Former Indian captain Virat Kohli was seen anxiously awaiting Mohammad Rizwan’s arrival at the crease, frustrated by the delay caused when Pakistan’s opener, Imam-ul-Haq, was dismissed.
Pakistan made a promising start with openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique combining for a 41-run partnership for the first wicket. After Abdullah Shafique’s dismissal by Siraj, Imam-ul-Haq formed a 32-run partnership with captain Babar Azam for the second wicket.
However, shortly after Hardik Pandya dismissed Imam-ul-Haq, the stage was set for Mohammad Rizwan to come in, but his arrival to the crease was noticeably delayed and Virat Kohli was clearly annoyed with it, giving the ‘waiting for ages’ wrist-check look.
While Abdullah Shafique scored 20 runs from 24 balls, Imam-ul-Haq contributed with 36 runs from 38 balls. Earlier, India won the toss and invited the Men in Green to bat first.
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