India lost to Pakistan first time ever in T20 World Cup and in a shameful manner. India struggled from the first ball but managed to make 151 runs.
Dubai: India lost to Pakistan first time ever in T20 World Cup and in a shameful manner. India struggled from the first ball but managed to make 151 runs. The real disappointment was from the bowlers who could not even send one player back to the dressing room.
History is bound to be challenged in this season of T20 World Cup and this has been proved in the first two days of Super12s games. Yesterday England beat West Indies for the first time in T20 World Cups in six attempts. Today Pakistan beat India for the first time in T20 World Cups in six attempts.
Today, India’s performance is raising concerns for the management and the captain as no one could do what was required to win on this foreign land.
There have been only 3 instances of a team losing by 10 wickets in T20 WC since its inception in 2007.
Ten wicket wins in T20 World Cups (target)
Aus v SL Cape Town 2007 (102)
SA v Zim Hambantota 2012 (94)
Oman v PNG Al Amerat 2021 (130)
Pak v Ind Dubai 2021 (152)
India vs Pakistan, All Matched In T20 World Cup Tournament:-
2007 – India beat Pakistan via bowlout (match tied) in Durban
2007 – India beat Pakistan by five runs in Johannesburg (Final)
2012 – India beat Pakistan by 8 wickets in Colombo
2014 – India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in Dhaka
2016 – India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets in Kolkata
2021 – Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets in Dubai
It only took 2 of the Pakistan Batsmen to chase the not-so-easy target of 152 runs set by the Indian Team, which crumbled down easily against their attacking opponent bowlers.
What They Said After The Match:-
Babar Azam, Captain of the Winning Team said “This was the team’s effort, and the early wickets were very helpful. It gave us a lot of confidence and our spinners were very good as well. We applied our plans and got the results. We, the openers, kept it simple and built a partnership and because the wicket was getting better so we just wanted to keep batting till the end, which we did”.
He added, “It won’t get easier just because we beat India. We will take the confidence, but we’re taking it one match at a time, and there’s a long way to go in the tournament. We prepared well, and just kept the history out of our mind. We needed quality practice, and warm-up matches, and even our domestic tournament and those games gave us a lot of confidence.”
Virat Kohli, Captain of Losing Team today said “We didn’t execute properly. Credit where it’s due and Pakistan outplayed us today. They started brilliantly with the ball, and 3 wickets for 20 runs was not a good start. We needed wickets early but with the bat they gave us absolutely no chances. It played slow in the first half and hitting through the line was not that easy as it was in the second half, after 10 overs”.
He added talking about the lack in the team, “We needed those 15-20 extra runs and for that we needed a good start but Pakistan’s bowling didn’t allow us to get those extra runs. We could make the argument of getting in another slower bowler, but it’s important to stay composed and understand our strengths, because with the dew the slower bowlers couldn’t be effective either. This is just the first game of the tournament, not the last”.
Shaheen Afridi, Man of the Match, said in a post-match statement, “It is the good wishes of my parents and all Pakistanis. Very happy with my performance. The plan was to bring the ball back in. I was just trying to swing it and I was just looking to give the team a breakthrough. That was what I practiced in the nets as well yesterday. Batting against the new ball was tough. The credit goes to Babar and Rizwan for the way they played. All teams are good in the tournament and we will look to carry this momentum through and go to the finals”.
first published:Oct. 24, 2021, 11:27 p.m.