Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam performs a shot throughout the ICC mens Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium in Dubai on October 24, 2021.
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Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan scored fluent fifties after Shaheen Afridi starred with the brand new ball as Pakistan thumped India by 10 wickets to document their first World Cup win over their rivals on the thirteenth try.
Pakistan had misplaced all 12 of their earlier World Cup matches towards India, with seven defeats within the 50-over competitors and 5 losses within the 20-over model, together with within the inaugural T20 closing again in 2007.
That barren run was snapped in model on Sunday, with skipper Babar (68no off 52 balls) and Rizwan (79no off 55) placing on an unbroken 152 – their fourth century stand in T20 internationals this yr – because the 2009 champions topped India’s 151-7 with 13 balls to spare in Dubai.
Left-arm fast Shaheen (3-31) had earlier struck twice inside the primary three overs earlier than returning in a while to dismiss Virat Kohli (57 off 49), whose pre-tournament favourites had been humbled by their Group 2 rivals.
Shaheen gave Pakistan a dream begin, pinning Rohit Sharma (0) lbw for a golden duck in his first over after which bowling KL Rahul (3) with a fast nip-backer in his third as India tumbled to 6-2 after being inserted.
That turned 31-3 when Suryakumar Yadav (11) edged Hasan Ali behind whereas trying a back-foot punch and Pakistan wicketkeeper Rizwan leapt to his proper to say a high quality catch.
India’s innings was revived by Rishabh Pant (39 off 30) and Kohli’s 53-run stand – Pant the dominant pressure in it, hitting two sixes with one hand off the bat earlier than he slog-swept again to bowler Shadab Khan (1-22).
Kohli, who had earlier clubbed Shaheen for a masterful six over long-on, accomplished a 45-ball, twenty ninth T20I fifty whereas bossing a 41-run alliance with Ravindra Jadeja (13 off 13) for the fifth wicket.
Kohli was finally dismissed for the primary time by Pakistan in a T20 World Cup when he edged Shaheen’s slower-ball bouncer behind on the pull within the penultimate over.
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Shaheen’s over went incorrect after that, going for 17 in whole, as Hardik Pandya (11 off 8) carved a no-ball full toss for 4 after which, from the ensuing free hit, Shaheen missed together with his shy on the non-striker’s stumps and watched on because the ball scuttled away to the boundary.
Haris Rauf (1-25) clawed issues again with a seven-run closing over, which included Pandya’s wicket, earlier than Babar and Rizwan gave Pakistan a gentle begin to the chase, nailing their fifty partnership within the eighth over.
Pakistan had been going at round 6.50 runs an over at that stage however then accelerated with the thirteenth over, bowled by leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy, seeing a six apiece from Babar and Rizwan.
Babar’s six off Chakravarthy took him to a 40-ball, twenty first T20 worldwide fifty, whereas Rizwan clinched his ninth from 41 deliveries when he pulled Jasprit Bumrah for 4 within the fifteenth over.
Rizwan started Mohammed Shami’s 18th over with a six and two fours, earlier than Babar sealed his crew’s thumping victory with a scampered two to long-on as Pakistan inflicted a primary 10-wicket T20I defeat on India.
Which gamers starred?
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan — Babar and Rizwan had been already having good days on the midway stage, with the previous captaining effectively and the latter taking a superb diving catch. Their evenings solely acquired higher within the second innings as they made mild work of India’s whole.
Rizwan’s knock, which featured three sixes and 6 fours, was his ninth fifty-plus rating in T20 internationals in 2021. He’s averaging over 100 on this format this calendar yr, with nobody having hit greater than his 831 runs in that point. His nearest challenger? That might be Babar (591 runs).
Dawid Malan could also be ranked No 1 amongst T20I batsmen however it’s tough to argue that Babar shouldn’t be the perfect batter round on this format, together with his innings towards India, by which he managed two sixes and 6 fours, displaying all his finesse and no little muscle both.
Shaheen Shah Afridi — fast, skilful, devastating. Shaheen despatched Pakistan’s followers wild when his full ball tailed in and trapped Rohit plumb in entrance for a golden duck and he then castled Rahul in his follow-up over because the India opener performed throughout the road. Shaheen returned late on for his fourth and closing over, by which he dismissed Kohli and practically acquired Pandya, too, because the latter was hurried by a brief ball and ballooned into the air.
Virat Kohli — you run out of superlatives for him. His six off Shaheen was chic however a few coruscating extra-cover drives went for 4, Kohli caressing them to the fence with no aspect of over-hitting. You possibly can’t say Pant by no means overhits however, boy, is he enjoyable to observe! Except for these one-handed sixes, he additionally reduce Mohammad Hafeez superbly for 4 from on high of his stumps to indicate he has poise in addition to energy.
Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf — these two backed up Shaheen superbly, going at simply 5.50 and 6.25 runs an over respectively. Leg-spinner Shadab stored issues tight within the center overs, whereas quick bowler Rauf’s 17 and twentieth overs went for a mixed 11 as he blended his tempo effectively.
Pakistan are again in motion towards New Zealand in Sharjah on Tuesday (2.30pm, Sky Sports activities Cricket). New Zealand are additionally India’s subsequent opponents however that conflict, in Dubai, doesn’t come till Sunday (1.30pm, Sky Sports activities Cricket) with Virat Kohli’s facet having a prolonged break between matches.
Monday’s sole encounter is the Group 2 recreation between Scotland and Afghanistan (2.30pm, Sky Sports activities Cricket). Scotland are in red-hot kind having gained all three of their matches in spherical one to advance to the Tremendous 12 for the primary time of their historical past and shall be assured of creating that 4 victories from 4 once they meet Mohammad Nabi’s males in Sharjah.
Watch the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup, within the United Arab Emirates, stay on Sky Sports activities Cricket between now and November 14.