India vs Pakistan 2021 T20 World Cup: Pakistan breaks India in style | Cricket News
And this is how the inevitable happens. India’s dream World Cup race against Pakistan, which dated back to 1992, was bound to end eventually, but what was perhaps unexpected, and what will bother him, is the manner of the defeat. It was a surrender that brought back the ghosts of decades past and will haunt for some time.
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Babar Azam’s Pakistan finally picked Sunday night in Dubai for the kind of confident, authoritative performance that can completely deflate an opposition and has eluded Pakistan for decades.
Pakistan’s 10-wicket victory, Pakistan’s first in this format and their first World Cup victory over India in 13 attempts, was conceived with such ease, carried out with such complete mastery, that it has raised the curtain on a new era in this legendary rivalry.
From a master of chaos for decades, Pakistan became master of the clinic overnight.
The measured masterclass of Azam (68 not released on 52 balls; 6×4, 6×2), an exhibition of touch and class, and the bubbly and lively 79 not released (55b; 6×4, 3×6) of Mohammed Rizwan in a chase on slow ground was all mercurial, chaotic, capricious Pakistan has not participated in the World Cup over the years: calm, intelligent and determined.
No perfect Pakistan outing, however, is complete without a bit of rhythmic magic. In this match, it was the fiery Man of the Match Shaheen Shah Afridi (3/31, counting in the top three of India) who imposed his presence from the start of the match and allowed Pakistan to seize early. of stranglehold. Pakistan has simply never let go.
Finding swing with the new ball, Afridi first managed a deadly three-way flurry (3-0-19-2) which got rid of the first and sowed doubt, perhaps a little fear, in the spirit of India. .
T20 World Cup: Pakistan breaks India’s fate with 10-wicket rout
On the same ground the West Indies had collapsed on for 55 the day before, Afridi, who showed up after Babar Azam won the toss and naturally chose to line up on ground more conducive to the second hitter. , got Rohit Sharma for a first ball duck. with an old scarecrow: full delivery and moving to the beat.
Sharma’s struggles against this delivery have been well documented, but it was almost unplayable: scorching yorker length, late curl. Rohit reacted with panic, playing through, trying to guide him through the side of the leg and being plumb in front.
With the first bullet of the second completed, Afridi, now on fire, took KL Rahul out of the equation with a monster over 140: this time it was a length bullet, again swung, and again the batman played across the line. Rahul looked disoriented for just that half a second to allow the ball to cut the bonds. Captain Kohli (57 of 49g; 5×4, 1×6), was, like Azam, the fulcrum as India struggled valiantly after the opening shots to come back to 151/7 in their 20 overs.
Suryakumar looked in good shape the short time he lasted, but Hasan Ali got him with an absentee to set the stage for Rishabh Pant to light up the proceedings, again briefly.
Kohli had previously reduced the pressure either by slowly descending the field to counter Shaheen’s late move, or, as on one occasion, by standing back and hitting the pitcher for a rare and authoritative six. It was Pant, however, who was shaping up to be the biggest threat to Pakistan, hitting the wayward Hasan Ali for two daring, back-to-back, scary one-handed sixes that pulled India out of an intermediate slump.
But Pant played one too many and came across a bad shot from Shadab Khan (4-0-22-1) in the 13th.