India won its first ICC World Twenty20 match, against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.
A 61-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh saw India carry forward its all-win record in the World Cup. Kohli remained unbeaten on 56 to make it an emphatic win for India, which also kept alive its World Cup hopes. The win also broke the Eden Gardens jinx, where India had never beaten Pakistan before. Yuvraj had scored a defiant 24 to assist Kohli in the successful run chase. Mohammad Sami’s two quick wickets in the fifth over that saw India slumping to 23 for three, was nullified by the fine batting of Kohli and Yuvraj. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (13 not out) ensured a proper finish after Yuvraj got out in the 12th over. Virat Kohli was named the man-of-the-match,
Indian bowlers produced a decent effort but Pakistan still managed a competitive 118 for five on a rank turner during their group league encounter of the ICC World Twenty20, on Saturday.
While 118 might not be a great score otherwise, considering the amount of turn on offer, the visitors have something to defend on a match that was reduced to 18-overs-a-side due to rain delay.
Mohammad Sami recalled his vintage form to see Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina off in successive deliveries. The two Indian batsmen could not cope with the express pace of Sami, who made the ball work and had India slumping to 23/3 after five overs. Rohit Sharma (10) hit two fours to give India a start but he went in the third over to take away the advantage from the host.
IND:- 119/4 (15.5 Ovs)
PAK:- 118/5 (18.0 Ovs)