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T20 World Cup 2021, India vs Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan-Babar Azam show routs India by 10 wickets

India suffered a hard fate after Pakistan defeated it by 10 wickets in Super 12s of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday. It was Pakistan's maiden win over India in the tournament to date.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021, India vs Pakistan: Report, result, winner, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam-ayh
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates, First Published Oct 24, 2021, 11:06 PM IST
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Former champion India was handed a 10-wicket rout by arch-rival and fellow former champion Pakistan in Group 2's Super 12 clash of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. With this win, Pakistan managed to defeat India for the first time in the competition, while it was also its maiden win against the side in any World Cup.

Winning the toss, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam opted to bowl. India was off to a jittery start, losing openers KL Rahul (3), Rohit Sharma (0) and Suryakumar Yadav (11) within the sixth over of the Powerplay, with 31 runs on the board. However, skipper Virat Kohli (57) and Rishabh Pant (39) contributed to a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter departed to leg-spinner Shadab Khan in the 13th over.

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FULL SCORECARD: ICC T20 World Cup 2021 - INDIA vs PAKISTAN

Nonetheless, it was followed by a 41-run partnership between Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja (13). The Pakistan bowlers continued to bowl tight lengths, not giving enough room to the Indian batters to open their arms. At 125, Jadeja fell to pacer Hasan Ali in the 18th. Eight runs later, Kohli was dismissed by pacer Shaheen Afridi in the 19th.

At 146, Hardik Pandya (11) was the final man to fall to pacer Haris Rauf in the last over, while India finished on 151/7. Pakistan utilised six bowlers, with Afridi claiming three, while spinner Imad Wasim was the most economical of all. In reply, it was simply sensational from the Pakistani openers."

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Mohammad Rizwan (79*) and Azam (68*) did the job single-handedly by ten wickets, with 13 balls to spare, as they also brought up their ninth and 21st T20I half-century, respectively. The Indian bowlers tried hard but could not get the pair dismissed. Five Indian bowlers were put into the attack, with none on target, while spinner Jadeja was the most economical of all.
Brief scores: India 151/7 (Kohli- 57, Pant- 39; Afridi- 3/31) lost to Pakistan 152/0 in 17.5 overs (Rizwan- 79*, Azam- 68*; Bumrah- 0/22) by 10 wickets.

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