India vs Pakistan, 6th Match, Group 2 (N), Dubai (DSC), Oct 24 2021
Match Result: Pakistan won by 10 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Shaheen Shah Afridi
Match Report: MS Dhoni, who’s currently shaking hands with the Pakistan players, once eluded all manner of negativity and said in a post-match press conference, that if not today, Pakistan will one day win a World Cup match against India. The day has arrived, and how.
Right from the start, India’s defence of 152 looked poor, when Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded a four and a six off the 2nd and 3rd balls. The spinners lacked accurate line and panicked with their trajectories; and the fast bowlers simply couldn’t earn a wicket despite a range of good yorkers.
They were simply unable to build the pressure, and were perhaps surprised by the historically uncharacteristic calmness exuded by the only two batters Pakistan needed to take their side home convincingly with 13 balls to spare.
Virat Kohli | India (losing) captain: “We didn’t execute properly. Credit where it’s due and Pakistan outplayed us today. They started brilliantly with the ball, and 3 wickets for 20 runs was not a good start. We needed wickets early but with the bat they gave us absolutely no chances.
It played slow in the first half and hitting through the line was not that easy as it was in the second half, after 10 overs. We needed those 15-20 extra runs and for that we needed a good start but Pakistan’s bowling didn’t allow us to get those extra runs.
We could make the argument of getting in another slower bowler, but it’s important to stay composed and understand our strengths, because with the dew the slower bowlers couldn’t be effective either. This is just the first game of the tournament, not the last.”
Babar Azam | Pakistan (winning) captain: “This was the team’s effort, and the early wickets were very helpful. It gave us a lot of confidence and our spinners were very good as well. We applied our plans and got the results. We, the openers, kept it simple and built a partnership.
Because the wicket was getting better so we just wanted to keep batting till the end, which we did.It won’t get easier just because we beat India. We will take the confidence, but we’re taking it one match at a time, and there’s a long way to go in the tournament.
We prepared well, and just kept the history out of our mind. We needed quality practice, and warm-up matches, and even our domestic tournament and those games gave us a lot of confidence.”
Shaheen Afridi | Man of the Match: “It is the good wishes of my parents and all Pakistanis. Very happy with my performance. The plan was to bring the ball back in. I was just trying to swing it and I was just looking to give the team a breakthrough.
That was what I practiced in the nets as well yesterday. Batting against the new ball was tough. The credit goes to Babar and Rizwan for the way they played.
All teams are good in the tournament and we will look to carry this momentum through and go to the finals.”