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India VS Pakistan, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 19 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

India beat Pakistan by 6 runs
02
nd Innings Pakistan
Right then, end of a fabulous Sunday in the ICC 2024 Men's T20 World Cup as India pull off another classic win against arch-rivals Pakistan in New York and Scotland aboslutely dismantle Oman across the Atlantic in Antigua. That is all from the weekend but it is a new week next up and it begins with a bang as South Africa take on Bangaldesh at this very venue on Monday, 10 June at 8 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT). You can join us much sooner for the build-up as usual but until then, take care and goodbye!
The captain of India, Rohit Sharma says that they did not bat well enough and fell 15-20 runs short. Adds that they needed to string partnerships which they did not. Tells that they were aiming for 140 but he is happy that the bowlers came in and did the job. Feels that there was enough in the pitch for the bowlers and it is a good one as compared to the other games. Adds that everyone showed up with the ball. Lauds Jasprit Bumrah for his effort and says that he is a genius with the ball. States the crowd was superb and they did not disappoint. Ends by saying that there is still a long way to go in the tournament and it is important to stay focused.
Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan says that they bowled well after the first 10 overs and would have taken 120 at the start. Adds that with the bat they started well but lost wickets and took a few too many balls to get going. Mentions that the plan was to plan simple cricket, pick up a boundary and get 5-6 runs but they played a few too many dot balls and the pressure got on the tailenders. Reckons that they weren't up to the mark in the Powerplay and made the same mistakes after 10 overs and says that the pitch was a bit slow and much better in general. Ends by saying that they will reflect on these two games and are looking forward to the next two games.
Jasprit Bumrah is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his game-changing spell. He says that it feels really good to get the win. Adds that they were little under par and that the wicket got better to bat under the sun. Shares that the key was to keep things simple and tried to focus on the execution. Further says that the ball was coming out of his hand nicely. When asked about the crowd support, he replies that it felt like they were playing in India and the fans supporting them gave them energy on the field. Says that going ahead, it will be important to focus on the present and will try to get as much confidence as they can.
The Presentation ceremony…
Earlier in the game, we had a delayed start due to rain and Babar Azam put India into bat. Pakistan started off well and got rid of Virat Kohli before sending back Rohit Sharma as well. Axar Patel and Rishabh Pant played attacking shots and got a few streaky boundaries away as well. Pant in particular was pretty lucky but did get crucial runs. There was a big collpase though in the latter part of the innings as the middle order crumbled and India sluggisghly made their way to 119. The Pakistani pacers were on it in this game as they generally are but it was Mohammad Amir and Naseem Shah who bowled really well. Shaheen Afridi got a wicket and Haris Rauf did the damage at the back end but it was Amir and Naseem who certainly stood out.
Pakistan in general love chaos and a lot of time chaos loves them back, especially after an uncanny loss but this time around, they have let back-to-back games slip out of their grasp. At the halfway mark in the chase Pakistan looked comfortable but they weren't looking to go after the bowlers and just looked to tick along which was a fatal mistake. Babar Azam started on the front foot but was dismissed and then Mohammad Rizwan who was well settled and had started decently, just went into a shell and was even struck multiple times on the gloves. Fakhar Zaman was another one who came in, showed intent, got a couple of hits away but gave away his wicket. Once they lost wickets just before the death overs, the middle order seemed completely under pressure and even the bad balls weren't put away. They are now on the brink of getting dumped out of the competition and even if they win their remaining two games, it might not be enough to save their campaign.
Defending just 119 runs, India needed their ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah to step up and he didn't disappoint one bit. Bumrah had read the pitch really well and every over that he bowled kept on turning the tide in India's favor. He finished with 3 for 14 with 15 dot balls and won the game for his side. Apart from him, the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Hardik Pandya and even Axar Patel bowled well at different stages of the game. That sedate over from Axar that was snuck in just after the 15th over did have an impact as well. Siraj bowled brilliantly up top and Pandya got crucial wickets whilst remaining fairly economical. All in all, Rohit Sharma and co didn't lose hope and took full advantage of their opportunities and now go top of their group.
A COMEBACK OF EPIC PORPORTIONS AND THE MEN IN BLUE HAVE DONE IT! Absolute elation in the blue corner and heartbreak in the green corner as Pakistan have gone from being firm favorites to being handed their second-successive loss. India meanhwile just kept chipping away with concedings just 4-5 runs in an over and got it to a point from where they could pile on the pressure, and boy, they did it extremely well. Never a dull day when it is a India vs Pakistan clash and even after all the rain and the long wait times, we have witnessed an enthralling contest.
19.6
1
Arshdeep Singh to Naseem Shah, THAT'S IT! INDIA HAVE DONE IT! Arshdeep Singh steams in from over the wicket and nails the yorker, at the stumps, Naseem Shah can only dig it out to long off for just a single. Dejected faces in the Pakistan dugout. Joy and ecstasy are on the faces of Indian players and fans alike. India win by 6 runs!
19.5
4
Arshdeep Singh to Naseem Shah, FOUR! A boundary but it will not be enough for Pakistan. That should do it for India and now, Arshdeep Singh needs to ensure that he does not concede any extras here. Angling away, fuller as well, Naseem Shah slices it in the air towards deep point where Virat Kohli sprints and puts in a dive to his right but the ball evades him.
19.4
4
Arshdeep Singh to Naseem Shah, FOUR! Innovative and effective! Keeps Pakistan in the game does Naseem. Arshdeep goes searching for the yorker but misses his mark slightly, low full toss, on off, Naseem Shah moves to the off side and plays the scoop over short fine leg for a boundary.
19.3
1
Arshdeep Singh to Shaheen Afridi, Leg bye! Nearly sneaked through! A searing yorker from over the wicket, aimed at the toes, Shaheen Afridi fails to get his bat down in time and gets hit on the toes. The ball rolls off his toes and the batters cross over.
19.2
1
Arshdeep Singh to Naseem Shah, Hurls it full and straight, on off, Naseem Shah clears his front leg and drills it along the carpet to long off. Singles won't hurt India.
Naseem Shah is the new batter in.
19.1
W
Arshdeep Singh to Imad Wasim, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Expertly held by Rishabh Pant and India could not have asked for a better start to the final over. Arshdeep slips in a yorker from over the wicket, angling in, at the toes, Imad Wasim gets cramped for room as he looks to jam it out. Gets an inside edge on it but Pant is equal to the task as he dives low to his right to take it. Imad takes the review more in hope than anything. There is a clear spike on the UltraEdge and this is a body blow to Pakistan.
What happened there? A lot of confusion and drama out in the middle and eventually, it is a review taken by Imad Wasim for a caught behind decision. It was given OUT onfield quite late and there were a couple of run out chances involved as well but UltraEdge does show that there was an inside edge. Wasim walks back to the hut as well.
Right then, 18 needed off the final over. Arshdeep Singh has been handed the ball by Rohit Sharma and will look to defend 17 runs here. Shaheen Afridi walks out to bat will be at the non-striker's end.
18.6
W
Jasprit Bumrah to Iftikhar Ahmed, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! A bit of miscommunication but Arshdeep Singh did the job in the end! Jasprit Bumrah closes out the over in the best possible fashion. Bumrah misses his mark as he bowls a low full toss, slanting in on the pads, Iftikhar Ahmed misses out again and skies it high in the air towards deep backward square leg. Arshdeep Singh and Suryakumar Yadav converge and none of them makes the call for the catch. However, Arshdeep settles under it and takes it safely.
18.5
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Imad Wasim, Casual running from Imad Wasim but he gets away with it! Angling away, on a nagging length, on off, Imad Wasim slaps it straight to extra cover on the ring. Rohit Sharma fires in a slightly wayward throw at the bowling end but Bumrah does well to flick back onto the stumps. Wasim does not stretch forward nor does he drag his bat but his bat is just inside the crease when the bails lit up.
18.4
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Iftikhar Ahmed, Leg bye! Iftikhar Ahmed missed out there big time! A pacy full toss from Bumrah, on the pads, Iftikhar Ahmed gets beaten for pace as he swings to help it away on the leg side. The ball rolls his pads to backward square leg for a leg bye.
18.3
Jasprit Bumrah to Iftikhar Ahmed, Swing and a miss! At pace and lands it on a hard length, outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed stays rooted in his crease and goes for a wild heave across the line but connects with thin air.
18.2
Jasprit Bumrah to Iftikhar Ahmed, Clever, very clever! Being able to bowl with such control is tremendous from Bumrah. Slips in a slower bumper, on off, Iftikhar Ahmed hops but he is not sure what to do with it. Drops his wrists and lets the ball go through. The ball passes well below his head and it is dot.
18.1
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Imad Wasim, Starts from over the wicket and takes all the pace off as he goes into the turf, on middle and leg. Imad Wasim hops to keep it out with a straight bat but the ball grips in the surface and catches the outer half of the bat. It rolls wide of backward point and the batters cross for one.
Jasprit Bumrah (3-0-12-2) is back on to bowl that crucial penultimate over.
17.6
1
Mohammed Siraj to Imad Wasim, Yes, he can. Just a single off the last ball. It leaves Pakistan needing 21 runs off the last 2 overs but remember, one of those will be bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. Dishes out a low full toss, on middle, Imad Wasim jams it out to the left of the bowler. Siraj fails to get down low enough in his follow through and the ball rolls down to long on for one.
17.5
1
Mohammed Siraj to Iftikhar Ahmed, Honing in around middle, on a hard length, Iftikhar Ahmed dabs it in the vacant mid-wicket region for a single as Siraj cuts it off. Can Siraj close out the over well here?
17.5
1
Mohammed Siraj to Iftikhar Ahmed, WIDE! Siraj seems to be trying to be a bit too much and needs to keep it simple. Digs it in short but the line is down leg, Iftikhar Ahmed cleverly gets inside the line of the ball and lets it go for a wide.
17.4
1
Mohammed Siraj to Imad Wasim, Angling away, on a fullish length, outside off, Imad Wasim drills it along the carpet to deep cover for one.
17.3
1
Mohammed Siraj to Iftikhar Ahmed, Lands it on a back of a length and it is around off, Iftikhar Ahmed makes room and dabs it in front of backward point for a single.
17.2
2
Mohammed Siraj to Iftikhar Ahmed, Gets away with it does Siraj! Goes searching for the yorker but it comes out as a full toss, on off, Iftikhar Ahmed mistimes the hit to the right of deep point for a couple of runs.
17.2
1
Mohammed Siraj to Iftikhar Ahmed, NO BALL! Oh, no! India cannot afford this. Mohammed Siraj has overstepped. Pitches it right up, on middle, Iftikhar Ahmed drives it a bit too straight and it hits the stumps at the bowling end. Free Hit coming up.
17.1
1
Mohammed Siraj to Imad Wasim, Steams in from over the wicket and bashes it in on a hard length, over middle, Imad Wasim moves leg side and chops it down to deep point for a single.
16.6
1
Hardik Pandya to Imad Wasim, Superb stuff from Hardik Pandya! A wicket and just the 5 runs off it. The required run rate for Pakistan has crept up to 10 now. Hardik rolls his fingers over the ball and it is a bit fuller as well, on off, Imad Wasim drags the slog without any timing whatsoever to long on for just a single. Hardik is done with the ball. He finishes with figures of 4-0-24-2 and has delivered for India in a pressure game.
16.5
Hardik Pandya to Imad Wasim, Beats the bat does Hardik! This is on a hard length, over off and middle, Imad Wasim creates room by moving to the leg side and tries to slap it square on the off side but the ball zips through to go over the bat.
16.4
1
Hardik Pandya to Iftikhar Ahmed, Bangs it into the deck again and it is outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed stands tall and cuts it along the ground to deep point for a single to open his account.
Iftikhar Ahmed walks in with Pakistan in a spot of bother.
16.3
W
Hardik Pandya to Shadab Khan, OUT! GONE! Hardik Pandya strikes again! Another well-directed bumper from the Indian all-rounder and he gets the reward. Shadab Khan shows his cards early as he backs away to the leg side to access the off side. Hardik reacts by banging into the deck and aims it at the batter. Shadab is unable to free his arms but still tries to take the short ball on. Gets big on him and it lobs off the splice of the bat behind the wicket. The keeper, Rishabh Pant runs to his left and takes it safely near the short fine leg region.
16.2
2
Hardik Pandya to Shadab Khan, Smart batting! Hardik sees the batter make room and follows him with a heavy delivery, Shadab Khan calmly tucks it in the vacant mid-wicket region and comes back for the second run.
16.1
1
Hardik Pandya to Imad Wasim, Starts with a slower delivery and it is on a good length, around leg, Imad Wasim backs away and hacks it off the inner half of the bat to wide long on for a run.
15.6
1
Axar Patel to Imad Wasim, Offers a bit of width this time and it is too short as well, the ball sticks in the surface and it results in Imad Wasim mistiming the hit to deep point for one. Just 2 runs off the over and India are building the pressure here.
15.5
Axar Patel to Imad Wasim, And again! Much closer to the off-stump line and it is quicker as well, on off, Imad Wasim gets beaten for pace as he looks to use the pace and play it fine on the off side.
15.4
Axar Patel to Imad Wasim, Another one that slides through with a round-arm action, on a short length, Imad Wasim gets rushed as he goes for the cut and he misses.
15.3
Axar Patel to Imad Wasim, Beaten! Angles it across from around the wicket, flatter and shorter, on off, Imad Wasim slashes at the delivery but gets beaten on the outside edge.
15.2
1
Axar Patel to Shadab Khan, Tosses it up and it is full as well, on middle, a bit slower, Shadab Khan gets on the front foot and plays it with a straight bat to long off for one.
15.1
Axar Patel to Shadab Khan, Comes in from around the wicket and spears it in, on a length, on off and middle, Shadab Khan lunges and taps it wide of cover. Shadab sets off for the run but gets sent back by his partner.
14.6
Jasprit Bumrah to Imad Wasim, Slightly fuller at 144 clicks and trying to angle it well across from around middle stump, Imad Wasim gets on the front foot and drives it off the toe end of the bat to mid off.
14.5
2
Jasprit Bumrah to Imad Wasim, On a hard length over off stump and just angling across at 140 clicks, Imad Wasim stands tall and waits well before just guiding the ball away well wide of third man for a couple of runs.
14.4
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Shadab Khan, Full and looking to attack the pads, turns out to be a low full toss, Shadab Khan with a mistimed shot straight to mid on and he sets off for the single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses as Shadab dives in to make his ground.
14.3
Jasprit Bumrah to Shadab Khan, That nagging length again, keeping it in the channel around off and at 141.2 clicks, Shadab Khan plays tentatively at it and gets an outside edge to a wide first slip.
14.2
Jasprit Bumrah to Shadab Khan, Just back of a length and outside off stump, Shadab Khan hangs back and dabs it down to point.
Shadab Khan makes his way out to the centre now.
14.1
W
Jasprit Bumrah to Mohammad Rizwan, OUT! BOWLED'EM! That's Jasprit Bumrah for you, never ever misses out on the big occasion and India are back in the game. Bumrah sprints in from over the stumps and comes from a bit wider on the crease. Spears this one in like a harpoon on a tad fuller length and angles it well into the stumps. Mohammad Rizwan takes a step or two across the off stump and looks to play a cross-batted shot but the ball sneaks through to castle into the stumps. Rizwan looked steaky in the last few overs and now has to depart.
Jasprit Bumrah (2-0-9-1) has been brought back into the attack. How Pakistan play his remaining two overs will be crucial here.
13.6
Arshdeep Singh to Imad Wasim, Just short of a length, taking pace off and bowling it into the wicket. Imad Wasim steps out to open up the off side but gets an under edge that almost goes back onto the stumps.
13.5
1
Arshdeep Singh to Mohammad Rizwan, Slightly pitched up on the off stump, Mohammad Rizwan plays it off the front foot and eases it to mid off for a single.
13.4
1
Arshdeep Singh to Imad Wasim, Slightly shorter and at the legs, tucked away off the hips and down to fine leg for a single by Imad Wasim.
13.3
Arshdeep Singh to Imad Wasim, A stifled appeal for a catch but no bat on that one. A slower bumper this from Arshdeep Singh, well directed and right around head height. Imad Wasim backs away to take it on but is beaten and wants a wide which will not be given.
13.2
4
Arshdeep Singh to Imad Wasim, EDGED AND FOUR! A handy boundary for Imad Wasim and Pakistan. Pitched up full and wide of the off stump, Wasim goes for the booming cover drive but gets a thick outside edge that rolls away to the third man fence for four runs.
13.1
1
Arshdeep Singh to Mohammad Rizwan, Leg bye! On a good length around the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan looks to wait back and tuck it away but misses. The ball goes off the pads and towards cover. They get a leg bye.
12.6
Hardik Pandya to Imad Wasim, A wicket and just the single off that over, just what India would have wanted. Pandya changes the angle of attack by coming from around the stumps and digs it in short around the off stump. Imad Wasim stands tall and dabs the ball down to backward point.
12.5
Hardik Pandya to Imad Wasim, Beaten! This has been a brilliant over from Hardik Pandya so far. Hard length in the channel around off and angling away, Imad Wasim looks to hang back and cut but there's no foot movement and the ball goes past the outside edge.
12.4
Hardik Pandya to Imad Wasim, Just short of a good length at around 135 clicks and on middle and leg, this one sticks in the pitch again and Imad Wasim defends it off the back foot.
12.3
Hardik Pandya to Imad Wasim, Takes some pace off and bowls it on a good length around leg stump, Imad Wasim nudges it down to square leg and looks for one but is sent back.
Imad Wasim is in at number 5.
12.2
W
Hardik Pandya to Fakhar Zaman, OUT! CAUGHT! What a take from Rishabh Pant! Hardik Pandya bends his back and bangs it in well short and right at the batter. Fakhar Zaman is early to step out and take it on but the ball gets big on him and catches the gloves before lobbing up over the keeper's head. Pant almost loses it in the sun but manages to adjust his body and back track to take the catch and also dive to avoid hitting the helmet behind the stumps. This could be a huge wicket for both sides.
12.1
1
Hardik Pandya to Mohammad Rizwan, Pitched up on middle and leg stump, Mohammad Rizwan leans ahead and clips it away in front of square leg for a single.
Rohit Sharma turns to Hardik Pandya (2-0-18-0) now.
11.6
1
Arshdeep Singh to Mohammad Rizwan, Short of a length and around leg stump, Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away down to deep backward square leg and picks up an easy single.
11.5
Arshdeep Singh to Mohammad Rizwan, Oh, a bit edgy that from Mohammad Rizwan. Hard length around the top of off stump and angling it across the right-hander. Rizwan looks to run it down to third man but gets an inside edge just over the off stump.
11.4
Arshdeep Singh to Mohammad Rizwan, Just drags the length back a bit, bowling it slower as well and on off stump, Mohammad Rizwan hops back to block it off.
11.3
1
Arshdeep Singh to Fakhar Zaman, A bit uppish but quite safe! Nagging length around off stump, Fakhar Zaman looks to drive on the up but the ball just stops on him and goes off the face of the bat wide of the point region for one run.
11.2
Arshdeep Singh to Fakhar Zaman, On a hard length and around the top of off stump, Fakhar Zaman stays halfway forward and just blocks it down in front of covers.
11.1
4
Arshdeep Singh to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR! Poor line from Arshdeep Singh and Fakhar Zaman deals with it effectively. Too full and just angling down leg, Fakhar picks it up and flicks it down to fine leg for a boundary.
Arshdeep Singh (1-0-9-0) comes back into the attack.
10.6
1
Axar Patel to Fakhar Zaman, Bowled flatter and on middle and leg, Fakhar Zaman just tucks it away behind square leg for an easy single.
10.5
Axar Patel to Fakhar Zaman, On the shorter side and around off stump, Fakhar Zaman goes back and across before pushing it out on the off side.
10.4
6
Axar Patel to Fakhar Zaman, SIX! Fakhar Zaman just about manages to keep his shape and he has nailed it over the fence. Flighted ball around off stump, Fakhar skips down the pitch, almost gets beaten in flight but manages to whip it straight back over the bowler's head with immense power for a biggie.
10.3
1
Axar Patel to Mohammad Rizwan, Sliding it into the legs now, Mohammad Rizwan leans on and flicks it away in front of mid-wicket for a run.
10.2
1
Axar Patel to Fakhar Zaman, Comes from over the wicket to the left-hander and tosses it up around the off stump. Fakhar Zaman brings out the hard sweep and nails it to deep square leg for a single.
Fakhar Zaman comes out to the middle now.
10.1
W
Axar Patel to Usman Khan, OUT! LBW! Excellent review! Bowls it with a high-arm action and slides it well into the batter from around off stump. This one drifts in late and Usman Khan is caught on the back foot getting hit on the pads as well. There is a big appeal for LBW but the umpire turns it down and eventually, Rohit Sharma does take the review. There's no bat involved as confirmed by UltraEdge but Ball Tracking comes up with three reds and Axar Patel breaks the stand on his very first ball.
Drinks break! It has been fairly easy going for Pakistan in their first 10 overs just like it was for India as well. However, the Pakistan bowlers staged a mighty comeback and the Indian bowlers will have to replicate their counter-parts if they are to have a real shot of winning this game. Mohammad Rizwan has been bruised every now and then but has remained solid and Usman Khan is slowly starting to get going as well. Can India stage a comeback and get the big win over their arch-rivals? Let's find out. Axar Patel is brought into the attack now.
9.6
4
Ravindra Jadeja to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Lovely shot! A boundary off the last ball spoils what was turning out to be a quiet over. Gives the ball a bit of air does Jadeja and it is on a length, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan advances down the track, opens up his front up and lifts it to the left of long off for a boundary.
9.5
Ravindra Jadeja to Mohammad Rizwan, A bit fuller and quicker, on off, Mohammad Rizwan chops it square towards point.
9.4
Ravindra Jadeja to Mohammad Rizwan, Attacks the stumps and it is short as well, Mohammad Rizwan goes on the back foot and pushes it back to the bowler.
9.3
Ravindra Jadeja to Mohammad Rizwan, Nicely bowled! This one comes in with the angle, short and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan pushes at it but the ball spins away and beats the outside edge.
9.2
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Usman Khan, Drops it a bit short and it is outside off, Usman Khan punches it in front of deep point for a run.
9.1
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Mohammad Rizwan, Bowls it flat and short, around off, Mohammad Rizwan goes on the back foot for the cut but gets a thickish outside edge that goes wide of short third for a single.
8.6
1
Hardik Pandya to Mohammad Rizwan, Takes pace off and it is full as well, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan nudges it off his pads to square leg for one. A productive over for Pakistan, 9 runs off it.
8.5
1
Hardik Pandya to Usman Khan, Digs it in short, on off, Usman Khan rolls his wrists on the ball and pulls it along the carpet to deep square leg for one more run. The 50 comes up for Pakistan.
8.4
2
Hardik Pandya to Usman Khan, Full and straying on the pads, Usman Khan clips it to the left of deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.
8.3
4
Hardik Pandya to Usman Khan, FOUR! Hit with authority and this should help Usman Khan feel a lot better. Hardik goes short but offers width this time, Usman Khan skips down the track and slaps it well in front of square on the off side for a boundary.
8.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Mohammad Rizwan, This is on a back of a length, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan hops back and pulls it behind square on the leg side for one.
8.1
Hardik Pandya to Mohammad Rizwan, Oh, dear! That would have been curtains for Usman Khan had the throw hit! Angling in, on a hard length, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan gets rushed and hurriedly jabs it away on the leg side beside the pitch. Usman Khan sets off for the run but Rizwan is not interested. Hardik gets to his right and is a bit late to pick the ball up as Usman gets in his way. Turns around and has a shy at the bowling end but misses.
7.6
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Mohammad Rizwan, Very full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan eases it down to long off and rotates the strike.
7.5
Ravindra Jadeja to Mohammad Rizwan, This is quicker as Jadeja targets the pads, on a length, Mohammad Rizwan misses the tickle and gets hit on the pads. Rizwan wants a single as the ball rolls away on the leg side but Rishabh Pant gets there quickly and prevents the single.
7.4
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Usman Khan, Coming in with the arm again, on a short length, at the pads, Usman Khan turns this one on the leg side and gets to the other end.
7.3
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Mohammad Rizwan, Fires it in, full and on the pads, Rizwan lunges and tucks it to the right of the bowler for a run.
7.2
Ravindra Jadeja to Mohammad Rizwan, Gets a bit of purchase off the surface as this spins away, fuller and on off, Mohammad Rizwan works it with the turn to short cover.
7.1
1
Ravindra Jadeja to Usman Khan, Starts off on a nagging length from around the wicket and spears it in, on middle, Usman Khan gets down and half-pulls it through square leg for a single.
Spin for th first time in the chase as Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack.
6.6
1
Mohammed Siraj to Usman Khan, Into the wicket again, on off, Usman Khan tries to play it square on the off side but ends up chopping it behind square on the off side for a single.
6.5
Mohammed Siraj to Usman Khan, Usman continues to look unsettled out in the middle as the ball goes past his bat again. Bowls it with a scrambled seam, on a good length, in the channel on off, Usman Khan goes for the drive away from his body but the ball nips away and goes past the bat.
6.4
1
Mohammed Siraj to Mohammad Rizwan, Rizwan cops it on the glove, yet again! He is really struggling to negotiate the steep bounce. Bends his back and goes into the wicket does Siraj, on off, Mohammad Rizwan hops back but fails to get on top of the bounce. Gloves it down to deep third for a single.
6.3
1
Mohammed Siraj to Usman Khan, This is on a shortish length, on off, Usman Khan rides the bounce nicely and fetches the pull from over his head. Controls the pull in front of square on the leg side for a single.
6.2
Mohammed Siraj to Usman Khan, Drags the length back and it keeps it coming in with the angle, over off, Usman Khan shapes up for the cut but he is unable to free his arms. Gets beaten as the ball sneaks under the bat.
6.1
Mohammed Siraj to Usman Khan, Hurls it in the channel on off, skidding through onh a good length, Usman Khan stays leg side of the ball and mistimes the drive in front of mid off.
Mohammed Siraj (2-0-7-0) is brought back into the attack.
5.6
Hardik Pandya to Mohammad Rizwan, Rolls his fingers over the side of the ball and keeps it around the off-stump line, on a good length, Mohammad Rizwan waits on it and dabs it in front of point. Usman Khan sets off before getting sent back by Rizwan. Ravindra Jadeja misses the shy at the bowling end but it would not have mattered anyway as Usman was in by then.
5.5
1
Hardik Pandya to Usman Khan, Honing in at the stumps from over the wicket, on a good length, Usman Khan gets his weight on the front foot and plays it in front of mid on for a single.
5.5
1
Hardik Pandya to Usman Khan, WIDE! Goes for the bumper but this sails over the batter's head. Usman Khan ducks and lets it go for a wide.
Mohammad Rizwan is stung on the gloves, not for the first time and seems to be in a bit of pain. We will have a slight halt in proceedings as the physio comes out with the magic spray.
5.4
1
Hardik Pandya to Mohammad Rizwan, Oh, that took off! Hardik digs it out on a hard length, on middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan shapes to work it away with the angle but gets taken aback by the extra bounce. The ball strikes him on the glove and it rolls away on the leg side. They cross. Rizwan looks in some serious discomfort and the physio sprints out to attend to him.
5.3
6
Hardik Pandya to Mohammad Rizwan, SIX! Excellent use of the feet! Hardik keeps it really full but offers a bit of width, allowing the batter to free his arms. Mohammad Rizwan shimmies down the track and lofts it over mid off for a maximum.
5.2
Hardik Pandya to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and slanting in, on middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan gets his bat out in front of the pads and pats it to mid on. Every dot being cheered now by the Indian fans.
5.1
Hardik Pandya to Mohammad Rizwan, Hardik starts with a full delivery from over the wicket, on off, Mohammad Rizwan leans on it and firms the drive straight to mid off. Suddenly, the energy is up in the field for India.
4.6
Jasprit Bumrah to Usman Khan, Another brute of a delivery to end the over. A bit of a snorter this one as Jasprit Bumrah bends his back and shortens the length, bowling it around off. Usman Khan gets beaten just past the outside edge once again.
4.5
Jasprit Bumrah to Usman Khan, Beaten! One wicket and now, Jasprit Bumrah has his tail up. On a good length on the fifth stump line and nibbling off the deck. Usman Khan looks to drive it away on the off side but is beaten past the outside edge.
Usman Khan comes in at number 3.
4.4
W
Jasprit Bumrah to Babar Azam, OUT! CAUGHT! A ripper of a catch from Suryakumar Yadav and he is absolutely thrilled with that take. Immaculate length from Jasprit Bumrah though, just that in-between length and bowls it in the channel around off at over 140 clicks. The ball just nips back in after pitching and Babar Azam is indecisive here. Babar is fairly late to make a leave and is unable to pull his bat, getting it off the face of the bat and down to the left of first slip. SKY dives across and just pouches it milimeters off the ground with both hands and India have their first wicket.
Edged and taken! Or is it? India are celebrating, and Suryakumar Yadav is claiming it. The umpires have asked Babar Azam to wait, though, as the third umpire is called into action to check for a fair catch. And yes, the replays confirm that SKY has his fingers clearly underneath the ball.
4.3
4
Jasprit Bumrah to Babar Azam, FOUR! Top shot from Babar Azam. Jasprit Bumrah drops the length short and bowls it around off, Babar is quick to pick up the length and climbs into the pull, hammering it in front of mid-wicket for a boundary.
4.2
Jasprit Bumrah to Babar Azam, Back of a length again and outside the off stump, Babar Azam punches it away but hits it straight towards covers.
4.1
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Mohammad Rizwan, Quick and just a bit short at 143.7 clicks, angling it in from around off stump, Mohammad Rizwan stays on the back foot and manages to tuck it to the left of mid-wicket for a single.
3.6
1
Mohammed Siraj to Mohammad Rizwan, On a good length, angling it onto the middle stump, Mohammad Rizwan stays put and tucks it away into the open space around mid-wicket and picks up an easy single. A safe start this from Pakistan but they can't look to be too casual on this deck.
3.5
Mohammed Siraj to Mohammad Rizwan, Bowled back of a length and at almost 143 clicks on the fifth stump channel, Mohammad Rizwan hops on the back foot and jams it out in front of covers.
3.4
Mohammed Siraj to Mohammad Rizwan, Nice and full, looking to slant one in through bat and pad, Mohammad Rizwan flicks it away to mid-wicket.
3.3
1
Mohammed Siraj to Babar Azam, Leg bye! Bowls it shorter and at the hips, Babar Azam fails to flick it away and the ball goes off the thigh pad behind square leg for a leg bye.
3.2
Mohammed Siraj to Babar Azam, Back of a length and around off stump, Babar Azam stays on the back foot and blocks it off.
3.1
Mohammed Siraj to Babar Azam, ANOTHER DROP! One of those that stick or don't! Pitched up on the off stump line, Babar Azam looks to drill it right back and ends up chipping it firmly just over Mohammed Siraj's head. Siraj just gets both hands up on the followthrough but the ball hits the hands hard and lobs up in front of mid off.
2.6
Jasprit Bumrah to Mohammad Rizwan, Just back of a length and around off, Mohammad Rizwan dabs it down in front of mid off.
2.5
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Babar Azam, Hard length in and around the off stump, edged down towards third man for a single.
2.4
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Mohammad Rizwan, DROPPED! Shivam Dube has put down a sitter in the deep and you simply cannot afford to do that while defending a low score. Good length on the pads, Mohammad Rizwan picks it up and flicks it aerially down to fine leg where Dube comes in a bit but his feet get stuck and he ends up shelling the catch. Jasprit Bumrah cannot believe it and the batters get a single.
2.3
Jasprit Bumrah to Mohammad Rizwan, Keeps the speed up and bowls it a bit shorter at the body around 140 clicks. Mohammad Rizwan looks to take on the pull but is rushed and gets a blow to the body.
2.2
Jasprit Bumrah to Mohammad Rizwan, Good length right around the top of off stump and over 141 clicks, Mohammad Rizwan watchfully defends it down the pitch on the off side.
2.1
2
Jasprit Bumrah to Mohammad Rizwan, Starts off with a fullish delivery, bowling it in the channel around off, Mohammad Rizwan slices it away past point and picks up a couple of runs in the deep.
Jasprit Bumrah has been introduced into the attack now.
1.6
1
Mohammed Siraj to Mohammad Rizwan, Oh, dear! That is a bit too aggressive from Mohammed Siraj and he apologizes straight away. Pitched-up delivery on off stump, Mohammad Rizwan punches it back to Siraj off the front foot. Siraj picks up the ball and looks to keep Rizwan honest by throwing it back onto the stumps. Rizwan turns his back and the ball hits him right on the hand and rolls away. They do take the single on the overthrow.
1.5
Mohammed Siraj to Mohammad Rizwan, Sharp work in the field by Rohit Sharma. Full again but much straighter on the stumps, looking for the magical away-swinger. Mohammad Rizwan clips it towards mid-wicket where Rohit Sharma makes a sharp stop.
1.4
Mohammed Siraj to Mohammad Rizwan, Nice and full around off, swinging away, Mohammad Rizwan plays it with the swing and pushes it out to covers.
1.3
Mohammed Siraj to Mohammad Rizwan, Oh, that's a beauty! A tad full and on the off stump line, getting it to swing away late, Mohammad Rizwan doesn't quite get forward enough and the ball zips past the outside edge staying a bit low as well.
1.2
1
Mohammed Siraj to Babar Azam, Much better length, not all that full and in the channel around off, nipping away as well, Babar Azam edges it down with soft hands and gets it to third man for a single.
1.1
4
Mohammed Siraj to Babar Azam, FOUR! That had class written all over it. Starts off with a fullish delivery, on off stump and just seaming away a touch. Babar Azam gets on the front foot and plays a lovely on-drive with a straight bat, getting it to the left of the man at mid on for a boundary.
Who will bowl from the other end? It will be Mohammed Siraj.
0.6
Arshdeep Singh to Mohammad Rizwan, Three dots on the trot but Pakistan do get 9 runs off the first over of the chase. Fuller delivery, dished out across the off stump, Mohammad Rizwan drives off the front foot but hits it straight to Virat Kohli at cover and he makes a sharp stop.
0.5
Arshdeep Singh to Mohammad Rizwan, Back of a length this time and angling it across the off stump, Mohammad Rizwan reaches out and taps the ball down in front of point.
0.4
Arshdeep Singh to Mohammad Rizwan, On a good length now and around the leg stump, Mohammad Rizwan gets his hands out in front and tucks it neatly towards mid-wicket.
0.4
2
Arshdeep Singh to Babar Azam, TWO WIDES! Full and swinging well down the leg side for a wide, Rishabh Pant dives across and gets a hand on it but the batters do manage to cross over.
0.3
1
Arshdeep Singh to Mohammad Rizwan, Inside edge but past the stumps! A tad fuller, bringing the lines closer to the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan looks to play off the front foot but gets an inside edge past leg stump and picks up a single.
0.2
3
Arshdeep Singh to Babar Azam, Another good drive and another three as now Babar Azam too gets off the mark right away. Pitched up just a bit wider of the off stump, Babar frees his arms and plays it on the up through the cover-point region for three runs as the boundary is pretty long and the outfield not quite quick.
0.1
3
Arshdeep Singh to Mohammad Rizwan, Off the mark with a good-looking shot! Arshdeep Singh starts from over the wicket and bowls it full around off, looking to shape it back in. Mohammad Rizwan leans right on and strokes it nicely through extra cover. Hardik Pandya from mid off chases it down but Pakistan get off the mark with a three.
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01
st Innings India
Welcome back for the second essay. The sun is shining in its full glory as the two umpires make their way out to the middle. Rohit Sharma leads his troops out to the centre, and they are joined by the two Pakistan openers. It will be the experienced pair of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam to open the innings for Pakistan. Arshdeep Singh will kickstart proceedings with the new ball for India. Let's play…
… THE RUN CHASE …
Right then, the Pakistan bowlers have set the game up nicely for them and the onus is now on their batters to take them over the line. It will be nowhere close to being easy on a tricky surface where the odd ball is stopping in the surface. Despite posting only 119 on the board, India are more than in with a shout and they have the resources to make a match out of this. Wickets in the Powerplay will be of utmost importance and the first six overs will be pivotal in deciding the outcome for the Men in Blue. Back in a bit for what should be an interesting chase.
Mohammad Amir is in for a chat. He says that the wicket is a bit tricky and it is a decent total on board and they need to bowl well. Adds that his role was to set the tone for the team and hit the right areas and feels he was able to do his job. Reckons that the batting needs to be sensible from them and a lot will depend on how they start.
As for India, this has been a collapse of some enormity, losing their last 7 wickets for just 30 runs and they will certainly be disappointed with their batting effort. Having lost the toss, it was always going to be challenging upfront for their openers. Rohit Sharma got an early maximum away before the rain interruption but post the resumption, neither Virat Kohli nor Rohit could have much of an impact. Sent in at number 4, Axar Patel took his chances as did Rishabh Pant to keep the scoreboard ticking. While Axar could not kick on, Pant continued to live off the edge and ticked along nicely. India had a solid platform at the halfway mark, but the departure of Suryakumar Yadav triggered a collapse as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. India's last hope, Hardik Pandya could not do much either, resulting in India posting just 119 on the board, their lowest score against Pakistan in Men's T20 World Cups.
A masterful bowling effort from Pakistan to bowl India out for 119. Having won a crucial toss in overcast conditions, the Pakistan pacers have done Babar Azam justice. It was the new ball attack of Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah that set the tone, removing both Indian openers early. Naseem struck again after the Powerplay but despite that, Pakistan failed to stem the flow of runs and were a bit sloppy with the ball. Brought back into the attack to break the flourishing stand, Haris Rauf answered the skipper's call and gave Pakistan an opening. Naseem Shah and Mohammad Amir followed it up as the trio kept chipping away at the wickets. They never allowed India to recover and although a bit of complacency did creep in towards the end in the field, they were able to wrap up the innings. Pakistan have bowled India out for the first time in T20Is, enough to tell you what kind of bowling effort this has been.
19
over
19 | 6 Runs | HH: 119/10
18.6
W
Shaheen Afridi to Mohammed Siraj, OUT! RUN OUT! Uh, oh! Complete miscommunication there between Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh and finally, Pakistan are able to close out the innings. This is pitched up by Shaheen around off, Siraj clears the back leg and thumps it just on the bounce to Babar Azam at mid off. Babar does well to get behind it and Siraj is off for a single. Arshdeep Singh doesn't have much of a clue and has to just go for it in the end. Babr throws it at the right end and the keeper Mohammad Rizwan whips off the bails with Arshdeep stranded halfway down the track. India are bundle out for 119, the lowest total for which they have ever been bowled out in a T20 World Cup match while batting first.
18.5
Shaheen Afridi to Mohammed Siraj, Trying too many things here Mohammed Siraj. A bit fuller and outside the off stump, Siraj gets well across the off stump and looks to play the scoop off the face of the bat but the ball zips throiugh to the keeper. Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Afridi both feel there was some bat involved but Babar Azam doesn't quite agree and eventually the review is taken. Nothing on UltraEdge though.
18.4
Shaheen Afridi to Mohammed Siraj, Banged in short and quick too around off stump, Mohammed Siraj tries to be cheeky and walks across the off stump to play it over short fine leg but is well beaten.
18.3
2
Shaheen Afridi to Mohammed Siraj, Yikes, that is so sloppy from Shaheen Afridi and Pakistan on the whole. Nice and full around off stump, Mohammed Siraj just opens the bat face and plays it away square through covers for a single. The throw from the deep is a bit wide and Shaheen is somewhat lazy to collect it and lets it through his hands. Siraj gets another extra run.
18.2
2
Shaheen Afridi to Mohammed Siraj, Two more! These could be crucial runs in the context of the game. Fuller in length and around off, Mohammed Siraj with a good-looking cover drive through the cover region and they get back for a comfortable second run.
18.1
2
Shaheen Afridi to Mohammed Siraj, Overthrows! That was unncessary from Pakistan's point of view. Full and right in the blockhole around off, Mohammed Siraj bunts it off the toe end of the bat towards point where Shadab Khan dives to his right and fires in a throw at the keeper's end. It is well wide and Siraj picks up an extra run.
18
over
18 | 7 Runs | HH: 113/9
17.6
1
Haris Rauf to Mohammed Siraj, No hat-trick! Haris Rauf went for the yorker at the toes but got it a bit too full on the leg stump, Mohammed Siraj manages to get bat on it and nudges it away behind square leg for a couple of runs.
17.5
W
Haris Rauf to Jasprit Bumrah, OUT! CAUGHT! Straight to the man and India are going down in a hurry here. Haris Rauf goes for the quick and full ball, gets it in at around 150 clicks and just outside the off stump. Jasprit Bumrah just leans right ahead and drives it straight into the hands of Imad Wasim at short cover who takes a sharp catch and Pakistan are just a wicket away from bundling India out.
Mohammed Siraj is the last man in for India.
Jasprit Bumrah walks out to bat now.
17.4
W
Haris Rauf to Hardik Pandya, OUT! CAUGHT! In the air and taken! Hardik Pandya has holed out in the deep and perishes at a crucial time. Haris Rauf bowls it on a hard length and angles it in from around middle. Pandya picks the ball up and whips it off the pads in front of the man at deep backward square leg. Iftikhar Ahmed in the deep runs around and takes a fine running catch inside the ropes to get rid of the dangerman and Rauf is pumped up.
17.3
2
Haris Rauf to Hardik Pandya, Steep bounce on that occasion! Quick and just short of a good length around off, shooting off the deck. Hardik Pandya is late on the cut and the ball flies down well fine of third man. Shadab Khan there does extremely well to run across and put in a big dive to save the boundary. Two more.
17.2
Haris Rauf to Hardik Pandya, Slightly short again, bowled from wider on the crease and angled back in a long way into the pads. Hardik Pandya looks to get inside the line and flick but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
17.1
4
Haris Rauf to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! Nicely done in the end by Hardik Pandya. Banged in quick and short outside the off stump, Pandya backs away a bit and slashes at it. The ball goes off the outer half of the bat and fine of third man. Naseem Shah runs across to his left but cannot get there and it will be a boundary.
17
over
17 | 6 Runs | HH: 106/7
16.6
Mohammad Amir to Arshdeep Singh, Pace on this time, seemed like another cross-seamer, bowled a tad full and outside off. Arshdeep Singh swings wildly at it but only connects with thin air.
16.5
Mohammad Amir to Arshdeep Singh, Edged but lands short! Slower one, bowled into the pitch a bit and outside off. Arshdeep Singh steps out to hoick it away but gets an under edge that goes on the bounce to Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps.
16.4
2
Mohammad Amir to Arshdeep Singh, Pitched up around the off stump, Arshdeep Singh hangs deep in the crease and uses the bottom hand to whip the ball across towards deep mid-wicket. The man in the deep gets to his right and keeps it down to a brace.
A halt in play as Arshdeep Singh has copped a blow on the glove and he is whining his right hand in pain. The physio sprints out to have a look. The magic spray seems to have done its job and Arshdeep is ready to resume.
16.3
Mohammad Amir to Arshdeep Singh, Ouch, that is a stinging blow! Mohammad Amir dishes out another short ball, bowling it cross-seam and right around the right shoulder. Arshdeep Singh gets hurried on and takes his eyes off the ball. The ball seems to have gone off the gloves and into the shoulder before lobbing behind. Mohammad Rizwan tries to scamper and dive in but just fails to reach it and the ball pops out. Arshdeep looks hurt as well with that blow.
16.2
Mohammad Amir to Arshdeep Singh, Bowls it full now and on off stump, Arshdeep Singh stays in the crease and manages to block it off.
16.1
4
Mohammad Amir to Arshdeep Singh, FOUR! Stand and dleiver from Arshdeep Singh. This is banged in halfway down the pitch, no real intent on that one. Singh picks it up and lifts it high in front of the mid-wicket region. The ball pitches and trickles into the fence.
16
over
16 | 3 Runs | HH: 100/7
15.6
1
Naseem Shah to Arshdeep Singh, Good length around off and angling away, Arshdeep Singh walks across and tucks it to the leg side in front of square for one more. The 100 comes up for India as well.
15.5
Naseem Shah to Arshdeep Singh, Goes full and straight now but takes pace off, this gives Arshdeep Singh time to just push it away to short cover.
15.4
Naseem Shah to Arshdeep Singh, That had some serious heat on it! Naseem Shah bends his back and digs in a spicy bumper right around the helmet at over 141 clicks and Arshdeep Singh does well to sway away from the line of the ball.
15.3
1
Naseem Shah to Hardik Pandya, On a fuller length again and outside off, Hardik Pandya gets on the front foot and punches it straight to mid off for a quick single.
15.2
1
Naseem Shah to Arshdeep Singh, This is bowled short of a length and at the batter, Arshdeep Singh nudges it away to deep third for a single.
15.1
Naseem Shah to Arshdeep Singh, Ooh, close to the outside edge but not close enough! Pitched up full and in that corridor of uncertainty, Arshdeep Singh just leaves the bat hanging and the ball nips away past the outside edge.
15
over
15 | 1 Runs | HH: 97/7
14.6
Mohammad Amir to Hardik Pandya, At pace this time and angling away, full in length, Hardik Pandya covers his stumps and shoulders arms. End of a tide-turning over from Amir, 2 wickets and just a single off it.
14.5
Mohammad Amir to Hardik Pandya, Rolls his fingers over the ball and it goes across the batter, outside off, Hardik Pandya is happy to leave the ball alone.
14.4
1
Mohammad Amir to Arshdeep Singh, Bowls it really full but the line is around the pads, Arshdeep Singh flicks it off his pads behind square on the leg side and gets off the mark with a single.
14.3
Mohammad Amir to Arshdeep Singh, Arshdeep Singh sees off the hat-trick ball! Attacks the stumps does Amir and this is full as well, Arshdeep Singh stays rooted in his crease but covers the line of the ball. Gets his bat out in front of the pads and defends.
Arshdeep Singh comes in to face the hat-trick ball.
14.2
W
Mohammad Amir to Ravindra Jadeja, OUT! STRAIGHT TO THE FIELDER! Two in two for Mohammad Amir and Pakistan are all over India like a rash! Lands this one a good length again, on off, Ravindra Jadeja pushes in front of his body and gets half-forward as he looks to get it through the off side. The ball stops in the surface, yet again and Jadeja is through his shot early. Chips it straight to short cover where Imad Wasim is in really tight and he makes no mistake. Hat-trick ball coming up.
Ravindra Jadeja is the next batter in.
14.1
W
Mohammad Amir to Rishabh Pant, OUT! TAKEN! A massive blow to India as the well-set Rishabh Pant departs. Pakistan have pulled things back and how since the halfway mark. Amir gets the first wicket of the game and it is the big one of Pant. Charges in from over the wicket and bowls it on a good length, outside off, Rishabh Pant tries to go back over the bowler's head but the ball is not full enough for him. He still goes through with the shot and skies it high in the air towards mid off where Babar Azam runs a few steps to his left and takes it near his chest.
14
over
14 | 2 Runs | HH: 96/5
13.6
Naseem Shah to Hardik Pandya, Big swing and a miss! Hits the hard length, outside off, Hardik Pandya clears his front leg to swipe across the line but the ball climbs onto him and sails past the bat.
13.6
1
Naseem Shah to Hardik Pandya, NO BALL! Naseem Shah goes up in appeal for caught behind but he has overstepped here. Free Hit coming up. Angling down leg, on a hard length, Hardik Pandya misses the tickle and it goes through to the keeper, Mohammad Rizwan.
13.5
Naseem Shah to Hardik Pandya, This is on a length, just outside off, Hardik Pandya pats it from the crease to cover.
13.4
Naseem Shah to Hardik Pandya, Good shot for no run! Naseem serves it much fuller this time, on off, Hardik Pandya shimmies down the track and drills it down the ground but can't get it past mid off.
13.3
Naseem Shah to Hardik Pandya, Hurls it on a good length, on off, Hardik Pandya covers the line of the ball and gets on the front foot to defend it out on the off side.
Hardik Pandya is the new man in.
13.2
W
Naseem Shah to Shivam Dube, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! The bowling change has done the trick for Pakistan. Shivam Dube falls early and India have now lost half their side. Naseem stays over the wicket and hits the hard length this time, on middle, Shivam Dube does not move his feet much and plays in front of his body as he looks to push it down the ground. The ball sticks in the surface a bit and Dube chips it off the upper half of the bat to the left of Naseem Shah who does the rest.
13.1
1
Naseem Shah to Rishabh Pant, Comes back into the attack and angles it across from over the wicket, on a good length, around off, Rishabh Pant uses the angle and glides it down to deep third for one.
13
over
13 | 4 Runs | HH: 94/4
12.6
Imad Wasim to Shivam Dube, This is flat and short, on a hard length, on middle, Shivam Dube firms the drive down the deck where Imad Wasim makes a good stop to his left.
12.5
1
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, Leg bye! Keeps it slow but this is fuller, on off, Rishabh Pant shapes up for the reverse sweep but misses as the ball brushes his pads and rolls away to short third for a leg bye.
12.4
1
Imad Wasim to Shivam Dube, Floats it up again and this is on a nagging length, on off and middle, the ball grips in the surface and Shivam Dube has to check his shot before turning it in front of square on the leg side for one.
12.3
Imad Wasim to Shivam Dube, Fires it in, full and on middle, Shivam Dube pushes it back to the bowler.
12.2
1
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, Slows it up and it is shorter as well, turning in, on middle, Rishabh Pant is through his shot early but controls the pull along the ground to deep backward square leg for a run.
12.1
1
Imad Wasim to Shivam Dube, Angles it in from wide of the crease from the over-the-wicket angle, on a short length, on middle, Shivam Dube nudges it off the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a single.
12
over
12 | 1 Runs | HH: 90/4
11.6
1
Haris Rauf to Shivam Dube, Hurls it on a back of a length, around off, Shivam Dube gets on top of the bounce nicely and punches it square to deep point for a single to get off the mark.
11.5
Haris Rauf to Shivam Dube, Oh, that popped up off the surface. Bangs it away on a hard length, a hint of extra bounce, Shivam Dube does well though to keep it down beside the pitch on the off side.
11.4
Haris Rauf to Shivam Dube, Right on the money! On a hard length, on off, Shivam Dube hangs back in his crease and pats it with a straight bat back to the bowler.
11.3
Haris Rauf to Shivam Dube, Past the outside edge straight away! Comes in from around the wicket and gets the ball to zip through, on a back of a length, Shivam Dube fiddles at the delivery and he is lucky not to nick this one behind.
Shivam Dube walks in at number 6.
11.2
W
Haris Rauf to Suryakumar Yadav, OUT! CAUGHT! Haris Rauf strikes back after an expensive first over. He is pumped up as is Mohammad Amir who bangs the ball into the turf. Pitches it right up to the batter, on middle, the shot was on with mid off inside the circle. The bat turns in his hand and Suryakumar Yadav lobs it off the toe-end of the bat tamely towards Mohammad Amir who takes the simplest of catches at mid off. A much-needed breakthrough for Pakistan.
11.1
Haris Rauf to Suryakumar Yadav, Half a shout for LBW but this looks to be clearly going down leg. As always, Haris Rauf is interested but Mohammad Rizwan indicates that the ball was going down leg and the UltraEdge confirms the same. Full and tailing back into the right-hander, on middle and leg, Suryakumar Yadav plays all around it and gets pinged on the front pad.
11
over
11 | 8 Runs | HH: 89/3
10.6
1
Imad Wasim to Suryakumar Yadav, Comes from around the wicket for the right-hander, short and on off, punched with a straight bat down to long off for one more run.
10.5
1
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, Slows it up a touch and bowls it short, turning in, on middle, Rishabh Pant skips down the track and tucks it through mid-wicket for one.
10.4
4
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! Executed to perfection! Fires it in and it is shorter as well, on off, Rishabh Pant employs the reverse sweep and hits it over short third for a boundary.
10.3
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, Goes straight on, on a nagging length, on off, Rishabh Pant looks to play it with the turn but the ball skids through to go past the bat.
10.2
1
Imad Wasim to Suryakumar Yadav, Slides on the pads, full in length, Suryakumar Yadav tickles it wide of short fine leg and gets to the other end.
10.1
1
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, Starts from over the wicket and tosses it up nicely, full and on middle, Rishabh Pant slog sweeps it to deep backward square leg for one.
Drinks break! Despite the loss of three wickets, India have managed to build a decent platform. Rishabh Pant has taken his chances to keep the scoreboard ticking and will look to bat in the same fashion, whereas the newly arrived Suryakumar Yadav will look to play the anchor role on a wicket that looks the best of what we have seen in New York so far. Pakistan have been unable to keep the pressure on the Indian batters and have allowed them to gain momentum. They will be hoping that this break in play brings about a wicket for them on which they can build.
10
over
10 | 13 Runs | HH: 81/3
9.6
Haris Rauf to Suryakumar Yadav, Much better from Haris Rauf. On a good length and in the channel around off, nipping away quickly off the deck. Suryakumar Yadav has a poek at it but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
9.5
1
Haris Rauf to Rishabh Pant, Banged in well short and outside off, Rishabh Pant reaches out and just angles the ramp down to third man for a single.
9.4
4
Haris Rauf to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! Much more in control that time and Rishabh Pant makes it a hat-trick of fours. Fuller in length and on the pads, Pant picks it up and flicks it away past square leg and into the fence.
9.3
4
Haris Rauf to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! That is classic Pant, no idea how he played that shot but he gets the boundary again. Full and around off stump, Pant goes right across the off stump and falls over before managing to scoop it away over backward square leg for four more runs.
9.2
4
Haris Rauf to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! Slower ball, Rishabh Pant picks it up and gets it away to the fence. This is pitched up outside off stump, Pant waits well and then lifts it over wide mid off for a boundary.
9.1
Haris Rauf to Rishabh Pant, Begins from around the stumps, bowling it back of a length and around off stump, Rishabh Pant stays on the back foot and pushes it down in front of covers.
9
over
9 | 6 Runs | HH: 68/3
8.6
1
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, On the bounce! Speared in at the stumps, Rishabh Pant swats it flat and over mid on as Iftikhar Ahmed rushes in from the deep but the ball lands well short and the batters get a single.
8.5
2
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, A tad shorter now and around off, Rishabh Pant muscles the ball away through the mid-wicket region and picks up a couple of runs.
8.4
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, That one straightened a bit! Quick and a bit full around off stump, drifting away and then just coming back in. Rishabh Pant pokes at it and almost gets an inside edge back onto the stumps.
8.3
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, Another reverse sweep attempted and Pant misses again. Pushes it through from over the wicket, on a nagging length, around off, Rishabh Pant switches his grip and swings at it but connects with thin air.
8.2
1
Imad Wasim to Suryakumar Yadav, Nicely bowled! A bit of flight on that one, bowled on a nagging length around off and gripping too. Suryakumar Yadav plays it late and edges it down with soft hands to short third for one.
8.1
1
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, Rishabh Pant seems to have the luck of the Irish right now with him. This is tossed up a bit and angled across the left-hander, Pant looks to fetch and slog but misues it high around square leg and into the gap. Fakhar Zaman tries to come in from behind square leg but doesn't reach it. Just the single.
8.1
1
Imad Wasim to Rishabh Pant, WIDE! Starts off with a slingy delivery that is pushed well outside the off stump, Rishabh Pant looks to reverse sweep but misses.
8
over
8 | 5 Runs | HH: 62/3
7.6
4
Naseem Shah to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR! Suryakumar Yadav is up and running! This is bowled quite full and attacking the stumps, SKY gets on the front foot and drills it straight back past the bowler for a boundary.
7.5
Naseem Shah to Suryakumar Yadav, Just back of a length and around off stump, Suryakumar Yadav stays on the back foot and nudges it down on the off side.
Suryakumar Yadav comes in at number 5.
7.4
W
Naseem Shah to Axar Patel, OUT! TIMBER! Axar Patel looked to be aggressive there but gets cleaned up instead. Just as the on-air commentators said that this was the highest score by an Indian batter at number 4 against Pakistan in a T20 World Cup clash, Axar walks back. Naseem Shah steams in from over the wicket and just bowls it on a tad shorter length around middle and leg, Axar comes down the pitch to heave it away but misses the ball completely and Pakistan have their third wicket as the ball crashes into the stumps.
7.3
Naseem Shah to Axar Patel, Good length around the top of off stump, Axar Patel stays in his crease and tentatively blocks it out.
7.2
Naseem Shah to Axar Patel, Pitched up again around the off stump, Axar Patel leans into the drive and punches it on the bounce towards mid off.
7.1
1
Naseem Shah to Rishabh Pant, Pitched up from over the wicket and right on off stump, Rishabh Pant looks to punch off the front foot but gets it off the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket for one.
7
over
7 | 7 Runs | HH: 57/2
6.6
4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Axar Patel, FOUR! Now, that is a lovely shot! Tossed up at the stumps, Axar Patel skips down the pitch, holds his shape really well and just lifts it back over the bowler's head for a boundary.
6.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Rishabh Pant, Full and at the stumps, Rishabh Pant walks down the pitch and pushes it down to long on for a single.
6.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Rishabh Pant, WIDE! Quicker one, full and fired in down the leg side for a wide.
6.4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Rishabh Pant, Oh, dear! Rishabh Pant is living on a knife's edge and probably trying too many things out there. Nagging length around off stump, Pant walks across trying to scoop it away but gets an inside edge onto the back leg.
6.3
Iftikhar Ahmed to Rishabh Pant, Floats this one up down the leg side, Rishabh Pant tries to go a bit too hard at it and misses out on the slog. The ball takes a bit of pad and strikes the body of Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps.
6.2
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Axar Patel, Dropped a bit shorter on off and this one pops up after pitching, Axar Patel backs away and taps it past point for a single.
6.1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Axar Patel, Starts from around the stumps and bowls it a bit flatter around off, Axar Patel blocks it down the deck off the front foot.
First look at spin as Iftikhar Ahmed come into the attack.
6
over
6 | 12 Runs | HH: 50/2
5.6
Mohammad Amir to Rishabh Pant, Beaten! Keeps it quite full in the channel around off and gets it to swing away sharply, Rishabh Pant gets squared up as the ball beats the outside edge. India are 50/2 at the end of the Powerplay.
5.5
4
Mohammad Amir to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! Rishabh Pant going for broke here and he has picked up 11 vital runs off miscued shots. Full again and around off stump, Pant is late on the flick again and cue-ends it well over Iftikhar Ahmed's head this time at first slip for another boundary. Mohammad Amir is highly frustrated with that.
5.4
1
Mohammad Amir to Axar Patel, On a good length and outside off, steered away down to third man for a single by Axar Patel.
5.3
Mohammad Amir to Axar Patel, Oh, that was mighty close to the off stump! Slightly full and around off, gets this one to swing back in, Axar Patel is beaten all ends up and the ball zips between bat and pad through to the keeper.
5.2
3
Mohammad Amir to Rishabh Pant, DROPPED! That was much more of a valiant effort and a highly difficult chance but Usman Khan has grassed it. Pitched up again around off stump, Rishabh Pant gets in a poor position as he looks to flick it away and skies it off the toe end of the bat over the point region. Usman gives it a good chase and puts in the dive but the ball is always going further away and he cannot hang on. The batters pick up three runs.
5.1
4
Mohammad Amir to Rishabh Pant, EDGED AND FOUR! Pitched up full and wide of the off stump, Rishabh Pant throws his hands at the ball and gets a thick outside edge as the ball goes quickly and wide of first slip. Iftikhar Ahmed there springs across but seems a bit late and the ball is through him before time. The ball races away into the fence.
A slight halt in play as Axar Patel seems to have hurt himself a bit as he put in that big dive on the previous delivery. The batters also get a few refreshments and we are back to the game.
5
over
5 | 14 Runs | HH: 38/2
4.6
2
Shaheen Afridi to Axar Patel, Good running! Delivers it on a hard length, outside off, Axar Patel opens the bat face and glides it to the right of backward point. By the time, the deep third fielder gets around, Axar turns around and dives to complete the second run.
4.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Rishabh Pant, Almost dragged it onto the stumps! This is on a back of a length, around off, Rishabh Pant shapes up to play it square on the off side but the ball nips back in a touch and catches the inside edge. Luckily for Rishabh, it sneaks past the stumps and it rolls to short fine leg for one.
4.4
Shaheen Afridi to Rishabh Pant, Angling in, fuller as well, outside off, Rishabh Pant leans on it and times the drive straight to cover.
4.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Axar Patel, Slightly uppish but safe! Delivers it on a good length, on off, the ball stops in the surface and it results in Axar Patel driving it aerially but it drops wide of cover and the batters cross over.
4.2
6
Shaheen Afridi to Axar Patel, SIX! More in control and Axar Patel gets the maximum reward! Digs it in short but offers width on off, Axar Patel waits for the ball to come to him and ramps it over the keeper and the first slip for half a dozen.
4.1
4
Shaheen Afridi to Axar Patel, FOUR! Streaky but they all count! Afridi bowls it in the corridor of off, on a short of a good length, Axar Patel pushes at the delivery away from his body. He is late on the shot and the ball races off the toe-end of the bat to the right of deep third for a boundary.
4
over
4 | 4 Runs | HH: 24/2
3.6
1
Mohammad Amir to Axar Patel, Dishes it out on a fullish length, outside off, Axar Patel gets his bat down in time and squeezes it out to deep third for a single.
3.5
Mohammad Amir to Axar Patel, Trifecta of plays and misses! Much fuller from Amir and this is near the tramline on off, Axar Patel goes for an expansive drive away from his body but the ball goes away and whizzes past the bat.
3.4
Mohammad Amir to Axar Patel, And again! Pulls the length back and offers a bit of width on off, Axar Patel tries to latch onto the width but goes after it tentatively and gets beaten on the outside edge.
3.3
Mohammad Amir to Axar Patel, Beaten! Serves it on a good length and in that channel on off, Axar Patel has a loose poke at the delivery and he is lucky not to nick this one behind as the ball nips past the bat.
3.2
3
Mohammad Amir to Rishabh Pant, A good chase from Shaheen Afridi to save a run for his side. Bowls it with an upright seam, full and on off, Rishabh Pant brings his bottom hand into play and whips it along the ground through mid-wicket. The ball holds up in the outfield again, allowing Shaheen to pull it back. Three runs taken.
3.1
Mohammad Amir to Rishabh Pant, Starts with an outswinger from over the wicket and bowls it full as well, Rishabh Pant shoulders arms.
Mohammad Amir comes into the attack now.
3
over
3 | 1 Runs | HH: 20/2
2.6
Shaheen Afridi to Axar Patel, Angling in from wide of the crease on the over-the-wicket angle, on off, Axar Patel plays it late off the back foot and guides it to backward point. Back-to-back successful overs for Pakistan have put India under early pressure.
2.5
Shaheen Afridi to Axar Patel, Hurls it around off, on a short of a good length, Axar Patel gets on top of the bounce nicely and punches it to cover.
2.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Axar Patel, WIDE! Lands it beyond the tramline on off, Axar Patel lets it go for a wide.
Axar Patel has been sent up the order as a pinch-hitter it seems.
2.4
W
Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! The Eagle has landed in New York. India rocked early with both back openers in the hut. Shaheen varies his line as this is on the pads, full in length, Rohit Sharma tries to play the pick-up shot, similar to what he did before the break which went for six. However, this time, gets more height on it and it goes only as far as deep square leg where Haris Rauf runs to his left and settles under the skier. Pakistan with the first blow in this big game.
2.3
Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, Edged but it drops way short! Continues to angle it away from the batter, around off, Rohit Sharma defends it with soft hands and it goes on the bounce to the diving fielder at first slip.
2.2
Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, Play and a miss! The ball is coming out of the hand nicely for Shaheen Afridi after the break. Keeps it full and lures Rohit Sharma into the drive, angles it across, outside off, Rohit looks to go back over the bowler's head but gets beaten on the angle.
2.1
Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, At 136.1 kph, full and angling away, around off, Rohit Sharma gets on the front foot and covers the line of the ball to block it out.
2
over
2 | 11 Runs | HH: 19/1
1.6
1
Naseem Shah to Rohit Sharma, Bangs it away on a hard length, over off, Rohit Sharma hangs back in his crease and steers it with an open bat face down to deep third to keep the strike. End of a successful over from Naseem.
1.5
4
Naseem Shah to Rohit Sharma, FOUR! Too straight and these are easy pickings for Rohit Sharma. Strays on the pads with a short fine leg in place and it is full as well, Rohit Sharma allows the ball to come to him and helps it to the left of short fine leg for a boundary.
1.5
2
Naseem Shah to Rishabh Pant, TWO WIDES! Tries to get the ball to shape back into the left-hander but slips it down leg, on a fuller length, Rishabh Pant lets it go and it goes on the bounce to the keeper, Mohammad Rizwan who fails to make a clean stop diving away to his right and concedes an extra.
1.4
Naseem Shah to Rishabh Pant, Past the outside edge! Angles it away from the left-hander, on a length, on off, Rishabh Pant plays inside the line of the ball and gets beaten on the outside edge.
Rishabh Pant walks in at number 3.
1.3
W
Naseem Shah to Virat Kohli, OUT! TAKEN! Straight to the fielder and it is Naseem Shah with the first strike for Pakistan. Not the best of deliveries from Naseem but he still manages to get a wicket off it. Naseem offers width and it is too short as well, Virat Kohli reaches out as he looks to slap it over covers. The ball stops in the surface a bit and Kohli plays it too far away from his body to get the connection. Ends up getting this one off the toe-end of the bat and it goes straight to cover-point where Usman Khan leaps and takes the catch over his head.
1.2
Naseem Shah to Virat Kohli, Pulls the length back and bowls it on off, Virat Kohli uses his feet and defends it right under his eyeline.
1.1
4
Naseem Shah to Virat Kohli, FOUR! Class written all over it and Virat Kohli is away! Naseem gets a good away shape on this one, full and outside off, Virat Kohli stays balanced in the crease and extends his hands to cream the drive through covers. Despite the damp outfield, the ball has enough legs to reach the fence.
Welcome, back! It is time for Take 2 and the mother of all cricketing clashes is back underway and the big positive is that the skies have cleared up a bit more as well. The umpires are back out in the middle and so are the players of Pakistan. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are set to resume their stay with the latter taking strike for the first ball. Naseem Shah will share the new ball with Shaheen Afridi. Let's go…
UPDATE – 9.12 pm IST (3.42 pm GMT) – Positive news! As we had hoped, it was just a passing shower, and the umpires are out to inspect the outfield as we speak. The square stays covered for now and the call on taking the covers off will be taken soon by the match officials, who are currently in a discussion with the head of the ground staff. The covers are being peeled off now, and the stumps are being erected. The Pakistan players have come out, and we should not be far away from resumption now. Right then, play will restart at 9.30 pm IST (4 pm GMT) with no overs lost.
UPDATE – 8.55 pm IST (3.25 pm GMT) – Uh, oh! Look who's back? Yes, the rain but it seems to be just a passing shower and hopefully, it just is only a passing shower. Just as Naseem Shah was raring to bowl the second over, the heavens opened up again and the players are off the field. Frustrating for everyone on and off the field but it is just that kind of a day. Stay tuned for further updates. A few minutes later, the rain has really picked up now. Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a buffer of 90 minutes before we start losing overs and if this burst of rain persists for a while longer, we will certainly start losing overs.
1
over
1 | 8 Runs | HH: 8/0
0.6
Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, A massive shout for LBW but the umpire shakes his head! Shaheen Afridi is extremely confident but Babar Azam, standing at mid off, spots the inside edge and Pakistan do not take the review. This was very full from Shaheen, on middle, a hint of inward shape, Rohit Sharma went for the flick shot and should consider himself lucky that he got an inside edge on it because he was struck right in front of the stumps. An eventful end to the first over of this game.
0.5
Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, Delivers it on the off-stump line and keeps it on a good length, Rohit Sharma gets a good stride in and dabs it square to cover-point.
0.4
Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, Gets the ball to angle across from over the wicket, on a good length, Rohit Sharma watcfully shoulders arms.
0.3
6
Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, SIX! WOW! It does not take long for Rohit Sharma to get going! The Indian skipper picked the bones out of that. Shaheen bowls it around middle and leg, on a length, Rohit Sharma picks up the line and length early and plays the pick-up shot to perfection. Clears deep square leg for a biggie.
0.2
Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, Drags the length back and aims it over middle, not much movement, Rohit Sharma hangs back and stabs it down off the deck with a straight bat.
0.1
2
Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma and India are underway! Shaheen Afridi steams in from over the wicket with a slip in place and pitches it right up, on middle and leg, Rohit Sharma brings his wrists into play and clips it through square leg. The ball holds up in the outfield and Rohit comes back for the second run.
Done with the pre-match proceedings and it is now time to play! It has been quite a long wait but it is almost always worth the wait. The umpires are out in the middle and so are the players of Pakistan who spread out on the field. The prolific opening duo of skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli walks out to open the innings for India. Shaheen Afridi has the new ball in hand and is raring to go. Just the one slip in place. Let's go…
Just a few minutes left for the big clash! One of the ambassadors of this T20 World Cup and one of India's greatest white-ball players ever, Yuvraj Singh walks out and places that coveted trophy on the podium. Next up the officials walks out and behind them are the two sets of players who will line up for their respective national anthems. It is a sea of blue out in the crowd with a tinge of green here and there. It will be the national anthem of Pakistan first followed by the national anthem of India.
UPDATE – 8.30 pm IST (3 pm GMT) – The Super Soppers have done their job, and the outfield has dried up nicely. Play is set to start at 8.50 pm IST (3.20 pm GMT), provided there is no more rain. It has brightened up as well, and let's hope that we do not have any more delays. In case you were wondering, no overs have been lost despite the amount of time we have lost.
UPDATE – 8.23 pm IST (2.53 pm GMT) – Great news! The rain has stopped, and the covers are coming off. However, it does not look like we will be starting on time, and we will most certainly be having a further delay to this high-octane clash. The hessian has also been removed, which is a good sign. The match officials are seen in a discussion with the chief of the ground staff and will soon have an update regarding the start of play. Stick around for more news.
UPDATE – 8.14 pm IST (2.44 pm GMT) – Oh, no! The rain has returned, and the ground staff are quick to put the covers back on. Fingers crossed that the rain subsides soon enough for us to get going at the scheduled start time of 8.30 pm IST (3 pm GMT).
Suryakumar Yadav is down for a chat. He says that you can't prepare for weather like this but the general preparation has been good. Adds that he won't try to avoid any shot on this track and intent is important. Mentions that it has always been a great competition between India and Pakistan and he is looking forward to a good game.
The captain of India, Rohit Sharma says that they would have bowled first as well. Tells that they will look to assess as quickly as possible and try to get a decent score. Feels that it can be challenging upfront but they know what they need to do as a batting group. Reckons that every game in the World Cup is crucial and it is important to turn up pretty well. Opines that having played a couple of games in New York will help them in assessing what the right score is on this surface. Ends by informing that they are going with the same team as the last game.
Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan says that they will bowl first given the weather and pitch conditions and will try to utilize the first 6 overs. Adds that the early conditions will suit them given they have four fast bowlers and mentions that they have to forego the past and are ready for the clash. Adds that they are always motivated when facing India and informs that they have one change in the side with Imad Wasim coming in for Azam Khan.
Pakistan (Playing XI) – Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Babar Azam (C), Usman Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (In for Azam Khan), Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Amir.
India (Unchanged Playing XI) – Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj.
TOSS – Babar Azam calls 'heads' and heads it is. Pakistan have opted to BOWL first.
UPDATE – 7.45 pm IST (2.15 pm GMT) – Right then, it's inspection time! The match officials are out in talks with the ground staff. The ground staff are slowly starting to peel the covers off the square before proceeding to uncover the strip. More promising signs as the toss is set to take place at 8 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT). The first ball will be bowled at 8.30 pm IST (3 pm GMT) with no overs lost.
UPDATE – 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT) – The rain has stopped, which is great news for everyone! The umpires are also out for an inspection. They are not satisfied with the conditions just yet and have scheduled another inspection for 7.45 pm IST (2.15 pm GMT). We will gain more clarity then regarding the toss and the start of play. For now, though, the toss has been officially delayed.
UPDATE – 7.14 pm IST (1.44 pm GMT) – Uh, oh! Not the best start to our coverage, as it's currently raining at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium and the square has been covered. What started off as a drizzle has unfortunately picked up, but let's hope that it is a passing shower and that there is no delay to the commencement of the game. Stay tuned for more updates.
On the other hand, after a shocking defeat at the hands of the USA in Dallas, Pakistan are right up against it early in the tournament. Their Powerplay woes, visible in the campaign opener, highlight the importance of experienced batters like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Fakhar Zaman. The four-pronged pace attack of Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah is expected to step up, while Imad Wasim passing his fitness test is a much-needed boost to their spin department. Pakistan are as unpredictable as they come, and only time will tell which Pakistan will turn up against India. Will Babar Azam and Co. bounce back, or will India, having lost only once against Pakistan in World Cup cricket, extend their dominance? Stay tuned to find out.
India have kicked off their mission to end the ICC trophy drought on a high note with a fairly comfortable win over Ireland. Rohit Sharma had a scratchy inning, but the time spent out in the middle will be invaluable for the Indian skipper. Games against Pakistan always bring out the best in Virat Kohli, and both he and Rohit will be crucial on this challenging surface. With Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, and Hardik Pandya forming a formidable pace attack, it will be interesting to see if Kuldeep Yadav, who enjoyed success against Pakistan in the 2023 ODI World Cup, finds a place in the side.
Hello and a warm welcome, folks! Games don’t come much bigger than this. It's India versus Pakistan at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024. The 'Big Apple' is buzzing with excitement as the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium gears up to host this epic showdown between two arch-rivals. Adding to the intrigue are the spicy pitches in New York, which have so far tested the batters to the hilt, but it all should make for some entertaining viewing.
… MATCH DAY …
The stage is set, the battlegrounds are ready, and the air is thick with anticipation as two of the fiercest rivals in cricket history prepare to lock horns in a high-voltage encounter. India and Pakistan are all set to reignite their age-old rivalry in the T20 World Cup 2024, and the world can’t wait. There’s nothing quite like an India vs Pakistan match. It’s not just a game, it’s an emotion, a fever that grips millions. Every ball, every run, and every wicket carries the weight of history and dedication. Over the years, these encounters have delivered some of the most unforgettable moments in cricketing history, from India triumphing over Pakistan in the 2007 inaugural T20 World Cup Final to Virat Kohli’s masterclass in the chase in 2022. India enters this high-stakes clash following a dominant performance against Ireland. The Indian bowlers displayed exceptional form, and more importantly, Hardik Pandyad has regained his rhythm with the ball. Arshdeep Singh has once again risen to the occasion in the big tournament, while Jasprit Bumrah is in the form of his life, firing those pinpoint thunderbolts. The two spinning all-rounders, Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja make the side more flexible and consistent and would be pivotal especially on the spin-friendly track of New York. Kuldeep Yadav is another cunning spinner in the ranks. Rohit Sharma has had his issues with left-arm pacers, but when he's in the zone, he's tough to stop. Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav will need to anchor and stabilise the top order and make life easier for the finishers. Shivam Dube and Rishabh Pant will be in charge of inflating the scoring rate, while Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya add even more depth to the batting lineup. On the other hand, Pakistan's campaign began in a disastrous fashion as they were left utterly shell shocked by an unimaginable first-game defeat to the USA, a result that no one saw coming. Although it was an absolute humdinger contest, Pakistan completely unraveled in the Super Over. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan were their standout performers with the bat, but their strike rates have been a significant concern lately. Fakhar Zaman has historically performed well against India in the ICC tournaments, and Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed are expected to step up in the crucial moments. Usman Khan will also need to raise his game. On the bowling front, Pakistan is eager to bounce back after their nightmare against the USA. Mohammad Amir, backed by his commendable track record against Indian openers, is poised for a determined comeback following a tough Super Over against the USA. With historical stats tipping the scales in favor of the men in blue, India seeks to extend their dominance. Yet, Pakistan, hungry for a victory, sees this as the perfect stage and opportunity to turn the tide in their favor. Whenever these two subcontinental heavyweights have clashed, India has a solid track record while chasing, with chase-master Virat Kohli often being the game-changer and making the difference, robbing the game from crunch situations. Pakistan, on the other hand, tends to perform better when batting second and surely with their solitary past triumph by ten wickets almost three years back. It's a showdown between Pakistan's formidable pace battery and India's strong batting lineup. Who do you think has an upperhand?