A storied rivalry’s battle for bragging rights resumes.

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In 17.5 overs, 150 2 for no loss was achieved. If you’re an Indian cricket tragic, there are some figures that hurt more than others. It was Pakistan’s unusually cool response to India’s unimpressive 151/7 in the 2021 T20 World Cup opening match at Dubai’s Ring of Fire. The men in green had a strong ally in the dew during their pursuit as they defeated their discouraged and astonished enemies.

Babar Azam, the captain, and Mohammed Rizwan, his assistant, highlighted the dominance brought on by Shaheen Shah Afridi’s swift, lethal twin strokes that destroyed Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

It had hints of what Mohammed Amir, another captivating prospect from the prolific fast-bowling stables across the border, had accomplished at the Oval in the Champions Trophy final in the summer of 2017. He demolished a divided team that was suffering from the fallout of the widely reported conflict between captain Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble.

Following the devastating last-ball six hit by Javed Miandad off Chetan Sharma in the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup final, Pakistan often bullied India in ODI matches, especially in Sharjah throughout the 1980s and 1990s. To their credit, though, India afterwards made a significant recovery and dominated their adversaries in international affairs.

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