that's the victory for India! Dhoni smashes a length ball through cover and picks up a stump as a keepsake, he might not be allowed to keep that, these new LED stumps have to stay
10.30 pm So India beat Pakistan by five wickets and 27 balls to spare. Pakistan were a shambles with the bat, not one redeeming feature about their innings and that is what cost them the game. India's fast bowlers bowled impeccably against a clueless opposition - Bumrah and Pandya in particular.
A chase of 84 should have been a cruise but Mohammad Amir bowled with incredible skill to rout the Indian top order. Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Irfan also bowled with hostility and troubled the batsmen - Yuvraj stayed long enough in the middle for his troubles against high pace to be exposed. Virat Kohli, however, was magnificent. He batted with an assuredness that everyone in the game did not have, and steered India to their small target.
Darshan Shah: "T20 match without any Six. How often you see that!!" This is only the fifth completed T20 international without a six.
Yuvraj Singh: "It was tough, the Pakistan bowlers bowled quick, not easy to bat, Virat batted outstandingly and we bowled really well. It was a situation where you had to fight it out and I was happy to spend some time out there. Hopefully next game I will hit the ball better. I stuck out there and did not give my wicket away."
Ebad: "If Pakistan can fix their batting they can be a monstrous force as their bowling is full of class." A long-standing problem that.
Rohan: "George! You can be a bit more charitable to Yuvi's contribution, he has hardly got to play 20 balls at a stretch since he has been back. And not one mention of the headless display by Raina?" Absolutely headless that was. Not much more to add.
Time for prizes ...
Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match for that 49 on a tough pitch.
Kohli: "It wasn't an easy wicket to bat, I wasn't happy with myself in the last game, where I went too hard at the ball, I had to respect the conditions, I made mistakes in the last innings but I dug in this time ... I would like to congratulate Mohammad Amir for the way he bowled, I actually congratulated him while he was bowling. It was amazing to play such a spell. Counterattacking is the game I play, that's why I bat at no.3 but sometimes you have to respect the conditions and play that way. It is very important to be able to change your shot at the last moment in such conditions ... you need to be switched on mentally, stay calm and relaxed."
Shahid Afridi: "We have played so much cricket, we should have read the pitch, we did not play according to the pitch, if we lose 4-5 batsmen in the first six overs we can't score 140 ... We had to read the situation, Kohli was an example, and Yuvi .... if we had survived the fast bowlers there wasn't much turn on the pitch for their spinners .."
MS Dhoni: "We are a team that loves to play aggressive cricket but this pushes us to respect the conditions which will be good going into the WT20. I'm glad we restricted them to 85 runs, 100 or 110 runs and the game was on. The fast bowlers did well but even after that we took wickets at regular intervals which is crucial to stop runs in this format ... We have to be switched on in the field, that is one department where you can guarantee performance, one run out can take the game away from the opposition."
That's the presentation ceremony done with.
Kamal: "@Ebad, problem is not just batting. Look at the fielding & running b/w deficit between India & Pakistan. Game has changed boss. It is not just centuries & 5ers anymore."
Well it wasn't quite the thriller we were hoping for a few hours ago, but this match did have its moments. Virat Kohli and Mohammad Amir, may they have many such contests in the future. Get it together BCCI and PCB.
Thank you for all your emails today. And thank you for reading. Have a good night. Cheers.
played behind square leg for a single
Yuvraj gets hit on the pad by a good length ball that angles into him, the ball drops at his feet and Yuvraj picks it up immediately and gives it to the bowler. He shouldn't be doing that!
Mohammad: "Have to wonder, had Kholi been out during the 4-7 over period, would this match be different. Anyways, credit to India for the good bowling and Kholi for leading his team while wickets were falling." He did survive one really close lbw shout.
Yuvraj moves back and across and works the ball off his hips behind square leg
shyam: "These 2 wickets should highlight the importance of Yuvi's innings, however slow it was.. He did what the situation demanded!"
Dhoni moves back and across and punches the ball towards cover where a mis-field allows three runs
in the blockhole on off stump, Dhoni stays back and plays it to mid off
Ayush: "So in a chase of 84 Kohli still manages to almost score a half century. Classy stuff once again."
Dhoni is the new batsman.
and another one goes! Pandya flashes at a good length ball just outside off and edges straight to first slip, Hafeez juggles the catch not once but twice but holds on in the end!
stays back and plays the ball on the off side
Pandya is the new batsman, ahead of Dhoni.
Kohli's been given lbw and he does not like the decision! Was there an inside edge? He walks off with a wry smile and that's because there was an inside edge. He moved back and across to turn a good length ball through the leg side but was beaten by the nip into him and hit on the front pad. He's played a marvellous innings today, against high quality swing bowling at serious pace.
banged in short around off stump, Yuvraj fends awkwardly and is beaten
drops the ball towards point for a single
another one of those sublime cover drives, Kohli presses forward and drives a length ball through the line, tremendous timing
Yuvraj stays back and nudges the ball off his pads towards midwicket
short of a length with width outside off, Kohli moves forward and towards the off side to play a cracking square drive to deep point
good length outside off, Kohli mis-times the drive towards cover
stays back to a length ball and opens the face late to steer to third man
Dharam: "So many Yuvi haters... I wanna know how many did Raina and co score today?" Yuvraj has really hung in there today, showed guts.
good length ball just outside off, Yuvraj stays back and pulls, mis-timing it towards wide long-on
good length angling into the right-hander, Kohli steers it off the front foot to third man, it's a no-ball and Kohli has once again given the free-hit to yuvraj
good length around off stump, Kohli stays back and defends on the off side
banged in short, Kohli lets the bouncer pass
|Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur|
|Toss||India, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 512|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.40|
|Match days||27 February 2016 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||India 2, Pakistan 0|