'This Is Just The Start,' Says Babar As Pakistan Celebrate
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Mon 25th October 2021 | 01:50 AM
Dubai, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Oct, 2021 ) :Pakistan captain Babar Azam said a first World Cup victory over India was "just the start" as his team basked in the joy of a 10-wicket triumph at the T20 global showpiece on Sunday.
Babar Azam scored a 52-ball 68 not out while fellow opener Mohammad Rizwan hit an undefeated 55-ball 79 as Pakistan achieved their first 10-wicket win in all Twenty20 internationals by comfortably chasing down their target of 152.
"This is just the start, we have confidence to build on it now," said Babar after the opening win in the round-robin Super 12 stage.
He dismissed dangerous opener Rohit Sharma with the fourth delivery of the match for a first-ball duck and then got the in-form KL Rahul (three) and India skipper Virat Kohli (57) in an incisive 3-31 spell off his four overs.
"We executed our plans well and the early wickets were very helpful," added Babar.
"Shaheen's wickets gave us a lot of confidence and the spinners dominated as well." Victory also broke Pakistan's overall jinx of 12 World Cup games (seven 50-over World Cup matches as well) without a victory against India since 1992.
"Shaheen got us wickets at the top of the order and that proved to be the turning point," said Rizwan who said the victory was a gift to the nation.
"This was my first game against India, so it's a good thing for me.
"But today's game was great and after Shaheen got those wickets we were confident we would win." Shaheen said the win was the perfect start to the tournament where the top two teams in each Super 12 group make the semi-finals.
Shaheen said he had planned to bring the ball in as the dry pitch was offering some swing.
"I had a plan against Rohit and that was to bring the ball in," said Shaheen. "It swung and I got him leg-before wicket and that was the start we needed." Indian skipper Kohli scored a valiant 57 before he was caught behind off Shaheen in the 19th over.
"Kohli is a world-class batsman so he survived that first spell but I know that he bats like Babar and I bowled to him like I bowl against Babar in the nets," explained Shaheen.