India vs Pakistan HIGHLIGHTS, T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan beats India for historic win; Babar, Shaheen, Rizwan shine

India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup Today: Get the live score updates of the T20 WC Super 12 match between India and Pakistan from Dubai International Stadium.


Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan raised their half-centuries as Pakistan made light work of its historic chase against India.   -  REUTERS

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of T20 World Cup 2021 match between India and Pakistan from Dubai.

Babar Azam: This was the team's effort, and the early wickets were very helpful. It gave us a lot of confidence and our spinners were very good as well. We applied our plans and got the results. We, the openers, kept it simple and built a partnership and because the wicket was getting better so we just wanted to keep batting till the end, which we did. It won't get easier just because we beat India. We will take the confidence, but we're taking it one match at a time, and there's a long way to go in the tournament. We prepared well, and just kept the history out of our mind. We needed quality practice, and warm-up matches, and even our domestic tournament and those games gave us a lot of confidence.

Virat Kohli : We didn't execute properly. Credit where it's due and Pakistan outplayed us today. They started brilliantly with the ball, and 3 wickets for 20 runs was not a good start. We needed wickets early but with the bat they gave us absolutely no chances. It played slow in the first half and hitting through the line was not that easy as it was in the second half, after 10 overs. We needed those 15-20 extra runs and for that we needed a good start but Pakistan's bowling didn't allow us to get those extra runs. We could make the argument of getting in another slower bowler, but it's important to stay composed and understand our strengths, because with the dew the slower bowlers couldn't be effective either. This is just the first game of the tournament, not the last.

Shaheen Afridi, Player of the Match:
 It is the good wishes of my parents and all Pakistanis. Very happy with my performance. The plan was to bring the ball back in. I was just trying to swing it and I was just looking to give the team a breakthrough. That was what I practiced in the nets as well yesterday. Batting against the new ball was tough. The credit goes to Babar and Rizwan for the way they played. All teams are good in the tournament and we will look to carry this momentum through and go to the finals.

The streak is over for India and it comes down with an absolute thrashing from Pakistan. Clinical up-front with the ball, clinical with the bat. A reward for a thorough master-class. India on the other hand, will have plenty of questions to answer in the journey ahead.

T20 World Cup Super 12 points table updated today: Pakistan thumps India in Group 2, SL beats BAN in Group 1  

PAK 152/0 in 17.5 overs: THE STREAK IS BROKEN! Rizwan goes SIX, FOUR, FOUR against Shami before Babar runs the most memorable two runs of his life to steer Pakistan to its first World Cup win over India in style!

Pakistan wins a T20I match by 10 wickets for the first time. India loses a T20I by 10 wickets for the first time.

PAK 135/0 in 17 overs:
Bhuvneshwar attempts to keep it off the batters arc and ends up conceding two wides. All too easy at the moment for Pakistan.

Pakistan needs 24 from 24.

PAK 128/0 in 16 overs: High Class, Rizwan! Shami fends a fraction short and Rizwan gracefully swivels and whips the ball to the square leg boundary. Kohli keeps a straight face and the frustration seems to get into the fielders from in streaks and flashes.

Shami to the attack

PAK 121/0 in 15 overs: Short from Boom and Rizwan hammers it through mid-wicket for FOUR and that's fifty for him in his first T20WC match!  What a knock this has been alongside the skipper!  

Bumrah returns

PAK 112/0 in 14 overs: They are storming away with this! Shoddy bowling from Jadeja as he continues to fend short and serve juicy dollies for Babar. He swivels and pulls off with grace and finds the boundary at cow corner. Jadeja strays to the pads and this time Babar slides it down leg for another FOUR.

PAK 100/0 in 13 overs: 100 up for Pakistan and it's FIFTY for the skipper! Rizwan smokes CV for a six off the short ball and Babar follows suit with a massive six over long-on. Pakistan 52 away from a historic win.

Chakaravarthy is back

PAK 85/0 in 12 overs: All too easy at the moment. Jadeja attempts to bowl flat at the stumps but Babar and Rizwan continue to pierce the gaps on the on-side. India has lost a tooth or two in its defence.

Hardik Pandya was hit on his right shoulder while batting. He has now gone for scans.

PAK 80/0 in 11 overs: Imperious from Babar!
Bumrah touches full outside off and Babar tonks him over cover for FOUR. Boom comes back with a nagging yorker that nearly crashes into the stumps.

Bumrah is back

PAK 71/0 in 10 overs: Babar pierces the gap between backward point and short third man for four. Tight run from Babar and Bhuvi gets a direct hit at the non-striker's.  Agony, agony for India as the big screen shows the replay. Babar is completely off balance but just manages to ground the ball in time before the ball hit the stumps.

PAK 62/0 in 9 overs: Babar launches one into the stands at the cow corner. SIX!

PAK 52/0 in 8 overs: Fifty up for Pakistan! Thus far it has been a walk in the park for Rizwan and Babar.

PAK 46/0 in 7 overs: Jadeja keeps it tight in his first over. Just three coming off it. Can India mount some pressure here?

PAK 43/0 in 6 overs: Bhuvneshwar keeps it tight on the stumps but Babar and Rizwan weave them through the gaps with ease. Genius batting this from the openers.

PAK 35/0 in the 5 overs: Pakistan on the charge! Babar lofts Shami off the slot over mid-on for FOUR. Excellent batting from the skipper as he instantly gets off strike with a single. Short from Shami and Rizwan creams it past square for FOUR! Shami has a wry smile on his face as India is slowly tapering off in its defence.

Shami from the other end.

PAK 24/0 in 4 overs: Top stuff from CV! Varun keeps it short and tight towards the stumps. Babar clearly fails to read him up-front and is beaten convincingly.

Chakaravarthy replaces Shami

PAK 22/0 in 3 overs: Bumrah misses the yorker by a whisker and Babar whips it through mid-wicket for FOUR! This guy's an absolute sight to behold. Bumrah follows up with a sharp inswinging yorker but Babar does well to keep it out.

Bumrah replaces Bhuvi

PAK 18/0 in 2 overs: Bang goes Babar! Shami offers a hint of width and Babar laces it through covers for a cracking boundary! Shami nearly squares him up with a ball that moves off the seam away from the middle-stump line.

Shami from the other end.

PAK 10/0 in 1 overs: Rizwan on a roll straightaway! Bhuvneshwar gets some shape on the away-swinger first up but Rizwan follows up with an easy flick through mid-wicket for FOUR. Bhuvi drops on length and Rizwan pummels it over mid-wicket for SIX! He's picked the bones out of that.

Bhuvi with the new ball. Rizwan on strike.

Rizwan and Babar at the crease for PAK. What a duo this has been for them at the top.

Back for the chase. Kohli leads an animated chat in the India huddle.

Perhaps for the first time in their six T20 WC encounters, Pakistan surely seems to have had complete control over India. A sizzling opening spell ripped apart India's premier openers in a flash. Rohit had no clue against that searing yorker, neither did KL stand a chance against the fiery inswing.  The mantle once again fell on Kohli and under soaring pressure, he withstood the opposition once again. The slow fifty wouldn't have helped India's case for a big finish but it has ended up with a total that could just about make this a stiff chase.  Can India dislodge the the in-form Babar and Rizwan early to put the pressure back on Pakistan?

IND 151/7 in 20 overs: Rauf to Pandya. OUT! Straight up in the air and taken comfortably by Babar at cover! Bhuvi manages to find three runs to finish and IND has 151 on the board.

Rauf to Pandya. Final over coming up.

IND 144/6 in 19 overs: Shaheen to Kohli. OUT!  Slower bouncer and the ball springs up to Kohli's head. He goes for a wry pull but ends up slicing it to Rizwan behind the stumps. A fine recovery led by the skipper comes to an end. Bhuvi's in at 7. He finds a single first ball and Hardik gets on strike. Full toss outside off and Pandya smokes it through point for FOUR! And a free-hit to follow as Shaheen oversteps. Shaheen hits the length and Pandya misses. He runs through and Shaheen concedes five overthrows! Attempts for a throw at the non-striker's and misses. Pandya cannot hold back his smiles.

Virat Kohli c †Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Shah Afridi 57 (49b 5x4 1x6)

Shaheen's back.

IND 127/5 in 18 overs: Fifty for Virat Kohli! Third against Pakistan in four innings at the T20WC! He gets there with a lightning quick double that sets him back on strike. Full and wide from Ali and Kohli bangs it over cover for FOUR! Jadeja on strike. Ali goes short, angling at the pads and Jadeja swivels and slams it over fine leg for FOUR. Short from Ali and Jadeja lobs it straight up in the air. OUT! Mohammed Nawaz the sub fielder runs in from deep mid-wicket and completes an easy catch. Jadeja c (sub)Mohammad Nawaz b Hasan Ali 13(13)

IND 114/4 in 17 overs: Cracking over from Rauf. He mixes up his pace and Kohli fails to find his timing right. Excellent from the man who usually deals in the late 140ks.

Rauf is back. Here goes..

IND 110/4 in 16 overs: Vintage Virat! Ali fends the ball onto the shoulders and Kohli swivels to put the ball past short fine for FOUR. Ali drills the ball full outside off and this time Kohli unleashes his classic extra cover drive to beat Babar Azam at mid-off for FOUR!

Hasan Ali returns

IND 100/4 in 15 overs: Shadab pins the ball in the perfect line and Kohli watchfully places it to the gaps to find singles. India is building itself to strike late but will it work tonight? Meanwhile, it's 100 up for the men in blue.

"Kohli has been exceptional with his running between the wickets. Acceleration and judgment have been top-notch. He realises hitting boundaries alone won't suffice. This is in stark contrast to what WI did yesterday. Wham bam throughout and losing wickets. Smart cricket so far. Kohli needs to bat through." - our correspondent Ayan says from the ground.

Shadab up for his fourth.

IND 96/4 in 14 overs: Fast legs in action as Kohli and Jadeja reek ones and twos with ease. Rauf strays to the pads and Kohli slides it down for FOUR!

IND 87/4 in 13 overs: Shadab to Pant. OUT! In the air and taken at long-on. Pant perishes in the bid to up the scoring. He mistimes his favoured slog and India loses its fourth. Jadeja in at 6, he gets off the mark with a single.  Rishabh Pant c & b Shadab Khan 39 (30b 2x4 2x6)

IND 83/3 in 12 overs: Pant goes slam-bang! Hasan Ali is smoked for two biggies, one over mid-wicket and one down the ground. India on the charge now.

Hasan Ali is back

IND 67/3 in 11 overs: Rauf keeps it full and straight to both batters. Pant tries his luck with a few rash strokes but only gets a couple of singles.

Haris Rauf into the attack.

IND 60/3 in 10 overs: Top shot from Pant! Hafeez comes around the wicket and slides the ball in sharply to Pant who fiercely cuts behind backward point for FOUR.

IND 52/3 in 9 overs: Shadab beats Pant's blade with a sharp googly. Pant shows his restless side as he lobs one straight down the ground with no timing on it. Two runs with no fielder in sight. Shadab comes over the wicket to Pant and drops short. Pant quickly sits on one feet and paddles the ball over short fine leg for FOUR and that's 50 up for India.

IND 43/3 in 8 overs: Pant attempts a reverse-sweep and misses. Rizwan grabs the ball and asks for a review! He is pretty sure even as umpire Erasmus is unmoved. Pakistan loses a review as there's clear daylight between bat and ball on the replays.  Pant and Kohli continue to rotate strike albeit with a couple of risky running between the wickets.

The Professor is in action! Hafeez with the ball.

IND 39/3 in 7 overs: Fine start for Shadab as he cramps Pant for room in the crease. Just the three singles off it and Pakistan continues to build the momentum.

Shadab replaces Shaheen

IND 36/3 in 6 overs: Ali to Suryakumar. OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN!!! That's a loose stroke from SKY. Ali pushes the ball away from his reach outside off-stump and Surya makes a tame attempt to push at it. The ball clips the edge and Rizwan completes a sharp catch. India in tatters in the Powerplay.

Suryakumar Yadav c †Mohammad Rizwan b Hasan Ali 11 (8b 1x4 1x6)

Hasan Ali into the attack

IND 30/2 in 5 overs: Shaheen pegs Kohli back with three straight dot balls. And there's a reply from the master! Shaheen misses his length by a fraction and Kohli steps down and smacks him over long-on for SIX! Wow, he holds his pose and shows the seamer that he's up for everything tonight.

Shaheen up for a third over. 

IND 21/2 in 4 overs: Surya on the move! Wasim strays to the pads and SKY launches his special sweep and it races to the boundary for FOUR!  That's his style and he'll back it to the hilt.

IND 14/2 in 3 overs: Afridi to Rahul. OUT! CLEANS HIM UP! Swinging in and zips through Rahul's flick off the length. Unplayable stuff there from Shaheen! India has its openers in the hut under 15 minutes. SKY walks in at 4.  Shaheen rushes him with some quicker stuff on the length. SKY gets a single before Kohli hands the strike back to him. Short from Shaheen and SKY pulls it over mid-wicket for SIX!  KL Rahul b Shaheen Shah Afridi 3 (8b)

The Afridi special!   -  AP


IND 6/1 in 2 overs: Imad keeps it flat to both batters. Kohli not attempting for any undue risk as he tucks the left-armer away for a couple of singles.

Imad Wasim from the other end

IND 2/1 in 1 over: Three deliveries on the money and KL gets off the mark with a quick single.  Shaheen to Rohit. OUT! A golden duck for Rohit! A fiery yorker from Afridi dents the Indians first up.  Swinging from outside and traps Rohit plumb in front. He plants his front foot away and aims to flick it rather than playing straight. Big mistake there against Afridi's pace. The umpire raises his finger straightaway. Kohli in at 3.  A probing away-swinger to start and Kohli leaves it on its way. He gets off the mark with a single to the on-side to finish the over. What a start for Pakistan!

Rohit Sharma lbw b Shaheen Shah Afridi 0 (1b)

Shaheen to KL Rahul. 

Shaheen Afridi up with the new ball. What a contest up front!  A bit of a hold up as Babar Azam speaks with Rohit Sharma about taking a knee. The Indian team takes the knee while the Pakistanis place their palm on their chest.

Time for some cricket now. Here goes Indian openers - Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul! Babar Azam's men take the field and walk into their positions.

The players walk out to the middle and line up for the national anthems.

It's game time in Dubai, folks!

India XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakaravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan XI: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

Hardik Pandya: I don't like to get too hyped by the situation, and my family make sure of that too. I stay away from social media because you do get excited and get the vibes. It's simple, and we leave emotions out of the way, and keep things professional. We make sure we tick the right boxes, and do the processes right. The back is fine, it was jittery, but I won't be bowling for now. I want to be able to bowl eventually, closer to the knockouts. The professionals and I both have to take the call about when I can have a bowl.

TOSS: Pakistan wins the Toss, opts to bowl first

Virat Kohli: We are pretty happy with setting the target. We would have bowled first too, but the toss is not in your control. We are pretty balanced with our squad and you need to be prepared for it. We need to stay as professional as possible. We need to stay focussed on the processes. Everyone watches it closely all over the world. We can use that as a motivation, but we need to ensure we don't get too emotional and need to just stay professional. The pitch looks very different. Evenly rolled and there is no grass at all which was the case during the IPL. We expect the pitch to stay good all through and set a good total. The four not playing are: Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Ashwin and Thakur.

Babar Azam: We are going to bowl first. We'll look to take early wickets and put pressure. Dew is also a factor. We have had good practice sessions and am confident about our preparations. Pakistan's bowlers are known to trouble other teams but I am confident about our batting too. Haider Ali is left out.

Virat Kohli and Babar Azam walk out to the centre.



6:45PM IST: Kohli is seen bowling alongside his spinners. Is Hardik going to sit this one out? Will India take a risk of playing just five specialist bowlers?

One final throw-down before the showdown!   -  Getty Images


6:41PM IST: Babar Azam leads the Pakistan side for their customary warm-ups. It's a stellar duo up top with him and Mohammed Rizwan - the leading T20I run-scorers in 2021.

6:39PM IST: "M.S. Dhoni is in the house. After a brief word with Ravi Shastri , he's now keeping wickets to the spinners as they roll their arm. Familiar territory." - Ayan

6:35PM IST: Madcap night on the way!

The frenzy begins!   -  REUTERS


6:32PM IST: Big night for Captain Kohli and Captain Babar. Here's what they had to say ahead of the clash:

Virat Kohli: I believe the quality of pitches is definitely going to be far better in this T20 World Cup. Also it being an ICC tournament, we know that the standard of pitches has to be maintained to a certain degree, which is consistent across all venues and I understand that to protect the pitches for a tournament like the World Cup, there had to be some kind of compromise in terms of the playing conditions when we played the IPL."

Babar Azam: "It is about staying relaxed, we are in constant touch with all the players. It is about playing well on the day. We have played a lot of cricket here, we know the conditions and we know how to go about it."

6:30PM IST: Virat Kohli and Ashwin are the first players out of the dressing room.
Ashwin heads straight for the pitch. Kohli taking throwdowns at the far end - Ayan Acharya.

6:25PM IST: Indian fans, here's a big update from our reporter Amol Karhadkar from Dubai: "Hardik Pandya is doing the pre-match interaction with the host broadcaster! If at all, it's an indication - or affirmation."

6:23PM IST: Will this be the night Pakistan has so longed for?


5:58PM IST: Our correspondent, Ayan Acharya from the ground: "Matthew Hayden, Pakistan's batting consultant, having a chat with Aussie mate Shane Watson. Pakistan players are limbering up."

5:45PM IST: Update - India and Pakistan will play in the same pitch that was used last night in the England - West Indies match. A low-scoring thriller on the cards?

5:43PM IST: Team India up and ready for the match.



  • India will be playing its first T20I game in the UAE. Pakistan has played 25 matches in Dubai, winning 14, losing 10 and tying 1.
  • Kohli T20I captaincy record:  MP - 45, W - 27, L - 14, T - 2, NR - 2
  • Babar Azam T20I captaincy record: MP 28, W - 15, L - 8, NR - 5
  • India has only lost one of its 8 T20I encounters against Pakistan.
  • Virat Kohli is yet to be dismissed against Pakistan in T20WCs having scored - 78* (2012), 36* (2014) and 55* (2016) in three matches.
  • Babar Azam, Mohamed Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi will be the key Pakistan stars featuring in their first T20I game against India.

5:03PM IST:
Under two hours away from the Toss. India and Pakistan are all set to play in their 200th international clash. India vs Pakistan: IND, PAK to meet in their 200th international match at T20 World Cup 2021


The T20 World Cup will be set alight when India and Pakistan meet in a big-ticket clash on Sunday.

There’s no doubt that the contest between the sub-continental giants will attract global interest even beyond the cricket fraternity. But both the teams, with face-offs having become as rare as a hailstorm in the Emirates, have been trying their best to play down the pressure-cooker scenario associated with the game.

Understandably so. More than earning the brownie points of scoring a win in the match-that-matters-the-most for their respective fans, India and Pakistan would be gunning to get their World Cup campaign off to an ideal start.

READ: India vs Pakistan: The mother of all rivalries set for another gripping chapter

Moreover, with both the teams having hardly faced each other in the shortest format of the game - eight matches in 14 years, including the two famous matches in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 - there isn’t too much of personal rivalry on the field.

Chakravarthy the x-factor

In this respect, India will be hoping that Varun Chakravarthy, the mystery spinner touted to be India’s X-factor, will spin his web around the Pakistan batters, none of whom having faced him earlier.

Pakistan, on the other hand, will be looking forward to captain Babar Azam to guide its relatively inexperienced unit to glory. The fact that he will have the guidance of old war-horses Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez in the team - both of them feature in the 12 announced on Saturday - will certainly help it soak in the big-match pressure.

Our correspondent Ayan Acharya writes from the venue: T20 World Cup 2021: Dubai ready for India-Pakistan blockbuster

Both Malik and Hafeez were a part of the inaugural T20 edition 14 Septembers ago. For India, it’s only vice-captain Rohit Sharma who featured in that memorable edition in South Africa. Having excelled as a rookie in 2007, Rohit will be hoping for the likes of Rishabh Pant and Chakravarthy to deliver under pressure.


But more than the rookies, India will be hoping to get the balance right of its team. To resolve the muddle of a back-up bowler remains the key for India to start its crusade to regain the T20 World Cup after a prolonged gap on a winning note.

Playing Pakistan in its tournament-opener would certainly invoke the memories of the 2007 World Cup among fans. Thanks to a washout against Scotland, the game that finished with a bowl-out versus Pakistan was India’s first-ever match in a T20 World Cup. The bowl-outs are a history in cricket but India will be hoping for the same result on Sunday.


Wicketkeeper – Rishabh Pant

Batters – Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Babar Azam, KL Rahul (C), Fakhar Zaman

All-rounders – Ravindra Jadeja (VC), Imad Wasim

Bowlers – Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Shaheen Shah Afridi

Team Composition: IND 7:4 PAK Credits left: 1.0

Predicted XI and Squads


India Squad: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Ishan Kishan, Varun Chakaravarthy

Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Haider Ali


The T20 World Cup 2021 match between India and Pakistan will be aired live on the Star Sports Network at 7:30pm IST. The online live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.