Connect with us


Kohli underlines his greatness as India down Pakistan



Virat Kohli snatched the victory from the jaws of Pakistan with his sensational knock.

India was struggling at 31-4 and Pakistani pacers were on top but Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya brought India back into the game with their brilliant 113-run partnership.

King Kohli probably delivered the best T20I knock of his career

  Pakistan            20 overs             159-8
Masood 52*(42)                    Pandya     3-30
Iftikhar   51 (32)                     Arshdeep 3-31
  India                 20 overs              160-6
V. Kohli 82*(53)                     H. Rauf 2-36
Pandya  40 (37)                      Nawaz  2-42

India won the toss and elected to field first on a pitch that was offering good swing to the pacers.

Indian bowlers made full use of the swing and dismissed both Babar and Rizwan within the first 4 overs.

Shan Masood and Iftikhar Ahmad rebuild the innings and added 76 runs for the third wicket.

Iftikhar Ahmed scored an exceptional half-century off just 32 balls before getting LBW in Shami’s over.

Pakistan lost some quick wickets after Iftikhar’s dismissal but Shan Masood (52 off 42) stood calm on the other end and helped his side reach a fighting total of 159 runs.

Indian top-order destroyed by Pakistani pacers

Defending 160 runs, Pakistani fast bowlers were outstanding with the new ball.

Naseem Shah dismissed KL Rahul in the second over while Haris Rauf took 2 big wickets of Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav.

India scored just 31 runs and lost their three main batters within the powerplay.

Axar Patel was promoted up the order but he got run-out on just 2 runs.

The match-changing partnership

India was struggling at 45-4 in the first 10 overs and the required run rate was over 12 but Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya added a match-winning partnership for the 5th wicket.

Both of them kept scoring runs and kept India alive in the match. 48 runs were required off the last 3 overs and it was looking like to mountain to climb.

Virat Kohli then showed his aggressive side and hit 17 and 15 runs in the next two overs against Shaheen and Haris respectively.

The last over drama

16 was needed off the last over and Hardik got out on the very first ball. But Virat stayed calm in the dramatic last over against Nawaz.

On the 4th ball of the over, Virat smashed a six off a no-ball and then ran 3 on the free hit to make the equation 2 off 2.

Nawaz created more drama by dismissing Dinesh Karthik but a wide on the next ball spoiled things for Pakistan.

Just a single was required off the last ball and Ashwin hit the ball over mid-on to get India over the line.

Pakistan will still be thinking about how they managed to lose this match after such a wonderful start with the ball.

Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 82 runs off just 53 balls.

He smashed 6 fours and 4 sixes at a strike rate of 154.72.

Hardik Pandya also scored 40 runs off 37 balls.

This exceptional knock will be remembered for ages as the most iconic knock of Virat Kohli in T20 Internationals.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


No mercy from India! Jasprit Bumrah set to return for final Test against England in Dharamsala




Jasprit Bumrah

Team India have pocked the five-match Test series against England with a five-wicket win in the fourth match. With a 3-1 lead in the series, they will head into the final Test in Dharamsala as a confident unit. While it is crucial for Ben Stokes and Co. to leave the touring nation on a positive note, the home side is likely to experiment with their playing XI for the low-key fixture.

According to reports, the Indian cricket management is considering resting a few players for the final Test due to the workload. India were without some key players due to withdrawal and injuries throughout the series. However, the youngsters stepped up and gave the desired result, gaining the confidence of the management.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are not going to make it easy for the visitors when the two teams clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium from March 7. As per Cricbuzz, elite pacer and the team’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is set to be recalled. This shows that India will go hard in the upcoming match and aim to settle the series 4-1.

Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test in Ranchi as he played three matches on a trot. The 30-year-old has been carefully managed by management since his return from a back injury last year after a nearly year-long absence. He made his comeback in the T20I series against Ireland and after that, he played only in crucial fixtures like the Asia Cup, ODI World Cup, and Test matches. With the 2024 T20 World Cup also around the corner, it will be important for the team to manage Bumrah’s workload.

KL Rahul doubtful for Dharamsala Test 

KL Rahul, who was deemed 90% fit before the third Test in Rajkot, has not fully recovered and is unlikely to play in the final match. Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain in the series opener and missed the next two matches. The report states that the Karnataka cricketer has been sent overseas for treatment.

It remains to be seen whether the under-fire Rajat Patidar will get another chance to prove his mettle in Rahul’s absence. Patidar looked promising in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, but then lost his rhythm and suffered a series of low scores, including two ducks.

Continue Reading


‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022




Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –


Continue Reading


WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time





IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

Watch the viral video of Speed here –


He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

Continue Reading


Copyright © 2024 Wolf777news.