Kohli’s landmark 100th T20I, after a rest of more than six weeks, bracketed him with only Ross Taylor of New Zealand to have played 100 games in all three formats.
After his early escape, Kohli smashed Dahani with his trademark pull to the midwicket boundary in the second over before top-edging a six over the keeper’s head against Rauf. However, Kohli was tied down by both spinners Shadab Khan and Nawaz before falling midway through the India innings with 35 off 34 balls.
Rohit Sharma scored 12 off 18 balls before he and Kohli both holed out at long off in successive deliveries from Nawaz (3-33).
Shah, who struggled with cramps in his return spell, had Suryakumar Yadav (18) clean bowled in his return spell to finish with 2-27 but Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja (35) didn’t let the game slip away with their 52-run stand for the fifth wicket and took the game deep.
With seven required off the last six balls, Nawaz clean bowled Jadeja with the first ball before Pandya finished off the game in style.
“Halfway through the innings, we still believed,” Rohit said. “That’s the kind of belief we want to have in this group, where you’re not in the game and you still manage to pull it off … I’ll take wins like this over one-sided wins.”
Pakistan is still favorite to advance as it will take on qualifier Hong Kong in its last Group A game. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in Group B.
The top two teams from both groups advance to the Super 4 stage where they will play each other once before the top two advance to the final on Sept. 11.