Player of the Match
Player of the Match

29 | 10 Runs | INDIA: 164/2 | RR: 5.65

  • Ambati Rayudu31 (46b)
  • Dinesh Karthik31 (37b)
  • Shoaib Malik2-0-19-0
  • Fakhar Zaman6.3-0-25-0

9.52pm And that's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. See you tomorrow for the Bangladesh v Afghanistan match. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of tonight's game. On behalf of Vishal Dikshit, this is Sreshth Shah signing off.

nostalgic: "This is going to be an unpopular opinion but needs to be said !!! There used to be a thrill in watching India - Pakistan matches. Players would bring exceptional performances to beat their arch enemy. So many characters and memorable incidents. These days, most of Ind-Pak matches are one sided, the games have no twists and the players are dull. The fire is missing."

9.45pm We're ready with the presentation.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the Man of the Match. He says: "Need to get initial wickets if you want to beat your opponents. On a track which doesn't swing, you can just bowl stump-to-stump and hope not to give too many runs. That way they make mistakes and that's the best way to get them out. It's a hot place, and tracks are flat, so it's not easy for the bowlers."

Rohit Sharma, the winning captain: "Right from the start we were quite disciplined. Wanted to learn from yesterday's mistakes. Was a great game for the bowling unit, especially since we knew it won't be difficult in these conditions. We stuck to the plan. and did what we had planned to do on this surface. Spinners kept it tight, got the odd breakthrough, but the wickets in the first couple of overs was very important. It was important to get early wickets because they've got some quality in the batting. So we didn't want to make things easy for them. We kept things on the stumps and we spoke about not giving Pakistan room. When Babar and Shoaib were getting a partnership we discussed not to panic, and I was happy we didn't. Kedar has been working on his bowling, and he takes his bowling seriously. It augurs well for the team, and the wickets are a bonus for us. His overs in middle are very crucial, especially after Hardik's injury. Quite enjoyed my little innings, got out to a great delivery but it was important to come and adjust to the surfaces here. Now we know exactly what to do. Need to create partnerships to achieve the targets we want to get. And fantastic finish by Dinesh and Rayudu as well."

NintiesBoy: "While everyone uses "India", it was nice to hear Rameez Raza use "Bharat"."

9.35pm Handshakes between Malik and the two batsmen. Sarfraz congratulates Rayudu and DK as well. The Indians celebrate sedately in the pavilion. The unbeaten batsmen lead all 15 men out of the ground. The Indians dominated from the day's third over, and didn't stop till the winning runs were hit. Each of their batsmen got a good hit out as well, but Rohit's 39-ball 52 set the tone for their chase. The match, however, was set up by the Indian bowlers. Jadhav's three-for and Bhuvneshwar's three-wicket haul ensured Pakistan just could not build any partnerships with the bat. And eventually, that was the difference between the two sides. Stick around for the presentation. This is also India's biggest win (in terms of balls) over Pakistan.

Sarfraz: "We didn't have a good start. Lost two wickets in the first five overs. Then regular wickets then meant we couldn't come back into the game. You can say we batted poorly. The wickets were soft dismissals, except Babar's. So we need to see how we play in the future. We did prepare for the two main spinners, but got out to the third one (Jadhav). This is a good wake-up call before the super fours."

Maan: "Its now time for Pakistan to pick haris at place of asif .. we need a proper batsmen like haris in middle order u cant just win against good teams with just 4 batsmen .. saifu the batsmen has long gone and asif is not trust worthy at all he is just a slogger "

Saurabh: "Strange captaincy by Sarfaraz.. Where are the strike fast bowlers? What is he protecting them for? There were not going to be any death overs that was known after the start India had.."

Shoaib Malik to Rayudu, FOUR runs, good length on middle, and Rayudu hits the winning runs! Pulls emphatically to the square boundary and India win by eight wickets!
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, 1 run, full on middle stump, and he whips this off his pads to the square on the leg side
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, FOUR runs, swept away! Full on leg stump, and this time he places the shot to the right of short fine-leg

Shahrukh: "Listen, I have been watching Pakistan play since before I could walk. I could tell by their faces during the national anthems they were in no mood to put in a performance for this game. We dont waste energy on inconsequential games so Relax! When the stakes are higher, then the Real Pakistan will turn up, and you all will know it. Good night!"

India 2nd innings Partnerships

1st86S DhawanRG Sharma
2nd18AT RayuduS Dhawan
3rd60KD KarthikAT Rayudu