India coast past Pakistan to stay in World T20

Published: October 1, 2012
Cricket fans watch the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup’s Super Eight match between India and Pakistan on the outdoor screens at a stadium in Lahore on Sunday. PHOTO: AFP

Cricket fans watch the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup’s Super Eight match between India and Pakistan on the outdoor screens at a stadium in Lahore on Sunday. PHOTO: AFP


Virat Kohli and cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh starred as India thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets on Sunday to stay alive in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

India, who would have been knocked out of the tournament had they lost, skittled Pakistan for 128 on a slow pitch and then surpassed the modest target in 17 overs, thanks largely to Kohli’s unbeaten 78 off 61 balls.

A sell-out crowd of 35,000 at Colombo’s Premadasa stadium, including Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, saw India continue their stranglehold on Pakistan in major world meets.

Pakistan have never beaten India in either the 50-over World Cup or the World Twenty20, in which they contested a thrilling final in 2007.

Sunday’s match was only the third Twenty20 international between the two countries and the result set up a thrilling shoot-out for the two semi-final berths from group two.

Australia lead the group with two wins, India and Pakistan have one each, while South Africa have lost both matches so far.

The last round of group matches will be played on Tuesday with Australia taking on Pakistan and India playing South Africa.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2012.


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Reader Comments (17)

  • jj
    Oct 1, 2012 - 10:31AM

    Green Shirts LOST good chance on sunday,now its look hard to reach semi-final.GOOD LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN.


  • Qasim
    Oct 1, 2012 - 10:43AM

    Meek surrender………………………


  • khalid
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:15AM

    pakistan played like club team


  • Polpot
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:44AM

    This is Cricket not Kargil

  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:46AM

    No doubt India played excellent and I congratulate Indian team cordially and wholeheartedly on this greatest ever achievement/victory against Pakistan in an important match and as usual Pakistan has proven and repeated the history that in any important match against India the Pakistan cricket team can’t win……Recommend

  • Polpot
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:47AM

    ” India coast past Pakistan to stay in World T20″
    India blaze past Pakistan to stay in World T20Recommend

  • Ajamal
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Pakistan’s brittle batting was again exposed. Mohammed Hafeez and Shahid Afridi should take full responsibility for this dismal performance.


  • nitish
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:33PM

    I never saw girls in india so crazy about cricket.This is not any war.It is just a game. So take it easy girls.


  • JaySabir
    Oct 1, 2012 - 12:47PM

    India VS Pakistan in WCs should be banned now.


  • waqar
    Oct 1, 2012 - 2:30PM

    I have always said and believed that Pakistan has one of the weakest batting line up,absolutely no class at all,I just spare jamshed as he is a newcomer and has shown some promise rest of them are no better than average club class cricketers.


  • Rahul
    Oct 1, 2012 - 4:21PM

    Virat Kholi is just a ROCKSTAR!!. What class, elegance , masterstrokes. The time he hit saeed ajmal (Who went wicket less in the game) for SIX was like music to ears. WOW !!
    We are so lucky that we keep on producing such dynamis batsman. Now can’t wait for unmukt to play in National side. Uff !!


  • Maverick
    Oct 1, 2012 - 4:49PM

    True: that was ‘do or die’ too and well……you lost!


  • Pungi
    Oct 1, 2012 - 5:40PM

    It wasn’t do or die.. we are still placed better in group standings than India..!
    Ultimate goal is T20 cup…Let’s see who takes that!


  • Custard Pie Chucker
    Oct 1, 2012 - 6:41PM

    First I’d like to give thanks to Almighty Allah as I always start every conversation by doing so and not because I am a hypocrite putting on a display of fake piety. Also, how would Allah know that I am thankful if I didn’t announce it in front of a TV camera?

    Secondly, I’d like to thank Almighty Allah for showing us the true shortcomings of the Pakistani team. We were lucky to salvage a win against South Africa and against India our batting was hopeless, our bowling was wayward, our fielding and wicket keeping was comical and our captain was clueless.


  • Maverick
    Oct 1, 2012 - 6:51PM


    @Polpot: This is Cricket not Kargil

    True: that was ‘do or die’ too and well……you lost!


  • Rai
    Oct 1, 2012 - 7:58PM

    There are so many why in pak parformance.
    1 why imran in the sqad.
    2 why thay bat 1st
    3 why arafat?


  • Manish Bathla
    Oct 1, 2012 - 9:29PM

    At least you guys won the toss….. Cheer up


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