In today’s ie 23 October T20 Worlds Cup first match India shocked Pakistan with a stellar performance by Virat Kohli. Despite losing their top four batsmen in the initial seven overs, King Kohli almost single-handedly steered Nation to triumph. Although being assigned to the non-end striker for the final ball, off which India needed one run to win, the former Indian captain finished unbeaten on 82 off 53 balls. The Indian players encircled Kohli as R Ashwin hammered the ball over the infield, eliciting raucous applause.
Virat Kohli hit an impressive half-century and Ravichandran Ashwin was calm at the end as India won the T20 World Cup against Pakistan by four wickets off the final ball on Sunday in the presence of a big crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Stadium.
Mohammad Nawaz, Pakistan’s spin-bowling all-rounder, had a hilarious final over, giving India two wides and a no-ball before Ashwin calmly hammered the winning run over mid-off as India hunted down 160 for glory.
Last breathtaking over for both nations
Kohli smashed back-to-back sixes in the last in against Haris Rauf, bringing India so close to winning where only Sixteen runs of victory were left within six balls spare. With Virat Kohli off strike, Nawaz seized Pandya in close with a mistimed slog to end a 113-run stand. Kohli reclaimed the strike and struck a six off from a no-ball as Nawaz’s wheels came off, bowling a wide.
Kohli was bowled off the following free shot, but the ball banged off the stumps for 3 byes. Nawaz had Dinesh Karthik stumped with two balls remaining and two runs required, but delivered a wide on what would’ve been the final ball of the over. Ashwin finished with a cool finish, scoring his final run and making India win.
Notes from India’s Bowling:
Earlier, in a Super 12 match of the Men’s T20 World Cup on Sunday at a crowded Melbourne Sports Field, Hardik Pandya & Arshdeep Singh each took three wickets as Pakistan scored 159/8 in a tempestuous inning against India.
During that game, the momentum of the 2 teams changed repeatedly. Pakistan responded to India’s good start with Arshdeep’s new-ball surge by putting on a 76-run third-wicket stand with Shan Masood (52 not out) & Iftikhar Ahmed (51). Finally, India recovered with a series of stumps to limit Pakistan to less than 160 runs.
Virat Kohli & Hardik Pandya’s efforts to turn a game
Virat Kohli led India to an incredible four-wicket victory versus old enemies Pakistan in the cutthroat T20 World Cup game with a magnificent 53-ball 82 not out. Pakistan recovered from a rocky start to post a spirited 159 for eight. Despite a poor start to their game, India accomplished the chase in the final ball, with Kohli alongside Hardik Pandya (40) supplying the majority of the points. Overall It was a roller-coaster swing that has seen India edge Pakistan by four wickets on the final ball of the match. The match had everything, from Arshdeep Singh‘s fantastic start to Virat Kohli’s dramatic climax.
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