India survive Amir’s spell to trounce Pakistan
Defending a low score of 83 runs, Amir generated sheer pace and swing with pinpoint accuracy on a helpful track at the Sher-e-Banga National Stadium to leave India rattled at 8-3 inside three overs.
Both India’s openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane went for a duck and Suresh Raina could help himself only hoisting a catch at mid-off to Wahab Riaz after making one.
Virat Kohli struck Amir, who bowled four overs at a stretch to finish with 3-18, for two fours in his final over to restore some confidence.
Kohli then hit Mohammad Irfan for another four in the next over before giving Riaz the same treatment twice in the space of three balls to put India firmly in control.
India finally reached 85-5 to complete the victory with 27 balls to spare with man of the match Kohli making 49, the top score, off 51 balls with seven fours.
Mohammad Sami trapped Kohli leg before to deny him his fourth fifty in five Twenty20 internationals. The pacer removed Hardik Pandya for a duck but the effort was too little too late.
Yuvraj Singh survived a barrage of short balls to give Kohli an invaluable support in their match-winning 68-run fourth wicket partnership.
The experienced campaigner remained 14 not out facing 32 balls.
“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 World Twenty20,” said India skipper MS Dhoni.
“I’m glad we restricted them to (83) runs, .. and the game was on.”
Kohli congratulates Amir
Man of the match Kohli hailed Amir for his brilliant efforts.
“I would like to congratulate Mohammad Amir for the way he bowled,” Kohli said. “I actually congratulated him while he was bowling. It was amazing to play such a spell.”
Pakistan would have had to create a new record if they were to defend their score, as the lowest total successfully defended in a Twenty20 international is 96.
Earlier, Indian medium pacers came up with some tight and aggressive bowling as they made regular breakthroughs to put the side in the driving seat.
Pandya returned with a career best 3-8 but Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra, who claimed one wicket apiece giving away eight and 20 runs respectively, were equally impressive.
Two runouts also hurt Pakistan, who were reduced to 45-6 before they made some resistance through wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed.
He made 25 runs, the team’s best, for Pakistan while Khurram Manzoor (10) was the only other batsman to reach double figure.
Left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowled Sarfraz as he finished with 2-11.
Pandya took two wickets in his final over to humiliate Pakistan to their lowest score against India in the seven Twenty20 internationals they have played so far.
Pakistan’s previous lowest total against their traditional rivals was 128.
Captain Shahid Afridi rued his batsmen’s failure to read the wicket.
“We have played so much cricket. We should have read the pitch, we did not play according to the pitch,” said Afridi.
“If we lose 4-5 batsmen in the first six overs, we can’t score 140.”
Over 15.3: India 85/5 (match over)
M.S. Dhoni hit the winning shot for India as the Men in Blue win the match by five wickets.
Over 15: India 80/5 (require 4 runs to win)
Mohammad Sami got the wicket of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya in the over.
WICKET: Hardik Pandya c Mohammad Hafeez b Mohammad Sami 0 (2b 0x4 0x6). India 76/5 in 14.3 overs.
WICKET: Virat Kohli lbw b Mohammad Sami 49 (51b 7×4 0x6). India 76/4 in 14.1 overs. Next batsman: Hardik Pandya.
Over 14: India 76/3 (require 8 runs to win)
Seven runs given by Wahab Riaz in the over.
Over 13: India 69/3 (require 15 runs to win)
Six runs scored in the over bowled by Mohammad Irfan.
Over 12: India 63/3 (require 21 runs to win)
Virat Kohli hit Mohammad Sami for a boundary towards the leg-side.
Over 11: India 58/3 (require 26 runs to win)
Five runs given by Wahab Riaz.
Over 10: India 53/3 (require 31 runs to win)
Kohli added another three runs to the total.
Over 9: India 50/3 (require 34 runs to win)
Wahab Riaz started off with conceeding 15 runs in his first over.
Over 8: India 35/3 (require 49 runs to win)
Six runs came from Mohammad Irfan’s over as Virat Kohli scored the four.
Over 7: India 29/3 (require 55 runs to win)
Virat Kohli struck the boundaries in Mohammad Amir’s over.
Over 6: India 21/3 (require 63 runs to win)
A wide conceded by Mohammad Ifran in the over.
Over 5: India 20/3 (require 64 runs to win)
Seven runs scored from Mohammad Amir’s over.
Over 4: India 13/3 (require 71 runs to win)
Yuvraj Singh scored the first boundary of the Indian innings in Mohammad Irfan’s over.
Over 3: India 9/3 (require 75 runs to win)
Mohammad Amir dismissed Suresh Raina caught out.
WICKET: Rohit Sharma lbw Mohammad Amir 0 (2b 0x4 0x6). India 8/3 in 2.4 overs. Next batman: Yuvraj Singh
Over 2: India 6/2 (require 78 runs to win)
Mohammad Sami gave four runs in the over.
Over 1: India 2/2 (require 82 runs to win)
Mohammad Amir dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma in the first over.
WICKET: Ajinkya Rahane lbw Mohammad Amir 0 (1b 0x4 0x6). India 2/2 in 0.4 overs. Next batsman: Suresh Raina.
WICKET: Rohit Sharma lbw Mohammad Amir 0 (2b 0x4 0x6). India 0/1 in 0.2 overs. Next batsman: Virat Kohli.
Over 17.3: Pakistan 83/10
Jasprit Bumrah got his third wicket of the match as he dismissed Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Amir on consecutive deliveries.
WICKET: Mohammad Amir b Hardik Pandya 1 (8b 0x4 0x6). Pakistan 83/10 in 17.3 overs.
WICKET: Mohammad Sami c Suresh Raina b Hardik Pandya 8 (16b 1×4 0x6). Pakistan 83/9 in 17.2 overs. Next batsman: Mohammad Irfan
Over 17: Pakistan 83/8
Mohammad Sami scored a boundary from Ashwin’s bowling. Twelve runs scored in it.
Over 16: Pakistan 71/8
Jadeja clean bowled Sarfraz Ahmed in the over.
WICKET: Sarfraz Ahmed b Ravindra Jadeja 25 (24b 3×4 0x6). Pakistan 70/8 in 15.1 overs. Next batsman: Mohammad Amir.
Over 15: Pakistan 70/7
Seven runs taken from Ashwin’s over.
Over 14: Pakistan 63/7
Sarfraz Ahmed scored the boundary from Jadeja’s over.
Over 13: Pakistan 58/7
Two runs given by Ravi Ashwin in his first over.
Over 12: Pakistan 56/7
Ravindra Jadeja sent Wahab Riaz packing in the four.
WICKET: Wahab Riaz lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 4 (10m 12b 0x4 0x6). Pakistan 52/7 in 11.4 overs. Next batsman: Mohammad Sami.
Over 11: Pakistan 51/6
Four singles taken from Pandya’s over.
Over 10: Pakistan 47/6
Four singles taken from Yuvraj Singh’s over.
Over 9: Pakistan 43/6
Pandya gives just a single in the over.
Over 8: Pakistan 42/6
Umar Akmal was trapped leg before while whereas Shahid Afridi was run out by Ravindra Jadeja.
WICKET: Shahid Afridi run out 2 (2b 0x4 0x6). Pakistan 42/6 in 8 overs. Next batsman: Wahab Riaz.
WICKET: Umar Akmal lbw b Yuvraj Singh 3 (4b 0x4 0x6). Pakistan 35/5 in 7.1 overs. Next batsman: Shahid Afridi.
Over 7: Pakistan 35/4
Hardik Pandya was introduced into the attack and he got Shoaib Malik in the over.
WICKET: Shoaib Malik c Dhoni b Pandya 4 (12b 1×4 0x6) . Pakistan 35/4 in 7.0 overs. Next batsman: Sarfraz Ahmed.
Over 6: Pakistan 32/3
Four runs scored in Bumrah’s third over as Khurram Manzoor was run out by Virat Kohli.
WICKET: Khurram Manzoor run out 10 (18b 1×4 0x6) . Pakistan 32/3 in 5.5 overs. Next batsman: Umar Akmal.
Over 5: Pakistan 28/2
Ashish Nehra concedes only two runs in the over. A clear out not given.
Over 4: Pakistan 26/2
Sharjeel Khan and Shoaib Malik hit the two boundaries in the over. The Pakistani opener was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at slips.
WICKET: Sharjeel Khan c Ajinkya Rahane b Jasprit Bumrah 7 (5b 1×4 0x6). Pakistan 22/2 in 3.3 overs. Next batsman: Shoaib Malik.
Over 3: Pakistan 18/1
Ashish Nehra gave 13 runs in his second over. The boundary was scored by Khurram Manzoor
Over 2: Pakistan 5/1
Jasprit Bumrah started off with a maiden.
Over 1: Pakistan 5/1
Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez opened the batting for Pakistan while Ashish Nehra bowled the first over in which he was hit to the off-side for a boundary by the “Professor” before getting him caught before.
WICKET: Mohammad Hafeez c Dhoni b Nehra 4 (4b 1×4 0x6). Pakistan 4/1 in 0.4 overs. Next batsman: Khurram Manzoor.