Pakistan delivered a clinical performance and won the match by 10 wickets in Dubai. Finally, Pakistan broke the streak and defeated India for the very first time in ICC T20 World Cups. India collapsed to 31 for 3 as Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav fell cheaply against some excellent bowling from Pakistan.
India recovered to score 151/ 7 in 20 overs. However, Indian bowlers could not make any impact on Pakistan’s rampant openers. Team India failed to extract any help off the wicket. Pakistan batsmen showed brilliance with aggression as the Indian bowling unit had no answer to their intent.
Losing both openers very early was a great setback for India. Both the openers had returned to the pavilion for just 6 runs on board. Team India felt that they would use their experience to give a strong start, but Afridi scalped Rohit with a full pitched delivery swinging in. On the very first ball of the third over, Rahul created panic by spreading his bails.
India batsmen shot selection was poor, which resulted in losing their wickets. Suryakumar lost his wicket after playing an unnecessary shot. After scoring 60 runs in 10 overs, Rishabh Pant went on to play a bad shot on Shadab’s wrong one and lost his wicket. Ravindra Jadeja was also a victim of poor shot selection.
The Indian bowlers failed miserably with the wrong line and length. Indian pacers failed to show variations and put pressure on their opponent. Varun Chakravarthy, considered as a mystery spinner, went for runs and returned empty-handed. The pitch did not offer much in the second innings, with due factor coming into play. It destroyed India’s chances to get a wicket.