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

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

Bumrah to Faheem Ashraf, OUT, holes out to deep midwicket. He starts the new spell with the slower ball, pitches it on length well outside off and Faheem bends down to go for a bit shot and all he manages is a skier. Easy catch for Dhawan in the deep

Faheem Ashraf c Dhawan b Bumrah 21 (44b 2x4 0x6) SR: 47.72

Bumrah around the wicket

DKS: "I believe India know that there are wickets to be taken after 7 down . They forgot in England and costed us test series !!"

Kuldeep Yadav to Faheem Ashraf, 4 leg byes, gone through everyone! Overpitched on middle, and it's almost a yorker. The batsman brings his bat down and misses. The ball turns away after pitching, and MSD is flummoxed as well
Chahal to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR runs, crunched inside out over cover! Full on off, and he opens his bat's face to lift a drive over the infield for four. Confident shot, no half measures
Chahal to Mohammad Amir, 2 runs, full on leg, and that's been slog swept towards the leg side. It's taken the top edge, and Dhawan is running in from deep midwicket. It's a race to the ball, but it drops just short of him
Chahal to Faheem Ashraf, no run, caught and bowled? Oh no, dropped! Enticing flighted delivery on off, and Faheem can't resist the temptation. Drives this uppishly towards the non-striker and Chahal flung himself to his right to take the catch. Goes down
Chahal to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, full outside off, and that's been slogged across the line. Mistimed, though, and the ball goes straight to long on for a catch. it won't be considered for the catch ofcourse

Free hit.

Chahal to Faheem Ashraf, (no ball) 1 run, tossed up on middle stump. Spins into the left-hander thereafter, but Faheem keeps his eyes on the ball and drives straight past the non-striker for one. Overstepped though
Bumrah to Mohammad Amir, FOUR runs, edged between the keeper and wide first slip! Dhawan tried to dive and take the catch, but he was just too wide. Full outside off, and the drive takes the outside edge through the cordon for four

Faraz: "Reminiscing about Amir's 73 against New Zealand in the UAE about 10 odd years ago "

India 2nd innings Partnerships

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