ICC T20 WC: Pakistan register first-ever WC win over India, finally!
Pakistan registered a comprehensive 10 wicket win over India in their opening Super 12 encounter in Group 2 of the ICC T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium.
This was Pakistan's first-ever win over India in a World Cup match in any format whether 50 over or 20 over in their 13th attempt.
On Sunday night, India batted first after being asked to bat posted 151 for seven and in their response Pakistan chased down the target in 17.5 overs with all 10 wickets to spare to finish on 152 for no loss.
India were reduced to six for two. Captain Virat Kohli took charge of the innings. Kohli first shared a stand with Suryakumar Yadav to revive the innings to be reduced to 31 for three. Kohli then shared a crucial 53 runs for the fourth wicket with Rishabh Pant (39). The partnership put India's innings back on track. Kohli held firm at one end, even as Pant played aggressively. Kohli in the end finished on 57 off 49 balls with five boundaries and a six. Towards the end India did lose a few wickets but still managed to finish on 151 for seven in their 20 overs.
For Pakistan the chief wicket-takers were Shaheen Shah Afridi (3-31) and Hasan Ali (2-44).
In their chase Pakistan were ruthless as their openers Mohammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam. The pair remained unbeaten and could not be separated as they demolished India's bowling. Rizwan finished unbeaten on 79 off 55 balls with six boundaries and three sixes. Azam on the other remained not out on 68 off 52 balls with six boundaries and two sixes. India's bowlers especially spinners struggled to grip the ball and as a result they lost control of the chase completely. In the end Pakistan finished on 152 for no loss in 17.5 overs to register their first-ever win over India in any World Cup either 50 over or 20 over format.
Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Afridi speak after Pakistan's history-making triumph
India: 151-7 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Rohit Sharma, 0.4 ov), 2-6 (KL Rahul, 2.1 ov), 3-31 (Suryakumar Yadav, 5.4 ov), 4-84 (Rishabh Pant, 12.2 ov), 5-125 (Ravindra Jadeja, 17.5 ov), 6-133 (Virat Kohli, 18.4 ov), 7-146 (Hardik Pandya, 19.3 ov)
Pakistan: 152-0 (17.5)
Result: Pakistan won by 10 wickets
Pakistan finally tame India - Salim Parvez
Pitched against arch rivals India in their opening game of the T20 World Cup, Pakistan emerged winners at Dubai International Stadium. An unexpected 10- wicket margin against their mighty opposition, has given Babar Azam’s side, an ideal start to the tournament.
The cricketing ties between India and Pakistan have taken a down turn for the worse, in recent years. The infrequent meeting was the prime reason to spice up their contest in the T20 World Cup in Dubai, this evening. The atmosphere in the stadium was electrifying, to say the least though India were overwhelmingly favourites for the contest – the first T20i between the two countries since 2016.
Pakistan chose to bowl first and Shaheen Shah Afridi sent back both openers to give his side the start they were looking for. Virat Kohli, with a drive over long-on off the same bowler saw the ball sailing over for a maximum and he looked his usual confident best. He had a heavy responsibility when he looked at the scoreboard which after first powerplay stood at 32-3 (6 overs). Could Pakistan keep up the intensity was a million-dollar question at this stage. With the surface taking spin they kept control of the game at the first break and half way of the innings – 60-3 (10 overs).
India with wickets in hand had a realistic aim to go for 150. Two amazing one-handed sixes by Rishabh Pant off Hasan Ali, was clear signs of his amazing ability with the bat. An 80-meter hit over square leg and followed by one straight down the ground off successive balls. Though dismissed by Shadab Khan in the following over – No. 13, his 39 off 30 balls gave his side the momentum, they sought. The wrist spinner finished with 1-22 off his 4 overs as India reached 100-4 after 15 overs.
Kohli throughout his innings had looked the classy batsman he is. Biding his time and reading the situation ever so shrewdly, he opened up with two fours in the 16th over in bringing up his 29th fifty in this format for India, off 45 balls. It took a smart slower ball from Shaheen to send him back for 57 (49balls). Perhaps Babar erred in calling Hasan Ali to bowl the 18th over which went for 13 and the bowler finished with 44 runs conceded off his 4 overs, propelling the final total to 151-7.
Never having previously beaten India in World Cup match – ODI or T20I – one expected Pakistan to be nervous in chasing 152 off 120 balls. Mohammad Rizwan, favouring leg-side, picked up a few boundaries and was the leading partner in his side reaching 43-0 in the six overs of powerplay. Game on. Indian slow bowlers knew they will be dealing with the wet ball and failed to make any inroads. Babar brought up his fifty with a pulled six off Varun Chakravarthy, in the over Pakistan also reached 100. Pakistan captain was in no mood to throw it away as the stand stretched to 112-0 off 14 overs.
Rizwan pulled Jasprit Bumrah for a four to reach his fifty off 41 balls and one could not fault his commitment. The target was now 24 off four overs – run a ball - and the two Pakistan openers had clearly pushed India on the back foot. The opening partners - Rizwan (79 not out) and Babar (68 not out) – crossed the line in 17.5 overs to seal an excellent victory.
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper), Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Toss: Pakistan, elected to field
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Start time: 1800 hrs UAE time
Match officials: Chris Gaffaney, Marais Erasmus (On-field Umpires); Richard Illingworth (TV Umpire); Paul Reiffel (Reserve Umpire); David Boon (Match-referee)
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