Hardik Pandya produced a superb all-round efficiency to steer India to a tense win within the closing over in India’s opening recreation of Asia Cup 2022 towards Pakistan.

India preserve Pakistan quiet within the powerplay

India began off brilliantly with the ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar hitting the best areas early on. Whereas Mohammad Rizwan overturned an LBW determination towards him and survived a caught-behind evaluation from India, the early motion gave India hope.

Bhuvneshwar, nevertheless, resorted to the shock brief ball technique to ship again Babar Azam for 10 and provides India the early wicket. Quickly Fakhar Zaman walked off, having felt a nick to a brief one from Avesh Khan, at hand India the benefit within the Powerplay.

Rizwan rebuilds, however Hardik Pandya dents Pakistan

Mohammad Rizwan discovered ready help from Iftikhar Ahmed and the duo rebuilt for Pakistan in a promising partnership. Iftikhar discovered the fence a number of instances and even hit a six off Yuzvendra Chahal, however Hardik Pandya introduced India again into the sport with a double strike.


Hardik Pandya delivers for India with the ball in an important recreation 🔥#PAKvIND #AsiaCup2022 pic.twitter.com/1r1bn4KV4U

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He first had Iftikhar caught behind with a pointy bouncer to interrupt the partnership after which went on to dismiss Rizwan and Khushdil Shah within the house of three balls within the subsequent over to go away Pakistan reeling at 97/5, the brief ball ploy clearly placing Pakistan in an uncomfortable state of affairs.

Late flourish from Pakistan

After 17 overs, Pakistan nonetheless had simply 114 on board, and so they misplaced Mohammad Nawaz off the primary ball of the following over, however Haris Rauf and Shahnawaz Dahani gave them a preventing complete with some lusty blows in the direction of the top.

33 runs got here off the final three overs as Pakistan put up a aggressive complete on a difficult wicket in Dubai. With 147 on board, it was nonetheless fairly a activity to cease India’s star-studded batting line-up.

Naseem Shah provides promising signal of future for Pakistan

Naseem Shah, who was making his T20I debut, after a powerful exhibiting within the Netherlands within the ODIs, gave India an early jolt when he despatched again KL Rahul for a golden duck with a pacy supply that took the within edge onto the stumps.


Unplayable Shah! ⚡️#PAKvIND #AsiaCup2022 pic.twitter.com/q0Kjg83jVi

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Whereas it was Rohit Sharma who fell for a duck within the first over within the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup fixture final 12 months between these sides, it was Rahul this time that left India in early bother. Naseem’s rise provides Pakistan a number of choices forward of the T20 World Cup in Australia.

Virat Kohli walked in at No.three and survived a dropped catch two balls later, however went on to money in on his slice of luck as Rohit settled in. Kohli remained a tad edgy, however his intent ensured India have been out of the rut. However earlier than the budding stand with Rohit might bloom in full, Pakistan struck once more, this time with Mohammad Nawaz.

Nawaz strikes twice

Nawaz struck with the wicket of Rohit Sharma shortly after the batter had smashed him for a six and the breakthrough put Pakistan again within the contest. It quickly tilted the sport additional when Kohli chipped a easy catch to lengthy off within the 10th over, giving Nawaz his second wicket of the night time.

The dual blow had come at a foul time for India with the duo having settled down nicely on a cheesy wicket. Pakistan went on to stifle India with tight traces and India couldn’t fairly break the shackles regardless of the promotion of the left-handed Ravindra Jadeja, and the ICC No.2 ranked T20I batter, Suryakumar Yadav becoming a member of palms.

Pandya present once more

Pandya walked in with India dropping Suryakumar to an outstanding supply from the spectacular Naseem. With 59 wanted off 34 balls, Pandya turned the momentum round in sensible trend. 

He crunched a 4 off Naseem later within the over, however then performed via two good overs to maneuver to 14 off 10 balls. Jadeja, in the meantime, helped India again with a 4 and a six off the 18th over bowled by Naseem.

Pandya then turned it round India’s method with three fours within the penultimate over to go away India with simply seven to win off the ultimate over. Nawaz pushed the sport until the top, sending again Jadeja off the primary ball of the ultimate over, however Pandya sealed the sport with a six off the fourth ball of the over to seal a win for India.

The essential win gave India very important factors within the Asia Cup, with the event performing a prelude to the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup two months later in Australia.


Hardik Pandya’s all-round efficiency palms India win over Pakistan 👏

What a contest on the ring of fireside 🔥

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— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) August 28, 2022



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