Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma of India celebrate beating rivals Pakistan. GETTY IMAGES

New York saw one of the world’s greatest cricket rivalries go head-to-head Sunday as India beat Pakistan by six runs. The much-anticipated match packed Nassau County International Cricket Stadium’s stands with 34,028 spectators, a record attendance for an international cricket match in the USA.

India was bowled out by Pakistan for 119 in 19 overs, which was their lowest-ever score against Pakistan in a T20 game, but while Mohammad Rizwan made 31 for Pakistan, Bumrah delivered crucial wickets and his 3-14 in four overs proved decisive as Pakistan fell just short ending on 113-7.

Pakistan's bowlers had given their team a fighting chance with Naseem and Haris Rauf claiming three wickets each as India were dismissed with a full over remaining of their allotted 20. Though Rishabh Pant's 42 from 31 balls gave the Indians something to work with after they lost openers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli cheaply.

For Pakistan, their loss, coming after the shock defeat to the USA, leaves them without a point and with a lot of work to do against Canada and Ireland to make it into the Super Eight stage. Pakistan fans were dejected with some declaring their campaign a lost cause after only two matches.

"Right now our hearts are a little broken.” 26-year-old Ahsan Ullah told Agence France-Presse.

There had been criticism of the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium pitch, as all five games played in the venue have been low-scoring affairs. Former Zimbabwe international and ex-England team director Andy Flower called it "dangerous" because of the uneven bounce. Though Pakistan coach Gary Kirsten said it had made for an interesting game.

"I think it wasn't dangerous, I mean the odd one rose up, but not many. Generally it kept a little bit lower, it was difficult to score from both batting sides and also a fairly slow outfield so it was never going to be a big total," Kirsten told AFP.

Kirsten added that while boundaries had been at a premium, unusually for the big-hitting T20 format, that simply made for a different kind of contest.

"We knew it was going to be tight, but you know sometimes it's fun seeing games like that as well, it's not always about sixes and hitting, getting 260 and 240's, you can actually have a really entertaining game on a 120 chase, so I don't think it's bad for the game," he said.

Complaints led the International Cricket Council (ICC) to accept that the wickets hadn't been up to standards for the opening games at the venue.

"T20 Inc and the ICC recognise that the pitches used so far at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium have not played as consistently as we would have all wanted," the ICC said in a statement.

"The world-class grounds team have been working hard since the conclusion of yesterday's game to remedy the situation and deliver the best possible surfaces for the remaining matches," they added. 

Three games remain to be played at the venue with the last coming on Wednesday when India face co-hosts USA.