Although the wicket was taken by Mohammed Siraj, it was the strategic planning of the legendary batters, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who were seen in deep discussion moments before Siraj’s over, resulting in Abdullah Shafique’s dismissal.
After giving away 18 runs in his first two overs, Mohammed Siraj seemed to be struggling, but he found his rhythm in the eighth over, getting Abdullah Shafique out LBW after the batsman had scored 36 runs.
Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bowl first. Shubman Gill, who missed the first two matches of the tournament against Netherlands and Afghanistan due to dengue has recovered completely and is back into the team.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Pakistan (Playing XI): Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf