30 sept 2012
World T20: Clinical India beat Pakistan by 8 wickets
Colombo: A target of 129 was never going to test the might of Indian batting, backed up by Virender Sehwag and an in-form Virat Kohli. In the end, India registered a comprehensive 8-wicket win with a fifty for Kohli. Their net run-rate though is less than that of Pakistan’s: -.45 vs -.43 of Pakistan.
After making a mockery of Pakistan’s batting, India came out all guns blazing despite the early wicket of Gautam Gambhir.
Kohli partnered Sehwag and the two smashed their way across all thrown at them. Sehwag was removed on 29 but Kohli just continued with his fine form to carve out a win with 18 balls to spare.
Earlier, Pakistan waded through choppy waters to set India a target of 129 runs after opting to bat in the Super 8s clash The team could not even last the full quota of 20 overs, being dismissed in 19.4.
A batting line-up which boasted of players in ripe form, Pakistan failed to get going despite a jittery start from Zaheer which had him bowl ten times for six legitimate deliveries.
Irfan too was greeted with a boundary but he struck back in the same over by trapping Imran Nazir on 8. Shahid Afridi received a promotion and he answered it by smacking a boundary off the first ball he faced.
Afridi had a previous best of 12 in the tournament and while he did manage to surpass it, 14 was all he could end up with before surrendering to L Balaji.
From 35/2, Pakistan crashed to 59/5 with Yuvraj Singh’s part-time spin working wonders for India. He got the better of a dangerous Nasir Jamshed (4) and Karmran Akmal (5) to leave the opposition stuttering. There was the rare exchange of words when Yuvraj removed Jamshed but the writing seemed to be on the wall.
Umar Akmal then partnered Shoib Malik and looked to re-construct the innings going into the final few overs. It was not meant to be as Malik (28 off 22) pulled straight to Rohit Sharma to end a fight which promised much more.
Umar continued with his efforts for some time before allowing R Ashwin to claim his second. The innings from here ended on a rather timid note.