Last Update on: September 2nd, 2023 at 07:29 pm
Ishan Kishan scored his fourth consecutive fifty-plus score in ODIs as he scored 82 off 81 balls against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023 match. Kishan who walked out to bat after the fall of Shreyas Iyer’s wicket at number five, played perhaps the most important innings of his ODI career. His score resembled Virat Kohli’s score that he scored against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup last year.
India were 66/4 when Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya got together and for the next almost 20 overs batted India out of trouble. He added 138 runs with Hardik Pandya who batted with responsibility as well. It was Kishan’s first innings at number five and the southpaw showed his class.
The wicketkeeper-batsman hit nine fours and two sixes and scored at a strike rate of over 100. He needed to weather the storm initially and then he got into his groove. He paced his innings beautifully hitting the big shots and rotating the strike. This is how X reacted to his innings which was a crucial one for India.
Fans Praise Ishan Kishan’s Fighting Innings Against Pakistan
Absolutely thrilled with Ishan Kishan’s performance! 🙌 All doubts about his ability to adapt to the middle order have been firmly dismissed. 🏏 From a back-up slot in the WC to making a strong case for a place in the first XI, Ishan has opened up options #IshanKishan…
— Suvajit Mustafi (@RibsGully) September 2, 2023
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) September 2, 2023
this shud be the career-defining innings for #IshanKishan
— Amit (@nottheamit) September 2, 2023
Some 82s are better than 100s. Well played Ishan Kishan ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XyNSqhYyF0
— leisha (@katyxkohli17) September 2, 2023
Love the composure and maturity that Ishan Kishan has shown. This has been an admirable innings. A left hander in the middle order is invaluable and he has forced the selectors to look at him closely.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 2, 2023
Ishan Kishan departs, but only after a solid knock of 82 off 81 deliveries.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 2, 2023
ISHAN KISHAN – THE SAVIOUR OF INDIAN BATTING UNIT…!!!
A fifty in 54 balls with 6 fours and a six. Came in when India were 48/3 and soon 66/5, played Rauf and other bowlers exceptionally. A quality innings by Kishan! pic.twitter.com/yoQELsPqT1
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 2, 2023
ISHAN KISHAN, PLAYED THE KNOCK OF HIS CAREER….!!!
82(81) against Shaheen, Naseem, Rauf, Shadab when India was 66 for 4 – One knock to remember in Asia Cup history. pic.twitter.com/8QKKwm9XEF
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 2, 2023
India will remember this, Ishan Kishan. 👏 pic.twitter.com/gF9NhItqDB
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) September 2, 2023
5️⃣0️⃣ for @ishankishan51 👏👏
The southpaw counterattacks while cruising to a well-made half century!
Brilliant innings under pressure by the keeper-batter.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) September 2, 2023
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) September 2, 2023
Kishan was struggling to score his final few runs as he started getting cramps. In an effort to score quick runs as he was feeling the pain, Kishan fell to Haris Rauf. What is interesting so far in this Indian innings is that they have lost all their wickets so far to pace. On the other hand, they looked at ease against the Pakistan spinners and that was the period when they looked at ease and scoring runs.
Heading into this game, there was a lot of debate regarding Kishan’s batting position. However, he was looked at as Rahul’s replacement and thus batted at the batting position where Rahul would have batted.
India and Pakistan have faced each other 13 times, with India leading the race with 7 wins, while Pakistan have 5 wins next to their name. The last time Pakistan won in ODIs against India were in the 2017 ICC Championship Trophy final.
Pakistan have already won their first game against Nepal and need one more win to advance to the Super 4s. Meanwhile, this is India’s first game of the campaign and a must-win one.