Rohit Sharma was the star of the game last time India and Pakistan collided on the cricketing field, but this time, he couldn’t provide a meaningful contribution. After Pakistan won the toss and decided to field first, Shaheen Shah Afridi provided the exact breakthrough they were looking for, with an absolute peach.
Shaheen is an expert at bringing the ball in and did a fantastic job when Rohit came on strike for the first time in this game. KL Rahul drove the first two balls well but hit it straight to the fielders, and he tucked the third delivery towards leg side for a simple single.
Rohit Sharma was taken by surprise with the ball sharply moving inward and was trapped right in front of the stumps. The umpire had no second thoughts in sending back to the pavilion, and Shaheen was absolutely delighted having picked up a major wicket. He gave just 2 runs in the opening over, and Imad Wasim backed it up with a solid second over.
Here’s the dismissal of Rohit Sharma.
Shaheen Afridi, you beauty 👌
What a peach of a delivery as Rohit Sharma is gone for a 🦆
— Malik Ali Raza (@MalikAliiRaza) October 24, 2021
The left-arm seamer came back even better in the second over, and dismissed Rahul off the first ball. Once again, it was his incoming delivery that troubled the batter. Rahul did not make the adjustment having committed himself to a different line. The ball went through the 29-year-old’s bat and pad gap, before smashing the middle stump.
India were off to the most tragic start possible to this high-voltage clash. Shaheen, who had a sensational outing in the recently concluded National T20 Cup, continued it in the UAE and provided Pakistan a spectacular opening spell with the wickets of Rahul and Rohit Sharma. Having set themselves up as the favorites to win this game courtesy of their history with Pakistan in big tournaments and their individual quality, the start put a massive dent in the Indian hopes.
Here’s that incredible follow-up from Shaheen Afridi to KL Rahul
— ᖇᗩᕼᗴᗴᒪ ღ (@Gumnamspahi) October 24, 2021
India are placed alongside Pakistan, Namibia, Scotland, New Zealand, and Afghanistan in the Super 12 stage.