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Crushing blow: Pakistan loses to India in T20 World Cup

Pakistan took another hit with a nail-biting six-run loss to archrival India on Sunday in the T20 World Cup. This defeat follows an unexpected setback earlier in the week against the USA, leaving Pakistan’s progression in the tournament in a precarious position, now heavily reliant on the USA’s performance for a chance at the knockout stages.

The match against India, always a high-stakes affair given the deep-rooted geopolitical tensions between the two nations, attracted immense attention. Tickets for the game at the Nassau County International Stadium in New York reached a minimum of $2,500, underscoring the level of excitement and anticipation.

Heightened security measures were in place, including extensive monitoring and patrols using horses and drones, due to a credible threat from terror group ISIS-K, as confirmed by a Nassau County official. Despite a rain delay that pushed the start of the match back by almost an hour, the atmosphere remained charged as India’s Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli stepped onto the field under gloomy skies.

India’s innings began on a promising note with Rohit Sharma smashing a six off the third ball. However, another rain interruption forced the players off the field after just one over.

Once play resumed, Virat Kohli managed a stunning cover drive for four but was dismissed just two balls later. Pakistan gained a significant advantage when Shaheen Afridi’s delivery led to Rohit Sharma’s dismissal, placing India in a vulnerable position.

Despite a valiant effort from Rishabh Pant, who hit several boundaries, India’s batting lineup crumbled from 89-3 to 96-7 by the 15th over. The team eventually posted a modest total of 119 all out, struggling with the uneven bounce and sluggish outfield of the temporary pitch.

Pakistan’s run chase started confidently, with star batsman Mohammad Rizwan anchoring the innings. The team appeared in control until Jasprit Bumrah bowled Rizwan with six overs remaining, shifting the momentum back to India. The match culminated in a tense final over, with Pakistan needing 18 runs from six balls but ultimately falling just short.

With these consecutive defeats, Pakistan’s chances in the tournament now depend on the outcomes of the USA’s matches, highlighting the unpredictable and thrilling nature of the T20 World Cup.

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