Asia Cup T20: India survive Amir’s spell to trounce Pakistan

Published: February 28, 2016


DHAKA: India overcame a fiery opening spell from Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir to pummel their bitter rivals by five wickets in a key Asia Cup Twenty20 match in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Saturday.

Defending a low score of 83 runs, Amir generated sheer pace and swing with pinpoint accuracy on a helpful track at the Sher-e-Bangal National Stadium, to leave India rattled at 8-3 inside three overs.

Both India’s openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane went for a duck and Suresh Raina could help himself only hoisting a catch at mid-off to Wahab Riaz after making one.

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Virat Kohli struck Amir, and then hit Mohammad Irfan before giving Riaz the same treatment to put India firmly in control.

India finally reached 85-5 to complete the victory with 27 balls to spare with man of the match Kohli making 49, the top score, off 51 balls with seven fours.

Captain Shahid Afridi rued his batsmen’s failure to read the wicket. “We have played so much cricket. We should have read the pitch, we did not play according to the pitch,” said Afridi. “If we lose 4-5 batsmen in the first six overs, we can’t score 140.”

Indian skipper MS Dhoni said: “We are a team that loves to play aggressive cricket. But this pushes us to respect the conditions, which will be good going into the World Twenty20,”

Man of the match Kohli hailed Amir for his brilliant efforts. “I would like to congratulate Mohammad Amir for the way he bowled,” Kohli said. “I actually congratulated him while he was bowling. It was amazing to play such a spell.”

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Today’s score was Pakistan’s lowest against India in the seven Twenty20 internationals they have played so far. Pakistan’s previous lowest total against their traditional rivals was 128.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • someone
    Feb 28, 2016 - 7:48AM

    Survive?? India thrashed Pakistan by 5 wickets with almost 5 overs remaining. By the way the new comer like Hardik Pandya has better figures than more experienced Amir. Recommend

  • Feb 28, 2016 - 10:18AM

    There can be no excuses for the defeat. They tamely gave the game away by overreacting to the bowling in attempting shots experience would leave alone. Secondly, being over eager to go for runs where there were no runs. Yes, our batsmen let us down except Sarfaraz.
    Indeed, the bowling had the Indian batsmen puzzled and Amir and Sami have proven their worth. This customary collapse places itself squarely on the quality of the coach and the emotions of the players. Waqab Riaz as usual played his erratic game and contributed largely to the loss. Players must be told in no uncompromising terms, “Shape up, or ship out.”
    On the flip side, the Indians did not panic and remained sedate. To put it simply, “they were large and Incharge. Even in the post match interviews the Indians very maturely and humbly praised Amir. These are the signs of victors.

  • Truth
    Feb 28, 2016 - 10:40AM

    The title should read ” India decimates Pakistan batting lineup”Recommend

  • Mohammad Azam Bhatti
    Feb 28, 2016 - 11:02AM


  • Pk_Paris
    Feb 28, 2016 - 11:43AM

    Amir spell was good but headline is misleading. Come on, you cannot take away credit from India. They played fantastic cricket in all 3 departments as one unit. Other than Amir, all others bowlers were just ordinary and I don’t have to say anything about fielding & batting of Pakistani side.
    Hope selectors will start thinking about loss rather than celebrating Amir spell only.Recommend

  • Mumbai Ka Don
    Feb 28, 2016 - 12:10PM

    Bharat Mata ki Jai . Wait till we show you how its done on 19th March . pakistani watch and learn how we do it on our side. Recommend

  • Feroz
    Feb 28, 2016 - 12:35PM

    Victory and defeat are part of every game and all of us must accept the result graciously. Focus should be on improvement and learning through experience. Discussing ifs and buts is a pointless exercise.Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Feb 28, 2016 - 12:39PM

    It’s not important that Pakistan lost.

    What’s important is that Shahriyar Khan,

    Waqar Yunis, Subhani, Intekhab Alam

    and company remain firmly placed in their

    money milching positions as incompetency is the criteria under

    corrupt and incompetent rulers of Corruptionistan. Recommend

  • SK
    Feb 28, 2016 - 12:57PM


    Agreed. India is definitely a better team.Recommend

  • ali
    Feb 28, 2016 - 1:45PM

    @Mumbai Ka Don
    You still need years to only level Pakistan’s record so relax. No doubt Indian cricket team played superb.Recommend

  • JB
    Feb 28, 2016 - 1:45PM

    It was Amir’s spell from the very first ball. The first ball was given not out. Even Virat Kohli got lucky with an LBW shout. Things would have been much different had those two LBW shouts been given out as well. Not taking anything away from India, but Amir did make the match interesting. Wahab was the weakest of the four with his wayward line and length. Even Sami bowled better.
    So yes, survival is the word because it could have been very easily five down before the score of 20.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 28, 2016 - 2:32PM

    @Mohammad Azam Bhatti:
    First of all, we put too much emphasis on bowling at the expense of batting and tight fielding, though India is just as good in that dept most of the time.
    Second, it seems like our batsmen and fielders are scared of the ball, so they don’t go all out to make the spirited effort. Last but certainly not least, is the question of strategy and tactics; do our players take a scientific approach to studying the way the Indian side plays on various occasions by examining videos, films, etc.,and do some sort of statistical analysis and computer modeling ? Because I am pretty sure that’s the first thing the Indians do in dissecting our ‘game plan’, for want of a better term.Recommend

  • Kashif Riaz
    Feb 28, 2016 - 3:18PM

    Pakistani batsman’s needs to take tuition from from Virat Kohli!Recommend

  • Bajirao
    Feb 28, 2016 - 5:35PM

    Amir’s spell totally got wasted as it can not convert it into team’s victory.Recommend

  • Ajay
    Feb 28, 2016 - 7:15PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching Mohd Amir bowl. He is a great talent.
    But the only time Pak looked like being in the game was for the first 4 overs of the Indian batting. Apart from that it was India all the way.Recommend

  • Prakash
    Feb 28, 2016 - 10:00PM

    Indian bowling unit performed better than famous bowling unit of Pakistan,as they bundled Pakistan to all time low score against India before allotted 20 overs and then Pakistan bowling unit was not able to defend the score ,which India was able to score much before allotted 20 overs.Individual bowling performance of Pandya 3/8 was better than Amir 3/18.Recommend

  • Shah
    Feb 29, 2016 - 12:09PM

    The Fact That India Had A Mere 84 Runs to Get But Yet The ‘world class’ Batting Had To Get This Right At The 15th Over Losing Half The Side In The Process Is Defeat Enough For Them.

    This Match Should Have Been A Walk In The Park And It Wasn’tRecommend

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