Dhaka: In the high-voltage encounter between India and Pakistan at Mirpur, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and elected to field first.
Mohammad Amir b Pandya 1 (1m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50
Over 17.2: Pandya to Mohammad Sami, OUT, the short of a length ball gets big on Sami rather quickly and he has no time or space to execute the pull properly, he hits it high in the air towards deep square leg and Raina settles under the catch. Only one wicket left now.
Mohammad Sami c Raina b Pandya 8 (19m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
Over 15.1: Bowled 'em! Yes, he's out. Jadeja gets another wicket. A straight delivery angling into Sarfarj, who trying to go for a heave, checked his shot for a cut, but missed the ball completely.
Sarfraz Ahmed b Jadeja 25 (29m 24b 3x4 0x6) SR: 104.16
Over 11.4: Plumb! Jadeja to Riaz, sends an angled bowl to which Wahab sweeps; misses it and the umpire had no doubt in mind.
Pak: 56/7 (12)
Over 7.6: Out! Afridi plays it at deep square leg, runs for two. A faster-than-wind Jadeja thorws a flat throw. Afridi dives but can't make it. Jadeja runs out Pakistan skipper.
Shahid Afridi run out 2 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
Pak: 42/6 (8)
Over 6.6: OUT! Pandya gets his first wicket in the tight clash. Good length ball outside off, Malik goes for a big drive, ends up edging it to wicketkeeper Dhoni.
Shoaib Malik c †Dhoni b Pandya 4 (12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Over 5.5: There's the athletic Kohli at work, runs out Manjoor with a direct hit. There was a slight misunderstanding betweeen Malik and Manjoor off Bumrah's bowl, the latter runs and stops, tries going back to the bowler's end, but bat flies off his hand and he's gone with a precise hit.
Khurram Manzoor run out 10 (25m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55
Over 5.2: THAT WAS CLOSE! Pitched outside off, the ball came angling down to hit the pad of Shoaib Malik. The Hawk-eye showed the ball hitting the leg stump.
Over 4.4: Oh! What has happened here? Clearly, there was a sound as the ball went past the bat. Dhoni appeals and appeals hard, Nehra and others were confident. But the umpire denied it. A lucky save for Khurram Manjoor.
Pak: 28/2 (5)
Over 3.3: OUT, caught at a wide first slip! Sharjeel stays in his crease and tries to cut one that bounces a bit more. That was a thick edge and it flew quickly to Rahane and he has such safe hands. Bumrah is having a ripping game so far
Sharjeel Khan c Rahane b Bumrah 7 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140.00
Jasprit Bumrah bowls a maiden; a couple of appeals in his first over.
Over 0.4: Nehra to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT Short of a length ball, Hafeez stayed in his crease and wafted at it, there wasn't enough room outside off and the extra bounce as it slanted across him forced the edge through to Dhoni
Mohammad Hafeez c †Dhoni b Nehra 4 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
And there we go! Ashish Nehra to begin the first over.
Ajinkya Rahane has been called in for Shikhar Dhawan, whereas Pakistan plays four pacers on a pitch that has a "bit more grass" than India's opening game at the Asia Cup.
India: 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra
Pakistan: Khurram Manzoor, 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Umar Akmal, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Khurram Manzoor, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi (capt), 8 Mohammad Sami, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Mohammad Irfan
The day has come for the contest that you had been waiting for so long — the clash between Men in Blues and Green. The three matches played so far in the Asia Cup witnessed green top pitches, which have assisted the pace bowlers massively. Barring India, all other teams did fail to amass a huge total. So what’s it going to be then — Pakistani pacers vs Indian batsmen?
With Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif in the squad, Pakistan definitely stands tall against India in that department. But Rohit Sharma has proved himself as the next big match-winner after Virat Kohli in the shorter formats. In Hardik Pandya, India has entrusted the confidence of a batting all-rounder: the one that it was looking for long.