India kicked off its Asia Cup 2022 campaign with a five-wicket victory in Dubai. Hardik hit three boundaries and a six in the last two overs to take India home with two balls to spare. Both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja played knocks of 35, while Hardik Pandya remained unbeaten on 33.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya shone with the ball as India bowled out Pakistan for 147 in their Asia Cup match in Dubai. Bhuvneshwar recorded 4 for 26 at the Dubai International Stadium, while Hardik had three for 25. Disney Bundle offers to Watch Ind vs Pak highlights
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Hardik hit three boundaries and a six in the final two overs to take India home with two balls to spare. Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli both scored 35, while Pandya remained unbeaten on 33.
With the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya starred as India bowled Pakistan out for 147 in their Asia Cup match in Dubai. Bhuvneshwar recorded four for 26 at the Dubai International Stadium, while Hardik recorded three for 25.
147 runs were scored by Pakistan in 19.5 overs (Mohammed Rizwan 43, Hardik Pandya 3/25, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/26).
India scored 148 runs in 19.4 overs (Hardik Pandya 33 off 17 balls, Ravindra Jadeja 35 off 29 balls).
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Indian pacers targeted Pakistan batters with short balls. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India a perfect start by taking Babar Azam’s wicket. After Avesh Khan removed the dangerous Fakhar Zaman within the powerplay, Rohit Sharma’s team was in a great position.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Ravi Bishnoi.
Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Haider Ali.
In international cricket, India and Pakistan have met 200 times across formats, the last time at the T20 World Cup in 2021. There have been 87 wins for Pakistan in head-to-head matches, while India has won 71 matches and drawn 38. As a result, India won today’s match as well.
As well as its archrival in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan enjoys a much better head-to-head record. A total of 20 of the 29 matches Pakistan has played (ODIs, Tests, and T20Is combined) have been won by Pakistan. Fourteen of these matches were played in Sharjah, two in Abu Dhabi, and three in Dubai.
Ind vs Pak Highlights: Match Summary
Hardik Pandya knows he is a cool cat. At times, he lets people know it too. He hit the match-winning six, accepted a bow from Dinesh Karthik, looked up at the dressing room, and signaled a ‘telephone ring’ kind of wiggle. The same wiggle that Shahnawaz Dahani does after taking wickets though perhaps there was no connection between the two here. As it would happen, Dhani was one of the first player he would bump into after that celebration, and there ensued a sweet moment between the two. Smiles and animated happy faces.
But the coolest moment happened after the third ball of the final over. He had just moved outside leg stump and tried to smash it through the off side but couldn’t beat the infield. He then looked across at Karthik, shut his eyes, and nodded his head – the Indian way to say ‘ all is well, hum hain na, it’s all cool, nothing to fret’. And the next ball he smashed the orb over the wide long-on boundary. Ravindra Jadeja, who played a screamer of a knock, also raved about Pandya. “He was very clear when he came to bat. He said I will play my shots no matter what.”
Rohit Sharma says!
We knew that belief was always there in our group. No matter what the situation is we can pull it off. These things can happen often in the game. We can pull off games like that. We believe in the quality of players. We want to give enough clarity to what they can do in middle.
It was challenging but I would take wins like this rather than one-sided wins. The bowlers are getting better over the last few months. It’s about giving them the confidence to deliver what they are expected to do. Yes, they were challenged a bit but overcoming them will give them confidence.
Hardik Pandya since he has made his comeback has been brilliant. He had a great IPL. When he was out of the team, he got into a fitness regimen, figured out what he had to do with his body, hits 140 kmph now, and has been brilliant for us.
He has been a lot calmer, quite a confident youngster, and knows what he wants to do. He knows what sort of fields he wants. Very confident. Can bowl quick – the bouncers he bowled today.
It’s about understanding the game -and he does that now. He was calm in taking the team through. High-pressure game, 10 runs per over, and there are times when one could panic but he didn’t.
Babar Azam says!
“We were a few runs short but made a comeback in our bowling. Our fast bowlers were good. Dhani stepped up (with batting) and he also bowled well. Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish off.
On the last over bowled by the left-arm spinner: We were trying to take it deep. He bowled well and Hardik finished it well. Naseem was very good, the way he bowled and showed his aggression.