Led by fluent fifties from their openers and a sparkling spell from Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan thrashed India by 10 wickets in Dubai on Sunday, October 24 to make a winning start to their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign.
After winning the toss and electing to field, Pakistan already held the advantage as India are known to be poor when inserted into bat. Things soon got worse for the Men in Blue as they lost three wickets in the powerplay. Although India recovered decently to make 151/7, Pakistan were never challenged in the chase and got over the line with over two overs to spare.
Here are the player ratings from the India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup match.
T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan player ratings vs India as Afridi stars
Mohammad Rizwan: 9.5/10
Rizwan was unstoppable in Dubai as he smashed an unbeaten 79 to ensure that India were never in the game during the second innings. The keeper was solid behind the stumps as well.
Babar Azam: 9.5/10
It was a perfect night for Pakistan's captain as he commanded his team to an exceptional bowling performance. He essayed a calm 68 in the chase and was there when the winning runs were hit.
Fakhar Zaman: 5/10
As Azam and Rizwan put on a massive opening partnership, Pakistan's in-form southpaw was consigned to the dugout. He won't be complaining, though.
Mohammad Hafeez: 7/10
Hafeez's two overs went for 12 runs as he shared the fifth bowler's role with Imad Wasim. He wasn't needed with the bat.
Shoaib Malik: 5/10
Malik didn't have to contribute in either department as Pakistan cruised to a comfortable win.
Asif Ali: 5/10
Like Malik, Asif Ali had no meaningful contribution in the game and receives a standard rating.
Shadab Khan: 7.5/10
Pakistan's vice-captain sent down an excellent spell, dismissing Rishabh Pant and conceding only 22 runs in his four overs. He was difficult to get away and kept things tight throughout.
Imad Wasim: 7/10
Wasim bowled two miserly overs in the powerplay for just 10 runs and didn't have anything else to do in the game.
Hasan Ali: 6.5/10
Ali was given only one over in the powerplay, and he had to contend with difficult conditions throughout his spell. He scalped the wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja but conceded 44 runs in his four overs.
Shaheen Shah Afridi: 8.5/10
Afridi was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan. His fiery powerplay spell saw him scalp the wickets of the Indian openers before he returned to prise out Virat Kohli in the penultimate over of the innings. Although his fourth over was expensive, the left-armer sent an early statement with a marvelous performance.
Haris Rauf: 7.5/10
Rauf bowled the odd loose delivery, but he was superb at the death for Pakistan. Veering away from his usual express pace to bowl cleverly disguised slower ones, he curtailed India's momentum in the final few overs and picked up the wicket of Hardik Pandya.
T20 World Cup 2021: India player ratings vs Pakistan as Kohli hits crucial fifty
KL Rahul: 2/10
Rahul's dream run at the top of the order came to an unpleasant end as he was beaten all ends up by Afridi. He walked back for a painful 3 off 8.
Rohit Sharma: 1/10
Rohit's stay at the crease lasted only one ball as an inswinger from Afridi completely bamboozled him. India's vice-captain isn't in a great run of T20I form right now.
Virat Kohli: 8/10
Kohli played a quality innings after seeing his team reduced to 31/3. He found the boundary five times and cleared it once, scoring yet another fifty against Pakistan. Unfortunately, though, the Indian skipper never entered top gear with the bat and looked devoid of ideas in the field.
Suryakumar Yadav: 4/10
Yadav started positively as he struck a four and a six to inject some momentum into the Indian innings, but a loose shot outside off saw him nick off for 11. The dynamic right-hander really needs to start converting his starts into meaningful scores. He ran around in the field, making a number of stops.
Rishabh Pant: 7.5/10
Pant's brisk knock revived the Indian innings. He struck consecutive sixes off Hasan Ali to instil hopes of a par total, but a slog-sweep off Shadab saw him hole out at the edge of the circle. Nevertheless, the 24-year-old's promising cameo was just what India needed at the time.
Hardik Pandya: 5/10
The distinctly out-of-touch Pandya somehow found the boundary twice during an ungainly stay at the crease. He suffered a knock to his shoulder and didn't take to the field.
Ravindra Jadeja: 6/10
Jadeja was slightly circumspect after coming in at No. 6 ahead of Pandya as he managed a run-a-ball 13. He bowled four non-threatening overs for 28 runs, with the odd bad ball ruining what was almost a tight spell.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 2/10
Kumar's miserable form continued as he was completely toothless with the new ball. His three overs went for 25 runs and he barely touched the 130 kmph mark.
Mohammed Shami: 2/10
Shami was one of India's form players coming into this game, but he had a tough outing. He leaked 42 runs in 3.5 overs as Azam and Rizwan picked him apart with surgical precision.
Jasprit Bumrah: 6/10
Bumrah wasn't his usual penetrative self, although he nailed a few yorkers and went at just over seven an over. Strangely, he didn't bowl at the very start of the innings and didn't finish his spell even though Pakistan were running away with the win.
Varun Chakravarthy: 5.5/10
Chakravarthy bowled three tight overs, but his fourth was expensive as Rizwan decided not to show him the usual respect. The mystery spinner promised much, but the end product just wasn't there.
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Shaheen Shah Afridi
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