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T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan thrash India by 10 wickets to record famous victory

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Pakistan recorded an historic ten-wicket victory over arch-rivals India to get their T20 World Cup campaign off to a dream start.

The win was Pakistan’s first ever over India at a World Cup in either format as opening pair Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan chased down a target of 152 runs with 13 balls to spare.

India have had a stranglehold over their neighbours in World Cup matches, prevailing in each of the dozen previous occasions they had met - seven at 50-over level and five in T20s - but that was broken in jaw-dropping fashion.

After Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled with pace and verve in his three for 31 to restrict India to 151 for seven, Babar and Rizwan took centre stage with an unbroken 152-run stand to wrap up a remarkable 10-wicket win.

This marked the first time Pakistan had won a T20 international by such a thumping margin, with Rizwan contributing an unbeaten 79 off 55 balls and Babar 68 not out from 52 deliveries as they won with 2.1 overs to spare.

Additional reporting: PA

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