ICC World Twenty20 2016

Super 10 phase, Group 2

India beat Pakistan by six wickets at Eden Gardens in Kolkata

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli enjoyed a starring role for hosts India as they overcame fierce rivals in Kolkata AFP

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Virat Kohli

Masterful batting from Kohli as his 37-ball 55 keeps India's 100% record against their fiercest rivals in World Cup tournaments intact. Yuvraj's 24 also played a part as the hosts bounce back from their opening day horror show against New Zealand to secure a morale-boosting victory in front of a noisy crowd at Eden Gardens.

Dhoni's side move on to Bangalore next, where they play Bangladesh at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday. Pakistan, meanwhile, face a potentially crucial tie against the Black Caps in Mohali.



India beat Pakistan by six wickets


16th over - India 119-4

Irfan tries a slower ball to Kohli outside off that is smacked away for four by a rare square cut. Dhoni gets in on the act by walloping down the ground for six before another single seals the victory for India.


15th over - India 106-4

Just brilliant batting from Kohli as he scores another four with his latest cover drive before a quick single brings up 50. One more each from the over and India now require 13 from the final 18 balls.

Surely nothing Pakistan can do now.


14th over - India 99-4

Two each for Kohli and Dhoni as Amir looks to restore some order before the former spots a gap at cover for four.


Pakistan, desperately in need of quick wickets, turn back to Amir. But is it too late?


13th over - India 91-4

An excellent Kohli cover drive off Afridi brings up four more runs. He picks up a further two from the over and Dhoni takes a single.


12th over - India 84-4

Riaz with a very short ball that Yuvraj, stepping back in his crease, leathers away for a big six. A profitable partnership is then brought to an end as the same man mishits a shot straight to Sami in the deep.

The umpires ask him to wait around as they check the front foot, but all looks fine and he trudges back to the pavilion.

Is that a lifeline for Pakistan? Skipper Dhoni joins Kohli at the crease.


Wicket - Yuvraj (24) c Sami b Riaz (India 84-4)


11th over - India 74-3

Two costly wides from Malik before Kohli scores his first six and the 150th of the tournament overall with an attempted sweep that takes a big top edge before sailing over the fielder stationed at backward square leg.

He then punches through mid-wicket for four. 45 from 42 the target now.


India need 59 from their final 48 balls for victory in Kolkata.


10th over - India 60-3

Instant frustration for Riaz as his opening ball is lofted over mid-wicket by Kohli and through for four after Khan fails to prevent the boundary. Another single takes him on to 20. Yuvraj also notches one.


Wahab Riaz, a seasoned left-arm quick, is the next bowler to step up.


Ninth over - India 54-3

Yuvraj gloves Malik to slip, but there is no-one there to take what would have been a simple catch. A nice sweep from the veteran then produces two, with Khan able to prevent the boundary.

Another couple takes India to eight from the over.


Pakistan to ramp up the spin now as Malik takes over from Sami. Kohli on 13 and Yuvraj on nine.


Eighth over - India 46-3

Wise caution from Kohli, who recognises Malik's speed in the field and declines Yuvraj's offer for a risky second run off Afridi. A flurry of six singles keeps the scoreboard ticking over for India.


Seventh over - India 40-3

A sumptuous strike from Kohli, who guides Sami's delivery away for four with trademark technique. A cover drive from Yuvraj brings up his first boundary, although he is slightly fortunate that there is no fielder around to catch his next hit.

Two more for Kohli as India begin to flex their muscles a little.


Sixth over - India 28-3

Five off the over, including two wides. Yuvraj off and running with a single.


Afridi out now to test Yuvraj and Kohli with a helping of spin...


Fifth over - India 23-3

No hat-trick for Sami as he hits the thigh of Yuvraj Singh. No leg bye, either.


Well, well, well.

Sami, not always the most popular of Pakistan's bowling attack, earns himself a shot at a hat-trick with a quick ball to Suresh Raina that takes an inside edge on to the stumps.

That's a first-ball duck for the Gujarat Lions batsman.


Wicket - Raina (0) b Sami (India 23-3)


Not the best start for Sami, who is instantly smashed for four by a textbook cut from Dhawan before bowling a no ball. His confidence is clearly not shaken, however, as he gets his revenge by forcing the Indian opener to play on to his own stumps.