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Netherlands skipper Scott Edwards won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan as both teams looked to stay alive at the Twenty20 World Cup in Perth on Sunday.
The Dutch are searching for their first points after they went down to Bangladesh and then table-toppers India in a wide open Group 2.
Stephan Myburgh, Brandon Glover and Roelof van der Merwe return to the team.
Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, are also without a point after two defeats and made one change from the side that were shocked by Zimbabwe at the same venue with Fakhar Zaman coming in for Haider Ali.
The Asian giants need to win their last three matches and hope other results go their way if they are reach the semi-finals, as they did a year ago in the United Arab Emirates.
Teams
Netherlands: Stephan Myburgh, Max O'Dowd, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards (capt), Roelof van der Merwe, Tim Pringle, Fred Klaassen, Brandon Glover, Paul van Meekeren
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam (capt), Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah
Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS), Richard Illingworth (ENG)
TV Umpire: Langton Rusere (RSA) Match Referee: David Boon (AUS)


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)
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)
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 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)
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 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 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 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 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.


Ireland's Curtis Campher and George Dockrell combined in an unbroken 119-run stand to take their side to an unlikely six-wicket win over Scotland in the T20 World Cup win in Hobart and keep them in the hunt to qualify for the Super 12 phase.
The Irish looked headed for a second straight defeat in Group B when they were reduced to 61-4 in the 10th over chasing a daunting 177-run target to stay alive in the tournament before Campher and Dockrell came together at the crease.
Campher, who also picked up two wickets for nine runs with the ball, smashed an unbeaten 72 off 32 balls while Dockrell stayed for 39 not out as Ireland turned the match on its head to bring up victory with an over to spare.
A sparkling 86 from opener Michael Jones helped Scotland post 176-5 after they won the toss and chose to bat first.
After humbling two-time champions West Indies in their opening match, Scotland made a shaky start against the Irish but a 77-run third-wicket stand between Jones and captain Richie Berrington helped them lay the foundation.
Jones hit six fours and four sixes in his 55-ball knock while Berrington made 37 to lay the foundation for the late assault which fetched the Scots 54 runs in the last five overs.
In the day's second match, the West Indies will look to resurrect their campaign with a win against Zimbabwe with the four teams vying for the two spots from the group for the Super 12 stage of the tournament.


A warm-up match between Pakistan and Afghanistan for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was called off on Wednesday due to uninterrupted rain at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Pakistan were only able to bat for 2.2 overs with the openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan scoring a total of 19 runs, after which the match was delayed and then called off.
Pakistan had won the toss and chosen to field first, inviting Afghanistan to bat. The Afghans set a target of 155 runs.
A newly recovered Shaheen Afridi took the first wicket in the first over with an LBW to Rahmanullah Gurbaz, giving Pakistan’s side the bowling confidence needed at the beginning of the game.
Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi took two wickets each while Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab shared two wickets between them, according to a tweet by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The match gained momentum in Afghanistan’s favour in the latter half of the match with Mohammad Nabi scoring 51 runs on 37 balls and Usman Ghani scoring 32 runs on 20 balls — both remaining not out.
When it was Pakistan’s turn to show their batting skills, the captain Babar Azam scored six runs on six balls while the team gained 13 runs due to wides.
The match was abandoned eventually due to the rain not ceasing.


Jan Frylinck smashed 44 runs and took two wickets as Namibia hammered Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka by 55 runs to cause a major upset in the Twenty20 World Cup opener on Sunday.
The left-handed Frylinck and JJ Smit, who made an unbeaten 31, lifted Namibia to 163-7 with their 69-run seventh-wicket stand, after being invited to bat first in Geelong.
Sri Lanka were then bowled out for 108 in 19 overs with David Wiese, Frylinck, Bernard Scholtz and Ben Shikongo taking two wickets each in the team’s first of three opening-round matches.
The African minnows are on course for a second straight Super 12 place after achieving the feat on their T20 World Cup debut last year in the United Arab Emirates.
Namibia lost their openers inside three overs with returning fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera getting a wicket third ball when Michael van Lingen was caught at deep third-man.
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton fell to a brilliant diving catch by wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis after a 12-ball 20.
Stephan Baard and skipper Gerhard Erasmus attempted to rebuild with a stand of 41 but Sri Lanka’s bowlers kept chipping away with wickets.
Namibia slipped to 93-6 when spinner Maheesh Theekshana got big-hitter David Wiese caught behind for nought but Frylinck, who hit four fours in his 28-ball innings, and Smit had other ideas.
The pair took the attack to the opposition with five fours and two sixes in the final five overs.
Sri Lanka, who won the Asia Cup last month, lost Kusal Mendis for six when his top-edge off Wiese ballooned up to land in the gloves of Zane Green.
Ben Shikongo silenced the Sri Lankan fans when he sent back Pathum Nissanka for nine and Danushka Gunathilaka for nought on consecutive balls.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa played out the hat-trick ball, surviving a big lbw shout.
Frylinck, a left-arm seamer, then got Dhananjaya de Silva as Sri Lanka slipped to 40-4.
The left-handed Rajapaksa and skipper Dasun Shanaka, who made 29, attempted to put the chase back on track with a partnership of 34 but Bernard Scholtz broke the stand with his left-arm spin.
Scholtz got Rajapaksa out for 20 when he skied a shot and soon sent back Wanindu Hasaranga.
Frylinck ended captain Shanka’s resistance and the lower order soon followed to spark joyous celebrations when Wiese claimed the final wicket.
Earlier, SL skipper Dasun Shanaka had won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Sri Lanka were hit by an injury to left-arm quick bowler Dilshan Madushanka and brought in Dushmantha Chameera and Pramod Madushan.
“It’s a first game, we’d like to have a look at the wicket. The boys are very confident,” Shanaka said at the toss.
“We got the same combination that we had in the Asia Cup. With the bowling we have, we’d look to restrict them to a decent score.”
Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus said he would have also fielded had he won the toss. His side are looking to repeat last year’s feat of making the Super 12 on their T20 World Cup debut.
“Both captains would have liked to bowl first. The unknown factor of exactly how the wicket will play and a bit of overhead conditions,” said Erasmus.
The teams will each play three first-round matches in their attempt to make the Super 12 stage.
“It’s three games, three games of your life. You need to be on top from the start. If we can start well with the bat, put some pressure on them, that’ll go a long way into making it a very tight game.”


BEIRUT: Kuwait’s Khaled Al-Mutairi powered his way to a gold medal in the men’s amateur under 45 kilograms division of the Arab Taekwondo championship on Wednesday, while his compatriot Ghareeba Al-Saeed enjoyed similar success in the women’s over 68 kg contest.
The pair of gold medals, in addition to two silvers and bronzes won by the Kuwaiti side, was hailed as an “achievement that met the team’s goals,” said Kuwaiti Taekwondo federation chief Hani Al-Mershad, dedicating the success to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Commenting on the Kuwaiti side’s performance, team coaches Waleed Al-Mershad and Mnaif Al-Daihani heaped equal praise on the athletes, highlighting their accomplishments as remarkable given the quality of the competition. (KUNA)


White-ball specialist Liam Livingstone has been given the chance to shine with the red ball for England’s Test tour to Pakistan as opener Alex Lees was dropped from the 15-man squad announced on Wednesday.
Livingstone has never played an international at Test level and has not even featured in first-class cricket for over a year, increasingly focusing his efforts on the shorter forms after becoming a mainstay of England’s limited-overs side.
The 29-year-old’s selection represents a huge gamble having sat out Lancashire’s entire championship season and managing just eight games in the two previous campaigns, averaging 11 in 2021 and 18.5 in 2020.
But he has quickly become a star of the international game in limited overs.
Livingstone smashed his country’s fastest-ever international century in just 42 balls against Pakistan last summer and his style is likely to chime with the attacking instincts of captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum.
Lees, who was left out of the pool of players given a central contract earlier in the week, has paid for averaging just 23.8 from 10 Test caps.
Keaton Jennings, whose two Test centuries were both made in the sub-continent, returns along with Ben Duckett, while Surrey all-rounder Will Jacks has earned his first call-up to the Test squad.
Veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad misses out with his partner expecting their first child towards the end of November, making room for Surrey’s Jamie Overton.
England’s trip is their first to play a Test series in Pakistan since 2005.
“It will be a historic tour and a compelling series against a good side,” said England’s managing director of cricket Rob Key.
“The selectors have picked a squad for the conditions we can expect in Pakistan.
“There is a strong blend of youth and experience and players who will adapt well to the types of pitches we are likely to get across the three-match series.”
All three Tests are packed into just 21 days between December 1 and 21 in Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi.
Squad in full: Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood

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