World T20: India destroy Pakistan by 8 wickets.
It was a professional display by India as they went about defeating archrivals Pakistan by 8 wickets in their Super Eights clash in Colombo. The win kept up their hopes of making the last four in this edition of the World T20.
It was a professional display by India as they went about defeating archrivals Pakistan by 8 wickets in their Super Eights clash in Colombo. The win kept up their hopes of making the last four in this edition of the World T20. (All AFP Photos)
Batting first, Pakistan suffered an early blow when Imran Nazir was removed by Irfan Pathan in the second over.
L. Balaji justified his inclusion in the team getting the dangerous Shahid Afridi out for just 14. Pakistan's experiment with the bat failing after they had promoted him to number three.
Yuvraj Singh reminded just why he is a danger to the opposition as he struck a double whammy snaring Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal.
After Yuvraj Singh's twin strike, Virat Kohli got into the act as he got rid of Mohammad Hafeez leaving Pakistan at 59/5 in the tenth over.
Shoaib Malik rose to the challenge and hit 28 from 21 balls as he looked to revive Pakistan's dwindling fortunes in the match.
Umar Akmal played a steady knock of 21 but it was hardly enough to get a sizeable total. Pakistan were bowled out for 128 in 19.4 overs which seemed a meek total infront of India's powerful batting.
The youngster Hasan Raza drew first blood for Pakistan when he removed Gautam Gambhir in the first over for a duck. India 1/1 in 0.2 overs.
Virat Kohli was in no mood to let up as he hit a breezy 78 not out off just 61 balls with 8 boundaries and 2 sixes. The Pakistanis had no idea simply where to bowl.
Virender Sehwag was looking in good touch scoring 29 quick runs but eventually fell to Afridi after adding 74 runs for the second wicket.
Yuvraj played a patient innings of 19 not out and picked off the runs along with Kohli.
Eventually Kohli and Yuvraj guided India to an 8 wicket win over Pakistan. It was a crushing blow for the Pakistanis and India would draw confidence from this win when they take on South Africa in their next encounter.