Ind Vs Pak: India lost to Pakistan in their first official fixture of Super 12 at the ICC T-20 World Cup. Pakistan finally rested India’s unbeaten 12-0 record at World Cups. While the credit of victory goes to the stellar all-around performance by Pakistan, some major failures in the Indian camp are also accredited to the thumping victory of Pakistan.
Sent in to bat first, India registered a total of 151 on the board with Captain Virat Kohli (57) and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant (39) making an impact. Pakistan rode on to a magnificent display of bowling by Shaheen Afridi (3/31) and Hasan Ali (2/44).
Chasing a modest total, Pakistan lost no wicket to ensure a steady run-chase with openers Mohammed Rizwan (79) and Babar Azam (68) scoring the vital knocks to create history. With this, Pakistan leads Group 2, and India will have a thrilling journey to win all the matches in order to qualify for the semifinals.
Top 5 Reasons why India lost the match in T-20 World Cup against Pakistan:
#Reason-1: The Toss
The toss was considered to be the most crucial aspect in a match at the Dubai International Stadium. As Captain Kohli’s fortune misery prevailed, Babar Azam won the toss and elected to field on a green wicket that remained flat throughout the game. The ball did much movement in the first innings as compared to the second one where the dew factor also troubled the Indian bowlers.
#Reason-2: The Top Order collapse
In what came a major setback to the Indian team, two stalwart openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul failed to cross the single-digit mark as Pakistan’s confidence grew stronger in the initial phase of the match. Suryakumar Yadav also failed to make an impact with his willow.
#Reason-3: The Playing XI
Another prominent reason for India’s failure is the combination of XI in the first match. Injured Hardik Pandya was picked over in-form Ishan Kishan whereas low-key Varun Chakravarty was chosen over R Ashwin and Rahul Chahar. This resulted in a failure in the middle order and no sixth option for bowling as all the bowlers failed to grab a wicket.
#Reason-4: No Left-Arm Pacer
India’s hunt for a consistent Left-Arm pacer continues as Pakistan faced the Right-Arm bowlers with ease. As Shaheen Afridi troubled Indian Right-Handed batsmen, there was no Indian Left-Arm pacer that would break the defense and stance of Pakistani batsmen.
#Reason-5: The Dots
Pakistani batsmen were continuously in the hunt for singles whereas Indian batsmen took time to set as Indian innings consisted of over thirty dot balls. A major concern for the Indian camp is Captain Virat Kohli’s strike rate in T-20 matches where he scores just over a ball to run mark.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Pakistan’s Thrashing of India:
My word, that is a phenomenal performance from @TheRealPCB 👏👏👏
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) October 24, 2021
— Fawad Ahmed (@bachaji23) October 24, 2021
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) October 24, 2021
To dil tutaa akhirkaar.Hamare padosi Achha khele aaj. I’m believer, India will be back. #INDvPAK
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 24, 2021
Of course all of us are disappointed but let’s keep our hopes and heads high. The World Cup is far from over. Now is the time to regroup and bounce back! #BleedBlue
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) October 24, 2021
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 24, 2021
What a win. Flawless. Kya baat hai. pic.twitter.com/zLPvCvkFn3
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 24, 2021
Well played, #Pak Played all-round better cricket and that wasn’t just a win, it was a loud message to all the teams in the #T20WorldCup that they are a serious contenders for the trophy 🏆 in these conditions.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 24, 2021
Congratulations to the Pakistan Team & esp to Babar Azam who led from the front, as well as to the brilliant performances of Rizwan & Shaheen Afridi. The nation is proud of you all. pic.twitter.com/ygoOVTu37l
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 24, 2021
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