September 25, 2022

‘Good’ Pandya helps India edge Pakistan in Asia Cup thriller

Skipper Rohit Sharma on Sunday lauded Hardik Pandya’s brilliance with bat and ball after the…

Skipper Rohit Sharma on Sunday lauded Hardik Pandya’s brilliance with bat and ball after the all-rounder guided India to an exhilarating five-wicket win over Pakistan within the Asia Cup Twenty20 match.

Chasing 148 for victory, Ravindra Jadeja, who hit 35, and Pandya, unbeaten on 33, placed on a key fifth-wicket stand of 52 as India achieved the goal with two balls to spare in Dubai.

Tempo bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pandya shared seven wickets to arrange victory for India of their opening match as they bowled out Pakistan for 147.

Pandya, who returned figures of 3-25 together with his medium-pace bowling, then stood calm to hit the successful six in a tense chase within the six-nation match which acts as a tune-up for the T20 World Cup in October-November in Australia.

India, who misplaced their earlier match with Pakistan by 10 wickets in final yr’s T20 World Cup on the identical venue, improved their win-loss document to 8-2 in opposition to the arch-rivals in Virat Kohli’s a hundredth T20 worldwide.

Pandya, who earlier this yr made a comeback into the nationwide crew after recovering from a career-threatening again damage, made the match his personal.

“For the reason that time he has made his comeback, he’s been good,” Rohit mentioned of the champion all-rounder, who led IPL debutants Gujarat Titans to the title in Could.

“He’s lots calmer now and extra assured about what he needs to do, whether or not it’s with the bat or with the ball. He can bowl actually fast, we noticed that at the moment with these brief balls.

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“It was all the time about simply understanding his recreation and he’s doing that effectively now. In a high-pressure chase with 10 runs per over wanted, you possibly can panic, however he by no means confirmed any of that.”

Naseem impact

Debutant tempo bowler Naseem Shah stood out for Pakistan with figures of 2-27 however a foot damage in the previous few overs had him limping as India took management with the right-left batting pair of Pandya and Jadeja.

Pakistan saved chipping away with wickets as Naseem bowled Suryakumar Yadav for 18 and Mohammad Nawaz rattled the stumps of Jadeja within the remaining over.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam mentioned Naseem suffered from cramps.

Kohli scored 35 earlier than falling to Nawaz’s left-arm spin that additionally claimed Rohit for 12.

Naseem struck early with the wicket of KL Rahul for nought because the opener dragged an specific supply on to his stumps.

The 19-year outdated Naseem almost bought Kohli out two balls later just for Fakhar Zaman to drop a catch at second slip.

“Naseem bowled effectively in the beginning, he took essential wickets and bowled effectively within the demise as effectively,” Azam mentioned of his younger bowler.

“We missed Shaheen (Shah Afridi, who’s injured) however he by no means allow us to really feel his absence. It was his confidence that made him bowl like that.”

Kohli, who has endured a chronic lean patch and not too long ago spoke of his psychological well being struggles, overcame preliminary jitters and appeared to search out his circulation with a number of convincing boundaries together with a wristy drive over mid-on earlier than getting out.

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Earlier, Kumar set the tone for India’s dominance as he dismissed Azam for 10 within the second over and returned figures of 4-26.

Pandya rattled Pakistan’s middle-order together with his three wickets together with the damaging wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who had hit 43 off 42 balls.

Kumar returned to take two wickets in two balls within the penultimate over however was denied a hat-trick by quantity 11 Shahnawaz Dahani.

Dahani smashed two sixes in his six-ball 16 earlier than being bowled by left-arm medium-pace bowler Arshdeep Singh, who took two wickets as Pakistan’s innings folded in 19.5 overs.

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