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LIVE World T20: Kohli, Raina lift India to easy victory vs Pakistan

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March 21, 2014


22:05   INDIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS!!!

- India 131-3 (18.3 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Kohli 36* (32b, 4x4, 1x6); Raina 35* (28b, 4x4, 1x6)


Gul to bowl the 19th over. Raina tries to crash the first ball through the leg side but Hafeez is unable to hold on to a tough chance at short midwicket.

Raina pulls the next ball over midwicket for a six to level scores. He turns the next delivery fine on the leg side for a single to lift India to an easy victory.

That is a comprehensive seven-wicket victory for India to start their campaign in the World T20.

Raina finishes unbeaten on 35 from 28 balls, while Kohli made 36 from 32 balls as the duo put on an unbroken stand of 66 runs from 55 balls to guide their team to victory.

India will play West Indies in their next match, on Sunday, at 1900 IST.
21:58  - India 124-3 (18 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Left-arm pacer Junaid Khan comes back. Raina carves the first ball over mid-off for a boundary to take his score to 22. He goes after a short ball but fails to make connection and is lucky not to have edged it.

Raina takes a single from the fourth ball before Kohli flicks the last ball through midwicket for another boundary.

India now need just seven runs for victory, from 12 deliveries.
21:52  - India 115-3 (17 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Raina is being very watchful against Ajmal, defending the first two before taking one on the leg side.

Kohli is beaten as he tries to play the cut shot before blocking the next two balls.

Ajmal concedes just one in his final over to finish with one for 18 in four overs.
21:49  - India 114-3 (16 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Raina gets a leading edge as he looks to play Gul on the leg side but it falls safely in the covers for one.

Kohli steers it past point for a couple before taking one from the next delivery. Three more singles coupled with a wide give India eight runs from the over and brings them closer to victory.
21:44  - India 106-3 (15 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Kohli chips down the track to Afridi and lofts him over the cover region for a cracking boundary. The next ball is short as Kohli rocks back and cuts it past point for a couple.

Kohli is going after Afridi. He comes down the track to Afridi and slams it back past the bowler for another four and then picks one to fine leg.

Raina takes a single from the last ball as 12 runs come from that over.
21:40  - India 94-3 (14 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

India doing it quite sensibly against Ajmal, not taking any chances against Pakistan's best bowler. Three singles from the first three balls before Raina watchfully defends the rest of the over.

India need 37 from six overs for victory.
21:38  - India 91-3 (13 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Raina will not be bogged down by the short deliveries even though that has cost him his wicket a lot of times in the past.

Bhatti bowls a rank long hop which Raina pulls through midwicket for a boundary. Two balls later, he bowls a quick bouncer but Raina manages to keep the pull down and gets one to fine leg.

The left-hander is keen to continue his attacking approach. He lofts the last ball over long-on for his third boundary as Bhatti goes for 10 runs in that over.

Raina has raced to 17 from 10 balls, while Kohli is on 15 from 17 balls.
21:34  - India 81-3 (12 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Hafeez, who bowled two good overs at the start, comes back for his second spell. Raina picks one from the first ball before Kohli pulls the fourth ball over midwicket for a six.

Raina gets a lifeline from the last delivery as Afridi puts down a sharp chance at first slip. Dropped!

India are still in control at 81 for three in 12 overs with 50 needed from 48 deliveries for victory.
21:32   - India 72-3 (11 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

India need 66 runs from 10 overs for victory with eight wickets in hand. Pacer Bilawal Bhatti comes into the attack and he gets the wicket of Yuvraj Singh with his first delivery.

The experienced left-hander played all over a straight delivery and missed it completely to be bowled for 1.

Suresh Raina gets off the mark with a single and two balls later he steers a wide delivery past point for a boundary.


21:23  - India 65-2 (10 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Kohli flicks Ajmal to deep square leg for a single before Ajmal strikes with the wicket of Rohit. The right-hander looked to play the cut but the ball came in slightly taking the edge back on to his stumps.

Rohit is out for 24 from 21 balls as both the Indian openers are back in the hut.

21:18  - India 63-1 (9 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Afridi starts with a wide down the leg side to new batsman Virat Kohli. He bowls four dot balls before slipping down another wide down the leg side and they get two extra runs in the process.

Kohli then steers the fifth ball behind point for a boundary to get off the mark in some style before taking one from the last ball.
21:17   - India 54-1 (8 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Rohit is being very sensible with his shot selection. He defends the first ball from Gul before lofting the next ball over long-on for a huge six followed by a single to fine leg.

Dhawan then slaps the fifth ball past Gul and mid-on for his fifth boundary. But he throws his wicket away from the next ball, playing an awkward pull shot and holes out to the fielder on the fine leg boundary.

Dhawan walks back after scoring 30 from 28 balls, having hit five fours as India are reduced to 54 for one in eight overs.
21:09  - India 41-0 (7 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Shahid Afridi comes into the attack. Rohit defends the first ball before taking a single from the second and Dhawan takes one to point.

Rohit then picks a single from the last ball as three runs come from Afridi's first over.
21:08   - India 38-0 (6 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

India on top at the moment, they need exactly 100 from 15 overs with all 10 wickets in hand.

A desperate Pakistan bring Umar Gul, their best bowler in the T20 format, into the attack.

Rohit gets an inside edge off the first ball and takes one on the off-side. Two dot balls before Dhawan cuts it high over point but it falls inside the boundary for two runs.

The last ball is slipping down the leg side which Dhawan flicks through the vacant fine leg region for a boundary.

India are well settled on 38 for no loss in six overs with Dhawan on 23 (24b) and Rohit on 15 (12b).
20:57  - India 31-0 (5 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Hafeez has given just five runs in two overs but he makes away for Saeed Ajmal as Pakistan look for a breakthrough.

Dhawan is looking totally out of place as he is beaten off the first two deliveries trying to hit it through the off-side. He is on five from 15 balls. But he manages to break the shackles, playing the slog sweep for a boundary through midwicket.

He then pulls a short ball down the ground, beating the fielder at mid-on for another four. The left-hander then sweeps the last ball behind point for the third four of the over as India recover after a slow start to reach 31 for no loss in five overs.
20:54  - India 19-0 (4 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Rohit decides to cut loose and release some pressure. He paddles the first ball from Junaid and gets it over the fine leg fielder for a boundary. He then comes down the track and chips it over the off-side for a six followed by a single to thirdman.

Dhawan is beaten by the extra bounce from Junaid before he gets a single off the last ball.
20:49  - India 7-0 (3 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Hafeez gets some turn and bounce as Dhawan comes down the track but is forced to defend. He then takes a single on the leg side before Rohit is beaten trying to play the cut shot.

Rohit picks a single from the first ball as just two come from that over.
20:48  - India 5-0 (2 ovs) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Left-arm pacer Junaid Khan to bowl the second over. Rohit defends the first two deliveries before he steers it to thirdman for one. Dhawan then takes a quick single to mid-on as the fielder hits the stumps but the left-hander has made his crease just in the nick of time.

Rohit is then beaten off the last ball as India reach five for no loss in two overs.
20:44  - India 3-0 (1 ov) vs Pak 130-7 | Scorecard

Off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez to bowl the first over as Rohit Sharma gets ready to take strike. He gets off the mark from the first ball with a single on the leg side.

Shikhar Dhawan is hit on the pads off the second ball but the LBW appeal is turned down with the ball looking to be sliding down the leg side. Two more dot balls before Dhawan takes a couple on the leg side as three runs come from the first over.
20:22  - Pak 130-7 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Superb bowling from the Indian spinners led by Mishra's two for 22 including 10 dot balls while Jadeja took one for 18 with 11 dot balls.

With Ashwin giving 23 runs in four overs, the three spinners registered combined figures of three for 63 in 12 overs.

Pakistan stumbled at the end, scoring 34 runs in the last five overs for the loss of four wickets.

Umar Akmal top-scored for Pakistan with a fluent 33 from 30 balls but the rest of the batsmen struggled to come to grips with the spinners on a wicket offering some assistance.
20:19  - Pak 130-7 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Maqsood takes on Shami as he launches the first ball, which is short, over long-off for a six. He pulls the next ball but can't beat the fielder and gets two runs courtesy of Kohli's poor throw from deep midwicket.

The third ball is a low full toss which Maqsood lofts over the bowler for a boundary before he takes a couple on the leg side.

Shami then beats the right-hander with a slower ball which is wide outside the off-stump. He drives the last ball to long-on and comes back for the second but is run out as Jadeja gets in a flat throw from the boundary.

Maqsood is run out for 21 from 11 balls as Pakistan finish on 130 for seven in 20 overs.
20:14  - Pak 115-6 (19 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar to bowl the 19th over. Afridi turns the first ball on the leg side for a boundary before Maqsood lofts the third ball back over the bowler's head for the same result.

But the pacer strikes with the key wicket of Afridi, who plays the sweep but holes out to deep square leg, where Raina takes his third catch of the innings.

Maqsood takes a single from the last ball as India come up with another good over in the death.
20:09   - Pak 104-5 (18 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

With just three overs to go, how much can Pakistan end up with?

Dhoni brings back his express pace bowler Shami back into the attack. Akmal looks to force the pace but ends up lofting it straight into the hands of Raina at long-off to fall for 33.

Afridi slaps the next ball to long-off for a single before new batsman Sohaib Maqsood gets a bouncer first up and he lets it go.

The last ball is a full toss but Maqsood hits it back to the bowler as just two runs come from the over.

India have made a strong comeback, taking two wickets for eight runs in three overs to leave Pakistan in trouble.
20:04  - Pak 102-4 (17 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Akmal playing with caution as he takes a single from the second ball of Jadeja's final over. Afridi nearly holes it back to the bowler but it falls short before he gets one on the off-side to get off the mark.

Akmal plays the cut shot but can't beat the fielder at point before he is hit on the pads off the last ball.

Excellent over from Jadeja, giving away just two singles. He finishes with wonderful figures of one for 18 in four overs.
20:01   - Pak 100-4 (16 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Mishra comes back as Dhoni continues to juggle his bowlers. Akmal taps the first ball on the leg side for a single to bring up the 50-run partnership from 42 balls.

Malik tries to hit it down the ground but mistimes it and holes out to Raina at long-off to fall for 18.

A good last over from Mishra, giving away just three runs, to finish with two for 22 in four overs.
19:57  - Pak 96-3 (15 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Ashwin comes on to bowl his final over. He does a good job giving away just three single from five deliveries before Bhuvneshwar again misfields off the last ball, to gift Pakistan a boundary.

Ashwin finishes with good figures of 24 runs from overs.
19:53  - Pak 89-3 (14 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Akmal turns Jadeja on the leg side and again they sprint between the wickets for a couple followed by a single.

Jadeja then bowls a big wide on the leg side as he tries to bowl the quicker one. Dhoni has a shy at the stumps but ends up conceding another extra run and then he applauds Jadeja for that delivery. Wonder why?

Another tight over from Jadeja, giving away just six runs.
19:51  - Pak 83-3 (13 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Pakistan getting back the momentum with 26 runs coming from the last two overs.

Ashwin comes back for his second spell as Yuvraj is taken off after just one over in which he was hit for 13 runs.

Akmal takes a single from the second ball before Malik turns it on the leg side for a couple and does the same from the next delivery.

Two singles from the last two deliveries as Pakistan continue their good progress in the last few overs.
19:47  - Pak 76-3 (12 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Akmal rocks back and cuts a short ball past point for two runs before he takes one on the leg side.

Malik then steps down to Mishra and lofts him down the ground for the first six of the match followed by a single.

Akmal then late cuts the fifth ball for two runs fine on the off-side followed by a single from the last ball.
19:43  - Pak 63-3 (11 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

With the spinners getting a lot of assistance from the pitch, Dhoni brings in part-time left-arm spinner Yuvraj Singh into the attack. The first ball is short as Akmal slaps it to deep cover for two runs. He then flicks the next ball to midwicket where Bhuvneshwar misfields to give away a boundary followed by a single to deep point.

Akmal then hammers an over-pitched delivery through the covers and finds the gap to perfection for the second four of the over. He takes a single from the last ball to get 13 runs from Yuvraj's first over.
19:40  - Pak 50-3 (10 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Umar Akmal turns it on the leg side for one before Malik gets off the mark with a single.

A lot of turn for Jadeja as Akmal edges one but it falls short of the fielder at first slip before he takes one from the fourth ball.

Malik plays out the last two deliveries as Pakistan struggle to 50 for three in 10 overs.
19:37   - Pak 47-3 (9 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

The wickets continue to tumble as Shehzad loses his wicket this time. He gives Mishra the charge but is beaten all ends up and is stumped for 22.

New batsman Shoaib Maliks carefully plays out the remaining four deliveries as Mishra bowls a wicket maiden.

India in control as Pakistan are reduced to 47 for three in nine overs.
19:34   - Pak 47-2 (8 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack and he strikes with the key wicket of Hafeez, who gets a thick outside edge and is caught at sweeper cover for 15.

Off the previous delivery, Shehzad had guided it to thirdman where Ashwin made a crucial save to keep it down to three which brought Hafeez on strike.

Seven runs from Jadeja's first over.
19:29  - Pak 40-1 (7 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Another bowling as leg-spinner Amit Mishra comes in for Bhuvneshwar, who has bowled two one-over spells.

Shehzad gets a single from the first ball on the off-side before Hafeez drives it to long-off for one.

Two singles from the next two deliveries before Shehzad steals two runs from the last ball on the leg side.
19:26  - Pak 34-1 (6 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Hafeez lofts Sami over square leg but does not time it well, and it goes in the air but Yuvraj coming in from the deep is unable to hold on. Dropped!

Shehzad then makes room and slaps it through the off-side for a much-needed boundary. He throws his bat at the next ball but gets a thick outside edge to thirdman for one.

Hafeez tries to loft it fine on the leg side but misses it completely. He flicks the fifth ball through the vacant midwicket region for his first boundary.

The Pakistan captain takes two runs from the last ball to take the score to 34 for one after six overs.

Shami has gone for 12 runs in his second over.
19:22  - Pak 22-1 (5 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Change of ends for Bhuvneshwar. The first ball is full and moves away as Shehzad has a wild swing at it but misses. The next ball slips down the leg side and is called a wide.

He has another go at the next delivery but gets an inside edge on the leg side for one. Hafeez defends the slower ball before he chips it over midwicket but gets only two runs and then takes one from the last ball to retain strike.
19:17  - Pak 17-1 (4 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami comes into the attack after just a single over from Bhuvneshwar.

The first ball is outside the off-stump as Hafeez lets it go and sees some extra bounce on the way to the keeper. He is forced to defend the next ball which is again short of good length.

Hafeez picks one to point for one before Shehzad turns it to midwicket for the same result.

Hafeez defends the fifth ball before he gives Shami the charge off the last ball but is unable to get it away.

A good start from Shami, giving away two singles as Pakistan are struggling on 17 for one in four overs.
19:12  - Pak 15-1 (3 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Ashwin continues as Shehzad takes a single from the second ball on the leg side and Hafeez does the same three balls later as Ashwin looks to build the pressure with some tight bowling from round the wicket.

Shehzad releases some pressure as he comes down to Ashwin and slams it past the fielder at mid-on for a boundary.
19:10  Akmal run out for 8, Pakistan lose early wicket:   - Pak 9-1 (2 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the second over. Ahmed Shehzad gets off the mark with a single on the leg side before Akmal nearly drags the third ball on to his stumps as it hits his pads and falls on the off-side.

The fourth ball is short and wide and Akmal hits it through the off-side for his second boundary.

He taps the fifth ball on the off-side and sets for a quick single but Shehzad sends him back after starting off initially. Bhuvneshwar swoops in quickly on the ball and hits the stumps at the striker's end to run out Akmal for eight.

Pakistan nearly lose another wicket off the last ball as Shehzad comes down a for a quick run but Mohammed Hafeez has not moved. Shehzad sprints back and is short of his crease but the throw misses the stumps.
19:02   - Pak 4-0 (1 ov) vs India | Scorecard

Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad to open the batting for Pakistan, while Dhoni makes a surprise move right at the start by getting in off-spinner R Ashwin to open the bowling.

Ashwin starts from round the wicket, first ball is full and on the pads which Akmal defends on the leg side and does the same with the next ball.

The third ball is short and Akmal pulls it behind square on the leg side for a boundary to get Pakistan off the mark.

He defends the next three deliveries as Pakistan get four from the first over.
18:56   - Scorecard

Check out how the two teams line-up for today's match:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.

Pakistan:
Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.
18:53  OptaJim ‏points out on Twitter that India have been in good form in T20 Internationals away from home.

"5 - India have won five of their last six T20Is played outside of India. Travelled."
18:42  India win toss, elect to bowl against Pakistan:   India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bowl against Pakistan.

A surprising decision considering India are playing three spinners in R Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja. But Dhoni says he took the decision to bowl considering the dew that will hamper the bowlers in the second half of the match.

Pakistan have three specialist pace bowlers in Junaid Khan, Umar Gul and Bilawal Bhatti. Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi are the two spinners, with a host of part-timers for company including the likes of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez.
18:20  Will India drop Rohit?:  It remains to be seen what combination India pick for this high-voltage clash. Will he include all-rounder Stuart Binny in place of a regular pacer to boost the batting? Or will he include a third spinner in Amit Mishra?

Also, will the struggling Rohit Sharma manage to keep his place in the team after a string of poor scores in the last few matches. He failed in both the warm-up matches too, against Sri Lanka and England.
18:18  Earlier, Netherlands pulled off a sensational run chase against Ireland to storm into the main round of the World T20. Having to score 190 in 14.2 overs, Netherlands romped home in 13.5 overs to secure their place in Group 1 where they are pitted against England, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Hosts Bangladesh were stunned by Hong Kong in the qualifying round but their two convincing victories Afghanistan and Nepal saw them go through to the main round of the World T20 2014. They join former winners India, Pakistan, West Indies along with favourites in Group 2.


18:17  India take on arch-rivals Pakistan in opener:  India will look to get off to a winning start when they clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening match of the main round of the World T20, in Dhaka, on Friday.

India are desperate to get back to winning ways following their poor performances in the Asia Cup, which came after poor showing in South Africa and New Zealand.

Both teams have won the tournament once, India triumphed in the inaugural edition in 2007, while Pakistan won in 2009.