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Pakistan hold their nerves at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai with an another nail-biting contest between India and Pakistan. The last over thriller saw Pakistan beat India to start their super fours with a win. It was the second match of the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup 2022.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision backfired as India got off to a flying start, thanks to Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. They took on the bowling from the word go and scored 62 at the end of the powerplay, losing Sharma on 28. Virat Kohli walked in at three and played some beautiful strokes.
Rahul departed on 28 in the seventh over but Kohli was looking good at the other end. The other batters failed to contribute and the Indian side kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Kohli brought up his fifty but lacked support from the other end as they finished on 181/7. Shadab Khan picked up two wickets and the other bowlers picked up a wicket each for Pakistan.
Chasing a massive total, Pakistan’s openers got off to a steady start as they lost Babar on 14 in the fourth over. Fakhar Zaman joined Rizwan and started building a partnership as they scored 44 at the end of the powerplay. Chahal dismissed Zaman on 15 and Mohammad Nawaz arrived at the crease and changed the whole complexion of the match.
He played some sensational strokes and never allowed the Indian bowlers to settle in. Nawaz and Rizwan put 73 between them before the southpaw departed on a 20-ball 42. Rizwan brought up his fifty and scored 71 to take his side closer to the target. The game went down to the wire and Babar’s men held their nerves in the end to chase down the total with one ball to spare. The Indian side did pick up five wickets but failed to defend the total.
Pakistan start their super four stage of the Asia Cup 2022 with a win
The India-Pakistan clash again went down to the wire and this time, it was Pakistan who managed to finish on the winning side. They chased down 182 in the last over to start their super four campaign with a win. They have grabbed two points and will take a lot of confidence with this win.
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The Indian side needs to forget this quickly and get back to winning ways when they take the field in their next game against Sri Lanka. They will have to fire in unison to stand any chance of progressing to the final of the Asia Cup 2022. They will have to win their remaining two fixtures to qualify for the final.
Player of the Match
Mohammad Nizwan was adjudged the player of the match for his all-round show which Pakistan hold their nerves to beat India by 2 wickets
Want to keep things simple. Basic things like line and length. The effort is to turn one or two deliveries to put doubt in the batter’s mind. Legspinners were in operation and there was one short boundary as well. Needed around 10 rpo at that time. I had clarity about going for it if it was in my area.– Mohammad Nawaz
Our effort is to keep it simple. Ups and downs will keep happening. They got the edge the way they utilised the powerplay. But our bowlers made a comeback. Rizwan and Nawaz partnership was the turning point. I had a hunch Nawaz would be key against legspinners– Babar Azam, Pakistan Skipper
India: 181/7 (20)
(Virat Kohli 60, Rohit Sharma 28, Shadab Khan 2/31)
Pakistan: 182/5 (19.5)
(Mohammad Rizwan 71, Mohammad Nawaz 42, Ravi Bishnoi 1/26)
Pakistan beat India by five wickets.