India Win First T20 Match of Group 2
With all the emotion and passion that a Pakistan v India match brings, this was definitely a let down. Pakistan’s poor batting led them to a reduced 130 after 20 overs.
The first match of the group 2 match failed to live up to the excitement of the Asia Cup match when India chased the mere target after reaching 50 without loss by the 8th over.
However both Dawan (30) and Sharma (24) were quickly dismissed in the 8th and 10th overs, correspondingly. However, when Bilawal Bhatti clean bowled Yuvraj Singh, Pakistan looked like they were getting back in to the martch.
However, both Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina steadied a very tense middle order. Dropped catches by both Shahid Afridi and Mohammed Hafeez sealed Pakistan’s fate as both batsmen went on to form a dedicated and comfortable partnership of 66.
During Pakistan’s innings they just barely limped to 130 as their batting line once again collapsed. It was left up to Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood to get the team to a disappointing target. An overall good performance gets India their first win in the T20 World Cup of 2014 whilst Pakistan have a lot of work to do.