India maintained their unbeaten record against Pakistan in World Cups with a crushing eight wicket victory in at the ICC World T20 2012. The Indian bowling dominated the Pakistan batting and bowled them out for 128 – a score that was easily overhauled by India.

 

An inspired performance led by Yuvraj Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin helped India bundle outPakistan for 128 runs in their Super Eights clash of the World T20 at Colombo on Sunday.

 

Earlier, winning the toss, Pakistan elected to bat first. The Indian bowlers were erratic to start with, spraying the ball in the initial overs with Zaheer Khan giving away 13 runs in the first over which involved 8 extras.

 

Irfan Pathan struck a crucial blow as he trapped Imran Nazir leg before wicket for 8 runs.

 

Laxmipathy Balaji who was brought in the match provided India a crucial breakthrough as he removed the dangerous Shahid Afridi (14), who played few ominous strokes.

 

Yuvraj Singh was brought in to bowl in the seventh over was quick to give India its third wicket in form of the opener Nasir Jamshed for just four runs.

 

The all-rounder gave India a big breakthrough as he removed Kamran Akmal in his next over for five runs.

 

India reached a score of 70 runs for the loss of one wicket at the end of ten overs in their pursuit of 129 run-target set by Pakistan in the Super Eights clash of World T20 on Sunday.

 

Chasing 129, India lost opener Gautam Gambhir early for a duck as Raza Hasan scalped the big wicket in the first overs of the Indian innings.

 

Back in the team, Virender Sehwag played his trademark strokes as he was joined by Virat Kohli after Gambhir’s dismissal.

 

Kohli, who has been Pakistan's nemesis in the past, hit a scintillating unbeaten 78 off 61 balls as India won with three overs to spare. The Delhi lad hit nine boundaries and two sixes to take the team home in the high-voltage contest watched by a capacity crowd.

 

However, Pakistan are still ahead in terms of net run rate of -0.426 which is shade better than India's -0.452. Had India won with 20 balls to spare, they would have been No 2 in the group.

 

India will now have to defeat South Africa in their last group-2 match on Tuesday to make it to the semi-finals.

 

India's unbeaten record against Pakistan in ICC World Cups has thus been kept intact having beaten them five times in the 50-over version and thrice in the T20 format.

 

Kohli started with a thickish outside edge off Raza Hasan for a boundary but then played some lovely strokes. A backfoot cover drive off Saeed Ajmal and lovely cover drive off Yaser Arafat were glorious strokes.

 

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ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2012: Match time table with group details