India took the early lead in Group 2 of the Super 12 with its four-wicket win over Pakistan in Melbourne on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Getty Images
India opened its T20 World Cup 2022 campaign on a high with a last-ball win over Pakistan in their Super 12 opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
India’s win came nearly a year after its defeat to Pakistan in their opening match of the T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai. The 10-wicket loss to Pakistan jeopardised India’s run in the event, which eventually ended with a group-stage exit.
With fortunes turning in the favour of the Men in Blue this time, Pakistan finds itself in a spot of bother, and it will need to bounce back quickly with South Africa – a firm favourite for the semifinals – also forcing a three-way tussle alongside India in Group 2 of the Super 12.
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Pakistan will now meet Zimbabwe (October 27) and the Netherlands (October 30) before takeing on South Africa in a potentially decisive clash.
With India taking the early lead in the group, the two teams can only return for a face-off in the final in Melbourne on November 13. India and Pakistan would need to finish as the top two teams in Group 2 and win their respective semifinals to engage in their eighth T20 World Cup meeting during the final.
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