WT20: Suresh, Kohli help India beat Pak
Posted on Mar 21 2014 | IBNS
Mirpur, Mar 21 : India commenced their World T20 campaign in style by registering a convincing seven wicket victory over arch-rival Pakistan here on Friday.
Chasing Pakistan's 130 for seven, India's Virat Kohli (36*) and Suresh Raina (35*) added 66 runs in the fourth wicket partnership to reach the target of 131 runs by losing three wickets and nine balls to spare.
Indian openers- Shikhar Dhawan (30) and Rohit Sharma (24)- gave India a good start by contributing 54 runs on the first wicket before Saeed Ajmal bowled out Dhawan in the eight over of the contest.
Sharma got out to Umar Gul in the 10th over.
India were soon reduced to 65 for three after Bilawal Bhatti bowled out Yuvraj Singh for a duck.
Kohli and Raina took charge of the innings format that point and ensured India win the match without giving Pakistan any chance to bounce back in the game.
Pakistan earlier posted 130 for seven against India in the World T20 match here on Friday.
Kamran Akmal gave Pakistan a strong start by smashing two boundaries. But he got run out soon as Pakistan received the first blow in the second over of the match as the scorecard stood at 9 for 1.
Skipper Mohammad Hafeez (15) and Ahmed Shehzad added 35 runs in the second wicket partnership in a bid to bring Pakistan back into the game.
India bounced back soon as Ravindra Jadeja picked up Hafeez in the eighth over. Amit Mishra soon got rid off Ahmed Shehzad as he deceived the Pakistani opener with his turn and MS Dhoni did not mistake in stump him out.
Pakistan's scorecard stood at 47 for three in 8.2 overs.
Umar Akmal top scored for Pakistan with his 33. Sohaib Maqsood contributed 21 runs with his willow.
Mishra, who was adjudged the 'Man of the Match, was picked up two wickets in the match.
Mishra said he was happy that India won the match.
"I did some hard work, I am very happy we won this match," Mishra said.
He said he always think about picking wickets.
"I am always thinking of going for wickets, and building up pressure. MS (MS Dhoni) gave me a lot of support today, the sort of support you need as a bowler," he said.
Pakistani skipper Hafeez said his team was 20 runs short on Friday.
"We were 20 runs short, we also dropped some catches," he said.
Indian captain MS Dhoni said it was good to see Raina among runs.