Ind vs Pak, Asia Cup Super-4: Rizwan, Nawaz Star As Pakistan Beat India By 5 Wickets

Ind vs Pak, Asia Cup Super-4: Rizwan, Nawaz Star As Pakistan Beat India By 5 Wickets

India vs Pakistan Asia Cup Super-4: A super cameo from Mohammad Nawaz (20-ball 42) and a fiery fifty from Mohammad Rizwan (51-ball 71) helped Pakistan secure a crucial five-wicket win over India in the second match of the Super Four stage of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 at Dubai International cricket stadium on Sunday. After a hard-fought 273-run stand between Fakhar Zaman and Nawaz, the match was sealed by some lusty blows from Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah. The win will be remembered by Pakistani fans for a long time as the Men in Green defeated India in a T20 game for the first time ever in history of Asia Cup.

Pakistan initially had a slow start to their innings as they could not score much in the powerplay and even lost wicket of skipper Babar Azam early once again. The Indian spinners had a good start but lost total control in the middle phase of the game and gave away too many runs. Bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya had a poor outing, making things worse for India. Even pacers Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar looked weak while bowling during the death overs. 

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Earlier, put to bat first after winning the toss the much-criticized top-order of India showcased what they are capable of and jaw-dropping strike rates of 175 (Rohit), 140 (Rahul), and 136 (Kohli) were a testimony to that. India’s top-order hammered Pak bowlers for some quick runs in the initial overs. Virat Kohli, the comeback king, scored a brilliant half-century and played brilliant innings of 60 runs, while Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul scored 28 runs each to put up 181 for 7 against Pakistan. However, India’s middle order proved to be a failure.

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There was a partnership of 54 runs between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in 5.1 overs. Team India scored 62 runs in the powerplay (6 overs) for the loss of 1 wicket. This is India’s best score in the powerplay against Pakistan in T20 Internationals.

India vs Pakistan Squads:India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma(c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep SinghPakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah