Australia bat; both teams unchanged

during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between Pakistan and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 25, 2016 in Mohali, India.
during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between Pakistan and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 25, 2016 in Mohali, India.

Steven Smith won the toss and chose to bat in Australia’s quasi quarter-final against India in Mohali.

Both captains named unchanged teams, Australia resisting the temptation to tweak their side after beating Pakistan, and India now going through the group stage with the same XI in each match.

Smith said the pitch looked good for batting but might slow up later in the game, and MS Dhoni said he too would have batted had he won the toss. “It looks like a surface that the batsmen will love,” Dhoni said. “But it depends, how well it comes off the wicket.”

Both teams had beaten Bangladesh and Pakistan, and lost to New Zealand, which made the clash a straight knockout contest. The winner will progress to the semi-final along with New Zealand.

India1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra

Australia 1 Usman Khawaja, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 David Warner, 4 Steven Smith (capt), 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Shane Watson, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Peter Nevill (wk), 9 Adam Zampa, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 Josh Hazlewood.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

Pakistan crashes out of #WorldT20 after loosing to Australia by 21 runs in Mohali

World T20, 26th Match, Super 10 Group 2: Australia v Pakistan at Mohali, Mar 25, 2016

during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between Pakistan and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 25, 2016 in Mohali, India.
James Faulkner’s maiden T20I five-wicket haul helped Australia keep Pakistan to 172 in their chase of 194 in a crucial match in Mohali © Getty Images during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between Pakistan and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 25, 2016 in Mohali, India.

Australia innings (20 overs maximum) RMB4s6sSR
View dismissalUT Khawajab Wahab Riaz21181631131.25
3.4 Wahab has Khawaja now. He lets out a roar. Khawaja steps away outside leg to crash this through the covers. But this was a full missile. Khawaja can’t make contact. Thde left-arm quick pings the middle stump. It gets tilted back 28/1
View dismissalAJ Finchb Imad Wasim1537161093.75
7.2 The arm-ball does the trick. Australia’s top-three batsmen have all been bowled. This rushes on off the surface, snakes in, keeps low. Beats Finch’s defences and raps middle 57/3
View dismissalDA Warnerb Wahab Riaz98620150.00
5.1 Wahab nails the stumps again, hits the top of middle. Warner is gone now. 148.1ks dynamite! Back of a length and ducks back in, Warner, who had aimed to make swinging room and open up the off side, is caught in an awkward tangle. Wahab KO’s Warner. The stumps light up… 42/2
SPD Smith*not out61624370141.86
View dismissalGJ Maxwellc Ahmed Shehzad b Imad Wasim30241831166.66
13.4 Maxi holes out to long-on now. Pushed through flat, Maxi slogs, and miscues it to Shehzad, who completes a good overhead catch 119/4
SR Watsonnot out44282143209.52
Extras(lb 8, w 5)13
Total(4 wickets; 20 overs)193(9.65 runs per over)
BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6s
Mohammad Amir403909.751142(1w)
Mohammad Sami4053013.25672(3w)
View wicketsWahab Riaz403528.751041
3.4 to Khawaja, Wahab has Khawaja now. He lets out a roar. Khawaja steps away outside leg to crash this through the covers. But this was a full missile. Khawaja can’t make contact. Thde left-arm quick pings the middle stump. It gets tilted back 28/1
5.1 to Warner, Wahab nails the stumps again, hits the top of middle. Warner is gone now. 148.1ks dynamite! Back of a length and ducks back in, Warner, who had aimed to make swinging room and open up the off side, is caught in an awkward tangle. Wahab KO’s Warner. The stumps light up… 42/2
Shahid Afridi402706.75520
View wicketsImad Wasim403127.75530
7.2 to Finch, The arm-ball does the trick. Australia’s top-three batsmen have all been bowled. This rushes on off the surface, snakes in, keeps low. Beats Finch’s defences and raps middle 57/3
13.4 to Maxwell, Maxi holes out to long-on now. Pushed through flat, Maxi slogs, and miscues it to Shehzad, who completes a good overhead catch 119/4
Pakistan innings (target: 194 runs from 20 overs) RB4s6sSR
View dismissalSharjeel Khanb Faulkner301960157.89
5.3 Sharjeel’s joyride is over! Again not all that short, but Sharjeel is tempted into that big pull. He goes hard and can only drag it on to his leg stump off a thickish inside edge. And the required rate has shot to 10.62 40/2
View dismissalAhmed Shehzadc Coulter-Nile b Hazlewood160016.66
2.5 Shehzad swings now, top-edges it into the hands of NCN at mid-off, just behind the bowler. Head-high clasp Back of a length and angled in around off, Shehzad targets the leg side with an ambitious slog and makes a mess of it. He ends up offering a skier 20/1
View dismissalKhalid Latifb Faulkner464141112.19
17.3 third time’s the charm. Back of the hand slower ball on middle, Latif swings early to the leg side and does not connect. Faulkner hits the timber and lets out a roar 147/5
View dismissalUmar Akmalb Zampa322031160.00
10.3 bowled’em. Zampa gives this plenty of air, it dips and hits the stumps. Umar drops to one knee for a slog sweep, but does not make contact. Nice change up in pace and flight, the middle stump is pushed back 85/3
View dismissalShahid Afridi*st †Nevill b Zampa14702200.00
13.2 Six and out, sums up Afridi! He ventures down the track again. The legspinner retorts. He darts it flatter and wider outside off. Turns away with bounce. Afridi can’t reach and connect. Nevill does the rest. Is that Afridi’s final innings for Pakistan? 110/4
Shoaib Maliknot out402022200.00
View dismissalImad Wasimc Coulter-Nile b Faulkner01000.00
17.4 The back-of-the-hand slower ball does the damage again. Back of a length and turning away outside off, Imad Wasim throws his bat at it and skews it in the air. NCN runs across from cover and pouches it 147/6
View dismissalSarfraz Ahmedc Khawaja b Faulkner230066.66
19.1 Faulkner gets his fourth! Sarfraz attempts a reverse sweep against a back of the hand slower ball. He can only spoon a catch to backward point (or square leg if you’d like? 164/7
View dismissalWahab Riazc Hazlewood b Faulkner01000.00
19.2 Make that a five-for, the first in this tournament! Afridi can’t watch this in the dug out. He has his head down with his eyes closed. Wahab swings and sends a top edge to short third man 164/8
Mohammad Saminot out4210200.00
Extras(b 1, lb 1, w 1)3
Total(8 wickets; 20 overs)172(8.60 runs per over)
BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6s
View wicketJR Hazlewood402616.501130(1w)
2.5 to Ahmed Shehzad, Shehzad swings now, top-edges it into the hands of NCN at mid-off, just behind the bowler. Head-high clasp Back of a length and angled in around off, Shehzad targets the leg side with an ambitious slog and makes a mess of it. He ends up offering a skier 20/1
NM Coulter-Nile4045011.25771
View wicketsJP Faulkner402756.751121
5.3 to Sharjeel Khan, Sharjeel’s joyride is over! Again not all that short, but Sharjeel is tempted into that big pull. He goes hard and can only drag it on to his leg stump off a thickish inside edge. And the required rate has shot to 10.62 40/2
17.3 to Khalid Latif, third time’s the charm. Back of the hand slower ball on middle, Latif swings early to the leg side and does not connect. Faulkner hits the timber and lets out a roar 147/5
17.4 to Imad Wasim, The back-of-the-hand slower ball does the damage again. Back of a length and turning away outside off, Imad Wasim throws his bat at it and skews it in the air. NCN runs across from cover and pouches it 147/6
19.1 to Sarfraz Ahmed, Faulkner gets his fourth! Sarfraz attempts a reverse sweep against a back of the hand slower ball. He can only spoon a catch to backward point (or square leg if you’d like? 164/7
19.2 to Wahab Riaz, Make that a five-for, the first in this tournament! Afridi can’t watch this in the dug out. He has his head down with his eyes closed. Wahab swings and sends a top edge to short third man 164/8
SR Watson2027013.50131
View wicketsA Zampa403228.00612
10.3 to Umar Akmal, bowled’em. Zampa gives this plenty of air, it dips and hits the stumps. Umar drops to one knee for a slog sweep, but does not make contact. Nice change up in pace and flight, the middle stump is pushed back 85/3
13.2 to Shahid Afridi, Six and out, sums up Afridi! He ventures down the track again. The legspinner retorts. He darts it flatter and wider outside off. Turns away with bounce. Afridi can’t reach and connect. Nevill does the rest. Is that Afridi’s final innings for Pakistan? 110/4
GJ Maxwell201306.50401

Match details


Toss – Australia, who chose to bat
Points – Australia 2, Pakistan 0
Umpires – HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and M Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire – RK Illingworth (England)
Match referee – RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire – NJ Llong (England)

 

 

Australia’s captain Steven Smith won the toss and chose to bat against Pakistan in their vital World Twenty20 match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.

Pakistan must win to stand any chance of staying in the tournament, while an Australian victory would ensure that they do not need to worry about net run-rate ahead of their clash with India .

Smith named another reshuffled Australian side. The soon-to-retire Shane Watson dropped down the order to make room for the return of Aaron Finch at the expense of Mitchell Marsh. Josh Hazlewood was included ahead of John Hastings in the hope the Mohali pitch will have some additional bounce.

Pakistan recalled the fit-again Wahab Riaz in place of Mohammad Irfan, who was described as resting by his captain Shahid Afridi.

Australia 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Usman Khawaja, 3 David Warner, 4 Steven Smith (capt), 5 Shane Watson, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Peter Nevill (wk), 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Pakistan 1 Sharjeel Khan, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Khalid Latif, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi (capt), 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Mohammad Sami, 11 Mohammad Amir

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

World T20, India v Bangladesh at Bangalore, Mar 23, 2016, India won by 1 run

World T20 – 25th match, Super 10 Group 2
India won by 1 run
23 March 2016 – night match (20-over match)

India innings (20 overs maximum) RMB4s6sSR
View dismissalRG Sharmac Sabbir Rahman b Mustafizur Rahman18291611112.50
5.6 jinx! Big old jinx there from our commenters as Rohit falls to Mustafiz. I believe that was the slower ball, and Rohit walks back looking quite forlorn. He must have really thought this was in the slot. Perhaps it was, for a straight bat shot. But the lack of pace forces Rohit to lose his best chance of timing this. He loses his shape, he goes across the line, he was looking to make up for being deceived by powering the ball away. All he does though is get a toe end and the skier is well held at midwicket 42/1
View dismissalS Dhawanlbw b Shakib Al Hasan23332221104.54
6.6 trapped him in front! It didn’t seem all that threatening. Perhaps a touch quicker, and that did not allow Dhawan the time he needed to bring his bat down. He had tried to sweep the ball from the stumps, but in his eagerness, he stretched too far forward and yorked himself 45/2
View dismissalV Kohlib Shuvagata Hom24372401100.00
13.4 the stumps light up behind him, which means out for Kohli. Goes for a sweep to a quicker ball from Shuvagata and with him playing with only half a bat, the percetanges aren’t with him. Math wins 95/3
View dismissalSK Rainac Sabbir Rahman b Al-Amin Hossain30402312130.43
15.1 holes out at midwicket! He’s been scratchy tonight. Changed his bat. Run down the pitch. Moved around in the crease. And here, he tries to pull a short ball and gets under it too much. Sabbir takes another good catch running in 112/4
View dismissalHH Pandyac Soumya Sarkar b Al-Amin Hossain159721214.28
15.2 the outfield is his territory. That’s his happy place and he has pulled off a blinder of a catch! Pandya nailed that. N-a-i-l-e-d that. The pull short was skimming away to the square leg boundary – and it was flat too. A clear measure of how much power it had. But Soumya runs to his left, dives and clings on with both hands. 112/5
MS Dhoni*†not out13291210108.33
View dismissalYuvraj Singhc Al-Amin Hossain b Mahmudullah3860050.00
16.5 it wasn’t the pitch for Yuvi, and he won’t be spending too much time on it. Attempts a pull shot, connects only with his top edge and is safely caught at short fine leg. He’s looked unconvincing, and has fallen to a part-time spinner. Walks off shaking his head 117/6
View dismissalRA Jadejab Mustafizur Rahman1215820150.00
19.1 no respect for those presumably very costly stumps. It’s been sent cartwheeling. But hey, we like bad boys here. Mustafiz goes full and straight, Jaddu goes across the line. QED. 137/7
R Ashwinnot out54210250.00
Extras(lb 2, w 1)3
Total(7 wickets; 20 overs)146(7.30 runs per over)
BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6s
Mashrafe Mortaza402205.50600(1w)
View wicketShuvagata Hom302418.001122
13.4 to Kohli, the stumps light up behind him, which means out for Kohli. Goes for a sweep to a quicker ball from Shuvagata and with him playing with only half a bat, the percetanges aren’t with him. Math wins 95/3
View wicketsAl-Amin Hossain403729.251042
15.1 to Raina, holes out at midwicket! He’s been scratchy tonight. Changed his bat. Run down the pitch. Moved around in the crease. And here, he tries to pull a short ball and gets under it too much. Sabbir takes another good catch running in 112/4
15.2 to Pandya, the outfield is his territory. That’s his happy place and he has pulled off a blinder of a catch! Pandya nailed that. N-a-i-l-e-d that. The pull short was skimming away to the square leg boundary – and it was flat too. A clear measure of how much power it had. But Soumya runs to his left, dives and clings on with both hands. 112/5
View wicketsMustafizur Rahman403428.50922
5.6 to Sharma, jinx! Big old jinx there from our commenters as Rohit falls to Mustafiz. I believe that was the slower ball, and Rohit walks back looking quite forlorn. He must have really thought this was in the slot. Perhaps it was, for a straight bat shot. But the lack of pace forces Rohit to lose his best chance of timing this. He loses his shape, he goes across the line, he was looking to make up for being deceived by powering the ball away. All he does though is get a toe end and the skier is well held at midwicket 42/1
19.1 to Jadeja, no respect for those presumably very costly stumps. It’s been sent cartwheeling. But hey, we like bad boys here. Mustafiz goes full and straight, Jaddu goes across the line. QED. 137/7
View wicketShakib Al Hasan402315.75720
6.6 to Dhawan, trapped him in front! It didn’t seem all that threatening. Perhaps a touch quicker, and that did not allow Dhawan the time he needed to bring his bat down. He had tried to sweep the ball from the stumps, but in his eagerness, he stretched too far forward and yorked himself 45/2
View wicketMahmudullah10414.00200
16.5 to Yuvraj Singh, it wasn’t the pitch for Yuvi, and he won’t be spending too much time on it. Attempts a pull shot, connects only with his top edge and is safely caught at short fine leg. He’s looked unconvincing, and has fallen to a part-time spinner. Walks off shaking his head 117/6
Bangladesh innings (target: 147 runs from 20 overs) RMB4s6sSR
View dismissalTamim Iqbalst †Dhoni b Jadeja35323250109.37
7.4 stayed low for Tamim. Was perfect for Dhoni! I thought I saw Tamim make his move too early. Not that the bowler wouldn’t have predicted it with him running down the track every alternative ball. This one is pushed through quicker, sneaks under the slog and into the wicketkeeper’s waiting hands. And then… 55/2
View dismissalMohammad Mithunc Pandya b Ashwin11230033.33
2.2 pop goes the weasel! Mithun hasn’t been able to weather the pressure. And there wasn’t even that much on him. It’s very early in the chase, but he charges out at Ashwin. Clever bowlers know what to do when a batsman rushes madly like that. Ashwin pulls his length back and he drags the ball down the throat of long-on. Pandya takes the catch and celebrates with vigorous fist pumps! 11/1
View dismissalSabbir Rahmanst †Dhoni b Raina26311531173.33
9.3 oooh, Dhoni goes up for a stumping and he is very quick with those. Raina fired in a quicker one down the leg side, Sabbir went for a flick and seemed to overbalance as he missed it. Both feet were in the crease…. but that is not the case when the stumps light up. Sabbir’s momentum as he plays a forceful shot drags his back foot out of the crease and his front popped up in the air and that’s it. They key to this was how quickly he moved down leg to collect the ball. Great reach! 69/3
View dismissalShakib Al Hasanc Raina b Ashwin22241502146.66
12.1 absolute gold! Bangladesh were pulling away. Shakib looked in great hitting form. Dhoni goes to Ashwin, and Ashwin produces a magical delivery. It was ever so slow. It dragged left-hander out, but made sure he couldn’t reach the pitch. That meant the ball would turn, it took the outside edge and Raina was there at slip 95/5
View dismissalMashrafe Mortaza*b Jadeja610501120.00
11.1 speared in quick and straight, Mash runs down the pitch, but makes too much room while doing so. Jadeja’s darts are too quick and they go through him. Boy, Mash’s a proper pinch hitter. Doesn’t waste any time in the middle 87/4
View dismissalMahmudullahc Jadeja b Pandya1848221081.81
19.5 and its Jaddu again! The man who was moved from cover, their best fielder was positioned there by Dhoni and he comes into the play immediately because Mahmudullah went for a slog off a full toss! Jadeja ran in, then to his right and took the catch reverse cup! Pressure catch. And now its two off one 145/8
View dismissalSoumya Sarkarc Kohli b Nehra21242111100.00
17.5 full toss! What a ball to (perhaps) turn the game around! Soumya stepped beside the ball, looking for the heave down the ground. Got it a bit too high on the bat perhaps and Kohli settled under it nicely 126/6
View dismissalMushfiqur Rahimc Dhawan b Pandya1115620183.33
19.4 he’s caught at deep midwicket, did they cross, with Mahmudullah be on strike? The slower ball, the short ball, the pull shot and without the pace it comes straight down Dhawan’s throat 145/7
Shuvagata Homnot out061000.00
View dismissalMustafizur Rahmanrun out (†Dhoni)02000
19.6 Pandya to Shuvagata Hom, have they run the bye? Third umpire called into play. Dhoni did not throw. He ran up to break the stumps. How fast is the cutter man? Mustafizur is out! India win! India keep their campaign alive and look at those celebrations. Kohli exults wildly. Pandya is out of breath. He is hunched over his knees after defending only 10 runs! It was a short ball outside off, wide outside off, Shuvagata can’t reach it. and Bangladesh have fallen agonisingly short 145/9
Extras(lb 4, w 1)5
Total(9 wickets; 20 overs)145(7.25 runs per over)
BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6s
View wicketA Nehra402917.25830
17.5 to Soumya Sarkar, full toss! What a ball to (perhaps) turn the game around! Soumya stepped beside the ball, looking for the heave down the ground. Got it a bit too high on the bat perhaps and Kohli settled under it nicely 126/6
JJ Bumrah403208.00640
View wicketsR Ashwin402025.001211
2.2 to Mohammad Mithun, pop goes the weasel! Mithun hasn’t been able to weather the pressure. And there wasn’t even that much on him. It’s very early in the chase, but he charges out at Ashwin. Clever bowlers know what to do when a batsman rushes madly like that. Ashwin pulls his length back and he drags the ball down the throat of long-on. Pandya takes the catch and celebrates with vigorous fist pumps! 11/1
12.1 to Shakib Al Hasan, absolute gold! Bangladesh were pulling away. Shakib looked in great hitting form. Dhoni goes to Ashwin, and Ashwin produces a magical delivery. It was ever so slow. It dragged left-hander out, but made sure he couldn’t reach the pitch. That meant the ball would turn, it took the outside edge and Raina was there at slip 95/5
View wicketsRA Jadeja402225.501302
7.4 to Tamim Iqbal, stayed low for Tamim. Was perfect for Dhoni! I thought I saw Tamim make his move too early. Not that the bowler wouldn’t have predicted it with him running down the track every alternative ball. This one is pushed through quicker, sneaks under the slog and into the wicketkeeper’s waiting hands. And then… 55/2
11.1 to Mashrafe Mortaza, speared in quick and straight, Mash runs down the pitch, but makes too much room while doing so. Jadeja’s darts are too quick and they go through him. Boy, Mash’s a proper pinch hitter. Doesn’t waste any time in the middle 87/4
View wicketsHH Pandya302929.66841
19.4 to Mushfiqur Rahim, he’s caught at deep midwicket, did they cross, with Mahmudullah be on strike? The slower ball, the short ball, the pull shot and without the pace it comes straight down Dhawan’s throat 145/7
19.5 to Mahmudullah, and its Jaddu again! The man who was moved from cover, their best fielder was positioned there by Dhoni and he comes into the play immediately because Mahmudullah went for a slog off a full toss! Jadeja ran in, then to his right and took the catch reverse cup! Pressure catch. And now its two off one 145/8
View wicketSK Raina10919.00301(1w)
9.3 to Sabbir Rahman, oooh, Dhoni goes up for a stumping and he is very quick with those. Raina fired in a quicker one down the leg side, Sabbir went for a flick and seemed to overbalance as he missed it. Both feet were in the crease…. but that is not the case when the stumps light up. Sabbir’s momentum as he plays a forceful shot drags his back foot out of the crease and his front popped up in the air and that’s it. They key to this was how quickly he moved down leg to collect the ball. Great reach! 69/3

Match details


Toss – Bangladesh, who chose to field
Points – India 2, Bangladesh 0
Player of the match – R Ashwin (India)
Umpires – Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire – IJ Gould (England)
Match referee – BC Broad (England)
Reserve umpire – RA Kettleborough (England)

Match Notes


    • India innings
    • Powerplay: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 42 runs, 1 wicket)
    • India: 50 runs in 8.1 overs (49 balls), Extras 2
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 39 balls (V Kohli 22, SK Raina 28, Ex 0)
    • India: 100 runs in 13.6 overs (84 balls), Extras 2
    • Innings Break: India – 146/7 in 20.0 overs (MS Dhoni 13, R Ashwin 5)
    • Bangladesh innings
    • Powerplay: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 45 runs, 1 wicket)
    • Bangladesh: 50 runs in 6.4 overs (40 balls), Extras 0
    • Bangladesh: 100 runs in 14.1 overs (85 balls), Extras 4
    19.6

    Pandya to Shuvagata Hom, OUT, have they run the bye? Third umpire called into play. Dhoni did not throw. He ran up to break the stumps. How fast is the cutter man? Mustafizur is out! India win! India keep their campaign alive and look at those celebrations. Kohli exults wildly. Pandya is out of breath. He is hunched over his knees after defending 10 runs

    Mustafizur Rahman run out 0 (0b 0x4 0x6) SR: –

    Nehra, Dhoni, Kohli and Yuvi together but its Nehra doing all the talking. Shuvagata on strike. Third man back. Dhoni has pulled off his right glove to throw in case of a bye . Mid-off is up, cover is up.

    Pomil Proch: “Fitting enough to say that the script of this match is way way better than Batman Vs Superman ”

    19.5

    Pandya to Mahmudullah, OUT, and its Jaddu again! The man who was moved from cover, their best fielder was positioned there by Dhoni and he comes into the play immediately because Mahmudullah went for a slog off a full toss!

    Mahmudullah c Jadeja b Pandya 18 (22b 1×4 0x6) SR: 81.81

    Pandya, Nehra and Dhoni looking for plan Z as Shuvagata Hom walks out. But he won’t be on strike. Mahmudullah will be because the batsmen crossed. Two runs off two balls… Third man and point are up. Dhawan moves to deep cover, Jaddu now moves to deep midwicket

    19.4

    Pandya to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, he’s caught at deep midwicket, did they cross, with Mahmudullah be on strike? The slower ball, the short ball, the pull shot and without the pace it comes straight down Dhawan’s throat

    Mushfiqur Rahim c Dhawan b Pandya 11 (6b 2×4 0x6) SR: 183.33

    19.3

    Pandya to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, fist pumps, bat swinging, yells! Mushy wanders outside off and scoops it away. Past Dhoni. It was not timed properly. Just one of those shots that just had enough bat to fit in the gap. But fine leg was up and the plan was sound

    Now Nehra comes up to talk to Pandya… Then Nehra and Dhoni have a chat… India are well behind the over-rate

    jeanluc: “Honestly, this is first nail biter last over match of the tournament.”

    19.2

    Pandya to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, slower ball goes wrong – it is short of a length and wide outside off – Mushy smacks it through extra cover! That’s a top shot, and he went so deep in the crease!

    10 from five now, and Dhoni is up to his bowler to give him some advice. Long conversation this. Kohli trying to get someone’s attention… Deep square leg comes up, fine leg comes up….

    19.1

    Pandya to Mahmudullah, 1 run, goes full and wide, steered to deep cover

    Nehra, Rohit, Dhoni and Pandya having a mini-meeting. Pats on the back for the man with the responsibility to defend only 10 runs. Mahmudullah on strike. Third man and point are up. Fine leg is up and very fine. Sweeper cover is back (Jaddu being put there instead of Dhawan)

    End of over 19 (6 runs) Bangladesh 136/6 (11 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.15, RRR: 11.00)

      • Mahmudullah 17 (20b 1×4 0x6)
      • Mushfiqur Rahim 3 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-0
      • A Nehra 4-0-29-1
    18.6

    Bumrah to Mahmudullah, 1 run, comes down the wicket, Bumrah still yorks him. Mahmudullah gets a single down the ground and who would field it but Pandya himself. Came up for the change of overs with a smile on his face

    Nick: “Who’s praying for a miracle?” — Pandya?

    18.5

    Bumrah to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, moves leg side and slices the low full toss behind point, Rohit Sharma on the boundary does some good work running to his left and sending in a quick throw

    Long-off, long-on. Third man up.

    Chetan: “Dhoni sure doesn’t prefer spinners in the end. He gave the ball to Joginder Sharma instead of bhajji in the final. Which means Pandya will bowl the final over today. ”

    18.4

    Bumrah to Mahmudullah, 1 run, right up there outside off, although not a yorker, speared to deep cover

    18.3

    Bumrah to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, full toss outside off, but there is a direct hit. Looks only a hopeful appeal though. Pandya was the fielder at mid-off and he wound up and hit his target. Ooooh, that was close than I thought. Mushy did well by dragging the bat through

    Third man is back now. Three on the leg side boundary

    18.2

    Bumrah to Mahmudullah, 1 run, brave call for the lap sweep! Bumrah goes for the blockhole, Mahmudullah knows it and he moves across and turns the ball to short fine leg. Mushy goes through for a run before Nehra can catch up

    18.1

    Bumrah to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, squeezed out through the covers for a single, and he gives the strike to the senior batsman

    Bangladesh need 17 off 12 balls. Will Bumrah nail his yorkers again? Third man and point are up. Deep cover is back. Mid-off is up

    End of over 18 (10 runs) Bangladesh 130/6 (17 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.22, RRR: 8.50)

      • Mahmudullah 14 (17b 1×4 0x6)
      • Mushfiqur Rahim 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)
      • A Nehra 4-0-29-1
      • JJ Bumrah 3-0-26-0
    17.6

    Nehra to Mahmudullah, FOUR, what a shot! That’s the change in Mahmudullah’s game. He doens’t hit the big shots. He just pierces gaps – like this one at cover with a pristine drive. This one’s not over yet. Nehra walked away, slapping the side of his own head.

    Mushfiqur, a former captain, strides out. So no shortage of experience. Cool heads needed as things head up in Bangalore

    Saiham: “Well, imagine my little office space in Bangladesh!”

    17.5

    Nehra to Soumya Sarkar, OUT, full toss! What a ball to (perhaps) turn the game around! Soumya stepped beside the ball, looking for the heave down the ground. Got it a bit too high on the bat perhaps and Kohli settled under it nicely

    Soumya Sarkar c Kohli b Nehra 21 (21b 1×4 1×6) SR: 100.00

    17.4

    Nehra to Mahmudullah, 1 run, comes down the track, knowing the bowler was going for the yorker and lifts it over midwicket

    Fine leg is up. Third man is back. Nehra is around the wicket.

    Wilson : “Looks like Hardik will have to bowl one over… doesn’t induce any confidence …!!!”

    Usama Bin Karam: “27 off 18, Soumya take that game away from India like the catches you took so far…..# fingerscrossed” — and his catch of Hardik saved several runs for Bangladesh too. Don’t forget that

    17.3

    Nehra to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, not quite a yorker, but it is straight. Soumya was making room and he is able to drill it down the ground

    17.2

    Nehra to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, that’s poor! He’s offered a limp short ball and Soumya, after being smothered by a diet of yorkers, frees his arms and hammers a pull through midwicket. Even Jaddu couldn’t get it

    17.1

    Nehra to Soumya Sarkar, no run, another yorker, just outside off, Soumya slots it into the covers. Dot ball.

    16.6

    Bumrah to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run

    16.5

    Bumrah to Mahmudullah, 1 run, blockhole barrage. Mahmudullah gets a single through square leg

    16.4

    Bumrah to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, oooh, that’s the glide that was good enough in the Asia Cup. Mahmudullah gets down low to the the wide yorker and nearly got the gap at third man, but Yuvi put in the dive and stopped a boundary

    16.3

    Bumrah to Mahmudullah, no run, ripper! Mahmudullah is met with a toe-crusher and the best he could do is to save himself some pain

    Very fine third man. Deep point is square. Can’t bowl wide. Short fine leg is up too.

    16.2

    Bumrah to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, backed away and Bumrah went after the middle stump with a vengeance. The yorker though is squeezed out to point and the fielder there keeps it to a single. Good cricket all around, amid great tension! Gripping stuff

    16.1

    Bumrah to Soumya Sarkar, 2 runs, bowls full and on leg stump, works it into the deep and Yuvraj at midwicket is not quite as quick as he used to be

    Yuvi fan: “@Muthu.. As it started trurning now, any chance of Yuvi to bowl in the death? ” —- I don’t think Dhoni likes giving the ball to spinners in the death. It’ll come down to Bumrah. he has the ball, even as Dhoni talks tactics with the other final-overs bowler Nehra

    End of over 16 (9 runs) Bangladesh 113/5 (34 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.06, RRR: 8.50)

      • Mahmudullah 6 (12b 0x4 0x6)
      • Soumya Sarkar 12 (14b 0x4 1×6)
      • RA Jadeja 4-0-22-2
      • A Nehra 3-0-19-0
    15.6

    Jadeja to Mahmudullah, no run, stays back to a flatter delivery on middle, worked towards midwicket

    15.5

    Jadeja to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, worked down to long-on, Soumya came down the track and yorked himself

    15.4

    Jadeja to Mahmudullah, 1 run

    15.3

    Jadeja to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run

    15.2

    Jadeja to Soumya Sarkar, no run, Dhoni went up straight away! That’s another round-arm dart and Soumya tried to open the face of the bat and run it away fine. Did the ball deflect right off the face and into Dhoni’s gloves?

    15.1

    Jadeja to Soumya Sarkar, SIX, huge! But did he time it properly? Does it matter? Soumya gets down low for a sweep, and a 100 kph dart soars into the night sky and lands beyond deep square leg

    Jay Singh: “Muthu, could you stop acting like the know it all guy and just provide commentary?” —– Party pooper

    End of over 15 (5 runs) Bangladesh 104/5 (43 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.93, RRR: 8.60)

      • Mahmudullah 5 (10b 0x4 0x6)
      • Soumya Sarkar 4 (10b 0x4 0x6)
      • A Nehra 3-0-19-0
      • RA Jadeja 3-0-13-2
    14.6

    Nehra to Mahmudullah, no run, low full toss outside off, whipped straight to midwicket. I think that was a slower ball too, otherwise Mahmudullah could have had better timing with his stroke. End of a very good over, only five

    14.5

    Nehra to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, excellent work from Soumya, and even better from Jaddu! It didn’t have all that much pace on it, but Soumya read it well, waited for it and chopped it behind point. But Jaddu runs to his right, throws himself after the ball and stops some runs

    14.4

    Nehra to Mahmudullah, 1 run, moves around the stumps for a shortish delivery outside off, which Mahmudullah hoists it over point

    SarfBD: “Not the best time for an out of form opener to come on. Everything is new from him. Facing spinners with the older ball before getting set, looking to finish things rather than getting a start. Hope Soumya can pull this off like that brilliant catch.”

    14.3

    Nehra to Soumya Sarkar, 1 leg bye, straying on the pads of the left-hander now and Soumya does well to secure a single to long leg. Singles can do it for Bangladesh here

    14.2

    Nehra to Mahmudullah, 1 run, shortish on middle and leg, turned around around the corner to deep square leg

    Ashokkumar Ramk: “Ball after ball, social sites are becoming nasty with the comments from Bangladeshi fans and Indian fans… come on guys.. its just a game and when players respect each other mutually and are pals outside the field, why shouldn’t we be ? An argument is definitely ok, but not abuse !” —- Things here are quite fine. Just good fans enjoying a good game

    14.1

    Nehra to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, back of a length and just outside off, secures the leading edge as Soumya mistakes the pace on it and closes the bat face too early

    Attila: “While this was a welcome wicket, it also means Ashwin bowls out with seven overs to go! It’s all down to Nehraji now :|”

    maswbiekta: “India needs to get Mahmudullah. He is a cool head, is in form and has built quite a reputation recently as a finisher”

    End of over 14 (3 runs) Bangladesh 99/5 (48 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.07, RRR: 8.00)

      • Mahmudullah 3 (7b 0x4 0x6)
      • Soumya Sarkar 2 (7b 0x4 0x6)
      • RA Jadeja 3-0-13-2
      • R Ashwin 4-0-20-2
    13.6

    Jadeja to Mahmudullah, no run, finishes the over with a quicker one just outside off, patted towards point

    13.5

    Jadeja to Mahmudullah, no run, defended off the front foot, towards the covers

    13.4

    Jadeja to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, that was on the pads and Mahmudullah glances it square of fine leg but fine of long leg. Nehra and Yuvi are the people there and two is the result

    Fine leg up, square leg and midwicket back

    13.3

    Jadeja to Mahmudullah, no run, good length ball on middle, defended

    Slip in with the ball turning away form the right-hander

    13.2

    Jadeja to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, short ball on middle, and that allows Sarkar enough time to pull through midwicket

    13.1

    Jadeja to Soumya Sarkar, no run, goes round arm, spears it in flat on off stump. Soumya was looking for a dab to third man, with the angle, but it turns sharply to hit him on the pads. Lbw appeal, but that would have gone down

    End of over 13 (1 run) Bangladesh 96/5 (51 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.38, RRR: 7.28)

      • Soumya Sarkar 1 (5b 0x4 0x6)
      • Mahmudullah 1 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • R Ashwin 4-0-20-2
      • RA Jadeja 2-0-10-2
    12.6

    Ashwin to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, moves over the stumps for a wide carrom ball. Soumya sighs as he manages to make enough contact to find a single at long-off

    12.5

    Ashwin to Soumya Sarkar, no run

    12.4

    Ashwin to Soumya Sarkar, no run

    12.3

    Ashwin to Soumya Sarkar, no run, cut into the covers, as this one goes on with the arm

    12.2

    Ashwin to Soumya Sarkar, no run, oooh, says Soumya. It was on a good length, it grips and rips across the left-hander. Opened him up

    Soumya Sarkar comes out into a tense situation

    12.1

    Ashwin to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, absolute gold! Bangladesh were pulling away. Shakib looked in great hitting form. Dhoni goes to Ashwin, and Ashwin produces a magical delivery. It was ever so slow. It dragged left-hander out, but made sure he couldn’t reach the pitch. That meant the ball would turn, it took the outside edge and Raina was there at slip

    Shakib Al Hasan c Raina b Ashwin 22 (15b 0x4 2×6) SR: 146.66

    End of over 12 (8 runs) Bangladesh 95/4 (52 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.91, RRR: 6.50)

      • Mahmudullah 1 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • Shakib Al Hasan 22 (14b 0x4 2×6)
      • RA Jadeja 2-0-10-2
      • HH Pandya 2-0-20-0

    Deepak: “@Muthu, You are giving intro to each batsmen similar to Hero’s Bollywood movies, making me more tensed” —- I must be losing my touch.

    End of over 12 (8 runs) Bangladesh 95/4 (52 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.91, RRR: 6.50)

      • Mahmudullah 1 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • Shakib Al Hasan 22 (14b 0x4 2×6)
      • RA Jadeja 2-0-10-2
      • HH Pandya 2-0-20-0

    Deepak: “@Muthu, You are giving intro to each batsmen similar to Hero’s Bollywood movies, making me more tensed” —- I must be losing my touch.

    11.6

    Jadeja to Mahmudullah, no run, good length ball outside off, steered towards point

    11.5

    Jadeja to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, fires it in on leg stump, Shakib nudges it around the corner

    11.4

    Jadeja to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, that’s pummeled! Shakib’s shakin here! He had the room, he had the length to get under, he has the power and the slog over midwicket comes out to perfection

    11.3

    Jadeja to Mahmudullah, 1 run, eased through the covers as he steps forward to a flighted ball outside off

    11.2

    Jadeja to Mahmudullah, no run, plants it full on middle and off, gets some turn but Mahmudullah negotiates it with a defensive bat

    Mahmudulllah is in at No. 6. He’s build a very good reputation as a finisher recently. The equation is 60 off 53. Needs a cool head

    11.1

    Jadeja to Mashrafe Mortaza, OUT, speared in quick and straight, Mash runs down the pitch, but makes too much room while doing so. Jadeja’s darts are too quick and they go through him. Boy, Mash’s a proper pinch hitter. Doesn’t waste any time in the middle

    Mashrafe Mortaza b Jadeja 6 (5b 0x4 1×6) SR: 120.00

    End of over 11 (10 runs) Bangladesh 87/3 (60 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.90, RRR: 6.66)

      • Shakib Al Hasan 15 (12b 0x4 1×6)
      • Mashrafe Mortaza 6 (4b 0x4 1×6)
      • HH Pandya 2-0-20-0
      • SK Raina 1-0-9-1
    10.6

    Pandya to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, slower ball outside off, at a shorter length, Shakib cuts and misses

    10.5

    Pandya to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, in the slot and into the crowd. That was length on leg stump, so Shakib decided to ditch the front leg and all he did was chip the ball up. The timing did the rest

    10.4

    Pandya to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 leg bye, hits him with the bouncer, around his side, Mash is pulled across for a leg bye and though Jadeja has hit the stumps from point, this should be safe

    10.3

    Pandya to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, dropped by Ashwin running in from deep point. It was short, it was wide, instinct made him go for the cut and he seemed to just glide the ball to the fielder’s hands. Ashwin ran in, dived forward, got two hands to it but couldn’t hold on

    Also, the umpire has warned Pandya to stop running down the danger area

    10.2

    Pandya to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, that’s extra bounce. He has a little extra, and Shakib who was looking to play a dab to third man, is beaten.

    10.1

    Pandya to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, nudged behind square and he yells “two, two, two.” Always on, because the man huffing after that ball was the 37-year old Nehra from long leg

    End of over 10 (10 runs) Bangladesh 77/3 (70 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.70, RRR: 7.00)

      • Mashrafe Mortaza 6 (3b 0x4 1×6)
      • Shakib Al Hasan 6 (7b 0x4 0x6)
      • SK Raina 1-0-9-1
      • HH Pandya 1-0-11-0
    9.6

    Raina to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, low full toss, whipped to midwicket

    9.5

    Raina to Mashrafe Mortaza, SIX, and that’s why he’s up there. Runs down the track, gets a length ball outside of and its clubbed over long-on

    9.4

    Raina to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, goes back and works the flatter ball through midwicket

    9.3

    Raina to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 leg bye

    Mash has come up the order, as if this is like any old BPL game!

    9.3

    Raina to Sabbir Rahman, 1 wide, OUT, oooh, Dhoni goes up for a stumping and he is very quick with those. Raina fired in a quicker one down the leg side, Sabbir went for a flick and seemed to overbalance as he missed it. Both feet were in the crease…. but that is not the case when the stumps light up. Sabbir’s momentum as he plays a forceful shot drags his back foot out of the crease and his front popped up in the air and that’s it

    Sabbir Rahman st †Dhoni b Raina 26 (15b 3×4 1×6) SR: 173.33

    oooh, Dhoni goes up for a stumping and he is very quick with those

    9.2

    Raina to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, tossed up slower on leg stump, turned to deep midwicket

    9.1

    Raina to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, non-turning ball from around the stumps, Shakib reads it from the crease and defends to third man

    That little spell of wild hitting has given Bangladesh some breathing room and India some worries. At this point, all the batting side needs to do is bat the full overs. Sensibly. Here’s Raina, as Dhoni looks to buy a wicket

    End of over 9 (11 runs) Bangladesh 67/2 (80 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.44, RRR: 7.27)

      • Sabbir Rahman 26 (15b 3×4 1×6)
      • Shakib Al Hasan 4 (4b 0x4 0x6)
      • HH Pandya 1-0-11-0
      • RA Jadeja 1-0-2-1
    8.6

    Pandya to Sabbir Rahman, no run, slower ball on middle, Sabbir gets behind it

    8.5

    Pandya to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, full and fast just outside off, it was the cross seamer, Sabbir swings wildly across the line and gets a thick outside edge that soars away to the third man boundary

    8.4

    Pandya to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, that’s the extra pace! Its at 142 kph, and that’s probably why he bowls so many short balls. He thinks he can surprise the batsman and here Sabbir is surprised. Fine bouncer, right on his badge. Hook shot, top edge, four

    bharat thej: “Still can’t understand why Yuvi not given a ball and bowling pandhya on a slow track! Its bangladesh game to lose”

    8.3

    Pandya to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run

    8.2

    Pandya to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, that’s a brainfade from Shakib!

    8.1

    Pandya to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, shortish on leg stump, Shakib has found a plot of land that is vacant and tucked it behind square leg. Jadeja hurtles in from deep midwicket, but he can’t pick up the ball to stop the two

    MK: “@James.. Don’t underestimate Ravi Jadeja.. While other bowlers sometimes improvise, Jadeja sticks to what MSD tells him to do. This spell will be very interesting. I bet Jaddu will chip away few wickets in his first two.” — Hardik Pandya is in. He bowls a lot of short of a length deliveries. He can’t do that on this pitch

    Sunny: “The way Bangladesh is playing today it reminds me the memory of 2007 world cup match where in must win situation we had lost the match. India has to fight a lot to win this match to keep their hope alive.”

    End of over 8 (3 runs) Bangladesh 56/2 (91 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.58)

      • Sabbir Rahman 18 (12b 1×4 1×6)
      • Shakib Al Hasan 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
      • RA Jadeja 1-0-2-1
      • R Ashwin 3-0-19-1

    Graham: “I’m a neutral observer but, in a sense, I’m pleased to see Afghanistan and Bangladesh giving well-established teams a run for their money tonight. Whatever the outcome of this match, cricket is definitely the winner. It’s a pity that Zimbabwe has lost its way in world cricket though. We all benefit from a deep pool of competitive talent.”

    7.6

    Jadeja to Sabbir Rahman, no run, gets some turn at 92 kph, Jaddu usually only does that when there is help from the pitch. Sabbir, wary Sabbir, defends with the open face past slip

    7.5

    Jadeja to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, tossed up and outside off, Shakib steers it behind point

    Shakib is in at No. 4, and he is a big player today. He needs to bat the full quota

    7.4

    Jadeja to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, stayed low for Tamim. Was perfect for Dhoni! I thought I saw Tamim make his move too early. Not that the bowler wouldn’t have predicted it with him running down the track every alternative ball. This one is pushed through quicker, sneaks under the slog and into the wicketkeeper’s waiting hands. And then…

    Tamim Iqbal st †Dhoni b Jadeja 35 (32b 5×4 0x6) SR: 109.37

    7.3

    Jadeja to Sabbir Rahman, 1 leg bye, saw Sabbir moving to the off side and Jaddu spears it in on leg stump, leg bye to short fine leg.

    7.2

    Jadeja to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, speared across the left-hander from over the wicket, Tamim moves with it for a late cut. Single to Bumrah at short third man

    7.1

    Jadeja to Tamim Iqbal, no run, puts it full on off stump, Tamim plants his front leg in front of the stumps and knocks it down the pitch

    James: “With Ashwin bowling so early, Bangladesh can afford just to knock him around for singles, and not take too many risks.”

    End of over 7 (8 runs) Bangladesh 53/1 (94 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.57, RRR: 7.23)

      • Tamim Iqbal 34 (29b 5×4 0x6)
      • Sabbir Rahman 18 (10b 1×4 1×6)
      • R Ashwin 3-0-19-1
      • JJ Bumrah 2-0-19-0
    6.6

    Ashwin to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, that’s well bowled. Loops it up to bring out the drive, but it was wider so Tamim would lose his balance if he went after it. he does. and he does. Uppish drive through the covers

    6.5

    Ashwin to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, flighted outside off and slapped to long-off

    6.4

    Ashwin to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, that was unnecessary, and it wasn’t particularly well timed. It was a top-edge, to a reverse sweep, and this time the ball lobs Bumrah at short third man

    6.3

    Ashwin to Sabbir Rahman, no run, worked away into the leg side

    6.2

    Ashwin to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, not quite short enough for the pull shot and Tamim seemed to be hurried in the stroke as well. Ashwin’s variations mixed with his accuracy are troubling Bangladesh. But they are not losing their heads over it

    6.1

    Ashwin to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, good length ball on off stump, steered to point for a single

    Raj: “I know Dhoni is unorthodox but giving the ball to Bumrah who just dropped Tamim. Bumrah is no Kohli who turns anger into confidence . ”

    End of over 6 (16 runs) Bangladesh 45/1 (102 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 7.28)

      • Tamim Iqbal 32 (27b 5×4 0x6)
      • Sabbir Rahman 12 (6b 0x4 1×6)
      • JJ Bumrah 2-0-19-0
      • R Ashwin 2-0-11-1
    5.6

    Bumrah to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, that was a mis-hit. That was the bowler winning the battle, and yet the scoreboard says Tamim has another four. He had come down the pitch – as is his wont when he decides he is feeling good – Bumrah cramps him up with a shortish ball on leg stump. Tamim reacts with a slash and gets it away past mid-off’s right

    5.5

    Bumrah to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, a man who bowls his yorkers blindfolded has missed one. Offers a big full toss – with the keeper up – and Tamim gets a thick outside edge that scurries away

    5.4

    Bumrah to Tamim Iqbal, no run, smacked to point’s right, and Yuvi gets low and plants a good hand down on it

    5.3

    Bumrah to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, smeared down the ground! The offcutter is in the slot and Tamim unfurls a full swing of the bat. Played that with absolute freedom

    Dhoni up to the stumps now

    5.2

    Bumrah to Tamim Iqbal, no run

    5.1

    Bumrah to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, every run Tamim scores is going to scar Bumrah, and these are off his bowling too. The batsman ran at him and slices a shortish ball thorugh point

    chandu: “Ashwin Bowling most of his overs so early in the innings.. Will this help Bangladesh in disguise at the end?”

    End of over 5 (9 runs) Bangladesh 29/1 (118 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 7.86)

      • Sabbir Rahman 12 (6b 0x4 1×6)
      • Tamim Iqbal 16 (21b 1×4 0x6)
      • R Ashwin 2-0-11-1
      • A Nehra 2-0-15-0
    4.6

    Ashwin to Sabbir Rahman, SIX, jumps back to a short, flatter ball as Ashwin misses his length, perhaps worried Sabbir would run down at it, and the batsman takes full toll with a massive pull shot

    4.5

    Ashwin to Sabbir Rahman, no run

    4.4

    Ashwin to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, dropped by Bumrah, and it is a shocker! He had ages to get himself under the ball. He was under the ball. He got two hands to it. This was a dolly. The gift as old Tamim made an appearance – the one who panics when he doesn’t score a boundary. An across the line sweep ends up as a top edge and ends up as a reminder for Tamim to buck up.

    4.3

    Ashwin to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, goes back and plays with the turn, and plays gently past midwicket

    4.2

    Ashwin to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, shorter ball, pulled wide of mid-on

    4.1

    Ashwin to Tamim Iqbal, no run, flighted on leg stump, Tamim sweeps and misses. Weathers an lbw appeal, which always pipes up in low chases. That was drifting down

    Satwik: “Ashwin is bowling upfront, so may be Bangladesh don’t want to play two left-handers against him.” —- I suppose that’s fair.

    End of over 4 (8 runs) Bangladesh 20/1 (127 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.93)

      • Tamim Iqbal 14 (18b 1×4 0x6)
      • Sabbir Rahman 5 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • A Nehra 2-0-15-0
      • R Ashwin 1-0-2-1

    Charan: “Dhoni should carefully use pandya and atmost give 2 overs. He is not Watson or Anderson to give control.”

    3.6

    Nehra to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, wanders outside off, Nehra goes a touch slower and delivers back of a length on off stump, flicked behind square leg. Poor Dhawan has been kept seriously busy in that over

    3.5

    Nehra to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, good length ball on middle and off, Sabbir glides it to deep third man

    3.4

    Nehra to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, 143 kph, even at high pace Tamim isn’t bothered as he was earlier in the innings. That’s the benefit of spending a little time out there. You get your bearings right and your pulls fly away in front of square

    3.3

    Nehra to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, picks up the short ball like the black sheep on a pristine white background and pulls it off the front foot in front of square. Dhawan has to motor to keep it to two

    3.2

    Nehra to Tamim Iqbal, no run, angles it into middle and off, Tamim keeps to his back foot and cuts it to point

    3.1

    Nehra to Sabbir Rahman, 3 runs, muscles a pull shot even when he didn’t have enough room. Hardik’s throw hits the stumps inadvertantly and Bangladesh exploit it. Two overthrows in addition to the single

    End of over 3 (2 runs) Bangladesh 12/1 (135 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 7.94)

      • Tamim Iqbal 10 (14b 1×4 0x6)
      • Sabbir Rahman 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
      • R Ashwin 1-0-2-1
      • JJ Bumrah 1-0-3-0
    2.6

    Ashwin to Tamim Iqbal, no run, leans down and smothers the ball on off stump, as if worried if he plays it late it would spit up at him like a corbra

    2.5

    Ashwin to Tamim Iqbal, no run, that’s terrific bowling. It’s perhaps the best pace on this pitch. Loops it up, drifts it onto leg stump, it pitches outside the reach of Tamim’s front foot and then leaps up into Dhoni’s gloves.

    2.4

    Ashwin to Tamim Iqbal, no run, oooh, that one does turn. Tossed up outside leg stump and it rips up to hit Tamim on the front pad having zipped past the leading edge.

    2.3

    Ashwin to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, tosses it up slower through the air, Sabbir dabs it gently through square leg

    2.2

    Ashwin to Mohammad Mithun, OUT, pop goes the weasel! Mithun hasn’t been able to weather the pressure. And there wasn’t even that much on him. It’s very early in the chase, but he charges out at Ashwin. Clever bowlers know what to do when a batsman rushes madly like that. Ashwin pulls his length back and he drags the ball down the throat of long-on. Pandya takes the catch and celebrates with vigorous fist pumps!

    Mohammad Mithun c Pandya b Ashwin 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

    AshK: “Bangladesh needs to adopt the strategy of “Float Like a Butterfly and Sting like a Bee” – that is to match aggression and sensibility to win the game – Go Tigers!”

    2.1

    Ashwin to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, on the pads as he hits middle stump looking for turn, doesn’t find any. Flicked away through square leg

    Ah, I thought he’d open the bowler. Here he is for the third over. Ashwin, at the other end Tamim

    End of over 2 (3 runs) Bangladesh 10/0 (137 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.61)

      • Tamim Iqbal 9 (10b 1×4 0x6)
      • Mohammad Mithun 1 (2b 0x4 0x6)
      • JJ Bumrah 1-0-3-0
      • A Nehra 1-0-7-0

     

    Ah, I thought he’d open the bowler. Here he is for the third over. Ashwin, at the other end Tamim

    1.6

    Bumrah to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, closes the face too early and the ball – even at 139 kph – comes off the pitch a touch off pace. Outside edge to third man as Bangalore roars their support for the home team. Bangladesh have been playing in Mirpur a lot lately, which screamed for them passionately. Not much of that here

    1.5

    Bumrah to Mohammad Mithun, 1 run, 140kph and that pace coupled with a fuller length leaves Mithun with too little time to make up his mind. Defends with half a stride forward and gets an inside edge

    1.4

    Bumrah to Mohammad Mithun, no run, crisp sound off the bat as Mithun steps forward and defends. Ah, Test cricket. I’ve missed you

    Goutham: “Indeed a match between captains, a Battle of Wits. Looks like in the 1st innings, Bangladesh’s gameplan and tactics, and not their bowlers alone, won the game. Curious to see how MSD will manage his bowling options. In this match, captainancy a more important factor than dew or turn.”

    1.3

    Bumrah to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, good batting there. Dabs into the cover and runs. Good ball on off stump yields runs.

    1.2

    Bumrah to Tamim Iqbal, no run, that’s the flamingo half way down the pitch! Bumrah’s got his head screwed right as he cramps Tamim up

    1.1

    Bumrah to Tamim Iqbal, no run, 129 kph, back of a length and on off stump, pushed into the covers

    Sarkar hasn’t had the finest time as opener, so he’s been pushed down the order. Except I think, the best time to bat here was up the order. Anyway, here’s Bumrah from around the stumps

    End of over 1 (7 runs) Bangladesh 7/0 (140 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.36)

      • Tamim Iqbal 7 (6b 1×4 0x6)
      • Mohammad Mithun 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)
      • A Nehra 1-0-7-0
    0.6

    Nehra to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, dabbed to point for a single to end the over

    0.5

    Nehra to Tamim Iqbal, no run, dropped! but that was fiercely hit by Tamim, came at a nice height to Nehra but he had to react fast, hits him on the fingers, Tamim survives

    0.4

    Nehra to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, short ball Nehra, Tamim looks to pull that away, can’t get the timing, he was looking to send that ball towards midwicket, gets it looping beyond mid-on instead

    0.3

    Nehra to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Nehra probing away outside off stump, Tamim wafts at it and is beaten

    0.2

    Nehra to Tamim Iqbal, no run, better from Nehra, back of a length outside off, Tamim skips down the pitch and cracks that towards mid-off, doesn’t beat the fielder

    0.1

    Nehra to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, poor start from India, first a leg-side delivery from Nehra, easily worked towards fine leg by Tamim, should have been stopped by Bumrah to give just a single, but Bumrah allows that through his fingers for four. What’s more, Tamim seems to be in a bit of pain after bumping into Nehra, both the bowler and the batsmen were watching the ball as they collided. Nehra seems to be okay, the Bangladeshi physio taking a look at Tamim, who seems to have recovered now. what an action-packed start

    Right, we are all set for the chase. Here come Tamim and Mithun Ali. India are in a team huddle with Dhoni giving them a speech.

    Ashish Nehra marking his run-up. Tamim to face. One slip in place.


     

    The trophy has been strutted out and is being spirited back. Enough with the ceremony, lets get on with it. Bangladesh bound out into the Chinnaswamy. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are on the prowl. And so you’re about to hear me roar. Mashrafe Mortaza will take the new ball, and he has a slip in and four men on the off side ring

    7.25 pm CricIQ social is back! Think you know cricket? Take our Twitter quiz and prove it

    Abdul: “Saqlain Sajib is not playing today which means that Mashrafe Mortaza is not playing as a captain only today. He’ll have to bowl 2,3 overs!” And Bangladesh need their jovial and inspirational Mashrafe back, says Mohammad Isam. But put a pin on that as we ready ourselves for the national anthems.

    “Always someone points out both these national anthems are written by the same person, Nobel laureate Tagore. Is it missing this time..” RJ’s beaten everyone to the punch.

    “Strange to see Ppl wanting Raina to be dropped. He comes in at a time when there isn’t much time. Can’t play himself in,” But over the last two matches, he came in early and had nearly the entire innings, Prasun. As the preview points out, his last fifty in T20I cricket was in 2010. “And I don’t find difference between Yuvi and him. Yuvi has definitely not been in form. After his comeback I can hardly remember him middling 5-6 shots. So Yuvi has been a bit lucky with edges missing and stuff and Raina unlucky. If anyone has to go t should be Dhawan who has all the time in the world to play himself in and yet plays loose.” —- And here, Yuvraj showed stickability, which is even more impressive considering he’s not in top form.

    sureshbabu, sau: “people talking about Rainas fifty was in 2010, mind u Dhoni didn’t even make a fifty in this format” —- Fair point. But he comes in at No. 5 and below doesn’t he?

    “We’ve been playing on turners so far. Hopefully this is a flat wicket and we can hit some boundaries,” says Shikhar Dhawan with a laugh during an interview for the host broadcaster.

    “By Putting India into Bat, Bangladesh have probably negated the “Kohli” factor and have given themselves a chance.” Venkat chirps. But Kohli, a man who puts some stock by visualisation, can just as easily imagine he is chasing, can’t he?

    Senthil : “@Muthu. You mean the same way Sachin imagines he is not in his 90s.”

    7.00 pm Tails calls Mashrafe and he’s right Bangladesh will bowl “Ball was holding a bit, later one it was coming onto the bat. Plus this is a high-chasing ground. We had a reasonable match in the last one. Hopefully we put up a fight again. Tamim is back for Saqlaib Sajib

    “We were looking to bowl first,” MS Dhoni says. “Looks like a tacky wicket, but maybe a bit of dew later on. This is one surface that will remain good. If there’s a bit of moisture it may turn. It looks like a good surface, but I’ve been wrong twice, I could be wrong again. The team is feeling good. India Pakistan was always a big game, we prepared well. No changes”

    “In 11 of the 12 matches in this #WT20 main round, the toss-winning team has won the match,” says our resident statsguru Bharath Seervi.

    Jiten Surtani: “This could be good for India just before it gets tough – lose the toss, bat first (so no chasing now), Tamim is back, Mustafizur is back…. India is going to face a challenge here”

    Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mohammad Mithun, 8 Shuvagata Hom, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Al-Amin Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

    India 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra

    “A reliable batting surface,” says Tom Moody for Star Sports while establishing how short the boundaries are. M Chinnaswamy has seen a lot of sixes. Also the Match Day ticker is up and running. Please refresh the scorecard and join Ajit Agarkar and Mahela Jayawardene in the hot seat

    6.50 pm Ten minutes to go for the toss and its time to tune in to other armchair experts besides myself. See, I’m an equal opportunity fog horn.

    Tushar: “It is high time for Indian team management to be proactive in team selection. Rahane must be tried in the match against Australia should Dhawan fail today. India cannot afford to head to knockouts with a misfiring (Dhawan) or untested (Rahane) opener.”

    Ramchandra Pand: “Suresh Raina should be promoted one down today … as to get confidence against Australia in next match if Indian bats first … He needs to spend time in middle”

    “Happy birthday to Shakib Al Hasan, I mean I am sitting in Australia where the day is already the 24th..” Tsk tsk tsk, where’s the cake, shamim?

    Charn: “The tournament has been well planned as far as match scheduling is concerned. And there is certainly no group of death- some teams are performing below par but you cannot write anyone off, except maybe Afghanistan- no offense meant. Till the last matches of super-10 group if we don’t get more than one dead rubber, its good for the game. ”

    6.45 pm For those keeping their eyes peeled for other results, England’s bowlers bailed their batsmen out of trouble against Afghanistan in Delhi. And for the others who are peering at the top corner of the scorecard and wondering when our Match Day crew pop up, that’s at 7 pm. Keep biting those nails.

    “Guys I am in Brussels at the moment and shaken by the turn of events here. So India, give me some cheer and win this match convincingly and not scrap through.” —- Message transmitted. We hope things are getting better, Ramas NZ.

    Jayendra is contemplating blasphemy.: “I am holding a ticket for the Match…but just now i got piled up with work. I guess i am going to throw tickets.”

    Raghu: “@Jayendra, Can u please tell me wr u going to throw tickets, So that i can collect:)”

    Shawn: “I don’t get it. People complain when India prepare flat wickets. People complain when India prepare Spin-Friendly wickets. Yeah. I know everyone wants a ‘PERFECT’ wicket where the ball swings miles, spins around the earth, but finally comes on easily to the bat. But as a host team, I feel India has the advantage of preparing wickets according to their liking (Provided it meets ICC standards). I’m sure these pitches are moderated before ue. All teams use home advantage. I don’t get it why India is put to sword each time they just use home advantage.” —– Yes, but technically this is an ICC tournament, and all indications prior to its start had been that we would get batter-friendly pitches…

    Sundar: “@Shawn: Agree. The hilarious bit is when people say Indian batsmen’s inflated batting averages are because they play on flat pitches and India spinners do well because they play on ‘doctored’ or turning tracks. I never understood how they can be flat and turning at the same time.”

    “I hope we don’t get another over-zealous curator preparing another spin pitch for India. Seems like India play on only bowler friendly pitches these days.” —- Siddhesh, we don’t know if that is by design. Pitch prep is worse than sitting a math exam, I hear. And why shouldn’t a helping hand be given to a player like Ashish Nehra, who at 37 years old is still a proper force as Karthik Krishnaswamy lays out right here.

    “Home advantage? Seriously? India, England and Australia are probably the three worst line-ups against quality spin currently. ” SKD hits us with a big old dose of reality. Some of India’s strokeplayers haven’t been perfectly comfortable against the turning ball…

    sidhu: “@Siddesh – if India had any say in getting pitches tailored made, I am sure they would have gone with Harbhajan Singh in their matches. They wouldnt have read the pitches wrongly in that case (even Eden spun more than they thought. In fact, Dhoni thought it would seam).”

    “I dont understand this ho ha arround NRR,” Viral harrumphs. “I would rather concentrate on 2 wins out of 2 and go through. It is not looking possible to get NRR higher than 0.25 which is what Pakistan has got after 2 loss. Not to forget that to get NRR into scenario, Pakistan would have to win one and we have to loose one. so even if our run rate goes over 0.5 (which is not very likely) it will come down after another loss and Pakistan will go up or stay arround same after 1 win. SO PLEASE FOCUS ON 2 WINS” —– He makes it sound so simple. Almost as simple as Virat Kohli makes batting look these days in limited-overs cricket. He’s in his adopted home, just like Chris Gayle had been a few nights ago. Will the Chinnaswamy stadium roll out the red carpet for its IPL captain?

    So who can Mashrafe plant on the frontlines of this great fight? Not Taskin. He’s been benched by the ICC and shackled there despite the BCB’s appeal. Why are concerns of his action cropping up just now? asks a lot of people. The sagacious Sid Monga (hopefully he sees this and gives me brownie points for alliteration) may have a few answers.

    King Hasan: “You moron, Is this the way of commentary?” Begging your pardon, your majesty. I suppose I was startled by the fact that the experts think a misfiring Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina may start firing soon. It is Bangalore though, which has a reputation for sidling close to the batsmen and whispering sweet nothings in their ears.

    6.15 pm Bangladesh aren’t playing cricket anymore. They may be facing India tonight, but they’re up against a far fiercer, very unforgiving and utterly invincible force. M-A-T-H. Specifically net-run-rate math – theirs is -1.79, the lowest in group 2. They need wins and other results to go their way as S Rajesh points out in his scenarios that only excludes the possibility of Bangladesh convincing the world that minus is actually greater than plus. I’d nod my head off if Mustafiz threatened he’d bowl one of his cutters and make me look like an even worse mug with the bat than I normally am.

    “NRR is really gonna play big part in this group of death,” An appropriately named Mr Cricketcrazy goes all gung ho, “India should make 200 and try to bowl out Bangladesh under 70.”

    SKD: “Bangladesh aren’t playing cricket anymore. They may be facing India tonight, but they’re up against a far fiercer, very unforgiving and utterly invincible force. – I thought you were talking about the ICC there.” —- My antiestablishmentarianism sense forgot to tingle.

    0.1

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Sharma, 1 run, 130kph, they’ve got cover on the point boundary for Rohit’s lovely glides.

    0.2

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhawan, 1 run, and Dhawan can’t enjoy the pleasure of getting off the mark with a boundary either. Mashrafe, who is quite slow these days, has shielded himself cleverly with a deep point instead of a third man

    0.3

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Sharma, 1 wide, goes fuller and in trying to avoid giving Rohit too much room, the ball wanders down leg.

    0.3

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Sharma, no run, well done, Sabbir. Threw himself headfirst as an outside edge squirted towards him at point. Better signs already. Mash is even getting the ball to straighten

    0.4

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Sharma, 1 run, bit more effort in trying to get that ball to rise up, Rohit has to soften his hands and adjust to the bounce as he finds a single towards midwicket

    0.5

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Dhawan, 1 run, opens the face and uses the angle across him to his favour to find a single off a back of a length ball outside off

    0.6

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Sharma, no run, may be only 126 kph, but it comes up above Rohit’s stomach and he has to play a circumspect push into the covers. India and Bangladesh just feeling each other out here, on a pitch which is looking quite palatable with the new ball. Yum!

    End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

      • RG Sharma 2 (4b)
      • S Dhawan 2 (2b)
      • Mashrafe Mortaza 1-0-5-0

    Right, lets see if we get any grip. Shuvagata’s offbreaks in early. Around to Dhawan

    1.1

    Shuvagata Hom to Dhawan, no run, let’s go! First ball pitches just outside off and veers away into the keeper’s gloves, well past Dhawan as he searches for the ball with a forward push

    1.2

    Shuvagata Hom to Dhawan, no run, that’s a bit shorter, and it comes on so slow off the deck. Dhawan had been set to cut it, but it arrives… well, fashionably late

    1.3

    Shuvagata Hom to Dhawan, no run, flighted onto middle and leg, smothered

    1.4

    Shuvagata Hom to Dhawan, FOUR, got away with a long hop before, not this time. Dhawan jumps back and pulls it through midwicket with authority

    Slip brought in to remind Shuvagata his length

    1.5

    Shuvagata Hom to Dhawan, no run, plants it outside off on a good length, Dhawan slices it to backward point

    1.6

    Shuvagata Hom to Dhawan, no run, jumps back seeking to thread the needle behind point, but he doesn’t quite pull it off

    Rais: “Mash is missing his right arm (Taskin)… he’s bowling with his left arm…”

    End of over 2 (4 runs) India 9/0 (RR: 4.50)

      • S Dhawan 6 (8b 1×4)
      • RG Sharma 2 (4b)
      • Shuvagata Hom 1-0-4-0
      • Mashrafe Mortaza 1-0-5-0

    Rummy: “Here we go again. That first delivery just shot up my heartbeat.” — How do you feel about Al-Amin?

    2.1

    Al-Amin Hossain to Sharma, FOUR, he’s adapted already. Rohit had played one shot to that region, but was denied by the placement of a sweeper cover. This time he waits a tad more and opens the face further to beat that fielder

    2.2

    Al-Amin Hossain to Sharma, 1 run, carefully tucked around the corner to pick up a single towards short fine leg

    Questions already over Mash taking himself off after a very tight first over, but Al-Amin is a good man with the new ball, with his natural angle away from the left-hander

    2.3

    Al-Amin Hossain to Dhawan, 1 run, the angle bat meets the shortish ball and a single pops out behind point

    2.4

    Al-Amin Hossain to Sharma, 1 run, think he took the pace off there, with an offcutter, and even that gripped into the deck. Rohit, helped by a shorter length, stays on the back foot and works it off his hips

    2.5

    Al-Amin Hossain to Dhawan, 1 run, if Al-Amin doesn’t give him any pace, he’ll try to make it himself. But Dhawan does not get any room to do much more than block the ball. The clever thing he did was use soft hands and nick a single

    2.6

    Al-Amin Hossain to Sharma, no run, rises up onto his tippy toes for a shortish delivery outside off and taps it to point

    End of over 3 (8 runs) India 17/0 (RR: 5.66)

      • RG Sharma 8 (8b 1×4)
      • S Dhawan 8 (10b 1×4)
      • Al-Amin Hossain 1-0-8-0
      • Shuvagata Hom 1-0-4-0

    Guru: “why don’t India Play Powerplay like Powerplay?? Missing Sehwag here!!!” —- who went, read Mustafizur off the hand and get ready to hit him out. Cricket sounds dreadfully simple when he gets into the act. Speaking of our ESPNcricinfo debutant for the year for 2015 and one of the best in the world according to Shakib…

    3.1

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhawan, no run, 126 kph, darts a short of a good length ball into the left-hander, Dhawan has to wait on the ball which wasn’t at his full pace, and is rapped on the pads. Would have slid down though

    3.2

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhawan, no run, 137 kph, that’s fuller, speared into the leftie, Dhawan takes the liberty of a swipe over square leg and comes out second best

    3.3

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhawan, 1 run, a little bit of half-volley there and Dhawan has an easy time flicking it off to deep square leg

    Zeeshan: “Mustafizur reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch…” —– Well, that’s certainly worth exploring further

    3.4

    Mustafizur Rahman to Sharma, 1 run, oh, it looked like the same set up. Drifting the slower ball across the right-hander to get Rohit into driving on the up through point or cover. This time though the batsman plays with softer hands, but he was reaching for it away from his body

    3.5

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhawan, no run, arms and legs everywhere as Mustafiz belts out an appeal. It’s the slower ball again, so slow that Dhawan coming down the track was finished with his across the line flick, and was struck low on the pads. Perhaps the ump thought it was sliding down

    3.6

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhawan, FOUR, power play in the Powerplay. Dhawan’s been eyeing the leg side for a while now and here he gets the length he can get under. Then his wrists provide the requisite power to lift the ball over the infield.

    Chandar: “People complaining about slow starts, bowling pitches etc., sit back and enjoy a good contest between bat and ball. It gives immense pleasure to see bowlers win games, being bowling captain of my gully team”

    End of over 4 (6 runs) India 23/0 (RR: 5.75)

      • S Dhawan 13 (15b 2×4)
      • RG Sharma 9 (9b 1×4)
      • Mustafizur Rahman 1-0-6-0
      • Al-Amin Hossain 1-0-8-0
    4.1

    Shakib Al Hasan to Sharma, no run, chances of a run out at the non-stirkers’ end! Rohit chopped a super slow delivery from Shakib towards short third man, who was rapid on the ball. One step down, Rohit realised there was no run there and sent Dhawan scurrying back. Dhawan had been more than halfway down but he saves himself with a dive and Shakib didn’t quite collect it cleanly

    4.2

    Shakib Al Hasan to Sharma, 1 run, tapped into the covers, and again the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat when it is slowed down

    4.3

    Shakib Al Hasan to Dhawan, 1 run, that’s a bit short, and Dhawan displays his expanded legside storkeplay with a short-armed jab through midwicket

    4.4

    Shakib Al Hasan to Sharma, no run, oooh, almost popped a return catch! He was moving back for a push through mid-off, but the ball took ages arriving to him. And when it did, Rohit was so far into his shot that his bat face was closed when it connected. Shakib can’t dive far enough forward

    4.5

    Shakib Al Hasan to Sharma, 1 run, stays leg side of the ball and reaches with his hands because his front foot stride wasn’t big enough. It’s not easy playing drives on this pitch

    4.6

    Shakib Al Hasan to Dhawan, 1 run, so Dhawan goes cross batted and plays a belter of a sweep. The bounce hasn’t been troublesome so once he can get on top of it, his power overrides the spin

    Abedi: “Bowler No. 5 for the firth over, who is there of No. 6?”

    End of over 5 (4 runs) India 27/0 (RR: 5.40)

      • S Dhawan 15 (17b 2×4)
      • RG Sharma 11 (13b 1×4)
      • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-4-0
      • Mustafizur Rahman 1-0-6-0
    5.1

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhawan, 1 run, steps away before the bowler was at his mark, Mustafiz follows him for a fuller ball on leg stump, driven through hthe covers

    5.2

    Mustafizur Rahman to Sharma, SIX, “we want six, we want six, we want six,” they scream and Rohit sends them all into delirium. Mustafiz also complies with the crowd by bowling in the slot on off stump. Sweet swing of the bat

    5.3

    Mustafizur Rahman to Sharma, 1 run, almost had him run out again! Was it Sabbir at point? A little dink off the open face and everything seemed calm until the fielder raced in and flung the throw off balance. Dhawan barely stretched out there

    5.4

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhawan, SIX, 137 kph, another one in the arc and its sent outta the park. Half-volley on leg stump, Dhawan clears his front leg for a full and authoritative swing of the bat

    5.5

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhawan, 1 leg bye, spins around on the spot to see where the ball went. until Rohit’s call reaches him and he gets the skates on. Leg bye towards midwicket. Went for the leg-stump yorker

    Vikrant Mahamun: “India have now started playing Mustafizur Rahman really very well. Even in the last game in Asia cup he went for 4-0-40-0.”

    5.6

    Mustafizur Rahman to Sharma, OUT, jinx! Big old jinx there from our commenters as Rohit falls to Mustafiz. I believe that was the slower ball, and Rohit walks back looking quite forlorn. He must have really thought this was in the slot. Perhaps it was, for a straight bat shot. But the lack of pace forces Rohit to lose his best chance of timing this. He loses his shape, he goes across the line, he was looking to make up for being deceived by powering the ball away. All he does though is get a toe end and the skier is well held at midwicket

    RG Sharma c Sabbir Rahman b Mustafizur Rahman 18 (29m 16b 1×4 1×6) SR: 112.50

    End of over 6 (15 runs) India 42/1 (RR: 7.00)

      • S Dhawan 22 (20b 2×4 1×6)
      • Mustafizur Rahman 2-0-20-1
      • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-4-0
    6.1

    Shakib Al Hasan to Kohli, no run, oooh, he’s stepped away too far. That was there for the cut, except he underestimated the turn and ends up too far down leg to connect

    6.2

    Shakib Al Hasan to Kohli, no run, goes back to a relatively full ball and blocks

    6.3

    Shakib Al Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, that’s more of a slider and Kohli leaps back in his crease to smear it through the covers. Confident shot

    6.4

    Shakib Al Hasan to Dhawan, 1 run, used the slowness of the pitch to his advantage as he jumped back in his crease and whips a flatter ball from way outside leg to put it to deep midwicket

    6.5

    Shakib Al Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, stays back, waits on the ball and pats it to long-on

    6.6

    Shakib Al Hasan to Dhawan, OUT, trapped him in front! It didn’t seem all that threatening. Perhaps a touch quicker, and that did not allow Dhawan the time he needed to bring his bat down. He had tried to sweep the ball from the stumps, but in his eagerness, he stretched too far forward and yorked himself

    S Dhawan lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 23 (33m 22b 2×4 1×6) SR: 104.54

    End of over 7 (3 runs) India 45/2 (RR: 6.42)

      • V Kohli 2 (4b)
      • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-7-1
      • Mustafizur Rahman 2-0-20-1

    Suresh Raina in early again, and here’s Mash again

    7.1

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Kohli, 2 runs, strays down leg to Kohli and the flick off the hips skims away to the man at deep square leg

    7.2

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Kohli, 1 run, steps forward to a fuller ball and presents the straight bat to long-on

    7.3

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, no run, waits for the shortish and the slower delivery on off stump and directs it to point

    Ram: “seems 150 is good score to defend on this pitch”

    7.4

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, no run, 129 kph, that seemed like he was beaten for pace. Good length ball leaps away past Raina’s tentative poke away from his body

    7.5

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, no run, he’s chopped onto his stumps playing this very stroke before – but at Mash’s slower pace, he’s much more comfortable with the glide towards point

    7.6

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 1 run, jumps up worried about the bounce Mash is getting, but it is also slow. The flick pops up in the air, but it falls safe since deep square leg is back

    End of over 8 (4 runs) India 49/2 (RR: 6.12)

      • SK Raina 1 (4b)
      • V Kohli 5 (6b)
      • Mashrafe Mortaza 2-0-9-0
      • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-7-1

    Shuvagata’s back after the powerplay, but he has a slip

    8.1

    Shuvagata Hom to Raina, 1 run, misfield at cover allows a risky single to go through. Raina went back and pushed the ball, Kohli responded immediately

    8.2

    Shuvagata Hom to Kohli, no run, goes back and whips it to short midwicket. The trajectory to Kohli’s gotten quite flat

    8.3

    Shuvagata Hom to Kohli, 2 runs, and even when its tossed up, Kohli goes back and works a ball well outside off through midwicket. Kohli and Raina have picked out that Mash was the fielder and they pinch a second. The fielder does well to throw the ball to the bowler’s end, because Raina seems the slower of the two and he would have been out

    8.4

    Shuvagata Hom to Kohli, no run, races down the track, but the slower pace and the loopy flight deceives Kohli. Inside edge to Shakib, a better fielder, at midwicket now.

    8.5

    Shuvagata Hom to Kohli, no run, worked to midwicket again

    8.6

    Shuvagata Hom to Kohli, no run, takes a ball on off stump and works it into the leg side again. They key is in waiting for the ball when Kohli does this.

    End of over 9 (3 runs) India 52/2 (RR: 5.77)

      • V Kohli 7 (11b)
      • SK Raina 2 (5b)
      • Shuvagata Hom 2-0-7-0
      • Mashrafe Mortaza 2-0-9-0

    Roop Kumar : “BD is in the position of nothing to lose… but INDIA a must win game.. so India shouldn’t focus par score, they need more (more above par score)..”

    9.1

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 1 run, that wasn’t very prudent. Raina drifts outside off and flicks one almost straight down the throat of Mahmudullah at deep square leg.

    9.2

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Kohli, 1 run, width offered and Kohli’s flashing blade makes enough contact with the ball to scurry away to deep point. Not perfectly timed

    9.3

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 1 run, 124 kph, oh, he looked utterly at sea there. He was propped up on the front foot, determined to play the pull because his instincts picked up on a short ball. But he hasn’t realised it was the change up delivery. It grips into the deck and defeats Raina completely. He looks shocked as he tries to adjust his bat swing. Could easily have been caught had square leg been inside the circle

    9.4

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Kohli, 2 runs, comes down the track to a back of a length ball and pierces the gap at cover. Didn’t do too much, simply punched it. Nearly went for four if not for Mahmudullah’s efforts.

    9.5

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Kohli, 1 run

    9.6

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 1 run, comes down the track, but is again fooled by the lack of pace. Goes for a chip down the ground and finds a run to long-on.

    Slow pitch being exploited well by Bangladesh. Here’s Shakib Al Hasan on Bangladesh’s chances in the rest of the tournament

    End of over 10 (7 runs) India 59/2 (RR: 5.90)

      • SK Raina 5 (8b)
      • V Kohli 11 (14b)
      • Mashrafe Mortaza 3-0-16-0
      • Shuvagata Hom 2-0-7-0

    Rahul: “Dhoni should give Rahane a chance, Its unfortunate that he is not able to play even when 3-4 batsmen are out of form. ”

    Ryan: “This is what sets India apart from the likes of Pakistan batsmen. They are currently in trouble but still managing their singles. I do want Bangladesh to win though as there hasn’t really been a major upset in this tournament. ”

    10.1

    Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, 1 run, he’s changed his bat, and this one seems to suit him better. As does the full pace of Al-Amin, coupled with width and just the length Raina likes because he can get under. Slapped through the covers

    10.2

    Al-Amin Hossain to Kohli, 1 run, dropped! Oh, you can’t do that with Kohli! Certainly not after you’ve deceived him. Kohli was jumping down the track, and is surprised by the bounce on it. Panics and tries to power the ball away. The ball hits the splice and comes back at Al-Amin, it was looping back so he had enough time. Sticks out a right hand during his followthrough and shells it

    10.3

    Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, no run

    10.4

    Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, SIX, is that another drop? Harsh to call it, since Shuvagata was right on the edge of the square leg fence. He must have been worried of going over. Reached for the ball after Raina has swished it high towards the short boundary, can’t pull it off

    10.5

    Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, SIX, heaved away over midwicket. That’s two in two and the change of bat is working wonders for Raina. Al-Amin and his lengths have not been good when the pressure has been on him. Short balls at his full pace aren’t the most threatening

    10.6

    Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, no run, comes down the track and Al-Amin does well to slant the ball past Raina’s reach outside off

    End of over 11 (14 runs) India 73/2 (RR: 6.63)

      • SK Raina 18 (13b 2×6)
      • V Kohli 12 (15b)
      • Al-Amin Hossain 2-0-22-0
      • Mashrafe Mortaza 3-0-16-0

    Dip Patel: “I just said 29 balls since last boundary and Raina slammed two into the sky…Maybe I should do it more often”

    11.1

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Kohli, no run, cuts a slower, shortish ball from middle stump to point.

    11.2

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Kohli, 2 runs, whipped away wide of long-on and Kohli scampers across for the second run. Good work from India, pinching all these runs

    Sanjay: “Dhoni mentioned that this pitch is tacky. However, he has not made any changes to the team like including an extra spinner.”

    11.3

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Kohli, 1 run, his slower balls have been good tonight, Mash. As have been his field settings. Three men are on the deep on the leg side and deep midwicket is called into play as Kohli pulls

    Aniket: “It’s funny how we all said that every one was in form just before the world cup and now 2 games down we all say in unison that we have 3-4 batsmen out of form” —– Well, the men in the middle order were unknowns coming into the tournament having not faced too many balls…

    11.4

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 1 run, swipe across the line, and he is again put in woe by the lack of pace. Inside edge comes out and Raina gets some time to think at the non-strikers

    11.5

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Kohli, 1 run, shortish and outside off, flayed towards long-off

    Rushad: “Seems like the equation is no pace=no runs. Indian bowlers should learn from this now…”

    11.6

    Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 1 run, lovely shot from Raina. Sometimes there’s a bit more beauty to a good shot coming from a struggling batsman. Here Raina stepped away from a back of a length ball and slices the ball behind point. He waited perfectly to exploit the gap, only Mithun outdoes himself with a dive to his right

    Anuj: “Do commemtators on cricinfo selectively publish comments with potential jinxing power” —- I do like causing mischief. As Yuvi and Pandya might too. They’re both padded up

    End of over 12 (6 runs) India 79/2 (RR: 6.58)

      • SK Raina 20 (15b 2×6)
      • V Kohli 16 (19b)
      • Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-22-0
      • Al-Amin Hossain 2-0-22-0
    12.1

    Shakib Al Hasan to Raina, 1 run, a friendly little knock on his forehead as Soumya runs in to collect the ball at long-on. Raina lifts the flighted ball from off stump

    12.2

    Shakib Al Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, darted into the pads and Kohli flicks it to long-on

    12.3

    Shakib Al Hasan to Raina, 1 run, loopy delivery outside off, might well have been a yorker if it wasn’t tossed up so high. Raina dabs it to short third man for a single

    12.4

    Shakib Al Hasan to Kohli, no run, one ups the advancing batsman. Kohli yorks himself on leg stump

    12.5

    Shakib Al Hasan to Kohli, 1 run, again! Shakib senses Kohli’s urgency and yorks him again as he tries to come down the track. Dug out to long-on

    12.6

    Shakib Al Hasan to Raina, 1 run, cramping Raina, who works away a really full ball from off his toes to deep midwicket

    Harshal: “The in-form Kohli has yet to hit a boundary. Is it that difficult to score?” —- Yes, and Bangladesh are doing well, with their spinners bowling slow and their seamers using lots of changes of pace. And the areas where the batsman slogs on a slow pitch – deep midwicket and long-on are all protected.

    End of over 13 (5 runs) India 84/2 (RR: 6.46)

      • SK Raina 23 (18b 2×6)
      • V Kohli 18 (22b)
      • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-12-1
      • Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-22-0
    13.1

    Shuvagata Hom to Raina, FOUR, prime, wide open real estate down the ground and Raina plants his flag there by running down the track and takes advantage of a quicker dart. That just comes onto the bat. Poor bowling. Great batting

    13.2

    Shuvagata Hom to Raina, 1 run, squeezed out towards the covers

    13.3

    Shuvagata Hom to Kohli, SIX, delicious full toss from around the wicket and Kohli gets under it for a thwack over deep midwicket.

    13.4

    Shuvagata Hom to Kohli, OUT, the stumps light up behind him, which means out for Kohli. Goes for a sweep to a quicker ball from Shuvagata and with him playing with only half a bat, the percetanges aren’t with him. Math wins

    V Kohli b Shuvagata Hom 24 (37m 24b 0x4 1×6) SR: 100.00

    Pandya comes out. This could be fun

    13.5

    Shuvagata Hom to Pandya, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended

    13.6

    Shuvagata Hom to Pandya, SIX, toldja! His mandate is often to simply hit out, no matter the situation, no matter the pitch and Pandya has the ability to do so. As he shows here by picking up a flat ball on middle stump – it wasn’t as full as the Kohli dismissal – which means Pandya can get under and pump it over deep square leg

    Tanuj: “It’s commendable to see how sharply Raina and Kohli have rotated the strike during their partnership, while hitting an odd boundary. Now tha Kohli is out trying to enforce the run rate, it would be interesting to see how these two do it!!”

    End of over 14 (17 runs) India 101/3 (RR: 7.21)

      • HH Pandya 6 (2b 1×6)
      • SK Raina 28 (20b 1×4 2×6)
      • Shuvagata Hom 3-0-24-1
      • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-12-1
    14.1

    Shakib Al Hasan to Raina, 1 run, big old grin on Shakib’s face, because he knows he has given Raina an absolute treat and Raina graciously says no thanks. Loopy full toss down leg, with fine leg inside the circle, and the sweep shot does not beat him

    14.2

    Shakib Al Hasan to Pandya, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, nudged towards long-on. Thoughts of a second, but there were too many fielders closing in

    curiousmind: “Dear commentators.. please give some credit to the bowler after getting a wicket. it’s not all about the batsman’s fault..” —- Making a batsman like Kohli commit a mistake is credit to the bowler, mate

    14.3

    Shakib Al Hasan to Raina, 1 run, literally runs out at Shakib, who does it superbly. Loops it wide, to see if he can stump the batsman. Raina just about plants the open face on it and secures a single

    14.4

    Shakib Al Hasan to Pandya, no run, driven into the covers

    14.5

    Shakib Al Hasan to Pandya, FOUR, superb batting! Unlike Raina, Pandya makes his move down the track only after the ball leaves Shakib’s hand. So here a pretty, flighted ball on middle and leg is banished down the ground. So much power behind that. Beats long-on comfortably

    14.6

    Shakib Al Hasan to Pandya, FOUR, and more! Moves down the track, again he’s not shown his ace too early. Shakib can’t do nothing about it. He’s already let go of the ball when he sees Pandya is halfway down the pitch and then out comes the extra cover loft. That’s clever too, that’s an area that is usually unprotected

    End of over 15 (11 runs) India 112/3 (RR: 7.46)

      • HH Pandya 15 (6b 2×4 1×6)
      • SK Raina 30 (22b 1×4 2×6)
      • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-23-1
      • Shuvagata Hom 3-0-24-1
    15.1

    Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, OUT, holes out at midwicket! He’s been scratchy tonight. Changed his bat. Run down the pitch. Moved around in the crease. And here, he tries to pull a short ball and gets under it too much. Sabbir takes another good catch running in

    SK Raina c Sabbir Rahman b Al-Amin Hossain 30 (40m 23b 1×4 2×6) SR: 130.43

    Dhoni has promoted himself over Yuvraj. Good move

    15.2

    Al-Amin Hossain to Pandya, OUT, the outfield is his territory. That’s his happy place and he has pulled off a blinder of a catch! Pandya nailed that. N-a-i-l-e-d that. The pull short was skimming away to the square leg boundary – and it was flat too. A clear measure of how much power it had. But Soumya runs to his left, dives and clings on with both hands.

    HH Pandya c Soumya Sarkar b Al-Amin Hossain 15 (9m 7b 2×4 1×6) SR: 214.28

    Five odd overs left and the big hitter gone. Can Yuvraj step up tonight? Al-Amin is also on a hat-trick!

    15.3

    Al-Amin Hossain to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, that’s the slower short ball, and Yuvi has dabbed it towards the fine leg boundary. Mashrafe nearly scuffs it all up on the boundary, but he recovers from his fumble well enough

    15.4

    Al-Amin Hossain to Yuvraj Singh, no run, and there’s the quicker one, which he couldn’t get bat to. Dab to third man comes up too late

    15.5

    Al-Amin Hossain to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another little dab to third man, and Yuvu, feet planted on leg stump, reaches for the ball with an open face and is beaten

    15.6

    Al-Amin Hossain to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full and wide outside off, Yuvi looks to wade into a big hit over long-off and comes up with whole lot of nothing. This will be hard for a new batsman, to judge the pace of this pitch with quick runs are needed. Hitting through the line – which is Yuvi’s game – is not going to be easy

    End of over 16 (2 runs) India 114/5 (RR: 7.12)

      • Yuvraj Singh 2 (4b)
      • MS Dhoni 0 (0b)
      • Al-Amin Hossain 3-0-24-2
      • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-23-1

    Vamsi: “Could you please help me how many times Yuvraj faced the HATRICK ball. Seems he faced more than anyone these days.” —- Mahmudullah has been given the ball. Finisher in both disciplines it appears

    16.1

    Mahmudullah to Dhoni, 1 run, starts around the wicket, with a flatter ball on off stump, nudged to deep midwicket

    Udhay: “Big hitter gone ? Dhoni is still in the middle. Isn’t he ?” —- Yes, and Yuvi in his prime can be as well. But with due respect, Pandya is the man who has been able to come in and hit out straight away

    16.2

    Mahmudullah to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a shortish delivery outside off, patted through the covers off the back foot

    16.3

    Mahmudullah to Dhoni, no run, stays back against a short ball outside off and Dhoni punches it back at the bowler. Mahmudullah has gone back over the wicket

    16.4

    Mahmudullah to Dhoni, 1 run, width offered and Dhoni cuts it away to the sweeper cover

    Vikas Dixit: “If Yuvi has problems finding middle of the bat from the start, maybe he should receive throw downs just before coming out to the middle. “

    16.5

    Mahmudullah to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, it wasn’t the pitch for Yuvi, and he won’t be spending too much time on it. Attempts a pull shot, connects only with his top edge and is safely caught at short fine leg. He’s looked unconvincing, and has fallen to a part-time spinner. Walks off shaking his head

    Yuvraj Singh c Al-Amin Hossain b Mahmudullah 3 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

    16.6

    Mahmudullah to Dhoni, 1 run, nudged through midwicket and the fielder down there does well enough to prevent Dhoni from thinking about a second

    Akshay Singh: “If somebody doesn’t know, 23rd of march doesn’t suit us. We lost to Aussies in 2003 finals and to Bangladesh in 2007 world cup.”

    End of over 17 (4 runs) India 118/6 (RR: 6.94)

      • MS Dhoni 3 (4b)
      • RA Jadeja 0 (0b)
      • Mahmudullah 1-0-4-1
      • Al-Amin Hossain 3-0-24-2

    Mustafiz is back, and he could be deadly at this stage. Dhoni is key for India. He would have assessed that something around 130 could be enough on this pitch

    17.1

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhoni, 1 run, goes full, and across the right-hander, driven to sweeper cover

    Only one man up on the leg side

    17.2

    Mustafizur Rahman to Jadeja, 2 runs, full toss outside off, driven to deep cover and they pry a second run when there wasn’t one. Dhoni was superb, with how quickly he turned for the extra run

    17.3

    Mustafizur Rahman to Jadeja, no run, yorker on off stump, jams his bat down and saves his off stump

    Dhoni comes down to have a chat with Jaddu, a touch of gloves and we’re off again

    buddy: “As a neutral observer, it appears these comments by Commentators are extremely bias. Even when Bangladesh is on top, these guys are still commenting about losing Indians. poos work…” —- It’s not by design, mate. Putting up only those that are coming in

    17.4

    Mustafizur Rahman to Jadeja, 1 run, low full toss on middle, flicked to to long-on

    17.5

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhoni, 1 run, slower short ball on the pads, Dhoni dabs it to short fine leg to raise his 1000th run in T20Is

    17.6

    Mustafizur Rahman to Jadeja, no run, another perfect yorker – this one on middle – Jaddu can only keep it out and hope to make up for it in the next over. Only five runs off that 18th over.

    End of over 18 (5 runs) India 123/6 (RR: 6.83)

      • RA Jadeja 3 (4b)
      • MS Dhoni 5 (6b)
      • Mustafizur Rahman 3-0-25-1
      • Mahmudullah 1-0-4-1

    Wilson : “Can someone tell me how many dot balls have been played by India in this Innings?” —- 41 so far, and they have two more overs left. Al-Amin has the ball, Dhoni had his number during the Asia Cup…

    18.1

    Al-Amin Hossain to Dhoni, no run, looks for the blockhole and Dhoni can only pat it back at the bowler. Well done. Good execution

    18.2

    Al-Amin Hossain to Dhoni, FOUR, he nearly swing himself off his feet! It was wide outside off, indications were Al-Amin was going for a yorker outside off, but he didn’t get it. Dhoni scythes it over extra cover. Such fast hands. Such brutal power

    Mashrafe brings the third man in and fine leg is up. Extra cover is on the deep now

    18.3

    Al-Amin Hossain to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, oh, that was perfect for another boundary too! It was a knee high full toss going down leg and Dhoni was looking for the up and over over fine leg. Misses it, has to settle for a single off the pads. Dhoni cusses as he runs across

    18.4

    Al-Amin Hossain to Jadeja, FOUR, the full tosses keep coming, and Jadeja opens the face and exploits the width on offer. Al-Amin is falling apart again. Beats the point on the boundary. Well played, but poor ball.

    18.5

    Al-Amin Hossain to Jadeja, FOUR, excellent batting! He’s beaten the fielder on the other side of the field this time. Al-Amin trusts the slower bouncer and screams in frustation as Jaddu wasn’t deceived. He waited until the last moment, got on top of the bounce and pulled it past square leg

    18.6

    Al-Amin Hossain to Jadeja, 1 run, another pull, but it was at a quicker pace and he didn’t have the room to free the arms. Only a single to deep square leg

    End of over 19 (14 runs) India 137/6 (RR: 7.21)

      • RA Jadeja 12 (7b 2×4)
      • MS Dhoni 9 (9b 1×4)
      • Al-Amin Hossain 4-0-37-2
      • Mustafizur Rahman 3-0-25-1
    19.1

    Mustafizur Rahman to Jadeja, OUT, no respect for those presumably very costly stumps. It’s been sent cartwheeling. But hey, we like bad boys here. Mustafiz goes full and straight, Jaddu goes across the line. QED.

    RA Jadeja b Mustafizur Rahman 12 (15m 8b 2×4 0x6) SR: 150.00

    R Ashwin will take strike now. Third man and point are up.

    Siva: “After 15th over India were looking so good at 112/3 and heading towards 170-180 total, superb come back from Bangladesh and they are restricting India under 150.”

    19.2

    Mustafizur Rahman to Ashwin, FOUR, that’s how you take care of a bad ball. It was short, it was on his pads, it was meant to go to the boundary even if it was the cutter. Ashwin waited for it and glanced it fine. Long leg had no chance

    19.3

    Mustafizur Rahman to Ashwin, 1 run, leg stum yorker streaks through his legs off the inside edge and Bangalore roars as Dhoni gets on strike. Elsewhere, Ashwin attempts the helicopter shot after running through

    19.4

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhoni, 2 runs, wide full toss, Dhoni slogs and gets a leading edge over cover

    19.5

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhoni, no run, low full toss outside off, mis-hit to mid-off.

    19.6

    Mustafizur Rahman to Dhoni, 2 runs, yorker on middle, Dhoni digs it out to long-on and he always had two on his mind. Raced the first one, thundered through for the second even with Ashwin saying no. The throw comes to Dhoni’s end and he’s made it comfortably

    9.15 pm This won’t be all that easy a chase. Dhoni did mention at the toss that he thought the pitch would remain good for the entire match, but then he added he had misread things before. Bangladesh realised that this was a slow pitch, the ball didn’t come onto the bat so their spinners thrived. Mashrafe captained well, changing his bowlers around and plugging those gaps where the slower balls would normally end up at. Right from having a deep point, instead of a third man in the first over and to keeping a mid-off and an extra cover on the deep. Despite all that, India have scrapped hard to fine an above-par total, in my opinion.

    Himanshu: “I refuse to believe that the pitch is hard to score on. Bangladesh just bowled brilliantly and the field placements were impeccable. Great captaincy and great execution of their game plan so far. Bangladesh should chase this score. “

    Anuj Dhir: “Would dew be a factor tonight? If the wicket gets wet, the ball might skid through negating the slowness of the pitch. A lot would depend on Ashwin and Jadeja today though…” —- Doesn’t look like that would be the case. The groundstaff are out there with the ropes…

    “I tried my best, wicket was helpful for us. We wanted to restrict them below 150 and the bowlers did a good job,” Al-Amin Hossain says. “We have played a lot of games against India, we knew them very well. But some balls we didn’t execute well. Could have kept them five or ten runs below. Not true enough, little help for spinners.”

    End of over 20 (9 runs) India 146/7

      • MS Dhoni 13 (12b 1×4)
      • R Ashwin 5 (2b 1×4)
      • Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-34-2
      • Al-Amin Hossain 4-0-37-2
    Bangladesh opt to bowl; Tamim returns

    during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 match between Bangladesh and Oman at the HPCA Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Dharamsala, India.
    during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 match between Bangladesh and Oman at the HPCA Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Dharamsala, India.

    Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza decided to field first against India on a flat pitch with a covering of grass, which should not worry the batsmen who can hit through the line. Mashrafe said Bangladesh did not mind chasing a big total. The India captain MS Dhoni said he would have also preferred to bowl first.

    Tamim Iqbal, who missed the Australia game due to food poisoning, returned to the XI. He replaced left-arm spinner Saqlain Sajib, who made his international debut in the last match against Australia.

    India, predictably, went with same line-up that prevailed against Pakistan.

    India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra

    Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mohammad Mithun, 8 Shuvagata Hom, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Al-Amin Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

    Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

    Kohli special steers India home on a turner

    India's Virat Kohli celebrates his team victory  during the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
    India’s Virat Kohli celebrates his team victory during the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    There was rain, but the Eden Gardens wasn’t submerged. There was a pitch that made spinners seem like grenade launchers. There were 61,337 people including certifiable legends of the game from Sachin Tendulkar to Imran Khan. All of it added to the spectacle of India-Pakistan cricket, but Virat Kohli rose one step above with an innings of gumption and class.

    India needed to win tonight to stay in control of their fate at the World T20. A few tactical errors left them with a competitive 119 to chase. When the ball grips into the deck, slows down and simultaneously turns, a batsman’s judgment becomes of great importance. Hitting on the up carries risk. Playing too far away carries risk. Finding a run a ball can be troublesome. Kohli found 55 of them in only 37 balls to beat Pakistan for an 11th time in ICC global events.

    Kohli’s thirst to compete was apparent when he said a cricketer needs tough pitches. He had the 18 overs that Pakistan had to bat to assess the one in Kolkata. There were a few shots that he needed to avoid, and a few things he needed to exploit – like his speed between the wickets. He fed his innings with 19 singles and a two, playing his shots as late as he could, and every time he played one, it was with the intent to get some runs. Kohli allowed only nine dots in his innings.

    The loss to New Zealand had “hurt” Kohli. “We don’t perform like that at home,” he said in the post-match presentation. The shots that he hit tonight as he neared his half-century – two scorching cover drives when the bat barely strayed away from his body – typified exactly how one should play on such pitches. The longer he was at the crease, the weaker Pakistan became and the night eventually ended with the man who Kohli bowled to upon reaching his fifty – Tendulkar – waving the India flag aloft.

    It wasn’t a flawless day for the hosts though. They had a chance to be chasing far less. They didn’t bowl R Ashwin out on a surface made for him and their fast bowlers bowled length balls and full tosses in the death when the offcutter seemed the logical choice. Pakistan’s lower order, marshalled by Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal, swung into the leg side with glee and ransacked 51 runs off the last five overs.

    Even after such a rich return in the death, Pakistan’s total remained in the competitive range. And that was because of the control India had in the early going.

    Bats these days have a lot of wood in their middle. The ball and the Kolkata pitch colluded never to find it. The leading edge was allowed a peek. The outside edge tried to pipe up, but it was always beaten. On-and-off rain since 5 pm had shortened the game to 18-overs a side, but the pitch was dry enough that all anyone had to do was roll their fingers over the ball to be menacing. Ashwin turned it square in the second over. Ravindra Jadeja couldn’t bowl his wicket-to-wicket line because he couldn’t believe how much the ball was deviating.

    Considering that, it seemed Pakistan had stabbed themselves by dropping a spinner, and a handy batsman, in Imad Wasim to add Mohammad Sami to their XI. However, Pakistan being Pakistan and Sami being Sami turned a liability into a strength. Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina – two men who seem to struggle badly in a touch situation – chopped onto their stumps and Sami was on the cusp of a hat-trick in every form of cricket. Yuvraj Singh soaked in that pressure and contributed 24 runs to a match-winning 61-run partnership with Kohli.

    Pakistan’s batsmen, who were heavily maligned leading into the tournament, acquitted themselves quite the ball was darting around. On top of that was the inherent pressure of this match. But Ahmed Shehzad laid a solid foundation with his 25 off 28 balls. They eased past the first 10 overs with only two wickets lost. Ashwin had only one left in his quota and Jadeja had two. Dhoni didn’t think about Yuvraj Singh at any point in the game, and kept at it with his seamers. Pandya gave away 15 runs in 14th over and Bumrah 13 in the very next.

    At that point, it seemed Pakistan had the edge. Then Kohli came out and took it away from them.

    Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

    World T20, 19th Match, Super 10 Group 2: India v Pakistan at Kolkata, Mar 19, 2016

    Pakistan 118/5 (18/18 ov)

    India 119/4 (15.5/18 ov, target 119)

    India won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

    India RR 7.51
    Last 5 ovs 45/1 RR 9.00
    Pakistan RR 6.55


    Current time 23:27 local, 17:57 GMT T20I Career
    BatsmenRB4s6sSRThis bowlerLast 5 ovs
    MS Dhoni (rhb)13901144.448 (3b)13 (9b)
    Virat Kohli (rhb)553771148.646 (4b)24 (17b)
    MatRunsHSSR
    6599548*120.89
    40144690*132.41
    BowlersOMRWEcon0s4s6sThis spell
    Mohammad Irfan (lf)2.502508.827310.5-0-13-0
    Shahid Afridi (lbg)4.002506.257202-0-14-0
    MatWktsBBIEcon
    19142/186.99
    96954/116.56

    Recent overs


    Current partnership 35 runs, 3.5 overs, RR: 9.13 (Dhoni 13, Kohli 22)


    Last bat Yuvraj Singh c Mohammad Sami b Wahab Riaz 24 (23b 1×4 1×6) SR: 104.34

    Fall of wicket 84/4 (11.6 ov); Partnership: 61 runs, 7.2 overs, RR: 8.31 (Yuvraj Singh 24, Kohli 32)


    Last bat Yuvraj Singh c Mohammad Sami b Wahab Riaz 24 (23b 1×4 1×6) SR: 104.34Fall of wicket 84/4 (11.6 ov); Partnership: 61 runs, 7.2 overs, RR: 8.31 (Yuvraj Singh 24, Kohli 32)


    15.5

    Mohammad Irfan to Dhoni, 1 run, 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

    15.4

    Mohammad Irfan to Dhoni, SIX, slams it over the long on boundary! Dhoni gets forward to a length slower ball and muscles it flat over the fence

    15.3

    Mohammad Irfan to Kohli, 1 run

    15.2

    Mohammad Irfan to Kohli, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Kohli waits in his crease and unleashes a fierce square cut, the ball rockets to the backward point boundary

    15.1

    Mohammad Irfan to Dhoni, 1 run, 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”

    End of over 15 (7 runs) India 106/4 (13 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.06, RRR: 4.33)

      • V Kohli 50 (35b 6×4 1×6)
      • MS Dhoni 5 (6b 0x4 0x6)
      • Shahid Afridi 4-0-25-0
      • Mohammad Amir 3-1-11-1

    14.6

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run

    14.5

    Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run

    14.4

    Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, no run

    14.3

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, riven to long on to bring up an absolutely incredible half-century on such a tough pitch! He soaks in the applause from a packed Eden Gardens and bowls to someone in the stands. Unbelievable perfemance

    14.2

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, FOUR, 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

    14.1

    Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, 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.”

    13.6

    Mohammad Amir to Kohli, FOUR

    13.5

    Mohammad Amir to Kohli, no run, 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

    13.4

    Mohammad Amir to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni moves forward and across and nudges the length ball off the pads towards long leg

    13.3

    Mohammad Amir to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length with room outside off, Kohli stays back and just steers the ball towards third man, so smooth

    13.2

    Mohammad Amir to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni just stays still in his crease and taps the ball on the leg side

    Dhoni has a helmet now.

    13.1

    Mohammad Amir to Kohli, 1 run, 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 …

    13.1

    Mohammad Amir to Kohli, 1 run

    Wilson : “Kohli with his chasing glasses on… yet again…!!!” He’s been incredible, barely troubled.

    End of over 13 (7 runs) India 91/4 (28 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 5.60)

      • V Kohli 39 (28b 4×4 1×6)
      • MS Dhoni 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
      • Shahid Afridi 3-0-18-0
      • Wahab Riaz 2-0-16-1
    12.6

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, leans forward and pushes the ball to long on for a single

    12.5

    Shahid Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed towards long off for a single

    12.4

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, goes back and punches the ball to long on for a single

    12.3

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, a slower ball pitching on a good length around off and spins away from Kohli, who pokes and is beaten

    12.2

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, no run, defended on the off side

    12.1

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, FOUR, a sublime cover drive! The ball was too full outside off, a half-volley is a gift on this pitch, Kohli drills it to the left of the fielder at cover

    Samia: “Can Amir get his over already??” Not yet, here’s Afridi. And Dhoni is the new batsman, without a helmet.

    Shoaib Malik 2-0-22-0

    11.6

    Wahab Riaz to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, that is a rubbish ball, short and just outside off, but Yuvraj mis-times the pull and hits it straight to the fielder at cow corner!

    Yuvraj Singh c Mohammad Sami b Wahab Riaz 24 (23b 1×4 1×6) SR: 104.34

    11.5

    Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 1 run, good length around off, all Kohli needs to do is just that – drop the ball carefully behind point for a single

    11.4

    Wahab Riaz to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a length ball outside off, Yuvraj stays back and opens the face to steer through point

    11.3

    Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length angling across the right-hander, Kohli steers to third man

    Ahsan: “For what Afridi is saving Amir’s over?” It’s too late already I think.

    11.2

    Wahab Riaz to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Yuvraj gets under it and cuts in the air towards third man

    11.1

    Wahab Riaz to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, did I say hanging in there? He’s doing more than that! Yuvraj dismisses a Wahab short ball with an imperious pull off the back foot over cow corner .. less than a run a ball needed now

    The equation is now only 45 off 42 balls. Such good batting from Kohli, and Yuvraj is doing a fine job of hanging in there.

    Raghu Akkapeddi: “Looks like Kohli is playing on Mumbai pitch whereas every body else is playing in Kolkota..”

    End of over 11 (14 runs) India 74/3 (45 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 6.42)

      • V Kohli 31 (21b 3×4 1×6)
      • Yuvraj Singh 16 (19b 1×4 0x6)
      • Shoaib Malik 2-0-22-0
      • Wahab Riaz 1-0-6-0
    10.6

    Shoaib Malik to Kohli, no run

    10.5

    Shoaib Malik to Kohli, FOUR, so good from Kohli! Moves forward and hits a full ball with the turn along the ground through midwicket, 31 off 20 balls on this pitch is outstanding

    10.4

    Shoaib Malik to Kohli, no run, spins into the right-hander from outside off, played to midwicket

    10.3

    Shoaib Malik to Kohli, SIX, first six of the innings! Kohli doing this superbly now! Gets down on one knee and slog sweeps the ball, might have been a bit of a top edge but the timing was good enough to clear backward square leg

    10.2

    Shoaib Malik to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, plants his foot forward, gets down on one knee, and sweeps the ball through square leg for a single

    10.1

    Shoaib Malik to Kohli, 1 run, comes forward and tucks the ball off his pads through square leg

    10.1

    Shoaib Malik to Yuvraj Singh, 2 wides, bowled wide down leg side from around the wicket, Yuvraj misses the sweep, Pakistan are not bowling well now

    End of over 10 (6 runs) India 60/3 (59 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.37)

      • V Kohli 20 (16b 2×4 0x6)
      • Yuvraj Singh 15 (18b 1×4 0x6)
      • Wahab Riaz 1-0-6-0
      • Shoaib Malik 1-0-8-0
    9.6

    Wahab Riaz to Kohli, no run

    Anman: “I just feel that going to Wahab now is 2 overs too late. Afridi allowed this partnership to flourish by coming on to bowl himself after Sami took two wickets”

    9.5

    Wahab Riaz to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball outside off, Yuvraj pulls from the crease to long on for a single, timed it well

    Pratik: “Talking of gritty knocks, Yuvraj seems to be in for his second one.. and both against Pakistan!!”

    9.4

    Wahab Riaz to Yuvraj Singh, no run, stays back and dabs the good length ball from off stump towards point

    9.3

    Wahab Riaz to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj wafts at a short of a length ball outside off that grips the surface and is beaten

    Rabia Nasir: “Pakistan is playing well, but need a wicket asap, before the players settle.” I think they have already settled, Kohli certainly.

    9.2

    Wahab Riaz to Kohli, 1 run, steered behind point for a single

    9.1

    Wahab Riaz to Kohli, FOUR, short of a length angling across the right-hander, Kohli moves back and across and pulls flat over midwicket, Sharjeel lumbers to his left from deep midwicket and dives, he gets a hand on the ball and stops it but then the ball rolls on to the boundary

    Pradeep: “Yuvi looks confident and up for the challenge today, my No 4 for next few games for sure, shame he didnt get a bowl today. Who knows what he had in store…”

    Here’s Wahab Riaz for the first time today. He had a poor game against India in the Asia Cup. How will he go today?

    End of over 9 (8 runs) India 54/3 (65 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.22)

      • Yuvraj Singh 14 (15b 1×4 0x6)
      • V Kohli 15 (13b 1×4 0x6)
      • Shoaib Malik 1-0-8-0
      • Shahid Afridi 2-0-11-0
    8.6

    Shoaib Malik to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, nudged gently towards midwicket where there is no fielder, Malik has to run after the ball himself so the batsman race for the second. Eight off the over

    8.5

    Shoaib Malik to Yuvraj Singh, no run, gets down low to sweep again but the ball spins away and hits him high on the thigh

    8.4

    Shoaib Malik to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, drifts on to leg stump this time and Yuvraj plays a controlled sweep, timing it well wide of short fine leg, the man from deep backward square prevents the boundary

    There’s a slip now. Horse. Bolted.

    8.3

    Shoaib Malik to Kohli, 1 run

    8.3

    Shoaib Malik to Kohli, 1 wide, pitches outside leg and turns further away, Sarfraz skips nimbly to his left and collects

    8.2

    Shoaib Malik to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, big turn and bounce away from the left-hander after angling into him from around the wicket, Yuvraj pushes forward to defend and gets an outside edge, there’s no slip!

    8.1

    Shoaib Malik to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up from around the wicket on middle and off, Kohli moves forward and drives through midwicket, he looks in no trouble out there

    Khurram Khan: “Pakistan allowing easy singles to India.”

    BHAWESH: “Watch the debut ODI match of Raina. You will find that gritty innings.” That was a long, long time ago.

    Shoaib Malik comes on to bowl.

    End of over 8 (6 runs) India 46/3 (73 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 7.30)

      • V Kohli 13 (11b 1×4 0x6)
      • Yuvraj Singh 9 (11b 1×4 0x6)
      • Shahid Afridi 2-0-11-0
      • Mohammad Sami 2-0-17-2

    End of over 8 (6 runs) India 46/3 (73 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 7.30)

      • V Kohli 13 (11b 1×4 0x6)
      • Yuvraj Singh 9 (11b 1×4 0x6)
      • Shahid Afridi 2-0-11-0
      • Mohammad Sami 2-0-17-2
    7.6

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run

    7.5

    Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, too straight from Afridi, Yuvraj can glance off the pads to fine leg for a single

    7.4

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, bowled slowly on off stump, this went straight on, Kohli stayed back and opens the face to push towards point

    7.3

    Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run

    7.2

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run

    7.1

    Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, leans forward and drives the ball to long on for a single

    End of over 7 (12 runs) India 40/3 (79 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.71, RRR: 7.18)

      • V Kohli 10 (8b 1×4 0x6)
      • Yuvraj Singh 6 (8b 1×4 0x6)
      • Mohammad Sami 2-0-17-2
      • Shahid Afridi 1-0-5-0
    6.6

    Mohammad Sami to Kohli, no run, the cutter outside off, immediately harder to time well, Kohli plays it to cover off the front foot

    6.5

    Mohammad Sami to Kohli, 2 runs, shot! A full ball on off and middle, Kohli moves forward and across to flick crisply through square leg, 144 kph, not the pace you want to bowl on this pitch unless you get the length and line spot on

    Varun: “The problem with India is that they don’t respect the importance of rotating the strike. Playing dot balls literally creates so much pressure which ultimately leads to a wicket falling. This is what Gautam Gambhir was so good at. Nudging the ball here and there and running those singles, keeping the score board ticking which eases the pressure so much. Kohli is one bastman who is so good at this but then he has no support from the other end. Others play dot balls and instead create pressure on Kohli.”

    6.4

    Mohammad Sami to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball and Yuvraj muffs the pull, mis-hitting it limply on the leg side, it falls safely near square leg, no fielder in the circle

    6.3

    Mohammad Sami to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, shot! Poor ball, length with too much width outside off, Yuvraj has room to free his arms and pace to use, he cover drives superbly and Amir dives in vain on the boundary

    6.2

    Mohammad Sami to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball on middle and leg, tucked through square leg, Kohli sprints the first but Yuvraj says no to the second, Amir had got to the ball quickly

    Rakesh: “Raina throughout his career has shown consistently that he simply cannot bat on a pitch that offers the bowlers even a little assistance and neither does he have the stomach for a fight when the chips are down in bowler friendly conditions. He is simply a flat track bully and that too against ordinary bowling. These 2 parameter’s see him thrive, else, he comes and then goes quite soon. ”

    6.1

    Mohammad Sami to Kohli, FOUR, shot! Short of a length with width outside off, Kohli stays back and opens the face to steer the ball behind point, superb balance and placement

    Siddhesh: “India’s batting is suddenly not looking all powerful and mighty. A lot of weaknesses are coming to the fore, and the pre tournament favorites might well have an early exit at this rate.”

    5.6

    Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, no run

    5.6

    Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, faster ball with big spin down leg side, Sarfraz does well again,

    5.5

    Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, no run, pitches outside off and spins into the left-hander, Yuvraj stays back and blocks

    5.4

    Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, no run, nudged from the crease with the turn into him on the leg side

    5.4

    Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, huge turn down leg side! Sarfraz did marvelously to move to his right and collect

    5.3

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, goes back and mis-times the ball towards long off, Afridi is ripping them leg breaks

    5.2

    Shahid Afridi to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, nudged off the pads behind square for a single

    5.1

    Shahid Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli goes back and slugs a shorter ball behind square, big turn for Afridi too, Kohli dragged that off the bottom edge

    Faisal: “It looks like sami understood too.” And how! He’s skidding off this pitch.

    Rik: “What is all of this talk about a spinning pitch???” Here’s Afridi …

    End of over 5 (5 runs) India 23/3 (96 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 7.38)

      • Yuvraj Singh 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)
      • V Kohli 1 (2b 0x4 0x6)
      • Mohammad Sami 1-0-5-2
      • Mohammad Irfan 2-0-12-0
    4.6

    Mohammad Sami to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj stays back to a good length ball and defends towards the bowler

    4.5

    Mohammad Sami to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a length and straight, 145kph!! Yuvraj is cramped for room and hit on the thigh, he wants a leg bye, Kohli does not

    On a hat-trick …Yuvraj Singh to face.

    4.4

    Mohammad Sami to Raina, OUT, bowled him! Raina has played on too and his leg stump has taken a battering! Raina jumped back and across to a short of a length ball around the off stump and tried to defend, he closed the face a touch and the ball cannoned off the inside edge and uprooted leg stump! Raina looks a bit bewildered. How the over has turned for Sami!

    SK Raina b Mohammad Sami 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

    Suresh Raina is the new batsman. Does he have the stomach for a fight?

    Saurabh Jain: “Its all back to Kohli again..i guess he is fast becoming the Sachin of 90’s for this Indian team”

    4.3

    Mohammad Sami to Dhawan, OUT, bowled him! Dhawan has played on!

    S Dhawan b Mohammad Sami 6 (15b 1×4 0x6) SR: 40.00

    4.2

    Mohammad Sami to Dhawan, no run, a length ball at pace outside off, Dhawan slaps it but can’t beat point

    4.2

    Mohammad Sami to Dhawan, 1 no ball, he’s bowled another no-ball after that Asia Cup debacle! It was the slower cutter outside off and it had beat Dhawan, but free hit coming up

    Anwar: “Pak seem to have understood how to bowl after the first 2 overs. More important than winning or losing, I want pak to fight and this match to go down to the wire” Sami needs to understand quickly too …

    4.1

    Mohammad Sami to Dhawan, FOUR, shot! Dhawan has pierced the gap at point with a cracking cut! Sami gave him a short of a length ball outside off with good pace, point dived to his left, cover point dived to his right, neither could stop it

    DanielAlexander: “Required runrate over 7, we got a match on our hands here”

    Mohammad Sami, from over the wicket.

    End of over 4 (2 runs) India 18/1 (101 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 7.21)

      • V Kohli 1 (2b 0x4 0x6)
      • S Dhawan 2 (11b 0x4 0x6)
      • Mohammad Irfan 2-0-12-0
      • Mohammad Amir 2-1-3-1
    3.6

    Mohammad Irfan to Kohli, no run

    3.5

    Mohammad Irfan to Dhawan, 1 run, slogs across the line and makes good contact, but the ball bounces once before the fielder at deep square leg prevents the boundary

    3.4

    Mohammad Irfan to Dhawan, no run, good length around off, a cutter from Irfan, Dhawan drops the ball on the off side and runs, Kohli sends him back

    3.3

    Mohammad Irfan to Dhawan, no run, not giving Dhawan room with his length and line just outside off, played off the back foot towards cover point

    3.2

    Mohammad Irfan to Dhawan, no run, good length, fuller than the previous ball, angling into the left-hander, Dhawan stays back and defends on the off side

    3.1

    Mohammad Irfan to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length at pace on leg stump – not the length or the line or the pace for this pitch – Kohli moves back and across and tucks behind square

    Prasanna S: “Rohit did a fair job in these conditions with those two boundaries and rightfully going after shots. The last thing India want is 8/2 or 10/3 after 4 overs in these conditions. Hope the rest of the batsmen will build on this momentum.”


     

    End of over 3 (2 runs, wicket maiden) India 16/1 (103 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 6.86)

      • S Dhawan 1 (7b 0x4 0x6)
      • V Kohli 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)
      • Mohammad Amir 2-1-3-1
      • Mohammad Irfan 1-0-10-0
    2.6

    Mohammad Amir to Dhawan, no run

    2.5

    Mohammad Amir to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, grips the pitch and does not come on to the bat, Dhawan defends on the back foot

    Krishna: ” I wonder if Rohit Sharma is still not impressed with Mohammed Amir ……. ”

    2.4

    Mohammad Amir to Dhawan, no run, punched off the front foot into the covers

    2.3

    Mohammad Amir to Dhawan, no run, 137kph, good bounce from a good length, angling into the left-hander, hits Dhawan on the thigh

    2.2

    Mohammad Amir to Dhawan, 2 leg byes, strays on to the hips with a short of a length ball, giving Dhawan an easy glance to fine leg, he misses though and the ball goes off the thigh

    2.1

    Mohammad Amir to Sharma, OUT, caught at cover! Rohit tries to loft down the ground but the ball grips the pitch and was not full enough, he ends up lofting it really high in the air towards the off side. Three fielders could have caught it – cover, extra cover, and mid-off – and converged but Malik called for it from cover and judged it well. Tumbled to the ground as he caught it.

    RG Sharma c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Amir 10 (11b 2×4 0x6) SR: 90.90

    James: “So excited by this Pakistan pace attack! Wrong wicket for it though…”

    End of over 2 (10 runs) India 14/0 (105 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.56)

      • RG Sharma 10 (10b 2×4 0x6)
      • S Dhawan 1 (2b 0x4 0x6)
      • Mohammad Irfan 1-0-10-0
      • Mohammad Amir 1-0-3-0

    riad: “This is not a pitch for irfan I guess.and chasing less than 120 and one bad over can seal the deal.”

    1.6

    Mohammad Irfan to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length on the hips again, tucked behind square for a single

    1.5

    Mohammad Irfan to Sharma, FOUR, short ball with good pace, Rohit swivels and pulls behind square to the backward square leg boundary, I can’t believe Pakistan’s quicks are bowling this way having watched that first innings

    1.4

    Mohammad Irfan to Sharma, no run, high bounce from a good length angling into the right-hander, 140 kph, Rohit had come forward to play it and the ball hit really high on the bat and went on the off side

    1.3

    Mohammad Irfan to Sharma, no run

    1.2

    Mohammad Irfan to Sharma, no run, good length outside off, good carry to the keeper, Rohit lets it go

    1.2

    Mohammad Irfan to Sharma, 1 wide, short of a length from around the wicket, but strays down leg side and concedes a wide

    1.1

    Mohammad Irfan to Sharma, FOUR, short and wide outside off, good pace on the ball too, Rohit stays in his crease and cuts the ball over point, top shot. Pace is not going to work on this pitch, Pakistan need to slow it up. Cutters are the way to go.

    Ankit : “Well he lasted more than 2 balls here… he has to score today.. ”

    End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0 (115 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.76)

      • S Dhawan 1 (2b 0x4 0x6)
      • RG Sharma 1 (4b 0x4 0x6)
      • Mohammad Amir 1-0-3-0
    0.6

    Mohammad Amir to Dhawan, no run, good length outside off, the ball holds its line too and beats Dhawan’s drive off the front foot

    0.5

    Mohammad Amir to Sharma, 1 run, pushes forward at a good length ball angling across him and opens the face to steer behind point, Amir’s pace is bringing the ball on to the bat nicely

    0.4

    Mohammad Amir to Dhawan, 1 run

    Bilal: “Shiv: wanna know what’s even more frustrating.. Pakistan leaving out Imad wasim.(for Sami)*silently sobs”

    0.3

    Mohammad Amir to Sharma, 1 leg bye, a length ball pitching outside leg, Rohit stays in his crease and tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pad, leg bye behind square

    0.3

    Mohammad Amir to Sharma, 1 wide, sprays it wide outside off stump this time, Rohit lets it go

    0.2

    Mohammad Amir to Sharma, no run

    0.1

    Mohammad Amir to Sharma, no run, beaten outside off stump! Rohit was expecting the ball to swing back into him after it angled across from over the wicket, but Amir slanted it across with a scrambled seam and beat his forward push

    The chase will begin really soon. Is it going to be straightforward? If Pakistan don’t bowl poorly, India will have to bat really well. It’s not hard to bowl well on this pitch, just hit a good length and vary pace. How big a factor will dew be, though?

    Rohit and Dhawan are out in the middle. Rohit to face, Mohammad Amir from over the wicket. Rohit had sought to puncture the hype around Amir’s comeback not so long ago. Should be interesting, this duel. He lasted two balls against Amir in the Asia Cup.

    End of over 18 (7 runs) Pakistan 118/5 (RR: 6.55)

      • Mohammad Hafeez 5 (5b 0x4 0x6)
      • Sarfraz Ahmed 8 (6b 1×4 0x6)
      • JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-1
      • A Nehra 4-0-20-1

    So Pakistan finish with 118 on a pitch that is turning a lot for the spinners and offering a lot to the seamers when they bowl cutters and pitch on a good length rather than full.

    17.6

    Bumrah to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 leg bye, slower ball to finish, jags into the right-hander and beats the pull, the ball goes off the body behinds square and they run a leg bye

    17.5

    Bumrah to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 bye, swings across the line at a good length ball and that nearly bowls him! The non-striker steals the bye and Dhoni misses the stumps with an underarm throw

    17.4

    Bumrah to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gets down low and pulls another slower ball through square leg for a single

    17.3

    Bumrah to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, mis-times the pull against the slower ball to deep square leg, Jadeja runs to his right and slides while fielding

    17.2

    Bumrah to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, the slower ball angling into the right-hander, Sarfraz pulls and mis-times it through midwicket

    Farhan: “Safraz jumped for that and still the ball flew over him…surely a wide (even if hes 4 foot 2)” I thought so too.

    17.1

    Bumrah to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, a low full toss outside off, driven to long off for a single

    Can Pakistan make it to 120? Hit and run like the wind, they must.

    Bumrah to bowl the final over. Not sure why the spinners aren’t bowling out, but Dhoni must have his reasons.

    End of over 17 (8 runs) Pakistan 111/5 (RR: 6.52)

      • Sarfraz Ahmed 7 (4b 1×4 0x6)
      • Mohammad Hafeez 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
      • A Nehra 4-0-20-1
      • RA Jadeja 4-0-20-1
    16.6

    Nehra to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run, the slower bouncer and Sarfraz is beaten on the hook

    16.5

    Nehra to Sarfraz Ahmed, FOUR, a full toss outside off, poor length, Sarfraz moves back and across and swats the ball into the gap at backward square leg. Is there dew on the field, I wonder, and is it making the ball slip? Doesn’t seem to be affecting the spinners though.

    16.4

    Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, a slow full toss outside off, the batsman moves across and paddles the ball behind square

    Khalid: “Sami’s spell will decide the contest one way or the other, he can be a disaster most days but once in a blue moon blow a team away, no middle ground with him.”

    16.3

    Nehra to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, slower ball outside off, played back down the pitch near the batsman’s feet and they steal a single

    From Karthik at the ground: “Those two full-tosses Bumrah bowled. I think dew played a part. They towelled the ball vigorously at the end of that over.” If there is dew, that could hurt Pakistan a lot while bowling.

    16.2

    Nehra to Shoaib Malik, OUT, caught at short fine leg! Nehra slanted the ball across the right-hander, bowling it into the pitch and making the ball grip, Malik pulled and the top edge swirled high in the air but only went as far as Ashwin in the circle

    Shoaib Malik c Ashwin b Nehra 26 (16b 3×4 1×6) SR: 162.50

    Vivek: “If we lose it from here, it would be because Dhoni bowled 4 overs of pace straight that went for 41 runs! Why no Yuvraj?!” I don’t know.

    16.1

    Nehra to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, steps out of his crease and then dabs the good length ball outside off behind point, they race back for the second

    End of over 16 (8 runs) Pakistan 103/4 (RR: 6.43)

      • Sarfraz Ahmed 2 (1b 0x4 0x6)
      • Shoaib Malik 24 (14b 3×4 1×6)
      • RA Jadeja 4-0-20-1
      • JJ Bumrah 3-0-27-1
    15.6

    Jadeja to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs

    15.5

    Jadeja to Umar Akmal, OUT, caught behind! Akmal tries to cut one that spins sharply away from him and gets an edge through to Dhoni, he’s played a really good innings under the circumstances

    Umar Akmal c †Dhoni b Jadeja 22 (16b 1×4 1×6) SR: 137.50

    15.4

    Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

    15.3

    Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, shot! Malik gets down on one knee and nails the slog sweep, hit hard along the ground to the deep square leg boundary

    15.2

    Jadeja to Umar Akmal, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot behind point

    15.1

    Jadeja to Umar Akmal, no run, Jadeja again bowls an unplayable ball, pitches leg from around the wicket and spins sharply across, defended back to the bowler

    Prasanna Shriva: “If Ashish Nehra can bowl so well on this pitch then pakistani bowlers can definitely bowl well here..”

    End of over 15 (13 runs) Pakistan 95/3 (RR: 6.33)

      • Shoaib Malik 19 (12b 2×4 1×6)
      • Umar Akmal 21 (13b 1×4 1×6)
      • JJ Bumrah 3-0-27-1
      • HH Pandya 2-0-25-1

    Rummy: “Haha. I think Akmal wanted to face the free hit. He was running reluctantly to the non strikers end.”

    14.6

    Bumrah to Shoaib Malik, no run, finds the yorker this time, Malik can only play it back to the bowler

    14.5

    Bumrah to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, this is lousy bowling on such a pitch, a full toss again and straight this time, Malik swings it through square leg

    14.4

    Bumrah to Shoaib Malik, FOUR

    AH_USA: “The first 2-3 overs from PAK will be crucial and set the tone. They have four pacers and there is always a chance of getting boundaries even if the ball is not coming on the bat properly.”

    14.3

    Bumrah to Umar Akmal, 1 run, hits a good length outside off and the cutter springs back at the right-hander, cut off the back foot to backward point

    14.2

    Bumrah to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, a full ball outside off, Malik lunges for it and hits it along the ground to deep point

    14.2

    Bumrah to Umar Akmal, 2 no balls, he over-steps and bowls a good length ball that hits the pads and goes to short fine leg for a single, free-hit coming up, tight call of no-ball there

    14.1

    Bumrah to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, a full ball outside off, Malik stays deep in his crease and square drives to deep point

    End of over 14 (15 runs) Pakistan 82/3 (RR: 5.85)

      • Umar Akmal 19 (11b 1×4 1×6)
      • Shoaib Malik 9 (7b 0x4 1×6)
      • HH Pandya 2-0-25-1
      • A Nehra 3-0-12-0
    13.6

    Pandya to Umar Akmal, SIX, Akmal’s nailed it this time! He’s also judged Pandya’s pace superbly, wound up and unleashed a powerful blow, sending the ball flat over the long-on boundary

    13.5

    Pandya to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, a high full toss, Malik swings across the line and hits it to deep square leg

    13.4

    Pandya to Shoaib Malik, SIX, Malik’s hit a six! Incredible, the first of the innings! Malik times his swing against a slower ball outside off perfectly, making great contact and sending the ball into the stands beyond deep midwicket, 93 metres

    13.3

    Pandya to Shoaib Malik, no run, the bouncer, loopy springy slow bounce, Malik lets it go outside off

    Nick: “Well Raza, Pakistan have Afridi, Hafeez & Malik as spinners, it’s not too bad !” Hafeez can’t bowl because of a bowling ban because of his action.

    13.2

    Pandya to Umar Akmal, 1 run, the short ball outside off, Akmal stands tall and tries to cut but bottom edges it into the ground to short third man

    13.1

    Pandya to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of a length angled into the body, pushed towards mid-on for a single

    Lokesh: “Isnt Hafeez pakistans best bet for such conditions. Now why would you still keep him in hut?” I had forgotten about him!

    End of over 13 (2 runs) Pakistan 67/3 (RR: 5.15)

      • Shoaib Malik 1 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • Umar Akmal 12 (9b 1×4 0x6)
      • A Nehra 3-0-12-0
      • HH Pandya 1-0-10-1
    12.6

    Nehra to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, a full toss! Make use of it Malik! But all he can do is drive along the ground to deep cover.

    12.5

    Nehra to Shoaib Malik, no run, wide outside off stump, Malik chases it and is beaten, slower ball, Malik thinks it should be a wide, was close to the line

    12.4

    Nehra to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length on leg stump, slower pace from Nehra, played to midwicket

    Asad Raza: “I think Pakistan can get 120 here quite easily from here but they’ve got 4 seamers! Way too many, a spinner here and a 120 total could’ve won them the game ”

    12.3

    Nehra to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slower ball outside off, guided to short third man, Malik ran right away for the single


    12.3

    Nehra to Umar Akmal, 1 run

    12.2

    Nehra to Umar Akmal, no run, Rohit dives to his right at cover to shot a scorching cover drive! The ball was full outside off and Akmal timed it superbly

    12.1

    Nehra to Umar Akmal, no run, hit from the crease into the covers but the fielder makes the stop

    End of over 12 (11 runs) Pakistan 65/3 (RR: 5.41)

      • Umar Akmal 11 (6b 1×4 0x6)
      • Shoaib Malik 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)
      • HH Pandya 1-0-10-1
      • RA Jadeja 3-0-12-0
    11.6

    Pandya to Umar Akmal, 5 runs, good length outside off, dabbed with soft hands towards backward point and they run a quick single, Jadeja comes sprinting in and hits the stumps at the batsman’s end direct! But the ball ricochets off the stumps and goes to the midwicket boundary! The batsman is safe and Pakistan get some valuable runs.

    Krutik: “Afridi must be licking his lips looking at the turn. Imagine him bowling those 110kmph Thunder bolts and turning them as well.” Slowing it up may be the key here.

    Shoaib Malik is the new batsman.

    Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad (R) plays a shot as India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on during the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Pakistan at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on March 19, 2016. / AFP / Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
    Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad (R) plays a shot as India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on during the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Pakistan at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on March 19, 2016. / AFP / Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
    11.5

    Pandya to Shahid Afridi, OUT

    Shahid Afridi c Kohli b Pandya 8 (14b 1×4 0x6) SR: 57.14

    11.4

    Pandya to Shahid Afridi, no run, the bouncer, Afridi swipes at it and is beaten, really springy bounce that does not come on to the bat

    Saket: “Huh!! Pandya? Why not Raina?”

    11.3

    Pandya to Umar Akmal, 1 run, good length outside off, grips the surface again and comes on slowly, dabbed towards short third man

    11.2

    Pandya to Umar Akmal, FOUR, shot! Pace on Pandya’s ball and Akmal uses it, swivelling towards the off side in his crease and pulling towards the cow corner boundary

    11.1

    Pandya to Shahid Afridi, 1 leg bye, short of a length and slower, Afridi pulls but pulls too early, he’s hit on the body

    Dinakaran: “This is a pitch where everyone can feel like warne or muralidaran!! It’s like the ball is pitching in kolkatta and landing in karachi.”

    End of over 11 (3 runs) Pakistan 54/2 (RR: 4.90)

      • Shahid Afridi 8 (11b 1×4 0x6)
      • Umar Akmal 1 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • RA Jadeja 3-0-12-0
      • JJ Bumrah 2-0-14-1
    10.6

    Jadeja to Shahid Afridi, 1 run

    10.5

    Jadeja to Umar Akmal, 1 run, pushes on the off side and gets an outside edge through cover point

    10.4

    Jadeja to Umar Akmal, no run, beaten by the turn as he tries to defend on the front foot

    10.3

    Jadeja to Umar Akmal, no run, dabbed towards point, Afridi sets off for a single but gets sent back quickly, there was no run there, that spun sharply too and got the outside edge

    10.2

    Jadeja to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, lofts the drive towards long off, one-bounce to the fielder

    10.1

    Jadeja to Shahid Afridi, no run, darts the ball on a good length on middle and spins sharply away from the right-hander, beaten

    End of over 10 (9 runs) Pakistan 51/2 (RR: 5.10)

      • Shahid Afridi 6 (8b 1×4 0x6)
      • Umar Akmal 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)
      • JJ Bumrah 2-0-14-1
      • RA Jadeja 2-0-9-0

    9.6

    Bumrah to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, short of a length and it grips on the pitch and stops on the batsman, a slower ball too, Afridi dabs on the leg side and the ball lobs close to the pitch

    Manjunath Ramar: “Shehzad getting out is a big blow, as he was the only set batsman, Can Pak pull couple of blistering cameos?” Don’t think anything can blister on this pitch.

    9.5

    Bumrah to Shahid Afridi, no run, the quicker ball, Afridi pulls to square leg, did not time it well, Dhawan prevents the single

    9.4

    Bumrah to Shahid Afridi, no run, that’s passed over off and middle stump! The slower ball at 102 kph and Afridi swiped across the line far too early

    9.3

    Bumrah to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, short ball, the first one of the day, Afridi hooks from his crease and gets a top edge that bounces just before going over the fine-leg boundary, 132 kph that was

    Umar Akmal at No. 4 …

    9.2

    Bumrah to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT

    Ahmed Shehzad c Jadeja b Bumrah 25 (28b 3×4 0x6) SR: 89.28

    9.1

    Bumrah to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, shot! Shehzad moves right across his crease and scoops the length ball over the head of the man at short fine leg, used the pace of the ball to full effect

    OttawaRocks: “I forgot this was an 18 over match. Pakistan need to get a move on. Afridi in is the right move. India also made the right move in bowling Ashwin heavily early on.”

    Bumrah’s back …

    End of over 9 (3 runs) Pakistan 42/1 (RR: 4.66)

      • Shahid Afridi 1 (4b 0x4 0x6)
      • Ahmed Shehzad 21 (26b 2×4 0x6)
      • RA Jadeja 2-0-9-0
      • SK Raina 1-0-4-1
    8.6

    Jadeja to Shahid Afridi, no run, tries to close the face off the front foot and play the ball against the turn towards the leg side, he gets a leading edge towards backward point

    8.5

    Jadeja to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, goes back to one angled into the pads and hits it towards deep square leg

    8.4

    Jadeja to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, dabbed on the off side, towards cover for a single

    8.3

    Jadeja to Shahid Afridi, no run, this cannot be hit, pitches leg and spins past off, past Afridi’s helpless poke off the back foot, impossible to bat

    8.2

    Jadeja to Shahid Afridi, no run, pitches off and spins sharply away despite the flat trajectory, Afridi pokes and misses

    8.1

    Jadeja to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, a full ball on middle stump, dabbed towards midwicket for a single

    Shabaib Abdulla: “Pak playing sensible on the turning pitch. Ashwin went wicktless in his 3 overs. With 11 over remaining if Pak can manage to add 100 more the 140 will be a good total on this surface ”

    Varun: “Dhoni choosing to bowl on this pitch seems to be an even worse decision than Afridi choosing to drop a spinner. Batting second on this pitch might be as difficult as it was against New Zealand. And Pakistan are playing really sensibly by just not throwing wickets away. They can accelerate at the end.”

    End of over 8 (5 runs) Pakistan 39/1 (RR: 4.87)

      • Ahmed Shehzad 19 (24b 2×4 0x6)
      • Shahid Afridi 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)
      • SK Raina 1-0-4-1
      • RA Jadeja 1-0-6-0
    7.6

    Raina to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 leg bye, an appeal for lbw but that ball is going down leg, they run a leg bye towards short third man

    7.5

    Raina to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, played back to the bowlera

    Afridi has come in at No.3!!


    Last batSharjeel Khan c Pandya b Raina 17 (24b 2×4 0x6) SR: 70.83

    Fall of wicket 38/1 (7.4 ov); Partnership: 38 runs, 7.4 overs, RR: 4.95 (Sharjeel Khan 17, Ahmed Shehzad 19)


    7.4

    Raina to Sharjeel Khan, OUT, a superb catch but has Pandya hurt himself? Sharjeel mis-timed the pull horribly, it was a long hop too, hit in the air just beyond the circle at mid-on. Pandya came sprinting in full tilt from the boundary and dived forward, he caught in cleanly but then hit the ground really hard on his chest, and then did a somersault of sorts rather awkwardly because of his momentum. He looks a bit dazed …

    Sharjeel Khan c Pandya b Raina 17 (24b 2×4 0x6) SR: 70.83

    7.3

    Raina to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, steps out again and cuts through point, had to adjust the shot because he wasn’t to the pitch of the delivery

    7.2

    Raina to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, steps out of his crease and aims for the big hit down the ground, he ends up slicing the ball towards wide long off, falls well short of the fielder

    Brian Lara tweets: How could the Eden Garden’s pitches be so different one match to the next? #notimpressive

    7.1

    Raina to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, a fuller and straighter ball on middle stump, defended on the back foot

     

    Pakistan 38/0 (7.3/18 ov)

    Current partnership 34 runs, 7.0 overs, RR: 4.85 (Sharjeel Khan 16, Ahmed Shehzad 16)



    End of over 7 (6 runs) Pakistan 34/0 (RR: 4.85)

      • Ahmed Shehzad 16 (20b 2×4 0x6)
      • Sharjeel Khan 16 (22b 2×4 0x6)
      • RA Jadeja 1-0-6-0
      • R Ashwin 3-0-12-0

    6.6

    Jadeja to Ahmed Shehzad, no run

    6.5

    Jadeja to Ahmed Shehzad, no run

    6.4

    Jadeja to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, that’s deft! Shehzad presses forward then waits to open the face late and steer the ball with the turn past first slip to the third man boundary

    6.3

    Jadeja to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, unplayable, Jadeja darts this on to the middle and leg stump line and spins viciously past Shehzad’s tentative prod off the back foot

    6.2

    Jadeja to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, makes contact with the sweep behind square leg

    6.1

    Jadeja to Sharjeel Khan, no run

    6.1

    Jadeja to Sharjeel Khan, 1 wide, pitches leg and turns sharply down leg side

    Ethan: “Is it that tough to produce a similar pitch to the one in the wankhede!I never seen such terrible pitches for t20 in India in this ongoing season!first Pune then Nagpur followed by Dharmasala and now Kolkata!”

    Jadeja from around the wicket …

    End of over 6 (4 runs) Pakistan 28/0 (RR: 4.66)

      • Sharjeel Khan 15 (20b 2×4 0x6)
      • Ahmed Shehzad 12 (16b 1×4 0x6)
      • R Ashwin 3-0-12-0
      • JJ Bumrah 1-0-5-0

    From Karthik at Eden Gardens: “Ashwin only had four men back on the rope for Shehzad. He knows Shehzad can’t hit him against the turn on this pitch, so there was no one back at sweeper cover/deep point.”


     

    5.6

    Ashwin to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, played off the back foot towards midwicket for a single

    5.5

    Ashwin to Sharjeel Khan, no run, big turn away from the left-hander, Sharjeel wafts and is beaten

    5.4

    Ashwin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, he thinks there’s room for the cut because of the line but the ball jags back at him sharply and he ends up mis-timing it on the off side

    Talha Hameed: “Ashwin into his third over, after this he can only bowl one more.” Well spotted.

    5.3

    Ashwin to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, defended on the front foot on the off side

    5.2

    Ashwin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, steps out and drives the ball towards long on for a single

    5.1

    Ashwin to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, dabbed off the back foot towards short third man for a single

    Sanketp45: “Smart batting from Pak playing sensibly not really trying to attack. Time will come when they can accelerate the run rate by taking more wickets in hand and looking at the conditions 130-140 will be very good score.”


    End of over 5 (5 runs) Pakistan 24/0 (RR: 4.80)

      • Sharjeel Khan 13 (17b 2×4 0x6)
      • Ahmed Shehzad 10 (13b 1×4 0x6)
      • JJ Bumrah 1-0-5-0
      • R Ashwin 2-0-8-0

     

    4.6

    Bumrah to Sharjeel Khan, FOUR

    4.5

    Bumrah to Sharjeel Khan, no run, what is going on? Sharjeel is beaten all ends up on the pull again, the slower ball grips the pitch and the batsman is nearly through his shot before the ball passes under the bat

    prasad: “Dhoni chose to bowl and Afridi decided to drop Wasim don’t seem to be right decisions looking at the pitch. Looks like both the captains didn’t read the pitch properly”

    4.4

    Bumrah to Sharjeel Khan, no run

    4.3

    Bumrah to Sharjeel Khan, no run, not short enough to pull again just outside off and Sharjeel is beaten on the pull again

    4.2

    Bumrah to Sharjeel Khan, no run, short of a length angling across Sharjeel who stays in his crease and tries to pull, neither the length nor the line is right for the shot and he mis-times it terribly towards mid-on

    Khan: “With that boundary, Ahmed Shahzad gets to 1000 International t20 runs. ”

    4.1

    Bumrah to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, short of a length with width outside off, Shehzad stays back and cuts behind point for a single

    Sami Qahar: “seeing the way wicket is behaving, this is as good a start as it can get. not losing a wicket in 4 overs.”

    Bumrah from over the wicket …


     

    End of over 4 (7 runs) Pakistan 19/0 (RR: 4.75)

      • Ahmed Shehzad 9 (12b 1×4 0x6)
      • Sharjeel Khan 9 (12b 1×4 0x6)
      • R Ashwin 2-0-8-0
      • A Nehra 2-0-10-0
    3.6

    Ashwin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run

    3.5

    Ashwin to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, played back to the bowler

    3.4

    Ashwin to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, steps out of his crease and hits through the line and with the turn to loft the ball flat over wide mid-on, he didn’t get to the pitch of that but managed to make it work for him

    3.3

    Ashwin to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, played behind point for a single, Sharjeel looks really iffy against spin

    3.2

    Ashwin to Sharjeel Khan, no run, gets squared up on the back foot by the turn and bounce away from him from around off, the outside edge lobs safely short of point, he played with soft hands

    Ravinder Phogat: “This is not a 8 run per over wicket for sure, too much spin and bounce.. 120-130 should be fighting total. ”

    3.1

    Ashwin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, a bit of room outside off so Shehzad goes back and cuts the ball gently towards cover point, Ashwin bowling really slowly through the air

    Shoeb: “you have seen two overs bowled by pacer and spinner, George. is the pitch more suited to pace bowling or it is the other way around? what do you reckon?” Spin, spin, SPIN! Though cutters will work for the quicks.

    End of over 3 (7 runs) Pakistan 12/0 (RR: 4.00)

      • Sharjeel Khan 8 (10b 1×4 0x6)
      • Ahmed Shehzad 3 (8b 0x4 0x6)
      • A Nehra 2-0-10-0
      • R Ashwin 1-0-1-0
    2.6

    Nehra to Sharjeel Khan, FOUR, first boundary! A full ball angling into the pads, a quicker delivery too, Shehzad uses the pace to flick the ball in the air to the backward square leg boundary

    2.5

    Nehra to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, goes back and across to turn the ball towards square leg

    2.4

    Nehra to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Shehzad shaped to cut as the ball angled across him from over the wicket but the ball stopped on him and he was early on the shot, he had to check himself and stop the shot, playing it into the off side gently

    2.3

    Nehra to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, good length on off, Shehzad stays on his crease and defends with a straight bat

    RAJESH : “Lovely spin and grip on this wicket and Pak have dropped their one quality spinner.” They still have Afridi and Malik.

    2.2

    Nehra to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, stays back and clips the short of a length ball to midwicket, Pakistan very restrained so far

    anees from zaid: “Ashwin’s 1st over leads us to conclude that pakistan have definitely missed a trick by not playing both Imad Wasim and NAwaz.”

    2.1

    Nehra to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, short of a length at the body, tucked off the back foot towards square leg


    1.6 Ashwin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 bye, oh my word? Have Pakistan read this pitch wrong in leaving out Imad Wasim? Ashwin drifts the ball across the right-hander from around the wicket, it pitches outside off stump and spits back at Shehzad, spinning and bouncing sharply through the gap between the batsman’s forward defence and his pad, too tough for Dhoni to collect cleanly too

    1.5

    Ashwin to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run
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    1.4

    Ashwin to Sharjeel Khan, no run, this one comes into the left-hander, going on with the arm, Sharjeel stays back and defends
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    1.3

    Ashwin to Sharjeel Khan, no run, this pitch is turning, pitches on middle after angling into Sharjeel and spins sharply past the outside edge
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    1.2

    Ashwin to Sharjeel Khan, no run, lovely ball, tossed up angling into the left-hander from around the wicket, pitching on middle and spinning sharply away from Sharjeel’s defence, beating the outside edge. Superb flight and dip from Ashwin
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    1.1

    Ashwin to Sharjeel Khan, no run, strays on to the pads, glanced from the crease to short fine leg
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    Ashwin from around the wicket …

    0.6

    Nehra to Ahmed Shehzad, no run
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    0.5

    Nehra to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, strays on to the pads but Shehzad can’t place his flick past the man at square leg
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    0.4

    Nehra to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, short of a length again and Sharjeel once again swivels and pulls he ball through square, 137 kph
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    0.3

    Nehra to Sharjeel Khan, no run, width outside off stump, the length is right for the cut too, Sharjeel times it well but can’t beat point, 134 kph
    0.2

    Nehra to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, short of a length and straight, Shehzad moves back and across to get behind the line and taps the ball towards midwicket for a single
    .0.1 Nehra to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, a length ball outside off, Sharjeel stays back and swivels to pull the ball through square leg, not timed well, Sharjeel often tries to pull even when the length isn’t that short

    Former Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram(L)and Imran Khan pose with Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal Mamata Bannerjee(C)and former Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar(4R)Sachin Tendulkar(3R)and Virender Sehwag(2R)and Indian Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan(R)as they pose ahead of the start of the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Pakistan at The Eden Gardens Cricket stadium in Kolkata on March 19, 2016. The start of the eagerly-awaited match between India and Pakistan at cricket's World Twenty20 was delayed after heavy rain fell throughout the afternoon at Kolkata's Eden Gardens stadium. / AFP / Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
    Former Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram(L)and Imran Khan pose with Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal Mamata Bannerjee(C)and former Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar(4R)Sachin Tendulkar(3R)and Virender Sehwag(2R)and Indian Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan(R)as they pose ahead of the start of the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Pakistan at The Eden Gardens Cricket stadium in Kolkata on March 19, 2016.
    The start of the eagerly-awaited match between India and Pakistan at cricket’s World Twenty20 was delayed after heavy rain fell throughout the afternoon at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium. / AFP / Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

    India Team
    RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*†, Yuvraj Singh, HH Pandya, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, JJ Bumrah, A Nehra

    Pakistan Team
    Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Shahid Afridi*, Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan

    Sourav Ganguly has walked out with the trophy, and the dignitaries are gathered around. The teams walk out for the national anthems. Shafqat Amanat Ali will sing Pakistan’s and Amitabh Bachan will sing India’s.

    “Pinpricks of light all around the stands as the flags come onto the ground and mobile camera flashes go off,” says Karthik.

    Safwan: “All people saying sami’s line and lenght hasn’t been upto the mark have not seen the previous matches he has played. He has been brilliant apart from the two no balls he bowled. Sami’s international t20 record is the best among all other current pakistani bowlers”

    And the anthems are done. A huge roar at the end of India’s. Game time at Eden Gardens.

    Toss, 8.10 pm Dhoni tosses, Afridi calls heads, India wins. Dhoni chooses to bowl first. India are playing the same XI that lost to New Zealand. I’ll have news of the Pakistan team for you as soon as I know.

    Pakistan have left out spinning-allrounder Imad Wasim and are playing fast bowler Mohammad Sami.

    Suman Dustakar: “Interesting reply by Afridi to nasir when he asked what you wanted to do if you had won the toss, he said “you know wat i wanted to do”, but afridi I dont knw wat u wanted to do, can you please tell me?”

    FaZi: “@Suman, He will bat first 🙂 & i think dropping imad is not a good decision, Sami has got pace but his line & length is not good at all since last many matches. Let’s hope he have a good day today.”

    Zuhaib Qureshi : “Why do they keep playing Mohammad Sami. All he does is get thrashed around the ground. And today will be no different I am sure. Imad in the last few games has been good. ”

    Sushil: “Reasons for bowling first: 1. Slightly humid ground ball will not race away to the boundary for first few overs. 2. Covered wicket will offer something for the quick bowlers initially 3. Always an advantage to bat second with rainy weather and possible interruptions. 4. In shortened games batting first you never know what is a par total.” Sound logic.

    8.05 pm It’s been frustrating for sure, all these delays – natural and man-made – but let’s put that all behind us now. We have a game! Toss in five minutes, a start at 8.30 pm, and an 18-over contest. The Powerplay will be five-overs long, and three bowlers can bowl a maximum of four overs each.

    7.55 pm This is getting really frustrating now. I don’t see why the toss couldn’t have happened by now, given that most of the covers are off.

    Syed: “Any inspection? Any Toss? Any News? When are they going to start?” Nothing official yet. The players are going through their warm-up drills. The last shot of Dhoni had him in his practice kit.

    Shiba: “George, Can you put the status as Match delayed by Speeches.”

    FINALLY!! Toss at 8.10 pm, start at 8.30pm, 18-overs a side. I wonder if some time is still being kept for the national anthems.

    Burg: “All the ceremonial stuff would’ve been acceptable subject to no overs being lost. But with 2 overs a side removed, one really questions why the need for all the formalities…”

    Keshav: “Most ridiculous thing I ever heard, 2 overs docked because of the speeches? Couldn’t they have just had the toss as soon as the covers were coming off? Instead they waste time with speeches and the platform going up and coming down. ”

    Karthik Sukumar: “I believe the rules say that the pitch and the field has to be completely ready for play before the toss takes place. There were a few covers on the field and the pitch was being rolled. It’s unfortunate, however the presentation could’ve be avoided completely or shortened. ”

    7.45 pm Imran Khan is now giving a short speech, appreciating the welcome Pakistan have been given in Kolkata. He hopes for a great game and that the result is the same as when he last played at Eden Gardens.

    Tendulkar strolls up for his turn at the microphone. “Nice to see the stalwarts from Pakistan, we welcome them here … we hope for a fantastic match, let’s enjoy cricket above all.”

    One last cover remains on the field and it is beginning to come off as well, and the Super Sopper is doing its thing. Can we stop with the speeches and get this show on the road, already? Surely they could have had the toss by now.

    Right, the felicitations are over. Let’s dismantle that platform.

    Vamsi: “Do they really think the spectators appreciate all this when the match is already delayed ? Don’t they care about what the fan feels ? Speeches, really ? There is certainly no occasion nor reason for this too. Just imagine if rains again now.”

    Ganesh: “This ia infuriating. ICC should have a crackdown because of such wastage of time. This could have well been done after the match”

    Moloy: “Why cant they just have the toss indoors? And please please tell me they wont be waiting 30 mins after the toss to start?”

    DanielAlexander: “Can we please get on with the game? ”

    Neeks: “Don’t worry George. Let everybody have there share of joy. Without the efforts of these guys no match would have shown up. This not a match but a gesture of friendship.”

    Manohar: “With all due respect to the legends and dignitaries, couldn’t this function take place at the halfway break or after the match? Unnecessary delay to an already delayed game.”

    7.40pm While the covers are being removed, the chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee is honouring former Pakistan captain and politician Imran Khan on the field by draping a shawl around him. Wasim Akram is next. “Poor Allan Lamb. His 92 World Cup dismissal comes up on the big screen.” says Karthik. And after Akram, is Waqar Younis and Sunil Gavaskar. And then Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.

    Amir: “I think this katch is getting delayed now without much reason.”

    Siddhesh: “What is baffling is how Bangladesh cricket board, with a fraction of the budget of the BCCI has managed to prepare stadiums with excellent drainage, as seen in the recent Asia Cup finals. The neglect shown towards not improving drainage facilities for such international events, and at a metropolitan city at that is not ideal. ”

    Naresh Gupta UP: “Why is there a presentation ceremony going on when the match is delayed. I am in France and eagerly waiting for the toss!”

    kainkareswar: “In Ukraine,Indian,Bangladeshi and Pakistani students have arranged a public screening but unfortunately the game is delayed, hopefully we at least get a game.”

    Reeza Seedat: “MBA studies is put on hold for these few hours of action! Rain rain go away! All the way from South Africa”

    Siddhesh: “Well, at least they aren’t waiting for the covers to come off totally before conducting such events. Given that this is already a shortened game, the least the officials should do is to not shorten it further.”

    7.30 pm “I can see Imran Khan, Sunil Gavaskar and Wasim Akram near that temporary platform,” says Karthik from the ground. Hopefully they will be able to dismantle it toute suite as soon as it has been used for whatever purpose.

    Sashank: “A lot changed with cricket technology during last decade , but nothing to dry the field quickly.”

    Mazhar Shehzaad: “Gotta feel for Cricinfo comm boys. The match hasnt even started yet and look at all the commentary. Pity your fingers. Kudos! #LoveFromPakistan.” Nothing is harder than Gayle and Samuels bowling in tandem.

    Adil Rashid: “We (Indian and Pakistani students) have arranged a huge multimedia projector for this match here in China, and hope the effort will not be ruined by rain. ”

    Anil: “The effort being put in by the ground staff at Eden Gardens is commendable, that being said, with the technical advancements the game has had over the years, one often wonders why the turnaround time at stadia across the country is still long, I believe that as much as it is important to increase the capacity of the stadia, it will be nice to see more effective methods in reducing this tedious process.”

    7.22 pm The process of taking off the covers is ongoing. The pitch is being rolled, the creases have been marked. The Super Sopper is supersopping the ground. It’s going to be a delayed start but hopefully they will do everything possible to have a full game.

    “The Indian players are out now, doing some low-intensity ball tossing among themselves,” says Karthik. “Lala and Waqar have also been milling about for a while.”

    JandhyalaVenkat: “It is sad to see several of the ground staff walking bare feet. I hope BCCI can look into this to improve. World is watching.”

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    RiKool: “The streets in my neighbourhood are looking deserted. Shops have shut down. Its all building up for THE CLASH”

    7.12 pm “Two-thirds of the covers are either off or in the process of coming off. The sponsors’ signs are being unfolded behind the run-up area,” says Karthik from Eden Gardens. “And some sort of platform is being erected. For all the preliminaries, I suppose.” Don’t tell me they are going to delay the game any further than necessary because of ‘functions’.

    Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan is going to sing the Indian national anthem. For Pakistan, it will be the singer Shafqat Amanat Ali.

    Prakhar: “What is the need for all these ‘functions’? After all this is a IND-PAK match and we all want this game to start right now. The teams should have the toss in dressing room and should not waste time on that too.”

    7.02 pm On the far side from the press box at Eden Gardens, the Super Soppers are still clearing the covers. We have just ticked past the scheduled toss time.

    “Off go the last layer of covers from the square,” says Karthik from the ground. “The umpires are out in the middle, 8.50 pm is the cut-off time for losing overs, apparently.”

    6.55 pm More good news from Eden Gardens. “Basically, the ground has been cleared in the bowlers’ run-up areas at this end. And the ground looks great from here,” says Karthik Krishnaswamy. “They’re going to clear the wide long-on area next, I think.”

    The toss looks set to be delayed, though. It is scheduled for 7 pm local time. Our analysis show Match Day – with Dravid, Mahela and Ian Chappell today – is going to go live at 7 pm. you can watch it on this scorecard page by refreshing it, the player will appear on the top right on the web.

    Ko123: “Around 4000 people outside Melbourne cricket ground for this epic match with Pakistan and Indian shirts ”

    Lokesh: “The match has been called off. Pakistan win by 2 runs (D/L). The Pakistan Women players indulge in raucous celebrations.”

    6.45 pm The stands, as you’d imagine, are pretty much packed. Though not entirely, just yet. It isn’t raining at the moment and the covers are slowly coming off. The ones near the straight boundary at the press box end.

    Naman: “Does drainage even matter if they covered the whole ground? Surely water is not supposed to seep beneath covers? It must be like the rain never happened.” Yes, if the covers have had no leaks, then the ground should be dry once they are removed.

    Maddy M: “Ronak comments, only reminds of Leo’s Oscar speech…. “Let us not take this planet for granted; I do not take tonight for granted.”

    6.38 pm “Huge cheer as the central cover goes off once again,” says Karthik. “They’re just lifting the edges to see what the surface is like underneath.”

    “I can see ground,” says Jarrod. Ground at Eden Gardens hasn’t been seen before now, today.

    Karthik: “The cover over the run-up area at the press box end is beginning to come off now. And there’s another cover below that as well. So it seems like the ground should be pretty dry once the covers come off.”

    Sabahat: “Meanwhile pakistani channel broadcasting imran khan conversation with umer akmal. What a sight to see legends supporting their teams at ground”

    Karthik Sukumar: “The most important thing over here is having the complete quota of overs. A shortened game would be unfair on both the sides and the crowd. Let’s hope for a cracking game!”

    Abdul: “I can imagine george sitting behind his computer sipping coffee reading our comments.. what a peaceful life.” Tea today, and some coconut rocks and dodol thanks to our Sri Lankan correspondent Andrew Fernando.

    6.32 pm “No rain, groundstaff still clearing the water off the covers,” says Karthik. Jarrod says it was raining 30 seconds ago, so it’s all very unpredictable at the moment at Eden Gardens.

    Tharun Raj: “Most Indians are now worried about drainage, Not in their home or colony but at Eden Gardens. :P”

    Adnan Akhtar: “Rain in Kolkata, rain in Delhi! Can someone please turn off the tap?”

    6.20 pm “Raining again,” says Jarrod Kimber, who’s also at Eden Gardens. But it is mild. “But the groundstaff and Soppers are busy at work,” says Karthik.

    The live discussion with Rahul Dravid and Mahela Jayawardene is going on right now. Head to our Facebook page. And Mahela and Dravid will also join Ian Chappell on our live Match Day show at 7pm, which you can watch right here by refreshing the scorecard page.

    6.12 pm Pakistan women stumbling against India women in Delhi. They need 20 off 24 balls with four wickets in hand. There is rain in the air in Delhi, it’s drizzling at the Kotla. Covers coming on. Pakistan are just ahead on the D/L equation.

    However, the rain has stopped in Kolkata.

    Nikhil: “@Maulika – I would rather replace Hardik Pandya with Rahane. Yuvraj’s presence is always a threat to the opposition. Hardik Pandya is a bit overhyped in my opinion. We need more experienced players out in the middle.”

    6.05 pm “Close to stopping now,” says Karthik Krishnaswamy. “It’s pretty cool to watch the Super Soppers. When they’re moving around on grass, it’s hard to tell how powerful they are, but they leave a more or less dry stripe as they move over these covers.”

    Imran Panjwani: “Here is some stat before the match ‘Ashwin need 3 wickets to become first indian bowler to take 50 wickets in T20 International, Ahmed Shehzad need 7 runs to 1000 runs milestone, Boom Boom Afridi need 5 wickets to become the first international player to take 100 wickets in T20 International and Dhoni need 18 runs to make the 1000 Runs in T20 Internationals.”

    Mounika: “Will Dhoni change the team today? Can Rahane please play in place of Yuvraj?? Either way Dhoni is not using Yuvraj for bowling so much and given Raina’s performance against NZ pretty sure he will continue to bowl”

    5.55 pm Argh, the rain has begun again, I’m afraid. Not heavy, but heavier than drizzle. Nonetheless, the Super Soppers are rumbling around near the boundaries.

    Have you read this interview with Shahid Afridi? “I’ll tell you something from the heart. My father and family have really given me a lot of support. They have never let me fall. Their prayers have been with me throughout. My real strength is my awaam [public]. My awaam, in every difficult time, has supported me, whether I took a panga [picked a fight] with the board or anyone. I’ve always stood for my players and the truth when I was captain, whether I had issues with Vicky bhai [Waqar Younis] or Ijaz Butt [former PCB chairman]. The awaam has always given me such support that I can never forget them. They have been my strength.” I’m going to miss Lala once (if) he retires.

    vinay: “Does Cricinfo offer any prize rewards like fb for pointing some flaw? I see that the IndVsPak rain updates are visible on Desktop espncricinfo link, and android app, but the rain comments aren’t visible on my iPad app. I accept any sort of rewards; publishing this doesn’t count mind you.” Are you going to be watching on all gadgets during earth hour, too?

    5.45 pm Here’s the latest update from Karthik Krishnaswamy at Eden Gardens: “It has almost stopped raining. Just the stray droplet. And that central cover is being removed. Underneath are more covers. Like the end of a Scooby Doo episode.”

    FaZi: “George, LOL, if you have nothing to do why you don’t post each & every comment & we have our very own pre-match analysis. You never posted my comment.” I sort of dug a hole and fell into it.

    5.40 pm They’re beginning to sweep water off the central cover over the pitch and the square. It’s still drizzling, but growing gradually lighter.

    sunil: “This is just a thunderstorm. It will pass. Game on!”

    Aquif Shaikh: “I’ve never seen Cricinfo provide Rain updates more frequently than Today. Feeling the pressure?” Pressure, what pressure? As Keith Miller memorably said: “Real pressure is when you are flying a Mosquito with a Messerschmitt up your arse!” I just have nothing else to do.

    5.35 pm Some mildly better news from the ground. “The rain definitely has reduced in intensity now. People are moving back down from the backs of the stands to the less protected fronts,” says Karthik.

    MA: “Hourly forecasts predict that the rain should stop in the next 2 hours, which means that by 7:30 it should stop raining. If by some miracle, the ground is readied in the following half an hour, i.e by 8:00, we could have a full game as there are no predictions of rain during the match….fingers crossed! ”

    5.30 pm It’s more or less the same. Perhaps slightly lighter. That’s the word from the ground.

    5.20 pm Still raining. “So I was here last year for a KKR-Royals IPL game that was rained out,” says Karthik Krishnaswamy from Eden Gardens. “This time, they have new covers – white rather than blue – that I’ve heard were brought in from the UK only last month or thereabouts. And the ground also has an extra Super Sopper.” So the aim is to not let any water get on the ground, which is good because the drainage isn’t. It will be a task to get the water off the covers though.

    Viral: “World richest board. One of the Biggest events in cricket. one of the biggest ground in world. Surely BCCI can make better efforts in arranging better drainage system for this ground after last year’s IND-SA match.” Well the rain has to abate first.

    5.15 pm Thunder, lightning and heavy rain now. Looks ominous and the drainage at Eden Gardens isn’t the best. However, the entire ground is covered, but that means it will be a massive task to get all the surface water off, once (if) the rain eases.

    S Dutta: “Actually Kolkata starts to become very muggy round about this time. So I am not sure if the folks sitting on the covers are ‘suffering’ or ‘enjoying’ the rain. I wish I could be one of them, for a day like today (Indo – Pak match)!!!” I’m sorry but the least that can be done – if they have to stay out in the rain – is to provide protection against it in some form.

    And in news just coming in. Big blows for Bangladesh: Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny have been suspended from bowling by ICC for illegal actions.

    5.05 pm It has begun to rain heavily now but the groundstaff continue to sit on the covers, they are basically weighing them down on the edges so that the covers don’t blow away in the wind. The entire ground is covered. And the groundstaff do not have umbrellas or raincoats, according to Karthik who is at the venue, which is just ridiculous considering the job they are doing.

    Sibi: “Kudos to the BCCI and ICC who scheduled matches without looking at the weather forecast ”

    5.00 pm “It’s really windy,” says Karthik from Eden Gardens. “The covers are rippling despite the groundstaff sitting on them. It’s begun.” He means the rain.

    Aravind: “Ticket scramble aside, get to the big picture George – if this is a washout, are India eliminated? Guess it being an Ind-Pak game, I’m more antsy than usual!” I don’t think India are out, but they could be dependent on other results going their way and net run-rate.

    4.55 pm The entire playing area is under covers at Eden Gardens. The groundstaff are actually sitting on the covers where one sheet meets the other, to keep them in place. It is dark overhead with flashes of lightning. There is drizzle in Kolkata but none yet at Eden Gardens. Rain seems imminent though.

    Taha Rehman Sid: “This feedback is sent 10 hours before the match. Why cant you guys start commenting on matches like these 10 hour before they are supposed to start. There are people waiting!” I appreciate the enthusiasm, but I think we were working on last night’s games that long ago!

    4.45 pm Right, after all that drama – Will Pakistan go to Dharamsala, or wont they? Will Pakistan come to India at all, or won’t they? Why can’t India just give them the assurance they need already? – we better have a cracking game at Eden Gardens. Anything else will be such an anticlimax.

    The scramble for tickets for this match hasn’t been easy – it never is for India-Pakistan, is it? – and hopefully, hopefully all those efforts will not be for nothing, because it is not looking good in Kolkata.

    In the early afternoon Karthik Krishnaswamy, one of ESPNcricinfo’s reporters at Eden Gardens, said it was sunny and humid. Then at 4.25pm, he sent me a message saying it had become grey and muggy and that the entire ground was under covers. At 4.35 pm, he said, “Lightning just happened,” and that it was darkening rapidly.

    That’s the bad news. What’s worse is that the drainage at Eden Gardens is mediocre.

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    Commentator: George Binoy

    Scorer: Sanjay Murari

    Rejuvenated Pakistan out to test India’s bouncebackability

    India won the toss and elected to field

    Sourav Ganguly has walked out with the trophy, and the dignitaries are gathered around. The teams walk out for the national anthems. Shafqat Amanat Ali will sing Pakistan’s and Amitabh Bachan will sing India’s.

    “Pinpricks of light all around the stands as the flags come onto the ground and mobile camera flashes go off,” says Karthik.

    Safwan: “All people saying sami’s line and lenght hasn’t been upto the mark have not seen the previous matches he has played. He has been brilliant apart from the two no balls he bowled. Sami’s international t20 record is the best among all other current pakistani bowlers”

    Toss, 8.10 pm Dhoni tosses, Afridi calls heads, India wins. Dhoni chooses to bowl first. India are playing the same XI that lost to New Zealand. I’ll have news of the Pakistan team for you as soon as I know.

    Pakistan have left out spinning-allrounder Imad Wasim and are playing fast bowler Mohammad Sami.

    Suman Dustakar: “Interesting reply by Afridi to nasir when he asked what you wanted to do if you had won the toss, he said “you know wat i wanted to do”, but afridi I dont knw wat u wanted to do, can you please tell me?”

    FaZi: “@Suman, He will bat first 🙂 & i think dropping imad is not a good decision, Sami has got pace but his line & length is not good at all since last many matches. Let’s hope he have a good day today.”

    Zuhaib Qureshi : “Why do they keep playing Mohammad Sami. All he does is get thrashed around the ground. And today will be no different I am sure. Imad in the last few games has been good. ”

    Sushil: “Reasons for bowling first: 1. Slightly humid ground ball will not race away to the boundary for first few overs. 2. Covered wicket will offer something for the quick bowlers initially 3. Always an advantage to bat second with rainy weather and possible interruptions. 4. In shortened games batting first you never know what is a par total.” Sound logic.

    8.05 pm It’s been frustrating for sure, all these delays – natural and man-made – but let’s put that all behind us now. We have a game! Toss in five minutes, a start at 8.30 pm, and an 18-over contest. The Powerplay will be five-overs long, and three bowlers can bowl a maximum of four overs each.

    7.55 pm This is getting really frustrating now. I don’t see why the toss couldn’t have happened by now, given that most of the covers are off.

    Syed: “Any inspection? Any Toss? Any News? When are they going to start?” Nothing official yet. The players are going through their warm-up drills. The last shot of Dhoni had him in his practice kit.

    Shiba: “George, Can you put the status as Match delayed by Speeches.”

    FINALLY!! Toss at 8.10 pm, start at 8.30pm, 18-overs a side. I wonder if some time is still being kept for the national anthems.

    Burg: “All the ceremonial stuff would’ve been acceptable subject to no overs being lost. But with 2 overs a side removed, one really questions why the need for all the formalities…”

    Keshav: “Most ridiculous thing I ever heard, 2 overs docked because of the speeches? Couldn’t they have just had the toss as soon as the covers were coming off? Instead they waste time with speeches and the platform going up and coming down. ”

    Karthik Sukumar: “I believe the rules say that the pitch and the field has to be completely ready for play before the toss takes place. There were a few covers on the field and the pitch was being rolled. It’s unfortunate, however the presentation could’ve be avoided completely or shortened. ”

    7.45 pm Imran Khan is now giving a short speech, appreciating the welcome Pakistan have been given in Kolkata. He hopes for a great game and that the result is the same as when he last played at Eden Gardens.

    Tendulkar strolls up for his turn at the microphone. “Nice to see the stalwarts from Pakistan, we welcome them here … we hope for a fantastic match, let’s enjoy cricket above all.”

    One last cover remains on the field and it is beginning to come off as well, and the Super Sopper is doing its thing. Can we stop with the speeches and get this show on the road, already? Surely they could have had the toss by now.

    Right, the felicitations are over. Let’s dismantle that platform.

    Vamsi: “Do they really think the spectators appreciate all this when the match is already delayed ? Don’t they care about what the fan feels ? Speeches, really ? There is certainly no occasion nor reason for this too. Just imagine if rains again now.”

    Ganesh: “This ia infuriating. ICC should have a crackdown because of such wastage of time. This could have well been done after the match”

    Moloy: “Why cant they just have the toss indoors? And please please tell me they wont be waiting 30 mins after the toss to start?”

    DanielAlexander: “Can we please get on with the game? ”

    Neeks: “Don’t worry George. Let everybody have there share of joy. Without the efforts of these guys no match would have shown up. This not a match but a gesture of friendship.”

    Manohar: “With all due respect to the legends and dignitaries, couldn’t this function take place at the halfway break or after the match? Unnecessary delay to an already delayed game.”

    7.40pm While the covers are being removed, the chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee is honouring former Pakistan captain and politician Imran Khan on the field by draping a shawl around him. Wasim Akram is next. “Poor Allan Lamb. His 92 World Cup dismissal comes up on the big screen.” says Karthik. And after Akram, is Waqar Younis and Sunil Gavaskar. And then Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.

    Amir: “I think this katch is getting delayed now without much reason.”

    Siddhesh: “What is baffling is how Bangladesh cricket board, with a fraction of the budget of the BCCI has managed to prepare stadiums with excellent drainage, as seen in the recent Asia Cup finals. The neglect shown towards not improving drainage facilities for such international events, and at a metropolitan city at that is not ideal. ”

    Naresh Gupta UP: “Why is there a presentation ceremony going on when the match is delayed. I am in France and eagerly waiting for the toss!”

    kainkareswar: “In Ukraine,Indian,Bangladeshi and Pakistani students have arranged a public screening but unfortunately the game is delayed, hopefully we at least get a game.”

    Reeza Seedat: “MBA studies is put on hold for these few hours of action! Rain rain go away! All the way from South Africa”

    Siddhesh: “Well, at least they aren’t waiting for the covers to come off totally before conducting such events. Given that this is already a shortened game, the least the officials should do is to not shorten it further.”

    7.30 pm “I can see Imran Khan, Sunil Gavaskar and Wasim Akram near that temporary platform,” says Karthik from the ground. Hopefully they will be able to dismantle it toute suite as soon as it has been used for whatever purpose.

    Sashank: “A lot changed with cricket technology during last decade , but nothing to dry the field quickly.”

    Mazhar Shehzaad: “Gotta feel for Cricinfo comm boys. The match hasnt even started yet and look at all the commentary. Pity your fingers. Kudos! #LoveFromPakistan.” Nothing is harder than Gayle and Samuels bowling in tandem.

    Adil Rashid: “We (Indian and Pakistani students) have arranged a huge multimedia projector for this match here in China, and hope the effort will not be ruined by rain. ”

    Anil: “The effort being put in by the ground staff at Eden Gardens is commendable, that being said, with the technical advancements the game has had over the years, one often wonders why the turnaround time at stadia across the country is still long, I believe that as much as it is important to increase the capacity of the stadia, it will be nice to see more effective methods in reducing this tedious process.”

    7.22 pm The process of taking off the covers is ongoing. The pitch is being rolled, the creases have been marked. The Super Sopper is supersopping the ground. It’s going to be a delayed start but hopefully they will do everything possible to have a full game.

    “The Indian players are out now, doing some low-intensity ball tossing among themselves,” says Karthik. “Lala and Waqar have also been milling about for a while.”

    JandhyalaVenkat: “It is sad to see several of the ground staff walking bare feet. I hope BCCI can look into this to improve. World is watching.”

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    RiKool: “The streets in my neighbourhood are looking deserted. Shops have shut down. Its all building up for THE CLASH”

    7.12 pm “Two-thirds of the covers are either off or in the process of coming off. The sponsors’ signs are being unfolded behind the run-up area,” says Karthik from Eden Gardens. “And some sort of platform is being erected. For all the preliminaries, I suppose.” Don’t tell me they are going to delay the game any further than necessary because of ‘functions’.

    Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan is going to sing the Indian national anthem. For Pakistan, it will be the singer Shafqat Amanat Ali.

    Prakhar: “What is the need for all these ‘functions’? After all this is a IND-PAK match and we all want this game to start right now. The teams should have the toss in dressing room and should not waste time on that too.”

    7.02 pm On the far side from the press box at Eden Gardens, the Super Soppers are still clearing the covers. We have just ticked past the scheduled toss time.

    “Off go the last layer of covers from the square,” says Karthik from the ground. “The umpires are out in the middle, 8.50 pm is the cut-off time for losing overs, apparently.”

    6.55 pm More good news from Eden Gardens. “Basically, the ground has been cleared in the bowlers’ run-up areas at this end. And the ground looks great from here,” says Karthik Krishnaswamy. “They’re going to clear the wide long-on area next, I think.”

    The toss looks set to be delayed, though. It is scheduled for 7 pm local time. Our analysis show Match Day – with Dravid, Mahela and Ian Chappell today – is going to go live at 7 pm. you can watch it on this scorecard page by refreshing it, the player will appear on the top right on the web.

    Ko123: “Around 4000 people outside Melbourne cricket ground for this epic match with Pakistan and Indian shirts ”

    Lokesh: “The match has been called off. Pakistan win by 2 runs (D/L). The Pakistan Women players indulge in raucous celebrations.”

    6.45 pm The stands, as you’d imagine, are pretty much packed. Though not entirely, just yet. It isn’t raining at the moment and the covers are slowly coming off. The ones near the straight boundary at the press box end.

    Naman: “Does drainage even matter if they covered the whole ground? Surely water is not supposed to seep beneath covers? It must be like the rain never happened.” Yes, if the covers have had no leaks, then the ground should be dry once they are removed.

    Maddy M: “Ronak comments, only reminds of Leo’s Oscar speech…. “Let us not take this planet for granted; I do not take tonight for granted.”

    6.38 pm “Huge cheer as the central cover goes off once again,” says Karthik. “They’re just lifting the edges to see what the surface is like underneath.”

    “I can see ground,” says Jarrod. Ground at Eden Gardens hasn’t been seen before now, today.

    Karthik: “The cover over the run-up area at the press box end is beginning to come off now. And there’s another cover below that as well. So it seems like the ground should be pretty dry once the covers come off.”

    Sabahat: “Meanwhile pakistani channel broadcasting imran khan conversation with umer akmal. What a sight to see legends supporting their teams at ground”

    Karthik Sukumar: “The most important thing over here is having the complete quota of overs. A shortened game would be unfair on both the sides and the crowd. Let’s hope for a cracking game!”

    Abdul: “I can imagine george sitting behind his computer sipping coffee reading our comments.. what a peaceful life.” Tea today, and some coconut rocks and dodol thanks to our Sri Lankan correspondent Andrew Fernando.

    6.32 pm “No rain, groundstaff still clearing the water off the covers,” says Karthik. Jarrod says it was raining 30 seconds ago, so it’s all very unpredictable at the moment at Eden Gardens.

    Tharun Raj: “Most Indians are now worried about drainage, Not in their home or colony but at Eden Gardens. :P”

    Adnan Akhtar: “Rain in Kolkata, rain in Delhi! Can someone please turn off the tap?”

    6.20 pm “Raining again,” says Jarrod Kimber, who’s also at Eden Gardens. But it is mild. “But the groundstaff and Soppers are busy at work,” says Karthik.

    The live discussion with Rahul Dravid and Mahela Jayawardene is going on right now. Head to our Facebook page. And Mahela and Dravid will also join Ian Chappell on our live Match Day show at 7pm, which you can watch right here by refreshing the scorecard page.

    6.12 pm Pakistan women stumbling against India women in Delhi. They need 20 off 24 balls with four wickets in hand. There is rain in the air in Delhi, it’s drizzling at the Kotla. Covers coming on. Pakistan are just ahead on the D/L equation.

    However, the rain has stopped in Kolkata.

    Nikhil: “@Maulika – I would rather replace Hardik Pandya with Rahane. Yuvraj’s presence is always a threat to the opposition. Hardik Pandya is a bit overhyped in my opinion. We need more experienced players out in the middle.”

    6.05 pm “Close to stopping now,” says Karthik Krishnaswamy. “It’s pretty cool to watch the Super Soppers. When they’re moving around on grass, it’s hard to tell how powerful they are, but they leave a more or less dry stripe as they move over these covers.”

    Imran Panjwani: “Here is some stat before the match ‘Ashwin need 3 wickets to become first indian bowler to take 50 wickets in T20 International, Ahmed Shehzad need 7 runs to 1000 runs milestone, Boom Boom Afridi need 5 wickets to become the first international player to take 100 wickets in T20 International and Dhoni need 18 runs to make the 1000 Runs in T20 Internationals.”

    Mounika: “Will Dhoni change the team today? Can Rahane please play in place of Yuvraj?? Either way Dhoni is not using Yuvraj for bowling so much and given Raina’s performance against NZ pretty sure he will continue to bowl”

    5.55 pm Argh, the rain has begun again, I’m afraid. Not heavy, but heavier than drizzle. Nonetheless, the Super Soppers are rumbling around near the boundaries.

    Have you read this interview with Shahid Afridi? “I’ll tell you something from the heart. My father and family have really given me a lot of support. They have never let me fall. Their prayers have been with me throughout. My real strength is my awaam [public]. My awaam, in every difficult time, has supported me, whether I took a panga [picked a fight] with the board or anyone. I’ve always stood for my players and the truth when I was captain, whether I had issues with Vicky bhai [Waqar Younis] or Ijaz Butt [former PCB chairman]. The awaam has always given me such support that I can never forget them. They have been my strength.” I’m going to miss Lala once (if) he retires.

    vinay: “Does Cricinfo offer any prize rewards like fb for pointing some flaw? I see that the IndVsPak rain updates are visible on Desktop espncricinfo link, and android app, but the rain comments aren’t visible on my iPad app. I accept any sort of rewards; publishing this doesn’t count mind you.” Are you going to be watching on all gadgets during earth hour, too?

    5.45 pm Here’s the latest update from Karthik Krishnaswamy at Eden Gardens: “It has almost stopped raining. Just the stray droplet. And that central cover is being removed. Underneath are more covers. Like the end of a Scooby Doo episode.”

    FaZi: “George, LOL, if you have nothing to do why you don’t post each & every comment & we have our very own pre-match analysis. You never posted my comment.” I sort of dug a hole and fell into it.

    5.40 pm They’re beginning to sweep water off the central cover over the pitch and the square. It’s still drizzling, but growing gradually lighter.

    sunil: “This is just a thunderstorm. It will pass. Game on!”

    Aquif Shaikh: “I’ve never seen Cricinfo provide Rain updates more frequently than Today. Feeling the pressure?” Pressure, what pressure? As Keith Miller memorably said: “Real pressure is when you are flying a Mosquito with a Messerschmitt up your arse!” I just have nothing else to do.

    5.35 pm Some mildly better news from the ground. “The rain definitely has reduced in intensity now. People are moving back down from the backs of the stands to the less protected fronts,” says Karthik.

    MA: “Hourly forecasts predict that the rain should stop in the next 2 hours, which means that by 7:30 it should stop raining. If by some miracle, the ground is readied in the following half an hour, i.e by 8:00, we could have a full game as there are no predictions of rain during the match….fingers crossed! ”

    5.30 pm It’s more or less the same. Perhaps slightly lighter. That’s the word from the ground.

    5.20 pm Still raining. “So I was here last year for a KKR-Royals IPL game that was rained out,” says Karthik Krishnaswamy from Eden Gardens. “This time, they have new covers – white rather than blue – that I’ve heard were brought in from the UK only last month or thereabouts. And the ground also has an extra Super Sopper.” So the aim is to not let any water get on the ground, which is good because the drainage isn’t. It will be a task to get the water off the covers though.

    Viral: “World richest board. One of the Biggest events in cricket. one of the biggest ground in world. Surely BCCI can make better efforts in arranging better drainage system for this ground after last year’s IND-SA match.” Well the rain has to abate first.

    5.15 pm Thunder, lightning and heavy rain now. Looks ominous and the drainage at Eden Gardens isn’t the best. However, the entire ground is covered, but that means it will be a massive task to get all the surface water off, once (if) the rain eases.

    S Dutta: “Actually Kolkata starts to become very muggy round about this time. So I am not sure if the folks sitting on the covers are ‘suffering’ or ‘enjoying’ the rain. I wish I could be one of them, for a day like today (Indo – Pak match)!!!” I’m sorry but the least that can be done – if they have to stay out in the rain – is to provide protection against it in some form.

    And in news just coming in. Big blows for Bangladesh: Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny have been suspended from bowling by ICC for illegal actions.

    5.05 pm It has begun to rain heavily now but the groundstaff continue to sit on the covers, they are basically weighing them down on the edges so that the covers don’t blow away in the wind. The entire ground is covered. And the groundstaff do not have umbrellas or raincoats, according to Karthik who is at the venue, which is just ridiculous considering the job they are doing.

    Sibi: “Kudos to the BCCI and ICC who scheduled matches without looking at the weather forecast ”

    5.00 pm “It’s really windy,” says Karthik from Eden Gardens. “The covers are rippling despite the groundstaff sitting on them. It’s begun.” He means the rain.

    Aravind: “Ticket scramble aside, get to the big picture George – if this is a washout, are India eliminated? Guess it being an Ind-Pak game, I’m more antsy than usual!” I don’t think India are out, but they could be dependent on other results going their way and net run-rate.

    4.55 pm The entire playing area is under covers at Eden Gardens. The groundstaff are actually sitting on the covers where one sheet meets the other, to keep them in place. It is dark overhead with flashes of lightning. There is drizzle in Kolkata but none yet at Eden Gardens. Rain seems imminent though.

    Taha Rehman Sid: “This feedback is sent 10 hours before the match. Why cant you guys start commenting on matches like these 10 hour before they are supposed to start. There are people waiting!” I appreciate the enthusiasm, but I think we were working on last night’s games that long ago!

    4.45 pm Right, after all that drama – Will Pakistan go to Dharamsala, or wont they? Will Pakistan come to India at all, or won’t they? Why can’t India just give them the assurance they need already? – we better have a cracking game at Eden Gardens. Anything else will be such an anticlimax.

    The scramble for tickets for this match hasn’t been easy – it never is for India-Pakistan, is it? – and hopefully, hopefully all those efforts will not be for nothing, because it is not looking good in Kolkata.

    In the early afternoon Karthik Krishnaswamy, one of ESPNcricinfo’s reporters at Eden Gardens, said it was sunny and humid. Then at 4.25pm, he sent me a message saying it had become grey and muggy and that the entire ground was under covers. At 4.35 pm, he said, “Lightning just happened,” and that it was darkening rapidly.

    That’s the bad news. What’s worse is that the drainage at Eden Gardens is mediocre.

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    Commentator: George Binoy

    Scorer: Sanjay Murari

    indpak

    The build-up to the India-Pakistan clash began once Dharamsala was named as the venue on December 11 last year. Political tensions and security concerns in the weeks preceding the World Twenty20, however, left the administrators and fans in a limbo: ‘Will they, won’t they?’

    On March 9, a day after the start of the tournament, the impasse was finally over and the match was tipped over from Dharamsala to Kolkata. On the eve of the game in Kolkata, R Ashwin told a horde of reporters that the India-Pakistan rivalry was “probably bigger than the Ashes”.

    India and Pakistan had provided a precursor during the Asia Cup last month when Mohammad Amir’s fire was countered by Virat Kohli’s ice. India grooved to the Asia Cup title; Pakistan suffered a pre-mature exit and were in chaos, with some barbs even directed at captain Shahid Afridi.

    Both sides have played just a match in the World T20 so far, but have had vastly different results. The pressure is now on India who had custard pie smashed on their faces by the largely unheralded spin trio of Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, and Nathan McCullum. Things seem to be falling in place for Pakistan at the right moment: the top order delivered on Wednesday against Bangladesh, as did Afridi. Once-upon-a-time finisher, Shoaib Malik is back to slip in to a similar role, and can also bind the innings if there is a (familiar) implosion.

    The Kolkata pitch has been on the sluggish side, but Pakistan’s penchant for pace is their way of life. India’s middle order, which has been shielded by Kohli’s imperious form, was brutally exposed by New Zealand, and Dhoni conceded the batsmen lacked adaptability. Can the middle order produce a better riposte if Kohli’s bubble is burst again?

    Form guide

    (last five completed matches)
    India LWWWW
    Pakistan WWLWL

    Watch out for

    Yuvraj Singh had spent 144 minutes in the middle with the bat on considerably green pitches in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. Three Saturdays earlier, he had to deal with the high-speed bustle of Amir and Mohammad Irfan. Yuvraj will have to contend with it again, and the stakes will be higher this time. Another loss can shake up the pre-tournament favourites’ campaign.

    Before the tournament, Rohit Sharma had played down the Amir threat, calling the quick a “normal bowler“. In January, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said: ” I still feel Amir is not at his best… he’s getting there.” He got there, or nearly got there with seven wickets at 11.57 in the Asia Cup. Slow pitch or not, normal or extraordinary, Amir will be Pakistan’s main man. Rohit v Amir will perhaps set the match up.

    Team news

    MS Dhoni fiddles with the XI only once in a blue moon. Ashwin remained coy on Pawan Negi’s inclusion in a high-pressure game against Pakistan. Ajinkya Rahane is available as a middle-order option, but India are likely to stick to the same XI unless Mohammed Shami comes in for Ashish Nehra.

    India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 Rohit Sharma 3 Virat Kohli 4 Suresh Raina 5 Yuvraj Singh 6 Hardik Pandya 7 MS Dhoni (capt &wk), 8 Ravindra Jadeja 9 R Ashwin 10 Ashish Nehra 11 Jasprit Bumrah

    With the team finding some rhythm and opening its campaign with a big win, Pakistan may not disturb their combination either.

    Pakistan (probable) 1 Sharjeel Khan 2 Ahmed Shehzad 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Umar Akmal 5 Shoaib Malik 6 Shahid Afridi(capt) 7 Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk) 8 Imad Wasim 9 Wahab Riaz 10 Mohammad Amir 11 Mohammad Irfan

    Pitch and conditions

    The Kolkata track for the Afghanistan-Sri Lanka match offered the spinners grip and slow turn. The quick fizzers and googlies from Rashid Khan, a legspinner in the mould of Afridi, also skidded on and tied down the opposition. A similar pitch is in the offing and the weather is expected to be fine for the duration of the game.

    Stats and trivia

    • The last time Pakistan played a T20 international in India, in 2012, Yuvraj clattered 72 off 36 balls.
    • Afridi needs two wickets to surpass Lasith Malinga as the overall leading wicket-taker in the World T20.
    • India have played Pakistan 10 times in the 50-over World Cup and the World T20, and have won nine matches. The Durban T20 in 2007 was tied, after which India prevailed in the bowl-out.

    Quotes

    “We felt [the Kolkata crowd’s backing] in the last game. Probably after the statement of Afridi – which was brought into controversy and brought into newspapers and all over – we felt that we were very welcome, the crowd was really behind us against Bangladesh. I know it is not going to be behind us against India, but yes that is the positive we are going to take and we are going to try to play the best cricket.”
    Pakistan coach Waqar Younis on the Kolkata crowd

    Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

    NZ spin trio hand India shock defeat

    10.45 pm India remain winless in T20 internationals against New Zealand, having lost five in five. And who would have seen this coming when New Zealand had been kept to 126 after choosing to bat? As it turned out, Kane Williamson read this pitch perfectly. He had the guts to leave out Boult, Southee and McClenaghan on this pitch and play Sodhi, Nathan McCullum and Mitchell Santner. I didn’t think it was a good decision, and very few seemed to as well. Hats off to the New Zealand management,

    18.1

    Milne to Nehra, OUT, it’s all over, Milne bowls it full and straight, the batsman backs away and pokes, exposing his stumps. Milne rattles them to complete an incredible victory for New Zealand

    A Nehra b Milne 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

    zafar: “George, please don’t take it personal, but commentary regarding turn is getting funny. I mean you were never turned on by turn before.” I am just amazed by how much it is turning.

    End of over 18 (4 runs) India 79/9 (48 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.38, RRR: 24.00)

      • JJ Bumrah 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)
      • A Nehra 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • MJ Santner 4-0-11-4
      • IS Sodhi 4-0-18-3

    Tanvir: “Funny how India batted nicely in a pitch full of grass in Bangladesh but failing badly in a spinning track at home! Mr. Ravi Shastri is going to say to the curator “I want that green pitch” ”

    17.6

    Santner to Bumrah, no run, dabbed off the back foot to point

    17.5

    Santner to Bumrah, no run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

    There is an exodus of fans from he stadium.

    17.4

    Santner to Dhoni, OUT, Nathan McCullum has ended the game with a scorching catch at long on! Dhoni clubbed the ball against the turn, hitting it hard and flat towards the boundary, McCullum came running in, judging the carry perfectly and timing his dive to take it inches from the turf

    MS Dhoni c McCullum b Santner 30 (30b 1×4 1×6) SR: 100.00

    17.3

    Santner to Dhoni, no run, driven to long on but Dhoni doesn’t take the single

    17.2

    Santner to Dhoni, no run, unbelievable turn, it is just un-hittable when the bowler gets his length right, that ripped square away from the right-hander

    Hari: “Great first game! Note #1 to India: Respect conditions and opponents Note #2 to India: Better to get kicked in the rear end in beginning than during knockouts”

    17.1

    Santner to Dhoni, FOUR, short ball and Dhoni smashes it! On the front foot and he pulls with so much power, splitting the gap at deep midwicket. Dhoni had begun to advance and then hung back to hit it

    End of over 17 (9 runs) India 75/8 (52 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.41, RRR: 17.33)

      • A Nehra 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • MS Dhoni 26 (26b 0x4 1×6)
      • IS Sodhi 4-0-18-3
      • CJ Anderson 3-0-18-0
    16.6

    Sodhi to Nehra, no run, Nehra tries to hit down the ground but the ball flies off the outside edge towards point where Elliott dives to his right and fields

    16.6

    Sodhi to Nehra, 1 wide, that’s a wide, it has turned so much after pitching outside off

    16.5

    Sodhi to Nehra, no run, played back to the bowler

    16.5

    Sodhi to Nehra, 1 wide, look at that ball turn away from the right-hander, incredible turn, like a sixth day Test match surface.

    16.4

    Sodhi to Nehra, no run, the googly to Nehra, he stays back an defends with a straight bat

    16.3

    Sodhi to Ashwin, OUT, what a lovely ball from the legspinner, Ashwin is beaten, stranded and helpless! He came out of his crease to push hard at a legbreak and was beaten by the flight and the length as the ball ripped past his bat. He didn’t even try getting back before Ronchi took off the bails

    R Ashwin st †Ronchi b Sodhi 10 (20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

    16.2

    Sodhi to Dhoni, 1 run, a flatter ball outside off, played off the back foot on the off side

    16.1

    Sodhi to Dhoni, SIX, there it is! Dhoni finally goes big and the stadium explodes in a huge roar! The ball was tossed up outside off, the length and line was right for Dhoni to free his arms and he did it with so much power, slamming the ball far over the straight boundary on the front foot

    Abhi Mishra: “I wonder what Mr Ravi Shastri is going to say to curator tonight ! ”

    End of over 16 (5 runs) India 66/7 (61 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.12, RRR: 15.25)

      • MS Dhoni 19 (24b 0x4 0x6)
      • R Ashwin 10 (19b 0x4 0x6)
      • CJ Anderson 3-0-18-0
      • IS Sodhi 3-0-9-2
    15.6

    Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, nudged off the pads gently towards midwicket, they run the first quickly and they want the second but the fielder sprints in from the deep to prevent it

    15.5

    Anderson to Ashwin, 1 run, clubbed down the ground to long on for a single

    Karthik Sukumar: “Hats off to Kane and NZ for proving everyone wrong. This shows that all the talk about pitch, analysis, etc. is all hogwash until the match actually takes place. Good game to start off the World T20!”

    15.4

    Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni flicks the ball off his pads through square leg, just another single

    15.3

    Anderson to Ashwin, 1 run, played to midwicket for one more

    15.2

    Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, steps out again, Anderson follows him and cramps him for room with another slower one, clipped off the pads for a single

    15.1

    Anderson to Dhoni, no run, slower ball from around the wicket, Dhoni charges and slogs, missed it by a long way

    Sam: “That 2 they scored on 14.4 was the first time they scored more than a single since the 8th over!”

    Anderson returns …

    End of over 15 (4 runs) India 61/7 (66 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.06, RRR: 13.20)

      • R Ashwin 8 (17b 0x4 0x6)
      • MS Dhoni 16 (20b 0x4 0x6)
      • IS Sodhi 3-0-9-2
      • MJ Santner 3-0-7-3
    14.6

    Sodhi to Ashwin, no run, drives to drive over the off side but the legbreak spins away and takes the outside edge, the ball falls short of short third man

    Kamal: “Only 3 boundaries so far, haven’t seen this from long time from Indian batting. at this rate the loss will effect the India’ NRR badly in this group of death!!!”

    14.5

    Sodhi to Dhoni, 1 run, clubbed off the back foot to wide long off

    14.4

    Sodhi to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni finally tries to slog, heaving across the line at a legbreak, he drags it with the bottom edge towards mid-on, the fielders are in the deep so they race back for two, an accurate throw at the bowlers end would have had Ashwin in trouble

    14.3

    Sodhi to Ashwin, 1 run, another huge legbreak, Ashwin stays back and the length is short enough for him to tap towards midwicket

    14.2

    Sodhi to Ashwin, no run, that legbreak pitches on off and spins the proverbial mile, Ashwin has to lunge to reach that and play to point

    India now need two runs a ball.

    14.1

    Sodhi to Ashwin, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended on the front foot into the covers

    End of over 14 (4 runs) India 57/7 (70 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.07, RRR: 11.66)

      • R Ashwin 7 (13b 0x4 0x6)
      • MS Dhoni 13 (18b 0x4 0x6)
      • MJ Santner 3-0-7-3
      • AF Milne 2-0-8-0

    Sai: “Of all the comments that were made at the toss regarding NZ selection, this one is probably the best.. “Devine: “For all those slamming NZ’s selection, how can you be so judgmental without even a ball being bowled? For all we know, this could be the combination that India loses to!””… Hats off to this guy’s hindsight !!”

    Sai: “Of all the comments that were made at the toss regarding NZ selection, this one is probably the best.. “Devine: “For all those slamming NZ’s selection, how can you be so judgmental without even a ball being bowled? For all we know, this could be the combination that India loses to!””… Hats off to this guy’s hindsight !!”

    13.6

    Santner to Ashwin, 1 run, driven off the front foot through covers for a single

    13.5

    Santner to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni steps out and clips the ball off his pads through square leg, these batsmen are happy with taking singles until the last five overs or so

    13.4

    Santner to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni pushes on the front foot towards short cover, Santner runs across to field

    13.3

    Santner to Ashwin, 1 run, the slower one pitching around off and spinning away, Ashwin dabs on the off side

    13.2

    Santner to Ashwin, no run, angles the ball into the right-hander from over the wicket, Ashwin stays back and defends to the bowler

    13.1

    Santner to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni steps out and towards the off to cover the turn away from him and dabs close on the leg side, Santner gets to the ball quickly and throws at the bowler’s end, he misses

    Revanth: “How many of present Indian players can play spin on back foot when it’s turning square ? Ans: None Dravid, lax, viru and Sachin used to play on Blackfoot deep in the crease.”

    Last bat RA Jadeja c & b Sodhi 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

    Fall of wicket 43/7 (10.2 ov); Partnership: 1 runs, 0.4 overs, RR: 1.50 (Dhoni 1, Jadeja 0)


    12.5

    Milne to Ashwin, no run, good length outside off, Ashwin reaches for the ball to steer to third man but is beaten

    Spoo: “Stop all this flaking from one extreme to the other and talk about India bouncing back already. A match, especially a low scoring T20, isn’t over till the last wicket/ball.”

    12.4

    Milne to Dhoni, 1 run, stays in his crease again and punches past the bowler for a single

    Rahid: “First two overs in NZ innings, those two sixes, I thought useful. I thought that Guptill and Williamson knew what are they doing. At this moment I think I am correct.”

    12.3

    Milne to Ashwin, 1 run, good length outside off, Ashwin stays back and opens the face to steer to third man

    12.2

    Milne to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length outside off, punched off the back foot through cover

    Doosra: “@Blackjack – you must have a great sense of humour! Poor George would be worn out for the rest of the competition if he attempted your request!”

    12.1

    Milne to Ashwin, 1 run, stays back and steers the length ball from outside off to third man, crowd cheering singles

    Darsh: “I haven’t stopped believing yet. As long as MS is there the game isn’t over”

    End of over 12 (4 runs) India 49/7 (78 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.08, RRR: 9.75)

      • R Ashwin 3 (6b 0x4 0x6)
      • MS Dhoni 9 (13b 0x4 0x6)
      • NL McCullum 3-0-15-2
      • IS Sodhi 2-0-5-2
    11.6

    McCullum to Ashwin, 1 run, waits in his crease and punches the ball to long on for a single

    11.5

    McCullum to Dhoni, 1 run, bowled flat on leg and middle, Dhoni stays back and hits the ball off the pads through square leg

    11.4

    McCullum to Ashwin, 1 run, moves forward and drives the ball towards long on for a single

    venx: “Well Played NZ. Whatever be the pitch or the conditions, just back yourself to your skills and blow the opponent away. Perfect wake-up call for India. I am sure they will bounce back better in the next matches.”

    11.3

    McCullum to Ashwin, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

    11.2

    McCullum to Dhoni, 1 run, turned off the pads towards square leg

    11.1

    McCullum to Dhoni, no run, played off the back foot towards cover

    vamsee: “Am I the only one reminded of eden gardens pitch of 96 semis vs SL?”

    BlackJack: “Can you please post a compilation of comments criticizing NZ’s playing XI before the match started.”

    End of over 11 (3 runs) India 45/7 (82 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.09, RRR: 9.11)

      • MS Dhoni 7 (10b 0x4 0x6)
      • R Ashwin 1 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • IS Sodhi 2-0-5-2
      • MJ Santner 2-0-3-3

    Devansh: “Stroll in the park, eh?”

    10.6

    Sodhi to Dhoni, 1 run, a fuller leg break on middle stump, Dhoni clips it through mid on for a single

    Prasanna S: “This is a harsh reality check for India. Time and again they failed against quality spin in home but somehow got unnoticed. The test series against South Africa last year was forgotten because we won it, but we lost our fair share of wickets against spin. But glad this is just the first game and they can regroup from here.”

    10.5

    Sodhi to Ashwin, 1 run, moves back and plays the ball through midwicket for a single

    10.4

    Sodhi to Ashwin, no run, goes back again and defends

    10.3

    Sodhi to Ashwin, no run, huge turn for the legspinner, Ashwin stays back and plays on the off side

    India are being routed at their own game.

    10.2

    Sodhi to Jadeja, OUT, Sodhi has taken a blinder! His team-mates mob him in ecstatic celebration! Jadeja went on the front foot and closed the face of the bat to play on the leg side, the leading edge lobbed towards Sodhi’s left and he covered a lot of ground and dived pretty much full length to get his hands under the ball before it hit the turf

    RA Jadeja c & b Sodhi 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

    Ganesh Tiwari: “Kane Williamson always talked about spin-bowling when he landed in INDIA for this WC…. He omitted Boult and Southee…. Introduced deep batting lineup and attacking spin…. But INDIANS are playing like they are facing spin for the first time…”

    amit: “On this wicket, we needed to bat it out for first five overs. But, Dhawan cross-batted, Rohit came out of crease and Raina, played like he was playing for fast bowler bouncer staying rooted to the crease. And as I type, India loses sixth. Probably the match is lost too

    10.1

    Sodhi to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni steps out and towards the off side to cover for the leg spin and turns the ball off his pads through square leg

    End of over 10 (1 run) India 42/6 (85 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.20, RRR: 8.50)

      • RA Jadeja 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)
      • MS Dhoni 5 (8b 0x4 0x6)
      • MJ Santner 2-0-3-3
      • IS Sodhi 1-0-2-1
    9.6

    Santner to Jadeja, no run, defended into the leg side

    9.5

    Santner to Jadeja, no run, angles the ball across the left-hander from around the wicket and that ball jags back right into him, like a pin ball machine! Jadeja hurries to defend

    Jadeja is the new batsman.

    A hush falls over the stadium …

    9.4

    Santner to Pandya, OUT, after a few balls spin away from the right-hander, Santner darts the ball flat and fast into the right-hander from around the wicket, Pandya is caught on the back foot and hit on the pad. Was that missing leg stump? I will have to see replays. Replays indicate that would have clipped leg stump.

    HH Pandya lbw b Santner 1 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

    Roshan: “Kane is proving everyone wrong! NZ is proving everyone wrong. I cannot watch the match but can you tell me the atmosphere currently in the stadium? Quiet as a test match or roaring like a triumph?”

    9.3

    Santner to Pandya, no run, stays back and waits for the ball to spin away before defending to the bowler

    9.2

    Santner to Pandya, no run, driven back to the bowler on the front foot

    9.1

    Santner to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni stays back and nudges the ball through square leg for a single

    End of over 9 (2 runs) India 41/5 (86 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.55, RRR: 7.81)

      • MS Dhoni 4 (7b 0x4 0x6)
      • HH Pandya 1 (4b 0x4 0x6)
      • IS Sodhi 1-0-2-1
      • GD Elliott 2-0-9-0
    8.6

    Sodhi to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni moves back to a leg break that keeps low and hits it along the ground to long on

    Shekhar: “@Gaurav: this shows how weak our spin bowling is..”

    8.5

    Sodhi to Pandya, 1 run, goes back and whips the legbreak from outside off through midwicket

    8.4

    Sodhi to Pandya, no run, that’s the googly and Pandya defends on the front foot

    8.3

    Sodhi to Pandya, no run, strides forward and shoulders arms to a legbreak that spins away from outside off

    8.2

    Sodhi to Pandya, no run, pitches on middle and spins away from Pandya, who stays back and defends, squared up as he does so

    Pandya is the new batsman.

    8.1

    Sodhi to Kohli, OUT, and what a strike first ball! The big ripping legbreak has got the huge wicket! Sodhi pitched on a perfect length around off stump, drawing Kohli forward into a cover drive away from his body, the ball gripped the pitch and turned furiously, grazing the outside edge before nestling in Ronchi’s gloves. New Zealand on the charge

    V Kohli c †Ronchi b Sodhi 23 (27b 2×4 0x6) SR: 85.18

    Talal Dar: “Why did Williamson take Santner off? He is deadly against right-handers as he took 2 in his only over. When will he bowl next three? He has to pick wickets to finish this off. And he can’t allow these two to settle down.”

    Sodhi comes on to bowl legbreaks.

    End of over 8 (6 runs) India 39/4 (88 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 7.33)

      • MS Dhoni 3 (6b 0x4 0x6)
      • V Kohli 23 (26b 2×4 0x6)
      • GD Elliott 2-0-9-0
      • AF Milne 1-0-4-0
    7.6

    Elliott to Dhoni, no run, played to the bowler off the back foot

    7.5

    Elliott to Kohli, 1 run, incredible fielding, Nathan McCullum sprinted to his left from long off and returned a rocket throw to keep Kohli’s fluent inside-out drive to just a single

    7.4

    Elliott to Kohli, 2 runs, a low dipping full toss on middle stump, Kohli moves forward and across to hit it along the ground to wide long on, Guptill fumbles but he has back up

    7.3

    Elliott to Kohli, no run

    7.2

    Elliott to Dhoni, 1 run, a full ball on off stump, Dhoni stays on his crease and drives through covers

    7.1

    Elliott to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli moves outside leg, Elliott follows him, Kohli flicks off the pads through square leg

    7.1

    Elliott to Kohli, 1 wide, strays down leg side, Elliott is very lucky that Kohli missed the glance to the fine leg boundary

    Gaurav: “Haven’t seen any Indian after Viru dominate spin. Not sure what pitch does domestic cricket offers if Grade A players do not know how to play spin.”

    End of over 7 (4 runs) India 33/4 (94 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.71, RRR: 7.23)

      • V Kohli 19 (22b 2×4 0x6)
      • MS Dhoni 2 (4b 0x4 0x6)
      • AF Milne 1-0-4-0
      • GD Elliott 1-0-3-0

    End of over 7 (4 runs) India 33/4 (94 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.71, RRR: 7.23)

      • V Kohli 19 (22b 2×4 0x6)
      • MS Dhoni 2 (4b 0x4 0x6)
      • AF Milne 1-0-4-0
      • GD Elliott 1-0-3-0
    6.6

    Milne to Kohli, 1 run

    6.5

    Milne to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni stays back and pushes hard at a short of a length ball outside off, the outside edge runs down to third man

    6.4

    Milne to Kohli, 1 run, a lovely square drive off the front foot, using the bowler’s pace to hit the length ball in front of point

    6.3

    Milne to Kohli, no run, good length and fast outside off, Kohli is beaten as he tries to steer to third man

    6.2

    Milne to Kohli, no run, driven into the covers off the front foot

    6.1

    Milne to Kohli, no run, short ball, pulled to midwicket where he is caught, but he can’t be out because it is a free hit, the throw comes back to Milne, who did really well to get back to the stumps but he dropped the ball before breaking the stumps, or else Dhoni would have been out

    6.1

    Milne to Kohli, 1 no ball, he over-steps first up and concedes a free hit! Kohli defended this one – good length around off – on the off side. big no-ball

    Mark: “You’d have to think that this partnership is the crucial one. If they add 40-50+ India will probably win. If NZ can break the partnership early they’ll be firm favourites.”

    Milne from over the wicket …

    End of over 6 (3 runs) India 29/4 (98 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 7.00)

      • V Kohli 17 (16b 2×4 0x6)
      • MS Dhoni 1 (3b 0x4 0x6)
      • GD Elliott 1-0-3-0
      • NL McCullum 2-0-11-2
    5.6

    Elliott to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli moves forward and flicks towards wide mid-on, his timing is so good that the fielder has to hurry and slide

    sanjay: “Two greatest chasers of all time at work simultaneously. ”

    5.5

    Elliott to Dhoni, 1 run, wicket to wicket line, good length, Dhoni gently tucks the ball through midwicket

    5.4

    Elliott to Dhoni, no run, played off the front foot into the off side

    Umair: “Before The Match:No Boult, No Southee what is Kane thinking Right Now: Kane is Love Kane is Life Amazing Captaincy by Kane :D” I apologise unreservedly, Kane. Should have never doubted him.

    5.3

    Elliott to Kohli, 1 run, moves forward and towards the off to tuck the ball through midwicket

    5.2

    Elliott to Kohli, no run, tries to drive a full ball too hard and mis-times to cover, Elliott is taking all the pace off the ball

    5.1

    Elliott to Kohli, no run, a fullish ball on off stump, Kohli moves forward and plays to midwicket

    Mohit: “How many times has cricinfo talked about poor performances of the latest crop of Indian batsman against spin. As I was typing that Yuvraj is not a good player of spin he is gone. So much for producing spin friendly tracks for home team advantage.”

    Elliott from over the wicket …

    End of over 5 (5 runs) India 26/4 (101 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 6.73)

      • MS Dhoni 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
      • V Kohli 15 (12b 2×4 0x6)
      • NL McCullum 2-0-11-2
      • CJ Anderson 2-0-13-0
    4.6

    McCullum to Dhoni, no run, bowled flat and angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, Dhoni lunges forward and pushes into the covers

    Dhoni strides to the middle.

    maro: “As a Kiwi, I have to say that I’ve never liked Kohli. He’s too good. So often in these sorts of games he makes it look like he’s batting on an entirely different wicket. He’ll get 60-odd and the Indians will win comfortably in the end. Without him, though, we’d win from here for sure.”

    4.5

    McCullum to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, driven back to the bowler and McCullum appeals for a caught and bowled! Surely that’s a bump ball? The umpires are asking for the third umpire. And that looks out on replay! Yuvraj came forward to the flighted ball, the ball pitched just before it hit the bat and he chipped it cleanly back to the bowler. That’s out. So odd that it looked like a bump ball live. This is a tricky pitch.

    Yuvraj Singh c & b McCullum 4 (5b 1×4 0x6) SR: 80.00

    4.4

    McCullum to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, strays down leg side and Yuvraj makes contact with the sweep, placing the ball between the keeper and short fine leg, poor line

    4.3

    McCullum to Yuvraj Singh, no run, driven with a straight bat towards the bowler, McCullum dives to his left and fields

    Jha: “On slow turning wickets, key is always to play straight. Both raina and dhawan tried to play square and got out. India doesn’t really play spin as well as people believe. Nowadays anyway”

    4.2

    McCullum to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli moves back and across towards the off to flick the ball in the air in front of square leg, he had to hurry to play that shot

    4.1

    McCullum to Kohli, no run, bowled flat outside leg stump, on the pads, played off the back foot to square leg

    Ahsan Butt: “NZ should spend all their resources early in the innings to get Kohli’s wicket, otherwise he would just snatch the game away from them.”

    End of over 4 (9 runs) India 21/3 (106 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 6.62)

      • Yuvraj Singh 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)
      • V Kohli 14 (10b 2×4 0x6)
      • CJ Anderson 2-0-13-0
      • MJ Santner 1-0-2-2
    3.6

    Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, a full and straight ball, Yuvraj stays in his crease and hits it to mid on, did not time it well

    Sai: “I can understand when NZ were batting first and the madness that happened in the first two overs of their innings. I don’t understand Rohit’s tactics of dancing down when Santner just came in to bowl. Bizarre tactics! Hoping that calmer heads of Kohli and Dhoni prevail”

    3.5

    Anderson to Kohli, 1 run, bottom edges the cut into the ground towards backward point

    3.4

    Anderson to Kohli, FOUR, incredible batting, Kohli moves forward and towards the off side to cover the line and drives the ball so smoothly all along the ground, beating mid-on to his right with superb wristwork

    3.3

    Anderson to Kohli, no run, the offcutter, Kohli bottom edges the ball on the off side

    3.2

    Anderson to Kohli, FOUR, short of a length and there’s width outside off, Kohli stays back, moves towards the ball and cuts late, it’s in the air but wide of the diving fielder at short third man

    avnish anshu: “Beginning to think the selection wasn’t that appalling after all”

    3.1

    Anderson to Kohli, no run, good length on off stump, Kohli moves back and across to defend on the off side

    Ahsan Butt: “Never judge a wicket until both sides have batted.”

    Mukul: “This is where Kohli trumps Rohit! He knows perfectly well how to pace the inning and has an awesome temprament. Needing 127, there was no need at all to advance to a spinner so early in the inning.”

    End of over 3 (2 runs) India 12/3 (115 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.76)

      • Yuvraj Singh 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
      • V Kohli 5 (5b 0x4 0x6)
      • MJ Santner 1-0-2-2
      • CJ Anderson 1-0-4-0
    2.6

    Santner to Yuvraj Singh, no run, gets on the front foot and defends to the bowler

    Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman, so early in the piece.

    2.5

    Santner to Raina, OUT, another one gone! Raina lobs a dolly to midwicket! He moved back and across his stumps and closed the face of his bat way too early, the leading edge resulted in the tamest of catches. Game on in Nagpur!

    SK Raina c Guptill b Santner 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

    2.4

    Santner to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli waits on the back foot for the ball to turn and plays it late towards midwicket

    2.3

    Santner to Raina, 1 run, goes back and across to punch the ball to long on

    Raina is the new batsman.

    jeanluc: “on big turning wicket, NZ 2nd string spinners are more effective. I guess it is a tricky target. won’t be easy for India. ”

    2.2

    Santner to Sharma, OUT, stumped! Ronchi fumbles and juggles the take but Rohit was so far out of his crease that he had time to recover and break the stumps. Rohit was still barely in the frame! He had walked out of the crease to turn the ball on the leg side but Santner beat him with the length and ripped it past the outside edge. Big, big turn.

    RG Sharma st †Ronchi b Santner 5 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

    2.1

    Santner to Sharma, no run, drifting into the right-hander from around the wicket, pushed off the front foot on the off side

    Santner replaces McCullum, left-arm spin to the right-handers.

    1.6 – Anderson to Kohli, no run, pushed off the front foot into the covers
    1.5 – Anderson to Sharma, 1 run, tries to run the ball to third man again but bottom edges the ball towards the empty slip cordon, Kohli urges Rohit through for the run
    1.4 – Anderson to Sharma, no run, Rohit pushes forward and outside off to open the face and steer towards third man, he can’t beat the fielder in the circle
    1.3 – Anderson to Sharma, no run, pushed off the front foot into the covers

    nzind

    New Zealand went for a horses-for-courses approach upon seeing a dry and cracked pitch in Nagpur, and their conviction was such that they left out their two best fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee to accommodate three spinners.

    The visitors made a far more orthodox call when the toss fell in their favour and opted to put runs on the board and allow Nathan McCullum, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi do their bit with the backing of scoreboard pressure. New Zealand must have green lit this XI factoring in the utility of seam-bowling allrounders Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott.

    India captain MS Dhoni, often loathe to change a winning combination, stuck to the same XI that won the Asia Cup a week ago. Jasprit Bumrah made his World T20 debut, but he has already been called irreplaceable because of his skill at the death. He combines with Ashish Nehra, whose second coming could not have gone better. He still bowls at 140 kph and swings the new ball as he used to.

    Then there is the Virat Kohli factor, especially in a chase. The man has averaged over 100 in T20I cricket since the start of the year. He seems in better control of his shots outside off stump and has thus looked far more effective at converting his starts and being India’s batting leader.

    New Zealand will look to Williamson, and Ross Taylor, who has recently recovered from a muscle tear, to perform a similar role for their team. They tend to be spooked by spin – and it was no clearer than during the last time they were in the subcontinent for the World T20 when Rangana Herath toppled them for 60 all out – and pulled out all the stops to prevent a repeat. Today, they bat down to No. 10.

    India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra

    New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Kane Williamson (capt), 3 Colin Munro, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Corey Anderson, 6 Grant Elliott, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Adam Milne

    Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

    India, New Zealand players pay tribute to Martin Crowe

    NAGPUR: India and New Zealand players on Tuesday paid tribute to the legendary Martin Crowe, who passed away earlier this month.

    The New Zealand players wore black arm-bands as a mark of respect as a short audio-visual was shown on Crowe’s cricketing achievments after which a two-minute silence was observed. Martin Guptill, who was known to be close to Crowe was visibly emotional.

    It must be mentioned that Indian players wore black arm bands during an Asia Cup match against United Arab Emirates earlier this month on the day, Crowe had passed away.

    Tributes have poured in from across the cricketing community with Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis hailing him as the best player of reverse swing.

    India's Ravichandran Ashwin (R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill during the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and New Zealand at The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on March 15, 2016. / AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE        (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
    India’s Ravichandran Ashwin (R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill during the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and New Zealand at The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on March 15, 2016. / AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/icc-world-t20-2016/top-stories/India-New-Zealand-players-pay-tribute-to-Martin-Crowe/articleshow/51413553.cms

    World T20: Afghanistan thump Zimbabwe by 59 runs, enter main draw

    With a place in the main draw at stake, Stanikzai opted to bat and was vindicated as Shahzad set alight Nagpur’s VCA Stadium with his swashbuckling batting.

    Afghanistan roared into the main draw of the World Twenty20 with an emphatic 59-run victory over Zimbabwe in a first round Group B match on Saturday.

    Mohammad Shahzad (40) gave Afghanistan a flying start before Mohammad Nabi (52) and Samiullah Shenwari (43) added 98 runs off 64 balls to power them to 186-6, their highest total in this format.

    The associate nation then returned to bowl out Zimbabwe for 127 to register a memorable victory over a full-member nation and join England, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka in Group One of the Super 10 stage of the tournament.

    “This was a very important match for us. People in Afghanistan are crazy about cricket. They love the game, so (winning it) was very important for us,” victorious captain Asghar Stanikzai said.

    With a place in the main draw at stake, Stanikzai opted to bat and was vindicated as Shahzad set alight Nagpur’s VCA Stadium with his swashbuckling batting. The portly 28-year-old hit Tendai Chatara for four successive boundaries after a quiet opening over, forcing the pacer off attack.

    Donald Tiripano was pressed into service but there was no respite from Shahzad who hit him for three successive fours. Shahzad greeted left-arm spinner Sean Williams by hitting his first delivery for a six but fell in the same over after a 23-ball blitz attempting a reverse sweep.

    His dismissal triggered a mini-collapse as Afghanistan, cruising at 49 for no loss in the fifth over, slumped to 63-4 in the eighth. Nabi then joined forces with Shenwari to first steady the innings before accelerating.

    Beneficiary of a missed stumping opportunity, Nabi hit Wellington Masakadza for two sixes in the same over and brought up his maiden fifty in 30 balls before falling in the final over. Zimbabwe’s erratic bowlers conceded 25 extras, including 17 wides, to make things difficult for themselves.

    Chasing a daunting target, Zimbabwe lost their top half for 65 inside 12 overs. Tinashe Panyangara’s unbeaten 17 was the top score in the Zimbabwe innings which ended with two balls left. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan was the pick of the Afghan bowlers, claiming three for 11 in his tidy four overs but Nabi, who also got a wicket with the ball, was adjudged man-of-the-match.

    Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/sport/report-world-t20-afghanistan-thump-zimbabwe-by-59-runs-enter-main-draw-2188524

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