151/7 (20)
152/0 (17.5)
Pakistan won by 10 wickets
Player of the match: Shaheen Afridi
That is all that was written for this contest - it was rather one-sided but Pakistan have finally broken their World Cup hoodoo against their arch-rivals. The tournament rolls on though with a number of exciting contests to come and it will be Afghanistan kickstarting their campaign tomorrow at Sharjah where they lock horns with a red-hot Scotland side that has won all of its three First Round games coming into the Super 12. Do ensure to be back for our coverage of that clash right here on Sportskeeda, while keeping yourselves up to date with all the other cricketing action from across the globe. Thank you so much for tuning into our coverage of this contest - one which we hope you enjoyed as much as we did bringing it to you. On behalf of my good friend and fellow textpert Shashwat Kumar, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha humbly reminding you to mask up and get yourselves vaccinated if you haven't yet done so. Good night and take care!
Pakistan's players as well as their faithful fans will rejoice tonight. They have been patiently waiting for this moment, considering the rivalry and the hype around this contest. Right from the toss to their bowling, the fielding and eventually the run chase, they ticked just about every box right and it was a top-class display by Babar Azam's men. The stars aligned for them on the big night but they were masters of their own fortune in what was a sensational display of cricket across departments to cap off a brilliant outing and get their World Cup campaign up and running. They do take the field again in a couple of days' time against New Zealand and should they seal a couple of points at the end of that contest, they would really send alarm bells ringing across the other teams if they haven't already. As for India, they too play New Zealand next but after a week's long gap so there is a bit of time for their players to reflect on this contest and bounce back. That is a must-win game considering the nature of this competition and India need to pull up their socks heading into that.
Babar Azam (Pakistan Captain): Thanks to the Almighty that we won this game. Whatever we wanted to execute today, we managed to do it really well. The way Shaheen started we got a lot of confidence and the spinners bowled well thereon. Our plans were to keep things simple and whatever plans we had it worked out really well for us. Rizwan and I wanted to take it deep while staying on par with the required run-rate. This is just the first game we have played and we just want to take the confidence ahead into the upcoming games. We did not focus on whatever has happened in the past. We just wanted to back our players with confidence and get enough practice. We got a lot of practice in the National T20 Cup. We just wanted to do well across all departments.
Virat Kohli (India Captain): Definitely not a good show. We did not execute the things we wanted to. Must give credit where it is due and Pakistan completely outplayed us. When you lose too many wickets upfront it was always going to be difficult given the conditions. With dew coming in it made it tougher in the second half. The wicket played a bit slow in the first half but it quickened a bit in the second half with the dew coming in. You need those 15-20 extra runs when you know the conditions will change but they bowled extremely well and made it difficult for us. With the dew coming in the slower bowlers were not effective either. We definitely are not a team to press the panic button. There definitely will be a chat before the next game but it is just the first game of the tournament and everybody knows what needs to be done.
The odds were against Pakistan heading into the World Cup but isn't that when things align for them? And today's result only puts that into further perspective, which is why this is the apt time to dive into this piece!👇
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Player of the Match): Thanks to the Almighty as we have won our first World Cup game against India. The prayers of our fans have been answered. I just wanted to stick to the right lengths. I tried in the nets to swing the ball since there wasn't much swing with the white ball. My plan is to always give the early breakthrough for my side and give my 100 percent. It was tough against the new ball but credit to Babar and Rizwan for their partnership. Every opponent is tough to face and we hope to carry on this momentum and make it to the final.
Absolute scenes at Dubai! One can see the emotions clearly reflecting in the Pakistani camp as they celebrate a historic victory. They've romped home mind you - they've absolutely taken the wind out of the Indian sails but this goes well beyond any victory just for the pressure and expectations that come with this contest. All that can be put to rest now as they kickstart their campaign in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in grand fashion!
HISTORY AT DUBAI! Pakistan have beaten India for the first time in World Cup history. Look at Rizwan and Babar celebrate - they know how much this means to them. They've waited and waited for this and at last, they will not have any of those hoodoo numbers coming their way anymore. And what a thumping victory at that - Pakistan win by 10 wickets with 13 deliveries to spare!

India did not have a par score to play with but they certainly had names in their bowling attack capable of pulling off the defense. Alas though, they never turned up with a number of loose deliveries in the Powerplay taken full toll of by Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam. Both batters went about their business in a steady manner with absolutely nothing to faze them.

There was the odd grip for Varun Chakravarthy who bowled some good overs but every time the rest sent down a poor one, it was dispatched without a fuss. Rizwan and Babar called the shots and dictated terms to the opposition while taking the wind out of their sails and running hard between the wickets. There was a nervy moment in the middle when Rizwan nearly ran himself out but he managed to slide his bat in the nick of time to make his ground and carry on.

When dew began to set in, the signs were ominous for India - things were getting out of hand and the final nail in the coffin was when Chakravarthy was clubbed for a couple of big hits to shut the doors on the Indians. Everything thereafter was a mere formality as two masterful half-centuries from the Pakistani openers ensured that they would see their team through to the finish line.

Nothing, absolutely nothing went the way for India's bowlers tonight. Even though the total at their disposal wasn't a par one, the spells from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami left a lot to be desired. Not much from Ravindra Jadeja either tonight and while Varun Chakravarthy and Jasprit Bumrah gave it their all, the wickets never came their way and it signaled a tough outing for the Indians at the Dubai International Stadium.
17.5 Mohammed Shami to Babar Azam, THAT WILL BE THAT! PAKISTAN HAVE DONE IT! THE HOODOO ENDS! Full delivery on middle and off stump. Babar gets onto the front foot and neatly clips it past mid wicket before scampering across for a couple. A feature of their innings to be honest and it is fitting that they have won this game via that avenue at the end! What a performance this has been! Lots of introspection for India though!
150 up for Pakistan! Just 2 runs away now...
17.4 Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Rizwan, full delivery just outside off stump. Rizwan gets onto the front foot and knocks the ball down the ground towards long on for one
ANOTHER STAT: Pakistan haven't won a T20 international by 10 wickets till date. It's all aligning tonight though!
17.3 Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR MORE! RIZWAN ON FIRE! Banged into the track outside off stump. Rizwan jumps up onto his toes and whacks it past deep square leg for four
17.2 Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR MORE! Right in the slot outside off stump. Rizwan shuffles across his stumps and pounds it past mid wicket for a boundary!
...well it doesn't matter if third man comes or hangs back if you send down a wretched full toss at the batter. Sums up the night for India.
17.1 Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Rizwan, SIX! Waist height full toss on middle and leg stump. Rizwan gets inside the line and launches it over fine leg for another maximum!
Third man comes in...
Mohammed Shami to bowl his final over of the game. He will bowl over the wicket.
STAT ALERT: India has never lost a T20 international by 10 wickets. Is today the day that comes to an end?
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