Virat Kohli scored a top-class 49    Getty Images (File Photo)
Virat Kohli scored a top-class 49 off 51 balls the highest score of the match by far Getty Images (File Photo)

Virat Kohli was the deciding factor in India’s five-wicket 85-run chase as Mohammad Aamer led Pakistan’s phenomenal fightback in the Asia Cup T20 2016 Match 4 at Dhaka. That India did not enjoy smooth sailing in their chase was a testament to a sensational spell of swing and pace from Aamer that saw Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, and Suresh Raina dismissed with just 8 runs on the board. However, once that early spell was seen off Kohli and Yuvraj Singh came together to put on a disciplined, tenacious partnership. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup T20 2016 Match 4 at Dhaka

Aamer showed just why he was so highly rated by getting the ball to dance to his tunes right from ball one. He nearly had Rohit out LBW off the first ball he bowled, but the appeal was turned down. The next ball was completely on target; it pitched around off and middle stump and swung in to beat the drive. Rohit was once again trapped in front. This time the umpire raised the finger. Two balls later Aamer bowled an identical delivery which too good for Rahane. India were 2 for 2 after the first over. Raina walked in at No. 4 and walked out four balls later, playing an atrocious shot off Aamer to Wahab Riaz. India were now 8 for 3. Full Cricket Updates: India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup T20 2016, Match 4 at Dhaka

It was at this point that Kohli and Yuvraj started repairing the innings. The chase was not steep so they allowed themselves to absorb deliveries. Kohli ran well and drove wonderfully when the opportunity presented itself, but Yuvraj looked terribly out of sorts, playing and missing repeatedly. However, both batsmen hung in and weathered the bowling. Kohli ended up playing the innings of the match, easily top-scoring from both sides. To Yuvraj’s credit he managed to keep his wicket intact in the face of some tough bowling. Kohli played some gorgeous cover drives, hitting 7 fours in his innings including two off successive deliveries from Aamer and two in three balls off Wahab. READ: India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup T20 2016 Match 4 at Dhaka: Highlights from 1st innings

Kohli was eventually unfortunately dismissed for 49 off 51 deliveries, an innings that will go down as one of his best ever in T20Is. He was out LBW to Mohammad Sami, but replays suggested an inside edge might have gone unnoticed by the umpire. Hardik Pandya came in and went out in two balls, edging one to slip. Yuvraj remained unbeaten on 14 off 31 balls, and MS Dhoni scored the customary winning boundary as India won by 5 wickets. READ: India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2016: Virat Kohli, big-match player, likely to score runs

Earlier, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah were the pick of India s bowlers as Pakistan imploded in dramatic fashion as India routed them for just 83 in 17.3 overs. India s dominance over Pakistan was so thorough that Pakistan were 42 for 6 even before Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja came on to bowl. Ashish Nehra and Bumrah got rid of both openers, while Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, and Ravindra Jadeja struck early in their spells. Pakistan were further hampered by two needless run outs. Bumrah finished with two maidens in his three overs, and Pandya ended with 3 for 8, his best bowling analysis in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). READ: India vs Pakistan: Top 6 matches in Asia Cup

Mohammad Hafeez and Sharjeel Khan came out to open for Pakistan, but Hafeez was soon sent packing by Nehra. Hafeez started off with a boundary, but edged behind to Dhoni two balls later. Bumrah started off with a maiden over, but was hit for four by Sharjeel off the first ball of his next over. Sharjeel then edged an attempted cut shot to Ajinkya Rahane at slip, as Pakistan lost their second wicket with 22 on the board. READ: India vs Pakistan: History of all six T20Is played between arch-rivals

Pakistan needed to rebuild, but Khurram Manzoor who was their top-scorer for Pakistan with 10 till his dismissal was soon done in by a brillaint fielding effort from Virat Kohli. Shoaib Malik played one to Kohli and Manzoor set off for a single only to lose his bat while trying to trun. Kohli siezed up the stumps and get a direct hit to leave Manzoor short of his ground. Pakistan were now 32 for 3. Shoaib Malik then edged Hardik Pandya behind to Dhoni for 4. Yuvraj then bowled the perfect arm ball to trap Umar Akmal LBW for 3. Pakistan s innings was unravelling, as they fell to 35 for 5. READ: Rohit Sharma s unique batting strategy helping him turn into limited-overs cricket monster

Pakistan now needed their talismanic captain Shahid Afridi to come good, but age finally caught up with him. Afridi played the ball to the leg side and set off for two but was done in by a tremendous throw from Jadeja. The ball came in flat and right next to the stumps, as Dhoni put on the finishing touches to leave Afridi short of his ground. He was out for 2, and Pakistan were now 42 for 6. Wahab Riaz was then snapped up LBW by Jadeja for 7 and Sarfraz Ahmed, who was the only batsman to look like he was in any type of form, was then bowled by Jadeja. Pandya induced a top-edged pull to get Mohammad Sami out for 7, and bowled Mohammad Aamer next ball to bowl out Pakistan for 83.

Earlier at the toss India were forced to make one change, with Ajinkya Rahane coming into the side in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan. Ultimately it looked like the change would probably not affect India too much, given their target is merely 84. Pakistan decided to go in with four front line pace bowlers in Aamer, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami, and Wahab Riaz, but they had next to nothing to bowl at.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 83 in 17.3 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 25; Hardik Pandya 3 for 8, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 11) lost to India 85 for 5 in 15.3 overs (Virat Kohli 49; Mohammad Aamer 3 for 18) by 5 wickets.

Man of the Match: Virat Kohli

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)