India thrash Pakistan in ICC Twenty20 Group 2 tie by four wickets

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India defeated Pakistan in the ICC Twenty20 (T20) World Cup Super 10 of Group 2 match by chasing the latter’s modest score of 118  for five at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The hosts chased down Pakistan’s score with Mahendra Singh Dhoni hitting the winning runs. Virat Kohli once again steadied the Indian innings even though the side lost the openers early in the match. Chasing 119 on a turning track, India lost their top three batters early. In came Kohli and Yuvraj Singh who put together a 61-run partnership to help India scamper home in 15.5 overs.

Kohli was not out on 55 off 37 balls and Yuvraj (24) blunted the Pakistan bowling attack, which sorely missed spinner Imad Wasim.

The match was important from the Indian point of view. Team India had to put up a decent performance especially after Dhoni and boys were thrashed by New Zealand. Another loss would have broken the morale of the team.

Yuvraj fell to bowler Wahab Riaz, but Kohli, who was joined by skipper Dhoni (13 not out), looked ‘out of control’ as his 37-ball knock was laced by seven boundaries and a six. Dhoni too joined in a and hit a six to level India and Pakistan scores.

Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad (25) and Shoaib Malik (26) played well to guide Pakistan to 118 for five. Put in to bat first, Pakistan openers Sharjeel Khan (17) and Shehzad played cautiously and then lost their wickets, while trying to give pace to the innings. Ashwin and Raina looked dangerous in their opening spells, but the Pakistan batsmen did well to show patience.

It took Hardik Pandya to come off with superb catch to send the openers to the pavilion. Sharjeel Khan in an attempt to pull Suresh Raina managed to get into the hand of Pandya, who after taking a tumbling catch, went off the field shaken.

Kohli was declared as the man of the match.

Amitabh Bachchan who sat with a sombre face throughout the match was seen vigorously waving the Indian tricolour with an animated look on his face. Sachin Tendulkar, who had a big satisfied smile on his face, thumped the air several times.

Brief scores are as following: India 119/4 in 15.5 overs and Pakistan 118/5 in 18 overs