India vs Pakistan, ICC World T20 2016 live: India demolishes Pak, remains in the hunt
India innings (target: 119 runs from 18 overs)
RG Sharma c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Amir 10
S Dhawan b Mohammad Sami 6
V Kohli not out 55
SK Raina b Mohammad Sami 0
Yuvraj Singh c Mohammad Sami b Wahab Riaz 24
MS Dhoni*â€ not out 13
Extras (lb 3, w 7, nb 1) 11
Total (4 wickets; 15.5 overs) 119 (7.51 runs per over)
Update: Wahab sends Yuvraj back to pavillion on a very poor ball, Ind 84/4
Update: Virat Kohli and Yuvraj build the Indian inning and take them out of danger zone. Afterr 11.5 overs India 84/3, Kohli 33 and Yuvraj 24
Update: After 8 overs, India playing at 46/3. Kohli playing at 11, Yuvraj at 9.
Update: Sami on hattrick. Takes Raina for a duck. Great performance of Pakistani pacers. Ind 23/3
Update: Afridi was being attacked for playing Sami. And he takes Dhawan on 3rd ball of his first over. Ind 23/2
Update: Mohammad Amir dispatches Rohit Sharma back to pavillion, India 16/1
Update: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan begin the chase for India. 118 runs in 18 overs and home pitch, teh total is not huge if Indian batsmen don’t play like Pakistani batsmen
Indian bowlers do extremely well to restrict Pakistan to 118 runs. Lots of missed chances
Pakistan 118/5 (18.0/18 ov)
Sharjeel Khan c Pandya b Raina 17
Ahmed Shehzad c Jadeja b Bumrah 25
Shahid Afridi* c Kohli b Pandya 8
Umar Akmal c â€ Dhoni b Jadeja 22
Shoaib Malik c Ashwin b Nehra 26
Sarfraz Ahmedâ€ not out 8
Mohammad Hafeez not out 5
Extras (b 2, lb 3, w 1, nb 1) 7
Total (5 wickets; 18 overs) 118 (6.55 runs per over)
Update: Pakistan make very slow start. Already played three overs and score is just 12 runs. In 18 over match you need a start like South african team did against England
Update: India wins the toss, decides to field first
Update: So finally we have update about start of the match. Toss at 8.10 pm, start at 8.30pm, 18-overs a side.
Update: Match has been delayed due to rain and wet outfield.Â
Update: Someone said that Bangladeshi stadiums are better prepared to face rains as they have better drainage systems that Indian stadiums.
Update:Â West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is honouring former Pakistan captain and politician Imran Khan on the field by draping a shawl around him. Wasim Akram is next. “Poor Allan Lamb. His 92 World Cup dismissal comes up on the big screen.” says Karthik. And after Akram, is Waqar Younis and Sunil Gavaskar. And then Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.
Pakistani coach Waqar Yunus told media that India vs Pakistan match in Kolkata will be just another match for the team. While for him it may be just another match, but for more than a billion people it will be a match that holds great importance.
Indian cricket team has beaten Pakistan in all the World Cup matches. The team has beaten Pakistan in six one day matches in World Cup history and four T20 matches in the T20 World Cup.
This means that if Pakistan actually wins the match to be played in Kolkata later today, it will be a sort of rewriting the history. Pakistan coach Waqar Younis attempted to downplay the hype surrounding the game, saying it was ultimately just a game of cricket. â€œWe should take it as a sport,â€ said Younis. â€œThere is history between the two nations, not only culturally but also cricket history. The way we have played cricket in the past 50 years it’s a treat to watch for the world. It’s the most watched game. So we should all cherish that and feel proud of it.â€
There is no denying the fact that it feels a different side than the one that India faced in Bangladesh merely weeks ago.
There is no denying the fact that the match is over-hyped. But the match is of greater importance to India, who started the 2016 World T20 with a loss to New Zealand. A win on Saturday in Kolkata will ensure that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men get two points on the board, and some more brownie points with fans. Also, India have lost all their four limited-over games (ODIs) against Pakistan at Eden Gardens, a record that the hosts would like to change. (India vs Pakistan World T20: Five Key Battles To Watch Out For)
In the meantime a win for Pakistan in Kolkata will send them straight (almost) to semifinal spot and end a barren run against India in World Cups. Match starts at 2pm GMT/7.30pm IST. Live coverage of the game is available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD in the UK. Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 3 will telecast the match live in India. Click here for live streaming link.
Possible XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra..
Possible XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi (C), Anwar Ali, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan.