India defeated Australia by 6 wickets in the virtual quarter finals at the PCA Stadium, Mohali. Australia played good cricket at the start but due to Virat Kohli special knock India reached the semi finals of the World T20 2016 tournament. It was an special knock by Virat Kohli who came under pressure and put pressure on the Australian bowlers.
- Aggressive start by Australian openers
Australia won the toss and elected to bat . The Australian openers Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch got the team off to a flying start. In the first over Ashish Nehra went for only 4 runs but in the next three over’s Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch smashed the Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground.
In the first four overs Australia got 54 runs out of which Usman Khawaja scored 26 off 14 balls and Aaron Finch made use of the first six over’s
- Ashish Nehra getting the key wicket of Usman Khawaja
After Australia got off to a flying start, Ashish Nehra made an important breakthrough by dismissing Usman Khawaja who was looking dangerous. Usman Khawaja was playing excellent shots which put pressure on the Indian bowlers.
Ashish Nehra dismissed Usman Khawaja for 26. Usman Khawaja was hitting the gaps. It was an excellent start by Usman Khawaja who smashed Bumrah for 4 fours in the second over’s.
- An excellent comeback by the Indian bowlers
After the powerplay over’s the Indian bowlers came back brilliantly to peg back the Australian batting line. At the end of 6 over’s Australia were 59 for 1. Ashwin despite going for runs picked the important wicket of David Warner. Jadjea, Yuvraj Singh and Pandya bowled reasonably well.
Yuvraj Singh picked the important wicket of Steve Smith, Pandya also picked the wicket of well settled Aaron Finch which stopped the momentum of Australian batsmen. Yuvraj Singh and Hardik Pandya gave away 54 runs and picked 3 important wickets. Australia was restricted to 160 for 7.
- Two Key partnerships steadied the Indian innings
Chasing 161, the Indian team lost three quick wickets at the score of 49 in 8th over. Then came the first key partnership of Yuvraj Singh and Kohli of 45 runs in 36 balls which steadied the Indian innings followed by another excellent and explosive partnership of 67 run in 31 balls. Both Kohli and Dhoni were in aggressive mood and exploited the 18th and 19th over taking 33 runs and on the brink of the victory.
- Virat Kohli’s match winning knock
Virat Kohli came at the crease in the 4th over and took the charge, played very cautiously and rotated the strike and also converting ones into two’s creating pressure on the fielding. As wickets were falling on the other end, Virat Kohli showed his class and authority. Most of his shots were along the ground.
In the 15th over Yuvraj Singh was dismissed but MS Dhoni joined him. India needed 49 runs in the last four over’s but Virat Kohli did the damage in the 18th and 19th over though the last winning shot was hit by MS Dhoni. Virat Kohli remained not out on 84 and was named the man of the match. This is his one of the best innings so far in his carrer.