The former Pakistani player Wasim Akram found out the big error that cost the opening match for Pakistan. Pakistan had played their opening match against the arch-rivals India in Dubai stadium. While chasing the low target of 147 runs. India found itself in trouble when the team was at 89 and had lost 4 wickets already. However, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja came to the rescue and achieved the target. India won the match by 5 wickets with 2 balls remaining. Jadeja and Pandya had the highest partnership of 52 runs which came after 49 run partnership by Rohit and Kohli.
The Indian skipper and former captain looked in great touch. However, an over by Pakistani spinner Nawaz ended their partnership. Mohammad Nawaz took Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s wicket in two good overs. These wickets brought the team right back onto the track. However, in a very surprising move, Babar kept the spinner till the end and brought him for the last over. This is the area where Akram feels Pakistan lost the game. Hardik Pandya hit a six and made India win.
Akram’s view on the last over
On this move by the Pakistan skipper, Wasim Akram said
“I like this T20 type of pitch. I enjoyed watching bowlers bowl bouncers and getting wickets, on both sides. It was a good cricketing game that went down to the wire till the last over. Babar made one mistake. He should have had Nawaz bowl the 13th or 14th over. It was too late. You can’t have a spinner in T20s bowling in the last 3 to 4 overs, especially against the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya,”
“He is a very clever bowler, Nawaz. He had just bowled the straighter one and got the inside edge. Well done India. They won the game. Congratulations. But I was impressed by Pakistan’s bowler. Dahani, playing his 3rd or 4th game, Naseem Shah, 20-21 years old playing his first game, Haris Rauf has been consistent for Pakistan and every bowler tried their heart out. You can see that the future is bright for Pakistan as far as fast bowling is concerned,”
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