By CricketCountry Staff
Colombo: Sep 17, 2012
Kamran Akmal’s onslaught helped Pakistan crush India by five wickets in their ICC World T20 warm-up match in Colombo on Monday.
Chasing a huge target of 186 to win, Pakistan scored 186 for five from 19.1 overs.
Akmal slammed five six sixes and five boundaries to remain unbeaten on 92, which came from just 50 balls.
He put on an unbeaten 95-run stand with Shoaib Malik to guide Pakistan to a crushing win. Malik played a quick knock of 37 not out, which came from 18 balls.
Malik cracked two sixes and as many boundaries during his unbeaten knock.
Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez too chipped in with an innings of 38.
R Ashwin's four for 23 off his four overs was the only bright spot for India in the second innings.
Earlier in the first innings, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma struck quickfire half-centuries to power India to 185 for three against arch-rivals Pakistan in their second warm-up game ahead of the ICC World Twenty20.
Kohli celebrated his ICC ODI Player of the Year award with yet another sterling knock of unbeaten 75, while Sharma returned to form with a 40-ball 56.
The highlight of India's innings was the 127-run fourth-wicket partnership between Kohli and Sharma that came off just 77 balls.
Kohli decorated his 47-ball stay at the crease with seven fours and two huge hits over the fence, while Sharma struck six boundaries and two maximum during his knock.
Brief Scores: India 185 for 3 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 75*, Rohit Sharma 56, Virender Sehwag 26; Saeed Ajmal 2 for 22) lose to Pakistan 186 for 5 in 19.1 over (Kamran Akmal 92*, Mohammad Hafeez 38, Shoaib Malik 37; Ravichandran Ashwin 4 for 23) by 5 wickets.