India Squad: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk)/Parthiv Patel, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra
Pakistan Squad: 1 Sharjeel Khan, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Umar Akmal, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Imad Wasim, 6 Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi (capt), 8 Anwar Ali/Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Mohammad Irfan.
22:10 hrs IST:Shahid Afridi: “We didn’t read the pitch well. We will need to learn not to lose early wickets. Our boys didn’t read the situation well. This wasn’t a 160-run pitch. Pakistan are capable of a comeback.”
22:05 hrs IST:Yuvraj Singh: “When you are three down in first 3 overs, you need patience to comeback and I stuck it out there. Massive win for India. Bowlers did a very good job restricting Pakistan to 83.”
21:56 hrs IST:Four!! Dhoni smashes that through point to wrap up the win for India. India beat Pakistan by 5 wickets.
21:55 hrs IST: Yuvraj with a single down to fine leg. India need 4 off 30 balls.
21:53 hrs IST: Dhoni pushes it through the covers for 3 runs. Just 5 needed now!
21:51 hrs IST:Out!! Pandya caught at first slip. Sami gets another one. It was a wide delivery and Pandya poked at it and got the edge. Hafeez, though, almost dropped it but held on to the catch after a couple of attempts.
21:50 hrs IST: Kohli just couldn’t believe it but walked away with a smile. India need just 8 more runs.
21:48 hrs IST:Out!! Kohli falls one short of a 50. LBW to Sami. But that was a big inside edge. Unlucky for Kohli.Another poor umpiring decision.
21:45 hrs IST:Four!! Kohli drives beautifully through the cover. What a class innings this has been.
21:42 hrs IST: Yuvraj again fails to cash in. Just a single! India are 69-3 after 13 overs.
21:41 hrs IST: Another no ball and free hit for Yuvraj.
21:40 hrs IST: Kohli pushes a short delivery on the legs for an easy double.
21:37 hrs IST: India need 21 runs more from 48 balls.
21:35 hrs IST:Four!! Sami full on the leg and Kohli works it away from his pads to the midwicket boundary.
21:32 hrs IST: Single off the last ball takes the partnership between Kohli and Yuvraj to 50. Match-saving partnership this. India are 58-3 after 11 overs.
21:31 hrs IST: 148, 151, 148 and 149 kmph. Wahab Riaz is bowling at some speed here!
21:29 hrs IST: Full toss and Yuvraj hits it straight to the cover fielder. Opportunity missed for India.
21:28 hrs IST: No ball from Riaz!! Free hit with Yuvraj on strike
21:27 hrs IST: Three runs of the Sami over. India are slowly but surely moving to the target. India are 53-3 after 10 overs.
21:24 hrs IST: Kohli and Yuvraj have weathered well and are starting to open up now. The partnership is 44 off 42 balls now.
21:21 hrs IST:Four!! Yuvraj joins the part with a flick of his pads for the third boundary of the over. 15 runs off the Wahab Riaz over. India are 50-3 after 9 overs.
21:18 hrs IST:Four!! Kohli smashes Wahab Riaz through covers.
21:16 hrs IST:Four!! Kohli with a beautiful nudge to third man for another boundary. What a touch from India’s star batsman.
21:12 hrs IST: What a relief for Indian fans. Amir has bowled and ends with figures of three for 18. India are 29-3 after 7 overs.
21:11 hrs IST:Another four!! Kohli drives Amir through covers for the consecutive boundaries.
21:10 hrs IST:Four!! Kohli uses his wrists to get a boundary off Amir at square leg.
21:06 hrs IST: Yuvraj is all at sea against Irfan.
21:03 hrs IST: Amir is working up quite a pace here. His last ball to Kohli was at 147kmph. India are 20-3 after 5 overs.
21:00 hrs IST: A small break in the proceedings. An injured umpire on the field. Umar Akmal fires a throw from point and smacks umpire bang on the knee.
20:58 hrs IST: Four!! Amir digs it in short to Kohli but it’s way over the head of the Indian as well as the Pakistani keeper. Umpire gives it a wide. Much-needed runs for India.
20:56 hrs IST: Irfan’s bouncer kicks off the pitch with the ball passing Yuvraj’s face. India must think they are batting in England and not Bangladesh. India are 13-3 after 4 overs.
20:54 hrs IST:Four!! Yuvraj caresses that through the covers for India’s first boundary. Mohammad Irfan is greeted with a majestic shot from Yuvraj.
20:53 hrs IST: Another successful over for Amir and Pakistan. India are 9-3 after 3 overs.
20:50 hrs IST:Out!! Raina is out for 1. Amir gets his third wicket. Raina tries to clip a full delivery on leg but manages to only get a leading edge and gives a simple catch to Wahab Riaz at mid-on.
20:49 hrs IST: Big shout for LBW from Amir. Hit Kohli in line but umpire deemed it as going a little high.
20:46 hrs IST: Final ball is wide and short. Kohli thought about going for it but left it alone. India are 6-2 after 2 overs.
20:44 hrs IST: Sami strays on the leg and Kohli clips him to square leg for a double. All upto Kohli now!
20:43 hrs IST: Mohammad Sami into the attack.
20:41 hrs IST: What a start from Mohammad Amir. Two wickets in his first over. India are 2-2 after 1 over.
20:39 hrs IST:Out!! Rahane is LBW for 0. Amir again the man for Pakistan.
20:38 hrs IST: What a setback for India.
20:36 hrs IST:Out!! Rohit is LBW for 0 in the second ball. Amir strikes for Pakistan.
20:34 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir to start the proceedings.
20:20 hrs IST: What a performance by the Indian bowlers. Pandya has three, Jadeja two while Nehra, Bumrah and Yuvraj chip in with one each. India need just 84 to register another victory over Pakistan. Join us for the chase in a shortwhile.
20:16 hrs IST:Out!! Mohammad Amir is clean bowled. Pandya gets his third wicket. Pakistan have been bowled out for 83.
20:14 hrs IST:Out!! Pandya returns to remove Sami, who is caught at deep square leg for 8.
20:11 hrs IST: 12 runs came off that Ashwin over. Pakistan are 83-8 after 17 overs.
20:10 hrs IST:Four!! And that is a wide ball. Poor stuff from Ashwin. It was way down the leg side and no chance for Dhoni.
20:09 hrs IST:Four!! Mohammad Sami slog sweeps for a boundary at square leg.
20:06 hrs IST:Out!! Jadeja clean bowls dangerman Sarfraz, who walks back to the pavilion on 25 off 24 balls. The ball skidded straight with Sarfraz looking to guide the ball to third man. He completely missed and the ball cannoned into middle stump.
20:04 hrs IST: Single off the final ball. Pakistan finally getting some runs in the kitty. Pakistan are 70-7 after 15 overs.
20:03 hrs IST:Four!! Safraz comes down the track and smashes Ashwin to the deep mid-wicket boundary. In the circumstances this is a gem of an innings from Sarfraz!
20:01 hrs IST:Four!! Sarfraz with a delicate touch and get a boundary off Jadeja at third man.
20:00 hrs IST: Just two runs from Ashwin’s first over. Pakistan are 58-7 after 13 overs.
19:58 hrs IST: Ashwin is also into the attack.
19:57 hrs IST: Another successful over for Dhoni’s men. Five runs from Jadeja’s first over a wicket. Pakistan are 56-7 after 12 overs.
19:54 hrs IST:Out!! Wahab Riaz is LBW for 4. Jadeja strikes with his fourth ball. Pakistan are 52-7 after 11.4 overs.
19:53 hrs IST: Jadeja is finally into the attack!
19:52 hrs IST: Sarfraz, who is on 10, Khurram Manzoor (10) are the only batsmen to get into double figures.
19:51 hrs IST: Imagine India’s premier bowler Ashwin hasn’t bowled a single ball yet. Jadeja too is yet bowl.
19:49 hrs IST: Wahab Riaz slogs sweep Yuvraj for a single to end the over. Pakistan are 47-6 after 10 overs.
19:47 hrs IST: Shambolic running from Pakistan. There could have been another run out. The Pakistanis are in utter disarray. Yuvraj doing a brilliant job with the ball.
19:40 hrs IST:Out!! Afridi is run out for 2. There was never a double there. Jadeja rocketed in his throw from square leg and Dhoni removed the bails in a flash with. Afridi even with his dive wasn’t even close. Pakistan are in all kinds of trouble!
19:39 hrs IST:Four!! Sarfraz Khan cuts the ball past backward point.
19:37 hrs IST:Out!! Yuvraj joins the party. Umar Akmal LBW for 3 and is caught plumb in front of the wicket. Disastrous stuff from Pakistan. Pakistan are 35-5 in 7.1 overs.
19:35 hrs IST:Out!! Malik is caught behind for 4. Pandya gets the ball to move a bit and the Pakistani batsman edges it for another simple catch for Dhoni.
19:33 hrs IST: Pandya into the attack.
19:29 hrs IST:Run out!! Manzoor is left stranded in the middle of the pitch and Kohli hits the bulls eye. Third wicket for India. Pakistan are 32-3 after 6 overs.
19:27 hrs IST: Big LBW shout. That jagged back into Malik and caught him square. But the umpire once again shook his head. Another close call for Pakistan.
19:26 hrs IST:Four!! Bumrah goes down the leg and boundary for Pakistan of Malik’s leg.
19:25 hrs IST: Just two runs from the Nehra over and there should have been a wicket too. Pakistan are 28-2 after 5 overs.
19:23 hrs IST: Big shout from Nehra for a caught behind. But the umpire said no. The replays show that Manzoor, who went for a paddle sweep, got a glove to that. Unfortunate for Team India.
19:20 hrs IST:Four!! Shoaib Malik thrashes Bumrah through the covers for his first boundary. Things are happening thick and fast at Mirpur.
19:17 hrs IST:Out!! Bumrah strikes for India and dismisses Sharjeel for 7. That ball was short and Sharjeel went for the cut. The edge went straight to Rahane at wide first slip.
19:16 hrs IST:Four!! Sharjeel hoicks that through mid-wicket for his first boundary. That wasn’t so short from Bumrah but it got the treatment.
19:15 hrs IST: Dot ball to end the over. Pakistan are 18-1 after 3 overs.
19:13 hrs IST: Nehra with a wide delivery. Inconsistent bowling from the experienced pacer.
19:11 hrs IST: Manzoor caresses that through the covers but brilliant fielding from Jadeja stopped the boundary. Pakistan add three more runs.
19:10 hrs IST:Four!! Cracking shot from Manzoor. It was short and he smashed that to the square leg boundary.
19:08 hrs IST: Bumrah starts off with a maiden. Great bowling from the youngster. He got the ball to move around and bounce prodigiously.
19:05 hrs IST: Big shout for LBW from Bumrah but that seemed a bit high. The ball jagged back into Manzoor and hit him on the thigh.
19:04 hrs IST: Single off the final ball as Khurram gets off the mark with a dab down to third man. Pakistan 5-1 after 1 over.
19:02 hrs IST:Out!! Nehra gets Hafeez for 4. Short delivery climbed up on the Pakistani batsman, who edged it to Dhoni for India’s first wicket.
19:01 hrs IST:Four!! Hafeez crunches that on the front foot past point for Pakistan’s first boundary.
19:00 hrs IST: Nehra starts off with a dot ball.
18:58 hrs IST: Pakistani openers Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez are out. All set to begin!
18:37 hrs IST: Captain Shahid Afridi says Pakistan would have batted first even if they had won the toss while when Dhoni was asked about his back is holding up, he said “”Well I’m surviving.” Typical MSD!
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18:30 hrs IST: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and India will bowl first against Pakistan. Big news coming in. Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out with a niggle. Ajinkya Rahane replaces him.
18:29 hrs IST: Toss time!!
18:10 hrs IST: Welcome to the match between India and Pakistan. We are 50 minutes from the start of the match but the toss will happen soon. It will be a crucial toss for both teams. Here is a first look at the pitch which will be used for the humdinger.