India Edges Past Pakistan in a Tense Encounter at the T20 World Cup

Bumrah Took Over the India vs Pakistan
Preeti Bali / 7:01 am / June 10, 2024

The much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan in the 2024 T20 World Cup, dubbed the “Big Dance” at the “Big Apple,” lived up to its billing with a thrilling finish. However, concerns swirled before the match due to a questionable pitch and Pakistan’s recent loss. Additionally, rain delays threatened to disrupt the prime-time viewing window in the subcontinent.

Low-Scoring Affair Ends in Last-Over Drama

Despite India’s prior experience playing at the Nassau County Stadium, their batting faltered. They finished with a below-par 119 runs after a promising start. Pakistan, desperate for a win after their defeat to the USA, chased valiantly but fell short by a mere seven runs, putting their tournament qualification in jeopardy.

Rizwan and Azam’s Early Promise Fades

Pakistan’s hopes initially rested on the shoulders of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam. Their strong start mirrored their dominance in 2021. However, Jasprit Bumrah, India’s bowling spearhead, proved his worth. He dismissed Azam with a sharp delivery, sparking a period of Pakistani instability. Rizwan, despite battling hard, lacked support from his teammates. A crucial dismissal by Bumrah in the 15th over proved to be the turning point, leaving Pakistan with a daunting task.

India’s Bowling Trio Shines

On a tricky pitch, India’s bowlers, particularly Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj, excelled. They stuck to disciplined bowling plans, stifling Pakistan’s batsmen and forcing them to chase an ever-increasing run rate. Bumrah emerged as the hero, claiming three wickets for a mere 14 runs, while Pandya chipped in with two crucial scalps.

Early Breakthroughs Set the Stage for a Tight Contest

The toss, crucial due to rain concerns, went Pakistan’s way. Babar Azam opted to bowl first on a suspect surface. India’s innings started brightly with a six from Rohit Sharma, but rain intervened, hindering their momentum. Pakistan struck early with the wickets of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, thanks to Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi respectively. Rishabh Pant, however, played a gritty knock, scoring 42 runs, while Axar Patel provided valuable support. Despite a promising start, India’s middle order crumbled, with the two-paced nature of the pitch proving their undoing. This allowed Pakistan a glimmer of hope, but the Indian tail wagged just enough to push the score past 119. Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf were Pakistan’s bowling stars, picking up three wickets each.

India Clinches Victory Despite Low Score

Though a relatively low-scoring encounter, the match was a nail-biting affair. India’s bowlers defended their total valiantly, securing a narrow six-run victory and consolidating their position at the top of the group stage standings.


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