India has started their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign with a nail-biting win over its arch-rivals Pakistan. Virat Kohli’s heroic helped his side chase a target of 160 in the last ball of the inning.
India were down to 31/4 in the seventh over with Haris Rauf removing skipper Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav and Naseem Shah knocking off KL Rahul. Hardik Pandya (40) and Virat Kohli then shared 113 runs for the fifth wicket to boost India’s inning.
16 required from the last over against Nawaz, Kohli took India home with an unbeaten half-century. He hit six fours and four sixes, including one in the final over off a no-ball from Mohammad Nawaz, to end up with an unbeaten 82 off 53 balls.
“It’s a surreal atmosphere, I have no words, no idea how that happened. I am really lost for words,” Virat Kohli said during the post-match presentation.
Earlier in the first inning, India invited Pakistan to bat first at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Pakistan finished on 159/8 after the allotted 20 overs. India were off to a flying start as star duo, Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan were sent back quickly by Arshdeep Singh. Iftikhar Ahmed and Shaan Masood then shared 76 runs for the third wicket to stabilize Pakistan’s inning. However, Iftikhar’s departure for 51 saw Pakistan tumble down again and were down to 98/5 after 14th over.
Shaheen Afridi smashed 16 runs at the end while Masood remained unbeaten for 52 from 42 balls.
Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh picked up three wickets each for India. Similarly, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar grabbed one scalp each.
Pakistan: 159/8 (20 overs)
India: 160/6 (20 overs)
India won by 4 wickets. (POTM – Virat Kohli)