India got a target of 160 runs to win in the struggling Super 12 match played at the Melbourne Stadium packed with spectators. In reply, India did not start well and India lost their two wickets early on in the form of openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma for just 10 runs. After this, India’s third wicket also fell on the sum of 26 runs in the form of Suryakumar Yadav. Surya got out after scoring 15 runs. The Indian team came under more pressure when Axar Patel was unfortunately run out after scoring just 2 runs. Four wickets fell for 31 runs in India’s 6.1 overs.
In such a situation, it was looking very difficult for India to return to the match, but sensing the situation, Virat Kohli batted carefully without taking any risk. Hardik Pandya also supported Kohli under pressure. Together, they made a meaningful effort to return India to the match by sharing 113 runs for the fifth wicket. This partnership between these two is the biggest partnership from India against Pakistan for any wicket in T20 International.
Although India needed 48 runs in the last 3 overs, but looking at the way Virat Kohli was batting in the rhythm, there was hope for Team India’s victory. In the 18th over of the innings bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi, Virat Kohli batted tremendously and scored 17 runs. Still the road was not easy. India needed 31 runs in the remaining 2 overs. Haris Rauf, who was proving to be quite fatal in this match, put the 19th of the innings. In this over of Rauf, Virat Kohli turned the match towards India by hitting two sixes in the last two balls. India needed 16 runs to win in the last over of the match bowled by left arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz. The final over of the match also proved to be quite dramatic and thrilling.
Hardik Pandya got out on the very first ball of this over. The heartbeat of Indian fans increased. His eyes were fixed on Dinesh Karthik. DK takes a single off the second ball of the over. Kohli took two runs on the next ball, but on the fourth ball of the over, Kohli hit a six and completely tilted the match towards India. It was also a no ball and India got seven runs. Here Nawaz looked completely under pressure and wide after the no ball. Virat got bowled on the ball again for a free hit, but the ball hit the stump and went to third man and completed three runs in the form of byes. Now on the last two balls, India needed two runs to win when Dinesh Karthik was stumped on the fifth ball. The match had reached a very exciting stage.
India needed two runs to win off the last ball. The new batsman, experienced R Ashwin, played smartly while standing in his place on the ball thrown towards the leg-stump and the ball was declared wide. Ultimately, India needed 1 run to win off the last ball and Ashwin chipped the ball over mid-off to give India a historic six-wicket victory. Virat Kohli played a memorable innings of 82 runs in just 53 balls, in which he hit 6 fours and 4 sixes. Hardik Pandya played a valuable innings of 40 runs in 37 balls. He hit one four and two sixes in his innings. For Pakistan, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz took two wickets each and Naseem Shah took one wicket.
Earlier, India’s captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat. Pakistan scored 159 runs for eight wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Both Pakistan’s openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam were dismissed early. Indian bowlers did not take full advantage of it after taking two wickets for just 15 runs and Pakistan managed to make a challenging score of 159 runs. Shan Masood made 52 and Iftikhar Ahmed played the best half-centuries of 51 runs. Playing his first T20 World Cup, left arm medium pacer Arshdeep Singh bowled brilliantly. He took three wickets for 32 runs. Hardik Pandya also took three wickets for 30 runs, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami got one wicket each. India will play its next match in Super 12 against Netherlands on 27 October in Sydney.
India won the match as India challenged to score 48 runs in the last three overs. This is the record of T20 World Cup. Before India, Australia also won the match requiring 48 runs in the last three overs. In this way, in T20 World Cup combined, this is the most runs scored for a win in the last three overs.
Along with playing this match, Team India’s captain Rohit Sharma also made a record in his name. Rohit has been involved in the Indian team in all the 8 T20 World Cups played from 2007 to 2022. He has become the first batsman in the world to achieve this feat. By the way, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan will have a chance to equal Rohit Sharma’s record. Apart from these two, no other player is even around to make this record.
In another match of Super 12 played in Hobart on Sunday itself, Sri Lanka registered a comfortable 9-wicket win over Ireland. Batting first, Ireland’s team could score only 128 runs for eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Sri Lanka achieved the target of 129 runs for victory by losing just 1 wicket in 15 overs. Kusal Mendis Mendis played a brilliant unbeaten half-century of 68 runs.
And now some brief sports news
World Championship bronze medalists Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy advanced to the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals of the Denmark Open with straight game wins on Wednesday. Saina Nehwal crashed out in the first round of women’s singles. Now he will face HS Prannoy of his own country in the pre-quarterfinals of the Super 750 tournament.
Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will face Indonesia’s Mohd Shohibul Fikri and Maulana Bagas in the pre-quarterfinals.
And finally…. Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep was temporarily banned by the International Tennis Integrity Agency after failing a doping test during the US Open in August. ITIA announced this against the former number one player on Friday.
That’s all today in the weekly special sports bulletin of News18 Hindi podcast. We will be back again with the latest sports news. For then allow Naveen Srivastava. Hello.