India win by five wickets in Mirpur

India beat Pakistan by five wickets in the Asia Cup 2016 contest in Mirpur on Saturday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 28, 2016 12:52 am
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After three matches in a row at the Asia Cup with the team batting first getting the win, India break the streak. MS Dhoni’s team beat bitter rivals Pakistan by five wickets with 27 balls to spare. Virat Kohli with a crucial 49-run knock to make sure India were the winners in the end after Mohammad Amir’s beautiful start. India had earlier bowled Pakistan out for 83 with Hardik Pandya picking up three wickets.

Here’s how the action unfolded….

# Celebrations after the win:

# Match of individuals

# FOUR! Dhoni seals the victory with a boundary. India win by five wickets and 27 balls to spare.

# Got to sting!

# CAUGHT! Two balls later Pandya departs. Mohammad Hafeez takes it in the slips after a little juggle. India are 76/5.

# OUT! Virat Kohli goes. And not without expressing his displeasure to the umpire. Mohammad Sami traps Kohli lbw at 49. Replay shows inside edge on to the bat. India are 76/4.

# Pakistan team at the innings break…

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# Kohli and Yuvraj playing sensibly and India need less than 20 runs now.

# That’s a bold statement! Agree?

# Giving support to the ‘batsman’ at the other end. That’s sensible cricket, yes?

# Mohammad Amir with a splendid spell of bowling.

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# Trust in Kohli!

10 over recap:

Very good batting by both Kohli and Yuvraj. Kohli pushing with the runs at run-a-ball rate while Yuvraj holding fort at the other end. Scoring 15 runs in the ninth over and Wahab Riaz’s first. India at a much more relaxed 53/3 after 10 overs.

# Glorious drives by Virat Kohli to Wahab Riaz who has just come on to bowl. Yuvraj joins the act with boundary too. Fifteen runs conceded by him in the very first over.

# India would breathe a sigh of relief as Amir brings to an end what was a sensational spell of bowling. Stand and applaud! 4-0-18-3.

# Umpire getting hit *there* is not funny. No, no, it’s not.

# We sure hope that this happened more often.

# 5 over recap:

A horrible start for India as Mohammad Amir keeps Indian batsmen on their toes – literally. Getting great bounce and movement, India were reduced to 2/2 after just the first over. Both Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane going for nothing. Later Raina removed too. After 5 overs, India are 20/3.

# Lesson learned!

# Celebrate too early?

# Let’s be honest this is true.

# Tough being an umpire right now..

# OUT! Suresh Raina gives a leading edge and Amir strikes once again. Collapse! India are 8/3.

# Can’t get more interesting but some ideas. How do you guys think this heated match could be made even more explosive?

# What a start by Mohammad Amir

# OUT! Ajinkya Rahane, playing for injured Shikhar Dhawan, is out for zero. India are 2/2.

# We’re off with the chase! And it is some start. Huge appeal on the first ball by Mohammad Amir but umpire shakes his head. On the second ball though he’s gone. Atrocious start for India. 0/1. OUT!

# WOWZA!

# Perfectly summing up Pakistan’s inning:

# Hah!

# A record Pakistan wouldn’t have wanted..

# INNINGS RECAP: A dismal showing by Pakistan’s batting. Sarfaraz (25) the only one with runs. Hardik Pandya finishes with 3.3-0-8-3. Ravindra Jadeja with two wickets. Credit to Jasprit Bumrah who takes one wicket but two maiden overs.

# ALL OUT! Mohammad Amir is bowled. Pakistan are all out for 83.

# OUT! Suresh Raina takes the catch in the deep as Mohammad Sami departs. Pandya picks his second wicket. Pakistan are 83/9.

# Bumrah after dismissing Sharjeel earlier as Pakistan get nine quick runs.

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# WICKET! BOWLED! Sir Jadeja clean bowls Sarfaraz who makes a respectable 25 from 24 balls. Pakistan are 70/8.

# The legend! Rise, Sir Jadeja!

# And Pakistan fans are going…

# Pretty much.

# 12 overs gone, Pakistan are 56/7 and Ashwin comes in to bowl. Last player Pakistan would want to face at this juncture.

# Which one is it?

# OUT! Wahab Riaz returns to the pavillion now and Pakistan are 52/7.

# 10 over recap

Two wickets down after five overs and six down after 10. Pakistan are in complete mess now. Taking irresponsible runs and playing poor shots. 47/6 after 10 overs.

# Question is, will he?

# Our security forces watching the game too. They’d be elated for sure!

# Deserved praise for Jadeja

# RUN OUT! That’s Afridi walking back now. Great throw from the deep by Jadeja and Dhoni removes the stumps. Pakistan are now 42/6.

# OUT! Umar Akmal goes for 3 and Pakistan are in utter mess at 35/5.

# OUT! Shoaib Malik departs. Huge wicket. Outside edge and Pandya picks up a wicket. Pakistan are 35/4.

# Winning the toss is luck. Capitalising on it is work.

# RUN OUT! Manzoor goes as Kohli hits the stumps directly. Pakistan are 32/3.

# India fans at the moment..

# Varun Dhawan has a message you moms!

# Hah! Jadeja you beauty!

# OUT! Bumrah strikes! Sharjeel Khan goes and Pakistan are 22/2.

# Sehwag on fire on Twitter too!

# First blood and first reactions!

# More people having TV sharing issues. C’mon moms everywhere, it is India vs Pakistan!

# Sehwag saying all the right things!

# Badiya hain Nehra Ji!

OUT! Mohammad Hafeez goes! Nehra picks up the first wicket and Pakistan are 4/1.

# Ashish Nehra to open. And we begin!

# Remember the quickies v batsmen battles of the past? Miss that!

# Hoping it is not serious. Either way, Rahane is good back up.

# Across the border, things getting underway too..

# Things about to get underway..

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# India U19 team member Ricky Bhui chimes in.

# Khurram Manzoor making his T20 debut.

# More on Shikhar’s injury..

# The lineups:

# Just us who miss Viru for this match?

# BCCI providing a look at the important pitch.

# Picking sides will be tough for some!

# CHANGE: India bring in Ajinkya Rahane for Shikhar Dhawan.

# TOSS: MS Dhoni wins toss and to bowl first. So far, all teams that have won the toss at this Asia Cup have bowled.

# Dean Jones with the pitch: Spinners to be effective on this pitch. Says the captain that wins the toss will bowl first.

# Team India huddle

# This is spot on.

# Players warming up in Dhaka. We are as well, only our fingers though.

# Less than an hour left. Thoughts on what the toss winner should do?

# Dhoni rested in practice yesterday but today, he’s out on the field practicing. Playing football, as they do. So no problems it seems!

# This is starting to become a pattern now

# Looks like this is how things will be across the two countries, not just in colleges.

# Elvis has left the building.. We mean, India have left their team hotel.

# Laxman feels India would win this one, what are your thoughts?

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# Another India-Pakistan spectacle in the offing…Read the Express Preview of the game

# Our reporter suggests there’s already a long queue outside the stadium. Packed house on the cards

# Decided about India? Pick Pakistan’s gamechangers now…Here’s our pick, WATCH! (App users click here)

# Who do you think could be the game changers for India? Here’s our pick, WATCH! (App users click here)

# The moment? your moment? the fan moment? Gambhir’s 75 or Kohli’s 183?

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# Remember? The 2003 World Cup contest? Sachin’s 98? or Shahid Afridi hitting consecutive sixes off Ashwin? Relive the contests here

# Former cricketers share their thoughts

# Prayers being offered

# Across the border, out of favour Shahzad ready for the spectacle too.

Battle of the old guards: MS Dhoni vs Shahid Afridi

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MS Dhoni and Shahid Afridi are treading the final phase of their careers, but they still have retained their charm. And they will be up against each other in a new setting of an Asia Cup T20.

Focus now on the game verus Pakistan: Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma feels the Indian team will focus on their core strength, which is batting rather than think about Pakistan’s four-pronged pace attack.

Happy to see Mohammad Amir return, says Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli lauded Mohammad Amir for his courage after he made a successful return to international cricket.

Statistical look ahead to the encounter

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When money talks, PSL and IPL are leagues apart

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Indian Premier League (IPL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL) are money churners but the quantification of both is miles apart.

India are capable of handling Pakistan’s pace attack: Sunil Gavaskar

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India’s Asia Cup contest against Pakistan will set the tone for their clash in the World T20 opener, feels Sunil Gavaskar.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s precision will be key in the game

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Turning tracks in India or on flat decks in Australia, R Ashwin has honed his skills to become MS Dhoni’s go-to man.

It is critical that Yuvraj Singh gets plenty of time in the middle, says Harsha Bhogle

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It is critical too that Yuvraj Singh gets lots of time in the middle because he instils fear in the opposition too. And he showed glimpses of that in the win over Bangladesh.

VIDEO: What to expect from the game

The focus is clearly on the India-Pakistan game and we try to sum up what one can expect from the game.

India started their Asia Cup campaign with a 45-run win

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On a lively wicket with grass covering Rohit Sharma and medium-pacers fashion India’s 45-run win over Bangladesh.

WATCH: India’s game changers

PREVIEW: Pakistan have much to prove

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Two-time Asia Cup champions Pakistan have a squad tipped on the younger side.

WATCH: Pakistan’s game changers

WATCH: Five things to look forward to at the Asia Cup