T20 World Cup: India’s thrilling defence in ICC T20, registers win by 6 runs against Pakistan

India defeated Pakistan for the 7th time in 8 matches of the T20 World Cup. After the victory, the happiness of Indian fans is on cloud nine.

New York: India once again registered an impossible win over Pakistan in the World Cup. The challenge was to not let a team like Pakistan score 120 runs in a T20 match. This is a record win as vever before had India defended such a small score in a T20 International.

After India’s victory, Virat or Rohit’s name is not resonating. The heroes of victory have changed. Now there is talk of Rishabh Pant’s unusual batting. Bumrah’s bowling has surprised everyone. Axar Patel’s one over became the winning factor.

India defeated Pakistan for the 7th time in 8 matches of the T20 World Cup. After the victory, the happiness of Indian fans is on cloud nine.

This match was played at Nassau Stadium in New York, where the pitches have become a nightmare for the batsmen. 5 matches have been played in Nassau including the India-Pakistan match. Out of these, 3 matches were won by the chasing team, while only two were won by the team batting first. India is also included in these.

A three-wicket haul by Bumrah changed the match. Bumrah was bowling his second and the team’s 5th over. Babar had also hit a four, but Bumrah had already spun the net. He bowled a fast ball, which swinged and took the edge of Babar’s bat and went into Suryakumar’s hands. Surya took a tremendous diving catch. India got its first success in the power play.

After the completion of 14 overs, Pakistan had scored 80 runs after losing 3 wickets and victory was just 40 runs away. Rizwan was at the crease and was playing after scoring 31 runs. Bumrah came and clean-bowled Rizwan on the very first ball. Rizwan had failed in front of tremendous inswing. This was the same moment when Team India made a comeback in the match.

12 balls were left and 21 runs. Iftikhar and Imad Wasim were playing. Rohit called Bumrah to bowl. Bumrah gave only 3 runs. Batsman Iftikhar was dismissed. After this Arshdeep had to bowl. He got 18 runs for his over. This over of Bumrah turned the match around.

India’s Score

Coming to the match, Pakistan won the toss and put India to bat first. However, the Indian batters did not get things going for them at this tough surface as star openers Virat Kohli (4) and Rohit Sharma (13) failed to score big. Rishabh Pant (42 in 31 balls, with six fours) seemed to be playing on a different pitch and had useful partnerships with Axar Patel (20 in 18 balls, with two fours and a six) and Suryakumar Yadav (seven in eight balls, with a four). However, the lower middle order crumbled under the pressure of scoring runs on such a tough pitch and India could make just 119 in 19 overs.

Haris Rauf (3/21) and Naseem Shah (3/21) were the top bowlers for Pakistan. Mohammed Amir got two scalps while Shaheen Shah Afridi got one.

Pakistan’s Score

In the run-chase, Pakistan took a more measured approach and Mohammed Rizwan (31 in 44 balls, with a four and six) held one end steady. However, Bumrah (3/14) and Hardik Pandya (2/24) got crucial wickets of skipper Babar Azam (13), Fakhar Zaman (13), Shadab Khan (4), Iftikhar Ahmed (5) as well, which kept the pressure intact on Pakistan. With 18 runs needed in final over, Naseem Shah (10*) tried to win it for Pakistan, however, Arshdeep Singh (1/31) made sure Pakistan fell short by six runs.