Pakistan make a mauka-ry of critics, beat India for 1st time in a World Cup fixture

Published October 24, 2021
Babar Azam plays a shot during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on October 24. — Photo: AFP
Babar Azam plays a shot during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on October 24. — Photo: AFP
India's captain Virat Kohli (R) and his teammate Rishabh Pant take a run during the T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Dubai. — AFP
India's captain Virat Kohli (R) and his teammate Rishabh Pant take a run during the T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Dubai. — AFP
Indian captain Virat Kohli flips the coin for match toss as Pakistan skipper Babar Azam watches on. — Photo: AFP
Indian captain Virat Kohli flips the coin for match toss as Pakistan skipper Babar Azam watches on. — Photo: AFP
Pakistan captain Babar Azam, left, and Mohammad Rizwan run between the wickets during the Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan in Dubai. — AP
Pakistan captain Babar Azam, left, and Mohammad Rizwan run between the wickets during the Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan in Dubai. — AP

Pakistan made history on Sunday night, defeating India for the first time in a World Cup fixture and ending a painful jinx that first began in 1992.

The Green Shirts were famous for their meltdowns against their arch-rivals in World Cup matches and had lost 12 straight matches to the Men in Blue.

They were again heavy underdogs heading into the game, with few giving them a chance. But they flipped the script and inflicted a chastening 10-wicket defeat on India. It was the first time either side had beaten the other by 10 wickets in a limited-overs fixture.

Chasing 152, captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan batted from start to finish as they made India’s ‘world class’ bowling attack look ordinary for once.

Speaking after the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that his team “did not execute the things that we wanted to but credit is certainly due — they outplayed us today".

“They were very professional with the bat as well but we're certainly not a team that presses the panic button, it's the start of the tournament, not the end," the Indian captain said, warning that "it's not over yet.”

Meanwhile, Azam said after his victory: "We executed our plans well and the early wickets were very helpful."

“The plan with Rizwan was to keep it simple. We tried to get deep in the crease and from about the eighth over, the dew came in and the ball came on nicely. This is just the start, we have [the] confidence to build on this win,” he said.

Earlier, Shaheen Shah Afridi took three wickets, including skipper Kohli for 57, but India managed 151 for seven in their high-voltage Twenty20 World Cup clash.

Left-arm fast bowler Afridi returned figures of 3-31 after a lethal first spell to hurt India after they elected to field first in the Super 12s encounter in Dubai.

Kohli scored his 29th T20 fifty to help the team rebuild before being caught behind off Afridi as Pakistan dismissed the star batsman for the first time in a World Cup game.

Afridi struck the first blow with an express delivery that swung in to trap Rohit Sharma lbw for a first ball duck and the bowler celebrated with his trademark open-arm gesture.

Kohli walked in amid raucous applause from the Indian fans inside the 20,000-strong crowd who were soon silenced by another ripper from Afridi in his second over.

The 1.98 metre bowler got KL Rahul with a delivery that came in sharply to take the batsman's thigh pad and rattle the stumps.

Kohli and new batter, Suryakumar Yadav attempted to hit back with some positive shots as they smashed Afridi for a six each.

Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan then pulled off a superb diving catch to cut short Yadav's stay at the wicket with quick bowler Hasan Ali striking in his first over. Yadav made 11.

Rishabh Pant joined Kohli in the middle and the left-right batting pair rebuilt the innings and took India to 60-3 at the end of 10 overs.

Pant, a wicketkeeper-batsman who survived a close caught behind call off one of his attempted reverse sweeps, kept up the charge with adventurous strokeplay.

He hit Ali for two successive sixes but finally fell to Shadab Khan's leg spin in the next over, top edging a ball that went high and into the hands of the bowler.

Pant made 39 off 30 balls.

Kohli stood firm to soak up the pressure to get to his 50 in 45 balls and help India to a competitive total.


End of live thread!

152-0 after 17.5 overs: Shami to Babar, 2 runs

150-0 after 17.4 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 1 run

149-0 after 17.3 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 4 RUNS

145-0 after 17.2 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 4 RUNS

141-0 after 17.1 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 6 RUNS


135-0 after 17 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Babar, no run

135-0 after 16.5 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Babar, 2 runs

133-0 after 16.5 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Babar, 1 run

132-0 after 16.4 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, 1 run

131-0 after 16.4 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, 1 run

130-0 after 16.3 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, no run

130-0 after 16.2 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Babar, 1 run

129-0 after 16.1 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, 1 run


Babar Azam 63 (48), Mohammad Rizwan 61 (48)

128-0 after 16 overs: Shami to Babar, no run

128-0 after 15.5 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 1 run

127-0 after 15.4 overs: Shami to Babar, 1 run

126-0 after 15.3 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 1 run

125-0 after 15.2 overs: Shami to Rizwan, no run

125-0 after 15.1 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 4 RUNS


Mohammad Rizwan 56 (44), Babar Azam 62 (46)

121-0 after 15 overs: Bumrah to Rizwan, 1 run

120-0 after 14.5 overs: Bumrah to Babar, 1 run

119-0 after 14.4 overs: Bumrah to Rizwan, 1 run

118-0 after 14.3 overs: Bumrah to Rizwan, 2 runs

116-0 after 14.2 overs: Bumrah to Rizwan, 4 RUNS

112-0 after 14.1 overs: Bumrah to Rizwan, no run


Babar Azam 61 (45), Mohammad Rizwan 48 (39)

112-0 after 14 overs: Jadeja to Babar, 4 RUNS

108-0 after 13.5 overs: Jadeja to Babar, no run

108-0 after 13.4 overs: Jadeja to Rizwan, 1 run

107-0 after 13.3 overs: Jadeja to Babar, 1 run

106-0 after 13.2 overs: Jadeja to Babar, 4 RUNS

102-0 after 13.1 overs: Jadeja to Rizwan, 1 run


Mohammad Rizwan 46 (37), Babar Azam 52 (41)

101-0 after 13 overs: Varun to Rizwan, 1 run

100-0 after 12.5 overs: Varun to Babar, 1 run

99-0 after 12.4 overs: Varun to Babar, 6 RUNS

93-0 after 12.3 overs: Varun to Rizwan, 1 run

92-0 after 12.2 overs: Varun to Rizwan, 6 RUNS

86-0 after 12.1 overs: Varun to Babar, 1 run


Mohammad Rizwan 38 (34), Babar Azam 44 (38)

85-0 after 12 overs: Jadeja to Rizwan, no run

85-0 after 11.5 overs: Jadeja to Rizwan, 2 runs

83-0 after 11.4 overs, Jadeja to Babar, 1 run

82-0 after 11.3 overs: Jadeja to Rizwan, 1 run

81-0 after 11.2 overs: Jadeja to Rizwan, no run

81-0 after 11.1 overs: Jadeja to Babar, 1 run


Babar Azam 43 (36), Mohammad Rizwan 35 (30)

80-0 after 11 overs: Bumrah to Babar, 1 run

79-0 after 10.5 overs: Bumrah to Babar, 2 runs

77-0 after 10.4 overs: Bumrah to Babar, no run

77-0 after 10.3 overs: Bumrah to Babar, no run

77-0 after 10.2 overs: Bumrah to Babar, 4 runs

73-0 after 10.1 overs: Bumrah to Babar, 2 runs


Mohammad Rizwan 35 (30), Babar Azam 34 (30)

71-0 after 10 overs: Varun to Rizwan, no run

71-0 after 9.5 overs: Varun to Babar, 1 run

70-0 after 9.4 overs: Varun to Rizwan, 1 run

69-0 after 9.3 overs: Varun to Rizwan, 2 runs

67-0 after 9.2 overs: Varun to Babar, 1 run

66-0 after 9.1 overs: Varun to Babar, 4 runs


Babar Azam 28 (27), Mohammad Rizwan 32 (27)

62-0 after 9 overs: Jadeja to Babar, 1 run

61-0 after 8.5 overs: Jadeja to Babar, 6 RUNS

55-0 after 8.4 overs: Jadeja to Babar, no run

55-0 after 8.3 overs: Jadeja to Rizwan, 1 run

54-0 after 8.2 overs: Jadeja to Babar, 1 run

53-0 after 8.1 overs: Jadeja to Rizwan, 1 run


Mohammad Rizwan 30 (25), Babar Azam 20 (23)

52-0 after 8 overs: Varun to Rizwan, 1 run

51 after 7.5 overs: Varun to Babar, 1 run

50-0 after 7.4 overs: Varun to Rizwan, 1 run

49-0 after 7.3 overs: Varun to Rizwan, no run

49-0 after 7.3 overs: Varun to Rizwan, 1 run

48-0 after 7.2 overs: Varun to Babar, 1 run

47-0 after 7.1 overs: Varun to Rizwan, 1 run


Mohammad Rizwan 27 (21), Babar Azam 18 (21)

46-0 after 7 overs: Jadeja to Rizwan, 1 run

45-0 after 6.5 overs: Jadeja to Babar, 1 run

44-0 after 6.4 overs: Jadeja to Babar, no run

44-0 after 6.3 overs: Jadeja to Babar, no run

44-0 after 6.2 overs: Jadeja to Babar, no run

44-0 after 6.1 overs: Jadeja to Rizwan, 1 run


Babar Azam 17 (17), Mohammad Rizwan 25 (19)

43-0 after 6 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Babar, no run

43-0 after 5.5 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Babar, 2 runs

41-0 after 5.4 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, 1 run

40-0 after 5.3 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Babar, 1 run

39-0 after 5.2 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, 1 run

38-0 after 5.1 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, 2 runs

36-0 after 5.1 overs: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, 1 run


Mohammad Rizwan 21 (16), Babar Azam 14 (14)

35-0 after 5 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 1 run

34-0 after 4.5 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 4 runs

30-0 after 4.4 overs: Shami to Babar, 1 run

29-0 after 4.3 overs: Shami to Babar, 4 runs

25-0 after 4.2 overs: Shami to Babar, no run

25-0 after 4.1 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 1 run


Babar Azam 9 (11), Mohammad Rizwan 15 (13)

24-0 after 4 overs: Varun to Babar, no run

24-0 after 3.5 overs: Varun to Babar, no run

24-0 after 3.4 overs: Varun to Babar, no run

24-0 after 3.3 overs: Varun to Babar, no run

24-0 after 3.2 overs: Varun to Rizwan, 1 run

23-0 after 3.1 overs: Varun to Babar, 1 run


Mohammad Rizwan 14 (12), Babar Azam 8 (6)

22-0 after 3 overs: Bumrah to Rizwan, no run

22-0 after 2.5 overs: Bumrah to Rizwan, no run

22-0 after 2.4 overs: Bumrah to Babar, 3 runs

19-0 after 2.3 overs: Bumrah to Babar, no run

19-0 after 2.2 overs: Bumrah to Babar, no run

19-0 after 2.1 overs: Bumrah to Rizwan, 1 run


Babar Azam 5 (3), Mohammad Rizwan 13 (9)

18-0 after 2 overs: Shami to Babar, no run

18-0 after 1.5 overs: Shami to Babar, 4 runs

14-0 after 1.4 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 1 run

13-0 after 1.3 overs: Shami to Rizwan, 2 runs

11-0 after 1.2 overs: Shami to Rizwan, no run

11-0 after 1.1 overs: Shami to Babar, 1 run


Mohammad Rizwan 10 (6), Babar Azam 0 (0)

10-0 after 1 over: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, no run

10-0 after 0.5 over: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, no run

10-0 after 0.4 over: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, no run

10-0 after 0.3 over: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, 6 runs

4-0 after 0.2 over: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, 4 runs

0-1 after 0.1 over: Bhuvneshwar to Rizwan, no run

0-0 after 0 over: Start of Pakistan's run chase


Story at the half: India recovered well from an early Shaheen Afridi salvo to finish with 151-7. Shaheen picked up a wicket in each of his first two overs, first trapping Rohit Sharma for a golden duck in the opening over before trapping Lokesh Rahul in front of wickets in his second over.

After Hasan Ali had Suryakumar Yadav caught for 11, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant (39) stablished the Indian ship with a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket. As wickets tumbled around him, Kohli hung around and top scored for his side with 57 but was out in the penultimate over, just when a late surge was needed.

Shaheen was the pick of the bowlers (31-3) despite bowling an expensive penultimate over that leaked 17 runs.


Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5 (4), Mohammed Shami 0 (0)

151-7 after 20 overs: Rauf to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

150-7 after 19.5 overs: Rauf to Bhuvneshwar, 2 runs

148-7 after 19.4 overs: Rauf to Bhuvneshwar, 2 runs

146-7 after 19.3 overs: Rauf to Hardik (16), OUT

146-6 after 19.2 overs: Rauf to Hardik, 2 runs

144-6 after 19.1 overs: Rauf to Hardik, no run


Hardik Pandya 14 (5), Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1 (1)

144-6 after 19 overs: Shaheen to Hardik, 5 runs

138-6 after 19 overs: Shaheen to Hardik, 4 runs

134-6 after 18.5 overs: Shaheen to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

133-6 after 18.4 overs: Shaheen to Kohli (57), OUT

133-5 after 18.3 overs: Shaheen to Hardik, 1 run

132-5 after 18.2 overs: Shaheen to Hardik, 4 runs

128-5 after 18.1 overs: Shaheen to Hardik, no run

128-5 after 18.1 overs: Shaheen to Hardik, 1 run


Virat Kohli 57 (48), Hardik Pandya 0 (0)

127-5 after 18 overs: Hasan to Kohli, 2 runs

125-5 after 17.5 overs: Hasan to Jadeja (13), OUT

125-4 after 17.4 overs: Hasan to Jadeja, 4 runs

121-4 after 17.3 overs: Hasan to Kohli, 1 run

120-4 after 17.2 overs: Hasan to Kohli, 4 runs

116-4 after 17.1 overs: Hasan to Kohli, 2 runs


Virat Kohli 48 (44), Ravindra Jadeja 9 (11)

114-4 after 17 overs: Rauf to Kohli, 1 run

113-4 after 16.5 overs: Rauf to Kohli, no run

113-4 after 16.4 overs: Rauf to Kohli, no run

113-4 after 16.3 overs: Rauf to Jadeja, 1 run

112-4 after 16.2 overs: Rauf to Kohli, 1 run

111-4 after 16.1 overs: Rauf to Jadeja, 1 run


Ravindra Jadeja 7 (9), Virat Kohli 46 (40)

110-4 after 16 overs: Hasan to Jadeja, 1 run

109-4 after 15.5 overs: Hasan to Kohli, 1 run

108-4 after 15.4 overs: Hasan to Kohli, 4 runs

104-4 after 15.3 overs: Hasan to Kohli, no run

104-4 after 15.2 overs: Hasan to Kohli, 4 runs

100-4 after 15.1 overs: Hasan to Kohli, no run


Virat Kohli 37 (35), Ravindra Jadeja 6 (8)

100-4 after 15 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run

99-4 after 14.5 overs: Shadab to Jadeja, 1 run

98-4 after 14.4 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run

97-4 after 14.3 overs: Shadab to Jadeja, 1 run

96-4 after 14.2 overs: Shadab to Jadeja, no run

96-4 after 14.1 overs: Shadab to Jadeja, no run


Virat Kohli 35 (33), Ravindra Jadeja 4 (4)

96-4 after 14 overs: Rauf to Kohli, no run

96-4 after 13.5 overs: Rauf to Kohli, 4 runs

92-4 after 13.5 overs: Rauf to Kohli, 1 run

91-4 after 13.4 overs: Rauf to Jadeja, 1 run

90-4 after 13.3 overs: Rauf to Jadeja, 2 runs

88-4 after 13.2 overs: Rauf to Jadeja, no run

88-4 after 13.1 overs: Rauf to Kohli, 1 run


Virat Kohli 30 (30), Ravindra Jadeja 1 (1)

87-4 after 13 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run

86-4 after 12.5 overs: Shadab to Jadeja, 1 run

85-4 after 12.4 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run

84-4 after 12.3 overs: Shadab to Kohli, no run

84-4 after 12.2 overs: Shadab to Pant (39), OUT

83-3 after 12.1 overs: Shadab to Pant, 2 runs


Virat Kohli 28 (27), Rishabh Pant 37 (28)

81-3 after 12 overs: Hasan to Kohli, no run

81-3 after 11.5 overs: Hasan to Pant, 1 run

80-3 after 11.4 overs: Hasan to Pant, 2 runs

78-3 after 11.3 overs: Hasan to Pant, 6 RUNS

72-3 after 11.2 overs: Hasan to Pant, 6 RUNS

66-3 after 11.1 overs: Hasan to Pant, no run


Rishabh Pant 22 (23), Virat Kohli 28 (26)

66-3 after 11 overs: Rauf to Pant, 1 run

65-3 after 10.5 overs: Rauf to Pant, no run

64-3 after 10.4 overs: Rauf to Kohli, 1 run

63-3 after 10.3 overs: Rauf to Pant, 1 run

62-3 after 10.2 overs: Rauf to Kohli, 1 run

61-3 after 10.1 overs: Rauf to Pant, 1 run


Rishabh Pant 19 (19), Virat Kohli 26 (24)

60-3 after 10 overs: Hafeez to Pant, 1 run

59-3 after 9.5 overs: Hafeez to Pant, 0 run

59-3 after 9.4 overs: Hafeez to Pant, 1 run

58-3 after 9.3 overs: Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run

57-3 after 9.2 overs: Hafeez to Pant, 4 runs

53-3 after 9.1 overs: Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run


Rishabh Pant 13 (15) Virat Kohli 24 (22)

52-3 after 9 overs: Shadab to Pant, 4 RUNS

48-3 after 8.5 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 runs

47-3 after 8.4 overs: Shadab to Pant, 1 runs

46-3 after 8.3 overs: Shadab to Pant, 2 runs

44-3 after 8.2 overs: Shadab to Pant, 0 run

44-3 after 8.1 overs: Shadab to Kohli, 1 run


Virat Kohli 22 (20) Rishabh Pant 6 (11)

43-3 after 8 overs: Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run

42-3 after 7.5 overs: Hafeez to Pant, 1 run

41-3 after 7.4 overs: Hafeez to Pant, 0 run. Hafeez appeals for caught behind; given not out; review taken and wasted.

41-3 after 7.3 overs: Hafeez to Kohli, 1 run

40-3 after 7.2 overs: Hafeez to Pant, 1 run

39-3 after 7.1 overs: Hafeez to Pant, 0 run


Rishabh Pant 4 (7) Virat Kohli 20 (18)

39-3 after 7 overs: Shadab to Pant, 1 run

38-3 after 6.5 overs: Shadab to Pant, 0 runs

38-3 after 6.4 overs: Shadab to Pant, 2 runs

36-3 after 6.3 overs: Shadab to Pant, no run

36-3 after 6.2 overs: Shadab to Pant, no run

36-3 after 6.1 overs: Shadab to Pant, no run


Virat Kohli 20 (18) Rishabh Pant 1 (1)

36-3 after 6 overs: Hasan to Kohli, 4 RUNS

32-3 after 5.5 overs: Hasan to Pant, 1 run

31-3 after 5.4 overs: Hasan to Yadav (11), OUT

31-2 after 5.3 overs: Hasan to Yadav, 0 run

31-2 after 5.2 overs: Hasan to Kohli, 1 run

30-2 after 5.1 overs: Hasan to Kohli, 0 run


Virat Kohli 15 (15) Suryakumar Yadav 11 (6)

30-2 after 5 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 1 run

29-2 after 4.5 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 6 RUNS

23-2 after 4.4 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 0 runs

23-2 after 4.3 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 0 runs

23-2 after 4.2 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 0 runs

23-2 after 4.1 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 2 runs


Suryakumar Yadav 11 (6) Virat Kohli 6 (9)

21-2 after 4 overs: Wasim to Yadav, 4 RUNS

16-2 after 3.5 overs: Wasim to Kohli, 1 run

15-2 after 3.4 overs: Wasim to Yadav, no run

15-2 after 3.3 overs: Wasim to Kohli, 1 run

14-2 after 3.2 overs: Wasim to Kohli, no run

14-2 after 3.1 overs:Wasim to Kohli, no run


Suryakumar Yadav 7 (4) Virat Kohli 4 (5)

14-2 after 3 overs:Shaheen to Yadav, 6 RUNS

8-2 after 2.5 overs: Shaheen to Kohli, 1 run

7-2 after 2.4 overs: Shaheen to Yadav, 1 run

6-2 after 2.3 overs: Shaheen to Yadav, no run

6-2 after 2.2 overs: Shaheen to Yadav, no run

6-2 after 2.1 overs:Shaheen to Rahul (3), OUT


Virat Kohli 2 (2), KL Rahul 2 (4)

6-1 after 2 overs:Wasim to Rahul, 1 run

5-1 after 1.5 overs:Wasim to Rahul, no run

5-1 after 1.4 overs:Wasim to Kohli, 1 run

4-1 after 1.3 overs: Wasim to Rahul, 1 run

3-1 after 1.2 overs: Wasim to Rahul, no run

3-1 after 1.1 overs: Wasim to Kohli, 1 run


Virat Kohli 1 (2), KL Rahul 1 (3)

2-1 after 1 over: Shaheen to Kohli, 1 run

1-1 after 0.5 over: Shaheen to Kohli, no run

1-1 after 0.4 over: Shaheen to Sharma (0), OUT LBW

1-0 after 0.3 over: Shaheen to Rahul, 1 run

0-0 after 0.2 over: Shaheen to Rahul, no run

0-0 after 0.1 over: Shaheen to Rahul, no run

0-0 after 0 over: The first ball of the match is about to be bowled.


6:39pm: Line-ups are in:

Pakistan: 1 Babar Azam (capt) 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk) 3 Fakhar Zaman 4 Mohammad Hafeez 5 Shoaib Malik 6 Asif Ali 7 Shadab Khan 8 Imad Wasim 9 Hasan Ali 10 Haris Rauf 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi

India: 1 KL Rahul 2 Rohit Sharma 3 Virat Kohli (capt) 4 Suryakumar Yadav 5 Rishabh Pant (wk) 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Varun Chakravarthy 10 Mohammed Shami 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Fans gather outside the Dubai International Cricket Stadium before the start of the match between Pakistan and India.

Fans cheer outside the Dubai International Cricket Stadium before the start of the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan in Dubai on October 24, 2021. — AFP
Fans cheer outside the Dubai International Cricket Stadium before the start of the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan in Dubai on October 24, 2021. — AFP

6:35pm: Here is what Hasan Ali has to say on bowling to Rohit Sharma:

6:30pm: Babar Azam has won the toss and opted to field first. Haider Ali has been left out, he says.

6:20pm: Attempt our Pakistan vs India quiz and prove that you know all about these arch-rivals' T20 history.

6:15pm: Find out who is the betting favourite.

6:10pm: Check out these 5 reasons why Pakistan can beat India tonight.

6:05pm: Here is a preview of the match.

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