Bumrah Leads India’s Defense of 119; Pakistan Faces Elimination in T20 World Cup

India 119 (Pant 42, Naseem 3-21, Rauf 3-21) beat Pakistan 113 for 7 (Rizwan 31, Bumrah 3-14, Hardik 2-24) by 6 runs

In a low-scoring thriller at the T20 World Cup in New York, Jasprit Bumrah’s exceptional bowling performance led India to a stunning defense of 119 runs against Pakistan. Pakistan, now on the brink of elimination, crumbled under the pressure, losing their way despite being in a strong position.

Bumrah’s Brilliance

The match’s turning point was Bumrah’s incredible spell, particularly during the final overs. Pakistan needed just 40 runs off the last 36 balls with seven wickets in hand. ESPNcricinfo’s forecaster gave them a 93% chance of victory. However, Bumrah’s disciplined and skillful bowling changed the game’s course. He took three crucial wickets, including that of Mohammad Rizwan, who was well-set on 31.

Bumrah’s ability to deliver under pressure was evident as he bowled 15 dot balls out of his 24. His figures of 3 for 14 were instrumental in India defending the joint-lowest total ever in men’s T20 World Cups.

Support from Hardik and Axar

While Bumrah was the star, Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel played significant supporting roles. Hardik’s short-of-a-length deliveries exploited the pitch’s uneven bounce, resulting in key wickets of Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan. Axar, meanwhile, bowled a crucial death over, giving away just two runs and maintaining pressure on the Pakistan batters.

Pant’s Unorthodox Brilliance

Rishabh Pant stood out in India’s batting lineup with an unorthodox yet effective innings. On a pitch where most batsmen struggled, Pant’s creativity and bravery shone through. He scored 42 off 31 balls at a strike rate of 135, while the rest of the Indian team managed just 70 off 84 balls.

Pant’s innings included several innovative shots, such as a reverse sweep against Imad Wasim and a flick shot played while falling to the ground to target the fine leg boundary.

Pakistan’s Missed Opportunity

Despite a strong start with the ball, Pakistan’s batting lineup failed to capitalize. Mohammad Amir, who had a poor outing against the USA, found his rhythm and troubled the Indian batsmen early on. Amir’s best spell came during the middle overs, where Pakistan restricted India to just eight runs and took four wickets in four overs.

However, Pakistan’s batting collapse, triggered by Bumrah’s brilliance and supported by Hardik and Axar, meant they could not chase down the modest total. At the halfway stage, Pakistan seemed ahead, but twenty overs later, they were facing potential elimination from the tournament.


India’s victory against Pakistan, highlighted by Bumrah’s exceptional performance and Pant’s inventive batting, keeps their hopes alive in the T20 World Cup. For Pakistan, this loss puts them in a precarious position, needing to win their remaining matches to stay in contention. The match in New York will be remembered for Bumrah’s match-winning spell that turned the game on its head and demonstrated the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket.

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