Pakistan win first T20I by 5 wickets
Pakistan won the first T20I against India by 5 wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday night.
India rode on a 77 run opening partnership between Ajinkya Rahane (42, 31b, 4x5, 6x1) and Gautam Gambhir (43, 41b, 4x2, 6x1) earlier but collapsed sensationally from there on. Pakistan's 7' 1" debutant fast bowler Mohammad Irfan had rattled Gambhir earlier with his pace and bounce but Shahid Afridi was the bowler who got Pakistan the breakthrough with the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane. One wicket led to nine, from 77 for the 1st wicket, the figures for the next 9 partnerships read 13, 13, 5, 7, 7, 1, 1, 0 and 8*.
Keeping with his trend, Gambhir next ran himself out. Virat Kohli (9) was given a decision he was not pleased with off Irfan before MS Dhoni completely failed to read a Saeed Ajmal delivery next. Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja followed with tame dismissals, caught in the deep, bowled, run out and caught behind respectively. Losing 9 wickets for 47 runs, India finished on 133/9 after their 20 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a terrific first over in international cricket, setting up Nasir Jamshed with outswingers before bringing one in to bowl him. Ahmed Shehzad was caught behind off an outswinger next before another beauty of an inswinger uprooted Umar Akmal's middle stump, leaving Pakistan at 12/3 after 3 overs. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik played out Kumar as he bowled his quota out. With R Ashwin dropped, MS Dhoni bowled Virat Kohli early to cover for the fifth bowlers overs. Yuvraj and Jadeja proved ineffective as Hafeez and Malik consolidated the innings, grinding out a 106 run partnership off 85 deliveries to take Pakistan closer.
In an attempt to finish with a bang, Hafeez (61, 44b, 4x6, 6x2) uppercut a poor delivery from Ishant to third man, giving India a much needed breakthrough at the beginning of the 18th over. Malik followed with another upper cut two deliveries later which was caught well by Jadeja. The non striker Kamran Akmal had the umpires check the delivery for height and the third umpire vindicated him, adjudging it a no ball and overruling the dismissal.
It led to a disagreement between Akmal and Sharma. Sharma had the last laugh in the next over when Akmal slashed at a delivery to Sharma at third man, leaving Pakistan at 123/5 with 11 to get off 7b.
Jadeja had 10 to defend off the last over but Shahid Afridi and Malik finished the chase with ease, Malik hitting a huge straight six off the 4th delivery to end unbeaten on 57* (50b, 4x3, 6x3).
Pakistan's 5 wicket win put them 1-0 up in the two T20 series. The second T20I will be held at Ahmedabad on 28th December.