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Virat Kohli of India celebrates winning the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan

Diplomat Times (Melbourne) – Former skipper Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 83 as India pulled off a miracle four-wicket victory over Pakistan in a final over thriller at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Melbourne.

Not for the first time – and unlikely to be the last – former skipper Virat Kohli turned back the clock with a brilliant individual knock of 82 from just 53 deliveries that saved the day for India.

Kohli came to the crease in the second over when KL Rahul (4) was undone by Naseem Shah (1/23) and things looked forlorn for India when a fired-up Haris Rauf (2/36) reduced them to 31/3 after the batting Powerplay.But Kohli kept his nerve and, just like he has done so many times previously, expertly guided India home in front of a crowd in excess of 90,000 at the MCG in Melbourne.

Final over thriller has packed crowd on the edge of their seats

India never looked like winning it, but with Kohli and Hardik Pandya at the crease there was always an outside chance they could pull a rabbit out of the hat.There was 31 needed from the last two overs and Kohli hit Rauf for two massive sixes on the final two deliveries of the penultimate over to make the equation 16 from the final six balls.

It was Ravichandran Ashwin who hit the winning for India, sending the final ball of the 20th over to the boundary. As soon as the result of the match was sealed, the entire Indian camp ran into the ground, hugging Virat Kohli.India captain Rohit Sharma event lifted Virat on his shoulders, lauding him for the manner in which he led the team to victory.