It is often said that low scoring T20I’s are as thrilling as the high scoring one’s. There was no better advertisement for that statement than the game between India and Pakistan. For Pakistan, it was the same old sad story as their batting deserted the side. Pakistan’s batting was simply dismal, so much so that they fell an agonizing 17 runs short of the three figure mark.
Earlier, MS Dhoni won an extremely crucial toss as the pitch assisted seam bowling to a massive extent. Pakistan’s downward slide began in the very first over as Mohammad Hafeez was undone by the extra bounce generated by the veteran Ashish Nehra. Soon Nehra’s partner in crime Jasprit Bumrah joined the party as he got rid of Sharjeel Khan by bowling an off cutter. Bumrah bowled two maidens out of the three overs he bowled.
Some profusely brainless running from the Pakistani batsmen simply compounded their woes and barring Sarfaraz Ahmad, no batsman displayed any resistance. India’s innings began on a shaky note as Mohammad Aamir reminded viewers of his precise qualities. He bowled two absolutely unplayable beauties to Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, to dismiss them without troubling the score.
Virat Kohli though, seemed to be playing in a parallel universe as no bowler seemed lethal against him. He was unfortunate to receive a pathetic decision and missed his half century by just one run. India eventually won the game by 5 wickets.
Below, are the statistical highlights for the game.
1. 2nd. Virat Kohli became the first player to win the Man of the Match award for the second time in T20I’s between India and Pakistan.
2. 1st. For the first time, both the Indian openers were dismissed for a duck in T20I’s.
3. 21. India scored 21 runs in the powerplay against Pakistan. This was their lowest powerplay score in T20I’s.
4. 375. Virat Kohli holds the record for scoring the most T20I runs on a particular venue. He now has 375 runs in Mirpur.
5. 15. Ironically, extras were the second highest scorers for Pakistan.
6. 83. Pakistan scored the third lowest T20I total against India.
7. Virat kohli became the 1st Indian batsman to dismiss at 49 runs in T20Is and 19th batsman in T20Is to dismiss at 49 runs.