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Mirpur: India opened their ICC World Twenty20 campaign in style, as they thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets at Mirpur, Bangladesh.
Over 18.3 || Score 131/3
Umar Gul to bowl his final over. Raina worked the first ball on the leg side where he was almost caught at short midwicket by Hafeez, who misjudged it at the last moment. Gul followed it with a bouncer and Raina slapped that over deep midwicket for a SIX! Raina worked the third ball for a single at fine leg, for the winning runs. India have comprehensively won the match by seven wickets.
Virat Kohli 36* (32b) Suresh Raina 35* (28b)
Over 18 || Score 124/3
Junaid Khan has been brought into the attack. He begins with a short ball and Raina clears the fielder at mid-off for a boundary! Junaid bowled a short ball to end the over and Kohli slapped that through midwicket for another boundary! India now need just seven runs to win from the last two overs.
Over 17 || Score 115/3
Ajmal to bowl his final over. Just one run from the over, but more importantly, it was Ajmal's last over. India now need 16 runs to win from the last three overs with seven wickets in hand.
Over 16 || Score 114/3
Umar Gul into his third over. Eight runs from the over.
Over 15 || Score 106/3
Afridi to bowl his third over. Kohli goes inside-out off the first ball and scores a boundary through wide of long-off. Kohli charged down the wicket off the fourth ball and scored a boundary straight down the ground. 12 runs from the over, Indian batsmen dominating the proceedings.
Over 14 || Score 94/3
Ajmal has been brought back into the attack. Just three runs from the over. Indian batsmen need to see one more over from Ajmal after which they would be in total command of the game.
Over 13 || Score 91/3
Bhatti to continue. He bowled a short ball to Raina who handsomely pulled it through midwicket for a boundary! Bhatti tried a slow bouncer to end the over, Raina had picked the length early and he launched that towards wide of long-on for another boundary! Ten runs from the over.
Over 12 || Score 81/3
Hafeez to bowl his third over. The third ball was slighly short and Kohli smashed that over deep midwicket for a SIX! Raina got a life when Shahid Afridi at first slip dropped a chance. Nine runs from the over.
Over 11 || Score 72/3
Bilawal Bhatti brought into the attack. And he strikes first ball, Yuvraj is bowled! Bhatti began his spell with a good yorker and Yuvraj was clueless on that occasion. Raina was offered some room on the off side and he slapped that past point for a boundary! Seven runs from the over and a key wicket for Pakistan.
Yuvraj Singh b Bilawal Bhatti 1 (2b)
Over 10 || Score 65/2
Saeed Ajmal to bowl his second over. And he strikes, Rohit Sharma is bowled! Rohit was playing for a the turn and he managed an edge which hit the stumps. Yuvraj Singh is the new man in. Just two runs from the over.
RG Sharma b Saeed Ajmal 24 (21b)
Over 9 || Score 63/1
Afridi to continue. Kohli played a late cut off the fifth ball which ran past third man for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.
Over 8 || Score 54/1
Umar Gul into his second over. The second ball was a short of a length delivery and Rohit clobbered that over long-on for a massive Six! Fifth delivery was a short of a length ball and Dhawan smashed that past the bowler for a boundary! But Dhawan paid the price for playing too many shots and hit a short one straight to Ajmal at fine leg. 13 runs from the over.
S Dhawan c Saeed Ajmal b Umar Gul 30 (28b)
Over 7 || Score 41/0
Shahid Afridi has been brought into the attack. Good start by him, three runs from the over.
Over 6 || Score 38/0
Umar Gul has been brought into the attack. Dhawan is looking in a dangerous mood, Gul went wayward on the leg side and Dhawan slapped that for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.
Over 5 || Score 31/0
Pakistan need wickets, which is why Saeed Ajmal has been brought into the attack. Dhawan swept the third ball for a boundary! Dhawan slapped the next ball for a boundary through long-on for a boundary! Dhawan ended the over with another boundary through square leg. 12 runs from the over.
Over 4 || Score 19/0
Junaid to continue. Hafeez brought a square leg in. The first ball was a short delivery, Sharma pulls that for a boundary through deep square leg. Sharma charged down the wicket off the second ball and on this occasion hit it over deep point for a Six! Sharma takes a single at third man off the third ball. Junaid followed it with two dot balls. Junaid bowled a short ball to end the over, Dhawan played it late and managed a single. 12 runs from the over.
Over 3 || Score 7/0
Hafeez to continue. Just two runs from the over. That second over was bowled within no time by Hafeez. Seven runs from the first three overs. Indian openers are looking relaxed.
Over 2 || Score 5/0
Junaid Khan to bowl from the other end. Four runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 3/0
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to open for India, Mohammad Hafeez to bowl the first over. Rohit Sharma got off the mark with a single off the first ball on the leg side. An appeal was made off the second ball, it was a quicker delivery which hit Dhawan on the pads, refused was the umpire. Hafeez follows it with two dot balls. Dhawan charged down the wicket off the fifth ball and worked the ball for two runs towards deep square leg. Dhawan worked the last ball back to the bowler for no run.
Indian bowlers have been criticised of giving away too many runs in the death overs. But today was a different day as they managed to stick to their line and length and went for just 34 runs in the last five overs. Pakistan looked in a hurry from the word go and had it not been for that 50-run partnership between Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik, Pakistan would have found themselves in a precarious position.
Over 20 || Score 130/7
Shami to bowl the final over. The first ball was a length delivery, Maqsood played a powerful shot off the backfoot, high over long-off for a Six! Maqsood scored two runs off the next ball. The third delivery was yorker, Maqsood once again went straight down the ground for a boundary! Maqsood scored another two runs off the fourth ball. Maqsood has scored 14 runs off the first four balls. Fifth ball had width on offer and swung away, dot ball. Maqsood worked the last ball towards deep midwicket, went for the second run, but was run-out off the final ball of the innings! Maqsood scored 15 runs off the last over and he has got Pakistan to a respectable score.
Sohaib Maqsood run out 21 (11b)
Over 19 || Score 115/6
Bhuvneshwar to bowl the penultimate over. The first ball was a good yorker, Afridi got some bat on it and it rushed past square leg for a boundary! Afridi took a single off the second ball. Sohaib Maqsood got a length ball and he smashed it over the bowler's head for a boundary! Maqsood took a single off the fourth ball. Afridi tried to hit a big shot on the leg side, but Suresh Raina took a clean catch, Afridi is OUT! Maqsood took a single off the last ball to keep strike. 11 runs from the over.
Shahid Afridi c Raina b Kumar 8 (10b)
Over 18 || Score 104/5
Shami has been brought back into the attack. He will probably bowl two more overs now. Afridi took a single off the first ball towards long-on. Shami bowled another good delivery, Akmal got a top edge and Suresh Raina at long-off took another easy catch. Just two runs from the over. Death bowling has been a concern for India for quite some time, but this has been a remarkable comeback.
Umar Akmal c Raina b Mohammed Shami 33 (30b)
Over 17 || Score 102/4
Jadeja to bowl his final over. Jadeja ends his spell with an excellent over. Just four runs from it.
Over 16 || Score 100/4
Mishra to bowl his final over. And he picked the crucial wicket of Malik who charged once again, but this time found Suresh Raina at long-off! Four runs from the over. Afridi is the new man in. Pakistan's total will depend a lot on his approach.
Shoaib Malik c Raina b Mishra 18 (20b)
Over 15 || Score 96/3
Ashwin to bowl his final over. Malik charged down the wicket of the last ball, hit it straight towards deep midwicket where Bhuvneshwar Kumar dropped another chance which went for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.
Over 14 || Score 89/3
Jadeja brought back into the attack. Five runs from the over.
Over 13 || Score 84/3
Ashwin brought back into the attack. Eight runs from the over. India desperately need a wicket here. This partnership is now worth 37 runs.
Over 12 || Score 76/3
Mishra to bowl his third over. Malik decides he has seen enough, charges down the wicket and hit a hug six over long-off for a Six! 13 runs from the over. Clever batting from Pakistan. They have scored 26 runs from the last two overs, without taking too many risks.
Over 11 || Score 63/3
Yuvraj Singh has been brought into the attack. The second ball was short, Akmal pulled it towards deep midwicket, where a misfield from Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a boundary for Pakistan. Umar Akmal was offered some width off the fifth ball and he drove it towards deep cover for a boundary. Good over for Pakistan, 13 runs from it.
Over 10 || Score 50/3
Jadeja to continue. Another good over, just three runs from it. Even though Akmal and Malik are both new at the crease, they cannot let the spinners dominate in this fashion. Atlleast one of them will have to step up the gas.
Over 9 || Score 47/3
Amit Mishra to continue. And he strikes off the second ball of the over as Ahmed Shehzad has been stumped! Shehzad once again went for the big shot, was lured by the flight and Dhoni had ample of time to dislodge the bails. Shoaib Malik is the new man in. Another excellent over from Mishra, wicket-maiden!
Ahmed Shehzad st Dhoni b Mishra 22 (17b)
Over 8 || Score 47/2
Ravindra Jadeja has been brought into the attack. And he strikes immediately! Hafeez charged down the wicket, couldn't hit it from the middle of the bat and was caught at deep cover by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Seven runs from the over.
Mohammad Hafeez c Kumar b Jadeja 15 (22b)
Over 7 || Score 40/1
Amit Mishra has been brought into the attack. Good start by the leg-spinner, six runs from the over.
Over 6 || Score 34/1
Shami to continue. He begins with a short ball, Hafeez goes for the pull and he mistimed it towards deep square leg where Yuvraj Singh got under the ball and dropped it at the last moment! Shehzad charged down the wicket off the next ball and worked the ball fine past the fielder at covers for a boundary! Hafeez drove the fifth ball of the over for a boundary through midwicket! 12 runs from the over, good recovery by Pakistan in the last over of the power play.
Over 5 || Score 22/1
Bhuvneshwar to bowl his second over. Ahmed Shehzad is looking a little nervous out there, playing too many strokes, trying to change strike every now and then. Hafeez needs to talk to him, as they have a deep batting line-up and there should be no hurry. Another good over, five runs from it.
Over 4 || Score 17/1
Mohammed Shami is brought into the attack. Good start from Shami, just two runs from the over.
Over 3 || Score 15/1
Ashwin to continue. It was proving to be an excellent over before Shehzad shimmied down the track off the last ball and cleared the fielder at mid-on to score his first boundary! Six runs from the over.
Over 2 || Score 9/1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the second over. Ahmed Shehzad worked the first ball towards square leg for a single. Akmal worked the second ball straight to the bowler for no run. Akmal wanted a quick single off the third ball, was rightly sent back by Shehzad. Kumar offered some width on the off-side of the fourth ball, Akmal slapped that for a boundary towards deep backward point. Akmal went for a suicidal off the penultimate delivery of the over and India have got their first wicket, Akmal is run-out! Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in. Shehzad went for a quick single off the last ball of the over and had to dive at the end. Five runs from the second over and a breakthrough!
Kamran Akmal run out 8 (10b)
Over 1 || Score 4/0
Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad to open for Pakistan. MS Dhoni has decided to open the bowling with Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin bowled two dot balls. The third had width on offer on the leg side and Akmal smashed that for a boundary towards deep sqaure leg. Ashwin ended the over with two dot balls. Four from the first over.
UPDATE: MS Dhoni has won the toss and he has decided to bowl first.
Pakistan would have an edge over India after their success over the MS Dhoni-led side in the recently concluded Asia Cup. In a thriller, Shahid Afridi slammed two consecutive sixes in the last over, which proved to be decisive. But even though Pakistan managed to defeat India in Asia Cup, their winless streak over the Men in Blue in a World Cup, is something which cannot be ignored. The role of Mohammad Hafeez and Afridi will once again be significant, considering their all-round abilities which strengthens Pakistan`s playing eleven. Pakistan have a formidable bowling line-up with players like Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal having enough experience of playing against India.
India on the other hand, haven`t been high on confidence after their poor show in two overseas tours, and they have an excellent opportunity ahead of them to get back into momentum. One of the major concerns for MS Dhoni would be the combination of openers. In the warm up games, even though Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings for India, many believe Ajinkya Rahane – who opens for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL – should bat at the top of the order, with Dhawan. Indian team has a formidable batting line-up with players like Kohli, Yuvraj and Suresh Raina having done well in the warm up games. MS Dhoni has been under the scanner for his leadership skills of late, and a lot would depend on his individual contribution as well. In the bowling department, Mohammed Shami will spearhead the pace attack, while Ashwin will have to live upto the faith which Dhoni has shown in him. It would be interesting to see if India play Amit Mishra as well, considering the leg-spinner`s form in the last few matches.