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Indian pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji struck in his very first over to claim the wicket of danger man Shahid Afridi in the Twenty20 World Cup Super Eight match played at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
Afridi scored 14 runs off 12 balls before being caught by Suresh Raina at deep square leg while trying to pull a short ball from Balaji for a six.
Earlier, Indian pacer Irfan Pathan struck in his very first over to claim the wicket of Pakistan opening batsman Imran Nazir. He scored eight runs off five balls and smashed two boundaries before being adjudged LBW in the second over.
At toss, Pakistan skipper Mohammed Hafeez elected to bat first against MS Dhoni led Indian cricket team.
India have made two changes in their playing eleven from last match. Virender Sehwag and Laxmipathy Balaji have been drafted into the side in place Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla.
Pakistan, meanwhile, have fielded an unchanged side.
Humiliated by Australia in their opening Super Eights match, a jittery India will have to pick up the pieces from their all-round failure and come up with an inspired performance against arch-rivals Pakistan.
The Indian team looked completely out of sorts against Australia and they now have to quickly address their woes in all departments of the game when they take on an upbeat Pakistan, who had beaten South Africa in a thriller, if they want to remain afloat in the tournament.
India's five bowler strategy was a big hit against England in the group match but in conducive conditions against Australia, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's frontline spinners were hammered by Shane Watson-David Warner duo in Friday's match.
Dhoni blamed the short spell of drizzle before the start of the Australian innings as a reason for his bowlers' failure. But the fact that the entire bowling unit failed to put up a semblance of a fight came as a surprise.
However, there are serious questions that need to be asked about Yuvraj Singh's inclusion in the team.
He has totally looked out of sorts while batting although he has somewhat made up with his bowling. Yuvraj has been quiet with the bat and that has affected India's chances of putting up a big score against Afghanistan and Australia.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt.), Gautam Gambhir, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (Capt.), Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Nasir Jamshed, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat, Raza Hasan.