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Babar Azam gets one over Kohli in the T20 WC
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All over! Pakistan win by 10 wickets
What a way to start your World Cup campaign. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have fashioned a 10-wicket win to end India's dominance over them in T20 WCs. You've got to doff your hat to this performance that was absolutely calm, clinical and calculative. It was one of those days where India have just got to accept they were a distant second-best against an all-round side that didn't put one foot wrong.
Milestone for Rizwan too
What a performance this is turning out to be form Pakistan. Both their openers now have half-centuries and their stand is the highest for any wicket for a Pakistan pair against India in this format.
Fifty for Babar Azam!
He's not one for comparisons but he's brilliantly matched his opposite number with a fine, 40-ball half-century here. More importantly, he's driven Pakistan's chase alongside Rizwan, who is also just a few runs away from his fifty. At this stage, Pakistan are headed for a 10-wicket victory here.
Towel's out, dew's on!
Not good news for India as the towel has been brought out regularly in the middle overs here. If dew takes effect this chase, which has already begun very well, could be over very soon.
Solid start for Pakistan
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan – the two leading run-getters in T20Is this year – have given Pakistan a commanding and comfortable start against India's three quicks. Only Varun Chakravarthy's over was played with a bit of circumspection as they got just two runs off it. They've reached 43/0 in 6 overs, very much on course in this chase. Massive middle-overs coming up for India here.
Mohammad Rizwan fan club members unite…
IK Sabbir @SabbirIk @PrakashG_CB Everyone say Babar is the classiest Pakistani Batsman. But this man is not less. A treat to watch when he bats #Rizwan #IndiaVsPak #T20WorldCup 04:25 PM • Oct 10, 2021
Shoaib Akhtar @shoaib100mph Keep them under 140 and we have a game on here! They're not gonna let this chase happen easily. 03:40 PM • Oct 10, 2021
India finish on 151/7
That's come after Pakistan conceded 51 runs at the death, even as they picked three wickets in that phase. It was another T20 WC fixture where India were carried ahead by Virat Kohli after the early struggles. Rishabh Pant's 39 off 30 was crucial through the middle, particularly in the one over where he gave India a much-needed move on. The score could be a winning one only if dew stays away here. We'll have to wait and watch.
Shaheen strikes at the death too!
India's bid to fly away in the death overs has been dented here. Kohli has nicked while attempting to whack away a slower bouncer and Rizwan has a simple catch. The India skipper walks off for 57 off 49 balls – a gem in these conditions against this attack.
Ravindra Jadeja is gone!
Hasan Ali, who's been the whipping boy for India on a day when Pakistan have bowled really well, has used change of pace to fox the left-hander. Jadeja had to go for the big shot and ended up mistiming it. Substitute fielder Mohammad Nawaz ran in and took a good catch at deep midwicket.
Shadab Khan: Overs: 4 | Dots: 9 | Runs: 22 | Wickets: 1
India will need this stat to come to life here…
The CricViz Analyst @cricvizanalyst Virat Kohli Strike Rate in T20s since the last #T20WorldCup Overs 1-6: 127 Overs 7-15: 128 Overs 16-20: 196 #T20WorldCup #INDvPAK 03:13 PM • Oct 10, 2021
Shadab Khan pulls one back!
Just when India threatened to drag the momentum to their corner, Shadab has ended Rishabh's plans of recovery. Expectedly it was a googly that Pant threw his bat at, only for the top-edge to go really high and allow Shadab to settle under it and complete the catch. India are four down in the 13th over.
Hasan Ali to Rishabh Pant – The turning point?
After Haris Rauf's fiery over full of balls in 140kmph bracket, Rishabh has taken on Hasan Ali's medium pace. It worked in his favour that his leg side fence was the shorter boundary (80m). He gets one six over square leg and then one straighter to earn India a 15-run over.
Kohli, Pant slowly rebuild
India aren't panicking or trying to hit their way out of trouble like West Indies did yesterday. Pakistan have been exceptional in trying to play the match-ups game – they've brought on Mohammad Hafeez to use his off-spin against Pant and coax some impatience from the keeper-batsman. Shadab Khan's leg spin against Kohli and googlies against Pant are also doing a good job. India have crawled from 36/3 in 6 overs to 60/3 in 10 overs.
India are three down inside the PowerPlay!
Hasan Ali strikes in his first over. Suryakumar Yadav's early counterattacking intent doesn't last long. He slashed at a ball that straightened off a length and ended up nicking it. It took an acrobatic effort from Mohammad Rizwan from behind the stumps to complete that catch and leave India three down.
Shaheen Afridi in the PowerPlay
Overs: 3 | Dots: 10 | Runs: 19 | Wickets: 2
Shaheen on absolute fire…
If you thought the ball to Rohit was unplayable, he's reserved something more special for KL Rahul. Another length ball that nips back sharply, giving Rahul no time to adjust to the movement. The Indian opener didn't see the movement coming and haplessly watched the ball sneak through, take an inside edge and hit the stumps. What a spell of fast bowling, this.
What a ball that from Shaheen! Full, angling inwards and catching Rohit Sharma plumb in front of the stumps. Rohit tried to move his front leg out of the way and flick it but the delivery was too quick for the Indian opener as it went on to hit his back leg plumb in front. What a first ball to get in a World Cup.
This by the way, is the same pitch where West Indies werebowled out for 55 yesterday. Thought we'd get that fact out of the way early.
– Rohit Sharma is the only Indian player to feature in every single edition of the T20 WC, starting from the 2007.
– Pakistan have won each of their last 11 T20Is in UAE
No pressure, India and Pakistan!
Ahmad Danish @TheAhmadDanish @PrakashG_CB #INDvPAK Hoping for a high scoring and last ball finish. 01:55 PM • Oct 10, 2021
India have expectedly started off by picking three fast-bowling options in Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Hardik Pandya is picked – Kohli said you can't just find another player easily that can do what he does at No. 6 – but won't bowl tonight. He is expected to be eased in as far as bowling duties go.
There's no room for Ravichandran Ashwin – it could be down to unfavourable match-ups as Fakhar Zaman is the only left-hander in Pakistan's top-order. Rahul Chahar sits out too as Varun Chakravarthy comes in to shoulder the spin duties along with Ravindra Jadeja. If dew stays out, the middle-overs tussle could be fun.
India:Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakaravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan:Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
TOSS: Pakistan opt to bowl.
As we wait for the big game to get underway, here's a superb reading list to whet your appetite:
– A data-driven analysis on why Pakistan could add T20 WC title #2 this year
– The fascinating tale of Hasan Ali's redemption
– India's changing T20 stratagem
– And finally, a heart-warming collection: The rivalry you know, the friendships you don't
Prelude – Bring out that popcorn tub
Hello all, the ICC most obvious scheduling quirk is here! It's India vs Pakistan, the most-hyped, highly-anticipated and unrivalled fixture in coloured kits in the sport today.
Despite the tension and the drama of the occasion, it's perhaps safe to say we've come a long way from dressing room whispers that involve ‘you don't lose to this lot'. The competitive spirit is of course still very high, but there's reason to keep things real and level-headed.
After the last round between these two in the T20 WC, the then captain MS Dhoni was asked when will Pakistan ever beat India in an ICC event – almost like a desperate plea, to which the Indian captain gave the sort of pragmatic response that only he could've. He'd played down India's grip on this fixture and said at some point this jinx will be broken, this hoodoo will be overcome. And just a year later, Pakistan got one over India in the biggest game – the final – of the Champions Trophy.
It must be said that it's a shame that these two sides haven't crossed paths more often, pitting their unique strengths against each other. Anyway, they're up against each other tonight – and as our man Kaushik bills it – this is the apex predator (India) vs the ultimate survivors (Pakistan). Forget the history and histrionics involved in this emotionally charged fixture and strip it down to just the cricketing abilities, and you'll see there's a really exciting game with great subplots about to unfold tonight.