Pakistan registered their first-ever World Cup win over India thanks to outstanding performances from Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam in Match 16 of the T20 World Cup on Sunday.
Pakistan rewrote history on Sunday to register their maiden World Cup-win over India in over 29 years as they registered a 10-wicket win over the arch rivals in Match 16 of the T20 World Cup in Dubai.
Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam made light work of the 152-run chase, getting to the target in the 18th over to break the World Cup jinx and register their first-ever 10-wicket win in a T20I match.
Rizwan and Babar laid a solid foundation for the Men in Green, scoring 78 and 68 not out respectively, in the chase to take the game away from the Men in Blue. The duo didn’t give a single chance to the opposition and made full advantage of the dew in the second innings to make history in Dubai.
This was Pakistan’s maiden victory over India in a World Cup match and only their second out of 9 games in the shortest format of international cricket. This was also Pakistan’s first T20I win by 10 wickets over any opposition and the highest opening stand against India in the format. It was also India’s first 10-wicket defeat in the format.
Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli wasn’t at his fluent best but his 57 off 49 balls was the saving grace in India’s middling score of 151 for 7 after Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bowl first in Dubai.
Kohli’s 29th half-century in T20 Internationals wasn’t as good as some of his other innings but considering that he diffused a potentially troubling situation created by Shaheen Shah Afridi’s (3/31 in 4 overs) menacing opening spell, this knock was significant.
Shaheen also did his bit at the death, removing the Indian skipper in the penultimate over. Kohli got support from Rishabh Pant (39 off 30 balls) during a 53-run stand but had to do the bulk of heavy lifting in a pressure cooker scenario, something he has been accustomed to for the past one decade.
His innings had five fours and a six as India managed a score which would give the bowlers at least something to fight for on a track that can’t exactly be called batting-friendly.
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