Kohli guides India to 6-wicket win over Pakistan

KOLKATA: Virat Kohli struck an unbeaten 55 as India enjoyed a six-wicket win over rival Pakistan in their World Twenty20 game on Saturday.

Kohli struck seven fours and one six off 37 balls in the Group 2 match to see the team reach 119-4 in 15.5 overs in reply to Pakistan's 118-5 in a rain-reduced 18 overs.

Kohli added a crucial 61 runs for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (24) and finally guided the team through in the company of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (13 not out).

Earlier, India's bowlers combined well to restrict Pakistan on a pitch friendly to spin.

Shoaib Malik (26), Ahmed Shehzad (25) and Umar Akmal (22) were the main scorers for Pakistan, which has never beaten India at the World Cup or the World Twenty20.

WT20: India defeats Pakistan by 6 wickets

KOLKATA: India defeated Pakistan by six wickets in their World Twenty20 Group 2 game on Saturday (match reduced to 18 overs per side due to wet outfield).

India 119-4 in 15.5 overs (Virat Kohli 55 not out, Yuvraj Singh 24; Mohammad Sami 2-17) def. Pakistan 118-5 in 18 overs (Shoaib Malik 26, Ahmed Shehzad 25).

WT20: India vs Pakistan Scoreboard

KOLKATA: Scoreboard Saturday from the World Twenty20 Group 2 game between India and Pakistan at the Eden Gardens:

Pakistan Innings

Sharjeel Khan c Pandya b Raina 17

Ahmed Shehzad c Jadeja b Bumrah 25

Shahid Afridi c Kohli b Pandya 8

Umar Akmal c Dhonin b Jadeja 22

Shoaib Malik c Ashwin b Nehra 26

Sarfaraz Ahmed not out 8

Mohammad Hafeez not out 5

Extras: (2b, 3lb, 1w, 1nb) 7

TOTAL: (for five wickets) 118

Overs: 18

Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-46, 3-60, 4-101, 5-105.

Did not bat: Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan.

Bowling: Ashish Nehra 4-0-20-1, Ravichandran Ashwin 3-0-12-0, Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-32-1 (1nb), Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-20-1 (1w), Suresh Raina 1-0-4-1, Hardik Pandya 2-0-25-1.

India Innings

Rohit Sharma c Malik b Amir 10

Shikhar Dhawan b Sami 6

Virat Kohli not out 55

Suresh Raina b Sami 0

Yuvraj Singh c Sami b Riaz 24

Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 13

Extras: (3lb, 7w, 1nb) 11

TOTAL: (for four wickets) 119

Overs: 15.5

Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-23, 3-23, 4-84.

Did not bat: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah.

Bowling: Mohammad Amir 3-1-11-1 (1w), Mohammad Irfan 2.5-0-25-0 (1w), Mohammad Sami 2-0-17-2 (1nb), Shahid Afridi 4-0-25-0 (2w), Shoaib Malik 2-0-22-0 (2w), Wahab Riaz 2-0-16-1.

Result: India won by six wickets.

Toss: India.

Umpire: Ian Gould, England, and Richard Kettleboroug, England.

TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford, Australia. Match referee: Chris Broad, England.