Player of the Match
Player of the Match

6.38pm Less than 24 hours after it looked like India could not defend a strong total against Hong Kong, they have bowled Pakistan out for 162. A clinical performance from the bowlers: Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar stifled the top order in a way, the middle order and lower order could not recover from. At one point it looked like Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik would consolidate enough with fifties, but both of them fell short of the milestone and the rest crumbled against the spinners. India did drop a few chances, and they will hope they won't cost them much.

Much like their Asia Cup match in 2016 (the T20 version), India have stifled and restricted Pakistan to a below-par total. Pakistan were all out for 83 that day, giving India an asking rate of 4.20. And soon India were 8 for 3 before Virat Kohli rescued them. Today, the required rate is even lower and they don't have Kohli. Will India's middle order fare better than Pakistan's if they're in trouble? And what if Pakistan hold on to all their chances, unlike India? Let's answer all those in the chase in a bit.

Usman Ali: "No one was expecting such a poor batting display from Pakistan team. Poor shot selection all around. Disappointing."

Fahad: "Come one Aamir one more time Spell some magic"

Chitransh Goura: "The turning point for India is the run out of Shoib Malik, I think"

ABAE: "Prof. Hafeez may have been handy today, unfortunate that he's not in the side"

A candid Kedar Jadhav with Ramiz Raja: I've already taken my role seriously, that's why I bowled consistently. Actually, my role is to contain the batsmen and not give too many runs and bowl as many dots as I can. If I get wickets in the process, that's fine. I don't have too many variations and I try to read the batsmen's mind. (On getting his action any lower): No, I've tried in practice but it's no allowed I guess. I don't get much sideways turn, so I stick to wicket-to-wicket line. Not making the ball bounce is my strength. There's not much pace on the ball so batsmen have to use bat speed because I don't give much speed. The ball might turn a bit once it's old after 20-30 overs.

Bumrah to Usman Shinwari, OUT, right in the block hole, gets the base of off stump and the show's over! Quick and low, accurate stuff from Bumrah and Usman's bat comes down a bit too late

Usman Shinwari b Bumrah 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

43 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 162/9 | RR: 3.76

  • Mohammad Amir18 (26b)
  • Usman Shinwari0 (0b)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar7-1-15-3
  • Jasprit Bumrah7-2-23-1
Kumar to Mohammad Amir, no run, bangs in the bouncer and Amir ducks under the last ball too

Rohit goes across to Bhuvneshwar for a chat before the last ball

Kumar to Mohammad Amir, no run, he targets the stumps with the angle, Amir opens up a bit and defends it just in time
Kumar to Mohammad Amir, no run, short ball and he lets it go to the keeper by ducking under it

kanthimathinath: "is it pitch is very slow? will India able to overcome this score." I can only answer the first question and it's a yes

Kumar to Mohammad Amir, 2 runs, goes a bit short of length outside off and Amir steers it square for one

Around the wicket to the left-hander now

Kumar to Mohammad Amir, no run, goes for a big swing on the off side for the length ball and he finds cover
Kumar to Hasan Ali, OUT, that looked like a handsome lofted drive down the ground with a follow through, but Hasan didn't quite middle it to clear mid on and hands an easy catch. An offcutter from Bhuvneshwar, driven down and DK takes a few steps back to get under it

Hasan Ali c Karthik b Kumar 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Eight overs. Two wickets. Bhuvneshwar has four left

42 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 160/8 | RR: 3.80

  • Mohammad Amir16 (21b)
  • Hasan Ali1 (2b)
  • Jasprit Bumrah7-2-23-1
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar6-1-13-2
Bumrah to Mohammad Amir, no run, he opens up and defends it back as Bumrah angles the ball in sharply from around the wicket

CHANDAN: "Bhuvi is an integral part of bowling unit. Khaleel was good yesterday but Bhuvi answered his critics today."

Bumrah to Mohammad Amir, no run, bangs it in short, but it doesn't bounce much. Amir stay back and steers it to point
Bumrah to Hasan Ali, 1 run, on the fourth stump line outside off, carved through to deep cover and he's off the mark

India 2nd innings Partnerships

1st86S DhawanRG Sharma
2nd18AT RayuduS Dhawan
3rd60KD KarthikAT Rayudu