Kohli guides India to victory
Rising star Virat Kohli made an unbeaten 78 to lead India to an eight-wicket win over fierce rivals Pakistan in a one-sided World Twenty20 Super Eight clash.
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Pakistan were dismissed for their lowest ever World Twenty20 total, 128, although it represented a recovery from 60 for five at halfway.
India lost Gautam Gambhir early but Kohli powered them home with three overs to spare, backed up by the recalled Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh.
Imran Nazir was trapped lbw by Irfan Pathan as Pakistan started badly after winning the toss.
The out-of-form Shahid Afridi drove his first ball emphatically over the bowler's head for four but again could not build a total, holing out to Suresh Raina after making 14.
Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal both edged Yuvraj (two for 16) to keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni while targeting the stands and captain Mohammad Hafeez played the innocuous Kohli straight on to his stumps to depart for 15, from 28 balls.
Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal put together a highly creditable stand of 47 in 5.3 overs before Malik (28) swatted Ravichandran Ashwin straight to mid-wicket.
Umar Akmal followed for 21 as Ashwin also finished with two for 16 and Yasir Arafat was brilliantly run out by Yuvraj.
Umar Gul clipped Lakshmipathy Balaji for six but was caught behind trying for another, and Saeed Ajmal scooped straight to Dhoni next ball to give Balaji figures of three for 22.
Gautam Gambhir chipped the second legitimate ball of the India innings straight back to bowler Raza Hasan and they limped to 11 for one from three overs.
But Sehwag hit two boundaries in the next and his side never looked back.
The veteran was outshone by Kohli in a second-wicket stand which reached 50 in 46 balls, Kohli having lofted Afridi for six in the previous over. The pair put on 74 before Sehwag was superbly caught at long-off by the backpedalling Gul for 29.
Umar Akmal dropped Kohli despite a brilliant diving effort and the batsman reached his half-century from 41 balls by cutting Ajmal for his seventh four.
He also drilled him for six the ball after Yuvraj hit Hafeez for four, but Kohli was dropped again when Nazir could not get into position quickly enough.
Two boundaries followed in that over and Yuvraj hit the winning single in the next to finish 19 not out.