In instant World Cup classic, India beat Pakistan by 4 wickets

Published October 23, 2022
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<p>Pakistan’s Haris Rauf (L) celebrates his wicket of India’s Captain Rohit Sharma during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP</p>

Pakistan’s Haris Rauf (L) celebrates his wicket of India’s Captain Rohit Sharma during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP

<p>Just as he had done in in these two teams’ Asia Cup clash, Naseem bowls out KL Rahul to give Pakistan a massive boost.
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Just as he had done in in these two teams’ Asia Cup clash, Naseem bowls out KL Rahul to give Pakistan a massive boost. — @TheRealPCB

<p>Pakistan’s Shan Masood plays a shot during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — Photo by ICC</p>

Pakistan’s Shan Masood plays a shot during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — Photo by ICC

<p>Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed plays a pull shot during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP</p>

Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed plays a pull shot during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP

<p>Pakistan’s Shan Masood plays a shot during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP</p>

Pakistan’s Shan Masood plays a shot during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP

In what was an instant World Cup classic that had its heroes, its villains, last-over drama and everything in between, India somehow managed to beat Pakistan by four wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The biggest of the heroes undoubtedly was Virat Kohli, who scored an unbeaten 82 off 53 that included a six in the final over when 16 were needed.

Kohli, along with Hardik Pandya, helped their team recover from 31 for four to somehow drag it over the line.

The climax of the match was the final over, which was given to left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz on a night where spin was a liability for both the sides.

Asked to defend 15 runs, Nawaz got a wicket off the first ball, and avoided a boundary off the next two deliveries as well before bowling a no-ball that was smacked for a six by Kohli. He got another wicket late in the over but that proved insufficient as Kohli had done the job by then.

Earlier, Pakistan posted a decent recovery after an almost nightmare start that saw both their star openers perish early. Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood’s half-centuries helped the Green Shirts post 159-8 runs.

After inviting Pakistan to bat first, Indian seamers found plenty of bounce and movement, just as they had in their first encounter during the recent Asia Cup.

Babar Azam was out on golden duck and Mohammad Rizwan followed him back in the dugout soon after. Shan Masood played the anchor and hung around till the end but the real star was the much-criticised Iftikhar Ahmed, whose 34-ball 51 at one point threatened to unclench India’s grip on the innings.

However, once he fell, the leakage of wickets resumed, with no one sticking with Masood for long enough. The one-down lefty finished with 52 runs off 42 balls. A 16-run cameo at the very end by Shaheen Afridi was invaluable in boosting the score.


INDIA WIN

160-6 after 20 overs: Nawaz to Ashwin, 1 run

159-6 after 20 overs: Nawaz to Ashwin, 1 wide

158-6 after 19.5 overs: Nawaz to Karthik, OUT

158-5 after 19.4 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, 3 byes

155-5 after 19.4 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, 1 wide

154-5 after 19.4 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, (no ball) SIX

147-5 after 19.3 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, 2 runs

145-5 after 19.2 overs: Nawaz to Dinesh Karthik , 1 run

144-5 after 19.1 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, OUT


Virat Kohli 74 (50), Hardik Pandya 40 (36)

144-4 after 19 overs: Haris Rauf to Kohli, SIX

138-4 after 18.5 overs: Haris to Kohli, SIX

132-4 after 18.4 overs: Haris to Hardik, 1 run

131-4 after 18.3 overs: Haris to Hardik, no run

131-4 after 18.2 overs: Haris to Kohli, 1 run

130-4 after 18.1 overs: Haris to Hardik, 1 run


Hardik Pandya 41 (34), Virat Kohli 57 (46)

Kohli completes a half-century with four runs. — Photo courtesy: BCCI
Kohli completes a half-century with four runs. — Photo courtesy: BCCI

129-4 after 18 overs: Shaheen Shah Afridi to Hardik, FOUR

125-4 after 17.5 overs: Shaheen to Hardik, 1 run

124-4 after 17.4 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 1 run

123-4 after 17.3 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, FOUR

119-4 after 17.2 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 2 runs

119-4 after 17.2 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 1 wide

118-4 after 17.1 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, SIX


Hardik Pandya 37 (32), Virat Kohli 46 (42)

112-4 after 17 overs: Naseem to Hardik, 2 runs

110-4 after 16.5 overs: Naseem to Hardik, no run

110-4 after 16.4 overs: Naseem to Kohli, 1 run

109-4 after 16.3 overs: Naseem to Kohli, no run

109-4 after 16.2 overs: Naseem to Kohli, 2 runs

107-4 after 16.1 overs: Naseem to Hardik, 1 run


Hardik Pandya 34 (29), Virat Kohli 43 (39)

106-4 after 16 overs: Haris to Hardik, 1 run

105-4 after 15.5 overs: Haris to Hardik, no run

105-4 after 15.5 overs: Haris to Hardik, 3 wide

102-4 after 15.4 overs: Haris to Kohli, 1 run

101-4 after 15.3 overs: Haris to Kohli, no run

101-4 after 15.2 overs: Haris Rauf to Hardik, 1 run

100-4 after 15.1 overs: Haris to Hardik, no run


Hardik Pandya 32 (25), Virat Kohli 42 (37)

Virat Kohli scores a six for India. — Photo courtesy: BCCI
Virat Kohli scores a six for India. — Photo courtesy: BCCI

100-4 after 15 overs: Naseem to Hardik, 1 run

99-4 after 14.5 overs: Naseem to Kohli, 1 run

98-4 after 14.4 overs: Naseem to Kohli, FOUR

94-4 after 14.3 overs: Naseem to Hardik, 1 run

93-4 after 14.2 overs: Naseem to Kohli, 1 run

92-4 after 14.1 overs: Naseem to Kohli, 2 runs


Virat Kohli 34 (33), Hardik Pandya 30 (23)

90-4 after 14 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run

89-4 after 13.5 overs: Shadab to Kohli, no run

89-4 after 13.4 overs: Shadab to Hardik, 1 run

88-4 after 13.3 overs: Shadab to Hardik, no run

88-4 after 13.2 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run

87-4 after 13.1 overs: Shadab to Kohli, FOUR


Hardik Pandya 29 (21), Virat Kohli 28 (29)

83-4 after 13 overs: Shaheen to Hardik, no run

83-4 after 12.5 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 1 run

82-4 after 12.4 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, FOUR

78-4 after 12.3 overs: Shaheen to Hardik, 1 run

77-4 after 12.2 overs: Shaheen to Hardik, 2 runs

75-4 after 12.1 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 1 run


Hardik Pandya 26 (18), Virat Kohli 22 (26)

74-4 after 12 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, SIX

68-4 after 11.5 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, 1 run

67-4 after 11.4 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, SIX

61-4 after 11.3 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, no run

61-4 after 11.2 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, 1 run

60-4 after 11.1 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, SIX


Virat Kohli 15 (23), Hardik Pandya 13 (15)

First big over for India after a while. Nine off it as Shadab concedes a boundary off the bat of Pandya.

54-4 after 11 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 2 runs

52-4 after 10.5 overs: Shadab to Hardik, 1 run

51-4 after 10.4 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run

50-4 after 10.3 overs: Shadab to Hardik, 1 run

49-4 after 10.2 overs: Shadab to Hardik, FOUR

45-4 after 10.1 overs: Shadab to Hardik, no run


Hardik Pandya 7 (11), Virat Kohli 12 (21)

45-4 after 10 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, 1 run

44-4 after 9.5 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, no run

44-4 after 9.4 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, no run

44-4 after 9.3 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, 2 runs

42-4 after 9.2 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, 1 run

41-4 after 9.1 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, no run


Virat Kohli 11 (19), Hardik Pandya 4 (7)

Another quiet over. Just 3 off it. This is what wickets do. Credit to Shadab too for holding a tight line and not offering anything to Kohli and Pandya.

41-4 after 9 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run

40-4 after 8.5 overs: Shadab to Kohli, no run

40-4 after 8.4 overs: Shadab to Kohli, no run

40-4 after 8.3 overs: Shadab to Kohli, no run

40-4 after 8.2 overs: Shadab to Hardik, 1 run

39-4 after 8.1 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run


Virat Kohli 9 (14), Hardik Pandya 3 (6)

Nawaz bowls his first over. In theory, India should have been attacking spin but they show restraint due to the fall of wickets. Just 5 single off it.

38-4 after 8 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, 1 run

37-4 after 7.5 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, 1 run

36-4 after 7.4 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, 1 run

35-4 after 7.3 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, 1 run

34-4 after 7.2 overs: Nawaz to Hardik, no run

34-4 after 7.1 overs: Nawaz to Kohli, 1 run


Hardik Pandya 1 (3), Virat Kohli 6 (11)

Shadab’s introduction was supposed to offer India a breather but a running mix up sees them lose another wicket. Axar Patel is the man who walks. Pakistan were lucky as they got the run out despite Rizwan not collecting the ball cleanly.

33-4 after 7 overs: Shadab to Hardik, no run

33-4 after 6.5 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run

32-4 after 6.4 overs: Shadab to Kohli, no run

32-4 after 6.3 overs: Shadab to Hardik, 1 run

31-4 after 6.2 overs: Shadab to Hardik, no run

31-4 after 6.1 overs: Shadab to Axar Patel, OUT


Virat Kohli 5 (9), Axar Patel 2 (2)

Haris Rauf is known for two things: he can be expensive but he can also pick wickets. You hit him at your own risk is the lesson. And that’s something Suryakumar Yadav didn’t know. He slaps the Pindi-born pacer for a boundary and is then dismissed the very next ball. Pakistan on top right now.

Haris Rauf (L) celebrates his wicket of India’s Captain Rohit Sharma during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23. — AFP
Haris Rauf (L) celebrates his wicket of India’s Captain Rohit Sharma during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23. — AFP

31-3 after 6 overs: Haris to Kohli, 2 runs

29-3 after 5.5 overs: Haris to Axar Patel, 1 leg bye

28-3 after 5.4 overs: Haris to Axar Patel, 2 runs

26-3 after 5.3 overs: Haris to Yadav, OUT

26-2 after 5.2 overs: Haris to Yadav, FOUR

22-2 after 5.1 overs: Haris to Yadav, no run


Suryakumar Yadav 11 (7), Virat Kohli 3 (8)

22-2 after 5 overs: Naseem to Yadav, 1 run

21-2 after 4.5 overs: Naseem to Yadav, no run

21-2 after 4.4 overs: Naseem to Kohli, 1 run

20-2 after 4.3 overs: Naseem to Yadav, 3 runs

17-2 after 4.2 overs: Naseem to Yadav, no run

17-2 after 4.1 overs: Naseem to Yadav, no run


Virat Kohli 2 (7), Suryakumar Yadav 7 (2)

Haris Rauf does what Haris Rauf does best: he picks up a wicket in his very first over and it’s a big one. Sharma nicks on into the slips where Iftikhar collects a brilliant catch.

17-2 after 4 overs: Haris to Kohli, no run

17-2 after 3.5 overs: Haris to Kohli, no run

17-2 after 3.4 overs: Haris to Yadav, 3 runs

14-2 after 3.3 overs: Haris to Yadav, FOUR

10-2 after 3.2 overs: Haris to Sharma, OUT

10-1 after 3.1 overs: Haris Rauf to Sharma, no run


Virat Kohli 2 (5), Rohit Sharma 4 (5)

10-1 after 3 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, no run

10-1 after 2.5 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, no run

10-1 after 2.4 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 2 runs

8-1 after 2.3 overs: Shaheen, no run

8-1 after 2.2 overs: Shaheen to Sharma, 1 run

7-1 after 2.1 overs: Shaheen to Sharma, no run


Virat Kohli 0 (1), Rohit Sharma 3 (3)

Just as he had done in in these two teams’ Asia Cup clash, Naseem bowls out KL Rahul to give Pakistan a massive boost.

7-1 after 2 overs: Naseem to Kohli, no run

7-1 after 1.5 overs: Naseem to Rahul, OUT

7-0 after 1.4 overs: Naseem to Rahul, no run

7-0 after 1.3 overs: Naseem to Rahul, 2 runs

5-0 after 1.2 overs: Naseem to Rahul, no run

5-0 after 1.1 overs: Naseem Shah to Rahul, no run


Rohit Sharma 3 (3), KL Rahul 2 (3)

Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi fields the ball during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP
Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi fields the ball during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP

5-0 after 1 over: Shaheen to Sharma, 2 runs

3-0 after 0.5 overs: Shaheen to Sharma, no run

3-0 after 0.4 overs: Shaheen to Rahul, 1 run

2-0 after 0.3 overs: Shaheen to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

1-0 after 0.2 overs: Shaheen to Rahul, 1 run

0-0 after 0.1 over: Shaheen to Rahul, 0 run


0-0 after 0 over: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are at the crease for India, while Shaheen Afridi has the ball in his hands for Pakistan.


Story at the break

Pakistan posted a decent recovery after an almost nightmare start that saw both their star openers perish early. Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood’s half-centuries helped the Green Shirts post 159-8 runs.

After inviting Pakistan to bat first, Indian seamers found plenty of bounce and movement, just as they had in their first encounter during the recent Asia Cup.

Babar Azam was out on golden duck and Mohammad Rizwan followed him back in the dugout soon after. Shan Masood played the anchor and hung around till the end but the real star was the much-criticised Iftikhar Ahmed, whose 34-ball 51 at one point threatened to unclench India’s grip on the innings.

However, once he fell, the leakage of wickets resumed, with no one sticking with Masood for long enough. The one-down lefty finished with 52 runs off 42 balls. A 16-run cameo at the very end by Shaheen Afridi was invaluable in boosting the score.


Haris Rauf 6 (4), Shan Masood 52 (42)

159-8 after 20 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Haris Rauf, 2 byes

157-8 after 19.5 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Haris Rauf, no run

157-8 after 19.4 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Haris Rauf, no run

157-8 after 19.3 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Haris Rauf, SIX

151-8 after 19.2 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Shaheen Shah Afridi, OUT

151-7 after 19.1 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Masood, 1 run

150-7 after 19.1 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Masood, 1 wide


Shan Masood 51 (41), Shaheen Shah Afridi 16 (7)

149-7 after 19 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Masood, 1 run

148-7 after 18.5 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 leg bye

147-7 after 18.4 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Shaheen Shah Afridi, FOUR

143-7 after 18.3 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Shaheen Shah Afridi, SIX

137-7 after 18.2 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Masood, 1 run

136-7 after 18.1 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 run


Shaheen Shah Afridi 5 (3), Shan Masood 49 (39)

135-7 after 18 overs: Shami to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 run

134-7 after 17.5 overs: Shami to Masood, 1 run

133-7 after 17.4 overs: Shami to Masood, no run

133-7 after 17.3 overs: Shami to Masood, FOUR

129-7 after 17.2 overs: Shami to Masood, FOUR

125-7 after 17.1 overs: Shami to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run


Shaheen Shah Afridi 4 (2), Shan Masood 40 (34)

125-7 after 17 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 2 runs

123-7 after 17 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 wide

122-7 after 16.5 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 2 runs

120-7 after 16.4 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Asif Ali, OUT

120-6 after 16.3 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Masood, 1 run

119-6 after 16.2 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Masood, 2 runs

117-6 after 16.1 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Asif Ali, 1 run


Asif Ali 1 (1), Shan Masood 37 (32)

116-6 after 16 overs: Hardik to Asif Ali, 1 run

115-6 after 15.5 overs: Hardik to Nawaz, OUT

115-5 after 15.4 overs: Hardik to Nawaz, FOUR

111-5 after 15.3 overs: Hardik to Nawaz, no run

111-5 after 15.2 overs: Hardik to Nawaz, FOUR

107-5 after 15.1 overs: Hardik to Masood, 1 run


Shan Masood 36 (31), Mohammad Nawaz 1 (2)

106-5 after 15 overs: Ashwin to Masood, 1 run

105-5 after 14.5 overs: Ashwin to Masood, 2 runs

103-5 after 14.4 overs: Ashwin to Masood, 2 runs

101-5 after 14.3 overs: Ashwin to Nawaz, 1 run

100-5 after 14.2 overs: Ashwin to Nawaz, no run

100-5 after 14.2 overs: Ashwin to Nawaz, 1 wide

99-5 after 14.1 overs: Ashwin to Masood, 1 run


Shan Masood 30 (27)

98-5 after 14 overs: Hardik to Haider Ali, OUT

98-4 after 13.5 overs: Hardik to Haider Ali, no run

98-4 after 13.4 overs: Hardik to Haider Ali, 2 runs

96-4 after 13.3 overs: Hardik to Haider Ali, no run

96-4 after 13.2 overs: Hardik to Shadab, OUT

96-3 after 13.1 overs: Hardik to Shadab, no run


Shadab Khan 5 (4), Shan Masood 30 (27)

Iftikhar, who was looking menacing and had hit three sixes in the previous over, perishes as Mohammad Shami traps him leg before wicket. Much criticised in the build up to the World Cup, Iftikhar justifies his selection with a tremendous 6-laden half century.

India’s Mohammed Shami (L) celebrates his wicket of Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on Sunday. — AFP
India’s Mohammed Shami (L) celebrates his wicket of Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on Sunday. — AFP

96-3 after 13 overs: Shami to Shadab, 1 run

95-3 after 12.5 overs: Shami to Shadab, no run

95-3 after 12.4 overs: Shami to Shadab, FOUR

91-3 after 12.3 overs: Shami to Shadab, no run

91-3 after 12.2 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, OUT

91-2 after 12.1 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, no run


Iftikhar Ahmed 51 (32), Shan Masood 30 (27)

Iftikhar Ahmed celebrates reaching his half century) during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan on Sunday. — AFP
Iftikhar Ahmed celebrates reaching his half century) during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan on Sunday. — AFP

91-2 after 12 overs: Axar Patel to Iftikhar, 3 runs

88-2 after 11.5 overs: Axar Patel to Iftikhar, no run

88-2 after 11.4 overs: Axar Patel to Iftikhar, SIX

82-2 after 11.3 overs: Axar Patel to Iftikhar, SIX

76-2 after 11.2 overs: Axar Patel to Iftikhar, no run

76-2 after 11.1 overs: Axar Patel to Iftikhar, SIX


Iftikhar Ahmed 30 (26), Shan Masood 30 (27)

70-2 after 11 overs: Ashwin to Iftikhar, 1 run

69-2 after 10.5 overs: Ashwin to Iftikhar, SIX

63-2 after 10.4 overs: Ashwin to Iftikhar, no run

63-2 after 10.3 overs: Ashwin to Iftikhar, 2 runs

61-2 after 10.2 overs: Ashwin to Iftikhar, no run

61-2 after 10.1 overs: Ashwin to Masood, 1 run


Shan Masood 29 (26), Iftikhar Ahmed 21 (21)

Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed (L) and Shan Masood bump gloves during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP
Pakistan’s Iftikhar Ahmed (L) and Shan Masood bump gloves during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP

60-2 after 10 overs: Hardik to Masood, 1 leg bye

59-2 after 9.5 overs: Hardik to Iftikhar, 1 run

58-2 after 9.4 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, FOUR

54-2 after 9.3 overs: Shami to Masood, 1 run

53-2 after 9.2 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, 1 run

52-2 after 9.1 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, 2 runs


Iftikhar Ahmed 13 (17), Shan Masood 28 (24)

50-2 after 9 overs: Ashwin to Iftikhar, 1 run

49-2 after 8.5 overs: Ashwin to Masood, 1 run

48-2 after 8.4 overs: Ashwin to Masood, 2 runs

46-2 after 8.3 overs: Ashwin to Iftikhar, 1 run

45-2 after 8.2 overs: Ashwin to Iftikhar, no run

45-2 after 8.1 overs: Ashwin to Masood, 1 leg bye


Iftikhar Ahmed 11 (14), Shan Masood 25 (21)

44-2 after 8 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, no run

44-2 after 7.5 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, no run

44-2 after 7.4 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, no run

44-2 after 7.3 overs: Shami to Masood, 1 run

43-2 after 7.2 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, 1 leg bye

42-2 after 7.1 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, no run

42-2 after 7.1 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, 1 wide


Shan Masood 24 (20), Iftikhar Ahmed 11 (9)

41-2 after 7 overs: Hardik to Masood, FOUR

37-2 after 6.5 overs: Hardik to Iftikhar, 1 run

36-2 after 6.4 overs: Hardik to Masood, 1 run

35-2 after 6.3 overs: Hardik to Masood, no run

35-2 after 6.2 overs: Hardik to Iftikhar, 3 runs

32-2 after 6.1 overs: Hardik to Iftikhar, no run


Iftikhar Ahmed 7 (6), Shan Masood 19 (17)

32-2 after 6 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, 1 run

31-2 after 5.5 overs: Shami to Iftikhar, no run

31-2 after 5.4 overs: Shami to Masood, 3 runs

28-2 after 5.3 overs: Shami to Masood, FOUR

24-2 after 5.2 overs: Shami to Masood, no run

24-2 after 5.1 overs: Shami to Masood, no run


Iftikhar Ahmed 6 (4), Shan Masood 12 (13)

Finally some respite for Pakistan as nine runs come off the 4th over. Iftikhar, the new man in after Rizwan, finds a boundary too.

24-2 after 5 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Iftikhar, no run

24-2 after 4.5 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Iftikhar, FOUR

20-2 after 4.4 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Iftikhar, no run

20-2 after 4.3 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Iftikhar, 2 runs

18-2 after 4.2 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Masood, 3 runs

15-2 after 4.1 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Masood, no run


Shan Masood 9 (11)

India’s players celebrate the wicket of Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan (C) during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP
India’s players celebrate the wicket of Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan (C) during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 cricket match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on October 23, 2022. — AFP

15-2 after 4 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Rizwan, OUT

15-1 after 3.5 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Rizwan, no run

15-1 after 3.4 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Rizwan, no run

15-1 after 3.3 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Rizwan, no run

15-1 after 3.2 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Masood, 1 run

14-1 after 3.1 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Masood, FOUR


Mohammad Rizwan 4 (8), Shan Masood 4 (9)

10-1 after 3 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Masood, 1 run

10-1 after 2.5 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Masood, 1 run

9-1 after 2.4 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Masood, 2 runs

7-1 after 2.3 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Masood, no run

7-1 after 2.2 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Masood, no run

7-1 after 2.1 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Masood, 1 wide


Mohammad Rizwan 4 (7), Shan Masood 1 (4)

Massive blow for Pakistan as Arshdeep Singh traps Babar Azam on the first ball. Shan Masood survives rest of the over dangerously. He was so eager to get off the strike that he nearly got run out. A much-needed boundary off the final ball relieves some pressure.

6-1 after 2 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Rizwan, FOUR runs

2-1 after 1.5 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Masood, 1 run

1-1 after 1.4 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Masood, no run

1-1 after 1.3 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Masood, no run

1-1 after 1.2 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Masood, no run

1-1 after 1.1 overs: Arshdeep Singh to Babar Azam, OUT


Mohammad Rizwan 0 (6), Babar Azam 0 (0)

1-0 after 1 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, 1 wide

0-0 after 0.5 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, no run

0-0 after 0.4 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, no run

0-0 after 0.3 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, no run

0-0 after 0.2 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, no run

0-0 after 0.1 over: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, no run


12:59pm: The first ball of the match is about to be bowled.

12:53pm: The national anthems are being played.

12:38: Line-ups are in:

Pakistan: 1 Mohammad Rizwan, 2 Babar Azam, 3 Shan Masood, 4 Shadab Khan, 5 Haider Ali, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Mohammad Nawaz, 8 Asif Ali, 9 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10 Naseem Shah, 11 Haris Rauf.

India 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Arshdeep Singh.

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