PAK WON
T20
PAK beat IND by 10 wickets
Man of the Match - Shaheen Afridi
IND
151-7
20.0/20 Ovrs
 
152-0
17.5/20 Ovrs
PAK
ICC World Twenty20, 2021 |Super 12 - Match 16 |10/24/2021
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Commentary
  • It's time to bring down the curtain on this highly anticipated clash. It turned out to be a one-sided affair, as unexpectedly, India were given an absolute hammering by Pakistan. From such a high-octane contest, we move to Monday and it will bring the match between Afghanistan and Scotland your way. The action will begin at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT) but you can join us in advance for the build-up. Signing off thinking about the blank cheque offered to the PCB chairman Ramiz Raja by an investor. Cheers!
  • Babar Azam, the skipper of Pakistan, says that the team executed the plans really well. Credits the bowlers for the way they bowled and mentions how well Shaheen Afridi bowled at the start. About the batting, Babar replies that he and Mohammad Rizwan look to keep things simple and that worked for them. Adds that once dew came into play, it got easier to bat so they wanted to bat till the end. Informs that winning this game gives them confidence but this is just the start of the tournament for them. Finishes by saying that they did not focus on the past before this game and had the confidence due to the way they played in the warm-up games.
  • Virat Kohli, the captain of India, says this is not the start they wanted and admits that Pakistan outplayed them. Mentions that Pakistan started really well with the ball and it was never going to be easy especially with the dew coming in. Adds that Pakistan were very professional in the chase and did not give them a chance. Feels that the batting got easier, driving on the up was easier, but they knew the conditions would change and favour the team batting second. States that they needed 15-20 runs extra but the early wickets did not help their cause. Also says playing an extra slow bowler may not have helped with the dew coming in. Tells that they are not the team that presses the panic button so early and shares that it's important to stay composed and there will be a chat around what they want to do in the next game.
  • SHAHEEN AFRIDI IS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH! Says that the blessing of the Pakistani people was with them and they are feeling very proud. Mentions that he worked on getting the ball to swing. Feels that batting against the new ball was a bit difficult but credits Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan for the way they batted. Finishes by saying that they want to take this momentum forward into the tournament.
  • Presentation time...
  • Shaheen Afridi set the tone for this victory. His early blows took the wind out of the Indian sails. Hunting down Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli in this high-octane contest can always be considered as a match-winning performance. Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf also contributed superbly with the ball to maintain the pressure and you cannot ignore their efforts. All in all, a great day in the history of Pakistan cricket. 
  • India got outclassed completely. Bowling second anyway was a big disadvantage in Dubai, due to the dew factor, and the Indian batting flopping didn't help their cause. Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant helped them to recover from early hiccups but the target they eventually set was not going to be enough. Still, India had hoped for early wickets to create some pressure but it never came and Pakistan thwarted the Indian bowling to achieve a historic win over them in a World Cup match. 
  • Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, two of the most successful batsmen in this format of late, planned this chase in the best way possible. They are known as the accumulators of runs and not a typical T20 batter and showed that it's possible to overhaul a target without doing anything extravagant. The pair played some classy shots, picked the gaps to rotate the strike and never allowed India any chance to get back in the game. 
  • PAKISTAN HAVE DONE IT! They've ended the age-old dominance that India had over them across World Cups. They've grabbed the 'mauka' finally and their public can, at last, celebrate a win over India in the mega event. Babar Azam has done something that many legends of Pakistan cricket failed to do. This would be the greatest moment of his cricketing life. A feather in his cap that he will cherish always. Unimaginable achieved. The monkey is off their backs and the streak is over. Congratulations to them but this is just the start of the tournament and not the end. 
  • 17.5
    2
    Mohammed Shami to Babar Azam, IT IS BABAR AZAM WHO HITS THE WINNING RUNS FOR HIS SIDE! Such a fitting end, his first game as skipper against India in a World Cup and it is him, who hits the winning runs and helps Pakistan beat India for the very first time across all World Cups! A beautiful shot. It is fuller and on middle, Azam works it through mid-wicket. They take one, go for the second. Long on runs to his right, picks the ball and fires it to the bowler but Rizwan is in. PAKISTAN WIN BY 10 WICKETS!
  • 17.4
    1
    Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Rizwan, Two more needed! On middle, fuller, it is worked down to long on for one.
  • 17.3
    4
    Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! 3 in 3 needed now! To end the game in this over that is! Once again Shami bangs it short, Rizwan says thank you very much and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 17.2
    4
    Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Runs needed in single digits now! A full one on off, Rizwan drags it through mid-wicket. The ball races away to the fence. Can he end it in this over itself?
  • 17.1
    6
    Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Rizwan, SIX! BANG! 2 more of these and Pakistan will be home! That is a gift and Rizwan puts it away! A full toss on the body, it is pulled well over the fine leg fence for a biggie.
  • END OF OVER 17 | 7 Runs & 0 Wkt | PAK 135/0
  • 16.6
    0
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Babar Azam, Azam wanted a wide now! Not given! Another one outside off, Azam leaves it alone. That is the end of the over.
  • 16.5
    2
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Babar Azam, Brilliant running! Length and on off, this is slapped down towards long off. Couple. This is now also the highest opening stand against India in T20Is.
  • 16.5
    1wd
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Babar Azam, WIDE! Yet another wide! It was a marginal call but a right one. Well outside off, Azam lets it be. Wided. Can't give such bonus runs.
  • 16.4
    1
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Mohammad Rizwan, Creamed! Fuller and outside off, Rizwan times it wonderfully but towards long off for one.
  • 16.4
    1wd
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Mohammad Rizwan, WIDE! This one has been given as a wide! Well outside off again, Rizwan slashes but misses.
  • 16.3
    0
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Mohammad Rizwan, A dot! This is full and wide outside off, Rizwan reaches out for it but misses. He is surprised that it has not been called a wide.
  • 16.2
    1
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Babar Azam, On middle, Azam hits it down to long on and gets to the other end.
  • 16.1
    1
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Mohammad Rizwan, Outside off, on the shorter side, Rizwan throws his bat at it, it goes towards sweeper cover for one.
  • END OF OVER 16 | 7 Runs & 0 Wkt | PAK 128/0
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-0-18-0) is back on.