India and Pakistan have long been cricket rivals, making the ICC World Twenty20 match against each other a very exciting one. The game ended with India beating Pakistan by 6 wickets at Eden Garden.
After New Zealand beat India in India’s first Super 10 match this tournament, the Pakistan-India match took on greater importance.
The highlight of the match was Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh’s 61-run partnership. Kohli ended the match with an unbeaten 56 with Yuvraj making 24 of the runs in his assist to Kohli.
Although it had been a bit touch-and-go earlier in the match, with India losing two wickets in quick succession in the fifth over, reaching 23 for three, the Kohli-Singh partnership lifted the team back up to its win. When Yuvraj was out in the 12th over, the team’s skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni came to bat. He ended with 13 not out. Virat Kholi, who carried the team to a victory, won the Man of the Match award.
Shoaib Malik, a senior Pakistan batsman, commented on the team’s loss. He explained that their total simply was not enough when playing against India’s quality batting line-up.
Malik noted that play was affected by rain, making it a difficult pitch to play on. It appears that Kohli was in agreement with the Pakistan team management, who clearly misread the wicket.
Malik complimented Kohli’s batting: “We should give credit to Virat Kohli’s innings. He was the only difference between the two teams. He backs his skills and that’s his key. He reads the situation well. He knows how to play on any difficult or flat track. That’s why he’s very consistent.”
Malik gave some advice based on Kohli’s top playing: “You’re the best coach of yourself. If you talk to yourself you will have the answers. As a batting unit we also need to do the same thing.”