Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan has condemned the online attack on India pacer Mohammed Shami for his disappointing performance on Sunday night in Dubai.

Rizwan, who starred in Pakistan’s 10-wicket win scoring 79* off 55 balls, came out in support of Mohammed Shami as the pacer was subjected to excessive online abuse for his performance wherein he leaked 43 runs at 11.2 and was India’s worst bowler.

The Pakistan wicket-keeper hailed Mohammed Shami as amongst the best bowlers in the world and demanded fans to respect their cricketers. He added that the sport should be bringing people closer in unity and separate them further.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: Twitter)

“The kind of pressure, struggles & sacrifices a player has to go through for his country & his people is immeasurable. @MdShami11 is a star & indeed of the best bowlers in the world. Please respect your stars. This game should bring people together & not divide ’em #Shami #PAKvIND,” Rizwan tweeted.

We didn’t execute properly; Pakistan outplayed us: Virat Kohli

Pakistan openers Babar Azam (68* off 52) and Rizwan (79* off 55) chased down the target of 152  with 13 balls to spare after the bowlers had restricted India to a below-par total, which Virat Kohli admitted was “15-20” short.

Shaheen Afridi took the Man of the Match award for his scintillating spell wherein he dismissed Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul with the new ball and later got the better of half-centurion Kohli. However, the Indian captain conceded that they were outplayed in both the departments by their neighbours.

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi (Image: Twitter)

“We didn’t execute properly. Credit where it’s due and Pakistan outplayed us today. They started brilliantly with the ball, and 3 wickets for 20 runs was not a good start. We needed wickets early but with the bat they gave us absolutely no chances,” Virat Kohli said after the game.

“It played slow in the first half and hitting through the line was not that easy as it was in the second half, after 10 overs. We needed those 15-20 extra runs and for that we needed a good start but Pakistan’s bowling didn’t allow us to get those extra runs,” he added.

India will next meet New Zealand on October 31, next Sunday, in Dubai. They will then play Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia in the Super 12 stage.

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