India vs Pakistan: Pakistan stunned India to register a 10-wicket win over India in the 16th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday and with this win, Pakistan has broken their losing streak against India in the T20 World Cup. For the first time in the history of the India-Pakistan rivalry in the T20 World Cup, Pakistan has managed to beat India and they have certainly made a rollicking start to their ICC T20 World Cup 2021 campaign.
None of the Indian bowlers proved effective while defending a 151-run total against Pakistan on Sunday. Pakistan’s dependable duo of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam played two outstanding knocks under pressure while chasing in the second innings.
The duo played the ball to its merit and ensured they don’t make any mistake. Both the batsmen remained unbeaten as they helped the team chase down the score in just 17.5 overs. Babar Azam scored 79 off 55 balls, while Babar Azam too remained unbeaten on 68 off 52 deliveries. Indian bowlers didn’t bowl as good as they are known for.
They were a lot of bad deliveries and the Pakistan openers made sure they made full use of that. Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy went for 32 in 4 overs, while Japrit Bumrah gave away 22 in 3 overs.
Earlier, Shaheen Shah Afridi exhibited a dream spell against India in the first innings. There was some swing early on and the Pakistan bowler made full use of that. Afridi bowled two beautiful inswingers to get rid of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to leave India reeling at 6 for 2.
Suryakumar Yadav showed intent right from the start and looked to counter-attack. However, his innings too didn’t last long as he was caught behind after scoring 11 off 8 balls to leave India in all sorts of trouble.
India at the end of the powerplay had lost three wickets for just 31 runs. However, the skipper Virat Kohli held the firm and didn’t allow Pakistan to register a collapse. He stitched a 53-run partnership with Rishabh Pant to lead the team’s recovery. The presence of Rishabh Pant at the crease ensured runs came at a good scoring rate, however, he, unfortunately, got out on 39 off 30 deliveries while trying to hit a six. Virat Kohli, however, kept taking the innings forward and tried to play till the very end.
The Indian skipper scored 57 off 49 balls, including five fours and 1 six, and helped India reach a competitive 151 runs in 20 overs. It didn’t prove enough in the end.
India vs Pakistan Brief scores: Pakistan 152 for 0 (Rizwan 79*, Babar 68*) beat India 151 for 7 (Kohli 57, Afridi 3-31) by ten wickets