Hello all cricket lovers. So, did you watch this first opening league match of T-20 World Cup, 2014 played between India and Pakistan. Or you missed it? As everyone knows, there is always something attractive and interesting in the matches of India and Pakistan. And, this match was also an interesting one, which was won by team India from 7 wickets and that too in 18.3 overs only. Before talking about the heroes of this match, let’s have a quick look at the scores of both the teams:
India won the toss and chose to bowl first.
India: MS Dhoni (Captain), RG Sharma, V Kohli, S Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, A Mishra, B Kumar, M Shami
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (Captain), Kamran Akmal, A Shehjad, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan
Pakistan: 130/7 in 20 overs
India: 131/3 in 18.3 overs
Results: India won by 7 wickets
Mohammad Shami : Right Arm Fast Medium Bowler (4-0-31-1)
Man of the Match
Amit Mishra: Indian Legbreak Bowler (4-1-22-2)
Summary of the Match
After winning the toss, Indian captain MS Dhoni chose to bowl first against Pakistan in first league match of T20 Worldcup 2014. Captain’s decision went good for team India and they limited Pakistan’s score to 130 for 7 wickets in all 20 overs. In this score of Pakistan all Indian bowlers were helpful. Amit Mishra took 2 wickets while M Shami, R Jadeja and B Kumar took one wicket each. Umar Akmal was highest scorer for Pakistan scoring 33 runs in 30 deliveries.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan helped Indian team to get a good start scoring an opening stand of 54 runs in just 8 overs. V Kohli scored 36* on 32 balls being highest scorer and helped India to win the match having 9 balls in hand. Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul and Bilawal Bhatti took one-one wickets.
Indian team got two points for this win and Pakistan team remained on 0.
Interesting Fact about Indo-Pak Matches
Pakistan team has never won any cricket match (one day or T20I) in World Cup against India yet.
Next Big Games
Pakistan will face Australia on 23rd March, 2014, while India will face West Indies on 23rd March, 2014 which is previous champion and West-Indian players are in a great form means the match will be very interesting to see.
Your Views and Predictions
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