India v Pakistan, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 21, 2014

Diffident Pakistan extend horror streak

For the umpteenth time in world tournaments, nervy Pakistan side lost to an Indian team playing with clarity of purpose
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'Happy to contribute in a win' - Mishra

There was a time, back in the '90s, when India used to go down to Pakistan just because they were playing Pakistan. They would just not be able to play their game. Just the fact that Pakistan were their opponents was enough to prevent them from converting years of practice into performance on the field. That has not happened in a while. India, for most of the last decade, have played Pakistan like they would any other opposition.

India-Pakistan contests in world tournaments, though, have always brought out the '90s Indian team in Pakistan. Nothing seemed to have changed in Mirpur. They were diffident against India in Colombo two years ago, they were diffident today. They had managed 128 that night, they made 131 tonight. Both times, the tone for the game was set by their captain.

Mohammad Hafeez had pottered to 15 off 28 in Colombo at the top of the order; he made 15 off 22 in Dhaka at No. 3 following the madcap run-out that cost Pakistan their first wicket. Consciously or subconsciously, the approach of the captain often mirrors that of the entire side.

Pakistan have now failed to beat India in nine World Cup encounters - five defeats in the 50-over World Cup, four in the World T20. When asked the inevitable question about this infamous record, Hafeez did not think it had played on Pakistan's minds.

"Not really. It's getting into history now. Whatever has happened has happened," Hafeez said. "We tried our best but unfortunately we could not bring the result we wanted to... You can say whatever you want but my personal belief is that we don't think that it is a World Cup, that we can't beat India. We don't go out with that thought because the things were very positive. We unfortunately couldn't break this streak but next time we will try our best."

On the other hand, India were confident enough to play three spinners - one of those strategies for which captains are praised to the skies if it works and crucified if it doesn't. One of those spinners was playing only his second T20 international, having travelled around the world with the team, confined to the bench all along.

Buoyed by the captain's confidence in him for such a crunch game, Amit Mishra was then brave enough to do what is probably one of the hardest things to do in the game - for a legspinner to consistently flight the ball in a T20 game, that too against the archrivals in a world championship. Yes, the pitch was an ally with turn and bounce, but to first contemplate doing that, and to then pull it off with such control requires some nerve. Mishra said MS Dhoni had come up to him before the game and told him to stick to what he is known for, which is to toss it up and spin it, instead of getting worked up about the magnitude of the occasion.

"MS came to me and said you don't think too much, you do just what is your strength," Mishra said. "My strength is to spin the ball and I beat the batsman by giving it some flight. I did the same. I had their opener stumped. I dismissed Shoaib Malik. You gain a lot from such small tips. The way MS Dhoni keeps telling me it helps in such a pressure game. My strength is to spin and flight the ball. This is what has worked for me, so I look to work on it and improve.

"I always think about the short format that whenever you think to stop the runs, you cannot stop the runs. You always think about taking the wickets, how to take the wickets and keep the pressure on the opponent's side. This is working for me so I am doing it."

It was clear cricketing logic. It was brave, of course, but it was logical. It is what Mishra and Dhoni and India were able to plan and execute. They were able to do it because the thought of what opposition they were up against was not on their minds. The same couldn't be said of Pakistan.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on March 21, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    India won this match easily because they played as a Team. Firstly the XI selection was the best that I have seen from Dhoni in long time. He even included Mishra who along with Ashwin & Jadeja totally bottled up the Pakistani batting. Secondly Dhawan & Rohit gave India the best start albeit they were lucky that they got those runs despite their shakiness. he opening partnership of over 50 was their best in the recent matches. Also they did it @ a S/R of over 100 each! Despite Yuvraj's failure, Raina & Kohi rallied strongly to cruise India to easy win. Pakistan's brief chance was when India lost 3 wkts quickly after 54 for no loss. Kohli & Raina took care that no further damage was done with their confident & powerful hitting. Pakistan appeared to be no match for India in either batting or bowling. Today they were totally outplayed. India could have finished the game much faster but they did not take any chances. Indian bowlers did superbly & India were deserved winners.

  • on March 27, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    @mzm149 i am pretty sure u would be castigating indian cricket team had pakistan won more matches . If it does not make any difference why would India Pakistan play . India had the upper hand against Pak even when they were the strongest (in wc's) . India have crashed Pakistan's dreams time and again. Accept it mate the last 2 times Pak couldn't even put up a contest they were unsettled from the beginning itself .

  • vkumar_086 on March 23, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Pak players exaggerated by just one win (fluke??) in Asia cup....so kept on giving statements of defeating India....whereas India did not give a single statement....instead Dhoni praised the opposition players and kept himself busy in planning and executed it properly in the ground.....the result is infront of us now....moral: making statements is not necessary to win the matches

  • vkumar_086 on March 23, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @mzm149...its not hype, its the fact that Pak cant defeat India in world cups....1992 (round robin), 1996 (quarter final), 1999 (super 6), 2003 (pool), 2011 (semi final)...2007 (pool and final), 2012 (super 8), 2014 (group)...in every stage of the world cups India beat Pak....India won all ICC events by beating Pak---2007 T-20 world cup (group and final), 2011 world cup (semi final), 2013 Champions Trophy (group)...and in 2015 world cup group stage also India facing Pak...India definitely going to win that also to extend the stretch to 10-0

  • on March 23, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Hi. Last ball was a four. Please see the highlights the score should read 134/3. Check the highlights

  • vkumar_086 on March 23, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    @mzm149...its not hype, its the fact that Pak cant defeat India in world cups....1992 (round robin), 1996 (quarter final), 1999 (super 6), 2003 (pool), 2011 (semi final)...2007 (pool and final), 2012 (super 8), 2014 (group)...in every stage of the world cups India beat Pak....India won all ICC events by beating Pak---2007 T-20 world cup (group and final), 2011 world cup (semi final), 2013 Champions Trophy (group)...and in 2015 world cup group stage also India facing Pak...India definitely going to win that also to extend the stretch to 10-0

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 22, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Very simple, ask the honorary professor Hafeez to retire and half the problem is solved. His poor batting, attitude and captaincy cost the team big time. Look at MS Dhoni - Captain Cool brimming with confidence and positive energy. India missed him during the Asia Cup but now he's back and the team is playing like a champion outfit. Pakistani seniors are making the team to suffer. Afridi, Hafeez, Kamran Akmal all should retire. Time for Pakistan to field a completely young team under a new captain. Even Misbah is better than Hafeez as player and captain. The stats tell the whole story. Go figure that out Pakistani fans.

  • on March 22, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    mishra is a good attacking spinner in these conditions but he needs to improve on pitches which offer little assistance to spinners... if he can do that he can be a real asset to the test side ... also msd is a master at rotating his spinners but gets lost while operating abroad when fast bowlers need to take charge... two extremities

  • Desihungama on March 22, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    What Pakistan needs is to field new players whenever they play India from now on. The current lot and so called "experienced" players have only one experience in common and that is they are experienced enough to again and again go into a shell. What we need is brave cricketers who are not afraid of the name of opposition called India and just go play cricket as they know. These tired and tested will fail again and again. The pressure was evident on Hafeez' face no matter what he says post match comments. Heck, next time we play India I reckon we send Afrid to open to set the tone for rest of batsmen. Please do not play Sharjeel in ODI's, he is strictly a twenty 20 player and one who can sent the tone.

  • Elrond on March 22, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    I think the author too, like millions of fans, gets carried away by legend rather than rely on facts. India lost in the 90s because they played a superior Pakistan team. Period. India's record against Pakistan in the 90s was marginally better than our performance against Aus and SA, arguably teams with better all round records in the 90s.

    The nerves may have come into play in one or two games against Pakistan, as it would have been the case for Pakistan. But to imply that a decade long performance record is poor because of nerves ("There was a time, back in the '90s, when India used to go down to Pakistan just because they were playing Pakistan") is nothing more than the author's flight of fancy.

  • Nampally on March 21, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    India won this match easily because they played as a Team. Firstly the XI selection was the best that I have seen from Dhoni in long time. He even included Mishra who along with Ashwin & Jadeja totally bottled up the Pakistani batting. Secondly Dhawan & Rohit gave India the best start albeit they were lucky that they got those runs despite their shakiness. he opening partnership of over 50 was their best in the recent matches. Also they did it @ a S/R of over 100 each! Despite Yuvraj's failure, Raina & Kohi rallied strongly to cruise India to easy win. Pakistan's brief chance was when India lost 3 wkts quickly after 54 for no loss. Kohli & Raina took care that no further damage was done with their confident & powerful hitting. Pakistan appeared to be no match for India in either batting or bowling. Today they were totally outplayed. India could have finished the game much faster but they did not take any chances. Indian bowlers did superbly & India were deserved winners.

  • on March 27, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    @mzm149 i am pretty sure u would be castigating indian cricket team had pakistan won more matches . If it does not make any difference why would India Pakistan play . India had the upper hand against Pak even when they were the strongest (in wc's) . India have crashed Pakistan's dreams time and again. Accept it mate the last 2 times Pak couldn't even put up a contest they were unsettled from the beginning itself .

  • vkumar_086 on March 23, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Pak players exaggerated by just one win (fluke??) in Asia cup....so kept on giving statements of defeating India....whereas India did not give a single statement....instead Dhoni praised the opposition players and kept himself busy in planning and executed it properly in the ground.....the result is infront of us now....moral: making statements is not necessary to win the matches

  • vkumar_086 on March 23, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @mzm149...its not hype, its the fact that Pak cant defeat India in world cups....1992 (round robin), 1996 (quarter final), 1999 (super 6), 2003 (pool), 2011 (semi final)...2007 (pool and final), 2012 (super 8), 2014 (group)...in every stage of the world cups India beat Pak....India won all ICC events by beating Pak---2007 T-20 world cup (group and final), 2011 world cup (semi final), 2013 Champions Trophy (group)...and in 2015 world cup group stage also India facing Pak...India definitely going to win that also to extend the stretch to 10-0

  • on March 23, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Hi. Last ball was a four. Please see the highlights the score should read 134/3. Check the highlights

  • vkumar_086 on March 23, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    @mzm149...its not hype, its the fact that Pak cant defeat India in world cups....1992 (round robin), 1996 (quarter final), 1999 (super 6), 2003 (pool), 2011 (semi final)...2007 (pool and final), 2012 (super 8), 2014 (group)...in every stage of the world cups India beat Pak....India won all ICC events by beating Pak---2007 T-20 world cup (group and final), 2011 world cup (semi final), 2013 Champions Trophy (group)...and in 2015 world cup group stage also India facing Pak...India definitely going to win that also to extend the stretch to 10-0

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 22, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Very simple, ask the honorary professor Hafeez to retire and half the problem is solved. His poor batting, attitude and captaincy cost the team big time. Look at MS Dhoni - Captain Cool brimming with confidence and positive energy. India missed him during the Asia Cup but now he's back and the team is playing like a champion outfit. Pakistani seniors are making the team to suffer. Afridi, Hafeez, Kamran Akmal all should retire. Time for Pakistan to field a completely young team under a new captain. Even Misbah is better than Hafeez as player and captain. The stats tell the whole story. Go figure that out Pakistani fans.

  • on March 22, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    mishra is a good attacking spinner in these conditions but he needs to improve on pitches which offer little assistance to spinners... if he can do that he can be a real asset to the test side ... also msd is a master at rotating his spinners but gets lost while operating abroad when fast bowlers need to take charge... two extremities

  • Desihungama on March 22, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    What Pakistan needs is to field new players whenever they play India from now on. The current lot and so called "experienced" players have only one experience in common and that is they are experienced enough to again and again go into a shell. What we need is brave cricketers who are not afraid of the name of opposition called India and just go play cricket as they know. These tired and tested will fail again and again. The pressure was evident on Hafeez' face no matter what he says post match comments. Heck, next time we play India I reckon we send Afrid to open to set the tone for rest of batsmen. Please do not play Sharjeel in ODI's, he is strictly a twenty 20 player and one who can sent the tone.

  • Elrond on March 22, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    I think the author too, like millions of fans, gets carried away by legend rather than rely on facts. India lost in the 90s because they played a superior Pakistan team. Period. India's record against Pakistan in the 90s was marginally better than our performance against Aus and SA, arguably teams with better all round records in the 90s.

    The nerves may have come into play in one or two games against Pakistan, as it would have been the case for Pakistan. But to imply that a decade long performance record is poor because of nerves ("There was a time, back in the '90s, when India used to go down to Pakistan just because they were playing Pakistan") is nothing more than the author's flight of fancy.

  • dmqi on March 22, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    The difference between the two teams right now is first the mental strength of the two Captains and the of course few quality batsmen India has vs the poor Pak batting line. Get rid of the Pak Captain 50% problem is solved, introduce two new batsmen in place of Shoeb and Akmal, Pak may win. I can lead that team from dressing room.

  • Rohit... on March 22, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    I always knew that India will win... You will ask how??? The Answer is - 1. Pak may have won the Asia Cup, But it was not a Convincing One - Afridi's Mishit going for 6's is pure luck... Those have never came from the middle of the bat...... 2. India are playing with the strongest middle order in the WC... All the players from No 4 can clear the ropes at will...This power hitting was missing from the middle order from the Asia Cup...... 3.Pakistan despite of making a mess of a mere target of 250 in Asia Cup (that too against Indian bowling on a batting track) were talking as if they are the team from the Akram-Waqar era... The Inidan team on the other hand strengthen their batting, Wicket-Keeping and bowling (By including power-hitters Dhoni & spinner) were still not making any public statements like Hafeez & Afridi who said that-"Starting with a win against India will give them momentum"... First Win, then Make Statements...

  • on March 22, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Pakistan definitely has a mental block playing Indian in World cups.Their batting up front clearly showed it.They were very not positive at all,the running between the wickets and shot selection showed their nervousness.They never did something to surpise India,sending some one up the order(Afrid,masqood )i asking them to attack Indian spinners would have got India on the back foot.

  • malepas on March 22, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Congrat to Indian Fans, a good win all round, as for Pak, I think it was one of those matches where toss played a crucial part, PAK mentally wasn't ready to bat first and losing the toss shock them a bit, the pitch was doing all sorts and played well in 2nd half, but having said that, India played better cricket and looked more assured side and deserved to win. I think Hafiz captaincy is not aggressive enough and he looked very nervous himself so not sure he is a good choice, Malik playing a full over maiden just sums up the night,,,how on earth you can do that, only he knows. I think PAK will play better from now on, good luck.

  • Insaf786 on March 22, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Pakistan top order didn't play like t20, they played like 50 over match, to get a bid score not in their mind, just protecting wickets and play, afridi need promotion in the order

  • on March 22, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    I think they did not have any Plan B. they were just hoping they will win toss and bowl 1st. as soon as they were put in by india, they were shaky. Top 3 and first 3-4 overs tells the story. A run out. And almost 2 month run outs if fielder had hit directly. mix ups. and totally going in the shells. They were simply not mentally strong enough and were looking nervous. Ahmed is playing for few years, kamran & hafeez are there for ages along with malik.

    but it looked like as if some one playing his 1st ever career game. no confidence at all.

    they were slow to start. 34 in 6 overs.But umar-malik partnership did picked up. and were about 90 odd in 15th over.with plenty of wickets in hands.

    But out hitters/finishers are simply not consistent enough. overs 16,17,18 only 8 runs with Umar, afridi & Maqsood in middle was criminal.

    Thats y they are not consistent enough. lacking mental strength to win consistently and somehow run out of gas when pushed harder.

  • on March 22, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Its about mental block. They looked nervous from the ball one. top5 who played are playing international games for many years now. but they looked like teenager who is playing 1st game in front of a big crowd. nervous in running.

    To me that is the main reason for paksitan's inconsistency. not only against india but over all. They play 2-3 good games and run out of gas. Mentally not strong enough. when ever they are pushed , they add more pressure on themselves by playing like that. Need to get out of this mental block. they are now experienced enough.

    Plus another reason is that out lower/middle order hitters are not consistent enough. in this game overs 16-18 they scored only 8 runs. and previous 5 overs they scored 44. thats huge difference.

    India looked settled and calm team out there. they had plan and they executed it very well. whereas pak looked just lost.

  • vkumar_086 on March 22, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    @ naeemhussain...comprehensive winning means this....Pak defeated India in Asia cup by only one wicket and that too only one ball left...its by mishits of Afridi....Indian bowling attack did well by dragging it to last over...moreover India was missing key players.....now its 9-0....and it will extend in next world cup to 10-0...just like Sydney match of 1992 world cup against Pak.....keep waiting for your team's winning in world cups against INDIA.....

  • on March 22, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Well played India and congrates to Indian fans. Last night main difference was positive intent and approach of MS. I like the surprising element Mishra and the way Indian spinner manipulate the conditions. Pitch is quite dodgy and unexpected. I believe India and Pakistan should play more often like Ashes and play the game in good spirit and keep the politics out of the game so, that both indian and pak fans enjoy high quality cricket. It's the greatest sight of sport seeing two rivals for pride and honor. As a big fan of cricket it self I like to advise my Indian/Pakistani brothers enjoy the game as it's just a game not war. We 'll have and had enough opportunities of bad stints of wars leave them to the bloody politicians of both sides and admire the quality of the game and players.

  • on March 22, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    pakistan didnot lose it because india was better. pakistan lost it because pakistan,s captain was playing safe. it was poor captaincy from mohammad hafeez that cost pakistan the match.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 22, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    @mzm149. Nice to see you 9-0 is hard to digest for you. But for your info: 1996 ODI WC - it was quarter final and you were out of WC by that. 2011 ODI WC- semi - knocked out by India. 2007 T20 WC fina-knocked out by India. Rest of them were super6, super8, Round robin, group, pool etc. But it is a fact that, Pak cannot win WC by defeating India. You may win it by beating others - not India. Indians are happy with the win against Pakistan even if they were not able to win WCs.

    @electric_loco_WAP4 . 9-0 take that. Sad to see after all prayers and pokes in Ind Vs Pak forums, you consider it as less significant. Then why do you spent that much time in these forum. he he he

  • indiancricfaninusa on March 22, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    India beat Pakistan on yet another Friday. India had beaten Pakistan on Five pervious encounters on Friday

  • on March 22, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    A Pakistani - Congratulations on a big win for India, they played well and won, Pakistan is under pressure of not winning from India in T20 World cup matches. Indian have huge experience in T20 games. Thanks to their IPL and ICL competitions back in India. Practice makes men perfect. Wish all the best for Indian team, they are capable of winning T20 World cup. All the best to Indian team.

  • vkumar_086 on March 22, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    @ naeemhussain...comprehensive winning means this....Pak defeated India in Asia cup by only one wicket and that too only one ball left...its by mishits of Afridi....Indian bowling attack did well by dragging it to last over...moreover India was missing key players.....now its 9-0....and it will extend in next world cup to 10-0...just like Sydney match of 1992 world cup against Pak.....keep waiting for your team's winning in world cups against INDIA.....

  • safavaz on March 22, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    lolz......lot of hollering after the Asia cup of Pakistan trashing India and even the Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan fans shouting how India is washed out....funniest part even afghanis were baying for India.........got d answer right boys we just need a winning combo.......Raina and Mishra.........just need Aron to bowl right.......respect from Indian South African

  • on March 22, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    it's about repeating same thing and expecting different result. Pakistan cricket had enough of Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik they should be thrown out and to be never reconsidered again.Moment I saw these 2 in the team I already made up mind they are not winning. second thing Pakistani players lack professionalism for India it was another day at office which cant be said about Pakistan. third did Hafeez lead as captain no! while MSD did

  • P.Srikanth on March 22, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    The problem with both sides is not the talent but thinking. Pakistan is by far having the best bowling and somewhat ok batting. In batting, all their bastman try to play hard hitting shots to show their power but no one wants to anchor the innings. I think whole of Pakistan should be wondering if they can enforce to get back Misbah to T20 as well. Well done India...but Pakistan, you are going to face tougher bowling sides in next few matches.

  • on March 22, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    @naeemhussain.....sour grapes eh?????? brother..accept the fact that pak was out played

  • naeemhussain on March 22, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Last night defeat of Pakistan is wonderful example how well with open heart Pakistan accepts its defeat and how India cries when it is defeated on the hand of Pakistan especially in the last match.

  • prady5688 on March 22, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Msd looked changed yesterday.His field placing were outstanding.Indian team have come up with a plan yesterday.and they have to continue it.Best moment was when Msd was teaching something to Mishra after Mallick had hit him for six and the next over Mishra took the wicket of Mallick on the same shot. Mishra was hilarious when he got pat on his back from Msd. After the mach Msd also told that "mishra has given 70-75% in this match and he was outstanding today.he will be better in the next match".Good going Mishra and support Msd so that he should also feel that he has also some world class bowlers.

  • gannyboy on March 22, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    I think India won this game very early. Ahmed Shazad had absolutely no clue and was way too nervous and something like that sends chills down everyone else sitting in the dressing room. Pakistan could never get out of the pressure created by Ashwin, Shami and Bhuvi in the poweplays. If I am not wrong Ashwin n Shami conceded less than 6 an over in the Powerplays. And Ash was bowling to right handers in the powerplay the Pakistanis should have taken there chances against him.

  • mensan on March 22, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is pathetic. They have no power hitters except unpredictable Afridi and Umar Akmal. T20 needs batting lines like AUS and IND, batsmen who can start hitting from ball 1. Slog sweep against the spinners is a must against spinners which is hardly ever played by Pakistani batsmen. Each over must contain at least 1 boundary. Only then you can hope to have a fighting score. Shoaib Malik is totally useless in T20. I don't know how he comes into team again and again.

  • IndianInnerEdge on March 22, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Good match...couldnt believe how unsettleed and edgy the PAk looked, right from the first ball, surely their coach/staff would have taken them to the ground about 3-4 hours before to warm up and relax...facile victory....greater challenges ahead-the real challenges will be on flat pitches where it doesnot bounce or swing and our attack will be caught out......any ways, to the legions of my countrymen - lets celebrate this victory in the sprit of sportsmen and leave it at that.....lets not start crowing and shouting from rooftops and thrust this down the oppositions throats, as we are wont to do in most such wins.....lets maintain a smidgeon of dignity and calmness-something that characterises the way many of our gr8 played this game....:)

  • lovepork on March 22, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, you have kept the tradition of losing to India in world cup matches. Heard a lot of noises after Asia cup, now we know who the real chaps are. Congrats en in Blue

  • on March 22, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    You could see from the body language. Pakistan were tense, trying to hit every ball out of the park or keep running between the wickets. Nothing worked. And the much hyped Afridi exploits. You can rely on him. On his day, he would hit everything. Yesterday was not his day. Kohli was particularly targeting him, as if it was payback time. Asia Cup was different, India fielded an inexperienced side. Here Raina and Dhoni are back, the best in business in this format.

  • Johnny_129 on March 22, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    When India and Pakistan play in general games both teams are under pressure but India more so with burden of expectations. However, the situation reverses in WC matches and the pressure grows with every Pakistan loss. Pakistan needs a 'break through' win to halt the trend. India has to ensure that they don't allow that first win. I think overall India has a more talented side despite all that is said - They only lack decent pace bowlers - stating the obvious here.

  • YogifromNY on March 22, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Hope MSD doesn't sideline this fine young bowler in future matches. For some reason, he favors the useless Ashwin, who comes good once in a blue moon now. If MSD wants to play only two spinners in some games, I hope he plays Jadeja and Mishra, not Jadeja and Ashwin!

  • on March 22, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Never boast of your self, Do practically not verbally, this has been the result for those who always boast of themselves of being the best team, best players not on the field but only on paper.Prayers always bring result ehen you also perform and then leave the rest to Allah. Surely and Verily Allah helps those eho helps themselves.

  • TRAM on March 22, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    "If you think of wkts, you take wkts" would work for Mishra, because that is his style of bowling always. "If you think of stopping runs you STOP runs" works for Ashwin and Jadeja. The other way would not work. That is Mishra should not try to contain and Ashwin/Jadeja should not go for wkts. Dhoni has figured it correctly and advises accordingly. If the pitch does not help spin, Mishra's plan will not work and will go for unmanageable leak of runs and without wkts. Whereas if the pitch does not help, Ashwin/Jadeja will still manage with less leak of runs. That is their style of bowling. That is why Dhoni keeps Ashwin/Jadeja as first 2 spinners in the 11. A safe approach.

  • indianzen on March 22, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    I expected a close match, disappointed. I think its time to send Umar Gul, Shoib Malik and Shehzad to learn more in the domestic cricket... Good batting from Umar Akmal and Magician Ajmal though...

  • cheguramana on March 21, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    An unexpected win given recent track record of Indian team.

  • Rahul_78 on March 21, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    With All due rispect to MSD, it was thanks to Kohli who gave Mishra a chance in Asia cup and selectors who persisted with him. Under MSD the poor chap was travelling the world for one half years without geting chances even in dead rubbers and inconsiquential series. If it was not for his performance in asia cup MSD always prefered services of Ishanth sharma and someone else as third seamer. So all the credit to Mishra for rising to occasion when given a chance after long time. Also feel soory for Rahane who is warming the benches after some consistent oerformances. MSD ll keep persisting with Rohit and keep Rahane at bay. He deserves to make the eleven.

  • on March 21, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    When Pakistan will be captained by a makeshift player like Hafeez and will have Malik and Kamran Akmal again and again then surely the result will never change.

    And Umar Gul, don't know why that guy plays as he has no mental strength for bigger games.

  • on March 21, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Who ever wins the toss, will win the match

  • Unmesh_cric on March 21, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I thought Pakistan had a better balanced side compared to India coming into the match. But I think Pakistan camp went a bit overboard with their Asia Cup win against India. Mohammad Hafeez kept on talking about that match and how Pakistan had momentum with them. I think such kind of talk can put pressure on your own team and probably that's what happened. India, on the other hand, went about their business quietly and were more focussed on the game at hand. It was nervy batting by Pakistan, while Indian batsmen (especially Kohli and Raina) batted cleverly. They knew that Ajmal was the only bowler who could have turned the match around for Pakistan. They played him out smartly and targetted the other bowlers.

  • on March 21, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    This record is certainly enviable ! Pak just can't beat Ind in big stage. No matter how much you praise Afridi, Akmals 'n all, they just turn out to be big duds at this stage ! Shows there true potential and handling the pressure.

  • Nampally on March 21, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Mishra & Karan Sharma were deadly RH leg spin Duo for Hyderabad in 2013 IPL. They were the best spinners in IPL last year. For RH leg spinners to be that successful in T20 was unbelievable - Mishra got 16 wkts. + bowled economically. It did not surprise me at all to see him perform well. Only surprise was Dhoni's choice of Mishra in the XI, after he consistently benched him for so many matches. Rahul Sharma another RH leg spinner who was very successful in short format was similarly benched for about 20 matches before the selectors dropped him from the squad. So it was great to see Mishra in the XI "with Dhoni on his side"! Mishra reminds me of Great SP Gupte - exceptions Gupte was deadly accurate & with huge leg break on any wkt. + excellent googly. The similarity is in pace & short run. I do hope Mishra gets more chances to play which will give him greater confidence that his place is secure. Leg spinners were integral part of the Indian XI (1950-2003). Why are they outlawed NOW?

  • mzm149 on March 21, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    This India Pakistan World Cup win loss ratio is a hyped up thing as if India won the tournament every single time by defeating Pakistan.

    Just once they defeated Pakistan in finals (2007 t20) and once in semi finals (2011 ODI). The rest were all league games and had no impact on the outcome of the tournament. So they were all like ordinary t20 or ODI games.

    Moreover that 2007 t20 game in group stage was technically a tie as it is registered in records.

    Pakistan reached semi finals of world t20 every single time whereas India just reached once. If by losing to India we reach semi final stages as it happened last time, I am happy to accept the loss ts time too.

  • bouncer709 on March 21, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Hafeez is never a captain stuff and never a player to hold obe down position..... He and then Shaoib malik played so negatively that Pakistan could not make the things right after it.

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on March 21, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Finally Dhoni seems to be coming to his senses and actually playing Mishra instead of making him sit on the bench. The result speaks for itself. Get Ojha in the mix as well and play to your strengths instead of expecting the pacers to suddenly start bowling yorkers... what they have not learnt to do in months. Better for the spinners to get hit and create chances of taking wickets instead of the predictability of our medium pacers.

  • PlayfromDallas on March 21, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Well, Just add one more missing statistics to this article i.e. In India Pakistan encounter Pakistan has far higher victory records than India including ODI and Test. Pakistan has beaten India in ICC Mini World Cup more over if Pakistan beat India in Indian backyard than what's the point if not beating India in the World Cups. Pakistan has defeated India in ten straight ODI Pakistan had full domination over India has India ever been able to do so? India is caught up in numbers game not in Cricket. Just play cricket and be happy leave the accounting to the accountants.

  • vish2020 on March 21, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    9-0 in world cups against pak. Yeah, call India minnows pak fans, flat track bullies or whatever your non creative mind suggests. But the fact is, we got your number in world cups. Hahaha

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 21, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Shows why this o/hyped 'rivalry' is no where near Ashes-the holy grail.Fact,Aus v SA/NZ,SA v Eng,even Pak v SL are all > Ind v Pak.

  • Haleos on March 21, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Again Ashwin was the least effective spinner. Jaddu n mishra outperformed him and he is supposed to be the best spinner. I think mishra should always b preferred over Ashwin who is a equal if not worse than a part timer in limited overs,.

  • BigINDFan on March 21, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Thankfully MSD included Mishra in the side instead of relying on Ashwin and Jadeja. Maybe Virat told him this guy was good in the Asia cup. Mishra is reviving an art that is waning from T20s and even in ODIs. I hope Mishra continues to play as a breakthrough bowler rest of the Super 10 matches. One thing about MSD is he never changes his team so risk of losing Mishra is slim now that he did well in the first game. Hopefully Pujara can force his way as an opener - Dhawan and Rohit are just pathetically slow at the top mainly due to technique not lack of aggression. Yuvraj needs to go, his time is up. Replace him with Rahane or Binny for the WI and Aus games. Maybe he can play against BD but he will struggle against quality fast bowlers. Raina coming back in form (even though he was dropped by Afridi) is a good sign. Go team India!

  • on March 21, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    I think the record in word cup for Indo pak is really 5-0 and not 9-0...taking wt20 world cup matches into account is a big joke and it does not count. I am Indian btw!

  • on March 21, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    I think the record in word cup for Indo pak is really 5-0 and not 9-0...taking wt20 world cup matches into account is a big joke and it does not count. I am Indian btw!

  • BigINDFan on March 21, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Thankfully MSD included Mishra in the side instead of relying on Ashwin and Jadeja. Maybe Virat told him this guy was good in the Asia cup. Mishra is reviving an art that is waning from T20s and even in ODIs. I hope Mishra continues to play as a breakthrough bowler rest of the Super 10 matches. One thing about MSD is he never changes his team so risk of losing Mishra is slim now that he did well in the first game. Hopefully Pujara can force his way as an opener - Dhawan and Rohit are just pathetically slow at the top mainly due to technique not lack of aggression. Yuvraj needs to go, his time is up. Replace him with Rahane or Binny for the WI and Aus games. Maybe he can play against BD but he will struggle against quality fast bowlers. Raina coming back in form (even though he was dropped by Afridi) is a good sign. Go team India!

  • Haleos on March 21, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Again Ashwin was the least effective spinner. Jaddu n mishra outperformed him and he is supposed to be the best spinner. I think mishra should always b preferred over Ashwin who is a equal if not worse than a part timer in limited overs,.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 21, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Shows why this o/hyped 'rivalry' is no where near Ashes-the holy grail.Fact,Aus v SA/NZ,SA v Eng,even Pak v SL are all > Ind v Pak.

  • vish2020 on March 21, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    9-0 in world cups against pak. Yeah, call India minnows pak fans, flat track bullies or whatever your non creative mind suggests. But the fact is, we got your number in world cups. Hahaha

  • PlayfromDallas on March 21, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Well, Just add one more missing statistics to this article i.e. In India Pakistan encounter Pakistan has far higher victory records than India including ODI and Test. Pakistan has beaten India in ICC Mini World Cup more over if Pakistan beat India in Indian backyard than what's the point if not beating India in the World Cups. Pakistan has defeated India in ten straight ODI Pakistan had full domination over India has India ever been able to do so? India is caught up in numbers game not in Cricket. Just play cricket and be happy leave the accounting to the accountants.

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on March 21, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Finally Dhoni seems to be coming to his senses and actually playing Mishra instead of making him sit on the bench. The result speaks for itself. Get Ojha in the mix as well and play to your strengths instead of expecting the pacers to suddenly start bowling yorkers... what they have not learnt to do in months. Better for the spinners to get hit and create chances of taking wickets instead of the predictability of our medium pacers.

  • bouncer709 on March 21, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Hafeez is never a captain stuff and never a player to hold obe down position..... He and then Shaoib malik played so negatively that Pakistan could not make the things right after it.

  • mzm149 on March 21, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    This India Pakistan World Cup win loss ratio is a hyped up thing as if India won the tournament every single time by defeating Pakistan.

    Just once they defeated Pakistan in finals (2007 t20) and once in semi finals (2011 ODI). The rest were all league games and had no impact on the outcome of the tournament. So they were all like ordinary t20 or ODI games.

    Moreover that 2007 t20 game in group stage was technically a tie as it is registered in records.

    Pakistan reached semi finals of world t20 every single time whereas India just reached once. If by losing to India we reach semi final stages as it happened last time, I am happy to accept the loss ts time too.

  • Nampally on March 21, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Mishra & Karan Sharma were deadly RH leg spin Duo for Hyderabad in 2013 IPL. They were the best spinners in IPL last year. For RH leg spinners to be that successful in T20 was unbelievable - Mishra got 16 wkts. + bowled economically. It did not surprise me at all to see him perform well. Only surprise was Dhoni's choice of Mishra in the XI, after he consistently benched him for so many matches. Rahul Sharma another RH leg spinner who was very successful in short format was similarly benched for about 20 matches before the selectors dropped him from the squad. So it was great to see Mishra in the XI "with Dhoni on his side"! Mishra reminds me of Great SP Gupte - exceptions Gupte was deadly accurate & with huge leg break on any wkt. + excellent googly. The similarity is in pace & short run. I do hope Mishra gets more chances to play which will give him greater confidence that his place is secure. Leg spinners were integral part of the Indian XI (1950-2003). Why are they outlawed NOW?