India v Pakistan, World T20 2016, Kolkata March 19, 2016

4, 0 (nb), 0, W, W, silence

Plays of the day from the World T20 match between India and Pakistan in Kolkata

Eden Gardens was stunned into silence by Mohammad Sami © AFP

The opener who wasn't unlucky enough

The ball had developed a mind of its own in a spinner's hand. There was massive turn from the second over. As things wore on, there were signs of variable bounce. But India's first wicket came from a part-timer bowling a rank long hop. Suresh Raina offered Sharjeel Khan a chance to play his favourite pull and the batsman would have spent the next few seconds hoping he had hit it terribly enough to avoid long-on. Unfortunately, Sharjeel was not that unlucky. Hardik Pandya hurled in from long-on, threw himself headlong after the descending white ball and grabbed a ginger hold of it. It could well have popped out, especially considering he crashed head first into the turf and it whiplashed hard enough to leave him dazed. But Pandya still made sure the ball was firmly in his grasp.

The opener who went Jekyll and Hyde

Ahmed Shehzad is the second youngest in T20I history to make 1000 runs, but he still splits opinion mainly because of an inability to split the field. He was still travelling at less than a run-a-ball in the 10th over, but on another rank turner, him lasting that long gave Pakistan a lovely foundation. But once the fast bowler came on Shehzad decided it was time to cash in. Jasprit Bumrah offered a length ball at full pace, and it was scooped to the boundary. It was a special bit of cricket considering Shehzad read the field - fine leg was up - and the bowler - Bumrah would not experiment with the first ball of the over. Next ball though, still eager to score as much off the seamer as he could, Shehzad went for a wild slog and was caught at point.

The opener who hit mute

Rohit Sharma had hit two cracking fours in his last over. He probably felt he was in. He must have felt he was set. He took on a pitch that was tailored specifically to confound a batsman and a bowler who has come back better than ever before. Mohammad Amir angled one across Rohit, who unleashed looking for the long-off boundary. The mis-hit shot straight up into the stratosphere. The off-side formed a crowd under it, and had ages to contemplate what would happen if they dropped it - coming into this game, Rohit had 50, 98*, 264 and 177 in Kolkata. Finally Shoaib Malik took matters into his own hands, settled beneath the ball, completed a superb, pressure catch and Eden Gardens went silent.

The non-opener who stole the spotlight

There was a time with Mohammad Sami opened the bowling for Pakistan. Now, on a spinner's paradise, with Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, he seemed surplus. That impression was reinforced when his first ball went disappeared through point. The next one was a no-ball and Sami's demons were back, in an India-Pakistan game, at Eden Gardens, in front of 61000 people. After a dot off the ensuing free hit, he ran in again, did what he knew best to do and bowled as fast as he could. A surprised Shikhar Dhawan chopped onto his stumps. A perplexed Raina did the very same. India were 23 for 3 and Sami's roar pierced the night.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo