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‘This is just the start,’ says Babar after beating India

Pakistan captain Babar Azam said a first World Cup victory over India was "just the start" as his team basked in the joy of a 10-wicket triumph at the T20 global showpiece on Sunday.

Babar Azam scored a 52-ball 68 not out while fellow opener Mohammad Rizwan hit an undefeated 55-ball 79 as Pakistan achieved their first 10-wicket win in all Twenty20 internationals by comfortably chasing down their target of 152. The loss was also India's first 10-wicket defeat in Twenty20 cricket.

"This is just the start, we have confidence to build on it now," said Babar after the opening win in the round-robin Super 12 stage. "That will remain with us. The pressure on us wasn't that much -- we weren't thinking of the record against India at all."

Strike bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi got Pakistan off to a flying start and finished with an incisive 3-31 spell off his four overs. "Shaheen got us wickets at the top of the order and that proved to be the turning point," said Rizwan who said the victory was a gift to the nation.