India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur February 27, 2016

'Amir playing as if BCCI banned him for five years'


India v Pakistan was the marquee game of the league phase of the Asia Cup, with a Saturday primetime slot, and there was plenty of hype in the build-up.

The rivalry between the two teams may be fierce, but two of the sides' most famous fans were friendly before the game.

Virender Sehwag had a customary tweet about his friend Ashish Nehra.

Nehra did, with wickets in his first over. That brought in debutant Khurram Manzoor, an unusual selection for the national team given that he was passed over by the franchises in the recent Pakistan Super League.

Manzoor had a torrid time in the middle, before being comically run-out following a mix-up with Shoaib Malik.

Malik didn't last long either, caught behind in the next over as Pakistan slid to 35 for 4.

There was no recovery for Pakistan after that collapse as they tumbled to 83 all out.

It looked like a drab one-sided encounter ... until Mohammad Amir got the ball. Amir's burst stunned India's batsmen and wowed the experts.

Even author Amitava Kumar was moved to tweet about the cricket by Amir.

India were at a shaky 8 for 3, but once again Virat Kohli took charge of a chase.

Kohli's calm 49 earned him the Man of the Match, and added to his solid limited-overs record against Pakistan.

Kohli was dismissed with India needing eight to win. MS Dhoni was at hand to hit the winning boundary.

Cue celebrations from Indian fans.

Siddarth Ravindran is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. Twitter @SidRavindran

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  • balu on February 29, 2016, 11:35 GMT

    Mirpur pitch is not at all a good T20 pitch and also they BD should train their umpires properly before forcing them to stand international matches...

  • Manesh on February 29, 2016, 6:09 GMT

    No other team has the guts to bat second on these pitches in mirapur than India. If Pakistan won the toss, they would definitely bat first. Look at the other results on this Asiacup and them comment like toss and bowl first decisions.

  • Syed on February 28, 2016, 16:10 GMT

    PakvsIndia always a pleasure! Congrats India on the win

  • FawadAlam4Lyfe on February 28, 2016, 16:06 GMT

    SAMINCOLUMBIA, check your stats. what you said is completely incorrect. You could say "nowadays, india normally win". that would be correct

  • Chris on February 28, 2016, 15:18 GMT

    @S: Who says Rohit & Rahane are self proclaimed best opening pair? You must be out of your mind. Even if you had mentioned Rohit & Shikar, would have made a bit sense, even though it is not true. Rahane is not even considered a good T20 player for your information. But beyond all this, not to undermine Amir's efforts, he definitely bowled well and is definitely a good bowler. Will be more interesting to see how Amir performs on tracks that don't help pacers.

  • Chris on February 28, 2016, 14:36 GMT

    I don't know if anyone noticed, Dean Jones was a little biased. He wanted Pak to take more of IND wickets and put pressure. In my opinion, commentators must be neutral and just discuss what is happening rather than show bias.

  • cricfan24202540 on February 28, 2016, 14:01 GMT

    Dismissing the self proclaimed best opening pair for DUCKS is not impressive? Even in his first over. Amir is no doubt in the top 2-3 bowlers now.

  •   جاوید سلیم on February 28, 2016, 13:25 GMT

    We shall return (to prove it all wrong). Green Shirts (the demolition squad) will bounce back.

  • Robert on February 28, 2016, 12:50 GMT

    It is a bowler friendly pitch. Said that, Pakistan has always produced some world class bowlers and the balling attack of Pakistan has always been better than India. The contest is always between bowlers vs Indian batsmen. Indian balling department never had the type of bowlers of Pakistan and Pakistani batting department never had the caliber of Indian batsmen. However, the pitches were below par for a tournament of this standard. Low scores could have been avoided if only the pitch payed it fair for both batsman and bowler. While saying so, the pitch remains the same in this short version of the game and the Indian team improvised it better due to better batsman-ship.

  • Unni on February 28, 2016, 11:06 GMT

    The Pak runouts would have done Inzi and Mizbah proud.

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