The chase master has shown up for India and how gloriously. Virat Kohli, the modern-day great has taken the T20 World Cup game against Pakistan home single-handedly. Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma walked out quickly and cheaply in a chase requiring 160. And on cue, Virat Kohli thumped his foot down on the ground.
Indian bowlers put out quite an impressive show as Arshdeep Singh clinched 3 wickets. However, a set middle-over partnership between Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood led Pakistan to a fighting total. And in the chase, Naseem Shah found his swing as he sent KL Rahul back. Captain Rohit Sharma didn’t do much also. However, there was one man standing for India all throughout, Virat Kohli.
Suryakumar Yadav showed some confidence before getting out of a bouncer by the dangerous Haris Rauf. However, things turned for India afterward as Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya batted patiently to base a solid partnership. Virat Kohli changed the gears at the right time as he smashed the mighty Haris Rauf for two consecutive sixes in the penultimate over. Shaheen Afridi too looked out of touch in his return after an injury-laden hiatus.
The last over saw Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik getting out. However, a panicky no-ball and wide by Mohammad Nawaz did it for India. Ashwin collected a single on the last after a gift of wide by Nawaz. And India took the nerve-racking game home. The MCG all lit up with King Kohli chants, rightfully so. Cometh the hour, cometh the savior.