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India defeat Pakistan in New York : ICC T20I 2024 World Cup – Dr Nilesh Mehta


Chasing 30 runs in the final three overs of a T20 match is a challenging but attainable target, particularly for teams with strong batting depth. Pakistan found themselves in this position after restricting India to 119 runs in 19 overs with a stellar bowling performance. The Group A match in the ICC T20I World Cup between India and Pakistan experienced delays due to intermittent showers. India, batting first under cloudy conditions, faced a feared Pakistan pace attack. Rishabh Pant scored 42 runs, frequently employing the flick shot, and formed crucial partnerships of 39 runs with Axar Patel and 31 runs with Suryakumar Yadav.

Given the pitch conditions in New York, high-scoring matches were improbable. The India-Pakistan clash at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium followed this trend. Defending their lowest total in T20Is, India triumphed over Pakistan for the 15th time in World Cup history. This match represented the first instance of India losing all ten wickets to Pakistan in a T20I match. The contest between these cricket powerhouses has always highlighted Pakistan’s bowling versus India’s batting. In this match, Pakistan excelled in bowling, but India’s bowlers outperformed Pakistan’s batters when the roles reversed. Player of the Match, Jasprit Bumrah, once again demonstrated to the packed crowd why he is considered the best bowler in this format.

Pakistan’s chase began well but encountered several setbacks. The match seemed evenly poised when Shadab Khan fell at 88-5. Hardik Pandya’s crucial fourth over claimed Khan’s wicket, changing the equation to 30 runs needed from the last three overs. As 34,000 fans watched intently, the sun finally broke through the clouds. Imad Wasim fought bravely, but it wasn’t enough to lead Pakistan to victory. With Shaheen Afridi at the crease and 17 runs required from the last four balls, Arshdeep Singh bowled brilliantly. Pakistan needed two sixes off the final two balls to win, but Arshdeep maintained his composure, securing a victory for India.

With four points, India jumped to the top of the points table in Group A after their six-run win against Pakistan.  Skipper Rohit admitted India was 20 runs short in this match. “We didn’t bat well enough. Halfway through the stage, we were in a good position when we were batting after ten overs. We didn’t put enough partnership there and fell short with the bat. We were 15-20 runs short,” he said after the match. 

“We spoke about every run matters on a pitch like that. We were looking at 140; nevertheless, bowlers came and did the job for us,” he added. 

India’s next match in Group A will be against the USA team on June 12. The USA team is riding high following its 2-0 performance thus far, having defeated Pakistan and Canada.

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