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T20 WC: India v Pakistan, the last over, as it happened...

Last updated on: October 24, 2022 09:49 IST
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ndia's Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya celebrate after beating Pakistan by 4 wickets during ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 Group 2 match

IMAGE: India's Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya celebrate after beating Pakistan by 4 wickets at the MCG. Photograph: ANI Photo

Chasing 160 to beat Pakistan in their Twenty20 World Cup opener in Melbourne, India needed 16 runs off the final over from Mohammad Nawaz, with batters Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya at the crease.

Here's how the last over of the match unfolded:

19.1 PAKISTAN BREAK THE PARTNERSHIP

Pandya (40) had struggled against spin and Pakistan drew first blood when the all-rounder attempted to smash Nawaz across the line on the leg side, only to miscue it on the off-side where captain Babar Azam pouched the catch.

 

19.2 KARTHIK ROTATES STRIKE

New batsman Dinesh Karthik went on the front foot as soon as he got in and made contact with a full toss to take a single and hand the in-form Kohli the strike.

Babar Azam the captain of Pakistan speaks to the umpires after a no ball decision

IMAGE: Babar Azam the captain of Pakistan speaks to the umpires after a no-ball decision in the last over of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match at Melbourne Cricket Ground.  Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

19.3 FOUR BALLS, 15 TO GET

Kohli directs a yorker to long-on and takes two to keep the strike. Three balls, 13 required.

19.4 THE PENDULUM SHIFTS

Nawaz's high full toss is smashed by Kohli over deep square leg, where the fielder on the ropes gets a hand to it but fails to keep the ball in play and it goes for six.

The umpire also calls a no-ball for height and his counterpart Marais Erasmus walks over from square leg to placate the Pakistani skipper, who was fuming over the call.

19.4 THE PRESSURE GETS TO NAWAZ

The bowler cannot keep his cool and he bowls a wide yorker - far too wide and the umpire signals a wide.

Dinesh Karthik of India is stumped by Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan

IMAGE: Dinesh Karthik of India is stumped by Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

19.4 BOWLED OFF A FREE HIT

Kohli is castled as the ball strikes the off stump but he's already running to the non-striker's end as it is still a free hit. With the ball heading to third man, 37-year-old Karthik runs well between the wickets as they take three.

19.5 TWIST IN THE TALE

Karthik tries to make room for a shot but the ball hits his pad. Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan is quick to react seeing his opposite number outside his crease, whipping the bails off to complete the stumping and handing Pakistan the advantage.

Virat Kohli of India celebrates winning the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground

IMAGE: Virat Kohli of India celebrates winning the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

19.6 ONE BALL, TWO TO WIN, ONE TO TIE

Kohli is stranded at the non-striker's end and the fate of the run chase is in Ravichandran Ashwin's hands - until the pressure gets to Nawaz again and he bowls a wide down the leg side that Ashwin gleefully leaves.

19.6 INDIA SNATCH VICTORY

As Pakistan's fielders close in to stop the single and force a Super Over, Ashwin scoops the ball over the inner circle and runs to the other end with his arms raised as the Indian fans among the 90,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground erupt in joy.

India wins by four wickets and Kohli was adjudged the player of the match for his unbeaten knock of 82 under pressure, smashing six fours and four sixes.

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