Kohli, Gayle headline Wankhede big bash

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West Indies cricket team captain Darren Sammy (L) speaks with coach Phil Simmons during the training session at the Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Mumbai on March 30, 2016.
West Indies plays their World T20 cricket tournament semi-final match against India on March 31 in Mumbai. / AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

Chris Gayle. Virat Kohli. Dwayne Bravo. MS Dhoni. The Wankhede stadium will be screening an ensemble-driven action movie as much it hosts a cricket match on Thursday night. Those individuals and their styles of play contribute to a lot of the interest surrounding this game, and also typify there are various ways to establish T20 batting dominance.

West Indies cricket team captain Darren Sammy (L) speaks with coach Phil Simmons during the training session at the Wankhede Cricket Stadium in Mumbai on March 30, 2016. West Indies plays their World T20 cricket tournament semi-final match against India on March 31 in Mumbai. / AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE        (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s has been to simply extend their Test and one-day game into the Twenty20s arena, and when all goes well, they get the bulk of their runs through orthodox cricket. West Indies, ideally, wouldn’t want their long-format form anywhere near them right now. Helpfully, this format has a tight cap on the number of overs so the big-hitters can keep hitting big without worrying about consequences.

Case in point are the methods that their marquee players use. Gayle likes to “beat” the ball. No wonder it rockets as far away from him as it can, hoping to be lost somewhere in the rings of Saturn. Kohli is kinder in assisting with the ball’s travels, and even throws in a few surprises – patrons waiting in the off stump line could end up at midwicket almost as often as they do in the covers.

Both teams clearly have lots of cream at the top, but the middle looks a bit squishy. It’s been over two years since Denesh Ramdin or Suresh Raina have hit a T20 fifty. Dwayne Bravo, at No. 5, has looked unsure whether he needs to be the aggressor or the anchor. Yuvraj Singh has been similarly jittery, but an ankle injury ruled him out of the World T20. That leads West Indies to the prospect of bowling at a player – one of Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey or Pawan Negi – who hasn’t faced a ball in this tournament. But Mumbai is just about the perfect venue for the out-of-form and brand new batsmen to get into the swing of things – the lowest total in the tournament here has been Afghanistan’s 172 against South Africa.

Quite apart from tactics and strategy, there are players from both sides who may be playing their last World Cup, so the incentive to make it to Eden Gardens – for the final – for one more match will be very strong.

Form guide

India WWWLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies LWWWW

In the spotlight

The last time India were in Mumbai, they missed the hell out of R Ashwin. It was an ODI, three of the opposition batsmen scored centuries and they were left chasing a 400-plus total. He did not have his best game against Australia, but his presence in the XI still goes a long way to adding confidence to the team.

Samuel Badree seems to take the mickey out of the Powerplay overs every time he bowls. He doesn’t rely on turn, doesn’t often believe in flight, but faithfully follows a wicket-to-wicket line. The batsmen are tied down, and when they try to escape, they tend to fall. Hard.

Team news

India haven’t made any changes to their XI since the start of the tournament. But now, with Yuvraj ruled out, they will be forced to do so ahead of the semi-final of the tournament.

India 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Manish Pandey/Ajinkya Rahane/Pawan Negi, 6 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra

West Indies will be without Andre Fletcher, who was ruled out with a hamstring injury. His replacement Lendl Simmons has a chance at getting a game straight away.

West Indies 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Carlos Brathwaite, 10 Suliemann Benn, 11 Samuel Badree

Pitch and conditions

Mumbai has been an oasis this World T20. Tough pitches have left batsmen parched for runs, but at the Wankhede they can come and go wheee. In terms of the weather, a clear night is expected.

Stats and trivia

  • Virat Kohli, the No. 1-ranked T20I batsman, averages 91.80 batting second but 35.22 batting first.
  • Chris Gayle is two sixes short of being the first player ever to hit 100 sixes in T20I cricket

Quotes

“We’ve played to 70% of our abilities in this tournament. So there’s still 30% in areas we need to improve, so lets hope it happens tomorrow”
India team director Ravi Shastri knows the batting is still not perfect

“No not really, have you ever heard of Chris Gayle?”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy isn’t worried about India’s super weapon Virat Kohli because he has has one of his own

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Roy’s 78 sets up England charge to final

England 159 for 3 (Roy 78) beat New Zealand 153 for 8 (Munro 46, Stokes 3-26) by seven wickets

English cricket’s makeover has delivered a place in the World Twenty20 final in Kolkata on Sunday. New Zealand’s first defeat of the tournament, by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare, ended their involvement. Instead, it is England, an adventurous England freed of old baggage, who lie in wait for the winners of Thursday’s semi-final between India and West Indies in Mumbai.

Jason Roy electrified England’s reply to New Zealand’s far-from-imposing 153 for 8, his 78 from 44 balls ended by Ish Sodhi’s dragged-down legbreak that beat his advance down the pitch and crashed into the timber. “I’ve got to realise I’m not a robot,” Roy said earlier in the tournament. He is precisely the opposite. At his best, he is humanity at its most tempestuous – a mini adrenalin rush – and his first T20I half-century, perfectly timed at the 13th attempt, was the second fastest in England T20 history as he racked it up in 26 balls.

X during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on March 30, 2016 in Delhi, India.
X during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi-Final match between England and New Zealand at The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on March 30, 2016 in Delhi, India.

There was wildness about the four boundaries he took from the first over from Corey Anderson, but he middled the ball with increasing certainty, tattooed forearms whirring. A sumptuous straight drive against Mitchell McClenaghan possessed particular poise. After such a scintillating start, he could have reined himself in against Mitchell Santner’s left-arm slows, such has been Santner’s effectiveness throughout the tournament, but instead despatched him with successive straight drive and sweep.

English cricket’s makeover has delivered a place in the World Twenty20 final in Kolkata on Sunday. New Zealand’s first defeat of the tournament, by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare, ended their involvement. Instead, it is England, an adventurous England freed of old baggage, who lie in wait for the winners of Thursday’s semi-final between India and West Indies in Mumbai.

Jason Roy electrified England’s reply to New Zealand’s far-from-imposing 153 for 8, his 78 from 44 balls ended by Ish Sodhi’s dragged-down legbreak and the crash of timber. “I’ve got to realise I’m not a robot,” Roy said earlier in the tournament. He is precisely the opposite. At his best, he is humanity at its most tempestuous – a mini adrenalin rush – and his first T20I half-century, perfectly timed at the 13th attempt, was the second fastest in England T20 history as he racked it up in 26 balls.

There was wildness about the four boundaries he took from the first over from Corey Anderson, but he middled the ball with increasing certainty, tattooed forearms whirring. A sumptuous straight drive against Mitchell McClenaghan possessed particular poise. After such a scintillating start, he could have reined himself in against Mitchell Santner’s left-arm slows, such has been Santner’s effectiveness throughout the tournament, but instead despatched him with successive straight drive and sweep.

This was England’s third appearance at Delhi – New Zealand, by contrast, had toured the country and were playing at their fifth different venue – and, much to their liking, the Kotla pitch became quicker with each appearance. New Zealand brought in in an extra pace bowler, Adam Milne instead of Nathan McCullum, but England prospered.

Roy’s opening partner, Alex Hales, once the epitome of licentious attack, is now an old hand by comparison, a batsman who likes a quiet little look at the top of the innings: they shared a stand of 82 in 8.1 before Hales perished at long-on. Eoin Morgan, once credited with changing England’s one-day batting approach, is almost formulaic by comparison: he was lbw to Sodhi’s legbreak propping forward, another first-baller to go with the one against Afghanistan, his uncertain run overshadowed by England’s growth under his leadership.

England, at 110 for 3 in 12.2, needed less than a run a ball and Joe Root and Jos buttler were shrewd enough to settle matters. In Sodhi’s last over they suddenly decided the celebrations had waited long enough – 22 followed, another pulled six from Buttler at the start of the next over giving him three in four balls and taking England to Kolkata.

England’s three group-stage victories had all been keen affairs, wins by two wickets, 15 runs and 10 runs. When New Zealand were 89 for 1 at halfway, they must have anticipated being stretched to the limit in chasing something close to 200. To be met by nearly 50 less, especially with New Zealand’s most talented pace bowlers, Tim Southee and Trent Boult, again omitted as they have been all tournament, was an immense relief.

The architects of that New Zealand fade out were Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan. Stokes finished with the best figures, 3 for 26, relishing his good fortune as he took wickets with successive full tosses, but it was Jordan, eyes as wide as if he was peering into a coal cellar and gold chain dangling, who once again displayed solidity beneath the bling.

Only one wicket fell to England in the Powerplay but it was the one they will have most craved. Martin Guptill, rested from New Zealand’s last match because of the hint of a hamstring strain, stayed leg side of the ball to counter David Willey’s inswing, and twice bludgeoned him for off-side boundaries in the opening over, but the tactic proved his undoing in the first ball of Willey’s second over as he flayed a catch on the angle to the wicketkeeper.

With a little more sharpness in the field from England, New Zealand might have been more hamstrung than their Powerplay score of 51 for 1 indicated. Morgan might have run out Guptill third ball had he picked up cleanly as he bore down from mid-off; Liam Plunkett’s leg-stump loosener fell to Rashid on the half volley, diving forward at short fine; and there was the hint of a stumping chance for Buttler, too, as Kane Williamson was beaten by Rashid’s leg-side wide. Generally, though, their outfielding was brisk and purposeful.

Munro, an ungainly, gum-chewing slugger, served New Zealand well with 46 from 32. The left-hander had little subtlety about him but his danger was evident as he arose from his crouch to batter the leg side. Stokes was not best pleased when two thick edges disappeared through Munro’s legs for fine-leg boundaries: it was not a time for trick shots.

Munro’s murderous reputation against spinners left Morgan grateful for the options in a six-strong attack. Moeen Ali did briefly appear for two overs immediately after halfway to remove Williamson with a skied return catch. Then Plunkett found an answer to Munro, directing his pace as wide outside off stump as he dared. Munro flayed and Moeen took a neat catch at third man. Plunkett allowed himself a sniff of contentment.

Then came England’s final squeeze. The pitch had enough life to encourage back-of-the-length options with the new ball, and the addition of two reliable death overs gave Jordan 1 for 24. New Zealand failed to score off half his deliveries and he took two safe catches in the outfield for good measure. He has arisen from uncertain beginnings to be a key player in this tournament.

The lark, though, belonged to Stokes. He was again given two England death overs because of a combative nature and ability to deliver a mean yorker. Such skills momentarily deserted him as he delivered two successive full tosses, but he was celebrating all the same as Luke Ronchi and Corey Anderson both fell to outfield catches. The sense then was that it would be England’s day.

David Hopps is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

England face battle of wits against smart New Zealand

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World T20, 1st Semi-Final: England v New Zealand at Delhi, Mar 30, 2016

Where other teams have looked upon surfaces and made vague guesses at how they might play, New Zealand have read pitches like a soothsayer would tea leaves. Empowered by this clairvoyance they have picked boldly: three spinners to embarrass the hosts in turning Nagpur, Mitchell McClenaghan to rattle Australia in Dharamsala, Adam Milne proving handy in relatively quicker Mohali, before the trio of spinners were reunited for slow-and-low Kolkata.

New Zealand had not played in Asia since late 2014, but they are here at the semi-finals now; the only undefeated side. They have not just been clever with the ball. Batting first in each group match, competitive scores have been worked out and achieved. Kane Williamson has been described by team-mates as a “great captain”. Behind the scenes, Mike Hesson’s wit has sharpened New Zealand.

England, meanwhile, have been tempered in three scrapes, since losing their first match to West Indies. The chase of 230 against South Africa was a triumph of the batsmen’s making. Then the bowlers held their nerve as Afghanistan made a late charge at England’s low total at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Finally, just as Sri Lanka appeared to be stealing away the must-win match, Joe Root completed an outstanding take at mid-off to turn the match his team’s way. England haven’t been pretty or dominant, but they have found ways to win. There is a spine to this campaign that hasn’t always been the case with England’s limited-overs teams.

They have also played two matches at the Kotla already, and have a batting order that goes deeper than a Barry White “oh yeah”. England only lost four wickets in the victory against Sri Lanka, but the men at the top of the order appear to be more likely to take risks while so many hitters sit in the dugout. Their bowling appears to be the weaker discipline. But then, New Zealand don’t have daunting batting form coming into this game either – Martin Guptill has struck their only fifty in the tournament – and they have not yet been tested chasing.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)
England WWWLL
New Zealand WWWWW

In the spotlight

With New Zealand sure to shake up their XI, and their strategy to suit the tournament, Eoin Morgan has the job of driving his side to adapt to the opposition’s adaptations. What if New Zealand have decided 140 is a good total and are pushing the singles to get themselves there? Does Morgan bring in the field, and hope to force a mistake? And does he shake up his own top order to spoil New Zealand’s bowling plans? Also, as the most experienced man in that middle order, Morgan must also assess the pitch himself if England are batting first. His form has been moderate through the tournament, having produced two duds, as well as two decent finishes.

Mitchell Santner has a front arm like a T-Rex when he bowls, but in this tournament he has also been taking tyrannosaurus-sized bites out of the opposition top order with his left-arm spin. Of players who have only bowled in the Super 10s, he has the equal highest-wickets (nine), as well as an economy rate of 5.73. He might have floated into the tournament a little incognito, but he can be assured now that England will have spent time analysing videos of his bowling and working out a plan to him. Will he be able to adapt to England adapting to his own excellent adaptations to Indian surfaces?

Teams news

England may think about switching one of their spinners for a seamer, but will likely abandon the thought. The XI that defeated Sri Lanka is likely to take the field again.

England (probable) 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Jos Buttler (wk), 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 David Willey, 11 Liam Plunkett.

Almost no one would have expected New Zealand to leave both Trent Boult and Tim Southee out for the entire group stage, yet it has seemed, at times, that the only way they would get a game is if the Delhi matches were moved to Wellington or Christchurch. Hesson and Williamson were seen taking a close look at the Kotla surface on the eve of the match, and as the pitch has not been particularly conducive to seam bowling, they may be out of the XI again.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Kane Williamson (capt), 3 Colin Munro, 4 Corey Anderson, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Grant Elliott, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Adam Milne, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

Pitch and conditions

The pitch prepared for this match appears to have a little grass, but given the venue’s history that does not mean it will be quick, nor does it suggest the ball will seam around. The two previous games on this square have been played on slowish surfaces, but these have not offered much turn. The weather is not expected to impede play. Temperatures are forecast to hover around the 30 degrees Celsius mark.

Stats and trivia

  • New Zealand have won 10 of their 13 T20 matches in the past year.
  • England had beaten New Zealand in six consecutive T20Is between February 2008 and February 2013.
  • Root is the second-highest run-scorer of batsmen who have only played the Super 10s stage of the tournament, with 168 runs at a strike rate of 150.
  • New Zealand and England have each been to the World T20 semi-finals on one previous occasion – New Zealand in 2007, and England in 2010. England went on to win the 2010 tournament, while New Zealand were defeated by Pakistan in their semi-final.

Quotes

“I can’t quite believe how far we’ve come overall in our white-ball cricket. The guys that we’ve selected have done outstandingly well and shown a great amount of attitude in learning. It’s not always easy to come up against very strong sides who knock you back on a day-to-day basis, but every question that’s been asked of us we’ve come back with either a counter-answer or a more aggressive option.”
England captain Eoin Morgan is in mild disbelief as to how well his team has clambered over tournament obstacles

“In terms of Mike Hesson’s and my perspective, we will pick horses for courses against the opposition. That philosophy won’t change.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson prepares to gaze into the tea leaves again

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

‘Emotional’ Kohli rates Mohali knock his best

during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between India and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Mohali, India.
during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between India and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Mohali, India.

An emotional Virat Kohli has called his unbeaten, match-winning and World T20 semi-final spot sealing 82 off 51 balls as his best innings in the format. India had been set a target of 161, and they were fading away at 94 for 4 in the 14th over. The required run-rate had hit double-digits as early as the 10th over, but Kohli took it head on and did so by trusting his game.

In February, he had spoken about coming to terms with not being able to hit as many sixes as he’d like, and that he had worked past that by looking for fours. The work he had done towards that goal came to fruition in Mohali as he single-handedly led India to victory. Eight of his 11 boundaries came in the last five overs.

“It certainly has to be in the top three,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation. “Probably the top right now, because I’m a bit emotional, so I would like to put this on top. Against Australia, a world-class side, literally a quarter-final for us, we had to go over the line. There’s a lot riding on us in this World Cup, we are playing at home and the crowds want to see us and we just want to give them as much entertainment and fun as possible.”

The game was packed up with five balls to spare and Kohli, who was at the non-strikers’ end, simply raised his hands in triumph and fell to his knees with nothing more than a smile. He has a reputation of not holding back while celebrating, but this innings and the weight it lent in turning the match India’s way had hit him hard.

“I don’t really know what to say right now, because I’m overwhelmed by the position we were in and then to take out the match,” Kohli said. “This is what you play cricket for. You need new challenges in every game, but trust me, you don’t like these situations too much.”

The man who reined those emotions in while the battle was at its peak was India’s captain MS Dhoni. “MS, in the end, kept me calm. I could have gotten over-excited so I think it was a wonderful team batting effort and very happy we crossed the line,” Kohli said.

The reason Kohli, one of the best chasers in the limited-overs game, was feeling uncertain was because of how much India struggled during the middle-overs. Suresh Raina fell to the short ball in the eighth over leaving the score at 49 for 3, and the incoming batsman Yuvraj Singh hurt his left ankle off the second ball he faced. From that time, India had to settle for 40 runs in 35 balls and found the boundary only twice.

“It was a bit tough at that time to focus on what we need to do,” Kohli admitted. “He’s [Yuvraj] such an explosive player, you don’t have to have him at 60-70%.

“He just decided that he was just going to go for the team’s cause. He perished, but it was a good thought because if you are injured, you might as well make the most of the balls that you are going to play because you are not going to be able to push as you want to push as a runner. I think that was a great call.”

India began reeling back lost ground with the partnership between Kohli and Dhoni, which was kickstarted by singles and twos. “Me and him have a great understanding as to where to hit the ball and how to push the fielders on the boundary and that’s why you train in the gym,” Kohli said. “That’s why you do those fitness regimes, those sprints, and all the other tests that you go through. It all helps. I like to play for when I’m tired, I should be able to run as fast as when I’m on zero and I think that training paid off today.”

Another factor in upping his game tonight was the crowd. “The support was unbelievable. Mohali has always been special. We played the 2011 World Cup semi-final here, the atmosphere was electrifying and as I said, the positive energy from the people in the stadium helps you push through those tough moments and a bit of luck goes your way as well”

Kohli hit seven of his nine fours in the last five overs, and a lot of them were placed with skillful precision. It began when he picked a slower ball – the first ball of the 18th over – from James Faulkner and clattered it to the square leg boundary. The next one – a wide yorker – was calmly steered to the backward point boundary and a lofted thwack over extra cover for six provided the exclamation point. Kohli had taken control as those six balls yielded 19 runs.

The penultimate over, from Nathan Coulter-Nile, was crashed for four fours despite what length the bowler bowled. Half-volleys were easy. Length balls simply provided leverage and the short ball was caned to the fine-leg boundary because the man was inside the circle.

Before that sequence, India had to get 39 off 18. After it, the equation was a mere 4 off 6.

“That was a pretty serious innings, that,” Australia captain Steven Smith said when asked if one man had beaten his side tonight, “Under pressure, he just hit everything out of the middle and found the gaps. And he’s done it for a very long time and credit to him, he played beautifully.”

Dhoni was lavish with his praise for Kohli as well, but underneath that lay a rap for the rest of the Indian batsmen.

“I think he has been playing brilliantly in the last two-three, maybe four years, and we have seen him evolve as a cricketer,” Dhoni said. “That is something that is very important. Everyday when you turn [up] on the field, when you play a big innings, you want to improve and you want to keep the learning because you will commit mistakes but what is important is to take the positives out of game and that’s what he has done.

“He has kept improving his game, he is very hungry to score runs for the team and that’s what really counts and actually it’s the other batsmen who have to step up. You can’t rely on one batsman, yes the others have contributed, but still at the same time, if we can do a bit more with the bat at the top of the order and the middle overs, I think we will feel the pressure slightly less. Also, it will be good, because still we feel we are batting at 65% barring Virat”

Magical Kohli steers India into semi-finals

during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between India and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Mohali, India.
during the ICC WT20 India Group 2 match between India and Australia at I.S. Bindra Stadium on March 27, 2016 in Mohali, India.

 

Is there a finer chaser in world cricket than Virat Kohli? MS Dhoni perhaps? Good thing for India the two of them were together in the dying stages of their quasi quarter-final against Australia in Mohali. Dhoni’s men progressed to a semi-final, against West Indies, and ended Australia’s World T20 campaign, and the international career of Shane Watson, with a chase of impeccable timing led by Kohli.

Set 161 for victory, India saw their required run-rate balloon up past 10 an over, up towards 12 an over, but Kohli was always poised to prick the balloon. He did so with such perfect timing – 20 runs coming off the fourth-last over against James Faulkner and then 16 off the next from Nathan Coulter-Nile – that you felt he never doubted himself. In the end, India got home with five balls to spare, madness when you consider they needed 47 off 24.

Full report to follow

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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World T20, 31st Match, Super 10 Group 2: India v Australia at Mohali, Mar 27, 2016

Australia 160/6 (20/20 ov)

India 161/4 (19.1/20 ov)
India won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
India RR 8.40
Last 5 ovs 67/0 RR 13.40
Australia RR 8.00


Current time 22:58 local, 17:28 GMT T20I Career
BatsmenRB4s6sSRThis bowlerLast 5 ovs
MS Dhoni (rhb)181030180.006 (2b)18 (9b)
Virat Kohli (rhb)825192160.7820 (11b)47 (21b)
MatRunsHSSR
67102648*121.42
42155290*132.99
BowlersOMRWEcon0s4s6sThis spell
James Faulkner (lfm)3.1035111.054411.1-0-22-0
Nathan Coulter-Nile (rf)4.003318.2510601-0-16-0
MatWktsBBIEcon
19275/278.19
17214/318.18

Current partnership 67 runs, 5.1 overs, RR: 12.96 (Dhoni 18, Kohli 47)


Last bat Yuvraj Singh c Watson b Faulkner 21 (18b 1×4 1×6) SR: 116.66

Fall of wicket 94/4 (13.6 ov); Partnership: 45 runs, 6.2 overs, RR: 7.10 (Yuvraj Singh 21, Kohli 22)


10.58 pm They are still chanting his name in the stands, I can hear fireworks go off outside my window. India are in the semi-finals, the only team from the subcontinent to make it to the final four. And it is all thanks to Kohli.

19.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, FOUR, that’s the game! Dhoni has finished it with five balls to spare. Kohli sinks to the ground as the low full toss disappears to the wide long-on boundary. What a performance from the man, I can see relief on Kohli’s face, he looks exhausted, he has pulled off a jaw-dropping chase. Again.

Joseph: “Australia’s complete lack of quality spinners has finally come home to roost in this game. They should have had this utterly in the bag, but this dreadful bowling at the death has cost them.” And Kohli.

Nikhil: “Kohli makes every run chase look like the best run chase of his career. It’s surreal. What a cricketer! The temperatent reminds me of Dravid in Tests. Absolutely determined. ”

Shashank: “Let’s just say this, he is the best around in the world and when chasing I wonder if there is anyone on other planets that can come any close to this man. Oh Kohli! Oh Kohli !”

End of over 19 (16 runs) India 157/4 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.26, RRR: 4.00)

    • V Kohli 82 (51b 9×4 2×6)
    • MS Dhoni 14 (9b 2×4 0x6)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-33-1
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-31-1
18.6

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, in the slot for the cover drive, full and outside off, that’s food and drink for Kohli, he unfurls his favourite shot, that drive and it is too good for every man on the field, he has bossed this chase and how

18.5

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, no run, Kohli steps out and swings across the line, beaten by a slower short of a length ball

18.4

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli is toying with the bowling and the field, he steps out, to a length ball and lofts on the up flat over extra cover, this is batting of the highest calibre, this game is all but done

18.3

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, short ball on leg stump, Kohli is too good to miss out, fine leg is in the circle, Kohli pulls, and beats the fielder in the circle

18.2

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, a half volley outside off stump, Kohli stays so balanced, so still in his crease, uses his wrists to open the face of the bat and square drive through point, superb knowledge of where the field is

hadi: “I hate to say this but I’m beginning to put Kohli ahead of AB. What a master.”

18.1

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, no run, the slower ball short of a length outside off, Kohli pulls too early and is beaten

19 runs off that over. India need 20 off two overs. Dhoni has a problem with his back, or is it the side of his stomach? The physio is out there. It’s all this incredible running. I’ve seen this happen to visiting teams at the MCG, not often the Australians are on the receiving end of this.

This break is letting Kohli and Dhoni get their breath back!

End of over 18 (19 runs) India 141/4 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 10.00)

    • MS Dhoni 14 (9b 2×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 66 (45b 5×4 2×6)
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-31-1
    • SR Watson 4-0-23-2
17.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs

17.5

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 leg bye, goes wide of the crease and angles the ball into the pads, Kohli tries to play a whippy drive but inside edges into the pad

17.4

Faulkner to Kohli, 2 runs, Warner runs to his right from long on but can’t prevent the second, Kohli’s wrists are too good, they drive the ball just wide of fielders to convert ones into twos

Adil Shah: “Game over for Australia ”

17.3

Faulkner to Kohli, SIX, oh my word, they go berserk as the ball sails over the wide long off boundary! Kohli steps out of his crease and lofts the short of a length ball through the line, it didn’t look like he timed that perfectly but the ball sails over

Mohali is chanting his name.

17.2

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR

17.1

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR, short ball and Kohli meets it on the front foot and pulls in front of deep backward square leg, sensational timing and India are four runs closer

India need 39 off 18.

End of over 17 (8 runs) India 122/4 (39 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.17, RRR: 13.00)

    • MS Dhoni 12 (8b 2×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 50 (40b 3×4 1×6)
    • SR Watson 4-0-23-2
    • JR Hazlewood 4-0-38-0

Watson finishes with 2 for 23, he’s been outstanding today for Australia. Will he bowl again in international cricket?

16.6

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, short of a length with width outside off, Dhoni slashes and gets a thick outside edge to the third man boundary.

Mazhar Shehzaad: “kohli’s mandatory 50 – check”

16.5

Watson to Kohli, 1 leg bye

16.4

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, superb yorker, Dhoni digs it out on the leg side

Kohli seems to be telling the umpire that it should be the bouncer for the over.

16.3

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, another 50 for Kohli, he gets there by swatting a short ball to deep midwicket, he barely celebrates, did not even raise his bat, he looks super determined and knows the job is far from done

16.2

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length and wide outside off, Dhoni cuts hard to deep point, just the single this time because it was hit powerfully

16.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, charges the bowler and ends up yorking himself, Dhoni gets a thick inside edge on to his boot and back towards the bowler

Watson returns. India need almost two runs a ball. Kohli on 49, another masterful innings in a chase.

End of over 16 (12 runs) India 114/4 (47 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.12, RRR: 11.75)

    • V Kohli 49 (38b 3×4 1×6)
    • MS Dhoni 6 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • JR Hazlewood 4-0-38-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-16-2
15.6

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, two more, this is incredible running, Kohli steps out and flicks the ball off his toes, he and Dhoni are absolutely steaming between the wickets, #mohalisobig that the Aussies are struggling to keep these to ones

15.5

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, driven to deep cover and there’s no problem with the running between the wickets anymore, Dhoni and Kohli race through for two, they are turning it on now

15.4

Hazlewood to Kohli, FOUR, incredible placement! Kohli steps out to a short of a length ball and whips it with lovely use of his wrists, generating lots of power and piercing the gap between long on and deep midwicket

15.3

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, another fumble in the field, Finch at deep cover this time, Kohli is able to convert his cracking cover drive for a single into two runs

15.2

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, short of a length and straight, Kohli pulls to deep midwicket and takes on Maxwell’s arm! He dives desperately to make his crease but the throw from Maxwell was wide of the stumps

15.1

Hazlewood to Kohli, no run, Hazlewood returns and bowls a slower ball on a good length just outside off, a cutter, Kohli charged and tried to hit through cover but missed

DaGanXsta: “59 from 30, not impossible with usual Dhoni on the pitch. Be afraid Aussies, be very afraid…”

End of over 15 (8 runs) India 102/4 (59 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.80, RRR: 11.80)

    • V Kohli 37 (32b 2×4 1×6)
    • MS Dhoni 6 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-16-2
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-13-1
14.6

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, a full ball on off stump, Kohli plays a punchy drive to long off

14.5

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, steps out of his crease and plays a cracking cut but Coulter-Nile dives to his right at point to save the boundary

14.4

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, the slower short ball and Dhoni pulls, and pulls wide enough of Hazlewood on the long leg boundary to get four

14.3

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, played towards mid-on and they run the first one urgently but Warner rushes in from the deep and prevents the second

14.2

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, steps out of his crease to a short of a length ball and pushes it towards long on for a single

14.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, a full ball on off and middle, Dhoni pushes it back to the bowler

Dhoni is the new batsman.

bharat thej: “Watson Watson and Watson every where and he is the man who always bothered the indians. Even in the aussie tour.”

And here’s Watson.

End of over 14 (5 runs) India 94/4 (67 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.71, RRR: 11.16)

    • V Kohli 35 (30b 2×4 1×6)
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-13-1
    • A Zampa 2-0-11-0
13.6

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, a superb catch! Watson is having a great night! The slower short of a length ball stopped on the left-hander outside off stump. Yuvraj pushed hard at the ball and then checked his shot but it was too late. It lobbed in the air towards cover and Watson covered good ground, running back and to his right from extra cover to take a tumbling catch

Yuvraj Singh c Watson b Faulkner 21 (18b 1×4 1×6) SR: 116.66

13.5

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli steps out again and hits the ball towards long off for a single

13.4

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball, slower too, Yuvraj pulls to wide long on but slips as he completes the first so there’s no chance for a second

13.3

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run

Sameer: “RRR upwards of 10. Check!”

Deepanshu: “partnership of Yuvraj and kohli… Check!”

13.2

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, steps out of his crease but then checks his shot because he isn’t to the pitch of the ball, punches it past the bowler for a single

13.1

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli steps out and towards leg to turn a length ball off the pads through square leg

Anant: “Six from Yuvi … Check!”

Newton: “Watching this on my iPad on my honeymoon in Florence, Italy. The wife dragged me to the sauna and India lost three. I’m staying put for the next forty!!!”

Faulkner returns …

End of over 13 (9 runs) India 89/3 (72 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.84, RRR: 10.28)

    • V Kohli 32 (27b 2×4 1×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 19 (15b 1×4 1×6)
    • A Zampa 2-0-11-0
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-18-0
12.6

Zampa to Kohli, 1 run, bowled wide outside leg stump, Kohli reaches for it and plays through square leg

12.5

Zampa to Kohli, no run, cut hard off the back foot but to the fielder at point

12.4

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, another short ball, but Yuvraj misses the pull and gets hit on the pads right in front of the stumps, but I think it pitched outside leg so that can’t be lbw

12.3

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, a loose, friendly full toss and Yuvraj puts it into the stands at cow corner, just stood in his crease and smacked it cleanly

12.2

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the googly does not come on to the bat and Yuvraj can’t beat point with the cut

dave: “lucky escape for Australia; they want to keep Yuvraj out there for as long as possible. Good work by Nevile, i’d say, if it was Dhoni (as commentary suggested) he would have just lost the game! ”

12.1

Zampa to Kohli, 1 run, nudged off the front foot through midwicket, Yuvraj says no to the second again

End of over 12 (12 runs) India 80/3 (81 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 10.12)

    • V Kohli 30 (24b 2×4 1×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 13 (12b 1×4 0x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-18-0
    • A Zampa 1-0-3-0
11.6

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, driven to long on to make it 12 runs off the over

11.5

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pushed gently through midwicket for one more

11.4

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, played on the off side for a single

11.3

Maxwell to Kohli, 2 runs, pushed into the huge gap at midwicket and this time they are charging back for the second, Maxwell does the fielding himself and fires the throw towards the non-striker’s stumps but Yuvraj is safe

11.2

Maxwell to Kohli, SIX, that’s it, yells an Australian player, as Kohli seems to have mis-timed the loft to long-off. He was off balance and the bat turned as he made contact, but the timing was still good enough to clear the fielder on the boundary. Just. Incredible.

11.1

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a short ball outside off, driven gently to long off for a single

This is steadily getting out of hand for India. Not enough spice in their recipe.

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 68/3 (93 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 10.33)

    • V Kohli 20 (20b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 11 (10b 1×4 0x6)
    • A Zampa 1-0-3-0
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-6-0
10.6

Zampa to Kohli, no run, hits the drive hard and straight towards the bowler, Zampa does well to get his body behind the shot

10.5

Zampa to Kohli, no run, Kohli cuts off the back foot but can’t beat point

10.4

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets forward and pushes towards long on for one more

10.3

Zampa to Kohli, 1 run, pushed down the ground for a single

10.2

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, played behind square leg for a single

10.1

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the googly and there’s an appeal for a stumping! Yuvraj poked from his crease at a ball that ripped past the outside edge. His back foot was grounded behind the crease, but then it lifted, and while it was in the air Nevill began to move his gloves towards the stumps but then stopped, and when he did take off the bails the foot was back down. Nevill’s missed a trick here, Dhoni would have had the batsman

Mazahir: “It doesn’t look fine for Yuvraj Singh to continue in this condition. Dhoni should step in, otherwise it will hurt India in taking quick singles and converting doubles.”The legspinner Zampa to bowl for the first time today.

End of over 10 (6 runs) India 65/3 (96 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 9.60)

    • V Kohli 19 (17b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 9 (7b 1×4 0x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-6-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-17-1
9.6

Maxwell to Kohli, 2 runs, driven to wide long-on and will they run a second this time? Warner fumbles and so it’s an easy second but Kohli now wants a third but Yuvraj says no

9.5

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, played off the pads through midwicket for a single

9.4

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, leans forward and drives the ball towards wide long-on, Virat wants the second but Yuvraj says no, his leg may not be good enough for hard-run runs yet

9.3

Maxwell to Kohli, no run, played back to the bowler

9.2

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, he isn’t hobbling anymore, is Yuvraj. He dabs the quick and flat ball behind point for a single

9.1

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run

Hussain: “Are batsmen allowed runners anymore?” No, runners have been abolished from cricket for a few years now.

skr: “Dhoni looking as cool as a cucumber *check* looking for a new brilliant way to finish off the innings again”

Yuvraj is getting his ankle strapped by the physio.

Harsh Daga: “Then can’t he go off and come back late like Fletcher did earlier? Kohli thrives on running those quick singles and doubles.” He can, but it looks like he is staying on.

Desmond: “”Mathews on one leg made a half ton yesterday. There’s inspiration for Yuvraj there””

End of over 9 (9 runs) India 59/3 (102 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.55, RRR: 9.27)

    • V Kohli 15 (13b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 7 (5b 1×4 0x6)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-17-1
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-2
8.6

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, 1 run, flicked off the pads to deep square leg for a single

8.5

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a good length ball on middle and leg, Yuvraj tucks the ball behind square leg and he is hobbling again, it’s a real struggle for him to run, shouldn’t he go off?

8.4

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a length angling into the left-hander from around the wicket, Yuvraj jumps up and defends

8.3

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, 1 run, there’s that cover drive from Kohli, gets forward and punches the ball through the line, timing it superbly, they could have run two but Yuvraj’s leg isn’t in good shape

Manu: “Yuvi strugles-check”

8.3

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, 1 wide, good length but the line is down leg side, that’s a wide

Anon06: “”The pitches have not been batting friendly, that’s all” That’s exactly the problem we all have with Rohit and Dhawan. They only perform on batting-friendly surfaces, and fail when the bowlers have the advantage. Rarely would they stick it out like Kohli. The main reason why I don’t rate them even though Rohit has 2 doubles in ODIs and a T20I century.”

8.2

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tucked off the hips to fine leg and Yuvraj hobbles in pain as he begins to run. What’s happened there? It’s his left leg and he was hopping through to complete the run. The physio comes on to take a look at what’s wrong

8.1

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, edged but wide of first slip and it beats third man! He wanted to play it to third man but there was a slip in place and it wasn’t too wide of him

Abdullah: “Raina Out! Check!”

End of over 8 (5 runs) India 50/3 (111 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 9.25)

    • V Kohli 13 (11b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-2
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-8-0
7.6

Watson to Kohli, no run, defended on the front foot, outstanding spell so far from Watto

7.5

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, moves forward and clips the length ball off the pads through square leg

Yuvraj is the new batsman.

Raman: “What happened to India’s openers post Australia tour???…Time to find new opening Pair I guess…..” The pitches have not been batting friendly, that’s all.

7.4

Watson to Raina, OUT, Watson has two! He is striving to ensure this is not his final game! He bangs the ball in short and it springs up on the batsman, not coming on to the bat smoothly. Raina moves across in his crease to pull but ends up gloving it to Nevill

SK Raina c †Nevill b Watson 10 (7b 1×4 0x6) SR: 142.85

7.3

Watson to Raina, 2 runs, a full toss on middle stump, Raina moves across in his crease and taps the gently through midwicket, the fielder from the deep has to cover a lot of ground and they have time to come back for two

7.2

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli leans forward and across with superb balance in his crease and flicks the fuller ball deftly through square leg

7.1

Watson to Raina, 1 run, short of a length and straight, Raina swivels and pulls the ball down through square

karthik: “Lose early wickets – check, Kohli to rescue – check Dhoni to finish – check. Seems we’re on track fellas. Definitely India for the win ;-)” That’s the recipe, for India.

End of over 7 (8 runs) India 45/2 (116 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.42, RRR: 8.92)

    • SK Raina 7 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 12 (9b 2×4 0x6)
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-8-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-3-1
6.6

Faulkner to Raina, 1 run, steered behind point for a single

6.5

Faulkner to Raina, FOUR

6.4

Faulkner to Raina, 2 runs, Raina jumps back and across to a short of a length ball around off and tucks it through square leg, lots of gaps on this vast outfield

Harsh: “I just don’t understand the approach of our Openers. They eat up the Powerplay every time to “settle in” and end up getting out early. Their “neither here nor there” is costing India in every match.”

6.3

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, another slow one outside off, Kohli stays back and steers to third man for a single

6.2

Faulkner to Kohli, no run, a full and slower ball on middle and off, Kohli leans across and taps it to midwicket

6.1

Faulkner to Kohli, no run, that’s only his second dot ball, and it pinged off the middle off a front foot punch to cover

Pradip: “Always wanted Tendulkar to take a single and be safe on non-striker for first few overs. For Kohli now I wish the same”

Faulkner to bowl, from over the wicket.

End of over 6 (3 runs) India 37/2 (124 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 8.85)

    • SK Raina 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 11 (6b 2×4 0x6)
    • SR Watson 1-0-3-1
    • JR Hazlewood 3-0-26-0
5.6

Watson to Raina, no run, slower ball on middle, drilled to the left of mid-on, where a surprised Faulkner needs to rush into a dive to stop the ball

Suresh Raina, in yet another pressure situation. Slip in

5.5

Watson to Sharma, OUT, superb bowling! “Come on,” screams Watson and Australia rally around him. He doesn’t want this to be the last match of his career. Bowls a fine cutter, and Rohit doesn’t help matters by premeditating. Came down the track too early and can’t adjust. The ball sticks in the deck a little more, and with Rohit having made room, he is left reaching with a horizontal bat instead of a vertical one. Beats him, and bowls him

RG Sharma b Watson 12 (17b 1×4 0x6) SR: 70.58

5.4

Watson to Sharma, no run, goes full, and the angle into Rohit sets up the flick shot, and he is careful to keep it along the ground.

5.3

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, Kohli has no trouble whipping it off his hips

samy: “Kohli is miles away from the rest of the team. It seems he brings his own pitch with him every time he walks in to bat. If Aussies managed to get his wicket in next few overs its game over for india.”

5.2

Watson to Sharma, 1 run, gets right on top of a shortish delivery on middle and turns it to deep square leg

5.1

Watson to Kohli, 1 run

End of over 5 (10 runs) India 34/1 (127 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.80, RRR: 8.46)

    • RG Sharma 11 (14b 1×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 9 (4b 2×4 0x6)
    • JR Hazlewood 3-0-26-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-8-1
4.6

Hazlewood to Sharma, no run, short of a length on off stump, blocked

4.5

Hazlewood to Kohli, 1 run, a little hesitation – you remember what happens when Kohli runs Rohit out right? – but not this time. Soft hands, back of a length ball slotted into the covers, easy single

4.4

Hazlewood to Kohli, FOUR, they made him reach, but that time Kohli made enough of a connection to find back-to-back boundaries, this one at third man. Mohali preps a war cry “Kohli, Kohli, Kohli!”

4.3

Hazlewood to Kohli, FOUR, that was on off stump, but a handy little shuffle across puts him right over the ball, and with such balance, all that was needed was a flick of the wrists. Outrageous strokeplay, and yet it looked so smooth

4.2

Hazlewood to Kohli, no run, and that area outside off is where Australia pitch the first one. Kohli is forward with an angled bat

Adil Shah: “Lets see what has Smith’s got for Kohli. ” —- Slip in immediately

4.1

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, gently worked off his pads through square leg

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 24/1 (137 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.56)

    • RG Sharma 10 (12b 1×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-8-1
    • JR Hazlewood 2-0-16-0
3.6

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, tucked off the pads through square leg for a single

Kohli is the new batsman, but Rohit has the strike.

3.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, OUT, caught at short fine leg! Coulter-Nile bangs in the heavy bouncer, it rises at pace on Dhawan who hooks but top edges into the air behind the keeper and to short fine leg’s left. Khawaja takes a while to settle under the ball but holds the catch safely in the end

S Dhawan c Khawaja b Coulter-Nile 13 (12b 1×4 1×6) SR: 108.33

3.4

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, dabbed off the back foot towards backward point

3.3

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, the slower cutter smacks Dhawan on the stomach after he pulled too early and missed, that ball gripped the pitch and came to the batsman slowly, Dhawan winces and rubs his side

3.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, this one is a bit slower and Rohit mis-times the pull off the front foot, dragging it towards square leg

3.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, FOUR, shot! Pace on the short ball and Rohit uses it, getting on the front foot and pulling flat over the infield at midwicket
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End of over 3 (9 runs) India 18/0 (143 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.41)
S Dhawan 13 (9b 1×4 1×6) .
RG Sharma 4 (9b 0x4 0x6) .

JR Hazlewood 2-0-16-0 .
NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-2-0 .

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2.6

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, steps out of his crease but has to check his shot towards cover after Hazlewood shortens the length and denies Dhawan the room to attack
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Robin Xavier: “This score looks chasable. Australia lacks quality spinners which means the run-rate cannot be checked once India in full flow.”

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2.5

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, good length on middle and off, Dhawan comes forward and plays towards cover
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DaGanXsta: “Com’n Hazlewood! You are better than this.”

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2.4

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, tip and run on the off side, soft hands pushing the ball towards cover
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2.3

Hazlewood to Dhawan, 1 run, dabbed behind point for a single
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2.2

Hazlewood to Dhawan, SIX, shot! Sails over Maxwell’s head at deep square leg! It was a length ball at a faster pace on leg and middle, Dhawan plants his foot forward and swings across the line, great timing and balance on the crease
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2.1

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, good length on middle and off, not coming on to the bat, Dhawan pushes off the front foot to mid off
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2.1

Hazlewood to Dhawan, 1 wide, Hazlewood falls over in his follow through after delivering a short of a length ball down leg side, Dhawan can’t connect with the pull
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End of over 2 (2 runs) India 9/0 (152 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 8.44)
RG Sharma 3 (8b 0x4 0x6) .
S Dhawan 6 (4b 1×4 0x6) .

NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-2-0 .
JR Hazlewood 1-0-7-0 .

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1.6

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, Rohit drives on the up with great timing but places it to the point fielder, that ball was length and wide enough for the batsman to free his arms
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1.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, 1 run, there you go, another single, a length ball on the pads and Dhawan clips it through square leg
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Rummy: “Take some singles, guys.”

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1.4

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, short ball at pace, Rohit gets on tippy-toe and pulls flat and hard towards deep square leg, the ball gets to Maxwell on the first bounce
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1.3

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, short of a length with width outside off stump, Rohit strides forward and lets the ball pass through to the keeper
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1.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, good length again, pitching around off and straightening a touch, Rohit stayed in his crease and defended, was squared up a bit
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1.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, good length pitching outside off and coming into the right-hander, Rohit presses forward and defends solidly
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Subu: “Is the ball swinging for Hazlewood?” None at all.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, from over the wicket.

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End of over 1 (7 runs) India 7/0 (154 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.10)
RG Sharma 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) .
S Dhawan 5 (3b 1×4 0x6) .

JR Hazlewood 1-0-7-0 .

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0.6

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, opens the face and runs a shortish delivery on and around off stump to deep third man
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0.5

Hazlewood to Sharma, no run, puts it full and just outside off, very little swing or seam for Hazlewood, and Rohit drives through the line to short cover
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0.4

Hazlewood to Dhawan, 1 run, dabbed into the covers, with soft hands, and with the fielders on the circle worried about the boundary, can’t get in early enough
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0.3

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, Khawaja at mid-on realised he had to get on this right away at mid-on. Another deft push from Dhawan, but he’s timed it well again.
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That extra cover gap is plugged now.

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0.2

Hazlewood to Dhawan, FOUR, well, that’s an indicator of how good the new ball comes onto the bat. Dhawan steps forward and greets a good length ball outside off with a simple push and it scurries away to the extra cover boundary
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0.1

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, sweet sound off the bat as Rohit gets behind a back of a length ball on middle. Straightforward single to deep midwicket
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The chase is about to begin. The Australians gather on the edge of the boundary, they have 160 to defend. The stadium is packed and filled with optimism, awaiting the players to take the field. Rohit and Dhawan follow the Australians on to the field. One slip in place, Hazlewood has the new ball

Josh Hazlewood with the new ball.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin(R)celebrates with teammate Vuvraj Singh after his dismissal of Australia's David Warner during the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Australia at The Punjab Cricket Stadium Association Stadium in Mohali on March 27, 2016. / AFP / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin(R)celebrates with teammate Vuvraj Singh after his dismissal of Australia’s David Warner during the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Australia at The Punjab Cricket Stadium Association Stadium in Mohali on March 27, 2016. / AFP / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The build-up is finally over. Game time. Finch and Khawaja stride out to the middle, where the Indians await after their huddle. Khawaja will take strike. Nehra to open the bowling. Left-arm from over the wicket.

7.24 pm The teams are lining up for the national anthems. Australia will go first. Then India.

I can see a few Aussie fans in the crowd, singing along to Advance Australia Fair.. Hopelessly outnumbered though. The crowd put on their mobile lights as they sing the Indian anthem. Flags a plenty. Dhoni has his game face on – an enviable firm jaw.

7.15 pm Tarun: “Australia’s batting is a sheer powerhouse.. Looking at that, i would rather prefer a slow pitch on which through-the-line hitters usually mistime and get out. On a batting track, one has to be bullish towards Australia.”

Sushil: “Batting second that is chasing is difficult in this tournament. Only few of close games where chasing team just crossed the line. Ind should restrict Aus below 160 to give themselves a chance of successful chase.”

Jiten Surtani: “One statement can make the fans comfortable/uncomfortable ! If your captain, after losing the toss, says that he would have also chosen to do what the opposition will be doing – it does jingle up the nerves a bit”

Aditya: “Big match and I am in a train again! But this time i have a full 3g data pack – Cricinfo commentary team – make it good please, you are my only source of information!!!!” No pressure then.

Taco: “@Aprit, I think Afghanistan’s upset will be a major reality check for West Indies. I can see Chris Gayle relishing the chance (in his ultra calm way) to take it to either the Australians or the Indians… I reckon it’ll be West Indies in the final. ”

MAK: “Does the commentary team go for a tea after the toss. Why the comments stop coming after the toss?” We stretch legs and crack fingers, visit the restroom, make some tea, attend to our fantasy teams and things like that because there’s no time for frivolity once it all begins.

Neel Shah: “Samuel Badri, Adam Zampa, Ish Sodhi, Adil Rashid, Imran Tahir — Leg Spinners are having great time in this tournament. While two of the best leg spinners – Yashir Shah and Amit Mishra have been ignored by their respective teams……Pakistan is already out and I have a fear that it would be telling miss for India as well…..They would miss Amit Mishra today.” Yasir Shah’s ban for a failed drugs test has just ended, by the way.

Yethin: “Anyone who says India is not the favourite still not just for this match but the whole tourney is just living in hope. Every tourney will have tight games. It’s the teams that win the games even when not in top gear that win, as they have an extra gear for the latter matches that matter. With so many class batsman due a score, India will be licking their lips at the next three games.”

Toss, 7.00 pm MS Dhoni tosses the coin. Steven Smith calls tails and wins. Australia will bat first. He says he thinks the pitch might slow up later in the day, but he isn’t sure. It is the same pitch that was used for the women’s game between India and West Indies earlier today.

Australia are unchanged from their match against Pakistan.

Dhoni says he wanted to bat first too. He says it looks like a surface the batsmen will love but it depends on how it holds up through the game.

India’s XI is also unchanged from their game against Bangladesh.

BinayakJ: “”Two captains playing against each other now, but within 3 weeks they will be back playing together in the same team in IPL. Cricket is a lovely game.'”

Faisal: “Well well well, interesting choice that from Smith! India are good chasers!!”

6.50 pm We’ve got Mahela Jayawardene, Ian Chappell and Ajit Agarkar on our Match Day show to analyse this game. It will go live at 7 pm. Watch it here.

And also keep the comments coming in, I’ll try and get through as many as possible! Aditya Anchuri: “I want a flat wicket. Turners won’t be good for India, Aus have 2 spinners. Ah for the days of old when Mohali had some pace and bounce.”

Pavan: “If Australia win this and England Women beat Pakistan Women, both the men’s and women’s semi finalists would be Aus, Eng, NZ and WI.”

Arpit: “With all due respect to NZ’s adaptability, England’s fearlessness and Windies’s flamboyance, I think the winner of today’s game would go on to win this worldt20.”

Prahlad: “Zampa and Faulkner will be the key for Australia. India can’t afford to go after them. Watson is an intelligent bowler. Hazlewood’s pace will be an issue for Dhawan and Rohit. So who is left for India to go after?”

Sakib: “It’s simply the battle between how Dhoni will utilize Ashwin’s four overs and how Aussies will handle these four overs. ”

Pomil Proch: “Took a power nap and missed the upset of this WC. Lesson learned. Now I am up and running, even blinking during this gladiator match is not advised.”

Chirag Joshi: “Ashwin’s bowling in power play will be the key for this match. It will be interesting to see how aussie batsmen tackle him. whether they go on full attack against him or just play him for singles and odd boundaries.”

walrus: “As a neutral, India virtually lost the match against Bangladesh, throughout the match with Bangladesh dominating. New Zealand also sent them to the shed very early. A win against Pakistan with ONLY Kohli firing should not mean that the Indians are the favourites here…Backing Australia with their recent form and a pretty good looking line-up.”

El Scorchio: “@ Karthik: Home ground advantage nullified? Low, slow, turning pitch. Stadium full of screaming Indian fans… are you sure about that?”

6.40 pm Twenty minutes to the toss in Mohali.

Jiten: “I simply can’t understand one thing – Both lost to New Zealand (India lost in a worse fashion), both defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh (Australia won that in a more comfortable manner)… then why does India start as favorites, and not Australia… Let’s face it, India were pre-tournament favorites based on their form coming into the tournament – which has not YET been replicated ! ”

Drew: “Aussie’s should open with Warner and Watson, and have the rest pad up and bat according to the game conditions.”

Mark: “Painful as it is for an Englishman to say it, George, I would make Australia favourites because, after a slow start, they seem to be running into some form. India have just been awfully irregular and have the pressure of the crowd and expectations to weigh them down: if the crowd get after them, as they can, it could be the final straw for their chances.”

Khaqan Khan: “India should simply bowl first after winning the toss so that Kohli guides the chase and win it for india. Otherwise Aus is capable of chasing anything.”

Rahul: “Ashwin will be key for India’s win today along with Bhumrah. I reckon batting first after winning toss”

Sundar: “Something beautiful happened in the WI-Afg game. Yes, Afghanistan, won and that in itself is beautiful, but Gayle celebrated and took photos with Afghanistan. Only a West Indian. Gotta love’em.”

6.29 pm West Indies Women have defended ten runs in the final over to knock India Women out and qualify for the semi-finals. The decks will now be cleared in Mohali for the Australia-India game. The boundaries will be pushed back, and the majority of the crowd will file in.

Siddhesh: “If Australia beat India today, there will be no Asian team in a contest being held in the subcontinent! Might well be fitting, given how different the conditions have been compared to what was expected.”

Jiten Chandaran: “Curator says no dew likely so not sure if India should bat first and try and defend with no dew and hopefully scoreboard pressure on a good batting wicket, or back the batsman to chase down a score. Maybe losing the toss won’t be the worst thing, but if India win the toss, I guess MSD would like to field first.”

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6.17 pm Afghanistan have just beaten West Indies, defending 10 in the final over. West Indies have a good enough net run rate to finish top of Group 1, though, ahead of England and will play their semi-final in Mumbai, against the winner of tonight’s game between Australia and India.

Anchal Badariya: “India has played 45% dot deliveries in this world cup as compared to Australia playing only 36%. That could be the difference today. Want India to improve on this front. Go India Go!”

Karthik: “Barring the first match, India’s opponents have been playing the second consecutive match at the same venue (i.e. Pak at Eden, Bangladesh at Chinnaswamy and now Oz at Mohali). Given the vastly different nature of pitches across venues, the home advantage for India is vastly neutralized. ”

Ganesh Tiwari: “So, nobody will be expecting the pitch like that of Kolkata played between India and Pakistan… Anyway, I am desperately waiting this match from mid-days.. Bring a thrilling contest here.”

Tharun Raj: “Is it true that Mohali pitch has been doctored to suit spin???” Nothing confirmed. Australia and India will play on the same pitch that the India and West Indies women are using in Mohali. And there has been nothing extreme about it – just some turn and a little variable bounce. Nothing like Kolkata and maybe not even to Nagpur’s degree.

6.05 pm Potential upset alertAfghanistan might beat West Indies in Nagpur. But West Indies need to score only 101 to seal top spot in Group 1.

Shreyas: “Well. Contradiction to 2011 WC we have already 3 non Asian teams in the semis!! Can steve outsmart Dhoni today? #indvsaus”

6.00 pm Good evening, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s ball-by-ball coverage of the match that will decide the last semi-finalist of the 2016 World T20. India and Australia are battling for the right to play in Mumbai – where West Indies await – on March 31. Both teams have lost to New Zealand, and beaten Bangladesh and Pakistan, on their journey to this showdown. This match promises tremendous entertainment and here’s hoping the cricket lives up to the build-up.

India have played an unchanged XI through this tournament. Australia have used all of their players apart from seamer Andrew Tye. India have beaten Australia in their last five T20Is. Does that make them favourites tonight? Here’s Brydon Coverdale’s preview of the game.

Australia allrounder Shane Watson had announced his retirement ahead of the match against Pakistan, and in the lead-up to this contest he repeatedly said he was keen to make the most of the “last few games” he has left. He could have just one left, but it also could be three.

There’s been a lot of talk and rumour about the pitch being changed for this match, but it’s a lot of he-said-she-said at the moment, with nothing confirmed. The women’s match between India and West Indies is taking place on the same surface that the men will use, and it has turned a bit and had variable bounce.

0.1

Nehra to Khawaja, FOUR, too short, and there’s no pace on this pitch, it sits up for the left-hander and Khawaja dismisses it to the square leg boundary with a pull along the ground

0.2

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, Khawaja begins to try and cut it but then checks his shot, let’s it pass through to the keeper, Nehra’s length was better and his line outside off

0.3

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, he’s properly beaten this time by a superb ball! Nehra slants it into the left-hander from over the wicket, landing on a great length around off sump, the ball seams away sharply and Khawaja is beaten as he poked from his crease

0.4

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, cut off the back foot but he can’t beat point

0.5

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, short of a length delivery outside off and that ball keeps rather low, Khawaja tries to cut from his crease but gets beaten on the bottom edge

0.6

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, terrific comeback from Nehra after that first-ball four, the last ball pitches on a good length and seams away, squaring up the left-hander and beating the bat as he tries to defend

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • UT Khawaja 4 (6b 1×4)
    • AJ Finch 0 (0b)
    • A Nehra 1-0-4-0
1.1

Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, risky run to get off the mark! Finch pushes towards mid-on and takes on Pandya rushing in, he misses at the non-striker’s end. He might have just made it even with a direct hit

1.2

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, a length ball on a pretty straight line, Khawaja gets on the front foot and hoists it over the infield at midwicket for his second boundary

1.3

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, a length ball again and that disappears too! Khawaja presses forward and lofts the ball wide of the fielder at mid-on

1.4

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, three in a row! Bumrah goes around the wicket to change his line but his length is the same – poor. Khawaja stays on his crease and pulls, hitting the ball along the ground behind square leg. Cracking start.

1.5

Bumrah to Khawaja, no run, played from the crease to cover point

Sai: “Dhoni should use Bumrah very scarcely in the powerplay and save his overs for the end”

1.6

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, amazing over for the Aussies! Khawaja stays back to a short of a length ball and cuts late and deftly past the fielder at short third man. 17 runs off the over

End of over 2 (17 runs) Australia 21/0 (RR: 10.50)

    • UT Khawaja 20 (11b 5×4)
    • AJ Finch 1 (1b)
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-17-0
    • A Nehra 1-0-4-0
2.1

Nehra to Finch, no run, Finch walks down the pitch and slightly towards the off side to whip the ball off his hips but he misses, that passed over leg stump

Hotshot007: “This is a recurring problem from the previous matches. Bumrah bowlers perfect yorkers at the death, but doesn’t even attempt it in his first spell within the PP. Baffling.”

2.2

Nehra to Finch, FOUR, Nehra loses his line, spraying it wide outside off from over the wicket, Finch reaches for it and unleashes a mighty cut, the ball was so far outside off that it connected with the toe of the bat but still raced through point

2.3

Nehra to Finch, 1 run, closer to off stump this time and Finch bottom edges the cut into the ground through to Dhoni, who doesn’t collect cleanly

2.4

Nehra to Khawaja, FOUR, Khawaja is on fire! He steps out of his crease and Nehra follows him with a full ball, trying to cramp him for room, Khawaja flicks and gets an inside edge between the pads that goes past short fine leg for his sixth boundary!

2.5

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, good length on off and middle, Khawaja stays on his crease and pushes to mid-on, he sends Finch back

2.6

Nehra to Khawaja, 1 run, tucked off the pads in front off square leg for a single

Bharat: “Khawaja is a left hander and finch doesn’t play spin all that well. Makes more sense to go with Ashwin. Cant imagine dhoni missed this trick.”

End of over 3 (10 runs) Australia 31/0 (RR: 10.33)

    • UT Khawaja 25 (14b 6×4)
    • AJ Finch 6 (4b 1×4)
    • A Nehra 2-0-14-0
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-17-0

Drew: “Khawaja not up for running today…” Indeed, six fours in his 25.

Waqaas Rumani: “Looks like a superb wicket to bat on. Ball is travelling to the boundary even of the toe end of the bat. If that is the case, I would say Australia need at least 190 plus. Should be interesting to see the chase !”

Here’s R Ashwin, from around the wicket with a slip.

3.1

Ashwin to Khawaja, 1 run, a full ball around off stump, Khawaja leans forward and flicks for a single

Snehal: “I just don’t understand how a bowler gives away 4 boundaries in an over and then come back to bowl in death overs and bowls all yorkers, why can’t Bhumrah do that to begin with?” Maybe the new ball is harder to bowl yorkers with?

3.2

Ashwin to Finch, no run, backs away far outside leg to hit through the off side but mis-times to the bowler

3.3

Ashwin to Finch, SIX, massive! Finch moves outside leg and comes forward to slam a full ball far over the long-on boundary, that was hit beautifully

3.4

Ashwin to Finch, SIX, this one isn’t as beautiful but it’s good enough to beat the leaping fielder on the edge of the long-on boundary! Finch gave it everything again, but did not connect as well as the previous one

3.5

Ashwin to Finch, 5 wides, that is so wide outside leg stump, Dhoni has no chance, and short fine leg can’t stop it either! Five extras to the total

3.5

Ashwin to Finch, 1 wide, what is with this line? Extremely wide down leg again, this time Dhoni was wise enough to move early

3.5

Ashwin to Finch, 2 runs, flicked through square leg and they run hard to come back for the second

3.6

Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, clipped off the pads behind square for a single. Ashwin has been dismantled in that over

Safa: “ASHWIN WHAT ARE YOU DOING”

End of over 4 (22 runs) Australia 53/0 (RR: 13.25)

    • AJ Finch 21 (9b 1×4 2×6)
    • UT Khawaja 26 (15b 6×4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-22-0
    • A Nehra 2-0-14-0

Saj: “Did somebody just say Finch can’t play spin?”

Nehra to bowl his third over.

4.1

Nehra to Finch, 1 run, nothing is going India’s way! Finch jumped back to flick but got a leading edge that lobbed over midwicket, Raina was walking in but then had to stop and rush back … he could not get to it in time

4.2

Nehra to Khawaja, OUT, caught behind and the crowd roars for the first time in this game! Khawaja drove hard at a good length ball that shaped away from him from around off stump and got a thick edge through to Dhoni. India have their first wicket. That ball flew rapidly to the keeper.

UT Khawaja c †Dhoni b Nehra 26 (16b 6×4 0x6) SR: 162.50

Drew Foster: “@George Binoy That line was coerced by Finch’s open stance to Ashwin outside leg stump. Excellent improvisation by Finch for t20 against the spinner.”

Warner walks in at No. 3, to deafening chants of “Indiaaaa, Indiaa.”

4.3

Nehra to Warner, no run, cracks his first ball to short cover with a firm drive, can’t find the gap

4.4

Nehra to Warner, 1 run, good length angling in to the left-hander, Warner stays on his crease and pushes towards mid off

Ram: “For the first time in a long time, I am sensing nerves in the Indian fielding. That wicket should calm them, somewhat.”

4.5

Nehra to Finch, no run, good length outside off, Finch stays in his crease and plays the ball to point

4.6

Nehra to Finch, no run, a slightly slower one from Nehra to finish, Finch tries to dab it on the leg side but is hit on the thigh, he misjudged the pace. That’s the first over without a boundary

riad: “This is called the experience.nehra you beauty.”

End of over 5 (2 runs) Australia 55/1 (RR: 11.00)

    • AJ Finch 22 (12b 1×4 2×6)
    • DA Warner 1 (2b)
    • A Nehra 3-0-16-1
    • R Ashwin 1-0-22-0
5.1

Bumrah to Warner, 1 leg bye, an appeal for lbw after Warner is hit on the pad by a skiddy ball from around the wicket, that was missing leg, they run a leg bye after the ball goes towards Dhoni’s left

5.2

Bumrah to Finch, no run, over the wicket to the right-hander, a length ball outside off, Finch drives firmly from his crease but can’t beat cover

5.3

Bumrah to Finch, no run, he’s nailed the drive again but can’t beat mid-off this time, Bumrah has got away with two ordinary balls, still bowling length on this pitch

5.4

Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, stays in his crease and pushes at the ball, shorter length this time and the outside edge goes down to third man

5.5

Bumrah to Warner, 1 run, stays back and tucks the good length ball through midwicket, Bumrah is skidding these balls into Warner, hurrying him

5.6

Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, good length angling into Finch, who closes the face of his bat to turn the ball towards wide mid-on for a single

Rohan: “Why is Bumrah bowling now? He is clearly our only praying hope in the death overs against this lineup. On another note, Rohit and Dhawan need to fire today, no more ‘settling in’ nonsense. Aus looking for 200 here.”

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 59/1 (RR: 9.83)

    • AJ Finch 24 (16b 1×4 2×6)
    • DA Warner 2 (4b)
    • JJ Bumrah 2-0-20-0
    • A Nehra 3-0-16-1

Jose…P: “Was Ussie driving a F1 car in a bike rally? But for Nehraji putting the speed breaker… ~!”

Prasanna S: “@Drew Foster – Totally agree. Ashwin going round the wicket right away for right handers makes him little predictable. He should bowl over the wicket initially for right handers spinning the ball from outside off that would make Finch’s stance little risky.”

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl left-arm spin from around the wicket. There’s a slip in place.

6.1

Jadeja to Finch, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to long off for a single

Over the wicket to the left-hander.

6.2

Jadeja to Warner, 2 runs, Warner presses forward a bit too early but then waits and dabs the ball behind point, Warner races between the wickets, really urgent running to come back for the second

6.3

Jadeja to Warner, no run, punched off the front foot to covers for a single

6.4

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, shorter and flatter ball, Warner stays back and taps the ball towards long on for a single

6.5

Jadeja to Finch, no run, slides on with the arm from around the wicket, Finch cuts off the back foot and Bumrah makes an awkward stop as the ball spins away from him at point

6.6

Jadeja to Finch, 1 run, flat and short, Finch goes back and hits the ball to long on

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 64/1 (RR: 9.14)

    • AJ Finch 26 (19b 1×4 2×6)
    • DA Warner 5 (7b)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-0
    • JJ Bumrah 2-0-20-0

Kanav: “Dhoni pls pls pls try Yuvraj. He has made a differnce for India in such crunch situations.” Yuvraj’s dad had a strong opinion on his son not bowling much in this tournament.

7.1

Ashwin to Finch, 1 wide, Ashwin returns and once again bowls outside leg stump from around the wicket

7.1

Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, hit through midwicket from outside leg stump for a single

7.2

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, bowls on to Warner’s pads and he tucks it towards square leg, Warner’s running is intense again but just the single this time

7.3

Ashwin to Finch, FOUR, a superb punchy drive off the back foot, Ashwin dropped short and drifted across the right-hander, Finch went back and towards leg to make room and hit the ball hard through covers

7.4

Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, goes back and places the ball in front of square leg for one more

7.5

Ashwin to Warner, OUT, stumped! Warner skipped down the track but could not get to the pitch of the delivery, perhaps he came forward too early and Ashwin shortened his length and slowed the pace down too. The ball spun away from the left-hander and beat Warner’s helpless prod. Dhoni did the rest

DA Warner st †Dhoni b Ashwin 6 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Smith is the new batsman.g

7.6

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, goes deep into his crease to tuck the ball off his pads through square leg

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 73/2 (RR: 9.12)

    • SPD Smith 1 (1b)
    • AJ Finch 32 (22b 2×4 2×6)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-31-1
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-0

Avnish: “Dhoni paused for a fraction before stumping Warner, letting him look back as to what had happened. Masterclass from Ashwin and Dhoni!”

Prashant : “What a waste of batting position for Warner.. He should always open, Khawaja coming after 1 down.. ”

8.1

Jadeja to Smith, no run, a flighted delivery into the right-hander, Smith reaches for it on the front foot and plays it back to the bowler

8.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, driven to Jadeja’s left and he dives full length to cut off the single

8.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, pushed off the front foot into the covers

8.4

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, slow pace from Jadeja, Smith moves forward and pushes the ball gently towards long on

8.5

Jadeja to Finch, no run, that’s a quick round-arm dart from around the wicket, hits the pad but that was missing leg

8.6

Jadeja to Finch, no run, played back to the bowler, sharp fielding again to limit Australia to just the single in the over

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 74/2 (RR: 8.22)

    • AJ Finch 32 (24b 2×4 2×6)
    • SPD Smith 2 (5b)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-31-1

apil: “Poor batting from Warner. Plain ridiculous. Finch had complete control on proceedings and Ashwin was under pressure and Warner just throws it away. Jadeja could have been taken for cleaners had Warner stayed”

Yuvraj is going to bowl!

9.1

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, OUT, and he has struck first ball!!! An incredible turn of events. That is his first ball of the tournament. He fired it in quick from around the wicket and got the ball to bounce a bit away from the right-hander, Smith stayed back and wafted at the ball. Dhoni went up rightaway, but Smith looked unhappy. I’ll wait for replays to confirm if there was an edge or not. Smith was beaten on the inside edge as he tried to cut, it doesn’t look like there was an edge. Nothing definite on snicko. Smith may be unlucky.

SPD Smith c †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Maxwell comes in.

9.2

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, dabbed off the pads through midwicket for a single

9.3

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, (no ball) 1 run, driven through covers for a single, Yuvraj has over-stepped, free-hit coming up.

9.3

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, a fast ball at 105 kph! Maxwell tries to slog too hard and misses it

9.4

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, goes back and tucks the ball off the pads through square leg

9.5

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 wide, fires the ball down leg side, Finch misses the sweep

9.5

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, goes back and swats the ball to long on for a single

9.6

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot through midwicket for a single. That was Yuvraj’s first over in this World T20. Can’t say it was uneventful.

End of over 10 (7 runs) Australia 81/3 (RR: 8.10)

    • GJ Maxwell 3 (4b)
    • AJ Finch 34 (26b 2×4 2×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-7-1
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0

Ahmad: “All the wickets belong to Dhoni. He is behind those Physically And Mentally Both!!”

Hardik Pandya comes on to bowl.

Pranil: “Only 25 runs in last 6 overs : great come back by india”

10.1

Pandya to Maxwell, no run, tennis ball bounce for that short of a length ball around off, Maxwell sways away and tries to ramp it over the keeper, he is beaten

10.2

Pandya to Maxwell, no run, that ball keeps really low from short of a length, Maxwell was shaping to ramp to third man again but then had to jam his bat down on it, the ball hit him near the waist

10.3

Pandya to Maxwell, 2 runs, chipped in the air towards deep square leg, Raina’s throw from the deep sails over Dhoni’s head and concedes an overthrow

10.4

Pandya to Maxwell, no run, short of a length around off, played back to the bowler

10.5

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length and that keeps low too, Maxwell stays back and swats behind square

10.6

Pandya to Finch, 1 run, pushed to long off for a single

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 85/3 (RR: 7.72)

    • AJ Finch 35 (27b 2×4 2×6)
    • GJ Maxwell 6 (9b)
    • HH Pandya 1-0-4-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-7-1
11.1

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, Finch backs away a long way outside leg, Yuvraj follows him, Finch hits the ball along the ground to long off

karthik: “Seems like ball is holding up a bit, should Aus reach 150+, this could be an interesting run-chase.”

11.2

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, gets down on one knee and sweeps to deep square leg for two more

11.3

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, a really slow ball on off and middle, Maxwell lofts clean over the bowler’s head and Raina makes a great save! He comes running hard from long off and slaps the ball back into play as it was bouncing over the boundary

11.4

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, 102 kph, faster ball, Maxwell gets down low and sweeps

11.5

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, punched off the back foot to long on for a single

11.6

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, the reverse sweep for a single

End of over 12 (8 runs) Australia 93/3 (RR: 7.75)

    • GJ Maxwell 12 (13b)
    • AJ Finch 37 (29b 2×4 2×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-15-1
    • HH Pandya 1-0-4-0
12.1

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, swipes at the short of a length ball and cross bats it long off for a single

12.2

Pandya to Finch, no run, short of a length again and the ball isn’t coming on to the bat, Finch pulls but gets beaten on the bottom edge

Suyog: “Speaking of comebacks, Finch is such a key player. Always comes good in key moments! How was Australia not able to find place for him earlier?”

12.3

Pandya to Finch, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, Finch drags it to wide long-on, where Kohli fumbles. Maxwell pounces on the mistake and races back for the second. Kohli’s throw is good but Maxwell is safe by the time Pandya breaks the stumps

12.4

Pandya to Finch, no run, Finch tries to pull again but fails to make contact

12.5

Pandya to Finch, FOUR, short ball again but this time Finch nails the pull, smashing it in front of deep backward square leg to bring up the 100 for Australia

12.6

Pandya to Finch, OUT, short again, pulls again and this Pandya wins the contest! Finch seemed to be hurried for time as he swung across the line and mis-timed it to Dhawan at deep midwicket, that was taken well inside the boundary

AJ Finch c Dhawan b Pandya 43 (34b 3×4 2×6) SR: 126.47

End of over 13 (7 runs) Australia 100/4 (RR: 7.69)

    • GJ Maxwell 13 (14b)
    • HH Pandya 2-0-11-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-15-1

Watson is the new batsman.

Niraj Gautam: “This format of cricket is just crazy. You keep on watching and can’t even understand when the momentum shifted.” When Warner fell?

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 wide, drifts down legside from around the wicket

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, defends on the front foot towards the leg side, Yuvraj races to his right to field

13.2

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, gets on the front foot, down on one knee, and sweeps hard, “Bowler’s end!!!” is the yell to the fielder in the deep but Watson makes it back easily

13.3

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, Maxwell pokes from his crease and gets an outside edge on the off side

13.4

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, fired in at 104 kph, Maxwell gets hit on the pad

13.5

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, really slow now, 82 kph, Maxwell steps out and flicks the ball through midwicket

13.6

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, no run, a flighted ball dips on Watson on the off stump line, he leans forward to play it but gets an edge towards short third man

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 104/4 (RR: 7.42)

    • SR Watson 0 (1b)
    • GJ Maxwell 16 (19b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-19-1
    • HH Pandya 2-0-11-1

Sridhar: “Waiting for contest between Ravi Ashiwn vs Glenn Maxwell”

14.1

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length outside off, the ball grips the pitch and does not come on to the bat, Maxwell backs away and hits it to long off

14.2

Pandya to Watson, 1 wide, strays down leg side and concedes another wide, a fair number of those today

Pradeep: “No boundaries for Maxwell after 16 odd bowls, some serious cricket going on in mohali.”

14.2

Pandya to Watson, FOUR, short ball again, Pandya is pounding the middle of this pitch, Watson is ready and waiting on the front foot and he plays a powerful pull to the square leg boundary

14.3

Pandya to Watson, 1 run, fuller length this time, Watson goes back and turns the ball off the pads through square leg

14.4

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, good length and the ball stops on Maxwell as he pushes towards the bowler, the ball goes past the stumps at the bowler’s end for a sngle

14.5

Pandya to Watson, 1 run, moves back and across and tucks the ball off the pads for a single

14.6

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, backs away and slogs at a length ball that does not come on to the bat, he’s timed it so badly that the ball falls well short of the man at long off

End of over 15 (10 runs) Australia 114/4 (RR: 7.60)

    • GJ Maxwell 19 (22b)
    • SR Watson 6 (4b 1×4)
    • HH Pandya 3-0-21-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-19-1

Melvin Sunny: “Yesterday Munro batted some 25+ balls without any boundary. Now Maxwell. Not the kind of pitches for slogging in this tournament!”

Rak: “Though the momentum is shifted towards India, Australia are well positioned in the game. The ball is holding up and that run flow in the first 4 overs of the innings will make difference.” Reckon 150-160 will be a challenging chase.

15.1

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, closes the face of the bat against the turn and the leading edge goes behind point

15.2

Jadeja to Watson, 1 leg bye, Watson leans forward and across and nudges the ball off the pads behind square leg

15.3

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, has Watson been run out backing up too far? Jadeja appeals after Maxwell’s fierce drive rebounds off the stumps at the bowler’s end towards long on. Jadeja did not get a hand on it

15.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 wide, bowled down leg side again to concede another wide, Watson misses the slog sweep

15.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards short third man

15.5

Jadeja to Maxwell, FOUR, that’s Maxwell’s first boundary! Gets down on one knee and lofts the ball with the angle into him from around the wicket, slog sweeping to the long leg boundary

15.6

Jadeja to Maxwell, SIX, he’s smashed it! Maxwell unfurls the reverse pull, blitzing the full toss far over the cover boundary. Might have been the switch. Will have to see replays. It was the switch-hit.

End of over 16 (15 runs) Australia 129/4 (RR: 8.06)

    • GJ Maxwell 31 (26b 1×4 1×6)
    • SR Watson 7 (6b 1×4)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-20-0
    • HH Pandya 3-0-21-1
16.1

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, a full ball as Bumrah returns from over the wicket, Watson drives to long on on the front foot

16.2

Bumrah to Maxwell, no run, Maxwell tries to switch hit behind point this time but is beaten by Bumrah’s slower ball

16.3

Bumrah to Maxwell, OUT, bowled him with the slower ball! Maxwell heaved across the line so, so early that he was almost through the shot before the ball arrived. He had backed away towards leg to make a bit of room too. Bumrah clipped the top of off stump.

GJ Maxwell b Bumrah 31 (28b 1×4 1×6) SR: 110.71

16.4

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, in the blockhole now, dug out towards mid-on for a single

16.5

Bumrah to Watson, no run, slower ball outside off, Watson steers to backward point and wants one, Faulkner says no

16.6

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, nearly in the blockhole now, a very low full toss, Watson backs away to leg and drives to long off

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 132/5 (RR: 7.76)

    • SR Watson 9 (9b 1×4)
    • JP Faulkner 1 (1b)
    • JJ Bumrah 3-0-23-1
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-20-0

Avnish: “Can’t believe Bumrah went for 17 runs in his first over! What a comeback! Shows great spirit and fighting strength this young man!”

Nehra’s back …

17.1

Nehra to Watson, 1 run, a good length ball angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, Watson stays back and steers to point for a single

Shashi: “Bumrah is a far better bowler in the death overs. Dhoni should not use him to open the bowling. Proven time & again in this tournament.”

17.2

Nehra to Faulkner, 1 run, a skiddy good length delivery on the pads, Faulkner stays in his crease and pushes through midwicket

17.3

Nehra to Watson, 1 run, driven firmly to long off, a low full toss, Kohli races to the ball and unleashes a rocket throw to prevent the second

17.4

Nehra to Faulkner, no run, a slower ball on a good length on leg and middle stump, Faulkner defends with a straight bat to the bowler

17.5

Nehra to Faulkner, no run, Faulkner moves torwards the off to play the scoop over short fine leg, but Nehra is wise to it and bowls a full and wide ball outside off, beating the bat

17.6

Nehra to Faulkner, 1 run, in the blockhole to complete a top over for India! Faulkner can only dig it out on the off side for a single

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 136/5 (RR: 7.55)

    • JP Faulkner 3 (5b)
    • SR Watson 11 (11b 1×4)
    • A Nehra 4-0-20-1
    • JJ Bumrah 3-0-23-1

Rishav: “Looks like pandya have to bowl 20th over again unless dhoni believes in ashwin or jadeja to bowl that.”

rhys: “Bumrah for the 20th over. Pandya for the 19th? I would have thought Dhoni would let Nehra bowl the 19th”

Bumrah to bowl …

18.1

Bumrah to Faulkner, FOUR, short of a length outside off and Faulkner gets it away, riding the bounce and steering behind point into the empty space on the third man boundary

18.2

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, spears in the yorker from over the wicket, Faulkner leans forward and digs it out between midwicket and mid-on

18.3

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, a full toss and Watson mis-times the pull off the front foot, 138 kph that was, the ball fell well short of deep midwicket

18.4

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, a low full toss and Faulkner chips it over the bowlers head, long-on runs to his left to field

18.5

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, Watson clears his front foot and hacks across the line at a good length ball, mis-times it through midwicket

18.6

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, another low full toss, Watson stays low too and drives hard but the shot is intercepted by a diving Rohit at cover! Superb effort

End of over 19 (9 runs) Australia 145/5 (RR: 7.63)

    • JP Faulkner 10 (9b 1×4)
    • SR Watson 13 (13b 1×4)
    • JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-1
    • A Nehra 4-0-20-1

ahmed: “I really do not understand people who say Bumrah shouldnt open bowling! He is a special talent, really? Special talent of bowling yorkers? Come on guys, let him be versatile enough!”

Ganesh : “That’s really an incredible spell by old horse Nehraji under the circumstances!”

Vips: “Surprisingly not even one good comment about Nehra’s bowling. He was awesome today, breaking that dangerous partnership and being economical during the power play. He for me was the pick of the bowlers today.”

Pandya to bowl the final over, again.

19.1

Pandya to Faulkner, OUT, caught at long on! It’s a good length ball that does not come on to the bat, Faulkner makes room and slogs, but mis-times the ball straight to Kohli in the deep. Will Australia get to 150?

JP Faulkner c Kohli b Pandya 10 (10b 1×4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Allen: “Pandya our last over specialist”

Shawn: “This looks like a huge ground. The key in India’s chase will be the rotation of strike and convert 1’s into 2’s. ”

19.2

Pandya to Watson, no run, Watson backs away towards leg and slashes at a short of a length ball wide outside off, he can’t connect. Two dot balls to start the final over

19.3

Pandya to Watson, FOUR, a streaky four! Watson makes room again and then lunges at a full ball outside off, he gets a thick outside edge that goes wide of Dhoni to the third man boundary

19.4

Pandya to Watson, 1 run, a low full toss, Watson drills it to long off to take Australia to 150

19.5

Pandya to Nevill, FOUR, what a shot to execute first ball! Nevill moves back in his crease and towards the off side to scoop a length ball over short fine leg for four

Ger Siggins: “There’s never been fewer than two Asian sides in the semi-finals of a wt20; extraordinarily for an event in India, this year there could be none.” Or one, Ger! It might be a dogfight of a chase.

19.6

Pandya to Nevill, SIX

End of over 20 (15 runs) Australia 160/6

    • PM Nevill 10 (2b 1×4 1×6)
    • SR Watson 18 (16b 2×4)
    • HH Pandya 4-0-36-2
    • JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-1
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

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