India defeats Pak by 5 wickets. Pakistani cricketers scored 147 runs in 19.5 overs. In return, Indian cricketer finished off the match in just 19.4 overs.
Hardik Pandya’s all-round brilliance powered India to a thrilling five-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan in an Asia Cup game on Sunday. Pandya ended with figures of 3/25 in 4 overs while restricting Pakistan to 147 in 19.5 overs and then smashed 33 off 17 balls with the winning six in the last over bowled by left-arm spinner Mohammed Nawaz.
Ravindra Jadeja contributed with 35 off 29 balls. When India bowled, senior seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar had the best figures of 4 for 26. When India chased, former skipper Virat Kohli scored 35 off 34 balls. Naseem Shah was Pakistan’s best bowler with figures of 2/27.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India the perfect start by picking up the big wicket of Babar Azam. Avesh Khan then removed the dangerous Fakhar Zaman within the powerplay to put Rohit Sharma’s team in a great position.
Kohli had to come in early with Naseem Shah cleaning up KL Rahul off the second ball in India’s innings and rebuilt in the company of Rohit Sharma, but his wicket, which followed soon after that of Rohit’s, left India in trouble.
Pakistan had made 147 batting first in Dubai, a total built on some lusty blows late in the innings. The early loss of Rahul for a golden duck had piled the pressure onto Kohli.
147 all out in 19.5 overs [Mohammed Rizwan 43, Hardik Pandya 3/25, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/26].
148 in 19.4 overs [Hardik Pandya 33 no off 17 balls, Ravindra Jadeja 35 off 29 balls].