Despite having three wickets in hand, Pakistan was unable to surpass India’s total of 141, resulting in a tie. The tie-breaker was a ‘bowl-out’ rather than the ‘Super Over’. The Indians hit the stumps at will, while the Pakistanis failed, giving MS Dhoni’s young team a win in their first-ever 20-20 World Cup encounter.
India finished with a competitive 157/5 thanks to Gautam Gambhir (75) and Rohit Sharma (30*). A terrible lapse in judgement saw Misbah go for a ramp shot in the final over, which was caught and triggered a huge renaissance in Indian cricket under MS Dhoni’s leadership.
India maintained its brilliant grip on this rivalry by crushing Pakistan’s challenge once more, this time in Dhaka. In their 20 overs, Pakistan only managed to score 130/7. In yet another one-sided contest, India chased down the target with 9 balls to spare.
Virat Kohli stamped his authority on the game. He scored an unbeaten 55 off 37 balls to completely demolish the archrivals once more.
Pakistan defeated India in their 13th World Cup appearance and did so comfortably. Everyone played a supporting role in the win, including openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan’s fearless chase. Each scored half-centuries to guide their team to a historic win against the arch-rivals.