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Babar, Rizwan ease Pakistan to first World Cup win over India

Pakistan make it 13th time lucky against India in World Cup cricket with 10-wicket win in Dubai; captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan score unbeaten fifties after Shaheen Afridi stars with new ball for 2009 champions; T20 World Cup continues on Monday with Scotland vs Afghanistan

Last Updated: 24/10/21 6:39pm




Babar Azam’s unbeaten 68 came in an unbroken stand of 152 with opening partner Mohammad Rizwan (79no off 55)

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan scored fluent fifties after Shaheen Afridi stared with the new ball as Pakistan beat India in a World Cup match at the 13th attempt with a crunching 10-wicket win.

Pakistan had lost all 12 of their previous World Cup matches against India, with seven defeats in the 50-over competition and five losses in the 20-over version, including in the inaugural T20 final back in 2007.

That barren run was snapped in style on Sunday, with skipper Babar (68no off 52 balls) and Rizwan (79no off 55) putting on an unbroken 152 as the 2009 champions topped India’s 151-7 with 13 balls to spare.

Left-arm quick Shaheen (3-31) had earlier struck twice inside the first three overs before returning later on to dismiss Virat Kohli (57 off 49), whose pre-tournament favourites were humbled by their Group 2 rivals.

Shaheen Afridi’s searing opening spell included the dismissals of Rohit Sharma (0) and KL Rahul (3)

Shaheen gave Pakistan a dream start, pinning Rohit Sharma (0) lbw for a golden duck in his first over and then bowling KL Rahul (3) with a quick nip-backer in his third as India tumbled to 6-2 after being inserted.

That became 31-3 when Suryakumar Yadav (11) edged Hasan Ali behind while attempting a back-foot punch and Pakistan wicketkeeper Rizwan leapt to his right to claim a fine catch.

India’s innings was revived by Rishabh Pant (39 off 30) and Kohli’s 53-run stand – Pant the dominant force in it, hitting two sixes with one hand off the bat before he slog-swept back to bowler Shadab Khan (1-22).

Kohli, who had earlier clubbed Shaheen for a masterful six over long-on, completed a 45-ball, 29th T20I fifty while bossing a 41-run alliance with Ravindra Jadeja (13 off 13) for the fifth wicket.

Kohli was eventually dismissed for the first time by Pakistan in a T20 World Cup when he edged Shaheen’s slower-ball bouncer behind on the pull in the penultimate over.

Virat Kohi scored a half-century in vain for India

Shaheen’s over went wrong after that, going for 17 in total, as Hardik Pandya (11 off 8) carved a no-ball full toss for four and then, from the resulting free hit, Shaheen missed with his shy at the non-striker’s stumps and watched on as the ball scuttled away to the boundary.

Haris Rauf (1-25) clawed things back with a seven-run final over, which included Pandya’s wicket, before Babar and Rizwan gave Pakistan a steady start to the chase, nailing their fifty partnership in the eighth over.

Pakistan were going at around 6.50 runs an over at that stage but then accelerated with the 13th over, bowled by leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy, seeing a six apiece from Babar and Rizwan.

Babar’s six off Chakravarthy took him to a 40-ball, 21st T20 international fifty, while Rizwan clinched his ninth from 41 deliveries when he pulled Jasprit Bumrah for four in the 15th over.

Rizwan began Mohammed Shami’s 18th over with a six and two fours, before Babar sealed his team’s thumping victory with a scampered two to long-on as Pakistan inflicted a first 10-wicket T20I defeat on India.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Pakistan vs New Zealand

October 26, 2021, 2:30pm

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Afghanistan vs Scotland

October 25, 2021, 2:30pm

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Pakistan are back in action against New Zealand in Sharjah on Tuesday (2.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket). New Zealand are also India’s next opponents but that clash, in Dubai, does not come until Sunday (1.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket) with Virat Kohli’s side having a lengthy break between matches.

Monday’s sole encounter is the Group 2 game between Scotland and Afghanistan (2.30pm, Sky Sports Cricket). Scotland are in red-hot form having won all three of their matches in round one to advance to the Super 12 for the first time in their history and will be confident of making that four victories from four when they meet Mohammad Nabi’s men in Sharjah.

Watch the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, in the United Arab Emirates, live on Sky Sports Cricket between now and November 14.

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Sherrock to face Ratajski or Clemens at World Series Finals

Fallon Sherrock will face the winner of the clash between Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski or Germany’s Gabriel Clemens with the draw for this month’s Amsterdam event now complete

Last Updated: 19/10/21 9:20pm




Fallon Sherrock will play at the World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam later this month

Fallon Sherrock has been handed a tie against either Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski or Germany’s Gabriel Clemens at the World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam.

Sherrock, who finished as runner-up to Michael van Gerwen at the Nordic Darts Masters, was handed an invite to the tournament in the Netherlands.

The Queen of the Palace followed that up with a stellar display at the Women’s Series where she got the better of Lisa Ashton in an epic two days of competition to seal a Grand Slam of Darts debut next month.

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Sherrock revealed her ambition to win the World Championship at Alexandra Palace
Sherrock revealed her ambition to win the World Championship at Alexandra Palace

Sherrock, who famously beat Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic at the World Championships in 2019, will now hope to produce the goods on the big stage once again when the event returns to AFAS Live from October 29-31, with the popular Amsterdam venue having staged the 24-player event two years ago.

Dirk van Duijvenbode and Jeffrey de Zwaan will meet in an all-Dutch clash, with the winner to progress to a tie with reigning champion Gerwyn Price.

Reigning Grand Slam of Darts champion Jose de Sousa plays World Grand Prix semi-finalist Danny Noppert in another tasty tie, with the winner set to meet 2020 World Matchplay winner Dimitri Van den Bergh in the second round.

Michael van Gerwen could face World Cup winner John Henderson in his homeland

World Cup winner John Henderson takes on Dutchman Maik Kuivenhoven, with 2019 World Series of Darts Finals winner Van Gerwen awaiting the victor.

Dutch stars Vincent van der Voort and Niels Zonneveld will meet Nathan Aspinall and Dave Chisnall respectively, while Belgian qualifier Kim Huybrechts drew Michael Smith.

Latvia’s Madars Razma, who is the eighth seed, will play the winner of the first round tie between 2018 champion James Wade and veteran star Mervyn King.

The tournament begins on Friday October 29 with the first round, before the eight seeded players – based on World Series Order of Merit ranking – enter the action in round two the following day.

The £300,000 event then concludes on Sunday October 31, with the afternoon session’s quarter-finals followed in the evening session by the semi-finals and final.

World Series of Darts Finals

First Round Draw
Maik Kuivenhoven vs John Henderson
James Wade vs Mervyn King
Nathan Aspinall vs Vincent van der Voort
Jeffrey de Zwaan vs Dirk van Duijvenbode
Krzysztof Ratajski vs Gabriel Clemens
Niels Zonneveld vs Dave Chisnall
Jose de Sousa vs Danny Noppert
Kim Huybrechts vs Michael Smith

Draw Bracket
(1) Michael van Gerwen vs Kuivenhoven/Henderson
(8) Madars Razma vs Wade/King
(4) Jonny Clayton vs Aspinall/Van der Voort
(5) Gerwyn Price vs De Zwaan/Van Duijvenbode
(2) Fallon Sherrock vs Ratajski/Clemens
(7) Gary Anderson vs Zonneveld/Chisnall
(3) Dimitri Van den Bergh vs De Sousa/Noppert
(6) Peter Wright vs Huybrechts/Smith

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