IND Vs PAK: Here’s why India lost to Pakistan in World Cup match after 29 years
Pakistan beat India for the first time ever in an ICC World Cup match record.
Pakistan beat India for the first time ever in an ICC World Cup match record. It was India’s first World Cup match against Pakistan. Moreover, the history created as fifties by Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan aid Pakistan register a 10-wicket win against India in a Super 12 contest.
However, skipper Babar Azam stroked his way to 68 while his opening partner, Mohammad Rizwan, smashed 79 as the Indian bowlers struggled to contain the two batters.
Earlier, Virat Kohli’s half-century aided India recover from a disastrous start and post 151/7 against Pakistan in ICC T20 World Cup match on Sunday. Besides Kohli’s 49-ball 57, Rishabh Pant slammed 39 in 30 deliveries.
Here’s why Pakistan managed to beat India in World Cup game after 29 years:
1. Early wickets by Shaheen Afridi – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul
2. Lack of boost in death overs – Hardik Pandya, Virat failed to capitalize in final overs
3. India went wicketless in bowling powerplay
4. 152* partnership by Pakistani openers who kept Indian bowlers under pressure throughout the game
5. India missed 6th bowler who could have made difference in the game
Virat Kohli stated in post-match press conference, “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 an 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.”
However, Pak pacer Shaheen Afridi bagged Player of the Match award for his 3/31 in four overs.