It was a totally unbelievable performance from Team India to defeat Pakistan and come out victorious in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. Pakistan scored 128 runs in their innings and got all out. Indian romped home with three overs and eight wickets to spare. With this win India has kept themselves alive in the World Cup.
Pakistan chose to bat after winning the toss. Pakistan gambled by bringing in Shahid Afridi up at number three. However, there was no use of this experiment as he couldn’t help the team’s cause. After hitting a couple of boundaries and showingsome promise, he got out on 14.
As a matter of fact, none of the Pakistani batsmen could prove themselves against the Indian bowling. Shoaib Malik top-scored with only 28 runs, followed by Umar Akmal, who scored 21 runs. If the scores of these two batsmen are deducted from the entire total, the end result would look too childish.
L. Balaji was the successful bowler for India who took three wickets in 3.4 overs for only 22 runs. Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh also took a couple of wickets each. Zaheer Khan however, has still to come amongst the wickets. Virat Kohli bagged one wicket of Mohd. Hafeez.
The total of 129to get looked a child’s play on paper for the strong Indian batting line-up with Virender Sehwag back in the side. However, Gautam Gambhir perished early without scoring to give a big setback to the chase. However, the ever dependable Virat Kohli came to the crease and things looked okay immediately.
He, along with Sehwag not only kept the wickets intact, but also kept the scoreboard moving. Both punished the loose balls and took single for safe play. Both put on 75 runs on the board in just about 10 overs. But when Sehwag looked as if he would take the game away from the opposition earlier than expected, he got out right on the boundary line looking to hit a six.
Yuvraj Singh then joined Kohli and the duo ensured that there would be no further loss. 54 runs were needed then which came in less than seven overs. Kohli took the casual risk and kept the pace with the required run rate. He scored his eighth 50+ innings in 11 international matches.
He remained not out on 78 runs with eight fours and two sixes. No wonder, he was the player of the match.