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India v Pakistan, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

March 21, 2014

We hope it does get bigger than this

Nitin Sundar

India v Pakistan at an ICC event. Cue: Hype. All of us get a bit carried away.

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.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar's direct hit unveiled cricket's newest gimmick to a global audience.

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.

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.

Yuvraj Singh put down a catch after running in, and later Bhuvneshwar did the same.

Pakistan couldn't capitalise though. Their batsmen struggled to push things along.

It wasn't one of those rare days when Shahid Afridi came good.

India got off to a ponderous start to their chase of 131.

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.

Maqsood was back on his feet shortly, much to everyone's relief.

India lost their openers, and Yuvraj Singh was out cheaply soon after.

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.

India eventually finished off things with time to spare.

Was this the dullest India v Pakistan game in an ICC event, ever?

Yes.

Nitin Sundar is social media manager at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by vvk1979 on (March 24, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

Vivek_US you may need to check the mathematics again :). How about the following scenario: Ind Vs Pak Won By Ind Ind Vs WI Won By Ind IND VS aus Won By Aus Ind VS BD Won By Ind Pak VS aus Won By Pak Pak VS WI Won By Pak Pak VS BD Won By pak Aus VS WI Won By aus Aus VS BD Won By aus WI VS BD Won By WI

Posted by vivek_us on (March 23, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

@Krishan Gupta It is mathmatically impossible for three teams to win 3 matches each. At most 2 can win 3 matches each.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (March 23, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

The biggest change that's happened in the last 10 years or so, is that a match against Pakistan is just another match for Indian fans. As a result, the pressure on the Indians get to play under far lesser pressure than their counterparts across the border.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 23, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

@TRAM

What was the reason of India's nervous breakdown against Pakistan in Sharja and the latest bilateral series on India Soil, where Pakistan thrashed India?

According to your logic now India is taking Pakistan as the main rival and Pakistan thinks India is nuisance. Both in cricket and politics

Posted by Masking_Tape on (March 23, 2014, 0:04 GMT)

Best tweet was by Jack Sheldon. I hope ICC read it. I hope the BIG three read it.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

Don't call it "Dull", rather it was one of the most one sided matches you would see.

Posted by BrainsRam on (March 22, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

@TRAM : Boy, you have summed it up beautifully - what you said is more true on the political front more than Cricket.

Spot on @Krishan Gupta. I was wondering why they were not aiming for at least a 17 or 18 over finish. Hope it doesn't hurt in the eventual qualifying sense.

But to be honest, it was psychological victory that they didn't want to cede any more wickets to Ajmal and drove him crazy by playing him safely.

"Kohli has a 40 year old brain in a 25 year old frame" - how is that for a punch-line @ESPN CricInfo. If this was not said earlier, I would certainly like to see my comment.

Good game India - enjoy the victory and plan for the Windies.

Posted by Mahesh4811 on (March 22, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

Glad to see the tweet report again :)

Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

only chink in the whole indian performance is not targetting a better net run rate. There is a possibility of three teams being stuck with 3 wins in this group which will make it an interesting scenario. We should make most of things when they are going our way.

Posted by TRAM on (March 22, 2014, 0:43 GMT)

Reason for Pak's nervous breakdowns: Pakistan considers India as their main rival. India only thinks of Pakistan as a petty nuisance. Both in cricket and in politics.

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