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India turn it around, leaving Pakistan on the brink of elimination

It was a Broadway worthy performance with the ball by India in New York as Rohit Sharma’s side defended a total of just 119 against rivals Pakistan on Sunday.

After being put into bat by Babar Azam, India looked comfortable at 89/3 after 11 overs.

On and off rain in the early stages made for a couple of delays; and once the sun came out completely, Pakistan would seize control of proceedings.

India quickly slipped to 119 all out with an over to spare; and in the run chase, too, the men in green started on the front foot.

Mohammad Rizwan’s 31 off 44 was the key to Pakistan’s success in the early stages with the opener getting a little bit of luck after being dropped in the deep.

Babar, Usman Khan and Fakhar Zaman scored 13 runs each to keep the scoreboard ticking en-route the low target.

As the final six overs got underway, though, the tide would turn.

Jasprit Bumrah’s dismissal of Rizwan would give India a way back into the game; and the pace master soon got Iftikhar Ahmed out as well.

It was the regular dot balls and restriction of runs that mattered even more than the wickets to India, though. Mohammed Siraj and Ravindra Jadeja crucially kept Pakistan at a run rate of below five in their respective spells.

In their four overs, Hardik Pandya took 2/24 while Arshdeep Singh got 1/31.

Arshdeep had the task of bowling the final over, too; and his yorkers did the trick on a New York pitch that both captains agreed had played a lot better than in previous games.

Ultimately, in one of the greatest comebacks in T20 cricket, it was India that would come out victorious by six runs. They next take on co-hosts USA on Wednesday.

Pakistan will have to beat Canada (Tuesday) and Ireland (Sunday), plus hope that other results go their way if they are to have any chance of staying in the tournament.

Pictured above: Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj

Image source: @bcci