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Credit is due to Pakistan; they outplayed us: Kohli

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Last updated on: October 25, 2021 00:20 IST
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India's captain Virat Kohli congratulates Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan as Babar Azam looks on after the T20 World Cup match in Dubai on Sunday.

IMAGE: India's captain Virat Kohli congratulates Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan, as Babar Azam looks on, after the T20 World Cup Super 12s match in Dubai on Sunday. Photograph: Satish Kumar/Reuters

India captain Virat Kohli had no qualms in admitting that his team was "outplayed" by Pakistan in Sunday’s T20 Super 12s World Cup match in Dubai, saying his players will not press the panic button.

Pakistan produced a clinical display to crush India by 10 wickets for their first victory over their neighbours in a World Cup match in 13 meetings.

 

Chasing 152 for victory, after putting India in, Pakistan completed the task in 17.5 overs, leaving the Indian team and its millions of fans stunned.

"We did not execute the things that we wanted to but credit is certainly due - they (Pakistan) outplayed us today," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

India found themselves on the backfoot straightaway as they lost three wickets with just 31 runs on the board, thanks to Shaheen Shah Afridi's menacing opening burst.

"When you lose three early wickets it's very difficult to come back, especially when you know the dew is coming. They were very professional with the bat as well.

"Hitting through the line was not as easy in the first half as it seemed in the Pakistan innings; so when you know the conditions can change, you need 10-20 extra runs.

"But some quality bowling from Pakistan didn't let us get off the blocks. We're certainly not a team that presses the panic button; it's the start of the tournament, not the end," Kohli said.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam stroked his way to unbeaten 68 while Mohammad Rizwan smashed 79 not out as Pakistan won it without much trouble.

Babar said his team executed the plans to perfection, evidence of which was manner in which they dominated and won the game.

"We executed our plans well and the early wickets were very helpful. Shaheen's wickets gave us a lot of confidence and the spinners dominated as well. The plan with Rizwan is always to keep it simple," Babar said.

"We tried to get deep in the crease and from about the eighth over the dew came in and the ball came on nicely. This is just the start, we have confidence to build on now. It will remain match by match for us."

He said the pressure on his team wasn't that much and they weren't thinking of the record against India at all.

"I only wanted to back all our players who've been preparing well. When you play tournaments before a big World Cup, it helps and our players came in with a lot of confidence because of that."

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