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India beats Pakistan by 5 wickets; Kohli & Amir steals the show!!

On Saturday 27 Feb, India  defeated the arch rivals Pakistan by 5 wickets in a nail-biting thriller in the fourth game of the Asia Cup Twenty20 Championship at Mirpur.

India and Pakistani fans
India and Pakistani fans

Indian batsman, Virat Kohli smashed  brilliant 49 runs off 51 balls on quick green pitch, to lead his side to victory,  especially surviving the dangerous spell of Mohammed Amir, to defend a scanty total of 83 runs, put on by the Pakistani team in 4th T20 match of Asia Cup.

Virat kohli playing a shot in 4th game of Asia Cup against Pakistan
Virat kohli playing a shot in 4th game of Asia Cup against Pakistan

After winning the toss, team India elected to bowl first, and the decision was proved right when the fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra came out with brilliant  spells and repeated strikes with the new ball which shattered Pakistan’s opening batting order in first 3 overs.

Ashish Nehra celebrating after taking a wicket
Ashish Nehra celebrating

Nehra had the experienced Mohammad Hafeez (4 runs off 4 balls) edging behind in his first over, while Bumrah, after bowling an amazing maiden over, got the wicket of  in-form Sharjeel Khan (7 runs off 5 balls) with a slower cutter delivery in the next over.

Team India celebratig after fall of wicket
Team India celebrating after fall of wicket

Struggling at 35 for 5 after 7.1 overs, Pakistan lost all its momentum and never actually bounced back in the game as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only two Pakistani batsmen Khurram Manzoor (10 runs in 18 balls) and Sarfraz Ahmed (25 runs in 24 balls) were able to reach double figures in their lowest total against the arch rivals, India.

Yuvraj took the wicket of Umar Akmal
Yuvraj took the wicket of Umar Akmal

Indian all rounder Hardik Pandya, with his career best performance took 3 wickets for 8 runs and the left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja claimed 2-11.

Hardik Pandya took 3 wickets in the match
Hardik Pandya took 3 wickets in the match

However, it was not an easy chase for India, as the Pakistani bowlers came out pretty strongly as Mohammed Amir bowled a thunderous spell and put the indian side under huge pressure. After the ferocious appeal on his very first bowl of the run chase , Amir trapped India’s opening batsman, Rohit Sharma with the his second ball , he then picked up Ajinkya Rahane on his fourth delivery and Suresh Raina in his second over, leaving India reeling at 3 for 8 in 2.4 overs. Amir picked up 3 wickets for 18 runs in his 4 overs.

Mohammed Amir unleashed-the-storm and claimed 3 wickets
Mohammed Amir unleashed the storm and claimed 3 wickets

But for Pakistan fans, Amir’s spell was the only thing to cheer about as the game pretty much ended with his spell seen off.

Virat Kohli made brilliant 49 runs in 51 balls
Virat Kohli made brilliant 49 runs in 51 balls

Indian batsmen, Virat (49) and Yuvraj Singh (not out 14 runs in 32 balls) stood strong against Pakistani pacers and steadied the innings with the duo combining a total of 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket and cruised their side to victory in a crucial match.

India vs Pakistan 4th match Asia cup 2016
India vs Pakistan 4th match Asia cup 2016

India will face Sri Lanka in the 7th game of Asia Cup 2016 on Tuesday, 1 March.

Source : Cricbuzz

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