The scoreboard might have suggested an easy win for India at Mirpur, but in reality, that was definitely not the case. In the very first over of India’s chase, Mohammad Aamir set the arena on fire with his exceptional deliveries.
Aamir swung the ball viciously to trap both the Indian openers plumb in front. Aamir then trapped southpaw Suresh Raina to put India in a genuine spot of bother. However, Aamir’s brilliance was not good enough to save Pakistan from an embarrassing loss.
In the post match interview, Indian skipper MS Dhoni and Man of the Match Virat Kohli, heaped praises on Aamir for his fantastic performance. “I would like to congratulate Mohammad Amir for the way he bowled, I actually congratulated him while he was bowling.
It was amazing to play such a spell,” said Kohli, after being named the Man of the Match. “Counterattacking is the game I play, that’s why I bat at no.3 but sometimes you have to respect the conditions and play that way.
It is very important to be able to change your shot at the last moment in such conditions … you need to be switched on mentally, stay calm and relaxed,” he added.
Dhoni said that he was satisfied with the win, as he said, “We are a team that loves to play aggressive cricket but this pushes us to respect the conditions which will be good going into the WT20. I’m glad we restricted them to 85 runs, 100 or 110 runs and the game was on.
The fast bowlers did well but even after that we took wickets at regular intervals which is crucial to stop runs in this format … We have to be switched on in the field, that is one department where you can guarantee performance, one run out can take the game away from the opposition.”