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Rohit Sharma who has lost his voice says he can't believe what just happened. Adds things like this can be expected. States they always believed and they always back themselves irrespective of the situation. Mentions the pitch had something in it for the bowlers and the pacers used the conditions well but Pakistan batted well later on. Admits it was not going to be an easy target to chase and they had to bat really well. Also says Hardik and Kohli were brilliant, they are experienced players and they took the game as deep as possible. Ends by saying it is a confidence boosting win and from where they won is more pleasing and it is probably Kohli's best knock ever.
Babar Azam says their bowlers bowled well but credit to Kohli and Pandya as stole the game. Adds with the bat, it was not easy with the swing there but they built a partnership and ended well. Shares he told boys to stick to the plans but credit to Kohli again. Reckons he utlized his main bowlers earlier because he wanted some wickets. Adds there are many positives from this game.
The crowd roars as Kohli has been handed the MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD. He says it is a surreal atmosphere. Adds Hardik told to just believe. Shares that they knew that Nawaz had one over. Adds they had a plan to go after Shaheen and Rauf. Tells that the shots in the second last over were instinctive. Says his innings at Mohali against Australia was similar but this game will rank much higher. On the crowd, says it is phenomenal. He was struggling but the crowd supported him throughout.
... TIME FOR THE PRESENTATION ...
Earlier in the day, after electing to bowl, India had Pakistan in trouble by getting the two openers early. Shan Masood though along with the rest took his side to a competitive total. In reply, India were always behind the 8-ball but a brilliant innings from Kohli who got able support from Pandya ensured it is India who have pulled a rabbit out of the hat.
Pakistan will be heart broken! This is a defeat which they sink in so easy! Even their fans in the crowd looked heart broken. Their bowlers were breathing fire earlier on. They had India right on the back foot but they just succumbed under pressure in the final phase of the innings. Bowlers like Rauf and Shaheen who are known for their excellent bowling at the death just could not handle the pressure of the big stage. To add to that, Nawaz who has had an amazing 6 months or so, turned out to be the villian. Have to believe, that no ball in the last over is what cost Pakistan the game.
India were down and out at 31 for 4, they were behind the 8-ball game big time. Then came the stand which gane India hope. Pandya and Kohli batted wonderfully. The two took their time initially, did not panic even when the run rate needed went above 11, they continued to play their own way and when the time came, the two stepped on the gas. It was the 12th over which shifted the momentum towards India where they got 20. From there on, India always managed to keep the run rate needed in tact. It came down to around 50 needed in the last three and then it was the Kohli show. It was he who started finding the boundaries and they got it down to 16 from the last over. Pandya was dismissed on the very first ball but Kohli stayed there till the end and ensured his side got over the line.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man! No matter what one is doing, get on your feet and bow down to the King! Virat Kohli, he is a player of a lifetime. What a knock. Yes, he has done it before but this was special. Very special. He has stolen a win from Pakistan. The crowd here are going bonkers. Have to say, they have witnessed a special game and a magical knock from one of the best ever, Virat Kohli!
Mohammad Nawaz to Ravichandran Ashwin ,ASHWIN HITS THE WINNING RUNS! India have done it in some fashion! This is full and around off. Ashwin lofts it over mid off and that will be enough for India. Virat Kohli is in tears. He was the architect of this chase. That man deserves all the praise. KING KOHLI, TAKE A BOW. INDIA WIN BY 4 WICKETS.
Mohammad Nawaz to Ravichandran Ashwin ,WIDE! Scores level! This is full and down the leg side. Ashwin leaves it alone.
Ravichandran Ashwin walks out to bat! 2 needed in just the one ball. What a finish to the game. All three results possible. What will it be?
Mohammad Nawaz to Dinesh Karthik ,OUT!! STUMPED! A quicker ball, full and down the leg side. DK misses his sweep and gets hit on the pads. It rolls back behind for Rizwan who collect quickly and clips the bails off. Karthik is found off-guarded and Rizwan does brilliantly to remove the bails. Another twist in this chase! What a game this is turning out to be! ASHWIN ON THE STRIKE. TWO RUNS NEEDED NOW.
Mohammad Nawaz to Virat Kohli ,THREE BYES! A yorker, angling on off. Kohli misses his sweep and the ball hits the stumps. Kohli is bowled but it was a free hit. The ball rolls to third man and the batters take three runs. Pakistan are asking the umpires that it should be a dead ball as it hit the stumps but it's not. 2 runs needed in 2 balls.
Mohammad Nawaz to Virat Kohli ,Wide! This is way outside off, way over the tramline. Left alone. 5 runs needed now. Free hit continues.
Mohammad Nawaz to Virat Kohli ,SIX! KOHLI, WHAT A BEAUTY! India still in the game! A full toss on middle. Kohli pulls it over deep square leg for a biggie. The fielder there leaps but fails to stop it. HOLD ON, A NO BALL IS CALLED. It was above the height. Babar Azam is not happy. He has a long chat with the umpires. FREE HIT COMING UP. 6 runs needed off 3 balls.
Mohammad Nawaz to Virat Kohli ,Dinesh Karthik puts in a shift! TWO RUNS! this is full and around off. Kohli drags it to long on and takes two runs. Good running. A biggie is needed.
Mohammad Nawaz to Dinesh Karthik ,A full toss, around off. Dinesh Karthik comes down the track and slams it to long on for a single. No no-ball as DK came down the pitch. Virat Kohli on the strike. 15 runs needed now.