India vs Pakistan: In Match 16 of the T20 World Cup on Sunday, Pakistan defeated India for the first time, courtesy to excellent performances from Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, and Babar Azam.
Pakistan rewrote history on Sunday by defeating India by 10-wickets in Match 16 of the T20 World Cup in Dubai, claiming their first World Cup victory over India in nearly 29 years.
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam made easy work of the 152-run chase, reaching the goal in the 18th over to end Pakistan’s World Cup jinx and claim their first-ever T20I 10-wicket victory.
In the chase to take the game away from the Men in Blue, Rizwan and Babar built a good platform for the Men in Green, scoring 78 and 68 not out respectively. To make history in Dubai, the duo didn’t give the opposition a single chance and took full advantage of the dew in the second innings.
This was Pakistan’s first World Cup victory over India, and only their second in the shortest format of international cricket, out of nine games. This was Pakistan’s first 10-wicket victory over any opponent in T20I cricket, as well as the greatest opening stand against India in the format. It was also India’s first defeat in the format by a 10-wicket margin.
Earlier in Dubai, skipper Virat Kohli wasn’t at his best, but his 57 off 49 balls saved India from a middling score of 151 for 7 after Babar Azam won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Kohli’s 29th half-century in T20 Internationals wasn’t as impressive as some of his other innings, but it was vital because he avoided a potentially dangerous situation created by Shaheen Shah Afridi’s (3/31 in 4 overs) ominous opening spell.
At the death, Shaheen contributed by removing the Indian skipper in the penultimate over. Kohli received help from Rishabh Pant (39 off 30 balls) during a 53-run partnership, but he had to perform the brunt of the heavy work in a pressure cooker situation, which he has been used to for the previous decade.
On a surface that isn’t exactly batting-friendly, his performance included five fours and a six as India managed a score that would give the bowlers at least something to fight for.