Virat Kohli is key to India's chances. (AP PHOTO)
48th over: India win the match off the fifth ball. Great stuff by the Indians. The win has almost ensured them a final berth. Pakistan have already reached the final and if Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka with a bonus point on Tuesday, they will be through to the final and India will be out. But expecting Bangladesh to beat Sri Lanka with a bonus point is expecting too much of them, isn't it?
No prizes for guessing over the Man of the Match. Who can it be other than Virat Kohli?!
Earlier in the over, Kohli goes for a big shot off Umar Gul but top-edges and Hafeez takes a skier at point.
Kohli c Mohammad Hafeez b Umar Gul 183 (148)
47th over: India 318 for three. Just 12 runs away from victory.
46th over: Rohit Sharma out. Tries to pull Umar Gul over mid-wicket but the ball goes high in the air and Shahid Afridi takes a simple catch at deep mid-wicket. But Rohit has done his job. What an innings! India 307 for three. Need another 23 to win and boost their chances of the final.
Rohit Sharma c Shahid Afridi b Umar Gul 68 (83)
45th over: 300 comes for India. Virat Kohli is scoring at will. India 300 for two. Now it's their match to lose.
42nd over: 150 for Virat Kohli. He surely is in the form of his life. Reaches the feat by flicking Wahab Riaz off his pads. Follows it up with another four. Pakistan are at sixes and sevens right now. They need to get Kohli out. Here is another from Kohli. Three successive fours. This time through the covers. India 276 for two.
41st over: Virat Kohli makes Umar Gul look ordinary as he hits him for a four and a six in a row. 16 from the over. India 263 for two, in pursuit of 330. Here is an important stat: Virat Kohli's 146 not out is the highest individual score in Asia Cup history.
40th over: India 247 for two. 33 runs come in the batting powerplay. The important thing is that they haven't lost a wicket. This is going to stand India in good stead in the next ten overs as a few big hitters are waiting in the dressing room.
39th over: India 241 for two. 100-run partnership between Kohli and Rohit. The latter also scores his fifty. The contest is going down to the wire.
36th over: The batting powerplay has begun. Ajmal back on! Kohli takes two fours off the over but they haven't been convincing. India 225 for two.
33rd over: The match is on. It's evenly poised now. If Pakistan take wickets, they gain the upper hand; if the batsmen keep going, it's India in the driver's seat. Meanwhile, India cross 200. 202 for three. Need another 128 to win.
30th over: Kolhi completes his ton. His 11th ODI ton, second in this tournament. Third in last four matches. Profound! India 187 for two.
24th over: India 157 for two. Rohit Sharma joins Kohli following the departure of Sachin Tendulkar. They have already 24 runs. This partnership is key for India.
20th over: Tendulkar out. The doosra does the job for Ajmal. Tendulkar goes plays for turn on the leg side but gets deceived. Younis Khan takes an easy catch in the slips. India 133 for two. 35 runs came for the Indians in the bowling powerplay.
Tendulkar c Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 52 (48)
17th over: India 113/1. Tendulkar's 96th ODI fifty with a single off Wahab Riaz. Great stuff! Kohli got his fifty in the previous bowlers. Things are looking good for India right now.
14th over: This period is a bit dull as the runs are coming predominantly in singles. Hang on, Tendulkar breaks the trend. Goes for a slog-sweep off the last ball and gets a one bounce four. Hafeez winces. Great stuff. India 87 for one.
11th over: An interesting battle is happening out there. The spinners are bowling at both ends, and it's the deadly duo of Ajmal and Afridi. This is a crucial time in the context of the match. If India can get the better of these two, the match is on! India 63 for one.
9th over: The fifty-run partnership is up between Sachin and Kohli. India need them to go on. Meanwhile, Tendulakar hits Cheema on the leg side for a four. The ball is rising and is outside the off stump but Tendulkar moves back a bit and turns it towards the leg side from almost chest high. Vintage! India 56 for one.
7th over: India 45 for one.
5th over: Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli have a big job on their hands. Tendulkar looks a bit uncomfortable; Kohli in sublime touch. Hang on, Tendulkar hits Cheema over the slips for a six. Bravo! India 38 for one.
1st over: Gambhir out. Surprise, surprise! Spinner Mohd Hafeez opens the bowling for Pakistan and lo and behold, sends back Gambhir off the second ball. Traps the Indian batsman in front of the wickets. Chasing 330 for a win, it was the last thing India wanted. Virat Kohli is next in. India 1 for 1.
Gambhir lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 0 (2)
50th over: Hammad out. Goes for a big shot on the leg side but he hits it a bit too high in the air. Virat Kohli falls backwards at long on but completes the catch. Great stuff. Pakistan 329 for six.
Hammad Azam c Kohli b Dinda 4 (5)
49th over: Younis Khan reaches fifty. His 47th ODI fifty. On the very next fall, the fifty ball, he is removed, courtesy a brilliant catch by Suresh Raina at cover. He times the jump perfectly and catches above his head with his right hand. Pakistan 324 for five.
Younis Khan c Raina b Kumar 52 (34)
48th over: Afridi out. Goes for a big shot on the leg side off Irfan Pathan but finds Virat Kohli at deep midwicket. Pakistan 316 for four.
Shahid Afridi c Kohli b IK Pathan 9 (15)
47th over: 12 runs off Praveen Kumar. Younis Khan gets two fours. The Indian bowling is all over the place as Pakistan head for a massive total.
46th over: Pakistan 295/3. Eight runs off Irfan Pathan.
44th over: One important piece of stat: Shahid Afridi has completed 7000 ODI runs. Pakistan 278 for three.
43rd over: Umar Akmal out. Goes for a shot over short fine leg but the execution is poor and finds Gambhir who takes an easy catch. Pakistan 273 for three.
Umar Akmal c Gambhir b Kumar 28 (24)
42nd over: Pakistan 270 for two. India need a couple of wickets to restrain the dangerous Pakistani batting.
40th over: Pakistan are heading towards a big score despite India taking two wickets. Five runs off the Ravichandran Ashwin over. Pakistan 256 for two.
37th over: Hafeez out as well. Second wicket for India. Dinda traps the batsman in front of the wickets. Pakistan 231 for two.
Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Dinda 105 (113)
36th over: Jamshed out. Goes for a slog and finds a leading edge. Irfan Pathan takes a skier at short third man. The 224-run stand comes to an end.
Nasir Jamshed c IK Pathan b Ashwin 112 (104b)
35th over: Jamshed pushes one to long-on and gets his first ODI century. He is a excited man now.
33rd over: Hafeez drives straight to long-off and gets his century. Pakistan reach 200 in this over and might accelerate in the remaining overs.
30th over: Hafeez and Jamshed now approach their respective centuries. Batting so far for Pakistan has been risk-free. Pakistan are 184 for no loss.
26th over: Catch dropped. Tendulkar gives the ball a bit of air and Jamshed plays back to his right, but just didn't stick and looks to have done some damage. Now Raina will bowl the remaining two balls of the over.
25th over: Pakistan are now easily picking up the singles and the odd boundaries with ease going at a run-rate over six. Pakistan are 150 for no loss.
23rd over: India now need a spark from someone, either bowling or fielding to get the first breakthrough. So far India have used eight bowlers and without success. Pakistan are 137 for no loss.
Sachin Tendulkar comes in to bowl and that to off-spinners.
19th over: Runs coming thick and fast for Pakistan. In this over Irfan Pathan goes for 13 runs and India are looking for their first breakthrough.
17th over: R Ashwin goes for 11 runs from his first over of the match as both the openers near their respective half centuries.
Hafeez and Jamshed reach their respective half centuries.
16th over: Ashok Dinda is hitting the deck and hardly giving the batsmen any room to free their arms. Till now there isn't any help for the bowlers from the pitch. Dhoni has to attack more to force the openers to make a mistake. Pakistan are 83 for no loss.
13th over: Dhoni goes on a defensive mode as two part-time spinners, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma are in operation. For Hafeez and Jamshed they are easy pickings.
10th over: Jamshed and Hafeez are able to get the odd boundaries in every over. Pakistan take 10 runs from this Irfan Pathan over. Pakistan are 51 for no loss.
8th over: There aren't any demons in the pitch so far. Both the openers look quite settled down and middling the ball well. Maybe Dhoni should think of introducing spin early.
6th over: Irfan Pathan is getting some late swing from the new ball and is being able to shape in. India desperately need a breakthrough. Pakistan are 30 for no loss.
3rd over: Expensive over for India. Opener Nashir Jamshed hits two successive fours in the mid-wicket area and a third boundary off the last ball in the fine-leg region. Praveen Kumar gives away 12 runs.
1st over: Dhoni throws the ball to Praveen Kumar to start off and a decent start apart from one four in the fourth ball. Pakistan five for no loss.
1:05pm: Both the captains are out for the toss with the match referee, David Boon. Misbah-ul-Haq wins the toss and opts to bat against India in the fifth match of the Asia Cup in Mirpur.
Pakistan have made one change, Wahab Riaz comes in for Sarfraz Ahmed. India also goes with one change, Yusuf Pathan comes in place of an unwell Ravindra Jadeja.
India: Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni(w/c), Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ashok Dinda
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Umar Akmal(w), Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Aizaz Cheema
1:00pm: Sunil Gavaskar is out there for the pitch report and he seems excited about the match. He says the pitch looks quite flat and full of runs.
Good afternoon and welcome to the fifth match of the Asia Cup between India and Pakistan.
Both the teams are playing against each other after a gap of almost one year. Last they played in the World Cup semifinal in Mohali. For India this match is crucial, in order to qualify to the finals.