on 55 off 37 balls with 7 fours and one six.
23:19(IST) 23:19(IST) 23:18(IST) After 15 overs,India 106/4 ( Virat Kohli 50 , MS Dhoni 5)
FIFTY for Kohli! Spectcular innings this. He creams one through extra cover for four to move onto 49 and then takes a single to long on to bring up his fifty. The Eden Gardens crowd gives him a standing ovation. He's been class apart. 7 runs off the over. 13 needed off 18 now. 23:17(IST)
Afridi into his last over.
23:16(IST) After 14 overs, India 99/4 ( Virat Kohli 45 , MS Dhoni 3)
Kohli showing his class in that over. After four singles off first four balls. Amir beats Kohli's outside edge with a snorter. Kohli responds in brilliant fashion as he drives one through covers in a sublime fashion for four. 8 runs off the over. 20 needed off 24.
23:14(IST) After 13 overs,India 91/4 ( Virat Kohli 39 , MS Dhoni 1)
Kohli is playing on a different pitch altogether. He creams the first ball through extra cover for four. Three more singles in the over make it 7 runs off the over. Afridi did manage to beat Kohli's outside edge in that over. But Afridi needed to do it on regular basis. He has missed his lengths on numerous occasions tonight. 28 needed off 30.
Afridi back into the attack now.
23:09(IST) 23:09(IST) 23:08(IST) After 12 overs,India 84/4 ( Virat Kohli 33 , Dhoni 0)
Wahab went for runs but got the wicket of Yuvraj. Yuvraj smacked him over deep mid-wicket for a six. He then went for a slash but got an outside edge which fell short of the third man fielder. Wahab finally struck in the last ball to remove Yuvraj. 10 runs and a wicket off the over.
23:06(IST) OUT! Wahab gets Yuvraj. But is it too little too late? Yuvraj Singh c Mohammad Sami b Wahab Riaz 24 (23b 1x4 1x6)
Yuvraj had hit a six off a thumping pull off earlier in the over. 5 balls later he again goes for it, but Wahab has taken the pace off the ball this time. It's a touch short outside off, Yuvraj looks to drag a pull but is done in by the change in pace and holes out to deep mid-wicket.
MS Dhoni strides out to the middle.
23:03(IST) 23:02(IST) 23:01(IST) After 11 overs,India 74/3 ( Virat Kohli 31 , Yuvraj Singh 16)
This might be the over that might be the turning point. Kohli using the sweep to good effect. He gets down and slog sweeps one over square leg, it flies off the top edge for a six. He then gets down again with another slog sweep through mid-wicket for four. 14 runs off the over. A brilliant one for India.
COW graph after 10th over.
Shoaib Malik continues...
22:56(IST) After 10 overs,India 60/3 ( Virat Kohli 20 , Yuvraj Singh 15)
Pakistan losing the plot. The fielding is going down. Kohli pulls one over mid-wicket, Sharjeel puts in a lazy effort and it rolls back over the fence. Sensible cricket from then on makes it 6 runs off th eover. 59 needed off 48 balls.
Wahab Riaz into the attack now.
22:50(IST) After 9 overs,India 54/3 ( Virat Kohli 15 , Yuvraj Singh 14)
Afridi missed out on a trick by not having a slip. They are in need of wickets and need to be attacking more. Malik gets one to turn viciously and induces an outsid edge off Yuvraj but it flies through the vacant slip region. Yuvraj then cleverly took a couple of twos the latter because of very good running. It's all too easy for India batsmen right now. Pakistan need to create something special. 8 runs off the over.
Shoaib Malik into the attack now.
22:45(IST) After 8 overs,India 46/3 ( Virat Kohli 13 , Yuvraj Singh 9)
Easy for Yuvraj and Kohli in that over. Six singles off it. Sensible and efficient. Afridi needs to up the ante. The Indian spinners were proving to be unplayable.
22:43(IST) 22:42(IST) After 7 overs,India 40/3 ( Virat Kohli 10 , Yuvraj Singh 6)
A heart in the mouth moment for Yuvraj in that over. But overall, a good over for India. Kohli thumped one through point for a four and then Yuvraj gets into the act and cracks it through covers for the second four of the over. Yuvraj then goes for a pull but it gets big on him and he mistimes it short of the mid-wicket fielder. Kohlu then clips one to square leg for a couple. 11 runs off the over.
COW Update: Disciplined bowling by Pakistan and the wicket of Rohit Sharma brought India's COW steadily down from 65% at the innings break to 53% in the 4th over. In the 5th over, Mohammad Sami's 2 wickets in 2 balls got rid of Dhawan and Raina, boosting Pakistan's COW to 50% and leaving India 3 wickets down. 22:33(IST) 22:33(IST) After 5 overs,India 23/3 ( Virat Kohli 1 , Yuvraj Singh 0)
Sami started off badly but then hit back hard. Dhawan smashed the first one through point for a boundary. Then overstepped but was lucky to get away with a dot ball on free hit. He then got two in two before Yuvraj defended the hat-trick ball and followed it with another defense. 5 runs off the over.
22:31(IST) 22:30(IST) 22:29(IST) OUT! 2 in 2 for Sami! SK Raina b Mohammad Sami 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
Surprisingly, the extra pacer does the trick. It's a short of a good length delivery outside off, Raina stays back and look to defend, he has to hop a bit but it's too quick for him. He gets an inside edge and the leg stump goes cartwheeling. Sami is on a hat-trick now.
Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman.
22:27(IST) OUT! Dhawan's struggles end! S Dhawan b Mohammad Sami 6 (15b 1x4 0x6)
Good length delivery outside off, holds its line. Dhawan stays in his crease and looks to chop it to the off side. But he is playing too close to his body and gets an inside edge onto the stumps.
Suresh Raina strides out to the middle.
Mohammad Sami into the attack now.
22:23(IST) After 4 overs,India 18/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan 2 , Virat Kohli 1)
Clever bowling from Irfan. He varied his pace well and used the slower one to good effect, he understoop that no point of ramping up extra pace, just take the pace off the ball. He also beat Kohli off a slower ball bouncer. 2 runs off the over.
22:19(IST) After 3 overs,India 16/1 ( Shikhar Dhawan 1 , Virat Kohli 0)
A wicket maiden from Amir. Just the two leg byes and the wicket of Rohit. Amir hurried up Dhawan with his pace. He is looking sharp. Irfan needs to maintain discipline here. Not much movement for the pacers.
22:17(IST) OUT! Amir gets Rohit again! RG Sharma c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Amir 10 (11b 2x4 0x6)
It's a length delivery outside off, Rohit stays in his crease and goes for a loft but ends up top edging it high in the air, Malik at extra cover settles under it and pouches a very good catch under swirling ball. He had to make the call with three fielders converging.
Virat Kohli strides out to the middle.
22:14(IST) After 2 overs,India 14/0 ( Rohit Sharma 10 , Shikhar Dhawan 1)
The pace on the ball is not helping Pakistan. Rohit cracks a couple of fours in that over. Irfan was too shortin that over and Rohit punished him. He at first slashed it over point for four and then pulled one over square leg. Rohit might have had another four in that over as he cut one hard but Shehzad at point did well to make the stop. 10 runs off the over. A good one for India.
Mohammad Irfan to bowl from the other end.
22:07(IST) After 1 overs, India 4/0 ( Rohit Sharma 1 , Shikhar Dhawan 1)
Just like the Asia Cup match, Amir started off with a brilliant first ball, but this time it was an outswinger and Rohit missed it. Amir was, however, inconsistent with his lines from then on as he sprayed a couple down the leg side. But ended well with an outswinger to Dhawan who played and missed. Four runs off the first over.
India openers - Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle. Mohammad Amir will start off proceedings.
22:03(IST) COW after 1st innings:
End of the 1st innings: Despite the wicket of Umar Akmal in the 16th over, Pakistan kept upping the run rate, bringing India's COW down to 68%. The last two overs saw 15 runs scored with the fall of one wicket, sending India's COW further down to 65% at the innings break.
This might turn out to be a decent score. It wasn't an easy wicket and Shoaib Malik's 16-ball 26 could turn out to be crucial. He was the only one who seemed assured with his stroke play. However, Pakistan have just two spinners in Malik and Afridi and that is where India will hold the advantage.
21:52(IST) 21:51(IST) Pakistan have posted 118/5
A very good end by Bumrah. He mixed up the deliveries really well. Lots of cutters. 7 runs off the over.
Bumrah to bowl the last over.
21:48(IST) After 17 overs, Pakistan 111/5 ( Sarfraz Ahmed 7 , Mohammad Hafeez 1)
A successful over for India. A couple off the first ball from Malik but then Nehra gets him next ball.. A couple of singles and then Sarfaraz smacks a low full toss through square leg for four. Nehra follows up with a slower bouncer but Sarfraz misses his pull. 8 runs off the over.
21:46(IST) 21:45(IST) 21:44(IST) OUT! That's a big wicket for India! Shoaib Malik c Ashwin b Nehra 26 (16b 3x4 1x6)
It's short from Nehra, Malik goes for a pull but gets a top edge high in the air. Ashwin settles under it at short fine leg and pouches a very good catch.
Mohammad Hafeez is the new batsman.
21:42(IST) After 16 overs,Pakistan 103/4 ( Shoaib Malik 24 , Sarfraz Ahmed 2)
8 runs and a wicket off the over. Malik made sure it was a decen tover for Pakistan as he slog swept one through square leg for a boundary. Jadeja then had Akmal caught behind. Just two overs to go now.
COW Update: 15th over: The 11th over saw just 3 runs scored. The 12th over, while expensive, saw the big wicket of Shahid Afridi, taking India's COW to 73%. India's COW went up to 79% in the miserly 13th over and back down to 74% in the 14th over, which went for 15 runs, including the first 2 sixes of the match. 12 runs in 15th over brought India's COW down to 70%. 21:40(IST) OUT! Jadeja strikes. Umar Akmal c †Dhoni b Jadeja 22 (16b 1x4 1x6)
He should have got more than one wicket so far. Length delivery outside off, spinning away. Akmal rocks back for a cut but it spins away sharply. He gets a thin outside edge and Dhoni makes no mistake.
Sarfaraz Ahmed is the new batsman.
Jadeja back on. Surprising that Yuvraj hasn't been brought to bowl.
21:37(IST) After 15 overs,Pakistan 95/3 ( Umar Akmal 21 , Shoaib Malik 19)
Shoaib Malik is looking in good touch. Bumrah had overstepped in the over but went unpunished off the Free Hit. After four runs off the first three balls, Mlik drives a low full toss through point for a boundary and another low full toss is smashed away through square leg for consecutive fours. 13 runs off the over.
21:33(IST) 21:32(IST) After 14 overs,Pakistan 82/3 ( Umar Akmal 19 , Shoaib Malik 9)
After just two runs off the first three balls, Malik finally releases some pressure as he clobbers one over deep mid-wicket for a six. Umar then hammers one over deep mid-wicket to end the over in style. 15 runs off the over. A crucial one for Pakistan.
21:29(IST) 21:27(IST) After 13 overs,Pakistan 67/3 ( Umar Akmal 12 , Shoaib Malik 1)
Pakistan has never got the momentum going. They are choked here. Just 2 runs off the Nehra over. With just 5 overs to go, they need to up the ante big time.
21:24(IST) After 12 overs,Pakistan 65/3 ( Umar Akmal 11 , Shoaib Malik 0)
An expensive over from Pandya but he got the wicket of Afridi. Akmal at first hammered a pull over mid-wicket. Then took a single. Afridi went for a pull but then missed and he departed off the next ball. The last ball yielded bonus runs for Pakistan as a direct hit ricocheted off the stumps and raced away to the fence. 11 runs and a wicket off it.
21:22(IST) OUT! Pandya gets the dangerman. Shahid Afridi c Kohli b Pandya 8 (14b 1x4 0x6)
Length delivery outside off, seemed to be a tad slower. Afridi goes for a heave across the line but the ball seems to hold onto the surface, he ends up mistiming it to long on where Kohli makes no mistake. Pandya sets off in his trademark celebration. Afridi departs on 8 off 14 balls at strike rate of 57.14!
Shoaib Malik strides out to the middle.
COW UPDATE: 10th over: Pakistan's run rate stayed under 5 runs/over in the 6th, 7th and 8th overs. This, combined with the wicket of Sharjeel Khan took India's COW to 70% in the 8th over. The economical, and unplayable, 9th over yielded just 3 runs, while in the 10th over, Ahmed Shehzad's wicket fell, but Pakistan's run rate rose above 5 runs/over. Consequently, India's COW, which had gone to 71% in the 9th over went back down to 70%. 21:17(IST)
Hardik Pandya into the attack now.
21:16(IST) 21:16(IST) After 11 overs,Pakistan 54/2 ( Shahid Afridi 8 , Umar Akmal 1)
Another brilliant over from Jadeja. He beat Afridi square and then Shehzad too in the over. The batsmen are extremely cautious against him. Just 3 runs off the over. Jadeja is literally proving to be unplayable here.
21:15(IST) 21:14(IST) 21:13(IST) 21:13(IST) After 10 overs, Pakistan 51/2 ( Shahid Afridi 6 , Umar Akmal 0)
An eventful over. Shehzad scoops the first one over short fine leg but departs the next ball. Afridi then goes for a pull but gets a top edge over short fine leg for a four. The next one is a slower one, Afridi again goes for wild swing but is done in by the change of pace. He misses it and it whizzes past the off stump. 9 runs and a wicket off the over.
21:11(IST) OUT! Bumrah strikes! Ahmed Shehzad c Jadeja b Bumrah 25 (28b 3x4 0x6)
Shehzad had scooped him over short fine leg off the previous ball, this time Shehzad, without any feet movement, looks to swing across the line but gets an outside edge to backward point where Kohli runs backward and takes a smart catch. It's very difficult to score runs on this track.
Umar Akmal strides out to the middle.
Bumrah into the attack now.
21:09(IST) 21:08(IST) After 9 overs,Pakistan 42/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 21 , Shahid Afridi 1)
Jadeja is proving unplayable. Beats Afridi's outside comprehensively off consecutive balls. Afridi then pushes one to covers for a single. He then looks to turn it to the leg side but gets a leading edge to the off side. Just three runs off the over.
21:06(IST) After 8 overs,Pakistan 39/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 19 , Shahid Afridi 0)
A successful over from Raina. 5 runs and a wicket off it. Pakistan are stuck here and they need to make sure, they don't get totally bogged down.
21:05(IST) OUT! Brilliant catch from Pandya! Sharjeel Khan c Pandya b Raina 17 (24b 2x4 0x6)
It's short outside off, Sharjeel goes for a pull but it holds onto the surface and he mistimes it to long on, Hardik Pandya charges forward, dives and pouches it inches above the ground. In process, gets a bit hurt. But what a spectacular catch.
Surprise, Surprise.....Shahid Afridi strides out to the middle.
COW UPDATE: 5th over: India started out with a pre-match COW of 53% based on this team's success both against Pakistan and in general. In the first 4 overs, Nehra and Ashwin bowled very economically, conceding just a boundary each of Pakistan's 19 runs, bringing India's COW up to 63%. Bumrah's 5th over contained just a single, a four, and 4 dot balls, taking their COW to 65%. 21:01(IST) After 7 overs,Pakistan 34/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 16 , Ahmed Shehzad 16)
Turn for Jadeja straightaway and that too vicious. There is an appeal for a bat pad catch but the umpire turned it down. Jadeja then beat Shehzad with a brutal delivery which ripped off the surface and then bowled one which went straight on but the LBW appeal was turned down as it was drifting down leg. Shehzad the charges down the track but Jadeja drifts it wide and Shehzad somehow does well to get bat to ball and defend it to the off side. 6 runs off the over. But the signs look ominous.
Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now.
After 6 overs,Pakistan 28/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 15 , Ahmed Shehzad 12)
It's holding and it's turning but Pakistan openers are playing the safe game. Four singles in the over and there was one play and a miss from Sharjeel. Ahsiwn has bowled 3 overs now. Pakistan openers are playing sensibly. But the question is, when will they start to attack?
The Powerplay is over. Ashwin into his 3rd over.
20:52(IST) After 5 overs, Pakistan 24/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 13 , Ahmed Shehzad 10)
A good mix from Bumrah in that over. Sharjeel after a lot of struggle to connect or connect off the middle, finally crunches one through cover-point for a boundary. He missed a couple of swings across the line - one off a short ball and another off a slower one. 5 runs off the over. A decent start from Bumrah.
Jasprit Bumrah into the attack now.
20:50(IST) 20:49(IST) After 4 overs,Pakistan 19/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 9 , Ahmed Shehzad 9)
Turn and bounce for Ashwin and this is looking ominous. Sharjeel got one to rear off the surface, Sharjeel gets an outside edge off the shoulder of the bat but it falls short of the short third man fielder. Sharjeel then steers one off the outside edge to backward point. Shehzad then takes hte aerial route and lofts it over mid on for four. Shehzad then looks to pulls one but it turns and bounces again and he ends up getting an inside edge to mid-wicket for one. 7 runs off the over. Shehzad looked to play everything on the back foot apart from the lofted shot over mid on. Sharjeel isn't looking in greatest of touches.
20:45(IST) After 3 overs, Pakistan 12/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 8 , Ahmed Shehzad 3)
Sharjeel gets the first four of the innings. After just three runs off the first five balls, Sharjeel flicks the slower one over short fine leg for four. The bll is holding onto the surface for Nehra too. 7 runs off the over.
20:41(IST) 20:40(IST) After 2 overs, Pakistan 5/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 3 , Ahmed Shehzad 2)
Brilliant start from Ashwin. He straightaway gets turn. He beats Sharjeel's outside edge off consecutive balls as the ball turned square. Next up was the carromm ball which was defended watchfully by Sharjeel. He then takes a single to mid on. Ashwin then comes from round the wicket to Shehzad and straightaway beats his inside edge with vicious turn and it whizzes inches wide of the off stump. Just two runs off the over.
The cricket-mad neighbours, who have gone to war three times since independence, share one of the world's fiercest sporting rivalries and their rare showdowns on the pitch can bring both to a standstill.
Tensions have prevented the two sides from playing each other in Tests for more than a decade, and the match is only happening because the T20 is an International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament.
Television stations ran wall-to-wall pre-match coverage, with
India's NDTV proclaiming the game "do or die for India", while heavy rain in the eastern city of Kolkata early in the morning caused jitters.
File picture of India cricketers. AFP
"There's tension in the air and prayers in the heart," the Times of
Thousands of security personnel deployed outside Kolkata's Eden Gardens ground testified to the enormity of the encounter.
Policemen battled to keep fans from sneaking into the iconic stadium in order to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars during practice sessions.
"It's hard to control the crowd at times. They are all eager to get in and watch some action. Sometimes we even have to use some force," police constable Sudhir Ray told AFP.
Fans said they were nervous about predicting the outcome of the match.
"You never know in an
India- Pakistan game. We will always want India to win but Pakistan are looking dangerous," said Mannu, a tea vendor outside the stadium.
Newspapers have fretted that the evening match coincides with Earth Hour -- a climate change movement that sees millions turn off non-essential lights and appliances worldwide.
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan told his 19.9 million Twitter followers to watch the match with friends to save energy.
"Support #EarthHour2016, watch #IndVSPak with friends on one screen, join campaign #TogethervsClimateChange" he tweeted.
Pakistan gears up
Pakistan, fans said the match was a chance to take revenge for their side's recent defeat in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, where they lost to India and the hosts.
Only about 120
Pakistan fans are expected to be part of the 66,000-strong crowd, local media said, after the venue switch from Dharamsala to Kolkata disrupted travel plans, with some denied visas at the last minute.
But that did not stop the atmosphere from amping up at home.
"We hope to have a turnout of a couple of thousand spectators at our big screen," said Faisal Baig of the Port Grand complex in Karachi,
Pakistan's bustling economic hub of 20 million people.
"It feels wonderful to see people from different ethnic and political backgrounds become one nation and it only happens when
Pakistan plays India," he added.
A sign outside the city's Bambino cinema declared regular movies cancelled as it shows the match instead, while the National Stadium is hosting a public screening.
"We really want to see
Pakistan win -- it's terrible to watch us lose," said Amjad Islam, an electrical engineering student at Indus University.
Many fans were pinning their hopes on
Pakistan's most popular cricketer, captain Shahid Afridi, whose all-round performance against Bangladesh sealed a thumping win.
The World T20 is set to be the 36-year-old's final tournament.
"We want to see Afridi to perform regardless of the outcome," Umaima Tahir, a software engineering student told