Team India repeated everything that had made this present outfit a historical one. Moments ago it trumped over the dangerous looking Team Australia, to storm into the semi finals of ICC World T20 Championship. Here’s how the historical match unwind-ed and how Dhoni’s army came to the party at the perfect time :
Earlier during the match, Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. The opening pair of Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch looked to take away the game from India, smashing the ball to all corners of the park, on a pitch which seemed like a batter’s paradise. The duo put on a thumping 50 in just 3 overs and Australia looked well set for a score beyond 180. But what happened as soon as Pandya, Aswin and Yuvraj ( bowling his first over in the tournament ) was something unprecdented, as between them they turned the match in India’s favor by removing the dangerous looking Maxwell and Well set Aaron Finch. Post that Australia couldn’t really up the ante, and ended up posting a competitive 160 as the target.
And twitter produced these reactions :
India's best bowler today is a pacer a month away from his 34th birthday.
Got to love Ashish Nehra.#IndvsAus
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) March 27, 2016
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) March 27, 2016
— DNA (@dna) March 27, 2016
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 27, 2016
And then : The Win got fashioned by the batsmen in this very fantastic fashion :
With a perfect looking target of 160, Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, got to express their flair on a batting pitch. Both of them however couldn’t really make a mark, being dismissed withing the powerplay overs. Raina had a forgettable venture as the short ball, as had always been that, became his prime malady. Yuvraj ailing with a hurting ankle injury couldn’t account much. All was then left for the Captain and Vice Captain, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni to take the team home. Singles got converted to Doubles and soon the strike rate increased. Kohli achieved the half century in style.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 27, 2016
The equation then came to 39 required to win from 18 balls. The audience and crowd went into a feverish frenzy as each run meant for something.
— HT Sports (@HTSportsNews) March 27, 2016
And then, Virat Kohli produced a stunning 19 runs in one over to bring the equation to 20 needed from 12 balls.
16 off 10…
— FirstpostSports (@FirstpostSports) March 27, 2016
12 off 9 Balls…
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 27, 2016
8 from 8 balls…
— Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) March 27, 2016
4 out of the last over…
And Dhoni came to the strike.
And finished it off in style….