Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam, India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2022, IND vs PAK
Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam. Image Credits: BCCI

Pakistan, like India, was short by three overs and bowled the final three overs with five fielders in the circle. India used this penalty because, unlike Pakistan, they had only lost four wickets. In addition, cramping caused problems for Pakistan’s quick bowlers. Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf both struggled in the death overs.

Earlier in the first innings, Hardik took three wickets, while Bhuvi four, for a combined 51 runs. Arshdeep also took two wickets, while Avesh took one.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya PC-AP

I Would Take This Kind Of A Win Over One-Sided Wins: Rohit Sharma

Except for the 45-run partnership between Rizwan and Iftikhar, none of the other Pakistani batsmen saw their starts through to completion. Shahnawaz Dahani’s two sixes were responsible for helping Pakistan reach a respectable total of 147 after Rohit Sharma had put Pakistan to bat first after winning the toss.

India did not get off to a great start as KL Rahul got out for a golden duck in the first over. In T20Is, Naseem Shah took a wicket with his second ball. Virat Kohli looked tense in the first few deliveries when he was on nothing, but then he appeared to be in good form. The short-arm pull to a short-of-a-length ball that almost carried for a six to wide long-on topped the one punch off the back foot.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli PC- AP

But then India lost two quick wickets, Suryakumar too followed but eventually Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja ensured that India got close to the target. Eventually, they won the game by 5 wickets with Pandya finishing the game with a six.

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At the end of the game, Rohit Sharma said, “Halfway through the chase, we still knew that we can win irrespective of the situation. We had the belief and when you have that belief, these things can happen. It’s about giving clarity to the guys so that they know their roles well. It was a bit challenging but I’ll take wins like this any day over usual victories. Yes, they (India’s pace bowling) have come a long way in the last year or so and they have adapted well to different situations. Since the time he (Hardik) has made his comeback, he’s been brilliant.”

Ind vs Pak: It Was A Perfect Game For Us - Rohit Sharma After 5-Wicket Win Over Pakistan
Hardik Pandya. PC- Getty

When he was not part of the team, he figured out what he needs to do to his body and his fitness regime, and now he is clocking 140+ easily. His batting quality we all know and it’s been brilliant since his comeback. He is a lot calmer now and more confident about what he wants to do, whether it’s with the bat or with the ball. He can bowl really quickly, we saw that today with those short balls. It was always about just understanding his game and he’s doing that well now. In a high-pressure with 10 rpo needed, you can panic but he never showed any of that”, Rohit added.

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