The T20 World Cup finally got underway in Dubai, with some stellar performances catching the eye.
Whilst England displayed their devastating bowling attack and Australia their ability to grind out results, one side stole the headlines for their incredible all-round showing.
Few fancied Pakistan to cause old foes India too much trouble when the sides were drawn out to face each other first but who wrong could they have been.
Having won the toss, Pakistan put India into bat and restricted them to 151/7 from their 20 overs, Shaheen Afridi starring with the ball in hand – snaring 3/31 off his 4 overs.
The truly remarkable showing followed though, as Babar Azam (68*) and Mohammad Rizwan (79*) took the Indian bowling attack to all parts – to wrap up an incredible 10-wicket win for Pakistan.
A result made all the more remarkable by the fact Pakistan had never beaten India in any ICC Cricket World Cup match and duly ended their 29 years of pain in elite level cricket competition.
The attention of the world is now on this Pakistan team, with pundits and fans alike now asking, how far can they go at the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Pakistan to win their second T20 World Cup title?
Back in 2009, a similarly unfancied Pakistan side were able to upset the established order of elite cricket and clinch their maiden T20 World Cup title.
Shahid Afridi was the hero 12 years ago, steering his side to victory at Lords over an experienced and capable Sri Lankan side in the final.
The parallels have already been drawn to some degree in 2021, with Pakistan’s talent laden side often overlooked by the prediction makers in the game and they could sneak under the radar again this time around.