(The title for this blog post was suggested to me by my friend, Madhu Ramachandran.)
India vs Pakistan = Pakistan won. Resounding loss for India.
Run wise = It was kind of tight. India made 151 in 20 overs. Pakistan made 152 in 17.5 overs.
Wicket wise = It was one sided. India lost 7 wickets in 20 overs. Pakistan did not lose any wicket. In other words, India was unable to get even a single wicket.
In fairness, India was kind of unlucky. To start with, they lost the coin toss and Pakistan chose to field first. Even though past performance is not a prediction for future, in Dubai, the team that opt to bowl first wins most of the time. Kohli was the only solid performer with 57 runs in 49 balls.
India did not execute properly. They lost the first 3 wickets for only 31 runs.
Pakistani bowlers were excellent. Pakistan went into the match as heavy underdogs. But they managed to beat India for the first time in a world cup match. Pakistani opening batsmen never allowed India to come back. They were more confident. Pakistanis will celebrate. And, remember this day for a very very long time.
It is not the end of the world for India. This is just one game they lost. You lose a battle but you hope to win the war. But for tonight - All I had to say – to quote “Dandy” Don Meredith – Turn out the lights, the party is over.
PS: I was surprised Indian team took the knee in support of BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement! The game was not played in USA, The game was not against USA, I would have appreciated if they took the knee in support of Dalits in India.