India vs Pakistan Highlights: Mohd Rizwan, Babar Azam score unbeaten fifties as India lose to Pak for first time in World Cup

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Updated: October 24, 2021 11:39:21 pm

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India vs Pakistan T20 LIVE: Stage set for an epic clash; India to bat first after Pakistan win the toss and opt to bowlIndia vs Pakistan T20 LIVE: India's captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan's captain Babar Azam shake hands after the toss ahead of the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan in Dubai, UAE. (AP Photo)

India vs Pakistan ICC T20 World Cup: A supremely stylish Babar Azam broke a 29-year-old jinx by guiding Pakistan to an emphatic 10-wicket victory over India in the ICC T20 World Cup here on Sunday, their first in 13 attempts against the bitter arch-rivals at a global event.

The law of averages had to catch up with India sooner or later after having won seven ODI and five T20 World Cup games since they first met at Sydney in 1992.

It was also a day when Virat Kohli scored a half-century but was pale in comparison of Babar (68 not out off 52 balls), who looked regal in attack, elegant in defence and composed in a chase of 152, which was achieved in 17.5 overs.

Worse, India haven’t ever lost a T20 International by 10 wickets and Pakistan won by such a margin for the first time, and what an occasion to achieve the feat.

Babar had the exuberance of Mohammed Rizwan (79 not out off 55 balls) to match his cool quotient as Pakistan, not for once during the entire match, looked like imploding. In between them, they hit 12 boundaries and five sixes to make it a ‘Super Sunday’ for Pakistan.

On the day, there was only one team that could have won and that was Pakistan, who were better on a man-to-man comparison with each Indian player.

It started with the captains. On a track where Kohli struggled, Babar just effortlessly found the gaps and when required, hit those sixes as release shots.

If India lost three wickets in power play, Pakistan literally humiliated their rivals with an opening stand, which will be billed as one of the best in this format for years to come.

If Shaheen Shah Afridi was a rockstar with his searing pace and incisive swing, his new-ball counterpart Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled at early to mid 120 kmph with no swing at all.

If Pakistan’s spin troika of left-armer Imad Wasim (0/10 in 2 overs), leg-spinner Shadab Khan (1/25 in 4 overs) and off-spinner Mohammed Hafeez (0/10 in 2 overs) gave only 47 runs in their eight overs together, Varun Chakravarthy (0/33 in 4 overs) didn’t have any ‘mystery’ about him as he and Ravindra Jadeja (0/28 in 4 overs) gave away 61 runs.

If there was one team that felt the pressure it was India as Babar seemed like a man who was sitting in that Indian dressing room that had no control over the proceedings.

In the chase, Pakistan looked in complete control and Bhuvneshwar’s lack of pace and non-existent swing made it easy for Rizwan to effortlessly cart him over square leg for a six. Skipper Babar was also elegant as he punched Mohammed Shami off the back-foot and rocked back to pull Jadeja over deep mid-wicket for a six.

The 50 came in the 8th over and before India realised, the duo had taken the game away by posting the highest ever opening stand against India in T20 internationals.

When India batted, 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 gave the bowlers at least something to fight for on a track that can’t exactly be called batting-friendly.

Shaheen, one of the most exciting fast bowlers produced two unplayable deliveries at the biggest stage under pressure, which any batter would have found difficult to negotiate.

The most difficult delivery from a left-arm fast bowler is the one that holds the line just when the batter had committed for the angle.

In the case of Rohit (0), before he could adjust his footwork, he got one that was pitched on block hole and straightened. It caught him plumb in-front.

KL Rahul (3) thought that the ball will straighten but it shaped in to breach his defence and disturb the off-stump.

Suryakumar Yadav (11) did get a six over backward square leg off Shaheen and a boundary off Imad Wasim (0/10 in 2 overs) but Hasan Ali bowled one back of the length which he edged while trying to cut and a diving Mohammed Rizwan behind the stumps pouched it.

Pant joined Kohli as the power play score read a disastrous 36 for three. They added 53 runs in 6.4 overs to get some momentum back in an exciting stand dominated by the left-hander.

The Indian captain did show Shaheen, who is the boss as he made room by shuffling towards leg-stump and lofted him straight into his team’s dug-out for a six.

For Hasan Ali, he reserved an exquisite square drive before he let Pant take over the show, having partially stabilised the initial rot.

Watching that there is a fielder placed at ’45’, Pant first played a lap shot off leg-spinner Shadab Khan (1/22 in 4 overs) and then back-cut Mohammed Hafeez from the middle-stump to get two boundaries.

But the real fun was when he smoked Hasan for two one-handed sixes.

Shadab had the last laugh as a mistimed slog sweep turned into a return catch.

Kohli, who was playing the second fiddle then took chargestage as he attacked Hasan with a pull-shot and a then played a cover drive as 10 runs came off the 16th over.

However, Pakistani bowlers didn’t err much at the death to keep the score under check, credit for which should go to Harris Rauf (1/25 off 4 overs).

As It Happened:

 

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    23:09 (IST)24 Oct 2021
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    Besides Kohli's 49-ball 57, Rishabh Pant slammed 39 in 30 deliveries.

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    21:23 (IST)24 Oct 2021
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    19:48 (IST)24 Oct 2021
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    19:48 (IST)24 Oct 2021
    India vs Pakistan LIVE: India lose two early wickets

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    19:31 (IST)24 Oct 2021
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    19:19 (IST)24 Oct 2021
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    19:14 (IST)24 Oct 2021
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    19:04 (IST)24 Oct 2021
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    19:01 (IST)24 Oct 2021
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    17:29 (IST)24 Oct 2021
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    I believe India will play: Rohit, Rahul, Virat, SKY, Pant, Hardik, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Bumrah, Varun. Expect Pakistan to play Babar, Rizwan, Fakhar, Hafeez, Malik, Asif, Shadab, Imad, Hasan Ali, Rauf and Shaheen Afridi. History favours India but it counts for little, tweets Bhogle

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    15:08 (IST)24 Oct 2021
    India vs Pakistan Live: Kohli backs Pandya

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    14:57 (IST)24 Oct 2021
    India vs Pakistan Live: Lara says India’s World Cup to lose

      • West Indies batting great Brian Lara said it was India’s tournament 'to lose' ahead of the Men in Blue’s ICC T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan. It is India’s World Cup to lose, Lara said, adding that he saw them in the knockout stages and was up to them how they progressed from there.

    14:47 (IST)24 Oct 2021
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    14:28 (IST)24 Oct 2021
    India vs Pakistan Live: Pak cricket veteran Shoaib Akhtar has some words for Babar Azam
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    14:23 (IST)24 Oct 2021
    India vs Pakistan Live: Pitch Report

    • The pitch in Dubai favoured slower bowlers throughout the IPL. Even fast bowlers gained significant advantage when they varied their pace.
    • While the playing surface doesn’t offer much turn, England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid extracted significant movement during their victory over the West Indies in the opening game of the tournament on Saturday. The extra bounce is also expected to make life difficult for the side batting first. However, the surface tends to become much slower as the match progresses.

    14:23 (IST)24 Oct 2021
    India vs Pakistan Live: Weather Forecast

    • The weatherman has predicted clear skies with the temperature hovering around the 28-33° Celsius mark. While the wind speed will gradually come down as the match progresses, dew is likely to play a significant role in the latter stages.
    • Visibility also remains at an excellent 16 km, while humidity is predicted at 66%.

    14:23 (IST)24 Oct 2021
    India vs Pakistan Live: Tiwary confident 

    • Former India batsman Manoj Tiwary is confident that India’s overall strength would be enough to secure victory against Pakistan. Speaking to Asian News International, Tiwary said India had a good record against Pakistan, the batting is good and Bumrah’s bowling has also improved.
    • The former Kolkata Knight Riders batter feels the Pakistan side was bit stronger this time, but is hopeful that India would come out victorious.

    14:22 (IST)24 Oct 2021
    India vs Pakistan Live: Latif has his say

    • Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has written off his country’s chances of victory and believes Babar Azam’s team can secure a win only if India made mistakes on the field.
    • No matter how well Pakistan play, if India don’t make mistakes, it will be difficult for Pakistan to win, Latif told The Khaleej Times.
    • The former wicketkeeper said when he captained Pakistan, he always tried to induce mistakes from the opposition. He added one had to do their job first, but it was also important to make the opposition commit errors.
    • The 52-year-old said India captain Virat Kohli could be prone to making mistakes due to the plethora of options available to him. What Kohli does if he wins the toss and the playing XI he picks could determine the match’s outcome, Latif said.

    14:22 (IST)24 Oct 2021
    India vs Pakistan Live: Kaif’s advice

    • Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif has urged fans to treat the encounter as a cricket match and advised them to avoid politics, arrogance, and hate.
    • The hero of the 2002 Natwest Trophy final called on the fans to celebrate their team’s win and not revel in the defeat of their rivals. He urged them to treat it as a game, not war.

    14:21 (IST)24 Oct 2021
    India vs Pakistan Live: Laxman’s XI

    • Legendary India batter VVS Laxman has picked Surya Kumar Yadav in his playing XI for the match against Pakistan. Wishing Team India the best for their first match of the ICC T20 World Cup on Twitter, the stylish right-hander also named his preferred options for the match. Laxman has picked Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as his openers with skipper Virat Kohli at Number 3. He has also named Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja in his playing XI, while also Hardik Pandya, whose participation as a bowler is in doubt because of injury, has also found a place. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah round off the Indian pace battery with mystery spinner Varun Chakravarty also making the cut.
    • But the surprise selection was that of Yadav, who failed to perform for the Mumbai Indians during the IPL in the United Arab Emirates. Yadav’s selection means Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan, both of whom had a statistically better IPL season, miss out from Laxman’s XI. If Team India also goes with Laxman’s left-field choice, it will surely come as a surprise to the opposition and pundits alike.

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