In their first match in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Team India suffered a crushing defeat by 10 wickets at the hands of Pakistan. Former Australia opener and Pakistan’s batting consultant for the T20 World Cup Matthew Hayden explained why India’s top order could not face Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi. He said that Indian players were facing 130 kmph balls in the IPL. At the same time, the fast bowlers of Pakistan were bowling very fast. Shaheen Afridi dismissed openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in his first two overs.
Hayden told Fox Cricket, “During the IPL last month, Indian batsmen were facing 130 kmph deliveries.” Praising Shaheen, Hayden further said that she was one of the best two deliveries I have seen in the last five weeks. It is commendable for Rohit Sharma to do so with a quick inswing yorker and with the new ball against him. Shaheen dismissed Rohit for zero in his first over.
Shaheen dismissed in-form KL Rahul in his second over. Shaheen took three wickets in this match.
In front of Pakistan’s bowling led by Shaheen, Team India scored 151 runs while playing first. Pakistan achieved the target of 152 runs without losing any wicket. Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten fifty for Pakistan. With this, Pakistan defeated India for the first time in the World Cup. After defeating India, Pakistan beat New Zealand by 5 wickets in the second match. After two wins, their chances of reaching the semi-finals have increased significantly.