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India win by 8 wickets

Pakistan vs India

India beat Pakistan by eight wickets to stay alive in the ICC World T20

Virat Kohli: career-best innings

Yuvraj Singh plays a typically unorthodox shot

Virat Kohli hit two sixes and eight fours in a career-best 78 not out as India crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in the ICC World T20 Super Eight.

Victory keeps India in the semi-final hunt, particularly as they boosted their net run-rate by getting home with three overs to spare.

India chased down Pakistan's below-par 128. After losing Gautam Gambhir on the second ball of the innings, Kohli and Virender Sehwag (29) combined for a 74-run stand off 61 balls that virtually sealed the match for India.

Pakistan's total was their lowest ever World Twenty20 total, although it represented a recovery from 60-5 at halfway.

Imran Nazir was trapped lbw by Irfan Pathan as Pakistan started badly after winning the toss.

The out-of-form Shahid Afridi drove his first ball emphatically over the bowler's head for four but again could not build a total, holing out to Suresh Raina after making 14.

Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal both edged Yuvraj (2-16) to keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni while targeting the stands and captain Mohammad Hafeez played the innocuous Kohli straight on to his stumps to depart for 15, from 28 balls.

Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal put together a highly creditable stand of 47 in 5.3 overs before Malik (28) swatted Ravichandran Ashwin straight to mid-wicket.

Brilliant

Umar Akmal followed for 21 as Ashwin also finished with 2-16 and Yasir Arafat was brilliantly run out by Yuvraj.

Umar Gul clipped Lakshmipathy Balaji for six but was caught behind trying for another, and Saeed Ajmal scooped straight to Dhoni next ball to give Balaji figures of 3-22.

Gautam Gambhir chipped the second legitimate ball of the India innings straight back to bowler Raza Hasan and they limped to 11 for one from three overs.

But Sehwag hit two boundaries in the next and his side never looked back.

The veteran was outshone by Kohli in a second-wicket stand which reached 50 in 46 balls, Kohli having lofted Afridi for six in the previous over. The pair put on 74 before Sehwag was superbly caught at long-off by the backpedalling Gul for 29.

Umar Akmal dropped Kohli despite a brilliant diving effort and the batsman reached his half-century from 41 balls by cutting Ajmal for his seventh four.

He also drilled him for six the ball after Yuvraj hit Hafeez for four, but Kohli was dropped again when Nazir could not get into position quickly enough.

Two boundaries followed in that over and Yuvraj hit the winning single in the next to finish 19 not out.

India's victory kept Group Two wide open. Australia look virtually certain to reach the last four and the other three teams all still have a chance of progressing.

Match Details

Date
30th Sep 2012
Toss
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
R. Premadasa Stadium
Umpires
R A Kettleborough and R J Tucker

india BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Gambhir c&b Hasan Raza 0
Sehwag c Gul b Afridi 29
Kohli not out 78
Singh not out 19
Extras 1nb, 2w 3
Total 17.0 Overs 129 - 2
Full Batting Card

pakistan BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Hasan Raza 4 0 22 1
Gul 3 0 30 0
Ajmal 4 0 25 0
Afridi 4 0 34 1
Arafat 1 0 11 0
Hafeez 1 0 7 0
Full Bowling Card