2016 World Twenty20, Match 19, Super 10 Group 2: India v Pakistan – As it happened...

Virat Kohli's unbeaten 55 helped India beat Pakistan once again.

2016 World Twenty20, Match 19, Super 10 Group 2: India v Pakistan – As it happened...

Over 15.5 || Score 119/4 (Kohli 55; Dhoni 13); Target 119

India won the match by 6 wickets. As usual, MS Dhoni got the winning runs after Virat Kohli set up the chase with a perfect 50. With the win, India are also back in the tournament.

Over 15 || Score 106/4 (Kohli 50; Dhoni 1); Target 119

Virat Kolhi, who missed out on a fifty against Pakistan at the Asia Cup, achieved the feat today. He took 34 deliveries, and hit six fours and a six.

Shahid Afridi's over leaked seven run as Kohli continued to dominate. India need another 13 runs.

Over 13 || Score 91/4 (Kohli 39; Dhoni 1); Target 119

Despite the fall of wicket, Virat Kohli continued playing his usual game. Started the over with a four. Sublime cover drive. Shahid Afridi then conceded three more singles to make it a seven run over.

India need 28 runs from 30 balls.

Over 12 || Score 84/4 (Kohli 33; Dhoni 0); Target 119

Then, Yuvraj Singh joined the hunt with a huge six of the very first ball of the over. It was followed by four singles, then the left-handed batsman batsman mistimed his pull shot to find Mohammad Sami. Credit to Wahab Riaz for keeping it simple.

WICKET: Yuvraj Singh c Mohammad Sami b Wahab Riaz 24 (23b)

10 runs from the over, and with that arrived skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Over 11 || Score 74/3 (Kohli 31; Yuvraj 16); Target 119

Was it a top-edge. A six at backward square leg. Virat Kohli has been the difference today. It happened of the third ball of the over.

After a dot ball, Kohli grilled a four through the mid-wicket coming down to the pitch of the delivery.

The over started with 2 wides, which was followed by two singles.

14 runs from the over. Shoaib Malik was clueless.

Over 10 || Score 60/3 (Kohli 20; Yuvraj 15); Target 119

Shahid Afridi finally introduced Wahab Riaz. Virat Kohli welcomed the left-arm paceman with an impoverished pull shot, which would have resulted to a 2 at max. But an ill-timed dive from Sharjeel Khan at deep mid-wicket dragged the ball into the ropes. Four runs.

Riaz however done well to concede six runs from the over.

India need another 59 runs from 48 balls.

Over 9 || Score 54/3 (Kohli 15; Yuvraj 14); Target 119

Bowling change for Pakistan. Shahid Afridi introduced ever effective Shoiab Malik into the attack.

The off-break bowler started conceding a single, but he managed to get a thick edge of Yuvraj Singh. A slip fielder would have completed an easy catch.

Brilliant running between the Indian batsmen and the over yielded eight runs.

Over 8 || Score 46/3 (Kohli 13; Yuvraj 9); Target 119

As usual Shahid Afridi completed a super fast over. He conceded six runs, all singles. And it showed how both Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh have applied themselves to the situation.

India need another 73 runs from 10 overs.

Over 7 || Score 40/3 (Kohli 10; Yuvraj 6); Target 119

Virat Kohli is pure class. Even with the ball moving in such pace, got enough time played a delicate cover drive for his first four.

That's how he treated Mohammad Sami, who rattled India moments ago.

It was followed by a single, then Yuvraj Singh played a glorious cover drive. But the left-handed batsman almost gave his wicket away with a mistimed pull shot, which landed in no-man's land. A single for all his efforts.

12 runs from the over. And India need another 79 runs from 66 deliveries.

In the previous over, Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi conceded five runs.

Over 5 || Score 23/3 (Kohli 1; Yuvraj 0); Target 119

What an over from Mohammad Sami. He clean bowled both Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina of successive deliveries, but missed out on hat-trick as Yuvraj Singh blocked his fifth delivery.

WICKET: Shikhar Dhawan b Mohammad Sami 6 (15b)

WICKET: Suresh Raina b Mohammad Sami 0 (1b)

India now in deep trouble.

Over 4 || Score 18/1 (Dhawan 2; Kohli 1); Target 119

Mohammad Amir's brilliant over was backed up by Irfan with a two-run over. Virat Kohli started with a single, but Shikhar Dhawan took four deliveries to take another run. Virat then blocked the last ball.

India need 101 runs from 14 overs.

Over 3 || Score 16/1 (Dhawan 1; Kohli 0); Target 119

That man Mohammad Amir again! He removed Rohit Sharma. The Indian opener, certainly buoyed by the productive previous over, tried to loft again. The skier took some catching, with Shoiab Malik completing it at cover.

WICKET: Rohit Sharma c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Amir 10 (11b)

Virat Kohli is the man. And Shikhar Dhawan played out the remaining five deliveries for a wicket maiden. Two leg byes were there though.

Over 2 || Score 14/0 (Rohit 10; Dhawan 1); Target 119

Mohammad Irfan shared the new ball with Mohammad Amir, and India have their first boundary of the innings.

The over started with Rohit Sharma playing a flashy cover drive. It was followed by a wide from the lanky bowler. Then, after three dot balls, the Indian opener played a gorgeous pull shot, turning his whole body as he connects the ball, for a four.

Good over for India. 10 runs from it.

Over 1 || Score 4/0 (Rohit 1; Dhawan 1); Target 119

Expecting it to swing, and a pitch-up delivery almost got Rohit Sharma undone of the first ball. That's how Mohammad Amir started his spell. In a bid to deceive the batsman, Amir committed himself too much, and a wide.

Then, Rohit got his first run with a single, playing from the back-foot, towards fine-leg. No, it was leg bye.

After some delay, adjusting the side-screens and glitters coming from numerous mobile phone flashes, play resumed with Shikhar Dhawan with a single.

India, to have a realistic chance of qualifying for the semi-finals, need to win today.


Over 18 || Score 118/5 (Sarfraz 8; Hafeez 5)

Good final over from Jasprit Bumrah. It started with a single to Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed responded with a another single. Hafeez took a 2, followed by a single and a leg-bye.

The innings ended with another leg-bye. Seven runs from the over.

Over 17 || Score 111/5 (Sarfraz 7; Hafeez 1)

Ashish Nehra got his first wicket of the match, removing Shoaib Malik of the second ball of the penultimate over.

WICKET: Shoaib Malik c R Ashwin b Ashish Nehra 26 (16b)

Mohammad Hafeez is the new man. Eight runs from the over.

Over 16 || Score 103/4 (Malik 24; Sarfraz 2)

A steady partnership of 41 runs ended with Ravindra Jadeja getting his first wicket of the game. MS Dhoni collected a good catch, close up to the wickets.

WICKET: Umar Akmal c MS Dhoni b R Jadeja 22 (16b)

That was in the penultimate ball of the over. Eight runs from the over too. Sarfraz Ahmed is the new man.


Over 15 || Score 95/3 (Akmal 21; Malik 19)

First Free-hit of the match. After a giving away a single of the first ball, Jasprit Bumrah over-stepped in his second ball.

Shoiab Malik however failed to capitalise on it with Bumrah producing a widish delivery. A single. Relief for the bowler.

After a single, Malik hit two back-to-back fours on either side of the wicket.

13 runs from the over.

Over 14 || Score 82/3 (Akmal 19; Malik 9)

Then out of nowhere, Hardik Pandya managed to extract tennis ball like bouncer. Umpire consulted. No no-ball. The previous two deliveries resulted in two singles.

Shoaib Malik, who was subjected to the bouncer, replied with a huge six, into the stands, over the deep mid-wicket.

A single followed, then Umar Akmal got into the act, hitting a flat six over long-on boundary

15 runs and from the over.

Over 13 || Score 67/3 (Akmal 12; Malik 1)

Ashish Nehra returned to the attack and conceded only two runs. The over also witnessed Rohit Sharma producing an exemplarily fielding, stopping a scorching cover drive by Umar Akmal at cover. That was in the second ball of the over. 

Over 12 || Score 65/3 (Akmal 11; Malik 0)

Umar Akmal got his first boundary, a controlled pull shot. Then, after a single and dot ball, Shahid Afridi launch himself, only to find Virat Kohli taking a good catch at deep.

WICKET: Shahid Afridi c Virat Kohli b Hardik Pandya 8 (14b)

A misfiled of the last delivery resulted in five runs. Ricochet of the stumps, and raced to boundary. Appeal for run out.

11 runs from the over. Shoiab Malik is the new man.

Over 11 || Score 54/2 (Afridi 8; Akmal 1)

Ravindra Jadeja raced through his overs, conceded only three runs in his third over. After a dot ball, Shahid Afridi took a single, then a dot ball.

The over ended with two single, gently push towards point by Afridi.

Over 10 || Score 51/2 (Afridi 6; Akmal 0)

Jasprit Bumrah got the better of Ahmed Shehzad. The Pakistan opener hit the first ball of the over for a four, but the very next delivery, a slower delivery meant Shehzad's stroke making resulted into an easy catch at point.

WICKET: Ahmed Shehzad c Ravindra Jadeja b Jasprit Bumrah 25 (28b)

Umar Akmal is the new man. Shahid Afridi, on the other hand continued his usual play and found his first four with a pull shot, which got a thick edge.

In the previous over, Ravindra Jadeja leaked three runs in his second over, all singles.

Over 8 || Score 39/1 (Shehzad 19; Afridi 0)

Of the three spinners MS Dhoni used, Suresh Raina got the first wicket. Great catch of a Sharjeel Khan mis-timed shot, at mid-on by Hardik Pandya. But, in the process, the young Indian all-rouncder seemed to have injured himself. Off the field.

WICKET: Sharjeel Khan c Hardik Pandya b Suresh Raina 17 (24b)

That happned of the fourth ball. Five runs from it. Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is on.

Over 7 || Score 34/0 (Sharjeel 16; Shehzad 16)

It's a great start for Pakistan. Not to lose a wicket, and sneaking boundaries in between the overs. This pitch is unplayable.

Six runs from Ravindra Jadeja's first over, including a four of the fourth ball. Ahmed Shehzad played a delicate cut shot, which raced away.

Over 6 || Score 28/0 (Sharjeel 15; Shehzad 12)

R Ashwin completed his third over. Four singles even from the over as the Eden Gardens pitch continued to exhibit it's devilish side. The ball is turning, turning.

Over 5 || Score 24/0 (Sharjeel 13; Shehzad 10)

First bowling change from MS Dhoni. Jasprit Bumrah on for Ashish Nehra. And the young bowler soon got into the act, forcing Sharjeel Khan to play shots.

The over started with a single, then Sharjeel played out four dot deliveries before squeezing a four through the covers of the last ball.

Over 4 || Score 19/0 (Sharjeel 9; Shehzad 9)

Pace of the game increased a bit. R Ashwin started his second over conceding a single. After a single in the third ball, Ahmed Shehzad played a brave lofted shot over the mid-on for his first boundary.

Seven runs from the over.

Over 3 || Score 12/0 (Sharjeel 8; Shehzad 3)

Unlike in the last few previous India-Pakistan matches, this has been a quite start. Ashish Nehra continued with another good over, conceding seven runs.

Sharjeel Khan hit the first boundary of the match, a deft glance of the last delivery of the third over.

Indian camp will be happy with the start. Pakistan will also not be disappointed with their own start.

Over 2 || Score 5/0 (Sharjeel 3; Shehzad 1)

Then, MS Dhoni's weapon of choice Ravichandran Ashwin on attack. And soon, the spinner has already managed to put a doubt in the mind of Sharjeel Khan with ball turning move ways.

Single of the penultimate delivery. And, two runs from the over, with the last ball resulting in a bye from an awkward bounce.

Over 1 || Score 3/0 (Sharjeel 2; Shehzad 1)

Veteran of many a high-profile clashes, Ashish Nehra started the proceedings, and first run on the board with Sharjeel Khan playing a pull shot for a single.

By the look of initial play, Sharjeel is going to be the enforcer. The left-handed batsman played a crunching drive but Ravindra Jadeja fielded well. That was in the third ball.

The over ended with a testing slower delivery, which was almost played back at the bowler. The over went for three runs. 

Singer Shafqat Amanat Ali sung Pakistan's national anthem, followed by Amitabh Bachchan rendering Indian national anthem.

Time for respective national anthems. Sourav Ganguly in with the trophy, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomes players.

Here's the playing XIs:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra

Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi (capt.), Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan

Toss & Team News: Mahendra Singh Dhoni wins the toss, and opted to bowl first. He said, wicket was under the covers for some time and expects new ball bowlers to pick up early wickets. India are playing the same XI which played against New Zealand; Pakistan has brought in Mohammad Sami for spinner Imad Wasim.

Under the revised playing condition, the Powerplay will be of five-overs, and four bowlers can bowl a maximum of four overs each.

Latest update: Match starts 8:30 PM IST, toss at 8:10 PM. 18-overs a side.

And this is how Virat Kohli warms up

As the ground is being prepared for the match, legends of the game from either side of the border are being felicitated at Eden Gardens.

In between, 

Latest update is, there will be no play until 8:00 PM IST. Reports say outfield is still slippery. However, umpires will have inspection anytime soon to access the condition. The scheduled start of the game was 7:30 PM IST.

In between, Pakistan women's team has defeated India, via Duckworth and Lewis. Pakistan were 77/6 when play stopped, in reply to India's 96/7 at Delhi.

The covers are coming off at Eden Gardens, but the Toss has been delayed.

Here are latest photos from Eden Gardens:

Key facts ahead of the marquee clash:

- To start with, most famous of all! It's 10-0 to India. In the 10 World Cup matches, India have won nine matches, including the tied Durban T20 in 2007 was tied, which MS Dhoni & Co. won in bowl-out.

- Last time, Pakistan played a T20 international in India was in 2012. And Yuvraj Singh scorched with a 36-ball 72-run knock.

- Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi needs just two wickets to surpass Lasith Malinga as the leading wicket-taker in the World T20.

With that here are the teams:

India: MS Dhoni (c and wk), R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh.

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Amir, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Khurram Manzoor.

Good news. Rain finally relents... 


The legendary Imran Khan, along with Wasim Akram, will address the Pakistan team ahead of the match.

New Delhi: Welcome to our live cricket blog for Match 19 of ICC World Twenty20 between India and Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Follow live score and latest updates, as we bring you ball-by-ball coverage right here.

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