Pakistan loses T20 World Cup match to arch rival India

Chasing a target of just 120 runs, Green Shirts play under pressure and lose match.


NEW YORK: Pakistani batters once again failed to perform and achieve a 120 target this time against arch rival India in the T20 men’s World Cup match at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

At the end of the 20th over, the Green Shirts could score 113 runs for the loss of seven wickets and lost the match by six runs.

Chasing the target, Pakistan seemed well on the move but its first wicket fell when the score was 26 in the fifth over. The second wicket fell at 57 runs, third at 73 runs, fourth at 80 after which no batsman could stand on the crease for long.

This was the second humiliating defeat of the Green Shirts in the T20 World Cup, as they had lost the first match to USA in Dallas.

Today, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first in the must-win game. Earlier, the toss was delayed due to rain and wet outfield. In the allocated overs, India could score 119 runs. The Indian side started crumbling from the beginning against the Pakistani pacers.

The match was stopped soon after start. Pakistan took two wickets as star Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma got out for 19 runs when the play resumed.

India’s first wicket fell when the score was four and the second at 12 runs. The Indian batsmen then made a beeline to the pavilion and its last wicket fell when the score was 119 in the 19th overs.  

“India-Pakistan is the game everyone would like to watch, and… it’s happening in our backyard,” said Ajith Shetty, president of two local cricket leagues. “I’m very, very thrilled,” an Indian native told AFP on Friday.

However, roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the pop-up stadium at Eisenhower Park on Long Island, fans interviewed in the bustling Little India neighborhood of Queens said they won’t be able to attend the game in person.

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