Hardik Pandya's exceptional all-round performance helps India to win a nail-biter against their arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup

Hardik Pandya’s exceptional all-round performance helps India to win a nail-biter against their arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup

Hardik Pandya’s exceptional all-round performance helps India to win a nail-biter against their arch-rivals Pakistan in the Group A encounter of the Asia Cup.

At the Dubai International Stadium, Pandya showed nerve of steel and led India to a thrilling five-wicket victory over Pakistan in an Asia Cup Group A encounter.

Hardik Pandya’s Exceptional Performance

Hardik showed calmness in a tense chase for India. Due to his stunning performance with the bat and bowl, Pandya got the man of the match award.

He used the short ball expertly on a pitch with steep bounce, bowling with pace and aggression. The Pandya’s figures of 4-0-25-3 hold Pakistan innings to just 147 runs.

On a tricky pitch, India was behind Pakistan until the 18th over. India took advantage when Hardik hit three boundaries in the 19th over.

Even in the 20th, Mohammad Nawaz brought it to six required off three balls, but Hardik sealed it with a flat six over long-on to end up with 33 runs off just 17 balls.

Hardik Pandya's exceptional all-round performance helps India to win a nail-biter against their arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup
Hardik Pandya’s exceptional all-round performance helps India to win

Toss

Early on India elected to bowl first after winning the toss. Ashwin is not played for India and DK is chosen over Pant. Quick Dahani of Multan Sultans debuted for Pakistan.

Teams

Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani

India: Rohit Sharma(capt), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh

Pakistan Batting

Bhuvneshwar bowled the 1st over of the match. A straight drive from Babar and two DRS decisions in favor of Mohammad Rizwan occurred in the first over.

In his second over, Bhuvneshwar surprised the Pakistani captain with a bouncer, and when he went for the pull, he only managed to top edge the ball to Arshdeep at short fine leg. Babar scored 10 runs in 9 balls.

Avesh Khan struck in his opening over when Fakhar Zaman edged a short ball to the wicketkeeper. The Indians were unable to hear the edge because of the loud crowd, but Zaman decided to walk, leaving Pakistan at 43 for two after six overs.

Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed construct a partnership of 45 runs for the 3rd wicket but that was too slow. Khushdil Shah 2(7), Shadab Khan 10(9), Asif Ali 9(7), and Mohammad Nawaz 1(3) failed in the big match.

Mohammad Rizwan 43(42) and Iftikhar Ahmed 28(22) were the top scorers from the Pakistan side. Shahnawaz Dahani hit a couple of sixes in a late burst.

However, during the middle phase, Hardik’s outstanding numbers of 3 for 25 in four overs led to a Pakistani batting collapse.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was at the top of his game and took four wickets for 26 runs, including the skipper Babar Azam. In his first-ever Indo-Pak match, young seamer Arshdeep Singh also produced respectable figures of 2 for 33. Avesh Khan got 1 wicket for 19 runs in two overs.

This is the first instance for India in the shortest version that all 10 wickets were taken by pace bowlers.

Indian Batting

Rahul was out on the first ball after hitting onto his stumps and attempting a hesitant away from the body stroke against Naseem Shah.
Virat was dropped in the first over despite making a few confident pull shots during his bat. He occasionally played and missed, but he also had a lucky break when a poorly timed draw resulted in a six.

Hardik Pandya's exceptional all-round performance helps India to win a nail-biter against their arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup
Virat Kohli | India

With luck on his side, it appeared Kohli would finally get the long-awaited big score, but Nawaz caught him far off. Rohit attempted to clear the long off fielder in his previous over but was also dismissed.

86 runs off the remaining 10 overs felt like a difficult challenge with Pakistani pacers, led by debutant Naseem, tormenting the Indian hitters with extra pace.

Hardik and Jadeja Partership

India had been reduced to 89 for four when Shah returned to rattle Suryakumar Yadav’s stumps, and Hardik and Jadeja’s future depended heavily on their performance. Both made a great partnership for the 5th wicket.

As a result of an overrate penalty, Pakistan was compelled to insert an additional fielder inside the circle, bringing the equation down to 32 off 18 balls. The task for the Indians was slightly made simpler by the cramping Pakistan pacers, especially Shah.

Also, read that Virat Kohli praised Pakistani skipper Babar Azam

Scorecard

Pakistan Innings

BATTING R B 4s 6s SR
Mohammad Rizwan † c Avesh Khan b Pandya 43 42 4 1 102.38
Babar Azam (c) c Arshdeep Singh b Kumar 10 9 2 0 111.11
Fakhar Zaman c †Karthik b Avesh Khan 10 6 2 0 166.66
Iftikhar Ahmed c †Karthik b Pandya 28 22 2 1 127.27
Khushdil Shah c Jadeja b Pandya 2 7 0 0 28.57
Shadab Khan lbw b Kumar 10 9 1 0 111.11
Asif Ali c Yadav b Kumar 9 7 0 0 128.57
Mohammad Nawaz c †Karthik b Arshdeep Singh 1 3 0 0 33.33
Haris Rauf not out 13 7 2 0 185.71
Naseem Shah lbw b Kumar 0 1 0 0 0
Shahnawaz Dahani b Arshdeep Singh 16 6 0 2 266.66
Extras (b 1, w 4) 5
TOTAL 19.5 Overs(RR: 7.41) 147

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Babar Azam, 2.4 overs), 2-42 (Fakhar Zaman, 5.5 overs), 3-87 (Iftikhar Ahmed, 12.1 overs), 4-96 (Mohammad Rizwan, 14.1 overs), 5-97 (Khushdil Shah, 14.3 overs), 6-112 (Asif Ali, 16.3 overs), 7-114 (Mohammad Nawaz, 17.1 overs), 8-128 (Shadab Khan, 18.2 overs), 9-128 (Naseem Shah, 18.3 overs), 10-147 (Shahnawaz Dahani, 19.5 overs)

India Bowling

BOWLING O M R W ECON
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 0 26 4 6.5
Arshdeep Singh 3.5 0 33 2 8.6
Hardik Pandya 4 0 25 3 6.25
Avesh Khan 2 0 19 1 9.5
Yuzvendra Chahal 4 0 32 0 8
Ravindra Jadeja 2 0 11 0 5.5

India Innings (Target: 148 runs from 20 overs)

BATTING R B 4s 6s SR
Rohit Sharma (c) c Iftikhar Ahmed b Mohammad Nawaz 12 18 0 1 66.66
KL Rahul b Naseem Shah 0 1 0 0 0
Virat Kohli c Iftikhar Ahmed b Mohammad Nawaz 35 34 3 1 102.94
Ravindra Jadeja b Mohammad Nawaz 35 29 2 2 120.68
Suryakumar Yadav b Naseem Shah 18 18 1 0 100
Hardik Pandya not out 33 17 4 1 194.11
Dinesh Karthik † not out 1 1 0 0 100
Extras (lb 5, w 9) 14
TOTAL 19.4 Overs(RR: 7.52) 148/5

Did not bat: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (KL Rahul, 0.2 overs), 2-50 (Rohit Sharma, 7.6 overs), 3-53 (Virat Kohli, 9.1 overs), 4-89 (Suryakumar Yadav, 14.2 overs), 5-141 (Ravindra Jadeja, 19.1 overs)

Pakistan Bowling

BOWLING O M R W ECON
Naseem Shah 4 0 27 2 6.75
Shahnawaz Dahani 4 0 29 0 7.25
Haris Rauf 4 0 35 0 8.75
Shadab Khan 4 0 19 0 4.75
Mohammad Nawaz 3.4 0 33 3 9

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