How the Indians rated in their opening day win.
The ICC World Twenty20 is underway and India staked an early claim for their ambitions with a dominant seven wicket victory over fierce rivals Pakistan in the opening game.
It was a great way to start the tournament for the Indians after a disappointing Asia Cup Trophy earlier this year and it sets them on course for a possible second T20 title.
Here is how the players rated.
Rohit Sharma – 6
Looked to deal with the pace of the Pakistani attack early on but was taken out by spin in the end after misjudging the ball and dragging it onto his stumps.
Shikhar Dhawan – 5
The usually classy opener looked out of sorts and was the first man out in the innings, similarly to opening partner Rohit after playing a poor shot.
Suresh Raina – 7
Got lucky on a couple of occasions when dropped at slip, but some aggressive batting helped bring the Indians to victory with a score of 35 not-out.
Yuvraj Singh – 4
Recently became the most expensive man at the 2014 IPL Auction but on this showing it’s hard to see why, after bowling one expensive over and then managing just a single run with the bat.
Virat Kohli – 8
Really is a classy batsman and could be the difference between India winning this tournament or not, as the opposition bowlers simply could not cope with Kohli.
MS Dhoni – 7
Reliable as always behind the stumps and skippered the side well, opting to bowl Ashwin for the first two overs and taking Yuvraj off strike quickly.
Ravinchandran Ashwin – 6
Some decent enough fielding from the all-rounder and bowled solidly without taking any wickets – and of course didn’t get into bat.
Ravindra Jadeja – 7
Worked in tandem with Mishra to get the best out of the wicket with the ball and finished with good figures of 1-18 off four overs.
Amit Mishra – 8
Man of the Match display, showing that spin bowling could well be the difference in this competition and ended with two wickets.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 7
Fielded well and took the first wicket with a sharp run-out, as well as catching dangerman Mohammed Hafeez well in the deep and topping things off with a wicket.
Mohammed Shami – 6
Not the best of displays for the seamer who although managed to take the wicket of Umar Akmal, was expensive and eventually shipped 31 runs.