ICC World Twenty20: Virat Kohli anchors India to six-wicket win over Pakistan at Eden Gardens

India vs Pakistan Updates from World T20 match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. India scored yet another victory over the rivals in a World Cup.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 20, 2016 8:44 pm
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Indian women were unlucky to lose to the Pakistan women by D/L method in Delhi. But the men made amends with 6-wicket win at Eden Gardens. Bowling first, India reduced Pakistan to 118 in 18 overs after constant rain delayed the toss. Shoaib Malik top-scored with 26. In response, India started worryingly but like Asia Cup, Yuvraj and Kohli stabilised the chase. Kohli went on to stay unbeaten and carry India to victory with skipper Dhoni getting the winning runs.  (Full Coverage|| Fixtures||Photos) (Kolkata Pictures: Sachin, Ambanis, Bachchans in attendance)

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AS IT HAPPENED:

# And India extend the winning streak over Pakistan.

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# Virat Kohli is the man of the match: “It is a challenging wicket out there. Was disappointed last time I got out at 49. Today I got that situation again and today I had a good partnership with Yuvraj. I think 49 in Dhaka was better. But getting the team out of trouble gives me pleasure. The focus becomes much more on such wickets. I think the score on the board makes me a better chaser. Work and set the tempo based on the runs required and the ability to assess the conditions and the bowlers works.”

# Celebrations in Kolkata

# And Dhoni casually plays it on to the on side for the win. India win by 6 wickets. Kohli unbeaten at 55 from 37 balls and Dhoni not out on 13 from 9.

# SIX! Irfan bowls a slower one and Dhoni reads it to smack it for a six. One needed…

# Effortless. Kohli adds another four to the list and then a single the next ball. 50 from 34 balls. Bows and gestures at Sachin Tendulkar in attendance. Lovely stuff!

# Kohli powering India forward. Fours from two consecutive overs. 20 required from 24 balls.

# Yuvraj pulls but doesn’t pull it properly enough to clear the boundary. Taken by Sami on the boundary. India are 84/4.

# Yep remember the caught and bowls by Nathan McCullum and Ish Sodhi?

# SIX! First six of the Indian innings and off Kohli’s top edge no less.

# India vs Pakistan starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar!

# At the halfway stage, India are 54/3. Need 65 from 54 balls. For India, the idea is to keep the scoreboard ticking and not lose wickets. For Pakistan, getting the wickets is the requirement.

# If there’s someone as versatile in cricket, it is Virat Kohli

# India getting plenty of support

# Looks like it

# Next ball, Suresh Raina departs. Raina reacts slowly as the ball jumps up and swings in. Plays it on and the leg stump is uprooted.

# Both openers back in the hut. Rohit Sharma for 10 and Shikhar Dhawan for 6. India are 23/2.

# Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle. Target is 119.

# That’s that! Pakistan close with 118/5 after their 18 overs.

# Former players unsure of Dhoni’s strategy (or lack of?)

# One over to go and Pakistan are 111/5.

# Haha! Good one!

# GONE! The big wicket! Shoaib skies it and Ashwin is underneath it to take it. Ashish Nehra with the wicket.

# WICKET! Akmal tries to play a late cut but edges it ever so fine and Dhoni is a safe pair of hands behind the stumps. Pakistan are 101/4.

# Another good over for Pakistan and for Shoaib Malik. Two boundaries and 13 runs from it. Pakistan are 95/3 after 15 overs.

# With the amount of spin, it’s a good question.

# Interesting point. What do you guys think is a good score on this track?

# 14th over and Shoaib Malik hits Pandya for a huge six. The first maximum of the innings for Pakistan. A ball later, Umar Akmal hits Pandya for a six. Expensive over for India, 15 runs from it. Pakistan are 82/3 after 14 overs.

# Indian fans know the importance of a Shahid Afridi wicket. WATCH VIDEO

# The debate over the pitch rages on

# BIG WICKET! Afridi departs and Pandya strikes. The Boom Boom magic isn’t repeated at Eden Gardens as third wicket falls. Virat Kohli takes the catch at long-on.

# Big occasions such as the World T20 allow former players to come together and chat about the thing they do best – cricket.

# With how the pitch is helping the spinners, this looks like a bad decision at the moment.

# More pitch analysis.

# WICKET! Shehzad tries to play on the leg side but only finds the point man running back. Pakistan are 46/2.

# He’s not wrong. Lots of spin for the Indian bowlers.

# No one better to praise your fielding than Rhodes!

# MY WORD! FANTASTIC catch by Hardik Pandya to dismiss Sharjeel. Runs forward and dives to take a clean catch but hurts himself in the process. Pakistan are 39/1 after 8 overs.

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# Hah! (It reads: “If I say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, will you let us win?”)

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# Ashwin extracting good turn from the surface. Some sharp turn. Square turners seem to follow India. First Nagpur, now Eden

# Good start by India bowlers. Keeping things tight in the middle

# Last ball of Nehra’s over produces the first four of the inning. Sharjeel plays off the pads and 7 runs come from the over. Pakistan go up to 12/0.

# Ashwin with the second over. Early signs of the ball spinning viciously. Two runs coming from the over and Pakistan are 5/0.

# Good slow start for India with Ashish Nehra. 3 runs from the first.

# Not an empty seat in the house… or garden?

# The regulars…

# National anthems done and we’re ready!

# Obligatory Viru appreciation for Nehra tweet.

# TEAMS: No change for India but Mohammad Sami replaces Imad Wasim.

# TOSS: India win the toss and MS Dhoni opts to bowl first. Dhoni says the rain helped him in taking the decision and also allows the team to assess the pitch. Afridi also preferred to bowl but toss went India’s way. He expects a good batting show like they did against Pakistan.

# The captains MS Dhoni and Shahid Afridi are out for the toss.

# The huddle!

# From our reporter on the ground,

# Expect the toss at 8.10 PM and match to start at 8.30 PM. And match reduced to 18 overs a side.

# One to keep as wallpaper, eh?

# This is bang on!

# Celebration of cricket this. Very cordial and amicable.

# Assuring words by Mamata Banerjee for future possible encounters.

# That’s some stand!

# Felicitation ceremony underway at Eden Gardens with Imran Khan, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. For India, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to be acknowledged for their contribution to Indian cricket.

# Virat Kohli out with the bat. India might need him to work his magic tonight.

# India have started limbering up for the match.

# More scenes from Eden Gardens as we wait for umpires to inspect the outfield and the ground

# West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has arrived at Eden Gardens.

# Now that’s a sight we want to see!

# The real heroes!

# Sachin Tendulkar, Neeta Ambani and Mukesh Ambani will soon be in attendance at Eden Gardens

# Read during the rain: Look back at the time when questions were raised over Eden’s preparedness

# Rain delays things but legends Wasim Akram and Sunil Gavaskar shake hands on the sidelines

# Our reporter from Eden Gardens informs that the outfield wears a dry look. Why? thank the new covers

# Sourav Ganguly in thick of things. Himself monitoring preparations, inspecting the outfield

# Crowd already out in numbers. Thoroughly excited for this game

# Some scenarios to consider

# Rain has STOPPED! Covers coming off at the Eden Gardens

 

# Here’s a quick look at the two dressing rooms

# Amitabh Bachchan in the house, Sourav Ganguly wears a worried look

# And it returns in Kolkata too. It’s all happening! India vs Pakistan matches hit by rain…

# Meanwhile, it’s raining in Delhi. Covers on at Kotla. Pakistan women’s team ahead of India by 2 runs on D/L

# Rain has finally stopped in Kolkata. Fans, teams would hope it doesn’t return

# Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan arrives for the Big Game

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# Rain returns at the Eden. Meanwhile, legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan reaches the stadium

# Rain loses steam, can Eden Gardens do a Mirpur? Big test awaits the groundstaff

# Sun is out. Some good news coming from Kolkata

# Rain, more rain, thunder, more thunder and thunder claps

# The fans have started to arrive at the Eden Gardens. Rain, no rain! They want to see the two teams in action

# Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team has left  for the stadium

# Still high spirits at dark, gloomy, rainy Eden

# Why India must win? Here’s what kids have to say

# And the rain arrives, along with some thunderclaps

# It’s getting dark, very dark in Kolkata

# Not good news. Eden Gardens completely covered

# And, it gets dark now. Stay tuned as our reporter from Kolkata brings up all the updates ahead of the epic clash

# It’s getting murkier in Kolkata. Still no rain, but some chances

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# Meanwhile, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan are off to Kolkata for India vs Pakistan

# Powerplay score of India – 7/2

# Shane Watson surely knows where he is heading

# WICKET! Smriti is adjudged LBW. This is a great start by Pakistan

# WICKET! Vanitha has hit it straight to mid-wicket and lose their first wicket in New Delhi

# The good lucks wishes begin

# Toss – Pakistan win toss and elect to bowl against India

# Warm-up has begun

# The women have arrived at the Kotla stadium

# In New Delhi, India women’s team play Pakistan. Stay tuned for the latest on it

# Dharamsala this morning

# Skies clearing up in Kolkata

# ICC all geared up for the India vs Pakistan

# School kids in UP praying

# That’s Mohammed Shami’s parents all the way from Amroha

# Good news as sun appears in Kolkata – if only just.

# Nature doesn’t care much about high octane clashes. Rain hits Kolkata right in the morning to create a mucky atmosphere. We certainly hope it subsides. Right?

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# If that wasn’t enough to showcase nature’s level of humour – it snowed last night in Dharamsala. Good thing the match shifted, eh?

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