India vs Pakistan Highlights: ‘Chase Master’ Virat Kohli (82 not out off 53 balls) produced one of the best knocks ever played in the history of T20Is to help India (160/6) beat Pakistan (159/8) in the high-voltage clash of the Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on Sunday. India, for the first time ever, won a World Cup match against Pakistan under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.
What unfolded today at MCG is pure stuff of legends. Before today, the knock that Virat Kohli played only existed in fables. Team India was reeling at 30 for 4 when Kohli was handed the responsibility to rescue India. He literally came out of nowhere to script a historic win, playing one of the best knocks ever played in the history of T20 cricket. India’s win and Kohli’s heroics at MCG will be remembered for ages to come.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl first. Top bowling spells from Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh helped India restrict Pakistan to 159/8. India were off to a great start as young pacer Arshdeep Singh sent both Pakistan openers Babar Azam and Mohamad Rizwan back to the pavilion in just the second over. Pak skipper Babar was dismissed for a golden duck, while World’s no. 1 T20I batter Rizwan could manage just 4 runs off 12 balls. Shaan Masood rescued his team by staging a solid fightback (42-ball 55). He top-scored for Pakistan and stitched a solid 76-run partnership for third wicket with Iftikar Ahmed (51 runs off 34 balls). Massod remained unbeaten till the end of Pakistan innings.
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Pakistan Playing XI: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf