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PHOTOS: Kohli leads India to easy win over Pakistan

Last updated on: September 30, 2012 23:39 IST

PHOTOS: Kohli leads India to easy win over Pakistan

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India, led by Virat Kohli's unbeaten 78, thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan by eight wickets to keep their title hopes alive in the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo.

- Scorecard | Match Report

Spinners R Ashwin (2/16) and Yuvraj Singh (2/16) snapped up four wickets between themselves as Pakistan were shot out for a meagre 128 in 19.4 overs.

Lakshmipathy Balaji also complemented the spinners with impressive figures of 3/22 in 3.4 overs. Kohli, who has been Pakistan's nemesis in the past, hit a scintillating unbeaten 78 off 61 balls as India won with three overs to spare.

The Delhi lad hit nine boundaries and two sixes to take the team home in the high-voltage contest watched by a capacity crowd.

However, Pakistan are still ahead in terms of net run rate of -0.426 which is shade better than India's -0.452. Had India won with 20 balls to spare, they would have been No 2 in the group.

India will now have to defeat South Africa in their last group-2 match on Tuesday to make it to the semi-finals.


Image: Virat Kholi celebrates victory in the ICC T20 World Cup, Super Eight group 2 match between Pakistan and India
Photographs: Pal Pillai/Getty Images

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Dominant Kohli

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India's unbeaten record against Pakistan in ICC World Cups has thus been kept intact having beaten them five times in the 50-over version and thrice in the T20 format.

Kohli started with an outside edge off Raza Hasan for a boundary but then played some lovely strokes.

A back foot cover drive off Saeed Ajmal and lovely cover drive off Yasir Arafat were glorious strokes. He also lofted Shahid Afridi over long-off for a six.

Whether driving on the up or playing off his hips, Kohli was a treat to watch. Virender Sehwag, on the other hand, was happy to play the second fiddle during the 74-run partnership for the second wicket but did play a lovely lofted shot off Umar Gul's bowling.


Image: Virat Kholi celebrates victory in the ICC T20 World Cup, Super Eight group 2 match between Pakistan and India
Photographs: Pal Pillai/Getty Images

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Ashwin, Yuvraj destroy Pakistan middle order

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Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez's decision to bat first on a slow Premadasa track failed to produce the desired result as Ashwin and Yuvraj frustrated the opposition batsmen by maintaining superb line and length.

Ashwin, who operated from round the wicket, had superb figures of two for 16 from four overs while Yuvraj also had identical figures but from three overs.

The duo snapped four Pakistan wickets for only 32 runs in seven overs and it was the reason why Hafeez and Co could not reach a respectable total.


Image: Yuvraj Singh celebrates the wicket of Kamran Akmal of Pakistan during the ICC T20 World Cup, Super Eight group 2 match between Pakistan and India
Photographs: Pal Pillai/Getty Images

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Pathan removes Nazir

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Earlier, Zaheer Khan's first over saw him bowl three wide deliveries and then being square driven by Imran Nazir for a boundary before Virender Sehwag dropped the opener at first slip.

Irfan Pathan started off the collapse by removing Nazir who had shuffled a long way but the umpire thought that left-arm seamer's incoming delivery would have hit the stumps.Nazir stood his ground for a while before leaving.

Shahid Afridi walked in at No 3 and smashed the first delivery from Pathan over his head and then another boundary off the bowler through the cover region.

However, with the former Pakistan captain, opposition teams always fancy a chance and Balaji bowled a short one which Afridi tried to pull it over mid-wicket boundary but was caught by Suresh Raina at the boundary ropes.

Lakshmipathy Balaji picked up 3/22 in 3.4 overs.


Image: Imran Nazir looks on as Irfan Pathan celebrates after taking his wicket during the ICC T20 World Cup, Super Eight group 2 match between Pakistan and India
Photographs: Pal Pillai/Getty Images

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Yuvraj accounts for Kamran Akmal and Nasir Jamshed

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Yuvraj then got into the act as he removed left-hander Nasir Jamshed and wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal in quick succession to reduce Pakistan to 49 for four. Both hurried onto their shots.

Jamshed tried to play a slog-sweep which was smartly taken by Dhoni while Kamran tried an expansive cover drive of an arm ball only to give the Indian captain his second catch.

Pakistan captain Hafeez scratched around for 28 balls for his 15 before he dragged one onto his stumps off part-timer Virat Kohli's bowling.

Umar and Malik then got together to conjure a partnership but Ashwin dismissed both of them in quick succession to end Pakistan's chances of a big score.


Image: India's Yuvraj Singh celebrates after dismissing Pakistan's Akmal during ICC World Twenty Super 8 match against India at R Premadasa Stadium
Photographs: Philip Brown/Reuters

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