India edge Pakistan in low-scoring nailbiter at T20 World Cup
NEW YORK: (Reuters) India beat Pakistan by six runs in a low-scoring but tense T20 World Cup Group A encounter on Sunday (June 9) at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium where more than 34,000 fans were in attendance at the temporary arena despite the early rain.

The result moved India to the top of Group A with two wins from their opening two matches while Pakistan have zero points from two defeats following their upset by the hosts, the United States.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first on a two-paced pitch where rain interruptions made things difficult for India who struggled to get going and were dismissed for 119.

In response, Mohammad Rizwan laid the platform for the chase with a patient knock of 31 but Pakistan fell short after losing wickets at regular intervals while India’s Jasprit Bumrah (3-14) made crucial breakthroughs and bowled 15 dot balls.

"We felt that we were a little under par and when the sun came out, the wicket did get a little better," player of the match Bumrah said.

"So we had to be really disciplined with what we were trying to do and we are very happy with the win."

Earlier, India scored an average total of 119 in their 20 overs in the T20 World Cup 2024 group stage clash in New York on Sunday.

The mother of all battles in world cricket witnessed team India take on arch-rivals Pakistan after Pakistan’s captain won the toss and elected to field first.

Put to bat first, skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli started decently in the powerplay with both batters taking things steady. After the play resumed following a slight rain delay, Virat Kohli saw another inning go to the waist as he was dismissed on just 4 runs courtesy of a Naseem Shah delivery.

Despite continuing to hit aggressively, skipper Rohit Sharma also departed at an unlucky 13 after Shaheen Afridi got his first wicket of the day.

It was the all-important partnership of Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel that got India some sort of momentum into the game. While Axar Patel had to depart for 20 runs, Pant batted on and hit some good shots all over the ground.

With the score at 96/7, it was Hardik Pandya (7) and Arshdeep Singh (9) who took the responsibility for a strong finish.

Rishabh Pant eventually top-scored for the Men in Blue as it powered India to an average total of 119 in their 20 overs.

Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf led the Pakistan bowling line-up, taking three wickets each on the day as Mohd Amir ended up with 2 wickets to his name.