Dubai: India have won high octane match against its arch rival Pakistan by five wickets in their first match of Asia Cup..
The second match of Asia Cup between two arch rival remained low-scoring as Pakistan have given an ordinary target of 148 runs after losing all the wickets to India.
Hardik Pandya’s puts on an all-rounder performance in the match, while chasing 148 for victory, Ravindra Jadeja, who hit 35, and Pandya put on a key fifth-wicket stand of 52 as India reached their target with two balls to spare in Dubai.
Pace bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pandya shared seven wickets to set up victory for India in their opening match of the six-nation tournament after they bowled out Pakistan for 147.
Catch Of The Match
Dinesh Karthic has been given award for catch of the match.
Man Of the Match
Hardik Pandya was declared man of the match over his all rounder performance for getting three wickets and 33 runs.
Earlier India had won the toss and elected to field first against Pakistan while it was the second match of the tournament.
Pakistan batters were struggling to smoke runs as the Indian bowlers wete testing the patience of the Green Shirts .
Pakistan have lost Babar (10 off 9), Fakhar (10 off 6), while Iftikhar (28 off 22) was the latest to depart on a bouncer delivered by Hardik Pandya For India, Pandya bagged three, Bhuvneshwar took two, while Avesh and Arshdeep claimed one wicket each.
Mohammad Rizwan made his way back to the pavilion after scoring steady (43 off 42) as Pandya removed the 30-year-old batter. Pandya continued to surprise the batting line of Pakistan as he also managed to get rid of Khushdil Shah (2 off 7) with short ball.
The under pressure Pakistan was looking for the ‘fireworks’ from Asif Ali’s bat he could only managed to score (9 off 7) as Bhuvnewshwar bowled cleverly.
Arshdeep also grabbed his maiden wicket against Pakistan by getting rid of all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz (1 off 3).
Bhonishwar Kumar took four wickets while Hardek Pandya got three wickets.
This is the most high-octane clash of the Twenty20 Asia Cup 2022 as arch-rivals — Pakistan and India faced each other today.
Both teams were well prepared for a major cricket event in Asia.
The green shirts had batting powerhouses like captain Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali and Hyder Ali. Both Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz will showcase their spinning skills along with their batting prowess.
Pakistan cricket team had started their campaign after their triumph in Netherlands in ODI, while India also coming to this tournament with great confidence with dominance against West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Though, Pakistan have faced two big blows as the main pacers – Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Wasim Jr – have already been out of the Asia Cup with injuries.
In their last encounter in ICC World Cup 2021, Pakistan clinched victory against India comprehensively by a margin of 10 wickets