Virat Kohli snatched the victory from the neighbor's mouth and won the game single-handedly for India.

England won the ICC T20 World Cup after beating Pakistan by 5 wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

They had a tough time reaching the finals. Ireland handed England a shock. The Three Lions confirmed their semi-final berth on their final matchday when they beat Sri Lanka in a do-or-die match.

On the other hand, Pakistan were virtually out of the tournament for most of the super 12 round. The Men in Green lost their opening two matches and should be thanking the Netherlands, who beat Proteas and opened the gates for Pakistan to qualify for the last four. This article will shed light on the top five moments that were the turning points in the competition.

Virat Kohli’s two sixes off Haris Rauf’s 19th over

India and Pakistan squared off in their campaign opener at the MCG on October 23. Pakistan were in the driver’s seat for most of the match, but Virat Kohli snatched the victory from the neighbor’s mouth and won the game single-handedly for India.

Chasing a target of 160, India were restricted to 31/4 by a disciplined Pakistani bowling attack. Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli stitched a valuable 113-run partnership and took the game to the last over.

Despite saving India from humiliation, the victory felt far-fetched as India required 28 off the last eight balls. What followed was the turning point of the match. Virat smashed two consecutive sixes off Haris Rauf’s bowling, and India required 16 to win off the final over.

Had Kohli not hit those two sixes, the result would have gone otherwise, and a defeat against Proteas later in the tournament would have meant no semi-finals berth for India.

The rain gods helped Ireland upset England

This edition of the T20 World Cup has seen the most upsets, and Ireland started the trend first in the super 12 round.

Ireland are the underdog of world cricket, but somehow, they always manage to get on top of England in ICC events, as previously witnessed in the 2011 World Cup.

These two teams locked horns on October 26th. Batted first, Ireland put on a solid show and put 157 on the board.

In reply, England lost wickets at regular intervals, but Moeen Ali looked solid. However, rain god helped Ireland as the match got abandoned, and the Irish won the game by five runs according to the DLS method.

The loss was a hard pill to swallow for England, as had the result been otherwise, they could have advanced to the semis much earlier.

Sikandar Raza’s smart throw to run out Shaheen Afridi

On 27th October, Zimbabwe handed Pakistan a shocking defeat as the 2009 world champions lost to the Craig Ervine-led side by one run.

Zimbabwe scored 130, but disciplined bowling by the bowlers and Sikandar Raza, in particular, restricted the Men in Green to 129.

The defeat virtually knocked Pakistan out of the tournament, and their qualification was no more in their own hands.

Nevertheless, the turning point of the match was Sikandar Raza’s throw. Pakistan required three off the final ball, and Shaheen was on strike.

The left-arm seamer hit the ball towards Raza and ran for a double to tie the game. Usually, a fielder throws at his nearest end, which in this case was the bowler’s end. However, the replay showed Mohammad Waseem had left his crease before Brad Evans bowled the final ball. Thus, it was relatively easy for Waseem to complete the 2nd run had Raza thrown the ball at his end.

But the all-rounder used his presence of mind and threw the ball at the keeper’s end, where a limping Shaheen Afridi struggled to complete the run.

KL Rahul’s run-out of Litton Das 

India met Bangladesh in their 4th out of the six group-stage games. In a must-win match, India did their job with the bat and put 184 runs on the board.

In reply, Litton Das got off to an electrifying start and scored his fifty in just 21 balls.

Litton’s inning almost crushed India’s hopes as Bangladesh were ahead of the Men in Blue when the rain halted the proceedings.

For India to stay in the match, they needed to get rid of Litton, and that is when KL Rahul produced a stunning 30-year run-out to dismiss Litton.

India bounced back in the match and won it by five runs according to the DLS method.

Netherlands crush South Africa’s hopes

The biggest drama happened on the last day of the super 12 round. In a shocking event, the Netherlands beat South Africa to knock them out of the tournament and opened the qualification gates for Bangladesh and Pakistan.

It is not only that, with two wins in their last two matches, the Netherlands ended the group table in 4th position, resulting in them directly qualifying for the 2024 T20 World Cup.

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