Melbourne. Thanks to Virat Kohli’s fiery innings, Team India made a winning start to their T20 World Cup by registering a four-wicket win against Pakistan here on Sunday. India was once in trouble after losing four wickets cheaply, but Kohli stood till the end and returned from the field only after giving victory to the team. He played an unbeaten innings of 82 runs in 53 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes.
Meanwhile, everyone is expressing their opinion on social media regarding Pakistan’s defeat and Virat Kohli’s innings. Taking advantage of this opportunity, the former India fast bowler also took a dig at Pakistan and asked, ‘How was the neighbours’ Sunday?’ In another tweet, he also praised Kohli and wrote, ‘Virat Kohli you are the king.’
On the basis of excellent bowling by Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya, India restricted Pakistan to 159 runs for eight wickets. Later, thanks to the belligerent innings of Virat Kohli, Team India won by 4 wickets over Pakistan.
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Chasing the target of 160 runs from Pakistan, Team India had a very poor start and by the seventh over, India’s top four batsmen had returned to the pavilion and the total score was just 31 runs. First K. Ale. Rahul (4 runs) was run by Naseem Shah and then Rohit Sharma fell victim to Haris Rauf on a personal score of 4.
Kahli-Pandya gave India a thrilling win, beat Pakistan on the last ball
India’s number one T20 batsman Suryakumar Yadav (15) was also sent to the pavilion by Rauf, while Axar Patel was run out after scoring two runs. Hardik Pandya played a slow innings of 40 runs in 37 balls, but shared a 113-run partnership with Kohli. India needed six runs to win in three balls of the last over. 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.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 23, 2022, 19:18 IST