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T20 World Cup 2021, India vs Pakistan: Shaheen Shah Afridi’s wickets gave a lot of confidence, says Pakistan captain Babar Azam after win vs India

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T20 WC: Shaheen Shah Afridi shocked India by taking two quick wickets.© Twitter

An upbeat Pakistan captain Babar Azam heaps praise on left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi in a post-match presentation after registering a historic 10-wicket win against India in their T20 World Cup 2021 opening match in Dubai . Shaheen took the game by storm when he dismissed Indian opener Rohit Sharma for a first-ball duck and then dismissed KL Rahul for three in the next over. Babar said, “We executed our plans well and the early wickets were very helpful. Shaheen’s wickets gave us a lot of confidence and the spinners also dominated.”

After restricting India to 151/7 in their 20 overs, Pakistan’s Babar and Mohammad Rizwan started cautiously in the run-chase.

Apart from the occasional boundary, he kept rotating the strike with regular singles and doubles to control the required run-rate.

Babar revealed exactly what the plan was when he came out to bat with Rizwan.

“With Rizwan the plan has always been to keep it simple. We tried to go deep into the crease and from about the 8th over the dew came and the ball came in nicely. This is just the beginning, we have the confidence to go further. It will be match by match for us.”

Both the batsmen remained unbeaten till the end and their individual fifties helped Pakistan win by 10 wickets. An unbeaten 152 made Pakistan their first win against India in T20 World Cup history.

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“We weren’t under that much pressure – we weren’t thinking about the record against India at all. I just wanted to support all our players who are preparing well. When you play a tournament before a big World Cup So it helps and our players come to it with a lot of confidence.”

India will next face New Zealand on 31 October while Pakistan will face New Zealand on 26 October.

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