India faced defeat by ten wickets for the first time in T20I cricket
Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has opined that Pakistan's wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan has played a huge role in making skipper Babar Azam a classy player.
While reviewing the match on his YouTube channel, Chopra was in awe of the opening duo as they steered Pakistan to their first ever win over India in World Cups with a clinical performance in Dubai.
"India has never lost by ten wickets and no other pair has batted with such dominance against India in T20I cricket," said Chopra.
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"Babar Azam is a class player but Rizwan has played a big role in making him classy. What a stroke player Rizwan is, he accelerates so that Babar can manage to play run-a-ball. It was a dominating display of batting and a proper annihilation of sorts in a destructive manner," he added.
Chasing 152 for victory, Babar Azam (68) and Mohammad Rizwan (79) steered their team home with 13 balls to spare in front of 20,000 fans in Dubai and a global TV audience of hundreds of millions.
Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi set up victory with figures of 3-31 that restricted India to 151-7 despite a valiant 57 from captain Virat Kohli and 39 from Rishabh Pant.