T20 World Cup 2024: India triumphed over Pakistan in a low-scoring thriller

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Team India led by Rohit Sharma secured a 6-run victory against Pakistan in a low-scoring thriller of the Group A clash in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 on June 9 (Sunday). Especially, bowlers after conceding massive runs and facing severe hardships during the IPL 2024, proved to the world that it was their chance to play a crucial role in defending a below-average total of the nail-biting contest.

The 19th match of the T20 World Cup 2024 at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, proved to be a grueling affair for both teams’ batters. 

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss initially seemed to be a major blow for the Indian batters on an unpredictable track at Nassau Stadium that witnessed several low-scoring matches so far. As a result, Team India succumbed to one of the lowest totals at the newly inaugurated stadium in New York, as well as their fourth lowest in the T20 World Cup history.

Despite losing the toss and playing under unfavorable weather and pitch conditions, the Indian cricket team bounced back with an impressive bowling performance to provide an edge-of-the-seat-thrilling contest and restrict Pakistan batters from chasing a low target of 120 runs.

It would be interesting to delve deeper into the exciting highlights of the India vs Pakistan match in the group stages of the T20 World Cup 2024 and the qualification scenario of both teams to advance to the Super Eight rounds.

Why Pakistan Lost to India in Group Stages of T20 World Cup 2024? Important Highlights

Scrutinizing the important highlights of the match sequentially helps to understand why Pakistan lost to India despite maintaining their dominance in the first half of the game:

1. Indian Team Weak Opening Partnership:

At the beginning of the day, the unpleasant weather conditions caused almost a 50-minute delay in commencing this highly anticipated clash, before the openers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli arrived in the middle to face Shaheen Afridi with the new ball. Rohit Sharma scored 8 runs in the first over, which included smashing a six off the third ball.

Later, Naseem Shah was successful in dismissing Virat Kohli (4 runs from 3 balls-including 1 four). Similarly, Shaheen Afridi tempted Rohit Sharma to play big shots, which resulted in Haris Rauf taking the catch at the boundaries, thereby leading to his dismissal after scoring just 13 runs from 12 balls (including 1 four and 1 six).

2. Rishabh Pant’s anchoring role:

Rishabh Pant batting at No.3 position, once again played a crucial role in anchoring his team’s innings. His valuable knock of 42 runs from 31 balls (including 6 fours) rescued Team India from a collapsed start and stitched a 39-run partnership with Axar Patel (20 runs from 18 balls- including 2 fours and 1 six). 

3. Pakistan Bowlers Dominance:

The brilliant efforts from these Pakistani pace bowlers namely Naseem Shah (3-21 in 4 overs), Haris Rauf (3-21 in 3 overs), Mohammad Amir (2-23 in 4 overs), and Shaheen Afridi (1-29 in 4 overs), wrapped up Team India’s innings to a low total of 119-10 in 19 overs.

4. Dropped Catches of Rishabh Pant:

Despite the extraordinary performance of the bowlers, the Pakistani fielders were tagged as “Butter Fingers” after the match, for dropping too many catches of Rishabh Pant. These were the three possible situations where Pant could have been dismissed at an early stage:

  • 6th over: Rishabh Pant, when batting on 4 runs in the sixth over bowled by the left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir, went for a drive and Iftikhar Ahmed couldn’t grab the ball onto his hands which rolled away for a four.
  • 6th over: The next delivery of the same over prompted Pant to play a flick shot when he was on 8 runs and Usman Khan made an effort to run back at the covers but failed to grab the catch.  As a result, Rishabh Pant grabbed additional 3 runs.
  • 9th over: Rishabh Pant gained a third lifeline when he was on 18 runs, bowled by Imad Wasim. Pant went for a slog-sweep towards the mid-wicket region where Usman Khan failed to grab a running catch. This helped Rishabh Pant score an additional run.

5. Mohammad Rizwan’s wasted opportunity:

Pakistan’s opening batter Mohammad Rizwan couldn’t make use of the lifeline, despite Shivam Dube dropping an easier catch when he was on 7 runs.

However, the Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah concluded Rizwan’s innings in the 15th over and had to depart after scoring 31 runs from 44 balls (including 1 four and 1 six) at a poor strike rate of 70.45. Also, the opener failed to anchor his team’s innings by playing too many dot balls, which turned out to be one of the main reasons for Pakistan’s failure.

6. Axar Patel controlling the match in his 2-over spell:

Axar Patel took a crucial wicket of Usman Khan (13 runs from 15 balls- including 1 four) and conceded only 11 runs in his 2-over spell. Especially, fans hailed his performance for controlling the game during the 16th over, which proved to be the game-changing moment and further added pressure on the Pakistani batters.

Before the start of the 16th over, situations still seemed to be in Pakistan’s control as they required just 37 runs from 30 balls to chase the target. But, Axar Patel conceded just two runs in that over, thereby making Pakistan’s required equation more challenging to score 35 runs from 24 balls.

7. Indian Pacers Taking Charge :

The heroic performances of the Indian pace bowlers namely Jasprit Bumrah (3-14 in 4 overs), Hardik Pandya (2-24 in 4 overs), and Arshdeep Singh (1-31 in 4 overs), restricted Pakistan to a total of 113-7 in 20 overs. Mainly, the bowlers steered Team India to achieve a thrilling win by 6 runs to stay at the leading position in the points table.

India vs Pakistan Super Eight Qualification Scenario: Conclusion

A victory for the Men-in-Blue has enhanced their chances of qualifying for the Super Eights by securing 4 points and +1.455. The table toppers just need to win any one of the two upcoming matches against the United States (June 12) and Canada (June 15) to seal their spot in the next round.

Once again, India maintains its domination against Pakistan in ICC tournaments by winning 6 out of 8 matches in T20 World Cups, which includes 6 wins, 1 loss, and a tied game.

On the other side, the Men in Green’s two consecutive defeats almost mark their elimination from the tournament. Securing victories in their upcoming games against Canada (June 11) and Ireland (June 14) will ensure Pakistan’s slim chances to qualify for the Super Eight stages of the T20 World Cup 2024. Finally, Babar Azam and his men find themselves in a tricky scenario to qualify for the next round of the tournament.