Mumbai: After a ten-wicket loss against Pakistan in their opening match of ICCMen’s T20 World Cup, India captain Virat Kohli on Sunday said that the Babar Azam-led side completely outplayed them in the game.
Mohammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam performed brilliantly as Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
“We didn’t do well. Credit where it’s due and Pakistan got us out today. They got off to a great start with the ball, and 3 for 20 wasn’t a good start. We need quick wickets but with the bat, they didn’t give us any wickets. Not given a chance,” Kohli told host broadcaster Star Sports after the game was over.
“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,” he added.
Rizwan (79*) and Babar (68*) did not give India bowlers any chance to come out on top as both the batsmen dominated. Pakistan chased down the target of 152 without losing a wicket as India looked clueless in their opening match. Incidentally, this is also the first time that Pakistan has won a T20I by ten wickets.
“We could have argued for another slower bowler, but it’s important that we stay restrained 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,” said Kohli.
Earlier, put in to bat first, India posted 151/7 in their 20 overs on the back of skipper Kohli’s fifty. The India captain once again showed what it takes to be a big match player as he hit a quality 57 to take his side over the 150-run mark. India will next square off against New Zealand on Sunday, October 31 while Pakistan will take on New Zealand on Tuesday, October 26