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India Vs Pakistan T20 World Cup

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In a thrilling T20 World Cup encounter, India clinched their second consecutive win by defeating Pakistan by 7 runs. A match report.

In a match filled with nail-biting excitement, India registered their second consecutive victory in the ongoing T20 World Cup by defeating Pakistan by 7 runs. Despite the match being low-scoring, the bowlers from both sides delivered stellar performances, ensuring the contest remained intense until the final over.

The Toss and Rain Delay

Pakistan won the toss and opted to field first, making one change in their lineup. India, confident with their previous victory, went with an unchanged eleven. The match started 50 minutes late due to rain, and just as the game began to gain momentum, a drizzle interrupted play again after the first over.

India’s Innings

India started cautiously, with Rohit Sharma hitting an impressive six against Shaheen Shah Afridi in the opening over, which yielded 8 runs. However, the brief halt due to rain disrupted the momentum. Upon resumption, Rohit displayed his intent with a boundary, but Virat Kohli struggled once again, managing only 4 runs before being caught by Usman off Naseem Shah.

Rohit Sharma seemed in good touch but fell for 13, attempting a big shot only to be caught at the boundary by Rauf. Axar Patel, who replaced Rohit, provided some fireworks with a six and a four against Afridi. However, the Indian innings soon stumbled as Axar was bowled by Naseem Shah while attempting an ambitious shot.

Rishabh Pant, in good form, brought some momentum back to the Indian innings despite being dropped twice in the 6th over. He scored a brisk 42 off 31 balls, hitting crucial boundaries. However, other middle-order batsmen failed to capitalize, with Surya Kumar Yadav (7 off 8) and Shivam Dube (3 off 9) falling cheaply.

India struggled to build a substantial total, losing wickets at regular intervals. Hardik Pandya’s late cameo ended quickly, and India was all out for 119 in 19 overs, with Arshdeep Singh being run out due to a miscommunication with Siraj.

Pakistan’s Chase

Chasing a modest target of 120, Pakistan started positively. Despite an early injury to Rizwan, Pakistan’s openers seemed to be in control. However, Jasprit Bumrah gave India a crucial breakthrough by dismissing Babar Azam for 13.

Axar Patel then outfoxed Usman, and Hardik Pandya bold Fakhar Zaman, after hitting a six and a four, was caught by Rishab Path. At 80 for 3, Pakistan seemed to be cruising, but Bumrah struck again, taking the game-changing wicket of Rizwan, who scored 31 off 44 balls.

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The Turning Point

Rizwan’s dismissal shifted the momentum in India’s favor. With run-scoring becoming increasingly difficult, the Indian bowlers tightened their grip. Shadab Khan was caught by Pant off Hardik Pandya’s bowling, and Bumrah claimed another wicket, dismissing Iftikhar Ahmad.

Pakistan needed 18 runs in the final over but managed only 11, thanks to disciplined bowling from India’s attack. Arshdeep Singh took the final wicket, sealing a dramatic 7-run victory for India.

Conclusion

The match showcased the strength of both teams’ bowling attacks, overshadowing the batsmen’s performances. India’s bowlers, particularly Jasprit Bumrah, who was exceptional with his yorkers, played a crucial role in defending a modest total. With this victory, India not only secured their second win in a row but also boosted their confidence for the upcoming matches in the T20 World Cup.

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