Pakistan restricted to modest total

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Leg-spinner Amit Mishra grabbed two wickets for 22 runs in four overs as India kept Pakistan down to 130-7 in the opening match of the World Twenty20 Super-10 round. Photo by: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

Dhaka – Leg-spinner Amit Mishra grabbed two wickets for 22 runs in four overs as India kept Pakistan down to 130-7 in the opening match of the World Twenty20 Super-10 round in Dhaka on Friday.

Left-arm slow bowler Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with 1-18 from his four overs to keep the free-stroking Pakistani batsmen in check after India elected to field in the Group Two match.

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 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Sohaib Maqsood boosted the total by smashing 15 runs in the final over bowled by Mohammed Shami before being run out off the last ball for a 11-ball 21.

Pakistan, who lost opener Kamran Akmal in the second over, moved to 44-1 by the eighth over when India hit back with two wickets in the space of three runs.

India had restricted Pakistan to 50-3 at the half-way stage of the innings, before 13 runs in the 11th over bowled by left-arm spinner Yuvraj Singh appeared to lift the pressure.

Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik (18) produced the best partnership in the innings, adding 50 for the fourth wicket, but none of the other batsmen settled in against the steady Indian attack.

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


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