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India v Pakistan
EDEN GARDENS, MARCH 19, 2016 (SUPER 10 GROUP 2)
Match 19 - IND v PAK
|Pakistan 1st Inn||5/118|
|India 1st Inn||4/119|
|India won the toss and elected to bowl|
|India won by 6 wickets|
|1 1 1 1 . 4 |||1 4 1 . 1 . |||1 4 1 6 1 ||
|Last Wicket:||Yuvraj Singh, 24 (c:Sami b:Riaz)|
|Current Partnership:||35 runs, 23 balls, RR:152.17|
India have taken their first win of the World T20 in a comfortable fashion against Pakistan, bettering their total of 118 with nearly six overs to spare.
Pakistan look to build on momentum and get another win at the ICC World T20, when they play the in-form hosts, India who will be under all sorts of pressure at home to keep their semi-final dream alive.
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The sides suffered mixed fortunes in their opening matches, with India suffering an upset loss to the high-flying New Zealand in their first match, and Pakistan recording a convincing victory over Bangladesh.
India, on home soil and feeling all sorts of pressure have had that ramped up with their loss. In a situation where more than one loss could quite easily bring the end of the tournament at the group stage India can ill afford anymore.
Bowling first on what was described as a ‘raging turner’ by most people watching, India let New Zealand get away from them a fraction with the end result 6 for 127. India were always going to struggle to chase that score but the way they bombed out for just 79 will be of particular concern.
It followed some patchy warm-up form for India, where they were able to beat the West Indies, but lost to South Africa. Before that though, they won the Asia Cup and recorded a three-nil series victory over Australia.
Pakistan on the other hand came up against a pretty strong looking Bangladesh outfit. Despite that, they managed to pile on 201 runs with Shahid Afridi leading the way down the order, making a quick fire 49.
Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad built the platform, scoring 64 and 52 respectively. Afridi then came out and took two wickets, along with Mohammad Amir and knocked Bangladesh over for 146.
That all followed a strong warm-up win against Sri Lanka, but a bomb out in the Asia Cup where they would have been less than impressed with their performance.
When the sides met at the Asia Cup, it would be India who were able to record a convincing win, as already mentioned on their way to winning the final against Bangladesh. India would knock Pakistan over for just 83, before chasing it down for the loss of just five wickets and with almost five overs to spare.
With what is expected to be a sold out Eden Gardens, India should get the job done against what can be an inconsistent Pakistan. Don’t expect there to be much in it though.
India to win in a close match.
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