India made light work of Pakistan to get their World Twenty20 campaign off to a successful start against their fierce rivals in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
India won the match by seven wickets with nine balls to spare after restricting Pakistan to 130-7 in their 20 overs.
The total appeared under-par and so it proved, with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma laying a platform, and Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina finishing it off.
The group, which also features in-form Australia and the West Indies, the defending champions, will be hard to qualify from, but India have the perfect start.
|Pakistan vs. India, World T20 Scorecard|
|K Akmal||run out (B Kumar)||8||6||10|
|Shehzad||st Dhoni||b A Mishra||22||34||17|
|Hafeez||c B Kumar||b Jadeja||15||22||22|
|U Akmal||c Raina||b Shami||33||33||30|
|Shoaib Malik||c Raina||b A Mishra||18||22||20|
|Shahid Afridi||c Raina||b B Kumar||8||13||10|
|Maqsood||run out (Jadeja)||21||12||11|
|Extras||0nb 3w 0b 2lb||5|
|Total||for 7||130||(20.0 ovs)|
|Ro Sharma||b Ajmal||24||43||21|
|Dhawan||c Ajmal||b Gul||30||36||28|
|Yuvraj Singh||b Bhatti||1||2||2|
|Extras||0nb 5w 0b 0lb||5|
|Total||for 3||131||(18.3 ovs)|
It was their choice to field first at the toss, and MS Dhoni's move to hand Mohammed Shami a T20I debut.
His seamer did not let him down—none of his bowlers did on a track which was conducive to turn—but Pakistan were helpful in giving away their wickets and momentum.
Kamran Akmal's clumsy run-out set the tone, and Pakistan did not recover.
They might have recovered had any of Ahmed Shehzad, skipper Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal or Shoaib Malik converted their starts—all passed 10, but none progressed beyond 30.
Sohaib Maqsood's feisty 11-ball 21 propped up the total, but left too much to do.
In reply, Pakistan begun defensively, but needed wickets if they harboured any realistic hopes of victory. Dhawan and Sharma were not at their fluent best, but their 54-run stand denied them that.
The smaller the remainder of the target got, the more control India assumed, and by now, even the quick three wickets that accounted for Dhawan, Sharma and Yuvraj Singh made little impact on the chase.
Kohli and Raina were measured, treating Shahid Afridi—the star of Pakistan's Asia Cup victory earlier in the month—with contempt and whittling the score down.
Raina slapped Umar Gul over midwicket for six to level the scores, and took a run the next ball to finish it off.