Virat Kohli once again showed his class and caliber against Australia given the match was an eliminator played at Mohali in the Group 2 of ICC WorldT20 2016.It was befitting to see MS Dhoni once again hit the winning runs like he has done on previous occasions.In semifinals, India will now encounter a feisty West Indies side who have shown good form in the tournament despite a blip against a emerging associate team like Afghanistan.
The target for India to chase down was 161 runs after 20 overs as Virat Kohli delivered a superlative performance to take his team home to victory.It was exhibition of exemplary batting by a player who has great sense of occasion and summons to the call with more valor when chips are down.The overs bowled by fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Faulkner showed glimpses of Virat Kohli who is currently batting on another level.The pressure from the home crowd and the strength of opposition like Australia makes the innings of Virat Kohli even more special.
India celebrated victory when Skipper MS Dhoni clubbed a ball for a boundary to spark off celebrations.He played an important innings to just play sensibly which allowed Virat Kohli to take control of the game.Kohli delivered a special performance and remained unbeaten on 82 runs off 51 balls. Australian All-rounder Shane Watson was most impressive among the Australian bowlers with figures of 2 for 23 and signed off from his international career on a respectable note.
The Indian top order once again failed to make any notable contribution with 3 wickets down for 49 runs when Virat Kohli came to the crease and once again formed a nice partnership with Yuvraj Singh.Yuvraj Singh looked in discomfort as he twisting his ankle but showed strength to carry on in order to keep his nation’s hopes alive in qualifying for the semis in the ICC WorldT20 2016.
Australia won an all important toss and decided to post a competitive total on a good surface at Mohali.The openers for Australia Aaron Finch and Usman Khuwaja got off to a quick starting bringing up their fifty partnership inside 4 overs.The game turned in favor of India when they dismissed David Warner and Steve Smith in quick succession to stem the flow of runs.Glenn Maxwell scored 31 runs but struggled for timing the ball on the surface.The late order strikes by James Faulkner and Peter Nevill helped Australia to score 161 runs in their full allotted overs.
Indian spin bowlers Ravendra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh bowled immaculate spells while premier off spinner Ravi Ashwin was on the expensive side given Aaron Finch’s counterattack against him in early overs of the innings.The Australian innings once again showed their struggles against spin as they bow out of the ICC WorldT20 2016 while India prevail to qualify for the semifinals to take on West indies at Mumbai.