Virat Kohli shines as India beats Pakistan in T20 World Cup cliffhanger

Virat Kohli struck an imperious half-century and Ravichandran Ashwin was cool on the demise as India secured a four-wicket win on the ultimate ball in opposition to arch-rivals Pakistan on the T20 World Cup on Sunday in entrance of an enormous Melbourne Cricket Floor crowd.

Pakistan’s spin-bowling all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz had a ultimate over to overlook, gifting India two wides and a no-ball earlier than Ashwin coolly blasted the profitable run over mid-off as India chased down 160 for victory.

Man-of-the-match Kohli was magnificent, driving India to the brink of victory with 82 not out after digging the workforce out of hassle in a superb partnership with Hardik Pandya (40).

Pakistan have been cruising to what appeared a morale-boosting victory however Kohli went ballistic with the bat within the ultimate overs to convey India dwelling in entrance of 90,293 screaming followers and a whole lot of thousands and thousands extra watching around the globe.

“Well, it’s a surreal atmosphere. I honestly have no words. I have no idea how that happened,” Kohli stated.

“Hardik kept telling me, just believe we can stay ‘till the end. I’m lost for words.”

Kohli thrashed back-to-back sixes within the penultimate over in opposition to Haris Rauf to push India inside 15 runs of victory from the ultimate six balls.

With Kohli off strike, Nawaz had Pandya caught in shut with a miscued slog to interrupt a 113-run partnership.

Kohli took again the strike and hit a six off a no-ball because the wheels fell off for Nawaz, who then bowled a large.

Kohli was bowled off the free hit on the subsequent ball however the ball rattled for 3 byes off the stumps.

With two balls left and two runs required, Nawaz had Dinesh Karthik stumped however bowled a large on what would have been the final ball of the over.

Ashwin cleared the in-field with a peaceful end to finish the win, sending Indian followers right into a frenzy.

Fans show their support during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

It was a merciless end for Pakistan, who had rallied properly to submit a defendable complete of 159 for eight after shedding the toss and beginning poorly with the bat.

“All credit to Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli,” stated Pakistan captain Babar Azam.

“They shifted the momentum and finished the game well … We had a chance, and we just asked the boys to believe in themselves, but again credit to Virat Kohli.”