The 16th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 was played between arch-rivals India National Cricket Team led by Rohit Sharma and Pakistan National Cricket Team led by Babar Azam at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, October 23.
India National Cricket Team defeated the Pakistan National Cricket Team by 4 wickets to win the thrilling clash. Overall, this was India’s 9th T20I win over the Men In Green and 6th win at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
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Earlier, India National Cricket Team won the toss and opted to bowl first in the match. The decision turned out to be a gem of a decision for the side as the Indian bowlers performed exceptionally in the powerplay overs.
The 23-year-old left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh cleaned up Babar Azam for a golden duck on his first-ever World Cup delivery. Also, he dismissed Mohammad Rizwan for a 12-ball 4 in his second over. The senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled 3 overs in the powerplay and gave away just 14 runs. At the end of the powerplay, Pakistan were at 32/2.
Then, Shan Masood and Iftikhar Ahmed had a good 76-run partnership in 50 balls with the latter being the aggressor. Iftikhar Ahmed, who accelerated in the latter half of his innings, scored 51 runs off 34 balls, including 2 fours and 4 sixes, before being cleaned up by Mohammed Shami in the 13th over.
In the next over, Hardik Pandya sent back Shadab Khan for 5 and Haider Ali for 2. In the 16th over, all-rounder Hardik also dismissed Mohammad Nawaz for 9.
In the end, Shan Masood scored 52 runs off 42 balls, including 5 fours, while Shaheen Shah Afridi (16) and Haris Rauf (6) chipped in with decent contributions to help Pakistan post 159/8 on the board.
Chasing the target, India were off to a poor start in the match as openers – KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma – failed miserably once again. Star batter Suryakumar Yadav looked good out in the middle, but he scored just 15 runs before being cleaned up by Haris Rauf in the 6th over. Also, Axar Patel got run out for 2 in the 7th over.
In the end, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya had a sensational 113 runs partnership in 78 balls, before the latter was cleaned up by Mohammad Nawaz in the last over for 40. In the nail-biting last over, India also lost the wicket of Dinesh Karthik. However, when India needed 1 run off 1 ball Ravichandran Ashwin took a single to take India past the finish line.
The modern-day batting great Virat Kohli smashed remarkable 82* runs off 53 balls, including 6 fours and 4 sixes, to bag the Player of the Match award in the nail-biting match.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup 2022 High-octane Clash:
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— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 23, 2022
Win or loss is part of the game ! Well played both the teams . An intense match and the better team won! But @imVkohli Naam hi kaaafii haa.
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) October 23, 2022
Virat showing his class. Dominates, his record speaks for itself but praises a team mate for his successful innings. True leader. #INDvPAK #T20worldcup22
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) October 23, 2022
Wow!!!!! What a start to the World Cup!! One of the best t20s you could wish to watch!! Kohli showing his class once again!! What a game!! #INDvPAK #T20WorldCup2022 🔥
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) October 23, 2022
Drama…#INDvsPAK #WorldCup2022 that was blockbuster stuff. Pakistan had there chance to win it. Great knock from @imVkohli 🏏✌️
— Vernon Philander (@VDP_24) October 23, 2022
On par with an episode of Days of our Lives…It had everything!! What a game!!! Incredible chase.. well done India….#INDvsPAK2022
— Morne Morkel (@mornemorkel65) October 23, 2022
Forever the King 🔥🔥Happy Diwali to everyone from @imvkohli 👏 #T20WorldCup #INDvPAK
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) October 23, 2022
With all the contaversy in final over you can't take away we witnessed a great display of batting prowess from a great. Well batted Virat Kohli. #INDvPAK #T20worldcup22
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) October 23, 2022
India 112/4 after 17 overs
India 160/6 after 20 overs
Last 3 overs 48 runs#INDvPAK #T20WorldCup
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) October 23, 2022
What an amazing game.High on emotions, but this is
probably the most brilliant T20 Innings i have ever seen, take a bow Virat Kohli . Chak De India #IndvsPak pic.twitter.com/3TwVbYscpa
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 23, 2022
Kept his cool @ashwinravi99 leaving that ball for a wide !!! What a game unbelievable!!’ #indiavspak is always more than a game ‘ it’s an emotion !!! 🇮🇳 greatness personified @imVkohli 👏
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 23, 2022
That was incredible entertainment 🏏#INDvPAK Pakistan won’t believe they’ve lost that but that was pretty special finishing from Kohli & India. MCG looked some atmosphere 🏟️
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) October 23, 2022
Great game of cricket. Incredible by @imVkohli once again. Virat is a special player ! Congratulations team India… #INDvPAK reaches a result on the last ball. That’s what the game is about. #ICCT20WorldCup
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) October 23, 2022
Vintage @imVkohli is back…… 🔥
Well done @BCCI #INDvsPAK2022 #T20WorldCup2022
— Dimuth Karunarathna (@IamDimuth) October 23, 2022
A picture perfect IndVsPak match today, this inning will go down in the history as one of the best nail-biters! Amazing performance by @imVkohli @hardikpandya7 with their excellent knocks under pressure. @BCCI #T20WC2022
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) October 23, 2022
Utterly ridiculous batting from Kohli. When he's set at the death there is no more destructive player. Remarkable power & poise against high-end pace. #T20WorldCup
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) October 23, 2022
Sir @imVkohli 🙌🙌
Mic drop ! #INDvPAK #T20WorldCup2022
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) October 23, 2022
My word, One of the best games I have ever watched! @imVkohli incredible 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥#T20WorldCup2022 https://t.co/vHtlh2jUBo
— Marizanne Kapp (@kappie777) October 23, 2022
Big stage, big temperament, big player! @imVkohli takes India home. Sensational finish! @T20WorldCup #indiaVsPakistan #ViratKohli @RaviShastriOfc @wasimakramlive
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) October 23, 2022
Stunning innings by Virat Kohli: 15 off 24 turns into 82 off 53 as India win one of the all-time great T20s in front of 90k at the MCG
More drama in the final over than in most entire days of cricket #T20WorldCup
— Matt Roller (@mroller98) October 23, 2022
Team Pakistan never mind.. u tried ur best but it was special innings from a very special player @imVkohli Congratulations @BCCI
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) October 23, 2022
That's the best game of T20 I can remember. Brilliant bowling, brilliant batting. Every bit of possible drama. 90k crowd. Ebb, flow, lurches back and forth. And at the heart of it, a hall of fame piece of magic from Virat Kohli. Remarkable knock, remarkable match. #T20WorldCup
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) October 23, 2022
A simply brilliant game … Congratulations to both teams @BCCI and @TheRealPCB #T20WorldCup2022 for the treat .. King Kohli @imVkohli is still the King 💪💪
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) October 23, 2022
Virat Kohli 82* in T20 World Cup run chases. Stuff of legends!!!#Mohali2016 #Melbourne2022
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 23, 2022
Remarkable game, terrific last ball win for India. Mohamed Nawaz losing his nerve in the final over. But credit entirely to #Kohli for leading his side from a near impossible situation to a famous win!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 23, 2022
Really it's unbelievable. Wow this man is amazing 👑🔥 The best ever match he played in his career today 🔥 That's why we all calling him as king 🔥 Happiness is seeing India winning against Pakistan and it's not possible without @imVkohli 🙇👑🔥 #TeamIndia #INDvsPAK #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/qDyETj1UlY
— 🔰𝓐𝓿𝓲𝓷𝓪𝓼𝓱 ᴸᵉᵒ🔰 (@ImAvinash1153) October 23, 2022
@imVkohli Almighty knows how to give respect to a Legend like you ✊✊✊✊what a run chase and what a match…😇😇😇 pic.twitter.com/G0CfSEzpfZ
— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) October 23, 2022
Hard to believe there will be a better shot at this T20 World Cup than Kohli's straight six off Haris Rauf to the penultimate ball of that 19th over
— Simon Wilde (@swildecricket) October 23, 2022
Well played Mr cool my fav all-rounder @hardikpandya7 😊✊👏👏🇮🇳
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) October 23, 2022
You can not replace power with cricket smarts, an ability to sum up a situation & keep your team alive in a run chase.
T20, yes power is so good but pure batsmanship is still crucial!
Take a bow!
— Daniel Smith (@13DSmith) October 23, 2022
King #Kohli !!! Take a bow! Well done team India #IndvsPak what a match! Real Diwali starts 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZyXO97v5Ei
— P VRK PHANEENDRABABU (@p_vrkphanindra) October 23, 2022
Under Lights Chasing Master..#ViratKohli #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/CRTjH7mqBN
— Tanmaya Reddy (@Tanmayajrnlst) October 23, 2022
An innings that will be remembered by ages.
Bow down to the KING VIRAT KOHLI 👑#India #viratkohli #INDvPAK #T20WorldCup2022 #ViratKohli𓃵 pic.twitter.com/xESzdHHOJp
— 👁️𝘼👁️ (@Phantomessi) October 23, 2022
This is Indian cricket ❤️ pic.twitter.com/E4lz9vqS49
— Guntupalli (@YCP175) October 23, 2022
Picture of the year 🇮🇳💙🔥#RohitSharma 🫂 #ViratKohli @BCCI @imVkohli #T20WorldCup2022 pic.twitter.com/t8vZIx4WSY
— Harshit Jain👀 (@choleebhatureee) October 23, 2022
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