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Pakistan beat India by five wickets in a humdinger as they hunted down the target of 182 with one ball remaining in the Asia Cup ‘Super 4’ clash on Sunday. For two crucial points, Pakistan was ahead in the chase due to Mohammed Rizwan, who anchored the Pakistan innings with his superlative knock of 71 from 51 balls. At the other end, Nawaz played a game-changing 42 off 20 balls, while Khushdil Shah 14 not out and Asif Ali 16 made sure Pakistan won the game in Dubai.
For India when they batted, Virat Kohli made 60 from 44 before being run out in the final over. His crucial innings helped India survive a middle-order collapse and post a competitive 181-7 after being put into bat first. The former Indian skipper got to his 32nd fifty in 36 balls with one six and four boundaries in that innings.
Kohli, who showed glimpses of his old self, was also active at the non-striker’s end. In the 18th over, Deepak Hooda countered Hasnain’s short delivery with a ramp shot, which almost had Hooda being knocked down to the ground. Hooda was quick to guide it over the wicketkeeper’s head for a boundary. A bemused Kohli at the other end immediately loved the shot.
Earlier, India skipper Rohit Sharma and his opening partner KL Rahul put on 54 runs in the first 6 overs. Rohit got out after scoring 28 off 16 balls in the sixth over, followed by Rahul, who scored 28 and got dismissed in the next over and shortly after. Mohammad Nawaz got rid of the dangerous Suryakumar Yadav for just 13 runs.
After the game, Kohli talked about his extended lean patch, which had experts questioning his future with the Indian side.
“I never really paid attention to these critics,” said Kohli in the post-match press conference. “Played 14 years and it doesn’t happen by chance. People have their opinion but that doesn’t change my happiness.”
Kohli said he was made to feel welcome in the team, as he missed India’s white-ball tour of West Indies and Zimbabwe. “Took time away and it’s given me a relaxation that it’s not be all and end all of life.”
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