India’s T20 World Cup campaign will get underway on Sunday night at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when they take on bitter foe Pakistan.
For India, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will play, while Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi will represent Pakistan.
india will enter the match as the favourites, but in front of a packed MCG, they will need to perform at their peak.
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20th over: Dinesh Karthik takes a single to get the legend Kohli on strike, who slaps the ball down the ground for two runs. Kohli hits a full-toss for six over mid-wicket, despite the best efforts of the Pakistan fielder on the rope, before the umpire calls a no-ball for height leaving the Pakistan skipper Azam furious.
20th over: WICKET!!! Nawaz is back to bowl the final over. Pandya hits it straight up in the air and is caught! 5/144 after 19.1 overs.
19th over: Rauf is back to finish his spell and starts the over brilliantly, with just three singles from his first three balls. Kohli goes down the ground with a picture-perfect stroke for six runs. Kohli again goes over fine-leg, this time for a horn to put them within 16 runs of victory heading into the final over. This is as intense as it gets! 4/144 after 19.
18th over: Kohli brings up a half-century with a pull shot for a boundary, before Afridi sprays it down leg-side for a wide delivery. Kohli pierces the gap on the off-side and takes two runs, before hitting a full-toss over cover for another four runs. Kohli finishes the over by jumping on a loose ball from Afridi and getting it over short fine-leg for another boundary. The momentum is shifting towards India favour with two overs remaining. 4/129 after 18.
17th over: Shah comes back for his final over. Kohli gives himself some room to try and go over the top, but can only manage two runs on the off-side. Pandya takes two runs on the leg-side. Fantastic over from Shah. 4/112 after 17.
16th over: Rauf is back on to bowl now. Pandya plays and misses outside the off-stump, before taking a single to third-man. Rauf sprays it down the leg-side for three wides, with the glove of Rizwan stopping a certain boundary. 4/106 after 16.
15th over: Shah returns to the attack for Pakistan and will be hungry to add to his wicket tally in the later stages of this innings. Kohli takes two runs on the leg-side, before clipping the ball past the man at short fine-leg for another. boundary. Five overs to go and this one is going to go down to the wire. 4/100 after 15.
14th over: Shadab continues but is sent to the boundary immediately by Kohli, who plays a fantastic cut shot that rolls away to the rope. He fights back well with three singles after the early four. 4/90 after 14.
13th over: Afridi returns to the attack for Pakistan. Pandya flicks it through the leg-side for two runs. Some tidy fielding from Shadab at cover stops four runs, but Kohli latches onto a leg-side delivery and flicks it for a boundary later in the over. 4/83 after 13.
12th over: Pandya launches Nawaz into the stands over cow-corner, before taking a smart single down the ground the next ball. Pakistan appeal for a catch but the third umpire shows Kohli did not hit the ball, only striking his thighpad. Kohli goes down the ground the next ball with a lofted straight drive for six runs. Pandya finishes the over with another huge horn straight back over the bowler’s head. India are beginning to surge here and this partnership will be vital to their chances. 4/74 after 12.
11th over: Shadab continues for Pakistan after the drinks break. Pandya smashes the ball straight down the ground for a boundary, before India add three singles to the man at deep cover. Kohli flicks a full-toss through mid-wicket for two runs to finish a productive over. 4/54 after 11.
10th over: Spin is working a treat for Pakistan, with Nawaz continuing from the other end. Pandya flicks it to the leg-side and they add two runs, but India need to up the ante and start hitting some boundaries soon as the required run-rate rises. 4/45 after 10.
9th over: Another great over for Pakistan, with Shadab leaking just three runs. 4/41 after 9.
8th over: Mohammad Nawaz into the attack now for Pakistan. India are unable to find the boundary, managing just five singles from the over. 4/38 after 8.
7th over: ANOTHER WICKET!!! A huge mix-up sees Axar Patel run out. Azam and Rizwan almost make a meal of it, but the ball touches the stumps before the keeper’s gloves. This is absolute shambles for India. 4/33 after 7.
6th over: WICKET!!! Surya jumps on a short ball, hooking it all the way to the boundary for four runs. The next delivery, he attempts a ramp shot but is caught behind, struggling to handle the ferocious pace of Haris Rauf. Axar Patel gets off the mark with two runs. 3/31 after 6.
5th over: Surya adds three more runs to his tally, starting his innings off in quick fashion. Kohli takes off for a single to get the hot hand back on strike. 2/22 after 5.
4th over: WICKET!!! Sharma is gone, with Haris Rauf taking the outside edge of the Indian skipper and Ifitkhar Ahmed taking a great catch in the slips. Surya Yadav plays the shot of the night from his first ball at the crease, smoking a straight-drive down the ground for a boundary. He backs it up with a lovely back-foot drive through the off-side for another three runs. This game is shaping up to be a beauty. 2/17 after 4.
3rd over: Afridi continues for Pakistan. Sharma takes off for a quick single, giving the strike to Virat Kohli who punches the ball through cover for two runs. Afridi appeals for LBW but is turned down by the umpire. 1/10 after 3.
2nd over: WICKET!!! Naseem Shah enters the attack from the other end for Pakistan and strikes in his first over, as Rahul chops onto his stumps. Exactly the start Pakistan needed in their defence. 1/7 after 2.
1st over: Shaheen Shah Afridi opens up the bowling for Pakistan and almost takes a caught and bowled with his first delivery. KL Rahul gets off the mark with an inside-edge for a single, before his skipper Rohit Sharma pushes through the off-side for two run to finish the over. 0/5 after 1.
END OF INNINGS – Pakistan 8/159
After a horror start, Pakistan managed to scramble their way to a very defendable score of 159. Shan Masood did a nice job anchoring the innings with his half-century, while the power-hitting from Ifitkhar Ahmed helped give the side a boost. Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh were the clear standouts with the ball for India, finishing with three wickets apiece. Pakistan will need to bowl extremely well, but they have given themselves a fighting chance.
20th over: WICKET!!! A wild pitch invader halts play momentarily in the final over, with Kumar closing out India’s bowling innings. Afridi looks to pull a good length ball and hits it straight back to Kumar, who takes a simple catch. Haris Rauf hits a six from his first delivery, before wildly swinging the next two balls and missing out. 8/159 after 20.
19th over: Arshdeep comes back for his final over. Masood brings up his half-century with a single, capping an important innings for his side. Shaheen Afridi walks down the track and slogs it over mid-wicket for a massive six. He goes again the next ball, slapping the ball through mid-off for another four runs. 7/149 after 19.
18th over: Masood slashes at a ball from Shami and edges it down to the third-man region for a boundary. He backs it up the next ball with a cracking on-drive that beats a diving Ashwin and races away for another four runs. 7/135 after 18.
17th over: WICKET!!! Arshdeep returns to the attack and drops it in short, cramping Asif Ali for room. The Pakistan batsman can’t evade the ball despite attempting to duck under it, with the ball landing safely in the hands of Dinesh Karthik. Some poor fielding allows Pakistan to scramble for two runs. 7/125 after 17.
16th over: WICKET!!! Pandya is slapped for a boundary over point by Mohammad Nawaz, before the left-hander creams it over extra-cover two balls later for another four runs. Panyda digs the ball in shorter and cramps Nawaz for room, who edges it to the keeper and is sent packing. 6/116 after 16.
15th over: India are fuming as Masood mishits the ball in the air, but it strikes the spider-cam. Ashwin drops a tough catch off his own bowling, with Pakistan continuing to bat aggressively. 5/106 after 15.
14th over: TWO WICKETS!!! Pandya strikes upon his return as Shadab skies the ball out to deep mid-wicket, with Surya Yadav taking a simple catch. Haider Ali chips the ball over cover for two runs, getting his innings underway. Moments later, he skies the ball out to the same man out deep and Yadav makes no mistake. Poor batting from Pakistan in the past two overs, really throwing away their chance of a solid total. 5/98 after 14.
13th over: Shadab Khan gets off the market with a beautiful off-drive for a boundary, taking advantage of an over-pitched delivery from Shami. Shadab takes off for a quick single to finish the over. 3/96 after 13.
13th over: WICKET!!! Just as he was getting going, Ifitkhar is gone LBW. Shami traps the right-hander on the pads and the umpire shows no hesitation in putting his finger up. 3/91 after 12.2 overs.
12th over: Ifitkhar goes aerial again, taking down Axar Patel for six runs off his first delivery. He does it again two balls later, right over the bowler’s head for another big horn. Ifitkhar makes it three from four balls, sending it over the rope for six more runs. Brilliant batting from the right-hander, who brings up his half-century with a cut shot. 2/91 after 12.
11th over: Pakistan are looking to accelerate – as they should be – and Iftikhar hits a massive six over mid-on that gets the crowd up and about. 2/70 after 11.
10th over: Pandya swaps ends and returns for India. Pakistan add a few singles before Ifitkhar slaps it through backward point for a boundary, which his desperately need more of. 2/60 after 10.
9th over: Ravi Ashwin enters the attack, giving Pakistan their first taste of spin for the night. Masood dances down the wicket and goes over extra-cover for two runs. Ifitkhar beats the fielder with a late cut for a single to bring up 50 runs for Pakistan. 2/50 after 9.
8th over: MASOOD ESCAPES! Another top-edge from the Pakistan batsman goes to hand this time, but Ravi Ashwin couldn’t get his fingers under the ball on the fine-leg boundary. Tight over from Shami. 2/44 after 8.
7th over: Hardik Pandya is on for the boys in blue. Pandya drops it short and Iftikhar pounces on it with a hook shot for three runs. Another mix-up almost leads to a run-out, but Masood scrambles back just in time. Masood top-edges the final ball of the over but it lands safely and rolls away for a boundary. 2/41 after 7.
6th over: Mohammad Shami enters the attack for India. Masood hits a lovely cut shot for a boundary, before flicking it through mid-wicket for three runs. Pakistan are working their way back into the contest after a shaky start. 2/31 after 6.
5th over: Kumar continues for a third over. Iftikhar Ahmed gets off the mark with a flick through the leg-side for two runs, before hitting a boundary with a pull-shot through mid-wicket. 2/24 after 5.
4th over: WICKET!!! Rizwan top-edges another one and this time it lands safely in the hands of the man at fine-leg. Pakistan are two down already. 2/15 after 4.
4th over: Singh continues for India, but is hit for a boundary with the first ball of the over. Rizwan top-edges the ball and it falls just short of a diving Virat Kohli at mid-on.
3rd over: Kumar continues for India and he clips Masood on the thighpad, before an LBW appeal is turned down by the umpire. Masood takes two runs, but is looking nervy at the crease. 1/10 after 3.
2nd over: WICKET!!! Arshdeep Singh has caught Babar Azam on the pads with his very first delivery and the captain is gone! Pakistan reviewed the decision but it was shown to be hitting leg-stump. A huge moment early in the game for India. Singh is generating plenty of swing early in his spell, troubling the Pakistan batsmen. Virat Kohli misses a simple run-out opportunity that would have put Pakistan in all sorts. Rizwan flicks the ball fine for a boundary off the final ball of the over. It’s all happening at the MCG! 1/2 after 2.
1st over: Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens up for India. Mohammad Rizwan gets struck on the glove with some nice bounce off the wicket and is in clear discomfort. Doctors have now cleared him to continue. Rizwan swings at a couple of deliveries outside off-stump but misses out. Just one run off the over, with Kumar bowling a wide down leg-side. 0/1 after 1.
7pm: The anthems are done, the stadium is rocking and it’s showtime at the MCG!
6.50pm: Just 10 minutes until game time now, with players from both sides warming up on the field.
6.30pm: India have won the toss and captain Rohit Sharma has opted to bowl first in front of a raucous crowd at the MCG.
India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup full scorecard
|KL Rahul||b. Shah||4||8||–||–|
|Rohit Sharma (c)||c. Ahmed b. Rauf||4||7||–||–|
|Virat Kohli||Not out||74||50||6||3|
|Suryakumar Yadaj||c. Rizwan b. Rauf||15||10||2||–|
|Axar Patel||r.o Azam b. Shadab||2||3||–||–|
|Hardik Pandya||c. Azam b. Nawaz||40||37||1||2|
|Dinesh Karthik||Not out||1||1|
|Extras||5 (4wd 1lb)|
|F.O.W||1/7 (Rahul) 2/10 (Sharma) 3/26 (Yadav) 4/31 (Patel) 5/144 (Pandya)|
|Shaheen Shah Afridi||4||0||34||0|
|Babar Azam (c)||lbw. Singh||0||1||–||–|
|Mohammad Rizwan||c. Kumar b. Singh||4||12||1||–|
|Shan Masood||Not out||52||42||5|
|Ifitkhar Ahmed||lbw. Shami||51||34||2||4|
|Shadab Khan||c. Yadav b. Pandya||5||6||1||–|
|Haider Ali||c. Yadav b. Pandya||2||4||–||–|
|Mohammad Nawaz||c. Karthik b. Pandya||9||6||2||–|
|Asif Ali||c. Karthik b. Singh||2||3||–||–|
|Shaheen Afridi||c & b. Kumar||16||8||1||1|
|Haris Rauf||Not out||6||4||–||1|
|Extras||12 (6wd 4lb 2b)|
|FOW||1/1 (Azam) 2/15 (Rizwan) 3/91 (Ifitkhar) 4/96 (Shadab) 5/98 (Ali) 6/115 (Nawaz) 7/121 (Ali) 8/151 (Afridi)|