India Register a Come From Behind Win against Pakistan in T20 World Cup

The Men in Blue registered a hard-fought win by six runs in their second match of the T20 World Cup which gained significant eyeballs around the world.

The Men in Blue registered a hard-fought win by a margin of six runs in their second match of the T20 World Cup. The match which gained significant eyeballs started an hour later than the scheduled time due to rain. Inserted to bat first by Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam India got off to an attacking start as the captain himself cleared the boundary in the very first over of the match before rain stopped play for the second time.

T20 World Cup: India vs Pakistan

The Start

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The Men in Blue lost former captain Virat Kohli soon after the resumption as the right-hander was dismissed in an attempt to take advantage of the fielding restriction but failed to do so as he was dismissed by Naseem Shah in the initial stage of the match as Virat tried to play an uppish drive away from his body but could only manage to hit it straight into the hands of the fielder stationed at point.

The Collapse

Rohit Sharma who looked in fine touch before the stoppage was back in the dugout as well in an attempt to continue his attacking approach against the Pakistani fast bowlers. Rishabh Pant who walked in to bat at number three started playing his shots from ball one. The left-hander was also lucky on certain occasions as he was given few lives by the Pakistani fielders courtesy of some poor fielding which resulted in him scoring 42 valuable runs before finally getting dismissed.

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The Bowling

No other batter apart from Axar and Rishabh was able to score even 20 runs on a wicket that seemed conducive for batting as compared to previous matches played in New York and the reason for which was a solid show with the ball from the Pakistani bowlers in the middle overs where they picked up seven Indian wickets for just 30 runs bowling them out for 119 runs with one over to spare.

The Effort

It was a complete team effort from the Pakistani bowlers with Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah picking up three wickets each and the experienced duo of Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Amir also playing their part with the ball.

The Chase

Chasing a total of 120 Pakistan lost captain Babar Azam early but wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan held one end and maneuvered the innings. Pakistan had only lost one wicket after ten overs and it seemed like they would win the match easily but that is when things started moving in India’s favour as Axar Patel foxed Usman Khan which provided India with the opening they desperately needed.

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The Middle Overs

Having said that Pakistan was still ahead in the game with Fakhar Zaman slotted to come in next. The left-hander looked threatening from the first ball as he took on Axar Patel but was dismissed soon by a sharp bouncer from Hardik Pandya. It was from this moment that Pakistan started panicking as the boundaries dried up which resulted in Rizwan getting dismissed by Bumrah who was the pick of the Indian bowlers along with Hardik Pandya. 

The Result

The Men in Green were 88-5 after 16.3 overs and needed 32 runs off 21 balls with an over of Bumrah to spare who is known for his accurate bowling in death overs. The equation seemed achievable but a spirited effort from the Indian bowlers restricted Pakistan to 113 in the allotted 20 overs thereby registering a memorable win over the arch-rivals in the T20 World Cup.