India cruise to victory over Pakistan

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A potentially mouth-watering World T20 clash between rivals India and Pakistan at Dhaka ended in a comfortable seven-wicket win for the Indians, who chased down Pakistan's 130/7 with nine balls to spare.

A potentially mouth-watering World T20 clash between rivals India and Pakistan at Dhaka ended in a comfortable seven-wicket win for the Indians, who chased down Pakistan's 130/7 with nine balls to spare.

After India's bowlers produced a superb effort to restrict the opposition to an under-par total, their batsman negotiated the run chase with only the briefest of scares.

The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja all produced highly economical spells for India, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami provided ample support to prevent the dangerous Pakistanis from firing.

Umar Akmal top-scored for Pakistan with 33 off 34 balls, and the likes of Ahmed Shahzad, Shoaib Malik and Sohaib Maqsood provided some support, but it was never going to be enough to seriously challenge India.

Kumar claimed the wicket of Shahid Afridi at the death to ensure he would not be able to raise the total to something more respectable.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started solidly for the Indians, taking the time the small run chase afforded them to establish a decent opening partnership.

Dhawan was the first to go for 30 in the eighth over, and when Sharma and the arriving Yuvraj Singh joined him in the pavilion shortly after in the space of a few balls to leave India on 65/3 after 10.1 overs, Pakistan would have had some hope of perhaps forcing an unlikely result.

But Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina would join each other at the crease and neither batsman would be dislodged.

The duo would set about scoring the remaining 65 runs with ease, producing some effective power hitting in the closing overs to hand their side the seven-wicket win with a full nine balls to spare.

It's an important early result for Dhoni's men, with Group 2, which also features Australia and West Indies, set to be a tough one.

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