India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli helps India thrash Pakistan by eight wickets

Virat Kohli who remained unbeaten on 78 runs was awarded Man of the Match

Virat Kohli scored a dazzling fifty as India beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the Super Eights clash of World T20 on Sunday.

Kohli scored 78 runs off 61 balls as India chased down the target in overs. Kohli’s partnership with opener Virender Sehwag steadied Indian innings after Gambhir’s dismissal for a duck in the first over.

Chasing 129, India lost opener Gambhir early for a duck as Raza Hasan scalped the big wicket in the first overs of the Indian innings.

Back in the team, Sehwag played his trademark strokes all over the ground. The dashing opener however lost his wicket after scoring 29 runs as he attempted hit a six off Shahid Afridi, conceding a catch to Umar Gul at long on. His partnership of 74 runs with Kohli had already steered India to 75 runs at the half-way mark.

Kohli was joined by Yuvraj who too played fluent strokes after a brilliant bowling display during Pakistan’s innings.
Indian Cricketers congratulate Virat Kohli (second from left), after he cleaned up Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez for 15 during their ICC World T20 clash

Earlier, winning the toss, Pakistan elected to bat first. 
Indian bowlers fired in unison as they restricted Pakistan to 128.The Indian bowlers were erratic to start with, spraying the ball in the initial overs with Zaheer Khan giving away 13 runs in the first over which involved 8 extras.

Irfan Pathan struck a crucial blow as he trapped Imran Nazir leg before wicket for 8 runs.

Lakshmipathy Balaji who was brought in the match provided India a crucial breakthrough as he removed the dangerous Shahid Afridi (14), who played few ominous strokes.

Yuvraj Singh was brought in to bowl in the seventh over was quick to give India its third wicket in form of the opener Nasir Jamshed for just four runs.

The all-rounder gave India a big breakthrough as he removed Kamran Akmal in his next over for five runs.

Virat Kohli, brought in to bowl as a fill-in bowler, took the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez, (15) leaving Pakistan reeling at the half-way mark.

Following Hafeez’s departure, Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal stitched a partnership to improve Pakistan’s total.

The duo added 47 runs for the sixth wicket as Pakistan crossed 100 runs in the 15th over. However, Ravichandran Ashwin soon dismissed Malik further adding to Pakistan’s woes.

Ashwin also succeeded in getting Umar’s wicket as the batsman tried to heave a big shot off the spinner, giving a catch to Suresh Raina. He scored 21 runs.

Yuvraj was soon back in action as he effect a brilliant run out, sending Yasir Arafat back to pavilion for eight runs.

1 comment:

Diwali said...

Yesterday's India's win against Pakistan has made t20 again interesting but still winning the world cup this time looks difficult for India. Australia has good chances to win the world cup.