ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

India vs Pakistan - Match 22

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Date & Time: 16 June 2019

Pakistan 212/6

RR: 5.3 | India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (D/L method)

commentary

Whoosh! Another India-Pakistan clash ends in a forgetful manner. No competition from the Men In Green at all. India move to third while Pakistan are on 7th. Will a different Team In Green have a better outing on a different day? Come Monday, June 17, 2019, Bangladesh take on West Indies in Taunton. Hopefully, we will get a better contest. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Indian captain, Virat Kohli, says that the pitch did not make too much of a difference throughout, except for the turn. Bides by his original decision to bowl first purely because of the overcast conditions. Is proud of the templates set by the team in each of the three wins with the batting laying the foundation and the bowlers doing their stuff. Feels that everyone is playing their roles perfectly. On Kuldeep Yadav's two wickets, breaking the century stand, Kohli says that Kuldeep was getting into rhythm with every ball that he bowled and a longer spell helped him. Calls the Babar dismissal a beauty with plenty of drift and turn. On India-Pakistan rivalries becoming a damp squib, Virat says that Pakistan beat India comprehensively in the 2017 Champions Trophy final but other than that, India have always done well against them. Urges fans to watch the game, enjoy but not be too emotional. Stresses that the players treat the contest professionally. On Bhuvneshwar Kumar's injury, Kohli says that it is a slight niggle caused due to improper landing, but is nothing too serious and is hopeful of getting well soon.

Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed, says that they won a good toss but could not put the ball in the right areas and praises Rohit Sharma for playing really well. On the logic behind picking two spinners, Ahmed says that there was some moisture on the wicket and the ball was turning as well and Pakistan's spinners did bowl nicely but credits India for batting better. With the bat, Sarfaraz says that Pakistan were going well with the bat but suddenly they lost a flurry of wickets and lost the game. Hopes to win all their remaining four games and bounce back.

ROHIT SHARMA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Rohit says that he is happy with the way India played as a team. Adds they wanted to get on the park and play the game of cricket. Mentions that it was frustrating that their last match got washed out. On his disappointment after getting out, Rohit replies that he wasn't happy with the way he played that shot and feels it was a misjudgement from his side as fine leg was brought up just before that ball (He got out caught at short fine leg attempting a paddle). Tells that it was a good pitch and he wanted to bat for as long as possible. Praises KL Rahul for playing really well and is happy that he took his time to settle down. Further says that they knew the opening spell was going to be threatening and their idea was to play those initial overs safely.

Nothing much to mention for Pakistan in terms of their batting. For the second successive game, they have collapsed from a good position. For India, they have shown their reserve strength, not only with the bat but also with the ball. Kuldeep Yadav showed that he has not lost his form and can pose a threat to any opposition. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

Towards the end, the match became more of a farce, as people were only waiting for the torture to end. The rain came again and this time, one felt for good, with Pakistan lagging behind by 86 runs in the DLS method. However, just like the 2007 final, the umpires decided to have play again and the revised target was 302 in 40 overs, which meant Pakistan needed an almost impossible 136 from 5 overs.

During the chase, before Pakistan could suffer a blow, India suffered a blow as they lost their key bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, to injury. But Vijay Shankar coming in to complete Bhuvi's unfinished over struck gold on the very first ball and claimed the prized scalp of in-form Imam-ul-Haq. Post that, a century stand developed between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam but as the saying goes, 'one swallow doesn't make a summer'. The 104-run stand was followed by the complete disintegration of the Pakistan batting line-up. A magical ball from Kuldeep Yadav sent Babar Azam back and as it happens usually, more so with Pakistan, one wicket brought another and soon it was a procession.

In a pressure match, (what pressure match? Ind-Pak matches rarely induce pressure these days) India were forced to use a different opening batsman to replace Shikhar Dhawan. They trusted KL Rahul to do the job and the young man didn't disappoint as he was involved in India's maiden century partnership for the first wicket against Pakistan in all World Cups. After a solid beginning, Rohit Sharma took it forward and hammered a big century and his skipper Virat Kohli also contributed with a fine half century which also made him the fastest batsman to the 11k milestone in ODIs. A powerful batting show powered the Men in Blue to a total of 336/5 in 50 overs and from thereon they were in front.

Done and dusted. Or shall we say squashed and swatted? The day started with one question - Will it rain or will India continue their reign? The answer is - India have made it 7 in 7 against Pakistan in ICC ODI World Cups. They have given a real beating to their arch-rivals and have solidified their position in the points table. Their invincible run continues while Pakistan are in the doldrums, just over Afghanistan.

39.6
0
H Pandya to I Wasim, A swing and a miss to end the farce. INDIA WON BY 89 RUNS VIA DLS METHOD.
39.5
1
H Pandya to S Khan, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
39.4
1
H Pandya to I Wasim, Dropped short, pulled through mid-wicket for one.
39.3
1
H Pandya to S Khan, A yorker now, dug out towards long off for a run.
39.2
1
H Pandya to I Wasim, Short and outside off, Wasim slaps it through the covers. There is protection in the deep, so just a single.
39.1
0
H Pandya to I Wasim, Backs a long way across, Pandya follows him, bowls it outside off, Imad looks to paddle but misses.
38.6
1
J Bumrah to I Wasim, Goes very full this time, Wasim digs it out down to mid off for one. 12 from the over.

Free Hit time!

38.6
4
J Bumrah to I Wasim, FOUR! And Bumrah has overstepped! Bumrah bowls it short and wide outside off, Wasim this time manages to put bat on ball and ramps it down to third man for a boundary. The replays show that Bumrah didn't overstep there. Hmm...
38.5
0
J Bumrah to I Wasim, Almost five penalty runs! Bumrah digs in a short ball around off, Imad tries his best to put bat on ball but misses. Dhoni fumbles and the ball nearly falls onto the helmet kept behind him.
38.4
1
J Bumrah to S Khan, Width on offer outside off, it's punched from the crease to sweeper cover for a run.
38.3
1
J Bumrah to I Wasim, On a good length around off, Imad camps back and lofts it over covers for a single.
38.2
0
J Bumrah to I Wasim, Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery outside off, Wasim swishes and misses.
38.1
4
J Bumrah to I Wasim, FOUR! Hammered down the ground, 200 up for Pakistan! Bumrah delivers it full and on middle, Imad latches onto it and drills it straight down the ground for a boundary.
37.6
2
Y Chahal to S Khan, Eases a full ball down through wide mid on for a couple of runs.
37.5
2
Y Chahal to S Khan, Another aerial shot by Shadab. This time he goes with the spin and chips it over covers for a couple of runs.
37.4
2
Y Chahal to S Khan, DROPPED BY RAHUL! Flighted leg spinner, landing full and outside off, Shadab swings across the line but fails to time it properly. KL Rahul in the deep probably took it too casually and drops a sitter. A couple of runs taken.
37.3
1
Y Chahal to I Wasim, Nicely flighted delivery, full and around off, Wasim tries to play the slog sweep but it catches the inner half and rolls through mid-wicket for a run.
37.2
2
Y Chahal to I Wasim, Forces a full ball down to wide long on for a brace.
37.1
4
Y Chahal to I Wasim, FOUR! Short in length and outside off, Wasim rocks back and clobbers it through extra cover for a cracking boundary. Trying his best to narrow down the deficit margin.
37.1
0
Y Chahal to I Wasim, Wide! Googly but on the shorter side and way wide outside off, Wasim leaves.
36.6
4
J Bumrah to S Khan, FOUR! That is some shot. Outside off, on a length, Shadab backs away and crunches it wide of mid off for a boundary!
36.5
1
J Bumrah to I Wasim, Punches this off the back foot for a run.
36.4
2
J Bumrah to I Wasim, Short and outside off, Wasim flays it hard over point for a couple.
36.3
0
J Bumrah to I Wasim, Perfect yorker, around middle, Imad initially lines up for a slog but at the last moment, adjusts to drag it towards square leg.
36.2
1
J Bumrah to S Khan, Pushes this through mid on for a single.
36.1
2
J Bumrah to S Khan, Full and around off, heaved wide of long on for a couple. 128 more needed from 23 balls.

Jasprit Bumrah comes back into the attack. He has two overs left.

35.6
1
Y Chahal to S Khan, In the air... SAFE! Floated and full, wide outside off, Shadab reaches out for it and goes for the lofted shot. It takes the bottom half and just clears the in-ring fielder at covers. 6 from the over, Pakistan just looking to bat out the remaining overs, it seems.
35.5
1
Y Chahal to I Wasim, Goes down on one knee and slogs it down to wide long on for a run.
35.4
0
Y Chahal to I Wasim, Beaten! Shortish and outside off, Imad rocks back to cut but misses.
35.3
1
Y Chahal to S Khan, Leans forward to a full ball and pushes it through covers for one.
35.2
1
Y Chahal to I Wasim, Short and outside off, this time Imad cuts it to deep point and crosses for a run.
35.2
0
Y Chahal to I Wasim, Wide! Tossed up ball way wide outside off, Wasim allows it through.
35.1
1
Y Chahal to S Khan, Full and outside off, Shadab goes hard at it with his drive and sends it to deep cover for a run.

The Indian players are striding out in the centre. Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl. The umpire has signalled the start of Powerplay 3. A slip in place.

Update 1854 local (1754 GMT) - Good news! The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. Play to resume at 1910 local and it's reduced to 40 overs. The new target is 302 for Pakistan which means they will need 136 runs in 30 balls. Facepalm.

Update 1843 local (1743 GMT) - The drizzle is still on. The officials are spotted under their umbrellas having a chat. The covers are on. We are hearing that the cut-off time for this match is 1915 local. Let's hope for the best.

DRIZZLING! The players are leaving the field. The groundsmen run in with the hover cover. Pakistan are 86 runs behind the DLS par score at this stage. A commanding performance by India so far and they would like to return on the field to take the remaining wickets and make this victory even sweeter. For Pakistan, this loss will hurt their NRR badly. Another dismal performance against their arch-rivals at the grand stage. Let's hope for the resumption soon. Stay tuned for more updates...

34.6
0
V Shankar to I Wasim, Three dots to close the over. A bit short and outside off, Imad plays it down from the crease but straight to point. A successful over for Shankar!
34.5
0
V Shankar to I Wasim, Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it back in the direction of the bowler.
34.4
0
V Shankar to I Wasim, Beaten! Some extra bounce there. Shortish and outside off, Wasim flays at it and the ball goes over his bat.
34.3
1
V Shankar to S Khan, Another pitched up ball outside off, Khan drives it through covers and gets off the mark with a run.
34.2
0
V Shankar to S Khan, Pitches it up and on off, it's driven off the front foot to covers.

Shadab Khan is in next.

34.1
0
V Shankar to S Ahmed, OUT! Another one hits the stumps! India on a roll. Shankar on a roll. Pakistan seem to have no goal. They are neither able to attack, nor able to survive. Outside off, on a length, Sarfaraz looks to work it to the leg side but the ball cuts in off the seam, takes the inside edge and hits the leg stump. Sorry state of affairs for Pakistan and Sarfaraz.
33.6
1
J Bumrah to S Ahmed, Slower one. Short and on off, Sarfaraz just guides it down to third man and keeps strike with a single.
33.5
1
J Bumrah to I Wasim, A low full toss again, on off, Wasim bunts it down to mid on for one.
33.4
0
J Bumrah to S Ahmed, Bumrah goes for a yorker but it turns out to be a sharp low full toss. Ahmed fails to flick and it goes off his pads to backward square leg. They cross and it's given as a leg bye.
33.3
1
J Bumrah to I Wasim, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
33.2
4
J Bumrah to I Wasim, FOUR! Whacked down the ground! Back of a length delivery angling into the batsman, Wasim goes deep inside the crease and hammers it past the bowler for a boundary.
33.1
0
J Bumrah to I Wasim, Spears in a fuller length ball on off, Imad brings down a straight bat and pushes it back to the bowler.
32.6
1
V Shankar to I Wasim, Comes down the track and pulls it through mid-wicket for a run.
32.5
1
V Shankar to S Ahmed, Full and on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.
32.4
0
V Shankar to S Ahmed, Low full toss outside off, SA backs away and steers it through point where substitute Ravindra Jadeja flings himself to his right and stops the ball.
32.4
0
V Shankar to S Ahmed, WIDE. Slips this down the leg side, does Shankar, Ahmed misses his flick.
32.3
0
V Shankar to S Ahmed, Outside off, on a length, punched straight to cover.
32.2
0
V Shankar to S Ahmed, This is outside off, pushed back to the bowler who mimes a throw back at the stumps.
32.1
0
V Shankar to S Ahmed, Landed outside off, Sarfaraz gives himself room to the leg side and cuts it but finds point.

Drinks break. It's India and India all the way! The century stand between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam was the only bright spot for Pakistan as the wickets fell in a heap after that. Kuldeep Yadav has been exceptional in his spell and his magic delivery to dismiss Babar Azam opened the floodgates for India. A really smooth going for them and they are almost looking certain to maintain their dominance over Pakistan in the ICC World Cup. Meanwhile, Vijay Shankar is back into the attack...

31.6
4
J Bumrah to I Wasim, FOUR! Fine shot! Short delivery, on off, Imad does well to ride the bounce and pulls it nicely to wide long on for a boundary. This partnership moves to 25 but is scoring at a rate way below the required one, almost half down.
31.5
1
J Bumrah to S Ahmed, Ahmed opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
31.4
1
J Bumrah to I Wasim, Overthrow! Fuller and on off, Wasim forces it down to mid on and Pandya has a shy at the bowler's end. He misses and the batsmen cross for a run. Kuldeep returns the ball towards the striker's end. It hits Sarfaraz' bat and rolls behind square leg. No extra run taken.
31.3
0
J Bumrah to I Wasim, A touch short and outside off, from 'round the wicket, Wasim is on the back foot as he taps it down to point.
31.2
1
J Bumrah to S Ahmed, Shortish and on off, Ahmed stands tall and works it through mid-wicket. Runs the first run hard but has to settle with that only as the fielder in the deep is quickly onto the ball.
31.1
1
J Bumrah to I Wasim, A length delivery on leg, it's eased away off the pads on the leg side for one.

Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack, replacing Kuldeep. His four overs have gone for just 15 runs. Effective as usual and he is the last bowler you want to face when the RRR is over 10.

30.6
1
H Pandya to I Wasim, Delivers it down the leg side, it's nudged fine down the leg side for one.

Slight change in field. There is a fielder placed somewhere near gully.

30.5
1
H Pandya to S Ahmed, Shortish and on off, Sarfaraz dabs it down in the gap at cover-point and pinches yet another single.
30.4
1
H Pandya to I Wasim, Slower one, shorter in length on middle, Wasim waits and then pulls it through square leg for a run.
30.3
1
H Pandya to S Ahmed, A rising delivery on off, Ahmed controls the extra bounce well and pulls it down to long leg for one.
30.2
1
H Pandya to I Wasim, Plenty of width on offer outside off, short and wide, Wasim cuts it behind point and collects a single.
30.1
1
H Pandya to S Ahmed, Back of a length ball on off, Ahmed works it in front of square leg and crosses for a run.
29.6
1
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Around off, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
29.5
0
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Full and around off, Sarfaraz gets a big stride forward and defends.
29.4
0
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Short and outside off, punched straight to cover.
29.3
1
K Yadav to I Wasim, Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
29.2
1
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Floated generously outside leg, Sarfaraz gets to the pitch of the ball but then plays it against the turn through mid off for a single.
29.1
0
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Tossed up around off, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.
28.6
4
H Pandya to I Wasim, FOUR! Well controlled pull shot in the end by Imad! Pandya digs in a short ball on middle, Wasim gets on top of the bounce and middles his horizontal bat shot well. It comes from the middle and races through square leg for a boundary.
28.5
0
H Pandya to I Wasim, Full in length and on middle, Wasim brings down a straight bat and pushes it back to the bowler.
28.4
1
H Pandya to S Ahmed, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
28.3
0
H Pandya to S Ahmed, Some extra pace, on a length around middle, Sarfaraz plays it on the leg side.
28.2
0
H Pandya to S Ahmed, Sarfaraz gives the charge and Pandya bangs in a short ball. The Pakistan skipper is caught in an awkward position and somehow fends it off on the off side. Hardik smiles.
28.1
0
H Pandya to S Ahmed, No hat-trick! Fullish and on off, Ahmed keeps it out safely on the off side.

Hat-trick ball...

27.6
1
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
27.5
1
K Yadav to I Wasim, Short and outside off, punched off the back foot through the covers for a single.
27.4
0
K Yadav to I Wasim, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
27.3
1
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Goes back and across and works it through square leg for a single.
27.2
0
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Around off, well blocked out.
27.1
0
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Full and around off, watchfully defended.

Imad Wasim is in next.

26.6
0
H Pandya to S Malik, OUT! Hardik Pandya gets another! Shoaib Malik drags it on and bags a duck yet again, this time a golden one. What an over this is turning out to be! To be honest, once again there was nothing extraordinary with the delivery. Hardik lands it on a length close to off stump and Malik tries to play close to his body. But it takes the inner half of his blade and goes behind to tickle the stumps. Hardik jumps in joy. The Men in Blue are roaring and so are the Indian spectators in the crowd. Pandya is on a hat-trick but will have to wait for the next over. Three runs and two wickets in this one and this match has completely turned in favour of India!

Shoaib Malik is the new man in. Pakistan losing their way quickly now.

26.5
0
H Pandya to M Hafeez, OUT! Professor has found the fielder with surgical precision! Should be nicknamed Doctor! A nothing delivery really. Pandya is just lucky to have this wicket. Delivers a full ball on the pads, Hafeez flicks it behind square leg but fails to keep it down. A fielder is placed exactly there and Vijay Shankar makes no mistake. The wheels are coming off for Pakistan after a big stand. They are completely falling apart now. A massive 208 needed and only 139 balls left.
26.4
0
H Pandya to M Hafeez, Shortish and outside off, played down from the crease to point.
26.4
0
H Pandya to M Hafeez, Wide! An attempted slower bouncer slowly goes down the leg side. Hafeez turns inside the crease and lets it through to the keeper.
26.3
0
H Pandya to M Hafeez, Shortish and on off, Hafeez jumps on the back foot and taps it down to point.
26.2
0
H Pandya to M Hafeez, Full and angling in, around off, Hafeez drives it through the line, nicely timed but straight to mid off.
26.1
2
H Pandya to M Hafeez, A length delivery outside off, Hafeez drives it through covers for a run.

Bowling change. Hardik Pandya is back into the attack. Pakistan are 41 runs behind in the DLS par score at the moment.

25.6
0
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Full and outside off, watchfully defended. A wicket maiden for Kuldeep, his figures read 7-1-26-2!
25.5
0
K Yadav to S Ahmed, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
25.4
0
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
25.3
0
K Yadav to S Ahmed, Full and around off, Sarfaraz looks to defend but the ball spins back in, almost goes through the gap between bat and pad, takes the inside edge, rolls behind but does not hit the stumps!

Sarfaraz Ahmed walks in next. A leg slip in place.

25.2
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, OUT! In the air... and taken! Normally, after a long partnership, a wicket often results in another closely on its heels. Two set batsmen have been dismissed by Kuldeep in the span of 3 balls. Full and around middle, Zaman looks to play the sweep but gets a top edge. There is a short fine leg in place and he runs to his left to accept a dolly. Chahal takes it easily. No century for Zaman and Pakistan doing what they did against Australia. Building a platform and themselves demolishing it.
25.1
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, Landed outside off, Zaman lunges to connect but misses.
24.6
6
Y Chahal to M Hafeez, SIX! Hafeez has dismissed it! Flighted delivery landing full in the batsman's half, Mohammad is down on one knee in a flash and clobbers it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
24.5
1
Y Chahal to F Zaman, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
24.4
0
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Works this straight to short mid-wicket.
24.3
1
Y Chahal to M Hafeez, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
24.2
1
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Pushes this through point for a single.
24.1
0
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Full and around off, watchfully defended.

Time for Mohammad Hafeez to use his willow. Professor from Sargodha has been in decent form in this World Cup with scores of 84 and 46 under his belt. His experience will be needed here in this big run chase.

23.6
0
K Yadav to B Azam, OUT! BOWLED! Beautiful bowling from Kuldeep. Tossed up outside off, Azam lunges to defend but the ball comes back in, takes the inside edge, exposes the big gap between bat and pad and hits the timber. The 104-run stand has been broken and Pakistan are back in trouble. 220 more needed from 156 balls.
23.5
1
K Yadav to F Zaman, Short and outside off, the googly, cut through the covers for a single.
23.4
1
K Yadav to B Azam, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
23.3
0
K Yadav to B Azam, Full and around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
23.2
1
K Yadav to F Zaman, Around off, Fakhar pushes it to the off side and takes a quick run.
23.1
1
K Yadav to B Azam, Full and around middle, Azam gently paddles it through fine leg for a single.
22.6
0
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Deceives the batsman, there. Chahal senses the batsman making his move on the leg side and bowls a leg spinner on the leg stump line. It turns back in and Fakhar has no option but to block it towards covers.
22.5
1
Y Chahal to B Azam, Direct hit was needed! Full and flighted on off, Babar pushes it with gentle hands to covers and sets off for a quick single. Kohli attacks the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses as Fakhar dives in. Dhoni collects the ball and deflects it onto the stumps. A stifled appeal there but the onfield umpire doesn't feel the need to take it upstairs. 100-run stand comes up!
22.4
1
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Fuller and on leg, Fakhar sits down on one knee for a big slog sweep but it takes the inner half and rolls through square leg for a run.
22.3
1
Y Chahal to B Azam, Knocks a full ball down through mid on for a run.
22.2
6
Y Chahal to B Azam, SIX! High and long! Runs have started to come thick and fast for Pakistan! Loopy full ball on off, Azam kneels down and smokes it over mid-wicket for a biggie. The square boundaries are shorter in dimensions and Babar used it to full advantage.
22.1
1
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Fullish and on middle, Zaman makes room and drives it through wide mid off for a single.
21.6
1
K Yadav to F Zaman, Comes down the track and pushes it towards cover for a run.
21.5
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
21.4
4
K Yadav to F Zaman, FOUR! POUNDED! Is Zaman slowly getting his confidence back? Full and outside off, Zaman gets down and mows a slog sweep over mid-wicket!
21.3
1
K Yadav to B Azam, Full and around off, swept powerfully through square leg for a single.
21.2
2
K Yadav to B Azam, On middle, worked through square leg for a couple.
21.1
0
K Yadav to B Azam, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
20.6
1
Y Chahal to B Azam, Finally a run from Babar's bat! He eases it off his pads through mid-wicket for a run.

An update regarding ball number 18.5. Replays show that the ball hit the pad first and then the bat hit the pad. That would have smashed into the stumps. So if the review had been taken, Azam would have been gone.

20.5
0
Y Chahal to B Azam, Walks down to the pitch of the delivery and blocks.
20.4
0
Y Chahal to B Azam, Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot.
20.3
1
Y Chahal to F Zaman, The batsman plays a sweep shot. One run added to the total.
20.2
0
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Nearly a catch! Floated and on middle, Fakhar flicks it a bit uppishly towards mid-wicket and Kohli puts in a forward diving effort after coming ahead a bit. But it falls just short of him. Good try. Great anticipation.
20.1
6
Y Chahal to F Zaman, SIX! This has travelled the distance! 11th ODI fifty for Fakhar Zaman. He continues his good form against the Men in Blue. Flighted ball on off, Zaman sits down on one knee and slogs it handsomely over mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep was interested for a while but it goes over him.
19.6
0
K Yadav to B Azam, Quicker one on middle, Babar is on the back foot as he keeps it out on the leg side again.

Babar Azam pulls out. There is some plastic material that has come out on the pitch. Azam collects it and hands it over to the umpire.

19.5
0
K Yadav to B Azam, Flatter this time, a bit short and on middle, Azam goes back and defends it on the leg side.
19.4
0
K Yadav to B Azam, Loopy and full on off, turning back in, Babar is forward in defense. Good speed from Yadav. He is giving it a real toss.
19.3
1
K Yadav to F Zaman, Floated full ball outside off, it's driven down to long off for a run.
19.2
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, NOT OUT. The back foot is dragged in. Beautifully pitched up outside off, Zaman looked to drive but missed it. He was lured into the shot and got out of the crease, lunging into the same. He missed it and Dhoni whipped the bails off in a flash and appealed. He was not celebrating that time and replays show why. The foot did get dragged in before the bails could be disturbed.

Is that a stumping? Looks like lightning-quick Dhoni has caught Fakhar Zaman off guard. Zaman looked to drive but lost his balance slightly. Replays seem to point to the foot to be coming back in...

19.1
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, Tossed up around off, spinning away, pushed towards cover.
18.6
0
Y Chahal to B Azam, Flatter one on middle, Babar moves back and helps it to mid-wicket.
18.5
0
Y Chahal to B Azam, Huge shout for an lbw from Virat Kohli at first slip. Not given. Chahal delivers a skidder around off, Babar stays back to play at it but does so very close to his front pad. Kohli at first slip thinks that it's pad first and goes up in an appeal. Nothing much there from the bowler or the keeper. They now gather to have a chat regarding the DRS but MS Dhoni doesn't agree and that's that. No need to refer it. Coming to this delivery, Babar didn't pick that variation as he was on the back foot waiting it to spin away. Good bowling by the leggie.
18.4
1
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Presses forward to a full ball and strokes it down the ground to long off for one.
18.3
0
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Slower through the air this time, full and around leg, Fakhar tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to mid-wicket.
18.2
0
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Quicker through the air, it's around off and Fakhar plays it out from the back foot to point. He sets off for a run but his partner sends him back immediately.
18.1
1
Y Chahal to B Azam, Flatter and shorter on off, Babar rocks back and punches it to sweeper cover for a run.
17.6
1
K Yadav to B Azam, Well played. Picks the googly off the hand rather than off the pitch, goes back and works it through square leg for a run. Just 5 singles from the over and India maintaining the throttle.
17.5
1
K Yadav to F Zaman, Floated again, pushed through cover for another single.
17.4
1
K Yadav to B Azam, On middle and off, pushed through mid on for one more.
17.3
1
K Yadav to F Zaman, Tossed up outside off, Zaman drives it wide of mid off for a run.
17.2
1
K Yadav to B Azam, On middle and leg, worked through the leg side for a single.
17.1
0
K Yadav to B Azam, Tossed up on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.

Kuldeep Yadav is back on.

16.6
0
Y Chahal to F Zaman, On the pads, helped across the line but straight towards short fine leg.
16.5
1
Y Chahal to B Azam, Goes on the back foot and punches it through covers for one.
16.4
1
Y Chahal to F Zaman, This time Fakhar finds the gap with his flick shot and gets a single.
16.3
0
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Turns it off his pads to the leg side but finds the fielder.
16.2
1
Y Chahal to B Azam, Good stop by Karthik (sub)! Short in length outside off, Babar goes on the back foot to play the square cut but fails to middle his shot properly. Karthik dives across to his right from backward point, a bit of a premature dive, but still manages to stop it from racing away. A single taken.
16.1
1
Y Chahal to F Zaman, Full and flighted down the leg side, Fakhar tries to paddle it down but it takes the toe end of the bat and rolls to long leg for a run.

The leggie is on! Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl with a slip in place.

15.6
1
H Pandya to F Zaman, Short again, this time in the line of the stump, Zaman pulls it in front of square leg and takes a run. 11 from the over, the most expensive one of this chase!
15.5
4
H Pandya to F Zaman, FOUR! Is this the over that will shift the momentum in Pakistan's favour? Hardik offers width outside off, Fakhar throws his bat at it and edges it down to third man for a boundary.
15.4
0
H Pandya to F Zaman, Pandya switches to 'round the wicket and angles in a length delivery on off, Zaman defends it back.
15.3
4
H Pandya to F Zaman, FOUR! Crunching sound of the bat meeting the ball. Pandya serves it short and on middle, Fakhar is onto it in a flash as he pulls it thunderously to the deep mid-wicket fence.
15.2
1
H Pandya to B Azam, Full and on middle, driven straight down the ground and the mid on fielder moved across to his left to stop the ball. He fumbled slightly and a run is taken safely.
15.1
1
H Pandya to F Zaman, On the pads, it's tucked behind square leg for a run.

DRINKS BREAK. It's been a quiet going from Pakistan in this run chase. Fakhar Zaman has not been at his fluent best and losing Imam early has hurt them. Babar Azam has looked unfazed so far but now this pair needs to score at a better pace. The RRR is closing in on 8 and it's not going to be easy to keep up with it in the middle phase. India have done well in spite of losing Bhuvneshwar Kumar to injury. They would like to maintain the same intensity and make their rivals sweat hard for every run.

14.6
3
K Yadav to F Zaman, Nearly played that onto the stumps. Fakhar tries to put the bowler off by moving down the leg side. Kuldeep smartly follows him and then Fakhar has no option but to play the cut shot. He does so off the outside half of his bat and the ball runs wide of first slip. Chahal retrieves the ball in the deep and the batsmen take three runs. 50-run stand comes up!
14.5
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, The shot was on with no cover in the deep on the mid-wicket but Zaman fails to connect well. Flighted and full on off, Fakhar gets down on one knee for the slog sweep but gets a big inside edge onto the pads.
14.4
1
K Yadav to B Azam, Quicker through the air, the length is a bit short and Babar moves back to tap it down in front of cover-point. He steals a quick single.
14.3
1
K Yadav to F Zaman, Too full in length outside off, Fakhar drives it square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
14.2
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, Flatter and shorter on off, turning back in a bit, Zaman is on the back foot as he punches it back to the bowler.
14.1
1
K Yadav to B Azam, Floated and full around off, Babar steps forward and drives it down through mid off for a single.
13.6
0
H Pandya to F Zaman, Full and wide outside off, FZ throws his bat at it but with his feet stuck in mud. Misses.
13.5
1
H Pandya to B Azam, Full and around off, Azam looks to defend but the ball moves away late and squares him up. An outside edge is induced which runs towards third man. A single taken.

Here comes the much-awaited news on Bhuvneshwar Kumar! He has tightness in left hamstring and will not return to the field for the remainder of the match. So far, his absence has not been felt by the Men in Blue much but if this chase gets close, then he will be missed big time.

13.4
1
H Pandya to F Zaman, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
13.3
4
H Pandya to F Zaman, FOUR! A slower bouncer, down the leg side, not a bad ploy but Zaman gets away with it. Fakhar looks to pull but is beaten by the change in pace. He gets a top edge but it runs fine, to the fence behind.
13.2
1
H Pandya to B Azam, On middle and leg, flicked away for a single.
13.1
0
H Pandya to B Azam, On a length outside off, solidly defended to the off side.

Bowling change. Hardik Pandya to have another go but from the different end. He and Shankar have done a decent job so far.

12.6
1
K Yadav to B Azam, Loopy and full on off, Babar plays it close to his front pad and works it behind square leg for one. Just 2 from Kuldeep's first over!
12.5
1
K Yadav to F Zaman, Shortish and outside off, cut through point for a single. 50 up for Pakistan!
12.4
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, Loopy and full outside off, turning away, Fakhar once again has not read it but still does well to push it with the spin to covers.
12.3
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, Oohhh... this one almost sneaks through! Fakhar is trying to read Kuldeep off the surface. Not a good ploy. Read him from his hands or he will beat you in flight. A wrong 'un landing on off, Fakhar moves back inside the crease and blocks it out at the last moment.
12.2
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, A touch short again, on off, Fakhar mistimes his punch on the off side.
12.1
0
K Yadav to F Zaman, Starts with a shorter one on off, Fakhar cuts but finds the point fielder.

Time for some spin! Here comes Kuldeep Yadav to bowl some Chinaman deliveries. A slip in place.

11.6
4
V Shankar to B Azam, FOUR! Nicely played! Could this be the final over for Shankar? A length ball outside off, Azam punches it through point and this time Rohit Sharma cannot cover the distance to his left and the ball finds the fence. A boundary after 20 balls.
11.5
2
V Shankar to B Azam, In the slot and nicely driven. Floaty half volley outside off, pretty wide, Babar leans and drives it through the covers. Rohit at sweeper has some distance to cover and the batsmen cross each other twice in the meanwhile.
11.4
1
V Shankar to F Zaman, Full and outside off, hit hard through the covers for a run. The stand moves to 30 from 41 balls.
11.3
0
V Shankar to F Zaman, Landed outside off, driven towards cover where Virat Kohli makes a good stop.
11.2
1
V Shankar to B Azam, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
11.1
0
V Shankar to B Azam, Full and outside off, driven through point where substitute Ravindra Jadeja dives to his left and makes a brilliant stop.
10.6
0
H Pandya to F Zaman, Lands it on a length in the line of the off stump, Zaman defends it off his front foot to the off side.
10.5
1
H Pandya to B Azam, Fails to put the bad ball away. Short and wide outside off, Azam slaps it through the line but finds the sweeper in the deep on the off side. Only a run.
10.4
0
H Pandya to B Azam, On and around off, a good length delivery, Babar allows the ball to come at him and then plays it down with an angled bat to point.
10.3
1
H Pandya to F Zaman, Digs in a short ball on off, Fakhar gets on top of the bounce and pulls it down to long leg for a run.
10.2
0
H Pandya to F Zaman, Lands it full and outside off, Zaman tries to flick but gets an inside edge. The ball rolls towards mid-wicket. He has not got his timing right!
10.1
1
H Pandya to B Azam, Fullish and outside off, it's pushed through covers for a run.

Powerplay 2 begins. Now, India can put a maximum of 4 fielders outside the ring till the 40th over.

Is it only me or does someone else also feel that Babar Azam looks like Kamran Akmal while batting? He has got a good technique, no doubt, but that back foot opening stance, his front foot cover drive and his yells of no and wait remind us of the former keeper a lot. Okay. Remind me a lot.

9.6
1
V Shankar to B Azam, Full and outside off, BA drives this wide of mid off, calls 'AAJA!' and the batsmen scamper through for a single. Pakistan end Powerplay 1 on 38/1, 15 less than what India were at this stage.
9.6
0
V Shankar to B Azam, WIDE. Slips this down the leg side, Azam lets that go.
9.5
0
V Shankar to B Azam, Down the leg side, Babar looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
9.4
0
V Shankar to B Azam, Around off, solidly defended.
9.3
1
V Shankar to F Zaman, Agricultural. Full on middle, Zaman swings hard but gets it off the inner half towards mid on. The fielder gets across to his left but by that time, Rahul swiftly gets across to his right from short mid-wicket and has a quick shy at the bowler's end - only to miss. A quick single taken.
9.2
0
V Shankar to F Zaman, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
9.1
1
V Shankar to B Azam, In the air... wide! Full and wide outside off, Azam looks to play the cover drive but the ball swings away a tad late, takes the outside edge and goes uppishly. But behind point. A single taken.

Change of ends for Vijay Shankar. India will be feeling lucky that they have gone with Shankar for this game and not Dinesh Karthik. With Bhuvneshwar injured, Shankar can contribute a few vital overs here.

8.6
0
H Pandya to F Zaman, Swing and a miss! A touch short and down the leg side, Fakhar tries to heave it over the leg side but misses. It hits him on the pads and ricochets to the off side. Dot ball to end a 5-run first over by Pandya. India have not allowed Pakistan off the hook in Powerplay 1.
8.5
1
H Pandya to B Azam, Quick single, good running between the wickets. Pandya pitches it up again around off, Babar tries to drive straight but it goes off the inner portion of his bat to the right of mid on. Azam is on his bike to the other end as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
8.4
0
H Pandya to B Azam, Pandya pulls back his length a bit and serves it around off, Babar blocks it off his back foot.
8.3
4
H Pandya to B Azam, FOUR! Babar finally pierces the gap on the off side! He tried a few times in Shankar's over but without any success but this time he has nailed it. A pitched up ball outside off, Azam strides forward and drives it crisply through the gap at covers for a boundary.
8.2
0
H Pandya to B Azam, Good length delivery outside off, Azam stays on the back foot and tries to punch but mistimes his shot towards the cover fielder.
8.1
0
H Pandya to B Azam, Angles into the batsman, Babar has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

Hardik Pandya is into the attack now.

7.6
4
J Bumrah to F Zaman, FOUR! Spoils what would have been a maiden. A short ball, down the leg side, this time Zaman connects with his pull and gets it to the fine leg fence.
7.5
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, A short ball, around middle and leg, FZ is hurried into the pull shot and mistimes it wide of short mid-wicket.

We are still waiting for some news on Bhuvneshwar's injury. The whole of India will be praying that he is fit and there is no serious injury concern with him.

7.4
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, A short ball, down the leg side, Fakhar looks to pull but misses.
7.3
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

India are clearly rushing through their overs. It has gone pretty dark again and an interruption may not be far away. Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja is on the field as a substitute for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The camera pans onto the Indian balcony where there is a massive discussion going on with some concern writ on the people's faces.

7.2
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, On a good length outside off, Zaman looks to defend but the ball zips off the pitch and beats the outside edge.
7.1
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, On a good length, around middle, defended in the middle of the pitch.
6.6
0
V Shankar to B Azam, Shot! Good timing. But once again no run for Babar. A well-timed off drive by him has gone straight to the fielder. Good comeback by Shankar after conceding a boundary off the first ball.

Some sawdust is applied on the bowler's landing area. India don't want any more injuries here.

6.5
0
V Shankar to B Azam, Again Shankar keeps his length full and serves it on off, Babar tries to play straight but it takes the inner half and rolls towards mid on.
6.4
0
V Shankar to B Azam, Outstanding fielding effort by Virat Kohli! He saves a certain boundary. Shankar pitches it up and outside off, Babar plays a delightful cover drive but fails to beat the diving effort of the Indian skipper.
6.3
0
V Shankar to B Azam, Drops it on a shortish length outside off, Babar goes on his back foot and plays it down towards point.
6.2
1
V Shankar to F Zaman, Cracked away! Width on offer outside off, Fakhar slaps it through the line towards covers where Rahul misfields and concedes a single.
6.1
4
V Shankar to F Zaman, FOUR! Poor line and punished! Shankar drifts down the leg side, Fakhar picks it off his pads and deflects it neatly down the leg side for a boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for Pakistan.
5.6
4
J Bumrah to B Azam, FOUR! Cracked away! Short and wide outside off, Azam cuts it through point for a boundary!
5.5
0
J Bumrah to B Azam, Very straight, just around off, watchfully defended.
5.4
1
J Bumrah to F Zaman, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
5.3
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, Full and straight, watchfully defended.
5.2
1
J Bumrah to B Azam, Outside off, tapped towards third man for a single.
5.1
0
J Bumrah to B Azam, Darted in on off, Azam defends it watchfully.
4.6
1
V Shankar to B Azam, Some movement again off the deck. It's on a good length around off and shapes back in a shade, Babar stays back to defend but it takes the inside half and rolls on the leg side. A single to get off the mark. Eventful over, one run, one wicket and some injury concern for India in it.

Babar Azam walks in at number 3, replacing Imam. Three 50-plus scores in his last 5 innings in ODIs.

4.5
0
V Shankar to Imam, OUT! Trapped right in front! Bhuvi going off has not hurt India much, in fact, Shankar has hit the jackpot with his very first delivery in the World Cup! Nothing extraordinary about this ball. It's full and around leg, quite straight but there is a drastic drop in pace. Imam, who was used to playing faster ones until this one, fails to adjust and is late into his shot. He tries to flick but misses and is rapped on the pads. The appeal goes up and so does the finger. The Indian players are ecstatic. Vijay draws first blood and Pakistan lose their reliable opener. The Ball Tracker later on confirms that it's a fair decision (Three Reds) from the umpire and Imam was right in not taking the DRS.

Oh dear. Bhuvi is going off the field. He does not seem to be in too much discomfort but perhaps is taking the right call to have it checked, just in case it worsens. Vijay Shankar to bowl the pending over.

Rohit Sharma from the slip cordon is asking Bhuvi to pitch it much fuller. With the ball moving around so much, that length might be more ideal. Meanwhile, we are having a small delay. Bhuvneshwar Kumar slipped while landing on the front foot and might have hurt his hamstring slightly. Umpire Bruce Oxenford indicates to the ground staff to bring on the hammer.

4.4
0
B Kumar to Imam, Another outswinger gets Imam in all sorts of trouble. This one is pitched on and around off at 137 kph and nips away, Imam just plays the line and doesn't follow it. Bhuvi is showing exceptional control over his art.
4.3
0
B Kumar to Imam, Lands it on middle and off, Imam has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
4.2
0
B Kumar to Imam, That's a real beauty by Kumar! He gets closer to the line of off stump and takes the ball away with a great seam position. Imam can do nothing about it and ends up missing it again. Outstanding bowling from both the Indian pacers.
4.1
0
B Kumar to Imam, Kumar speeds in with the sunshine on his back. He angles across a good length delivery outside off, Imam without any footwork pushes inside the line and misses.

There seems to be much more lateral movement off the deck, than the morning. The balls are pitching and then shooting off.

3.6
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, Landed outside off, this is left alone.
3.5
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, Through him! Missed the bat, missed the pad, missed the stumps! Jasprit Bumrah is a class act, isn't he? This was pitched outside leg and Zaman looked to flick it through the leg side. But the ball pitched and zipped off the surface, to beat everything.
3.4
1
J Bumrah to Imam, Nicely done again. Waits for the ball to come to him, taps it towards cover, sees there is a small gap and calls his partner through for a quick single.
3.3
0
J Bumrah to Imam, Well played again, good stride forward, to meet the full ball and stroking it towards mid off.

Predicto Praky - This is interesting. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is bowling quicker than Jasprit Bumrah. Bhuvi is consistently in the high 140s while Bumrah is operating in the high 135s. Normally, it is the other way round.

3.2
0
J Bumrah to Imam, On middle and leg, defended to the leg side.
3.1
0
J Bumrah to Imam, On a good length around middle, Imam jumps with the bounce and looks to tuck but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
2.6
1
B Kumar to Imam, Shortish and around leg, Imam goes on the back foot and pulls it behind towards long leg for one. 6 from this over in spite of a boundary in it!
2.5
4
B Kumar to Imam, FOUR! Shot! Kumar overpitches a bit on this occasion. He was trying an inswinger but the line turns out to be too straight and Imam flicks it firmly to the deep mid-wicket fence.
2.4
0
B Kumar to Imam, Nicely covers the line and defends it off his front foot.
2.3
0
B Kumar to Imam, Hurries up the southpaw with his extra pace again. It's delivered in the line of the stumps, angling in, Imam tries working it around but misses to get hit high on the front leg.
2.2
0
B Kumar to Imam, Play and a miss! Kumar this time clocks 144 kph and delivers it short outside off. Imam flashes his bat at it but fails to make any connection. Beaten for pace!
2.2
0
B Kumar to Imam, Wide! Wrong line on this occasion. Kumar goes for extra pace and loses his line. Clocks in the 140s kph but it's down the leg side. Imam tries flicking but misses. There was some movement after it went past the batsman.
2.1
0
B Kumar to Imam, Good length ball close to off, Imam plays it close to his body and plays it out from the crease to covers.
1.6
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, Landed outside leg, nicely played with a still bat towards mid-wicket.
1.5
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, Landed outside off, left alone.
1.4
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, Beats the outside edge this time. 139 kph, on a length, outside off, zipping away off the pitch, Fakhar flirts with it but without any feet movement and misses. Replays show that the ball landed on the deck and then moved away.
1.3
4
J Bumrah to F Zaman, FOUR! That is a gift and it gives Pakistan their first boundary. A full toss, wide outside off, Zaman reaches out and drives it through the covers.

That is the thing with Bumrah. No two balls are the same. He bowls with a shortened runup but generates excellent pace.

1.2
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, Very full, missing the batsman's flick, hitting the pads but pitched outside leg.
1.1
0
J Bumrah to F Zaman, Bumrah too, starts off on the pads, Zaman tucks it towards mid-wicket.

Jasprit Bumrah to bowl with the second new ball. Two slips in place for him as well.

0.6
0
B Kumar to Imam, Beauty of a delivery. Considerable movement off the surface this time. Kumar lands it on a good length close to off stump, Imam pushes inside the line and gets beaten by the away shape. Fine first over by Bhuvi!
0.5
0
B Kumar to Imam, Better line and length from Kumar. Keeps it on a length and just outside off, Imam punches from the crease but finds the cover fielder.
0.4
1
B Kumar to F Zaman, Fakhar also gets off the mark with a gentle nudge off his hips behind square leg. One more run added to the total.
0.3
0
B Kumar to F Zaman, Kumar goes closer to the off stump line and delivers it on a fuller length, Fakhar covers the line and keeps it out to the off side.
0.2
0
B Kumar to F Zaman, Back of a length delivery in the channel outside off, angling away from the batsman at 134 kph, Zaman watches it closely and shoulders arms.
0.1
1
B Kumar to Imam, Starts with a good length delivery around leg, Imam turns it off his pads behind square leg and gets off the mark with a run. Pakistan are underway!

The players are making their way back out to the middle. They had barely gone out. In fact, the Indians were in a huddle even when the hover cover was on. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman had just gone beyond the boundary and walk back again. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start off proceedings with the first new ball. Imam to face. Kohli, Dhoni and Rohit in a brief chat.