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Pakistan bowlers restrict India to 119 runs

India records its lowest T20I score against Pakistan

Pakistan bowlers performed brilliantly to restrict India to 119 runs in the 19th match of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Sunday at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

Naseem and Haris took three wickets each, Amir took two, and Shaheen took one.

As the match resumed following a brief delay caused by rain, Indian opening pair Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were sent back to the benches on the boundary.

Virat Kohli was caught at point by youngster Usman Khan on the third delivery of the second over.

India was 20/2 in 3 overs.

match which started almost an hour late, when India started batting, Rohit Sharma scored 8 runs owing to a six in Shaheen Shah Afridi’s first over.

The first over had just been completed when rain intervened once again in the match due to which both the teams had to return to the pavilion.

The match was stopped due to rain for almost half an hour and the match resumed. Virat Kohli hit Naseem Shah for a boundary but one ball later he gave an easy catch to Usman Khan trying to play a shot over the covers.

India had scored 19 runs in two overs, but in the third over, Rohit Sharma was also caught and returned to the pavilion in an attempt to hit another six off Shaheen, he scored 13 runs.

After two wickets fell, India sent in another left-handed batsman, Akshar Patel, to support Rishabh Pant instead of Surya Kumar at number four.

Akshar Patel managed to play a responsible game while Mojun Pant was very lucky with him who scored a lot of runs from the poor fielding of the Pakistani players and the balls hit from the outer edges of the bat.

The two players added 39 runs for the third wicket but at this stage, Naseem Shah ended Akshar Patel’s 18-ball 20 to give the national team another win.

Rishabh Pant got another chance during the innings when Usman once again failed to catch him off Imad Wasim.

Rishabh Pant held the second end but Haris Rauf dismissed Surya Kumar to give India their fourth loss which could only score 7 runs.

Pakistan soon got India’s fifth wicket and Naseem Shah took a catch on his own ball to end Shivam Dubey’s innings for three runs.

Pant showed some resistance with a 31-ball 42, but Amir dismissed Ravindra Jadeja on the very next ball after dismissing the wicketkeeper-batsman on the first ball of his second spell.

In the 18th over of the innings, Hardik Pandya also returned to the pavilion in an attempt to hit Haris Rauf for a six, he scored seven runs in 12 balls and on the very next ball, Jasprit Bumrah also caught Imad Wasim without scoring any runs.

When Arsdeep Singh was run out, the entire Indian team returned to the pavilion with a total of 119.

Pakistan played exceptionally well after winning the toss and putting India to bat first.

The Rohit Sharma-led side was all out for 119 runs in 19 overs in the first innings in the Group A match, recording its lowest T20I score against Pakistan.

Squads

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.

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