IND vs PAK: India wins battle of nerves, beats Pakistan in low-scoring thriller

IND vs PAK: Jasprit Bumrah's stellar bowling performance helped India compensate for their batting, securing a six-run victory over Pakistan in a low-scoring thriller in New York.

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In a nail-biting encounter, India secured a hard-fought victory over Pakistan, winning by 6 runs, thanks to outstanding bowling performances from Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh.

India set a modest target of 120 runs for Pakistan. The challenging conditions on New York's drop-in pitch saw batters from both teams struggling to score big. Despite being bowled out for the first time in their 13 T20I encounters against Pakistan, India's disciplined bowling made all the difference.

Bumrah and Pandya Deliver

Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya were instrumental in India's defense of their total. Bumrah's exceptional spell yielded three wickets for just 14 runs, while Pandya took two wickets for 24 runs. Their efforts restricted Babar Azam's side to 113/7 in 20 overs, clinching the victory for India.

Key Performances

Rishabh Pant top-scored for India with a quickfire 42 off 18 balls, and Axar Patel contributed 20 runs. However, India's batting lineup struggled against Pakistan's impressive bowling attack. Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf each picked up three wickets, and Mohammad Amir took two.

Pakistan's Response

Pakistan started their innings on a positive note, with Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam adding 26 runs for the first wicket. However, India's bowlers soon took control, making it difficult for Pakistan to maintain momentum. Jasprit Bumrah's tight bowling and timely wickets turned the tide in India's favor, securing a memorable win.

This victory highlighted India's bowling prowess, particularly in the face of a challenging pitch and a modest total. With this win, India demonstrated their resilience and ability to perform under pressure, adding another chapter to their storied rivalry with Pakistan.

India vs Pakistan Playing XI:

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.

Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Usman Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Amir.