Bangalore, Dec 25: Captain Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik struck half centuries as Pakistan overcame a shaky start to defeat India by five wickets in the last over of the first Twenty20 International here at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday night.
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India kept fighting till the end and Pakistan needed 10 off the final over bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. It came down to six off three balls and Malik sealed the victory with a straight six much to the disappointment of Indian players and over 35,000 fans in the stadium.
Pakistan were rocked early on in the chase of 134 by debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had a dream spell of swing bowling with figures of 3/9 in four overs with 19 dot balls. Pakistan were in deep trouble at 12/3 in 3 overs. But Hafeez (61, 44 balls, 6x4, 2x6) and Malik (57 not out, 50 balls, 3x4, 3x6) kept Indian bowlers at bay with a 106-run partnership which was the turning point of the match.
With Hafeez and Kamran Akmal falling in quick succession, there was some excitement towards the end. But Malik, well-settled at the crease, gave Pakistan their first win over arch rivals in fourth T20I. Hafeez was adjudged Man-of-the-match.
The second and final T20I of the series will be played in Ahmedabad on December 28. Match starts at 5PM.
India kept to 133/9
India suffered a sensational batting collapse at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday night. After a fine start of 77 for the opening wicket, hosts crumbled to finish on below par 133/9 in 20 overs. Umar Gul (3/21) and Saeed Ajmal (2/25) shared five wickets.
It all began well for India with Ajinkya Rahane looking in great touch right from the start. He struck delightful strokes on the offside including a six over extra cover off Ajmal.
Gautam Gambhir was not in same nick as his opening partner. But the left-hander rotated the strike well as India had a good first wicket partnership of 77 in 10.5 overs.
Pakistan had to wait till the 11th over to taste first success when Rahane was holed out at extra cover to Umar Akmal off Shahid Afridi. Rahane made a 31-ball 42 with five fours and a six.
Left-arm paceman Mohammad Irfan, at 7-foot 1-inch, was impressive in his opening burst of three overs. He consistently generated good bounce with speeds upwards of 140kmph.
He returned in the 15th over for his last six balls and got his first T20I wicket having Virat Kohli (9) caught behind the wicket by stumper Kamran Akmal. He finished with 1/25.
Gambhir was also back in the pavilion soon after Rahane as he was run out attempting for a second run. He made 43.
Yuvraj Singh, batting at number four, announced his arrival at the crease by smashing his first ball into the stands for a 91-metre six off Afridi. But the left-hander perished for just 9 runs.
Captain MS Dhoni (1), coming ahead of Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma, left in a hurry, bowled by Ajmal.
India batsmen made a beeline for the pavilion as Pakistan kept taking wickets. Raina, Rohit and Jadeja too departed in quick time as India were 124/8 in 18.1 overs. Raina was bowled by Ajmal, Rohit run out and Jadeja caught behind off by Gul. Ishant Sharma was cleaned up for golden duck by Gul to be on a hat-trick but last man Ashok Dinda played out that ball.
Toss Report: Pakistan opt to field
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and elected to field against India in the first Twenty20 International here at M Chinnnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday night.
Big news is that offspinner R Ashwin has been dropped for tonight's game. Uttar Pradesh's 22-year-old medium paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been handed international debut in this high-voltage match.
Bhuvneshwar comes in place of Piyush Chawla. Also there are two more changes for India from last England game, with Ishant Sharma taking Parvinder Awana's place and Ravindra Jadeja replacing Ashwin. Ishant is playing his first T20I since December 2009.
Pakistan also have a debutant in 7 feet 1 inch left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan. The visitors will have three pacemen in Irfan, Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir.
At the toss, Hafeez, when asked by former cricketer and TV presenter Ravi Shastri on Pakistan playing XI, forgot his players' names. "Umar Amin, Babar not playing... and ... I really can't remember," admitted Hafeez.
This is the first time India and Pakistan are playing a T20I in India. Also this is T20I debut for Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Pakistan are touring India for a bilateral after a five-year gap. Their last trip to India was in 2007, which incidentally had ended with a Test here in Bangalore. They have begun this year's journey at the same venue now.
India and Pakistan have met thrice in T20Is and all have been won by the former. All three encounters were in ICC World Twenty20 tournaments (two in 2007, South Africa and one this year in Sri Lanka).
India: MS Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Ahmed Shehzad.
Umpires: Vineet Kulkarni and S Ravi
Third umpire: S Shamsuddin
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Match starts at 7PM IST