Indian bowlers were off to a dominating start against Pakistan openers. Despite the pitch being likely to support spinners, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah didn’t let Fakhar Zaman or Azhar Ali free their hands in the first couple of overs. With just seven runs in three overs, Pakistan batsmen were looking to pick up pace.
The Indians, on the other hand, were looking for that opportunity where Pakistan batsmen make some mistake while looking for runs. In the third over, Bumrah got an outside edge of Fakhar, who was going for a big one but could only find MS Dhoni behind the stumps.
A fine edge sends Zaman walking, only to return moments later thanks to Bumrah overstepping!
— ICC (@ICC) 18 June 2017
Fakhar was on his way back before umpire Marais Erasmus asked him to stay as he asked the TV umpire if Bumrah had overstepped. Replays showed that the right-arm pacer had overstepped by an inch. Fakhar Zaman had an early lifeline.
The two openers exploited that little piece of luck to full as they scored runs against the likes of Bumrah and R Ashwin. They managed to replicate their previous partnerships and brought their 100-run partnership in the 18th over.
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