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World T20: India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets

chandigarh Updated: Mar 21, 2014 22:41 IST

Fantastic bowling by leg-spinner Amit Mishra (2 for22) and left-arm slow bowler Ravindra Jadeja (1 for 18) followed by some sensible batting from Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina helped India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets and nine balls to spare in the opening match of the World T20 Super-10 round here on Friday.

India, who elected to field in the Group Two match, restricted Pakistan to 130-7 and later surpassed the modest target as Shikhar Dhawan slammed a 28-ball 30 at the top of the order, before Virat Kohli (36 not out) and Suresh Raina (35 not out) sealed the emphatic win.

Earlier, Umar Akmal top-scored for Pakistan with 33 off 30 balls, but found little support at the other end as wickets fell at regular intervals on the slow pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Sohaib Maqsood boosted the total by smashing 15 runs in the final over bowled by Mohammed Shami before being run out off the last ball for a 11-ball 21.

Pakistan, who lost opener Kamran Akmal in the second over, moved to 44-1 by the eighth over when India hit back with two wickets in the space of three runs.

India had restricted Pakistan to 50-3 at the half-way stage of the innings, before 13 runs in the 11th over bowled by left-arm spinner Yuvraj Singh appeared to lift the pressure.

Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik (18) produced the best partnership in the innings, adding 50 for the fourth wicket, but none of the other batsmen settled in against the steady Indian attack.