It’s Ind vs Pak day, indeed a match in the world cup that fans have waited for ages to get the taste of greatest rivalry in cricket history.
In their Super 12 match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rohit Sharma-led India has gone up against Babar Azam’s Pakistan. After winning the toss, Ind invited Pakistan to bat first. Pakistan finished their quote of 20 overs at 159/8. Shan Masood and Iftikhar Ahmed chipped in crucial fifties for the men in green.
Pakistan was struggling at 32 for 2 in the powerplay, but Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood built a strong partnership that didn’t give any room to R Ashwin and Axar Patel. Spinners failed to break this partnership and as a result, both batsmen built a partnership of 107 runs in 72 balls.
Arshdeep bowled an excellent first spell and Hardik Pandya showed his real value in the last 10 overs as India limited Pakistan to a score that they could potentially overcome.
Hardik Pandya (3/30) and Arshdeep (3/32) performed exceptionally well for India with the ball. Shami and Bhuvneshwar also got a wicket each.
Chasing 160 runs and quickly lost four wickets in less than seven overs. Virat and Hardik started to rebuild the game from there. By the 10th over, India was 45 for 4. If they wanted to win, they would have to score nearly two runs per ball for half of their innings.
India achieved the 50-run mark in 10.3 overs. Pandya struck Mohammad Nawaz for a grand six at the start of the 12th over, hitting the first six of the innings.
In the same over, Nawaz was hit for two more sixes, including a straight hit by Virat. Pandya powers the last ball of that over above long-on, giving India a fruitful over in which they amassed 20 runs. The partnership between the two batsmen resulted in 50 runs in 40 balls.
At the end of 15 overs, India had reached 100 runs. India’s current score was 100/4, with Virat (42) and Hardik (32) still batting. At that moment in the chase, India was very much the underdogs. They had just five wickets left and not much batting was left after DK. They still needed 60 to win off 30.
Rauf managed to give Pakistan some momentum by bowling an economical 16th over, only conceding six runs. India needed 54 off 24 balls. Six more runs were scored in the next over, leaving India needing 48 off 18 balls.
Virat achieved his half-century in 43 balls. The star batter turned the tides back in India’s favor, aiding India in getting 17 more runs. Men in Blue needed 31 off of 12 balls.
India needed 16 of the final over. Pandya was dismissed by Nawaz for 40 off 37 balls. India required 16 runs off 5 balls, with Dinesh Karthik – the ‘finisher’ – at the crease with Kohli. However, Karthik was also stumped with two runs needed and one ball remaining.
Ashwin’s single helped India clinch a four-wicket win. India finished at 160/6. Kohli scored an unbeaten 82 off 53 balls and he was adjudged the Player of the Match. According to Sport News BD sports experts, Kohli’s two consecutive sixes in the 19th over changed the momentum of the game though there were dramas in the final over.