Pakistan won by 10 wickets. Today’s match was a blast. It seemed that the Indian team did not have the right amount of energy to win the match. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan had gotten Pakistan off to a brisk start in Dubai. The duo guided the side to 46/0 after 7 overs. They brought up yet another 50-run stand between them. This continued to push India onto the backfoot. The two then brought up their 100-run stand, and Babar Azam smashed 50, as Pakistan reached 101/0 after 13 overs. At the halfway mark, Pakistan scored 71/0. India had set Pakistan a target of 152 in 20 overs. After being the first to bat, Team India had the worst start possible.
Rohit Sharma got trapped Leg Before Wicket on 0 by Shaheen Afridi in the first over. He just gave up hopelessly, it seemed. In his next over, Afridi then removed KL Rahul on 3 by disturbing his timber. At the 4th over, Suryakuamr Yadav played a few shots and got the scoreboard ticking. This was put to a stop by Pakistan in the 6th over. He was put out by Hasan Ali. Eventually, India reached 36/3 after the Powerplay. In the four overs that came next, India scored 24 to keep up the run rate. Thanks to Rishabh Pant upping the ante and Kohli playing second fiddle, India began their comeback. Virat Kohli’s half-century helped India recover from a disastrous start and post 151/7 against Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup match on Sunday. Besides Kohli’s 49-ball 57, Rishabh Pant slammed 39 in 30 deliveries.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam won the toss and invited India to bat first but the early blows were landed by the men in green as opener Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul departed within three overs. Kohli and Pant then joined forces to add 53 runs in quick time before the latter was caught out by leg-spinner Shadab Khan (1/22 in four overs) off his own bowling in the 13th over. Kohli was dismissed for 57.
Shami was back for his final over. A six had been shot. This is the last thing he would have wanted to bowl. But a high full toss to Rizwan. He swivel-pulled it over a long leg for six. Through deep mid-wicket, Rizwan didn’t time the ball enough but got enough on it to find 4. It was almost over for India. At last, Rizwan pulled the ball behind deep square leg for four. Pakistan gave India no wickets. That was their winning stroke. Luck did not favor India today at all. But the players could not blame luck but themselves for their smashing defeat.