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India vs Pakistan, T20 World Cup 2021 Match Highlights: As it Happened

India vs Pakistan Live Score, ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2021: Check out live cricket score, ball by ball commentary of today’s India vs Pakistan match being played in Dubai.

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23:05 (IST)

Pakistan 152/0 in 17.5 overs beat India 152/7 by 10 wickets to start their T20 World Cup campaign with a massive win. Shaheen Afridi who took three wickets including that of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli has been given player of the match award. Mohammed Rizwan scored an unbeaten 79 that included six fours and three sixes while Babar Azam hit six fours and two sixes.

22:59 (IST)

Ind vs Pak Live Score: Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets. Mohammed Rizwan finishes it with a flurry of boundaries off Mohammed Shami. A full toss dispatched to the second-tier for a six followed by a pair off fours off the next two deliveries. And a couple off the penultimate delivery ends Pakistan's wait for a first ever win over India in a world cup clash across formats.

22:54 (IST)

India vs Pakistan Live Score: Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls two wides in his third over in which Pakistan add seven more to their total. They aren't rushing into the chase anymore. No need. Even a single a ball will do it for them now. And with a delivery to spare. Score 135/0 in 17 overs, chasing 152.

22:47 (IST)

India vs Pakistan: Mohammed Shami offers a short delivery and Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away to deep square leg region for yet another four. Easy-peasy.  Seven runs from the over. Pakistan now need 24 off 24. Only a miracel from here can push India back into this contest now.

22:41 (IST)

Ind vs Pak, T20 World Cup Match Updates: Jasprit Bumrah is back. And he concedes nine runs in his third over. Pakistan now just 31 runs away from ending India's unbeaten streak over them at world cups. 

22:38 (IST)

FIFTY for Mohammad Rizwan. He reaches the milestone with a four. Took 41 deliveries to reach there. A superb innings.

22:37 (IST)

Pakistan need 40 off 36 now.

22:37 (IST)

India vs Pakistan Live Updates: Pakistan are sprinting towards the target now. Babar Azam has belted two fours in the over of Ravindra Jadeja - the first employing a pull while the second past short fine leg region. 11 runs from the over. Jadeja's figures: 4-0-28-0. Score 112/0 in 14 overs.

22:33 (IST)

Ind vs Pak Live Score: An expensive fourth and final over from Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam have added 16 runs from it to Pakistan's total who are now cruising in the chase. Rizwan slog-swept the second delivery over mid-wicket for the six while Azam  also targetted the same area for his six, Score 101/0 in 13 overs, chasing 152.

22:31 (IST)

Fifty for Babar Azam.Reaches the milestone in style with a huge six off Varun Chakravarthy. Took him  40 deliveries to reach there.

22:28 (IST)

India vs Pakistan Live Score: Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is back. A tidy over from him - just five runs in it. Mohammad Rizwan looked annoyed with himself as he inside-edged the final delivery onto his pads. Five runs from the over. Pakistan 85/0 in 12 overs, chasing 152.

22:25 (IST)

India vs Pakistan: This is turning into a cakewalk for Pakistan now. Jasprit Bumrah bowls a half-volley outside off and Babar Azam lifts it over covers for a four. Nine runs from the over. Pakistan 80/0 in 11 overs, chasing 152.

22:18 (IST)

India vs Pakistan Live Updates: Another good over for Pakistan. Babar Azam bisects the gap between short third man and backward point region to collect a four off the first delivery from Varun Chakravarthy. There was an appeal for a run-out after a direct-hit from Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the non-striker's end but Mohammad Rizwan was in. Nine runs from the over. Pakistan 71/0 in 10 overs, chasing 152.

22:13 (IST)

India vs Pakistan: The pressure was building and Babar Azam receives a gift from Ravindra Jadeja -  short and outside off which the Pakistan captain launches into the stands over deep mid-wicket boundary for a maximum. 10 runs from the over. Pakistan 62/0 in 9 overs, chasing 152.

22:08 (IST)

Ind vs Pak, T20 World Cup Match Updates: Varun Chakravarthy is back. Six runs from his second over. Pakistan won't mind this. This seems to be going well for them so far. India need wickets. And a couple of them quickly to build pressure. They don't have much runs to defend. Score 52/0 in 8 overs, chasing 152.

22:07 (IST)

50 up for Pakistan in 7.4 overs.

22:04 (IST)

India vs Pakistan Live Updates: Blink and you miss. Ravindra Jadeja has been introduced into the attack. As accurate as ever, he allows just three singles off his six deliveries. Pakistan 46/0 in 7 overs, chasing 152. Mohammad Rizwan 27*, Babar Azam 18*

22:00 (IST)

Ind vs Pak Live Score: Pakistan have made in 43/0 in Powerplay. So Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan has started well with the openers negotiating the new ball well. In fact, they haven't been troubled at all by any India bowler so far. They need 109 runs off 84 balls now. 

21:56 (IST)

India vs Pakistan Live Score: Mohammed Shami continues. And it turns out to be a good over for Pakistan - a boundary each to Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in it. Babar lifted the third delivery over mid-on while Rizwan pulled a shortish one to square leg region. 11 runs from the over. Pakistan 35/0 in 4 overs, chasing 152.

21:50 (IST)

India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli has summoned his big guns early on. Varun Chakravarthy, the mystery spinner into the attack now, Tidy start from leg-break - just two singles off his first over. There was an appeal for lbw off the final delivery but it looked to be misssing the stumps. Pakistan 24/0 in 4 overs, chasing 152.

21:47 (IST)

Ind vs Pak, T20 World Cup Match Updates: So India have immediately pressed Jasprit Bumrah into action with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taken off after an expensive first over. A good start from Bumrah who puts on display his range of deliveries - slower ones, low full toss, yorker. Just four runs from it. Pakistan 22/0 in 3 overs, chasing 152.

21:42 (IST)

India vs Pakistan Live Updates: Mohammed Shami joins Bhuvi from the other end. He did well for the better part of the over but for one delivery as he provided width and length for Babar Azam to drive it through covers for a four. Eight runs from the over. Pakistan 18/0 in 2 overs, chasing 152.

21:37 (IST)

Ind vs Pak Live Score: A dream start for Pakistan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been plonked for a four and a six by Mohammad Rizwan off successive deliveries - the four to mid-on as Varun Chakravarthy dived but didn't release the ball on time as his body touched the boundary. And the six was to deep square leg boundary thanks to a pull. 10 runs from the over, Pakistan 10/0 in 1 over, chasing 152.

21:32 (IST)

India vs Pakistan Live Score: Mohammad RIzwan and Babar Azam are the two Pakistan openers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the new ball. India defending 151. Here we go.

21:19 (IST)

India vs Pakistan: India Post 151/7.  India add seven runs from the final over, bowled by Haris Rauf. This has been a strong comeback from India after their shaky start that saw them lose three wickets inside the Powerplay over. Virat Kohli was the key to their revival as he made a fighting half-century to push them to a fighting total. Shaheen Afridi was exceptional taking three wickets in his quota of four overs. Kohli made 57 off 49 while Rishabh Pant made 39 off 30. Hasan Ali chipped in with two wickets.

21:16 (IST)

India vs Pakistan: OUT! Hardik Pandya launches it high into the Dubai night sky but it's not far enough as Pakistan captain Babar Azam accepts an easy catch to send back the India batter on 11. India 146/7 in 19.3 overs.

21:14 (IST)

Ind vs Pak, T20 World Cup Match Updates: A chaotic end to Shaheen Afridi's final over. A bowled a high full toss outside off which Hardik Pandya guided past point for a four. And third umpire called it a no-ball for Afridi had overstepped. And Afridi did well to keep the ball away from Pandya as he was beaten. However, the Indian went for a quick single and Afridi picked it up and went for a direct hit at the non-striker's end but the ball evaded everyone and went past the boundary for four overthrows. 17 runs from it. India 144/6 in 19 overs.

21:10 (IST)

India vs Pakistan Live Updates: OUT! Shaheen Afridi finally has his man. But Virat Kohli has done the job needed of him tonight. He had to go for big shots with less than two overs remaining. A slow bouncer from Afridi and Kohli was little early in his pull and got a big outside edge with wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan taking yet another impressive catch. Kohli scored 57 off 49 with five fours and a six. India 133/6 in 18.4 overs.

21:06 (IST)

Ind vs Pak Live Score: A mixed over from Hasan Ali - Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja struck a boundary each in it. However, he came back strongly to have Jadeja out in it as well. 13 runs and a wicket. Hardik Pandya has joined Virat Kohli with two overs remaining. India 127/5 in 18 overs.

21:04 (IST)

India vs Pakistan Live Score: OUT! Hasan Ali outfoxes Ravindra Jadeja with a slow delivery as the India batter holes out to substitute fielder Mohammad Nawaz. He scored 13 off 13. India 125/5 in 17.5 overs.

India vs Pakistan, T20 World Cup 2021 Match Highlights: As it Happened

India vs Pakistan, Highlights, T20 World Cup 2021 Match Latest Updates: Pakistan openers Mohammed Rizwan (79*) and Babar Azam (68*) struck half-centuries as they led a dominating show with the bat to guide their team to a massive 10-wicket win over arch-rivals India in Dubai. This is their first ever win over India in a world cup match and the first time they have won a T20I match by 10 wickets.

Virat Kohli scored 57 while Rishabh Pant made a handy 39 to lead India’s recovery after Powerplay trouble with India posting a decent 151/7 against Pakistan in their T20 World Cup opener in Dubai. For Pakistan, left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi was the star of the show as he first got rid of India openers with the new ball and then also accounted for Kohli in the death-overs.

The partnership between Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli was broken by Shadab Khan after the pair added 53 runs between them for the third wicket to help India recover from the triple blows in the Powerplay.

Shaheen Afridi struck twice to dismiss India openers before Hasan Ali got rid of Suryakumar Yadav as Pakistan landed three big blows in the Powerplay after opting to bowl first. By the halfway stage of their innings, India were in recovery mode with captain Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant driving the innings forward.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has won the toss and decided to bowl first against India. They have left out Haider Ali from the twelve announced on match eve. On the other hand, India have left out Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar and Shardul Thakur from their eleven.

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India and Pakistan renew their high-profile but one-sided cricket rivalry on Sunday in a T20 World Cup blockbuster watched by hundreds of millions of fans across the globe. Virat Kohli’s India have beaten Pakistan in all of their 12 matches at the T20 and 50-over World Cups.

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Pakistan, however, go into the contest with 10 wins in a row in the United Arab Emirates, their home away from home for most of the last decade. It will be the first time the two nations have clashed since the 50-over World Cup in 2019.

Of the 12 World Cup losses for Pakistan, five have been at the T20 tournament.

Two were at the inaugural event in 2007 — a group game decided by a ‘bowl-out’ and a five-run loss in the final. “To be honest, what has passed is beyond us,” said Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Saturday.

“Records are meant to be broken.”

The tickets for the match in Dubai were sold out within hours of going on sale after the UAE government allowed a 70 percent crowd for World Cup matches in a relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions.

The South Asian nuclear rivals have only played in multi-national events like World Cups and the Champions Trophy as strained relations have stalled bilateral cricket since 2007.

Pakistan did tour India in 2012 for five limited-over matches but ties were not fully resumed as the two nations continued to be at loggerheads over multiple issues, with the disputed region of Kashmir and terrorism heading the list.

‘Full of intensity’

“The matches between Pakistan and India are always full of intensity so we need to perform well in all three departments of the game,” said Babar, who has two T20 International centuries to his name in 2021.

India and 2009 champions Pakistan are placed in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage of the tournament along with New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia.

The top two in each of the two pools progress to the semi-finals.

Kohli, who steps down as India T20 skipper at the end of the World Cup, described Pakistan as being “very strong”. He also shrugged off the significance of his side’s dominance.

“These things create distractions. What matters is how we prepare and execute on any particular day, regardless of the opposition,” he said. “You have to play your best cricket against them, because they have lots of talent and players who can change the game.”

Babar, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman hold the team’s batting hopes while quicks Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali lead a potent bowling attack.

India, who bowed out of the semi-finals in the previous edition in 2016, outplayed England and Australia in their two warm-up matches in Dubai with top batsmen KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma scoring half-centuries.

The pace attack led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah is looking good and premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got Australia’s David Warner and Mitchell Marsh off successive deliveries in their last tune-up.

Pandya backing

Kohli backed his team’s match winners including Hardik Pandya to come good in the tournament despite the all-rounder struggling with his bowling. “He is getting better in terms of getting prepared to bowl two overs for us,” said Kohli.

Despite the anticipation ahead of the game, the political soundtrack is also playing in the background. During the week, there were protests in India with calls to boycott the match in the wake of recent killings of 11 migrant workers and minority Hindus and Sikhs in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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