The T20 World Cup match between the bitter rivals was stunned by Pakistan thanks to a fantastic Virat Kohli roar at the MCG on Sunday. As India lost wickets quickly while attempting to chase down a difficult total of 160 set by Pakistan earlier, Kohli came on early. India was 31/4 in 6.1 overs when Kohli and Hardik Pandya made the decision to play a cautious approach while putting together a 113-run partnership. As Pandya struggled to hit big and the necessary rate increased by the minute, Kohli made the decision to step off.
The former Indian captain hit six boundaries and four maximums in his unbroken 82 from 53 deliveries. The 33-year-old kept India in the game by smashing two spectacular sixes off Haris Rauf’s final two balls of the penultimate over. In the pivotal last over, Mohammad Nawaz lost composure, and India won the match with the final ball of the day.
Rohit Sharma, the team’s captain, ran to the field to help raise Kohli as he celebrated the historic victory and played what he later referred to be his best innings, serving as a constant reminder of Kohli’s importance to Team India.
Earlier, Pakistan was held to 159/8 in 20 overs thanks to three wickets each from Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya. Pakistan posted a valiant total on the scoreboard because to Shan Masood’s (52) and Iftikar Ahmed’s (51) contributions. Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, two Pakistani pacers, wounded India early in the chase by taking early wickets, but Kohli persevered when the stakes were high.
After the victory, Rohit hailed Kohli’s 82* as one of the greatest innings in Indian cricket because it came at a vital moment when Team India was significantly trailing.
“I think it needs to be one of India’s best knocks, not only his best knock, to come out victorious, but I think it has to go absolutely his best for sure.” To come out and chase that total was an incredibly amazing performance by Virat, and it’s clear that Hardik had a role as well, too. “Until the 13th, or we were so behind the game and the necessary rate was just growing up and up,” Rohit remarked in the post-match news conference.
The game-winning partnership of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya (40) included 113 runs off 77 deliveries. In the challenging part of the game, when Pakistan’s bowlers were at their best, the pair took their time to rebuild India’s innings while maintaining composure.
These players have performed under pressure for us in numerous games. They performed admirably in that situation because they knew exactly how to manage that kind of circumstance, the speaker continued.