T20 WC: India wins against Pakistan by four wickets

23 October, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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India defeated Pakistan by four wickets thanks to an explosive half-century by Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya

India defeated Pakistan by four wickets thanks to an explosive half-century by star batter Virat Kohli and a century stand with Hardik Pandya in their Group 2, Super 12 encounter of the 2018 ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday at the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

With this victory, India has two points and leads Group 2. India’s attempt to chase 160 was disastrously off to a bad start as opener KL Rahul was dismissed for only four runs off of eight balls by bowler Naseem Shah. Once again, the opener fell short in a critical game as an inside edge went straight for the stumps. India was now 7/1.

When skipper Rohit nicked one straight to Iftikhar Ahmed in the slips, India had a second shock. Pacer Haris Rauf took the captain’s wicket for just 4 off 7 balls. India was two down after 3.2 overs and 10 runs.

All eyes were on Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli to form a new alliance. However, Suryakumar got things going with a smooth, straight shot and added three on the next pitch.

Rauf caught the big fish when he nicked one to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, who was looking pretty excellent as Suryakumar. Suryakumar’s dismissal for just 15 from 10 balls in the pavilion dealt India yet another devastating blow. India scored 26/3 in 5.3 overs.

The following batter to the crease was Axar Patel. India was 31/3 at the end of the powerplay in six overs with Virat (5*) and Axar (2*) on the crease. After an unlucky run-out for only 2, Patel also walked back. India was now 31/4. Rizwan fumbled the runout and didn’t strike the stumps with the ball all the way, but he got away with it in Patel’s dismissal.

India was put in the clear midway through their inning by Pandya and Kohli, despite the fact that just singles were being hit. Virat (12*) and Pandya (7*) were at the crease as India reached 45/4 after 10 overs.