Haris Rauf, one of Pakistan’s current best fast bowlers, took the charge to bowl the most difficult 19th over of the second innings in a high voltage encounter between the arch-rival India and Pakistan of WT20 2022.
With 28 to win of eight deliveries, one man took it upon himself to go for the wild goose chase; just that, this wouldn’t be so wild after all as the next-to-impossible was achieved.
Virat Kohli was on strike.
As fans, perhaps the only expression on your face was this:
Moreover, here’s what you thought:
The pressure. The situation. The equation. The result. One-man show.
Virat Kohli hammered the second last ball of the nineteenth over for a six over long-on. Spectators don’t get the chance to see shots like that every day. It’s a six to remember for a long long time.
The last ball of the over and again King Kohli smoked a six over fine leg and whole Pakistani fans got stunned after watching two back-to-back huge sixes.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam had no option left except to give the bowl to left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz to bowl the final over of the match.
It’s the same bowler Nawaz’s twelfth over in which momentum shifted towards the Indian team as batters Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli smashed 3 sixes in an over and they started believing that we can do it for 1.4 billion people now.
This time the left-arm spinner turned the tables as he got the key scalp of Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya and the equation came to sixteen off five balls.
Dinesh Karthik got off the mark with a single and returned the strike to the rockstar batter, Virat Kolhi.
After bowling three special deliveries, the Pakistani bowler made an unacceptable crime, Nawaz bowled a no-ball.
Virat Kohli took full advantage of the high full toss, launched a six toward square leg, and requested the umpire to check the no-ball.
Pressure on Mohammad Nawaz started increasing which resulted in a few more extra runs but somehow he got the wicket of Dinesh Karthik and Pakistan made a comeback again.
Nineteenth over was no less than a roller coaster ride.
Ashwin came to the increase to play the deciding ball of the match.
The Pakistani spinner couldn’t hold his nerves and gave one more extra run to India, bowling a wide-ball.
Ashwin smashed a boundary over mid-off and hit the winning run for India.
What a nail-biting thriller match it was. Fans and players all got emotional after a famous win over Pakistan.
We don’t often see Virat Kohli crying but it was a moment where no one would have controlled their emotions.
Indian superstar’s wife Anushka Sharma also got emotional and praised King Kohli for his heroism, bringing smiles to the faces of 1.4 billion people and the rest of the World.
The Bollywood actress wrote: “You beauty!! You freaking beauty!! You have brought sooooo much joy in people’s lives tonight and that too on the eve of Diwali!”
We also would like to thank Virat Kolhi for not only just winning the matches for India but also for inspiring the generation, uniting the nation altogether, and raising high fitness standards.
We would love to see King Kohli winning the player of the tournament and winning the T20 World Cup 2022.
Thank you, Virat Kohli!