31 for 3: India slip to their 2nd lowest powerplay total vs Pakistan in T20 World Cups


T20 World Cup 2022: Haris Rauf picked up 2 wickets and Naseem Shah struck early as India were jolted in the powerplay, managing just 31 runs. Captain Rohit Sharma and vice-captain KL Rahul fell cheaply in their 160-run chase at the MCG.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: Oct 23, 2022 16:44 IST

Haris Rauf

Haris Rauf breathed fire with his new-ball spell vs India at the MCG (AP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: India could not have asked for a poorer start to their T20 World Cup 2022 batting display as they were reduced to 31 for 3 at the end of the powerplay in a 160-run chase against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, October 23. India looked intimidated by the pace attack of Pakistan that breathed fire in front of a packed ground in Melbourne.

India wilted under pressure after losing vice-captain KL Rahul and captain Rohit Sharma early. it was young Naseem Shah who sent back Rahul, who looked timid in his approach at the top of the order. Rahul dragged one onto his stumps as India lost their first wicket in the 2nd over. Shaheen Afridi, who returned from an injury that ruled him out of Asia Cup 2022, kept the pressure on India’s top order with his left-arm pace.

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Haris Rauf then broke open the India batting order by removing Rohit Sharma in the 4th over. The India captain edged one to the slip cordon. India were hoping their star batter and World No. 2 Suryakumar Yadav would get going. However, he was dismissed in the final over of the powerplay by Rauf who got the big wicket with a sharp bouncer that hit the splice of Hardik’s bat and flew to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.

India huffed and puffed to 31 for 3 at the end of 6 overs as the asking rate shot up in their chase of 160. The score, which was one run lesser than what Pakistan managed in their powerplay, was India’s second lowest against Pakistan in the first 6 overs in T20 World Cups.

Pakistan reduced India to 36 for 3, removing the top 3 of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav when the two teams met in the T20 World Cup in Dubai in 2021. Pakistan managed to beat India by 10 wickets, their first win over their arch-rivals in a World Cup match.

Incidentally, India have never scored more than 40 runs against Pakistan in the powerplay in a T20 World Cup match.

INDIA’S POWERPLAY SCORES

31 for 3 in 2022 at the MCG

36 for 3 in 2021 in Dubai

28 for 3 in 2016 in Kolkata

38 for 0 in 2014 in Mirpur

36 for 1 in 2012 in Colombo

40 for 2 in 2007 in Johannesburg

33 for 3 in 2007 in Durban

It was a timid effort with the bat from India as they struggled to get any kind of rhythm into the knock in the first 10 overs, managing just 45 for 4.

Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan posted a competitive total of 159 for 8 in 20 overs. Despite their main batters Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan failing, Pakistan rode on fifties from Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood to go past the 150-run mark.



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