The India vs Pakistan match was discussed at the beginning of the T20 World Cup. All the tickets for the match were sold in anticipation of the blockbuster match between the two arch-rivals. The match which got the title of ‘Blockbuster’ fulfilled all the wishes of the fans. India beat Pakistan by 4 wickets to get their first win in a tense last over. India was in danger at the beginning with a target of 160 runs. They took out the match from that place and laughed the smile of victory in the last ball.
The exciting match of the Super Twelve was concentrated in the last two overs. In the beginning, 31 runs were required from 12 balls. From there the count stood at 16 runs off the last 6 balls. Hardik Pandya picked up the catch on the first ball and India might not have been able to find a punter then. Because the match was still not lost at the hands of Pakistan. With a single in the next ball and 2 runs in the third ball, Nawaz made a mistake and sat on the fourth ball. A foul ball delivered by him becomes a no-ball, And Kohli sent it across the boundary effortlessly! With a total of seven runs, the match came under India’s control.
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However, this no-ball decision caused some tension in the Pakistan camp. Nawaz pushed the match further toward India with a wide on the next ball. As the free hit was still intact, India could get 3 runs from the bye if the ball broke Kohli’s stumps in that delivery and ran back. Then they completed all arrangements for victory. In the next ball, Nawaz bowled Dinesh Karthik, but the Pakistani spinner played a role in tying the match with the last delivery wide again. Losing 6 wickets with one run in the last ball, India left the field having won the match.
Who would have thought that the match would change like this? Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Akshar Patel departed for 31 runs. Many in the Indian audience might have given up on this early plight. But Virat Kohli has shown what happens when you have the mentality to keep fighting till the last moment. Hardik Pandya and Kohli’s amazing partnership of 113 runs played a role in deciding the match. Hardik returned to 40 off 37 balls though. But Kohli held the lead till the last over. His explosive innings of 82 off 53 balls changed the course of the match. His innings had 6 fours and 4 sixes. He is also the man of the match.
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Haris Rauf took two wickets for 36 runs for Pakistan. Mohammad Nawaz took two for 42 runs. Pakistan was knocked out of the match due to his failure. He was the most expensive. Gave 42 runs.
India won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat amid rain fears in Melbourne. In the beginning, he was able to take control quickly. The wickets of two formidable openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan can be picked up in the middle of the power play.
LBW Pakistan captain (0) off Arsdeep Singh’s fuller length on the first ball of the second over. Rizwan (4) was bowled by his shorter-length ball in the fourth over. With the departure of two reliable batsmen who thought the fight might be over here. Shan Masood and Iftikhar Ahmed brought a different message to them. The duo’s 76-run stand laid the foundation for a challenging score till the end.
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Iftikhar mainly played in the storm. Scored 51 runs off 34 balls with two fours and four sixes. If there was this pair, there was a possibility of increasing the danger. But Mohammad Sami sent Iftikhar to jail. Breaking this great pair, the Indian team once again gave the message to return to the match. Shadab Khan (5), Haider Ali (2), Mohammad Nawaz (9), and Asif Ali (2) were sent off quickly and picked up 7 wickets for 120 runs in 16.4 overs. Still, Pakistan’s run could not be stopped.
Shan Masood contributed to giving the innings the right direction at the end. Shaheen Afridi played the most effective role during the tough times. Scored 16 runs off 8 balls with 1 four and 1 six. Haris Rauf also played a role in making the score challenging with 1 six. Pakistan team scored 159 runs for 8 wickets. Unbeaten on 52 runs, Masud had 5 fours in his 42-ball innings.
Hardik Pandya took 3 wickets for 30 runs. Arshaddeep Singh also took three for 32 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Sami took one wicket each.