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Tuesday, 23 July 2024 8.35 PM IST

T20 WC: India beats Pakistan by six runs in low-scoring thriller


A clutch bowling spell from pacer Jasprit Bumrah proved crucial as India defeated Pakistan by six runs in their ICC T20 World Cup clash at New York's Nassau County Stadium on Sunday.

After this win, India got four points and is at the top of Group A with two wins in two games. Pakistan have slipped to fourth place, after losing both their games to the USA and India.

Chasing a target of 120 runs, Pakistan took a calculate approach in starting overs, with skipper Babar Azam hitting only two fours.

Men in Blue struck early, with pacer Jasprit Bumrah getting the important wicket of Babar for 13 in 10 balls, with Suryakumar Yadav taking a fine low catch at slips.

After six overs of the powerplay, Pakistan was 35/1, with Mohammed Rizwan (17*) and Usman Khan (1*) unbeaten.

In a track that proved to be a difficult one for Pakistan as well, they reached 57/1 in 10 overs, with Rizwan (27*) and Usman (13*) unbeaten.

At the beginning of the second half, Axar Patel struck to remove Usman for 13 in 15 balls.

Fakhar Zaman was next up on the crease. He was off the mark with a four and six immediately, but a fine catch by Rishabh Pant spelled in Hardik Pandya's delivery ended his innings for 13 in eight balls. At this point, Pakistan was 73/3 in 12.2 overs.

In the 15th , Bumrah removed Rizwan, who scored 31 in 44 balls.

After 15 overs, Pakistan was 83/4, with Imad (7*) and Shadab (1*) unbeaten and they still needed 37 runs to win in the final five overs.

They lost two more in the next two over and was 88/5 in 16.3 overs.

Bumrah came in clutch in the 19th over, by getting Iftikhar Ahmed's wicket and checking the run flow. Pakistan was 102/6 in 19 overs, and needed 18 runs in the final over.

Arshdeep, who bowled the last over got Imad for 15 in 23 balls. Pakistan was 102/7 in 19.1 overs and never looked threatening and ended their innings at 113/7, with Naseem (10*) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (0*) unbeaten.

Earlier, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf's three-wicket hauls helped Pakistan restrict India to 119.

After winning the toss, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam asked India to bat first.

Rishabh Pant was the pick of the batsmen for India as he scored 42 in 31 balls. Haris Rauf took three wickets for 21.

Brief score: India 119 (Rishabh Pant 42, Axar Patel 20, Rohit Sharma 13; Haris Rauf 3/21) beat Pakistan: 113/7 (Mohammed Rizwan 31, Imad Wasim 15, Jasprit Bumrah 3/14).

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