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India wins T20 clash

Sunday, March 23, 2014

DHAKA - India extended their domination over Pakistan in World Cup events with a seven-wicket demolition of the arch-rivals in the Super-10 round of the World Twenty20 in Dhaka yesterday.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra grabbed two wickets for 22 runs in four overs as India kept Pakistan down to 7-130 after winning the toss in the Group Two match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma then gave India a flying start with a 54-run opening stand in eight overs as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men surpassed the modest total with nine deliveries to spare.

India slipped to 3-65 before Virat Kohli (36 not out) and Suresh Raina (35 not out) steered their team to victory with an unfinished partnership of 66 for the fourth wicket.

Pakistan, who have never beaten India in the 50-over World Cup or the World Twenty20, found runs hard to come by against the steady Indian attack led by Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja (one for 18).

Umar Akmal top-scored for Pakistan with 33 off 30 balls, but found little support at the other end as wickets fell at regular intervals on the slow pitch.

When India batted, Dhawan hit 30 off 28 balls before his dismissal, caught at fine-leg hooking Umar Gul, triggered a collapse in which two more wickets fell for the addition of 11 runs.

Sharma (24) played on to Saeed Ajmal, while Yuvraj was bowled by Bilawal Bhatti for one. But Kohli and Raina tamed the Pakistan bowlers with fluent strokes to see India through.

Defending champions West Indies, Australia and Bangladesh are the other three teams in the group, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.

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