ICC World T20 2012: Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag lead strong Indian reply

Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 43 runs as India reached a score of 70 runs at half-way mark Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Sep 30, 2012

India reached a score of 70 runs for the loss of one wicket at the end of ten overs in their pursuit of 129 run-target set by Pakistan in the Super Eights clash of World T20 on Sunday.

Chasing 129, India lost opener Gautam Gambhir early for a duck as Raza Hasan scalped the big wicket in the first overs of the Indian innings.

Back in the team, Virender Sehwag played his trademark strokes as he was joined by Virat Kohli after Gambhir s dismissal.

Earlier, India displayed an inspired performance as Pakistan were dismissed for a score of 128 runs in their Super Eights clash of the World T20at Colombo on Sunday.

Pakistan, winning the toss, elected to bat first. The Indian bowlers were erratic to start with, spraying the ball in the initial overs with Zaheer Khan giving away 13 runs in the first over which involved 8 extras.

Irfan Pathan struck a crucial blow as he trapped Imran Nazir leg before wicket for 8 runs.

Lakshmipathy Balaji who was brought in the match provided India a crucial breakthrough as he removed the dangerous Shahid Afridi (14), who played few ominous strokes.

Yuvraj Singh was brought in to bowl in the seventh over was quick to give India its third wicket in form of the opener Nasir Jamshed for just four runs.

The all-rounder gave India a big breakthrough as he removed Kamran Akmal in his next over for five runs.

Virat Kohli, brought in to bowl as a fill-in bowler, took the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez, (15) leaving Pakistan reeling at the half-way mark.

Following Hafeez s departure, Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal stitched a partnership to improve Pakistan s total.

The duo added 47 runs for the sixth wicket as Pakistan crossed 100 runs in the 15th over. However, Ravichandran Ashwin soon dismissed Malik further adding to Pakistan s woes.

Ashwin also succeeded in getting Umar s wicket as the batsman tried to heave a big shot off the spinner, giving a catch to Suresh Raina. He scored 21 runs.

Yuvraj was soon back in action as he effect a brilliant run out, sending Yasir Arafat back to pavilion for eight runs.

Brief Score Pakistan 128 all-out in 19.4 overs (Shoaib Malik 28, Umar Akmal 21; Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 16, Yuvraj Singh 2 for 16) vs India 70 for 1 in 10 overs (Virender Sehwag 43*, Virat Kohli 25*; Raza Hasan 1 for 22)

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