Virat Kohli struggles to hold back laughter, Rohit Sharma agrees as Pakistan gift comical overthrows to Siraj, Arshdeep

India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by six runs in a hotly-contested T20 World Cup group stage clash, in New York on Monday. Chasing 120 runs, Pakistan crumbled for 113/7 in 20 overs as Jasprit Bumrah returned with figures of 3/14. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya scalped two wickets for India.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli react to Pakistan’s fielding error.

Initially, Rishabh Pant slammed 42 off 31 balls, driving India to 119 in 19 overs. India had a shock batting collapse, with Naseeem Shah and Haris Rauf taking three-wicket hauls respectively.

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The match had plenty of drama, and one particular moment caught everyone’s attention in the first innings. In the third delivery of the 19th over, Shaheen Shah Afridi sent a full toss, which Mohammed Siraj sliced to deep cover, and the pacer wanted a double, but Arshdeep Singh said no. Shaheen didn’t gather the throw as the ball hit his toes and went away. Siraj completed his double with ease, and Arshdeep got the strike.

The moment left Pakistan skipper Babar Azam utterly stunned. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were left in splits, and they couldn’t control their laughter. Here is the video:

Speaking after the match, India captain Rohit rued his side’s batting display. The first innings saw Virat Kohli (4) depart cheaply. Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav (7), Shivam Dube (3), Hardik Pandya (7), Ravindra Jadeja (0), Arshdeep Singh (9), Jasprit Bumrah (0) also lost their wickets.

“We didn’t bat well enough. Halfway through our innings we were in good position. We didn’t put enough partnership there and fell short with the bat. We spoke about every run matters on a pitch like that. There was enough in the pitch. Was a good wicket to be honest, compared to the last game. With a bowling lineup like that you feel confident to do the job,” he said.

“Halfway through the stage when they were batting, we got everyone together and said that if it can happen to us, it can happen to them. Little contribution from everyone can make huge difference. He’s going from strength to strength (Bumrah). We all know what he can do. Not going to talk too much about him. Want him to be in that mindset throughout the WC. He’s a genius, we all know that. Crowd was superb. They never disappoint wherever we play. I’m sure they’ll be going home with a big smile. It’s just the start, we have a long way to go,” he added.

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