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ICC World T20 2016: India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets, Kohli man of the match

Updated: 20 March 2016 02:28 IST - Published: 19 March 2016 17:07 IST
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Kohli once again made it look very easy. A very critical win for India this. Let the tournament roll now. That is all from us for today. Goodnight and cheers.
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Dhoni: " I didn't expect the pitch to turn so much. The spinners got plenty of help out there. There are areas where we can still improve. If I knew that there was so much turn on offer, then I don't have a problem playing an extra spinner. We are looking to compete and reach the finals. Need to respect the game and the opposition as well.”
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Afridi: " Would like to congratulate Dhoni. Was not expecting a pitch like this, but then we were short by 30 runs. Virat Kohli batted very well. I would have picked another spinner for this pitch. We have to learn from India on how to handle pressure. Will look to improve against Australia and New Zealand."
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India have responded very well after the drubbing against New Zealand. The pitch too helped hem but then what a chase by Kohli. The group is now all open and every match will be critical.
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Probably Pakistan read the pitch wrong, as they had only one frontline spinner and the duo of Afridi and Malik did not pose any threat to the Indian batting.
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Kohli: "It was a challenging wicket out there. I was disappointed that I got out for about 25 in the last game. I think the seamers bowling cutters was a little difficult. Yuvraj came out, weathered the storm and scored a few. He's feeling confident, and it puts the team in a very good space."
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Player of the match is Virat Kohli.
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Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan waving the Indian flag vigorously in the stands epitomises the passion that goes into an India-Pakistan clash.
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On a difficult pitch Virat Kohli made it look ridiculously easy. After the initial jolts he kept calm and stitched a partnership with Yuvraj and steered the side through. Not for nothing he is the best when it comes to chasing.
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15.5 Irfan to Dhoni, 1 run, make that 11-0. Short and Dhoni swivels around and puts it to backward square leg. That is that then. Comprehensive thumping.
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15.4 Irfan to Dhoni, 6 runs, slow and full and Dhoni smacks it over long on for a maximum.
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15.3 Irfan to Kohli, 1 run, jumps up and pats it to the leg side.
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15.2 Irfan to Kohli, 4 runs, short and wide and flays it to the backward point region.
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15.1 Irfan to Dhoni,1 run, comes down the track and gets an outside edge.
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14.6 Afridi to Kohli, no run, plays it gently.
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13 runs needed off the last three overs.
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14.5 Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, played to backward square leg
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14.4 Afridi to Dhoni, no run, googly and hits the pads.
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Virat Kohli now holds the record for the most T20I fifties with 14.
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14.3 Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, 50 up with another drive through the covers. What an innings. Take a bow champ!.
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14.2 Afridi to Kohli, 4 runs, full on off and Kohli times it again through covers.
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14.1 Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run, lofts it gently to long-off.
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The required run rate is down to 5 and Pakistan need a miracle to win from here. Especially with Kohli and Dhoni at the crease.
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13.6 Amir to Kohli, 4 runs, this is vintage Virat through the covers as he times the ball off the front foot through he covers.
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13.5 Amir to Kohli, no run, extra bounce on the off and Kohli misses it with the drive.
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13.4 Amir to Dhoni, 1 run, walks across and works it to deep fine leg.
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13.3 Amir to Kohli, 1 run, lovely from Kohli as he guides it to third man.
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13.2 Amir to Dhoni, 1 run, turns to mid-on and rushes across for a single.
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13.1 Amir to Kohli, 1 run, guides it to third man for a single.
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12.6 Afridi to Kohli, 1 run, on the front foot and driven to long on.
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12.5 Afridi to Dhoni, 1 run driven to long-off.
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12.4 Afridi to Kohli, 1 run to the leg side.
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12.3 Afridi to Kohli, no run, turn and beats Kohli's prod.
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12.2 Afridi to Kohli, no run.
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12.1 Afridi to Kohli, 4 run, full on of and Kohli drills it past cover for another boundary.
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35 runs needed off the last six overs.
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11.6 Wahab to Yuvraj, OUT, slower ball and Yuvraj goes for another pull, gets the bottom of the bat and holes out to deep mid-wicket where Sami takes the catch. A timely wicket for Pakistan.
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11.5 Wahab to Kohli, 1 run, guides it again to wide of backward point for another single.
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11.4 Wahab to Yuvraj, 1 run, stays back and plays it to deep cover.
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11.3 Wahab to Kohli, 1 run, just guides it to third man.
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11.2 Wahab to Yuvraj, 1 run, fine to third man and a single to Irfan.
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11.1 Wahab to Yuvraj, 6 runs, that is the Yuvraj the world knows. An imperious hit over cow corner for a six.
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There are few better batsman who pace their innings in a chase better than Kohli and his average across all formats in chases is testament to just that.
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10.6 Malik to Kohli, no run, runs it fine to short third man.
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10.5 Malik to Kohli, 4 runs, this time flicks it to wide of mid-wicket for another boundary. Is this the over that turns the tide?
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10.4 Malik to Kohli, no run, plays it to short mid-wicket.