World T20: Kohli's Classy Fifty Helps India Maintain Unbeaten Run Against Pakistan
Virat Kohli stroked a classy fifty as India registered their fifth win in the World Twenty20 against Pakistan with an emphatic six-wicket win in Kolkata.
Before the start of the India-Pakistan marquee clash, Kolkata was lashed by heavy rain and it seemed that the match would be in doubt. (All pictures: AFP)
Before the match, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Imran Khan. Amitabh Bachchan was also in attendance. The match was reduced to 18 overs-a-side following a 90-minute delay.
India won the toss and chose to bowl in the mus-win game against their arch-rvials. The Pakistan openers got off to a sluggish start.
Ahmed Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan failed to get going and after seven overs, they were 34/0.
However, Jasprit Bumrah and Suresh Raina removed the openers cheaply as Pakistan struggled to get momentum in their innings.
Shahid Afridi tried to get some big hits going but Hardik Pandya got his wicket as Pakistan lost momentum.
Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal shared a 51-run stand as Pakistan finished on 118/5 after 18 overs.
Rohit Sharma tried to get India off to a fast start but he was dismissed by Mohammad Amir for 10.
Mohammad Sami turned the game around with the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina to dent India's chase.
Virat Kohli steadied the ship and he took the attack to the Pakistan bowlers.
Kohli was given good support by Yuvraj Singh and their partnership put India on course.
The partnership between Kohli and Yuvraj was worth 61 runs and it put India in the driver's seat.
Kohli notched up his 14th fifty and his second in World T20 matches against Pakistan as India rode on his classy knock.
India registered a magnificent six-wicket win to get their campaign back on track.
This was India's fifth win in the Twenty20 World Cup against Pakistan and it maintained their unbeaten streak over them in this tournament. Kohli was the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 55.