India v Pakistan at an ICC event. Cue: Hype. All of us get a bit carried away.

India's concerns ahead of the big game, as always, were around their struggling bowling unit.

But Pakistan had bigger concerns, not the least their jinx against the old rivals in World Cups. Their batsmen got off to a jittery start, before Kamran Akmal was run out following a mix-up.

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India took early control, despite some sloppy fielding. The quality of cricket was sub-par, and a huge come-down from the ballistic Ireland v Netherlands game earlier in the day.

Pakistan lost their way against India's three spinners.

Jerky camera angles weren't the only reason why people seemed unimpressed with the TV broadcast.

Yuvraj Singh put down a catch after running in, and later Bhuvneshwar did the same.

Pakistan couldn't capitalise though. Their batsmen struggled to push things along.

It wasn't one of those rare days when Shahid Afridi came good.

But they gradually got the ball rolling. Shoaib Maqsood had an unfortunate incident at slip, when the ball slipped past his lunge to strike him in the unmentionables. The commentators on air had interesting takes on the incident.

Maqsood was back on his feet shortly, much to everyone's relief.

India lost their openers, and Yuvraj Singh was out cheaply soon after.

But Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli took charge without a fuss. Raina struck a couple of crisp pulls. It did help that the short balls weren't bouncing over waist-height.

India eventually finished off things with time to spare.

Was this the dullest India v Pakistan game in an ICC event, ever?


Nitin Sundar is social media manager at ESPNcricinfo