Mohammad Aamer bowled an absolutely stunning spell against India in Match 4 of the Asia Cup 2016 to hand them a massive scare in their chase of a paltry 84. The pitch offered pace and swing as well as seam which was always going to make Aamer extra lethal, but no one expected the kind off shake up that he ultimately managed. He removed both Indian openers in Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane for ducks in the very first over and then got rid of Suresh Raina for just one in his second over. He was unlucky to not have dismissed Virat Kohli or Yuvraj Singh as he troubled both a lot and got many edges.

His very first ball was an absolute jaffa, moving the ball across Rohit Sharma and tailing it into a fine yorker, which struck Rohit on the toe in front of the wicket, but was ruled not out. Having squared up Rohit in that manner, he bowled a fuller ball next and got it to tail in, beating Rohit’s drive on the inside edge and hitting him in front. This time the umpire ruled it out.

Rahane was removed in a similar manner with the ball tailing into his pads beating the inside edge and the umpire ruled him out. His then troubled Raina with similar deliveries and flustered him so much that Raina finally got the leading edge on a flick to be caught by the man at short midwicket. At this stage it did look like Pakistan had a very realistic chance of winning the match as India were on the mat at 8 for 3.

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Posted by Mohammed Amir on Sunday, 28 February 2016

It took a consolidating effort from Yuvraj and a steadfast knock by Virat Kohli to rescue India from the mess, but Aamer had made a massive impression by those three wickets. Even Kohli was so impressed with the spell that he personally congratulated Aamer even while he was batting.