T20 World Cup: Bumrah-inspired India stuns Pakistan in NY thriller

The pacer’s three-wicket burst helps the Men in Blue defend a modest 119 on a tricky pitch; Pant’s fearless approach and his exploits with the big gloves prove crucial; Naseem and Rauf’s efforts in vain

Updated - June 10, 2024 11:10 am IST

Published - June 10, 2024 01:24 am IST - New York

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Westbury, New York, June 09, 2024.

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Westbury, New York, June 09, 2024. | Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak

The Group-A ICC Men’s T20 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan turned out to be a battle of attrition. On that count, India lasted the distance to notch up a six-run victory.

The Nassau County International Cricket Stadium did not afford fours and sixes. Runs came at a premium, so much so that India’s total of 119 — inadequate in most T20s — proved to be insurmountable.

At 80 for three, Pakistan was on course for a first win of the tournament. Mohammed Rizwan was going well, and the required rate was a shade over six an over.

Poor decision

Rizwan (31, 44b, 1x4, 1x6), who had batted with grit up to this point, chose to take on India’s premier bowler Jasprit Bumrah. It was a poor choice which cost Pakistan dear. A dead straight missile cleaned up Rizwan, who wildly swung across the line.

With the settled man gone, Pakistan stuttered and fell flat. Imad Wasim (15, 23b, 1x4) could not get it off the square, and the Indians piled on the pressure.

Pakistan wilted, handing India a second consecutive win. Pakistan’s campaign, meanwhile, is in the doldrums after a second loss. The high-profile game kept the full house of 34,028 spectators on the edge of their seats.

The start of the match was delayed due to rain. Babar Azam called it right at the toss, allowing Pakistan to make first use of a sticky pitch.

Poor fielding and wayward lines, however, prevented Pakistan’s progress. Rishabh Pant received three lives, courtesy two dropped catches by Usman Khan and one by Iftikhar Ahmed. This was destined to be Pant’s day, who went on to score a crucial 31-ball 42.

The surface expectedly helped the pacers in the early overs. Virat Kohli (4) threw his hands outside off to Naseem Shah, but failed to time it. The half-hearted cut spooned to Usman Khan at cover point.

Kohli goes cheaply

This was a second successive failure for Kohli, who had gotten off the mark with a textbook drive.

Rohit Sharma played the flick with elan, sending left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi over deep mid-wicket for six. But when he tried to repeat the shot, he could only lob it to Haris Rauf at deep square leg.

In a surprise move, Axar Patel was promoted to four. Batting alongside another southpaw in Pant, Axar (20, 18b, 2x4, 1x6) used timing and placement to accumulate the runs.

Spate of wickets

Axar’s cameo took India to a comfortable 81 for three in 10 overs, before a spate of wickets left the side in trouble.

India lost four batters for seven runs, shifting the momentum to Pakistan.

Iftikhar took a good catch in the deep to send last hope Hardik Pandya back.

Last pair Arshdeep (9) and Mohammed Siraj (7 n.o.) frustrated Pakistan with shrewd running. Despite their best efforts, India could not play out its full quota of overs but it didn’t matter in the end.

Scoreboard

India

Rohit Sharma c Rauf b Afridi 13 (12b, 1x4, 1x6), Virat Kohli c Usman b Naseem 4 (3b, 1x4), Rishabh Pant c Babar b Amir 42 (31b, 6x4), Axar Patel b Naseem 20 (18b, 2x4, 1x6), Suryakumar Yadav c Amir b Rauf 7 (8b, 1x4), Shivam Dube c & b Naseem 3 (9b), Hardik Pandya c Iftikhar b Rauf 7 (12b, 1x4), Ravindra Jadeja c Imad b Amir 0 (1b), Arshdeep Singh run out 9 (13b, 1x4), Jasprit Bumrah c Imad b Rauf 0 (1b), Mohammed Siraj (not out) 7 (7b); Extras (lb-1, nb-1, w-5): 7; Total (in 19 overs): 119.

Fall of wickets

1-12 (Kohli, 1.3 overs), 2-19 (Rohit, 2.4), 3-58 (Axar, 7.4), 4-89 (Suryakumar, 11.2), 5-95 (Dube, 13.2), 6-96 (Pant, 14.1), 7-96 (Jadeja, 14.2), 8-112 (Hardik, 17.4), 9-112 (Bumrah, 17.5).

Pakistan bowling

Afridi 4-0-29-1, Naseem 4-0-21-3, Amir 4-0-23-2, Iftikhar 1-0-7-0, Imad 3-0-17-0, Rauf 3-0-21-3.

Pakistan

Mohammed Rizwan b Bumrah 31 (44b, 1x4, 1x6), Babar Azam c Suryakumar b Bumrah 13 (10b, 2x4), Usman Khan lbw b Axar 13 (15b, 1x4), Fakhar Zaman c Pant b Hardik 13 (8b, 1x4, 1x6), Imad Wasim c Pant b Arshdeep 15 (23b, 1x4), Shadab Khan c Pant b Hardik 4 (7b), Iftikhar Ahmed c Arshdeep b Bumrah 5 (9b), Shaheen Afridi (not out) 0 (1b), Naseem Shah (not out) 10 (4b, 2x4); Extras (lb-4, w-4, nb-1): 9; Total (for seven wkts. in 20 overs): 113.

Fall of wickets

1-26 (Babar, 4.4), 2-57 (Usman, 10.1), 3-73 (Fakhar, 12.2), 4-80 (Rizwan, 14.1), 5-88 (Shadab, 16.3), 6-102 (Iftikhar, 18.6), 7-102 (Imad, 19.1).

India bowling

Arshdeep 4-0-31-1, Siraj 4-0-19-0, Bumrah 4-0-14-3, Hardik 4-0-24-2, Jadeja 2-0-10-0, Axar 2-0-11-1.

Toss: Pakistan.

PoM: Bumrah.

India won by six runs.

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