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March 21, 2014
India v Pakistan at an ICC event. Cue: Hype. All of us get a bit carried away.
@ESPNcricinfo done. Except its only 9:20 in the morn here. How about just an Irish coffee?— Steven Huszai (@FrancisParklawn) March 21, 2014
India's concerns ahead of the big game, as always, were around their struggling bowling unit.
But Pakistan had bigger concerns, not the least their jinx against the old rivals in World Cups. Their batsmen got off to a jittery start, before Kamran Akmal was run out following a mix-up.
Kahahahahamran Akmahahahahal.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) March 21, 2014
death taxes Pak run out.— Subash Jayaraman (@thecricketcouch) March 21, 2014
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's direct hit unveiled cricket's newest gimmick to a global audience.
Wickets glow when bails are dislodged. Nice view. Pakistanis will try more run outs.— Faking News (@fakingnews) March 21, 2014
And you can't even play Candy Crush saga on them.
India took early control, despite some sloppy fielding. The quality of cricket was sub-par, and a huge come-down from the ballistic Ireland v Netherlands game earlier in the day.
Is the quality we've seen in the first 5 overs of Ind v Pak really any better than what we've seen for the last six days? I don't think so.— Jack Sheldon (@JackSheldon93) March 21, 2014
Pakistan lost their way against India's three spinners.
Jerky camera angles weren't the only reason why people seemed unimpressed with the TV broadcast.
Ramiz and Ravi on air. Exactly what the doctor ordered. Axellant.— Sidvee (@sidvee) March 21, 2014
Yuvraj Singh put down a catch after running in, and later Bhuvneshwar did the same.
India have the diving-forward-drop down to a science.— Samir Chopra (@EyeOnThePitch) March 21, 2014
Pakistan couldn't capitalise though. Their batsmen struggled to push things along.
Showing the youngsters how to do it. Three seniors all gone at under 100 SR. What a generation.— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) March 21, 2014
It wasn't one of those rare days when Shahid Afridi came good.
Shahid Afridi is like your average night out in town. Hyped up massively. Almost always a disappointment. Very occasionally comes off. #WT20— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) March 21, 2014
India got off to a ponderous start to their chase of 131.
Looks like somebody has told Rohit Sharma that this match will be a Test for him.. He has mistaken the meaning of Test.. #INDvsPAK— Comedian Praveen (@Funny_Leone) March 21, 2014
But they gradually got the ball rolling. Shoaib Maqsood had an unfortunate incident at slip, when the ball slipped past his lunge to strike him in the unmentionables. The commentators on air had interesting takes on the incident.
Ganguly: "Missed everything and hit the right spot" HAHAHAHAHA!— Fernie (@IndianGent) March 21, 2014
Maqsood was back on his feet shortly, much to everyone's relief.
Testes cricket isn't dead yet— Diogeneb (@diogeneb) March 21, 2014
India lost their openers, and Yuvraj Singh was out cheaply soon after.
Is Yuvraj in your fantasy team? Have you joined the masochist league yet?— Tony Sebastian (@notytony) March 21, 2014
But Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli took charge without a fuss. Raina struck a couple of crisp pulls. It did help that the short balls weren't bouncing over waist-height.
@AltCricket Hahahaha that's like Madan Lal teaching someone how to bowl perfume ball.— Anand Ramachandran (@bigfatphoenix) March 21, 2014
India eventually finished off things with time to spare.
Was this the dullest India v Pakistan game in an ICC event, ever?
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