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