Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bowl first against Pakistan in a much-anticipated Super 12 clash of the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday.
The 2009 champions are looking to break their World Cup jinx against fierce rivals India and Babar says they have come to Dubai well-prepared.
“We’ll look to take early wickets and put pressure,” Babar said at a noisy stadium filled with fans of both the teams.
“We have had good practice sessions and I am confident about our preparations. Pakistan’s bowlers are known to trouble other teams but I am confident about our batting too.”
Senior all-rounder Shoaib Malik has been included in the team for the match, which both teams’ first of the tournament.
India have beaten Pakistan in all 12 matches at the T20 and 50-over World Cups.
Skipper Virat Kohli said his team would keep their emotions in check.
“We are pretty happy with setting the target,” said Kohli, who will be captaining the Indian T20 side for the last time in this tournament.
“We are pretty balanced with our squad and you need to be prepared for it. We need to stay as professional as possible.”
This match will draw a global audience of millions and Kohli said: “Everyone watches it closely all over the world. We can use that as a motivation, but we need to ensure we don’t get too emotional and need to just stay professional.”
India are playing with three seamers, two spinners and an allrounder in Hardik Pandya.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakaravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan: Babar Azam (Pakistan captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV Umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)
Match Referee: David Boon
2 overs done, India are 6 for loss of 1 wicket
5 overs done – India are 30/2
Powerplay done, India are 36/3
7 overs done – India are 39 for the loss of 3 wickets
Review taken & it’s a not a good one, Pant survived
8 overs done – India 43/3
9 overs done – India 52/3
Halfway through the innings – 60/3 – Drinks break
Pant gone after a crucial inning – Shadab strikes – India 84-4
13 overs done – India 87/4
Fine over by Shadab ends – 15 overs gone – India 100/4
16 overs done – India 110/4
17 overs gone – India 114/4
Wicket – Jadeja gone – Hassan Ali Stikes
18 overs done – India 127/5
Shaheen Strikes again, what a day this lad is having – Kohli gone
19 overs gone – India 144/6
Pandya gone – Haris Rauf strikes
End of the innings – India posted 151 for the loss of 7 wickets
Pakistan needs 152 in 20 overs.
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Pakistan off to a flyer – 1 over done – Pakistan have posted 10 runs on the board
2 overs done – Pakistan 18 for no loss
4 overs gone – Pakistan have posted 24 runs on the board
5 overs done – Pakistan are 35 without loss
Powerplay done – Pakistan are 43 for loss of no wicket
End of 7th over – Pakistan are 46 for no loss
8 over done – Paksitan are 52 for no loss
52 runs partnership already and Pakistan are going strong. Pakistan captain is at the crease with 21 runs while Mohammad Rizwan is at 32 runs.
9 overs done – Pakistan have posted 62 runs on the board
Halfway through the innings – Pakistan are 71 without any loss – Drinks break underway
80 without loss – 11 overs done
50 up for Babar Azam – Real captains inning at the biggest stage
14 overs gone – Pakistan are 112 runs without the loss of any wicket
50 up for Mohammad Rizwan – What an innings
End of 16 overs – Pakistan are 128 for the loss of no wickets
17 overs gone – Pakistan have scored 135 runs without loss of any wicket
Pakistan has done it – The jinx has been broken
In a one-sided match, Pakistan has crushed India
Babar Azam has become the first-ever captain to beat India in World Cup events
Pakistan crush India by 10 wickets in T20 World Cup
Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan hit half-centuries as Pakistan hammered India by 10 wickets to register their first ever win over their arch-rivals at a Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday.
Chasing 152 for victory, Babar, who hit 68, and Rizwan, with 79, took apart India’s bowlers as Pakistan reached their target with 13 balls to spare in Dubai.
Left-arm quick Shaheen Shah Afridi set up victory — their first over India in six attempts in the tournament — with figures of 3-31 that kept their opponents to 151-7 despite a valiant 57 from skipper Virat Kohli.