Asia Cup 2022 turned out to be a tournament of thrillers. The 2 best teams of the tournament fought twice and both were thrillers. It was India who drew the first blood but Pakistan soon returned the favor by winning the second clash. There were injuries in both sides but they both had a very competitive and nail-biting encounter.
Dubai stadium along with 90000 supporters witnessed this thrilling encounter. India played against Pakistan on 4th September at Dubai International Stadium. Pakistan defeated India and put an end to their losing streak against India. Pakistan defeated India in Asia Cup in the year 2014 last.
India lost to Pakistan in the second encounter of the Asia Cup 2022
Match Summary: India and Pakistan were placed in group A of Asia Cup 2022. India won 2 out of 2 matches in the group stage and made it to Super 4. Pakistan won against Hong Kong and made it to Super 4. It was the second match of Super 4 as well as the second encounter between these 2 teams. Both of them are good from all perspectives. It was a matter of who held their nerves and gives a little effort.
Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Indian openers gave a quick and explosive start to their innings. Both maintained good strike rates and played freely. Both of them got out one after another as soon as powerplay overs ended. Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav stitched a good partnership where both played freely.
Unfortunately, Surya got out in that process. Virat kept his wicket till the end and made a superb 60. Hardik Pandya was sent to increase run rate and put a good score but he got out on his first ball. Rishabh Pant did not score much and got out by playing an unusual sweep. Deepak Hooda played some beautiful shorts but he also fell short to maximize his innings.
It was Ravi Bishnoi’s quick knock that added 8 runs at the end and it was also due to miss fielding. India put up a score of 181. Pakistan held their nerves. In their innings there were twist and turn with Hardik Pandya taking wickets at the end. India did their task superbly at the start by taking the wicket of Babar Azam.
But Mohammad Rizwan continued to smash Indian bowlers all over the park. He scored a good score of the 70s with a nice strike rate. Mohammad Nawaz‘s quick-fire also helped to pace their innings. The turning point was Arshdeep’s dropped catch at the end overs.
At that time the match was in the middle stage and whichever team could have won. No doubt he bowled a good over by bowling good yorkers. But still, enough runs were not left for the last over. In this way, Pakistan won the close encounter.
Squads of India and Pakistan in Asia Cup 2022
India Squad for Asia Cup 2022: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan
Pakistan Squad for Asia Cup 2022: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali
India vs Pakistan 2014 encounter.
With this win, Pakistan have, however, ended a big drought as they’ve secured the first win over India in the Asia Cup since 2014 at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh. Pakistan won that ODI game by a slender 1-wicket margin with two balls to spare.
Electing to field, the Misbah-ul-Haq-led Pakistan side restricted Kohli & Co. to 245/8 in 50 overs. Regular India captain MS Dhoni wasn’t playing that tournament hence Kohli was leading the team. Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant 56, Ambati Rayudu scored a brilliant 58 and Ravindra Jadeja scored an unbeaten 50 but Team India failed to go past the 250 winning mark.
In response to the Indian innings, Mohammed Hafeez scored 75 and other batters made vital contributions to help the team cross the finish line. Shahid Afridi hit the winning boundary for Pakistan. It was also a nail-biting thriller.
Both teams played but Pakistan gave in a little effort to win the game. Ravindra Jadeja caused a setback for the Indian team. The absence of Avesh Khan lacked the form in the bowling lineup. Yuzi Chahal was the experienced spinner in playing 11 but he did not play well. Ravi Bishnoi impressed everyone with his bowling. India’s lack of experience in the bowling unit may hurt India in upcoming matches too.
Till then cheers. India will face Sri Lanka on 6th September in Dubai International Stadium. Pakistan will take on Afghanistan on the 7th of September.
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