Virat Kohli left the cricketing world stunned as he orchestrated a brilliant chase to lead India to victory over Pakistan in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup encounter. His unbeaten 53-ball 82 saw the Men in Blue home in a thriller at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which had over 90,000 spectators turn up for the Super 12 clash.
India were well behind the eight ball and had a lot of catching up to do in their T20 World Cup opener. Giving Kohli company in the midst of a crisis was Hardik Pandya as the duo put on a stand of 113 runs to take the game close. The former was at the non-striker's end as Ravichandran Ashwin hit the winning runs off the final delivery.
The former skipper got emotional at the end of the contest, shedding a tear in the process. The cricketing fraternity was spellbound by his efforts and took to Twitter to wax lyrical on the same.
Here's a compilation of reactions from the cricketing fraternity and their reaction to Kohli's knock:
Virat Kohli pulls off epic heist against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup
India opted to field first upon winning the toss and Arshdeep Singh got them off to the perfect start, dismissing Babar Azam for a golden duck. Mohammad Rizwan didn't make an impact either, but half-centuries from Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood brought Pakistan back into the contest.
The tail wagged to take the total to 159/8 before the Men in Blue crumbled in the powerplay. With the score reading 31/4 in 6.1 overs, the odds were stacked up against them.
Kohli and Pandya then churned out a defiant partnership upon absorbing the pressure. The former flicked a switch in the last three overs, with India requiring 48 runs to win.
All sorts of chaos ensued in the final over with a no-ball called for height and the former skipper bowled off the free hit, only to run three byes off the ricochet. Despite losing the wickets of Pandya and Dinesh Karthik, the Men in Blue managed to seal a last-ball thriller to get on the board in the T20 World Cup.
India will next play the Netherlands on Thursday (October 27) at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rohit Sharma and Co. are aiming to end a 15-year wait for a T20 World Cup title over the next few weeks.
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