New Delhi, Feb 27: Team India rode on a strong bowling performance to beat arch-rivals Pakistan by five wickets in their Twenty20 International clash of the Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Saturday evening. (Bowlers, Virat Kohli set up India's win against Pakistan)
Both teams struggled to bat on a greenish wicket with uneven bounce.
The Indian bowlers justified their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to field first by bundling out Pakistan for a mere 83 runs in 17.3 overs. This was the third lowest total by Pakistan in T20 cricket.
The Indian batsmen then braved some excellent bowling by the Pakistan pacers to overhaul the target in 15.3 overs.
Virat Kohli top scored for India with 49. The Delhi lad put on a 68-run stand with Yuvraj Singh (14 not out) to take the match away from Pakistan.
One more player who stole the show today was Pakistani pacer Mohammad Aamir. With his figure of 3/18 Aamir gave Pakistan a glimmer of hope, striking early blows for Pakistan. He removed Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the opening over before either batsman had opened their respective accounts.
In his next over, the 23-year-old fooled Suresh Raina with some deceptive movement as Wahab Riaz grabbed an easy catch at mid on.
Both Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni praised Aamir, who made a comeback into international cricket after facing ban in connection with the infamous spot-fixing case.
Fans congratulated the Indian side for winning the game and also praised the Pakistani pacer for an impressive comeback.
Here's how Twitterati reacted over India-Pak match:
Rahane follows Rohit, failing to read late inswing. Sensational stuff from Aamir. Many -- including me -- under threat to eat our own words!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 27, 2016
Lashkar-e-taiba took responsibility of this loss !!😆😆😂😂#IndvsPak— ravish kumar (@RoflKumar) February 27, 2016