Dubai, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 24th Oct, 2021 ) :Opener Mohammad Rizwan praised spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi for providing the spark for the 10-wicket crushing of India at the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday.
The tall paceman dismissed dangerous opener Rohit Sharma with the fourth delivery of the match for a first-ball duck and then had KL Rahul (three) and Virat Kohli (57) in an incisive 3-31 spell off his four overs.
His effort restricted India to a below-par 151-7 in their 20 overs, a target Pakistan overhauled in 17.5 overs without losing a wicket — their first victory over India in six Twenty20 World Cup games.
Rizwan 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.”Pakistan next play New Zealand in Sharjah on Tuesday.