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Bowlers, Kohli flatten Pakistan on seaming track

Bowlers, Kohli flatten Pakistan on seaming track
Virat Kohli scored 49 on a difficult track to take India through.
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India 85-5 (Kohli 49) beat
Pakistan 83 (Ahmed 25) by five wickets
Fourth match, Asia Cup, Mirpur

A stern 49 scored by Virat Kohli helped India chase down 84 in 15.3 overs with five wickets in hand after the Indian bowlers restricted Pakistan to their second lowest score in T20Is in the fourth game of the Asia Cup in Mirpur.

India won the toss and elected to field first on a green track with Ajinkya Rahane replacing Shikhar Dhawan who missed out due to injury.

Mohammad Hafeez (4) started the proceedings for Pakistan with a boundary in the second delivery, but Ashish Nehra (1-20) had him caught behind a couple of deliveries later.

Sharjeel Khan (7) failed to repeat his heroics from the Pakistan Super League as he nicked one to Rahane at first slip off Jasprit Bumrah (1-8).

The innings went haywire for Pakistan as they lost four wickets between overs five and eight and were reduced to 42 for six.

Khurram Manzoor (10) and Shahid Afridi (2) were run-out while Umar Akmal (3) was trapped lbw by Yuvraj Singh (1-11).

With only Sarfraz Ahmed (25) offering some resistance, Pakistan lost the remaining four wickets for 41 runs and were bowled out for 83 in 17.3 overs.

For India, Hardik Pandya (3-8) picked three wickets while Ravindra Jadeja (2-11) bagged two wickets.

India got off to a sedate start in the chase losing both their openers to the brilliance of Mohammad Amir (3-18) who was swinging the ball either way. Both Rohit Sharma (0) and Rahane (0) were trapped lbw.

Amir went on to torment the Indian batting lineup further as he dismissed Suresh Raina (1) in the third over reducing them to nine for three.

Kohli (49) shifted the momentum after smashing Amir for back-to-back boundaries in the seventh over and followed with two more fours in the ninth over. At the halfway stage India were 53 for three.

The pair soon brought the 50-run stand off 51 deliveries and laid the platform for a perfect finish with just eight runs needed in the last six overs.

However, Mohammad Sami (2-16) inflicted a scare in the Indian dressing room as he removed Kohli (49) and Pandya (0) in the 15th over.

MS Dhoni (7 not out) finished the innings with a boundary as India reached the target in 15.3 overs with five wickets in hand and consolidated their position at the top of the points table.

Kohli was awarded the man of the match for his 49 and inflicting a run-out in the game as well.

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