ICC T20 World Cup 2021: India vs. Pakistan: Super 12, Group 2 Match Highlights

India vs. Pakistan is always a fascinating cricket match. Cricketing fans from both sides of the border await this showdown. This time, Pakistan managed a comfortable victory after 12 back-to-back losses. But, Babar Azam’s men got the better of the men-in-blue. So, what happened right for the men in green?

The Match Summary: Scorecards and Playing XI

Score tally for the match: 

First Innings: Indian Batting Second Innings: Pakistan’s Batting
151/7 in 20 overs 152/0 in 17.5 overs
Leading Scorers:

Virat Kohli (57), Rishabh Pant (39)

Leading Scorers:

Mohammad Rizwan (79), Babar Azam (68)

Bowling Performer:

Shaheen Afridi (3 for 31)

Bowling Performer:

Ravindra Jadeja (Economy: 7.00)


Man of the Match: Shaheen Shah Afridi

Virat Kohli’s men have always dominated the field. So India decided to go with its natural line-up without making major changes.

The Indian XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammad Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah.

There was a lot of talk about the inexperience on the Pakistani side. However, the team that played against India did have seasoned players.

Pakistan’s Playing XI: Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Hafeez,  Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, and Shaheen Afridi.

The Toss Factor in the Game:

Having won the toss, Pakistan put India to bat in Dubai. This gave them a better start against arch-rivals India. This is because later in the game, the dew disrupts the bowling. Winning the toss is one thing that favored the Pakistani run-chase, although they outplayed India in all the departments.

Key Events: Fiery Shaheen Shah Afridi and Steel-nerved Captain Kohli- 

Shaheen Shah Afridi rattled the Indian top-order with the new ball. The tall Pakistani pacer dismissed Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul without proving to be costly. However, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli led from the front when it was needed. He looked solid in the 57 run stand and dominated the bowlers before being dismissed by Shaheen Shah Afridi in the death overs.

Virat, alongside Rishabh Pant, managed to bring about a strong comeback. However, the partnership was broken when the latter fell to the Googly by the leg-spinner, Shadab Khan.

Hassan Ali was a bit expensive with an economy of 11, whereas Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan were quite effective.

The Indian Bowling: What went wrong?

Indian bowlers did not have a very good outing. All the pacers were ineffective. Mohammad Shami was quite expensive, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar couldn’t do much damage. The Indian spinners Varun and Jadeja did start well but were overcome by some quality batting. Both Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan were phenomenal. 

Key takeaways from the match:

The Indian batsmen could not manage to put on a handsome total to back the Indian bowlers. The openers did not perform as expected. The pitch was slumberous, and the dew did take its toll. Overall, this was the first match, and both sides will look forward to playing some good cricket in the future. The Men-in-Blue are known to rise from ashes like a phoenix, and the fans expect the same once again. The Indian think-tank should also look at playing three spinners on this pitch instead of two.

As for team Pakistan, it was a resounding 10-wicket win after 12 consecutive losses to India.

Reference Links:

  1. https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/india-vs-pakistan-live-cricket-score-t20-world-cup-updates-highlights-7588018/
  2. https://www.aljazeera.com/sports/2021/10/25/how-pakistan-finally-ended-its-world-cup-draught-against-india

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