Sports: India defeats Pak, Kohli scores unbeaten fifty

(From Cricket.com)

An unbeaten half-century from Virat Kohli saw India chase down Pakistan’s 118 with balls and wickets to burn in rain-affected match.

The match in a tweet: How good is Virat Kohli? India’s superstar scores unbeaten fifty to steer India to six-wicket win over arch rivals on sharply turning pitch.

India's Virat Kohli celebrates his team victory during the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India.

India’s Virat Kohli celebrates his team victory during the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India.

The hero: Who else but Virat Kohli. The man is a run-scoring machine in Twenty20 cricket, and has a simply unbelievable record batting second in T20 internationals. When India win, he averages an scarcely believable 109.16 in the run chase.

Being there at the end certainly helps the average, but with that sort of weapon in your side, why wouldn’t MS Dhoni elect to bowl first? On a pitch where Pakistan’s batsmen struggled to score consistently against the turning ball, and his top-order teammates had been undone by seam and pace, Kohli looked on another level. This wasn’t a wicket for the pyrotechnics of a Chris Gayle or even Joe Root, but Kohli through timing and placement and sheer determination was able to steer his side to victory. When Pakistan strayed in line or length they were punished. When he reached his half-century, he bowed in the direction of the watching Sachin Tendulkar. The prince paying homage to the king, but perhaps with a warning he has eyes on the crown. Read More



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