‘Thoroughly deserved win’, ‘A big reality check’: Twitter reacts to Pakistan’s demolition of India – Firstcricket News, Firstpost

Skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan starred for Pakistan as they pummeled India by 10 wickets in their Super 12 opener of the T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

This was Pakistan’s first-ever win over their arch-rivals in any format of the World Cup.

Opting to field first, player of the match Shaheen Afridi struck twice within the first two overs to get rid of openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, before Suryakumar Yadav managed just 11 runs in eight balls.

Skipper Virat Kohli (57) and Rishabh Pant (39) continued India’s resistance with a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Kohli later formed another crucial 41-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja, that eventually led Team India to 151/7.

In reply, it was a walk in the park for Pakistan’s destructive opening pair of Mohammad Rizwan (79*) and Babar Azam (68*) as they chased down the total with 10 wickets and 13 balls to spare.

Twitterati went abuzz following Pakistan’s dominant display, with one of them even noting them as serious title contenders. Here’s how they reacted.

A thorough victory for Pakistan

Clinical Pakistan seals the deal!

Tough road ahead for Team India now

Another Team India comeback looming?

‘Rawalpindi Express’ is ecstatic!

Babar and Rizwan had a walk in the park!

Can Pakistan go all the way?

Former Pakistan captain and the country’s current Prime Minister Imran Khan lauded the team, with special mention to skipper Babar Azam. “Congratulations to the Pakistan Team & esp to Babar Azam who led from the front, as well as to the brilliant performances of Rizwan & Shaheen Afridi. The nation is proud of you all,” he wrote on Twitter.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raja tweeted, ” Alhamdolilla…It’s the first one, the most magnificent one but remember journey has just begun.. such a proud moment for all Pakistanis and thank you boys for providing us this moment to cherish.#PakistanZindabad”

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