|ICC Males’s T20 World Cup, Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|India 151-7 (20 overs): Kohli 57 (49), Pant 39; Shaheen 3-31|
|Pakistan 152-0 (17.5 overs): Rizwan 78* (55), Babar 68* (52)|
|Pakistan win by 10 wickets|
Pakistan hammered India by 10 wickets to assert a well-known win over their nice rivals on the Males’s T20 World Cup in Dubai.
Chasing 152, Mohammad Rizwan made an unbeaten 78 and captain Babar Azam 68 not out as Pakistan registered their first win over India at a World Cup.
Each gamers leapt into the air after Azam hit the successful runs earlier than the staff got here collectively to have fun a well-known evening in Pakistan’s cricket historical past.
Virat Kohli had earlier made 57 to anchor India of their 151-7, regardless of an exciting 3-31 from quick bowler Shaheen Afridi.
It’s the first time Pakistan have received a T20 by 10 wickets – and the primary time India have misplaced one by such a margin.
There was a packed stadium in Dubai for the primary assembly between these two sides because the 2019 World Cup.
Bollywood stars and former gamers had been among the many crowd, who by no means let up on the noise.
They noticed Pakistan produce an excellent batting efficiency to stun India, one of many match favourites, and overturn their lengthy historical past of dropping to India at main occasions.
Pakistan shared a huddle on the finish of the innings as they soaked in what’s a outstanding win.
Pakistan change historical past
Some could have predicted a Pakistan win. However no-one might have envisioned a victory this huge.
Not solely was historical past in opposition to them, however Pakistan have had a tumultuous build-up to the World Cup, with coaches stepping down and England and New Zealand withdrawing from excursions of the nation.
However this win will likely be scarcely plausible for Pakistan followers, who remained till the very finish in Dubai because the India supporters filtered out.
The tone was set from the third ball of the reply, when Rizwan swatted a six into the stands, and he and Azam hardly ever seemed troubled.
They flayed the bowling throughout the bottom and their operating – not all the time a robust swimsuit of Pakistan – was good, each gamers conscious to fast singles.
Azam went to his 41-ball half-century with a towering six off Varun Chakravarthy, with the thirteenth over of the run chase disappearing for 16 runs.
Rizwan was equally hard-hitting, taking Pakistan to the brink of victory by hitting Mohammad Shami for a six and two fours in consecutive balls.
Kohli was fast to supply his congratulations to Rizwan and Azam, with the 2 captains sharing a hug, earlier than the gamers ran to their teammates to have fun collectively.
Kohli & Shaheen star on greatest stage
India went into this match with lots of their gamers in good type after the second half of the Indian Premier League, which was performed within the UAE, completed a number of weeks in the past.
Nevertheless, Shaheen, one of many quickest bowlers on the earth, wanted simply three deliveries to make an affect, pinning the in-form Rohit lbw with a pacey yorker.
He struck once more in his second over, one other fast supply breaking via KL Rahul’s defences to depart India struggling.
Kohli, who will step down as T20 captain on the finish of this match, is among the most combative figures in cricket; a participant who relishes the battle and the prospect to dig his facet out of a gap.
In the identical over that KL Rahul fell, Kohli smacked a six over long-on, decided to not enable Shaheen to dominate him. He additionally calmed Pant, who was frenetic within the early phases of his innings, paving the best way for his or her 53-run stand.
Kohli notched his twenty ninth T20 half-century and was effectively set heading into the ultimate overs. It took the return of Shaheen to finish his keep, with the Pakistani dismissing him for the primary time in worldwide cricket.
Though Pakistan had been barely wayward within the closing overs – Shaheen bowled a no ball that went for 4 after which conceded 5 overthrows – they had been largely disciplined, their bowlers offering the perfect platform they may for the batters.
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‘What a win!’ – what they mentioned
Pakistan captain Babar Azam: “I credit score these early wickets from our bowlers, Shaheen’s wickets gave us confidence after which the spinners bowled with confidence we had been proud of our demise bowling as effectively.
“We are going to play it one match at a time, this may give us confidence, there’s a lengthy technique to go on this match.”
India captain Virat Kohli: “We didn’t execute the issues we wished to however credit score the place it’s due. Pakistan actually outplayed us in the present day.
“We knew we wanted a complete that was aggressive however even with that they did not give us any possibilities and had been very skilled.
“We’re not a staff that presses the panic button. It’s the begin of the match, not the top, so it is very important keep composed.”
Former IPL batter Abhishek Jhunjhunwala on Take a look at Match Particular: “You may not have scripted this higher, to win by 10 wickets. They’ve carried out it in fashion, what a win. Emphatic.”