Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan clinched a comprehensive win for Pakistan.© AFP
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan hit unbeaten half-centuries as Pakistan completed a resounding 10-wicket win over India in their T20 World Cup campaign-opener in Dubai. Chasing a target of 152 runs, the Pakistan openers have looked comfortable as Indian bowlers continue to seek a breakthrough. Earlier, Virat Kohli scored his 29th half-century in T20Is before being dismissed for 57 by Shaheen Shah Afridi as India posted 151/7 in their allotted 20 overs. Afridi was on fire as he sent back openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, before Hasan Ali removed Suryakumar Yadav to give Pakistan a great start in the match. Kohli hit five boundaries and a six during his knock. Rishabh Pant also played a good hand as he hit a 30-ball 39, which included two fours and two sixes, before being dismissed by Shadab Khan. Hardik Pandya failed to get going in the death overs but India managed to surpass the psychological 150-run mark. Kohli left out Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Ishan Kishan from the playing XI, with Varun Chakaravarthy making the line-up. Team India will hope to seal a win and get their campaign off to a good start against a top-notch Pakistan team, which has a number of match-winners in its line-up. Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bowl first.
India went in with the following playing XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakaravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan chose the following players in their final XI: Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi (SCORECARD)
T20 World Cup 2021, Live Cricket Score Between India vs Pakistan, Straight From Dubai International Stadium In Dubai
Pakistan Win Handsomely !
Pakistan Win By 10 Wickets !
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam gave Pakistan a solid start in their run-chase of 152 runs vs India
The Indian bowlers looked off-colour and lacked discipline while defending runs on the board
Babar Azam and Rizwan hit individual fifties as they added 152 runs in an unbroken first wicket partnership to upset India by 10 wickets
Skipper Babar was unbeaten on 68 runs while Rizwan remained not out on 79
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 24, 2021
Rizwan hits second successive four off Shami
PAK 149/0 after 17.3 overs
Rizwan hits another four towards the mid-wicket boundary
PAK 145/0 after 17.2 overs
Rizwan hits Shami for a huge six on the leg side behind the stumps
PAK 141/0 after 17.1 overs – Need 11 more runs off 17 balls
Pak In Control !
Pakistan need 24 runs off 24 balls
Bhuvneshwar into the attack now
50 For Rizwan – Four !
Rizwan hits four off Bumrah’s bowling to bring up his fifty
PAK 116/0 after 14.2 overs
Babar is milking the Indian bowling and finding gaps at will
Hits another boundary off Jadeja behind the wickets
PAK 112/0 after 14 overs
Babar clears front foot and pulls Jadeja for a boundary on the leg side
PAK 106/0 after 13.2 overs
100 Partnership !
Babar and Rizwan have added 100 runs for the first wicket in only 12.5 overs
PAK 101/0 after 13 overs. – Need 51 more runs to win in 42 balls
Six – Babar Hits 50 !
Babar Azam reaches his fifty through an amazing six off Varun
PAK 99/0 after 12.4 overs
Rizwan hits Varun for a huge six on the leg side
PAK 92/0 after 12.2 overs
Pakistan Looking Solid !
Pakistan 80/0 after 11 overs
Need 72 more runs to win in 54 balls
Babar plays Bumrah over the mid-off fielder for a classy T20 boundary
PAK 77/0 after 10.2 overs
Half-way Through The Innings !
Pakistan have reached 71/0 after 10 overs
It’s getting away from India slowly now
Kohli needs bowlers to step up their game soon
PAK need 81 more runs to win in 60 balls
Babar hits Varun for another four as Pakistan are dominating here
PAK 67/0 after 9.2 overs
Babar hits Jadeja’s half-tracker for a huge six to release the pressure
PAK 61/0 after 8.5 overs
Pakistan Reach 50 Runs !
Pakistan have started brilliantly here against a strong Indian bowling line-up
PAK 50/0 after 7.4 overs
Jadeja Keeps It Tight !
Jadeja bowls a superb first over, concedes only three runs
PAK 46/0 after 7 overs
Powerplay Ends !
Rizwan and Babar have seen out the first six overs without taking many risks at a healthy run-rate
Indian bowlers have to break this partnership to get a foot in the game
PAK 43/0 after 6 overs
Rizwan smashes Shami for a four on the leg side
PAK 34/0 after 4.5 overs
Four – Stand Up & Deliver !
Babar Azam takes the aerial root and dismisses Shami for a super four towards the mid-wicket region
PAK 29/0 after 4.3 overs
Brilliant Over By Varun !
Varun has bowled a brilliant over, conceding only 2 runs
PAK 24/0 after 4 overs
Good Start By PAK !
Jasprit Bumrah bowls a tight first over to give away only 4 runs
Rizwan and Babar showing caution
PAK 22/0 after 3 overs
Four – Stand Up & Deliver !
Babar Azam shows class with a backfoot punch off Shami
PAK 18/0 after 1.5 overs
Rizwan hits a superb six on the leg side to showcase his intent
PAK 10/0 after 0.3 overs
Umpire signals four as Pakistan’s Rizwan starts nicely with a four
PAK 4/0 after 0.2 over
Pakistan Run-Chase Begins !
Pakistan openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are in the middle
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts proceedings
PAK 0/0 after 0.1 over
India Post 151/7 In 20 Overs !
Pakistan need 152 runs to win in 20 overs !
Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bowl against India
Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Ishan Kishan missed out while Varun Chakaravarthy made the cut
Suryakumar Yadav departed to Hasan Ali after pacer Shaheen Afridi jolted the batting side with two early wickets of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as India were reduced to 36/3 in the powerplay
Skipper Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant steadied India’s ship
Kohli scored 57 runs as his superb half-century helped India post 151/7 in their 20 overs against a good Pakistan bowling attack
Pakistan will chase 152 for a victory.
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 24, 2021
Hardik disappoints as he departs off Rauf’s bowling for 11 runs off 7 balls
IND 146/7 after 19.3 overs
Four Overthrows !
A good ball from Shaheen on a free hit but he foolishly throws towards the stumps and concedes a four through overthrows at the mid-off boundary
IND 144/6 after 19 overs
Hardik hits a boundary off Shaheen
IND 139/6 after 18.5 overs
And a free hit !
Kohli departs on a slower bouncer off Shaheen for 57 runs
IND 133/6 after 18.4 overs
Jadeja departs as Hasan Ali bamboozles the batter with a slower ball
IND 125/5 after 17.5 overs
Jadeja into the act now, hits Ali behind the wickets for a boundary
IND 125/4 after 17.4 overs
Kohli hits a superb four off Hasan Ali
IND 120/4 after 17.2 overs
Rauf On Target !
Haris Rauf bowls a brilliant over, concedes only 4 runs
IND 114/4 after 17 overs
Four – Kohli Remains Key !
Second four of the over as Kohli drives beautifully for a boundary through the covers off Hasan Ali
IND 108/4 after 15.4 overs
Four – Kohli Remains Key !
Kohli steps out and pulls behind for a four off Hasan Ali
Slower bouncer well picked up by Kohli
IND 104/4 after 15.3 overs
India Reach 100 !
India have reached their 100 in 15 overs
Kohli is looking good on 37 runs while Jadeja is on 6 not out
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