India and Pakistan locked horns in the most anticipated match of the World Cup 2023, and it was the Men in Blue who came out on top, thrashing their arch-rivals by 7 wickets.
India won the toss and elected to field, and their bowlers didn’t disappoint, restricting Pakistan to 169/10 in their 20 overs. Arshdeep Singh was the pick of the Indian bowlers with three wickets, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bagged two wickets each.
In reply, India chased down the target with ease, reaching 170/3 in just 18.4 overs. KL Rahul top-scored for India with 68 runs, while Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma chipped in with 35 and 28 runs respectively.
Here are some of the highlights from the match:
Arshdeep Singh’s dream start: Arshdeep Singh made a dream start to his World Cup career, picking up three wickets in his first spell. He dismissed Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, and Mohammad Rizwan in quick succession to put India on top.
Virat Kohli’s return to form: Virat Kohli returned to form with a fluent 35 runs. He looked in good touch throughout his innings and hit some beautiful shots.
KL Rahul’s match-winning innings: KL Rahul played a match-winning innings of 68 runs. He paced his innings perfectly and anchored the Indian chase.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah’s deadly duo: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were once again at their best, picking up two wickets each. They bowled with discipline and didn’t give away any easy runs.
Overall, it was a clinical performance in India. They outplayed Pakistan in all departments of the game and deservedly won the match.
India’s win against Pakistan will give them a huge boost in confidence, and they will now be looking to continue their winning momentum in the tournament.