down the leg side, Raina has the simple job of helping that off his thigh pad towards fine leg, and that's a straightforward win for India
India 4 Pakistan 0 in World T20s. India have been in pretty poor form coming into this tournament, but they have been on top today. The gamble with three specialist spinners worked wonders, with Amit Mishra a leading contender for the Man of the Match award. Once the Pakistan batting could muster only 130, it was always going to be tough to defend. There were a few tight moments, but India were never really in deep trouble in the chase.
An important results as the teams are in a tough group, which also includes defending champions West Indies and highly rated Australia. Not easy to qualify from this group.
Amit Mishra is the Man of the Match: "I did some hard work, I'm very happy we won this match. I'm always thinking of going for wickets, and building up pressure. MS gave me a lot of support today, the sort of support you need as a bowler."
Presentation ceremony coming up.
Hafeez: "The pitch was damp a little, not coming onto the bat, there was extra bounce. We were 20 runs short, we also dropped some catches, we have to take them in matches like this. Long way to go in this tournament. Maqsood has natural talent to hit the ball hard."
Dhoni: "A few dropped catches, it would have been better if we could have taken them, apart from that it was a fantastic game. Rohit and Dhawan gave us a good start, Kohli and Raina capitalised. It is good to see Raina among the runs, with him around it gives us the firepower in the middle order. [About extra spinners] we will have to decide based on how much dew is there, I think today Amit Mishra bowled 70-75% of what he can bowl."
India couldn't have asked for a better start to their World T20. A comfortable victory over their archrivals in a tough group, with the bowlers delivering and Raina finding his touch. Here's our match report: India cruise past anxious Pakistan.
There'll be much more on the site shortly from Abhishek Purohit and Mohammad Isam, our two correspondents in Mirpur. But for now, it's a wrap. See you all tomorrow. G'night!
scores are level as Raina deposits this over the midwicket boundary
dropped, Raina gets a let off at midwicket, a short of length ball is thumped to midwicket, Hafeez should have taken this though it was a little away from him to his left
length ball is flicked to the midwicket boundary, doesn't bother keeping it down, picking the gap perfectly
defended towards point off the front foot
Junaid switches to round the wicket, mid-on moves to long-on
drops this towards point for a quick single
a bouncer that Raina wants to help towards fine leg, doesn't connect
short of length ball, played off the thigh pad towards midwicket, yes-no between the batsmen before they decide to not go for the run
a swipe from Raina, he was looking to go leg side but it soars over mid-off for four, Raina won't complain
Ajmal's quota is over, clipped towards square leg, good effort from Ajmal, 1-18 even though he was slogged for three fours in his first over
blocked off the front foot towards cover
full ball that Kohli wanted to carve through cover with a flat bat, too full for that sort of shot, he misses
goes deep in the crease and pushes this towards long-on for a single, the 50 stand comes up
tucked towards square leg
defended towards short cover
driven towards extra cover for a quick single
short ball and that is way over Raina's head
a low full toss just outside off, whipped in front of square leg
short of length and well outside off, slower one is guided towards deep backward point
back of a length ball, Kohli opens the face to run the ball towards third man
|Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur|
|Toss||India, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 378|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.50, Interval 20.50-21.10, Second Session 21.20-22.30|
|Match days||21 March 2014 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||India 2, Pakistan 0|
Brash youngsters or scapegoats?
Diffident Pakistan extend horror streak
Main course goes cold as Pakistan falter
Comical running, and unsure outfielders
|V Kohli||not out||36||32|
|SK Raina||not out||35||28|
|Total||131(3 wkts; 18.3 ovs)|