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‘Virat Kohli’s batting should be saluted…’ Why did captain Rohit Sharma say that?


Melbourne. Matches changing moment by moment, tension on every ball and breathless across the border. After all, Virat Kohli’s bat overshadowed Babar Azam and Co. and gave India a thrilling four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first match of the T20 World Cup and gave a memorable Diwali gift to crores of cricket fans.

India got off to a poor start in reply to a target of 160 to win but Kohli single-handedly scored 82 runs in 53 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes and was not out till the end. This victory started celebrations all over India a day before Diwali.

We knew we can pull out matches under any circumstances: Captain Rohit
After the match, Team India captain Rohit said, “We were trying to stay in the match. We knew we could pull out the match from any situation. There was a lot of help for the bowlers on the pitch. Our bowlers used it very well. Although the middle order of Pakistan’s team batted well.

The captain further said, “Hardik and Kohli have a lot of experience, they know how to play calmly in such matches. The way we live is very important to us. The way Virat has batted, he should be saluted.

Full credit for victory to Virat and Hardik: Babar
After the defeat, Babar Azam said, “It was a very close contest. However, our bowlers have started very well. Full credit for this win goes to Virat and Hardik. We felt that the match was almost in our favor. Our players gave 100 per cent on the field but India batted well. There are many positive aspects for us from this match today. Our middle order batsmen batted well.

31 runs needed in the last two overs
Indian team needed 31 runs in the last two overs. Kohli hit two sixes in the last two balls of the 19th over bowled by Haris Rauf, leaving the target of 16 runs in the last over. Hardik Pandya was dismissed by Mohammad Nawaz on the very first ball. Dinesh Karthik scored one on the second ball and Kohli took two runs on the third ball. The fourth ball was a no-ball, on which Kohli hit a six. Now six runs were needed in three balls. The next ball was wide, after which three runs were scored by the bye but Karthik was out on the fifth ball. R Ashwin won the team by taking a run off the last ball.

Earlier, India had a very poor start and four of its batsmen were in the pavilion on the score of 31 runs in the seventh over. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma fell victim to Naseem Shah and Rauf by scoring four runs respectively.

Tags: Hardik Pandya, Hitman Rohit Sharma, India Vs Pakistan, Rohit Sharma, T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli

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