moves back and across to pull the short of a length ball in front of square leg, India have won by six wickets, their campaign is back on track
11.20 pm I cannot overstate how good an innings this has been from Kohli, despite all of his performances in chases so far. On a pitch that was difficult to play shots on - with balls gripping the surface and turning big - Kohli seemed in such control, something every other batsman struggled with. He just made it look easy.
Robert Hoggarth: "Yesterday Root, today Kohli, shows class still has a place in t20"
From Karthik Krishnaswamy at Eden Gardens: "Umar Akmal came up to Kohli and they shook hands and hugged. Dhoni strolled that last single slowly, jauntily. Kohli ran with both his arms in the air. Kohli kept waving his bat to the crowd as he walked off the field."
Kaey: "Sachin will be a proud man, India have undoubtedly found his successor in Kohli.. "
The Man of the Match Virat Kohli: "It was a challenging wicket, that's what you want as a cricketer, new challenges to play. Last game I was very disappointed to have got out, that really hurt ... even the 49 against Pakistan in Dhaka was really satisfying, that's what you need, a tough pitch a good bowling attack and you pulling your team out of trouble ... Yuvraj weathered the storm and then smacked a few, Yuvi style ... I think these performances are good for him as well, he's in good nick."
Rakib: "Kohli only faced 4 balls from Amir. Afridi made a mistake of not bowling him when Kohli was fresh. I feel bad for Amir. "
Rakib: "Kohli only faced 4 balls from Amir. Afridi made a mistake of not bowling him when Kohli was fresh. I feel bad for Amir." Credit to him for fighting it out.
I'll have the presentation for you shortly ...
Afridi: "I want to congratulate Dhoni and his team. I was not expecting a pitch like this, I think we were a bit short with runs - 30 runs short. We didn't bowl in the right areas, I did not bowl well. Virat Kohli batted really well ..."
Dhoni: "Not like this (expect to turn) ... in the second half it got slightly better, and they had only one spinner. Initially when we saw the pitch we did not think it would turn so much. I think we can do better, there are areas we can improve, once we get into the knockouts you won't get a second chance ... If I knew from the start if it would turn so much I have no problems playing another spinner." But Dhoni explained why he wanted a third seamer in Pandya, because of the dew for instance, and because he has a lot of back up spin options.
Girish: "Root 83, Kohli 55. Waiting for special innings from Williamson and Steven Smith.. All 4 are considered considered to be in same league!!"
Phew, that brings us to an end to India-Pakistan for tonight. And to think it all began with a thunderstorm all those hours ago. Thank you for your emails today, I try and get through as many as I can. And thank you for reading. Have a good night.
slams it over the long on boundary! Dhoni gets forward to a length slower ball and muscles it flat over the fence
short of a length and slower, with springy bounce, Kohli gets on his toes to get on top of the bounce and plays the ball on the leg side
short and wide outside off, Kohli waits in his crease and unleashes a fierce square cut, the ball rockets to the backward point boundary
steps out of his crease and steers a short of a length ball towards third man
Apurv: "Something that Kohli has bought to the team is his patience and calm mind while chasing.. I have never seen someone which such a calm head.. Hope I don't jinx him.."
Bidyut Ray: "take a bow Kohli, you are modern day master"
dabbed off the front foot on the off side, more of an outside edge
nudged off the pads behind square
beaten by the turn away from him, Afridi appeals but Sarfraz had not caught it, no edge anyway
driven to long off to bring up an absolutely incredible half-century on such a tough pitch! He soaks in the applause from a packed Eden Gardens and bows to someone in the stands. Unbelievable performance
and again! Another sublime cover drive! Kohli moves forward and slightly towards leg to make room and uses his wrists to power a bottom-handed cover drive to the boundary
drives the ball to long off for a single, over to Kohli
Sriram: "Just want Kohli to be till the end. Not worried about the outcome."
incredible batting, Kohli moves forward and towards the off to a fuller ball and just punches it through cover with a firm push, the timing is perfect and the fielder on the sweeper boundary has no chance in the pursuit to his right
147 kph on this surface! The extra bounce and the holding of line outside off beats Kohli's waft off the back foot, he was looking to play to third man
Dhoni moves forward and across and nudges the length ball off the pads towards long leg
short of a length with room outside off, Kohli stays back and just steers the ball towards third man, so smooth
Dhoni just stays still in his crease and taps the ball on the leg side
Dhoni has a helmet now.
short of a length angling across the right-hander, Kohli dabs it calmly behind point and runs, Dhoni hesitates but Kohli urges him on once it passes the fielder
Wilson : "Kohli with his chasing glasses on... yet again...!!!" He's been incredible, barely troubled.
Amir's back ...
leans forward and pushes the ball to long on for a single
pushed towards long off for a single
goes back and punches the ball to long on for a single
|Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Toss||India, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 541|
|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||19 March 2016 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||India 2, Pakistan 0|