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Pakistan turn tables with emphatic T20 World Cup win over India

Pakistan turn tables with emphatic T20 World Cup win over India

10/24/2021 10:08:00 PM

Pakistan turn tables with emphatic T20 World Cup win over India

Brilliant bowling by Shaheen Shah Afridi set up Pakistan for an emphatic 10-wicket victory against India in the T20 World Cup

Shaheen Shah Afridi decides contest with thrilling spellShaheen Shah Afridi (centre) celebrates with Pakistan teammates after dismissing India's captain Virat Kohli.Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty ImagesShaheen Shah Afridi (centre) celebrates with Pakistan teammates after dismissing India's captain Virat Kohli.

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Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Imagesat Dubai International Cricket StadiumSun 24 Oct 2021 19.41 BSTLast modified on Sun 24 Oct 2021 20.15 BSTIt has been 29 years in the making, but when Pakistan finally broke the World Cup shackles that India had placed them firmly in, they did so in the most emphatic fashion possible. The game lasted 37.5 overs but in reality the contest was decided in 19 balls.

Shaheen Shah Afridi had his plans in place, skills sharpened and steamed in to let loose not so much cricket balls but precision-guided missiles that produced shock and awe.Read moreThe fourth ball of the innings, the first that Rohit Sharma faced, swung in at pace, moving late and the batsman was fatally in front of the stumps when the back pad was nailed. headtopics.com

There really was little Rohit could do about the ball. But the story was a little different to KL Rahul, who shaped to work a similarly conceived delivery to the on side off the first ball of the third over and feathered the ball on to pad and stumps.

At six for two, India were looking down the barrel and fortunately for them Virat Kohli was not in the mood to give up. Batting outside his crease and nullifying the swing, Kohli signalled his intent by muscling Afridi into the stands over long-on.Having lost his most reliable partners, Kohli changed gears, committing himself to playing traditional cricket shots, pushing back just enough to keep India in the hunt.

Adding 53 with Rishabh Pant, Kohli ensured that hope floated for India, and when he was finally dismissed, the sixth wicket of the innings, he had done enough to get India to 151 for 7.Quick GuideCharith Asalanka smashes Sri Lanka past BangladeshShowCharith Asalanka hit an unbeaten 80 to steer Sri Lanka to a five-wicket win over Bangladesh in their opening T20 World Cup Super 12 match in Sharjah. Mushfiqur Rahim's unbeaten 57 helped Bangladesh, put into bat after Sri Lanka won the toss, to post 171 for four in the group 1 encounter with opener Mohammad Naim contributing 62.

However Asalanka, who hit five sixes and five fours off 49 balls, steered the Sri Lankans to victory with seven balls to spare, ably assisted by Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who hit 53 off 31 deliveries.Sri Lanka's run chase was aided by two dropped catches by Bangladesh opener Liton Das, who crucially spilled chances offered by Rajapaksa and Asalanka. headtopics.com

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PA MediaWas this helpful?Thank you for your feedback.While that was certainly a few runs short, given the occasion, the stage and the quality of Pakistan’s bowling on the day, it was the best India could do, and at least gave their bowlers a fighting chance.

In boxing parlance, though, India’s bowlers simply could not land a single punch when it was their turn.If Afridi was the pointed end of the spear, Babar Azam was the shield. Oozing class from the first ball he placed, Azam set the tone with a back-foot punch through cover that should be immortalised in bronze.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam on his way to an unbeaten 68.Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/ReutersAzam’s footwork was textbook, his timing immaculate and his placement cruelly efficient. There was nothing India’s bowlers could produce that troubled him as he cruised to an unbeaten 68.

While Azam was the man controlling the tempo of the chase, his partner, Mohammad Rizwan, was the perfect foil. Rizwan took just enough chances to put the bowlers off their game, and crucially had perfect understanding with his captain. The pair barely had to call – not that they would have been able to hear each other in a heaving stadium – when they were turning ones into twos. headtopics.com

A look from Azam would be enough for Rizwan to commit to the run, and when he decided to be cheeky, the ball screamed off the middle of the bat. Rizwan ended on a 55-ball 78, sealing Pakistan’s pitch perfect 10-wicket win.The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email.

“We did not get any chances. They were very professional. We tried our best, we tried to put pressure on them, but there is no shame in accepting that we were outplayed, outclassed,” said Kohli. “They did not let us come into the game at any stage. Pakistan deserve credit for finishing the game off in the manner they did.”

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Azam was understandably proud that Pakistan had finally beaten India in a World Cup match. “This is just the start, we have confidence to build on now,” he said. “It will remain match by match for us. The pressure on us wasn’t that much – we weren’t thinking of the record against India at all.”

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Buying a TV📺 Well played Pakistan. Congrats. Well… as small brother you were allowed to have this 😊. Cheers and good luck for the rest of the tournament. Crazy game..hindu fanatics and fascist groups threaten life of indian Muslim captain for losing the game...while indian team was taking a knee for minorities suffering abroad..inside india hatred and attacks were being carried out against minorities...

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Pakistan hammer India at T20 World CupPakistan hammer India by 10 wickets to claim a famous win over their great rivals at the Men's T20 World Cup in Dubai. Wishes from India to pakistan brothers .. Well played ❤️❤️ 3 lions are next don't worry NZ pulled out last minute. England didn't even tour. Instead of two intl series, played domestic T20s to prepare. Coaches resigned. CEO resigned. Lost the warm up game. And then beat Ind for the 1st time in a mens World Cup. By 10 wickets. Just Pakistan being Pakistan. INDvPAK

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