Hobart: The second day of the ICC T20I World Cup 2022 proved to be as exciting and thrilling as the first day of Super 12s. The Super Sunday featured the rivalry of all cricketing rivalries, India vs Pakistan and an excited Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe clash.
At Hobart, Sri Lanka defeated Ireland by 9 wickets early in the day. India defeated Pakistan in a last-ball thriller at Melbourne to pack up the actions of Day 2 of Super 12s at the ICC T20I World Cup 2022.
Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh was monumental in reducing Pakistan’s failure. Arshdeep removed Pakistani Badshah Babar Azam in the very first ball. He eliminated Mohammed Rizwan shortly thus removing the top order of the Pakistan team. Pakistan’s batting is dependent on its opening stand, Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan. By removing both of them, Arshdeep set the stimulus for India’s victory. In addition to Azam and Rizwan, Arshdeep removed Asif Ali.
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Kusal Mendis was the Man of the Match in the first fixture of Day 2. The top-order batsman led his team in true opening style as Sri Lankans defeated Ireland. Kusal Mendis scored 68 runs off 43 balls in the innings with an overall 8 boundaries.
Hardik Pandya pulled off an all-round performance to ensure his team’s victory. In the first innings, the Gujarati all-rounder cleared off three of Pakistan’s batters. He destroyed any chances Pakistan made to reach a safe target by completely havocking their middle order. Pandya took three wickets from four overs by just giving away 30 runs. Furthermore, in the second innings, Pandya helped to create a partnership with Kohli. His 40 off 37 balls enabled Kohli to set the perfect stage for a chase.
Virat Kohli scored 82 off 53 in the chase. India was reduced to 40 for 4, with Kohli and Pandya on strike. Kohli’s masterclass innings led India to yet another victory against Pakistan in the World Cup. Virat Kohli hit 6 fours and four sixes in the chase, his favorite. Kohli, who had diminished in form and was blamed for non-consistency proved he is still the same chase king.
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Iftikhar Ahmed alongside Shan Masood rose to lead Pakistan when their top-order fell. Iftikhar Ahmed came to crease at 15/2 and created a solid momentum for the Pak squad to reach 160 run target. He amassed 51 runs off 34 balls at a strike rate of 150.00. The experienced Peshawar-born batsmen created a strong effort by hurling six boundaries (4 fours, 2 sixes).