Kohli offers India some assistance with battling down Pakistan

Kohli offers India some assistance with battling down Pakistan


India`s Virat Kohli plays a shot amid the World T20 cricket competition match in the middle of India and Pakistan at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on 19 March. Photograph: AFP

Composed Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten half century as India traveled to an agreeable six-wicket triumph over most outstanding adversaries Pakistan at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in the World Twenty20 Saturday.

Pre-competition top picks India set their crusade back on track subsequent to misery a stun misfortune against New Zealand in the competition opener, amplifying their curse in significant competitions against Pakistan.

Pursuing 119 on a track that appeared to be double paced, India lost their main three batsmen early just to see Kohli and Yuvraj Singh set up together a 61-run, fourth-wicket association to offer the hosts some assistance with cantering home in 15.5 overs in an amusement lessened to 18 overs a side as a result of downpour.

Kohli (55 not out) and Yuvraj joined alert and animosity to limit the Pakistan playing assault, which appeared to miss left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, who cleared a path for Mohammad Sami.

Sami made an impression by sending back Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina in his opening over to be on cap trap however Pakistan’s four-pronged pace assault had no solutions for Kohli’s batting.

Yuvraj (24) tumbled to Wahab Riaz, yet Kohli, who was joined by commander Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the finale, was in voyage control as his 37-ball thump was bound by seven limits and a six.

Dhoni joins party

Dhoni (13 not out) quickly joined the gathering as he hit a six to level the scores and after that hit the triumphant keeps running before an unruly group.

Prior, Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik played valuable cameos to guide Pakistan to 118 for five, a score which looked focused on a dubious surface.

Put into bat on a dampness loaded pitch that saw overwhelming downpours as the day progressed, Pakistan openers Sharjeel Khan (17) and Shehzad (25) played circumspectly at first and after that lost their wickets as they attempted to quicken.

Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Suresh Raina looked risky in their opening spells on a track that gave turn and ricochet, yet the Pakistan batsmen welled to show tolerance.

Straight from his match-winning adventures against Bangladesh, captain Shahid Afridi (8) elevated himself to number three however the blast was lost from his shots this time around.

The hard-hitting batsman could just locate a solitary limit in his scratchy 14-ball stay as he strolled back in the midst of boisterous cheers from the limit swarm.

Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik then sewed together an essential 41-run stand that offered Pakistan some assistance with putting up what appeared a respectable score.

Akmal (22), whose 16-ball thump was studded with a limit and a six, was gotten behind off Ravindra Jadeja’s left-arm turn.

Innings top-scorer Malik (26), who hit three limits and a six in his 26-run innings, soon joined Akmal in the uncovered subsequent to attempting to drive Ashish Nehra’s pace.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Hafeez completed off the innings as Pakistan got seven off the last over.

However, Pakistan’s endeavors were nullified by Kohli who deservedly got the man of the match honor.

India next play Bangladesh in Bangalore on Wednesday, while Pakistan head to Mohali to meet New Zealand on Tuesday.

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