As it happened: India beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in Asia Cup 2022 clash in Dubai

As it happened: India beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in Asia Cup 2022 clash in Dubai

Hardik Pandya returned to the venue of his heartbreak and turned it into a stage for celebration. The Indian allrounder left the field on a stretcher in 2018, unable to complete his over after a back injury flared up. That was in the last Asia Cup at the Dubai International Stadium. But today (August 28), he produced an all-round display — an unbeaten 33 and 3/25 — to steer India to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in a Group A match in the DP World Asia Cup 2022.

Chasing Pakistan’s total of 147, trouble struck India with the second ball as vice-captain KL Rahul was bowled by Naseem Shah. But India recovered through Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (35 off 34 balls) as they notched 49 runs for the second wicket. Once they departed in quick succession, both holing out to Ifthikar Ahmed at long-off against left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, India wobbled.

But fears of a slide were put to rest as Ravindra Jadeja (17) and Pandya forged 52 runs for the fifth wicket, and India were home.

Earlier, put to bat, Mohammed Rizwan (43 off 42) and Ifthikar Ahmed (28 off 22) strung together a third-wicket partnership of 45 to lift Pakistan out of early trouble, but the rest failed to fire as they finished at 147. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/26) was the pick of the Indian bowlers.

India win by five wickets

Hardik Panday lifts Mohammad Nawaz for a six over long-on, and the game is over. India win by five wickets.

reference: gulf news


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