History was made on Sunday night as Pakistan defeated India for the first time in a World Cup fixture and ended a painful jinx that first began in 1992. Overjoyed and ecstatic with the victory of such magnitude, Babar Azam’s father —Azam Siddique — broke into tears following Pakistan’s memorable triumph over their arch-rivals India in T20.
The Green Shirts were famous for their meltdowns against their arch-rivals in World Cup matches. They had lost 12 straight matches to the Blue Shirts. But last night they flipped the script and inflicted a chastening 10-wicket defeat on India. It was the first time either side had beaten the other by 10 wickets in a limited-overs fixture.
Chasing 152, captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan batted from start to finish. The two made India’s ‘world-class’ bowling attack look ordinary for once.
The 27-year-old Azam, who scored a brilliant half-century stitched an unbeaten 152-run alliance with wicketkeeper-batter Rizwan as Pakistan crush India to claim the top spot in Group 2 standings of T20 World Cup 2021.
All that Azam touched turned into gold on Sunday as the skipper won the toss and marshaled his troops well on the field as young pace sensation Shaheen Afridi removed the highly-rated Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, early in the powerplay and left the team reeling at 31/3 in the powerplay.
Seeing his son’s brilliant knock, the father of Babar Azam could not hold back his tears and broke down after Pakistan beats India in the T20 match. In a video circulating on social media, he can be seen getting congratulated by a plethora of fans and friends.
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In Azam and Rizwan, Pakistan possesses two of the best, most productive, and reliable opening batsmen around. In fact, Pakistan has probably never had an opening pairing as good as them since the days of Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail.
“We executed our plans well and the early wickets were very helpful,” Azam said after his victory. “The plan with Rizwan was to keep it simple. We tried to get deep in the crease and from about the eighth over, the dew came in and the ball came on nicely. This is just the start, we have [the] confidence to build on this win,” he said.
The loss is not only India’s first at a World Cup to Pakistan but is also their first-ever 10-wicket defeat in T20 internationals.
Pakistan will next face New Zealand in their Super 12 contest on Wednesday in Dubai. While the Green Shirts have certainly raised our hopes, we have our fingers crossed that it continues being victorious!
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