Dubai, October 23 (SO News) India defeated its traditional rival Pakistan by four wickets in a sensational match played in the ongoing T20 World Cup cricket tournament in Australia on Sunday.
At a time when India had lost their four crucial wickets for just 31 runs, Virat Kohli displayed his powerful batting and showed that if he concentrates at the crease, it alone is enough to secure victory.
Virat Kohli, who scored an unbeaten 82 off 53 balls, managed to pull the win out of Pakistan’s throat.
Pakistan had scored 159 runs for 8 wickets and India had lost their important wickets to get the win, in such a situation the Indian batsmen had to try till the last ball to get the winning run. Kohli and Hardik Pandya (40) started their innings with a bang when the four main players returned to the pavilion. The duo brought India out of the clutches of defeat with a 113-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Earlier, India had won the toss and decided to field themselves, inviting Pakistan to bat first.
Thanks to the responsible batting of Pakistan’s middle order batsman Iftikhar Ahmad and Shaan Masood, Pakistan scored 159 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the allotted overs.
Iftikhar Ahmed batted smoky after the early dismissal of the openers and scored a half-century of 51 runs to fall prey to Mohammad Shami while Shaan Masood played an unbeaten innings of 52 runs.
Pakistan’s opener could not start the innings well, captain Babar Azam was lbw on Arsdeep Singh’s first ball in the second over and returned to the pavilion at the golden duck, later in the fourth over, wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan also scored 4 runs off 12 balls. Be a victim of Arsdeep.
After the dismissal of Iftikhar Ahmed, no one could stay at the crease for long, Shadab 5 and Haider Ali returned to the pavilion scoring 2 runs, Muhammad Nawaz 9, Asif Ali was dismissed for 2 runs.
For India, Arsdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya took 3 wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami managed to take one wicket each.
On behalf of India, KL Rahul and captain Rohit Sharma started the innings, but KL Rahul scored 4 runs in the second over and was clean bowled by Naseem Shah, the second out batsman was Rohit Sharma who was 4 On runs, Iftikhar Ahmed was caught by Haris Rauf’s ball, Surya Kumar Yadav scored 15 runs and was caught out by Mohammad Rizwan on Haris Rauf’s own ball.
The fourth player to get out was Akshar Patel who was run out after scoring 2 runs.
Then Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya showed a brilliant batting performance, Kohli played an unbeaten innings of 82 runs off 53 balls with the help of 4 sixes and 6 fours, Hardik Pandya scored 40 runs off 37 balls with the help of 2 sixes and 1 four. Returning to the pavilion, Dinesh Karthik is out for 1 run.
India needed 31 runs to win from the last two overs. But by hitting two consecutive sixes in the last two balls of 19 overs, Virat Kohli created a sensation in the match and gave Pakistan the stars on the day. In the last over, India needed 16 runs off six balls to win.
Muhammad Nawaz’s last over turned out to be a game changer, he bowled a 9-ball over that included 2 wides and 1 no-ball. In the last over, the match became more interesting when Kohli was bowled on a free hit ball and on the same ball he completed three runs. As the match neared the end and two more runs were needed off the last ball, Nawaz bowled a wide ball, which leveled the score and gave India one more ball, and Ashwin scored a run off the last ball to give India the lead. They managed to win.
Thus, India achieved the target of 160 runs for the loss of 6 wickets on the last ball. Virat Kohli was adjudged the man of the match.
On behalf of Pakistan, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz took 2, 2 while Naseem Shah took one wicket.