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

Green shirts out for lowest score against arch rivals in Twenty20 match


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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.

COMMENTS (17)

Shah | 5 years ago | Reply @someone: @Prakash: 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't
Prakash | 5 years ago | Reply 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.
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