India recovered from three early jolts, inflicted by a devastating spell from the Pakistani pacer Mohammed Amir, before notching up a five-wicket victory against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20 tournament, played in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
The fierce bowling by their ace bowler Mohammad Amir costed the Indian team an early five wickets which made the small goal of 85 runs difficult to reach. India's openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane went for a duck and Suresh Raina was caught at mid-off by Wahab Riaz after scoring only one run.
Virat Kohli provided a strong batting defence to the bowling attack by Amir, and helped India achieve the score of 85 runs by contributing 49, off 51 balls with seven fours. He was awarded the man of the match where in his speech he congratulated the Pakistani Bowler Mohammad Amir.
“I would like to congratulate Mohammad Amir for the way he bowled… I actually congratulated him while he was bowling. It was amazing to play such a spell”, Kohli said.
Earlier, the Pakistan team was wrapped at 83 runs by impressive bowling attack by Indian medium pacers. Indian pacers including Pandya gave his career best 3-8, Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra, also tightened the situation for Pakistani team by taking a wicket each giving away eight and 20 runs respectively.
There were two run-outs on Pakistan’s team, which were reduced to 45-6, before wicket-keeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed added few hits in the team’s kitty.
Pakistan was humiliated to their lowest score against India in the seven Twenty20 internationals they have played so far.
With India clinching a five-wicket victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in a low-scoring Asia Cup thriller, Indian fans took to the streets to express their joy and exhilaration.
“Yeeaaahh India!!! Let's go all the way!!!”, tweeted Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar congratulating Indian team over their emphatic win against the arch rival – Pakistan.