The historic clash between Pakistan and India was played at the Eden Gardens,Kolkata as huge crowd were in attendance to see yet another titanic clash in the T20 World Cup 2016.
The crowd was rapturous as huge noise was made once players took the field.The rain stayed away after threatening to halt such a riveting contest in stored for the cricketing world.The match was reduced to 18 overs for each side.The toss was coined and it came out in favor of Indian Skipper MS Dhoni who decided to bowl first given that the pitch had been under the covers for most part of two day due to torrential rains in the city.
Pakistan openers Ahmed Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan came out to bat and for the first five overs did struggle to get going as pitch was taking huge turn while off spinner Ravi Ashwin and later left arm spinner Ravendra Jadeja came on to bowl in the innings.
The wicket was spinning a lot as both openers were scratched their way through the eight over having 45 runs on board.Then Sharjeel Khan went for 18 going for expensive shot on the up and later Ahmed Shehzad also followed him back to the pavilion dismissed by right arm pacer Jaspreet Bumrah.
Pakistani Skipper Shahid Afridi did promote himself at no.3 but found it tough to adjust to the conditions as he was dismissed after scoring 8 runs.
The momentum in the Pakistan’s innings came from partnership formed by Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal who joined together to push the team’s score towards 130 but the both got out at the wrong time as the Pakistan could only get 118 runs after 18 runs.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started cautiously as they came out to chase down the score set by Pakistan. Rohit Sharma decided to force the initiative as he skied a shot in the air to give Mohammad Amir his first wicket and provide Pakistan to turn this game into a contest.
Mohammad Sami provided Pakistan with two wickets off consecutive deliveries to dismiss Raina and Dhawan as India were placed in a precarious situation at 25 for 3.
Virat Kohli came out to the crease and formed a vital partnership with Yuvraj Singh to settle the nerves and led the recovery for the team to chase the score down.
Virat Kohli can’t do wrong at the moment as he is in bradmanesque run of form in this format scoring unbeaten 55 runs to steer his side to victory.Yuvraj Singh also played exceptionally well for his 24 runs but got out at the wrong time.Indian Skipper MS Dhoni hit the winning runs to keep India in the hunt for the semifinal spot in the ICC t20 World Cup 2016.