Pakistani captain Babar Azam fires a shot during the men’s ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24, 2021.
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Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan quickly scored fifty points after Shahin Afridi played the star with a fresh ball as Pakistan beat India with 10 wickets, securing their first World Cup win over their rivals on a 13th try.
Pakistan has lost all 12 of its previous World Cup matches to India, with seven losses in the 50-over version and five losses in the 20-over version, including the first T20 final back in 2007.
That fruitless run was great on Sunday when skipper Babar (68 for 52) and Rizvan (79 for 55) scored a whopping 152 – their fourth century in international T20 tournaments this year – as the 2009 champions surpassed India’s 151 points. 7 with 13 spare balls in Dubai.
Swift left hand Shahin (3-31) previously hit twice in the first three overs, then came back and fired Virat Kohli (57 of 49), whose pre-tournament favorites gave way to Group 2 rivals.
Shahin gave Pakistan a fantastic start by winning Rohit Sharma (0) pound for a golden duck in his first over, followed by K.L. Rahula (3) with quick opposition in his third as India dropped to 6-2 after being put in.
It became 31: 3 when Suryakumar Yadav (11) beat Hassan Ali in an attempt to kick from behind and Pakistani wicket Rizwan jumped to his right to claim the perfect catch.
India’s serve was revived by Rishab Pant (39 out of 30) and Kohli’s stance with 53 runs – Pant is the dominant force in it, hitting two sixes with one hand off the bat before he pushed back hard to bowler Shadab Khan (1-22). …
Kohli, who previously bludgeoned Shahin for a mastery six for a long-on, finished 45th, 29th T20I-50, leading the 41st run alliance with Ravindra Jadeja (13 of 13) on the fifth wicket.
Kohli eventually fired Pakistan for the first time in the T20 World Cup when he edged out slower bouncer Shaheen in the penultimate standings.
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After that, Shahin’s kick went wrong with a total of 17, as Hardik Pandya (11 of 8) made a full shot without the ball for four, and then, as a result of a free kick, Shahin missed, shyly hitting the stump of a non-striker. and watched the ball fly off to the border.
Haris Rauf (1-25) regained ground in the seven-round final, which included Pandya’s wicket, before Babar and Rizwan gave Pakistan a solid start in the pursuit, nailing their fifty friendly matches in the eighth round.
Pakistan at this stage was moving at 6.50 with a run, but then accelerated with a 13th run, knocked out by the spinner Varun Chakravarti, seeing six each from Babar and Rizwan.
Babar’s six from Chakravarti led him to 40 goals, the 21st international fifty T20, while Rizvan won his ninth of 41 innings when he pulled Jasprit Bumra in four in the 15th break.
Rizwan started 18th with Mohammed Shami with six and two fours, before Babar sealed his team’s crushing victory with a quick hit two long-in when Pakistan inflicted India’s first defeat with 10 T20I wickets.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizvan – Babar and Rizvan already had good days halfway through: the first had a good command, and the second brilliantly caught in the jump. Their evenings only improved in the second inning as they easily tackled India’s total score.
Rizwan’s kick, which featured three sixes and six fours, was his ninth and a half best in the 2021 T20 international tournaments. He has averaged over 100 points in this format this calendar year, and during that time no one has made more than his 831 results. His closest rival? It would be Babar (591 runs).
David Malan is arguably the number one T20I batsman, but it’s hard to argue that Babar is not the best hitter in this format, given his innings against India, in which he managed to land two sixes and six fours, showing all his agility and no. small muscle too.
Shahin Shah Afridi – quickly, skillfully, crushingly. Shaheen pissed off Pakistan fans when his full ball was trapped and caught Rohit right in front of him to get the golden duck, and then he rocked Rahul in his subsequent attack as the Indian rookie played across the line. Shaheen returned late for his fourth and final match, in which he fired Kohli and nearly got Pandyu as the latter was rushed by a short ball and soared into the air.
Virat Koli – you run out of superlatives for him. His six from Shahin were great, but a couple of brilliant punches with extra cover left for four, Kohli fondled them to the fence without any element of over-hitting. You can’t say that Pant never gets overwhelmed, but boy, it’s fun to watch! Apart from these one-handed sixes, he also beautifully carved Mohammad Hafiz into four on top of his stumps to show that he has balance as well as strength.
Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf – these two perfectly supported Shahin, gaining only 5.50 and 6.25 runs, respectively. Shadab held tight in medium overs, while fast bowlers Rauf in 17 and 20 overs averaged 11 as he mixed his tempo well.
Pakistan is back in the game against New Zealand in Sharjah on Tuesday (14:30, Sky Sports Cricket). New Zealand will also be India’s next rival, but this clash in Dubai will not take place until Sunday (13:30, Sky Sports Cricket), when Virat Kohli’s team will have a long break between matches.
The only meeting on Monday is a Group 2 game between Scotland and Afghanistan (14:30, Sky Sports Cricket). Scotland is in great shape, winning all three matches in the first round and reaching Super 12 for the first time in its history, and will be confident to win those four out of four victories when it faces the men of Mohammad Nabi in Sharjah.
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