Pakistan beat India by five wickets in their first Super Four game at the Asia Cup. Mohammad Rizwan had the most runs with 71. When Pakistan needed 182 runs to win, a 73-run partnership between Rizwan and the left-handed Mohammad Nawaz (42) helped them get there with one ball to spare in Dubai on Sunday. This was the second time in a week that the two teams had played against each other after not doing so for almost a year.
Rizwan was out after making his second half-century in a row in the 17th over, but Khushdil Shah’s unbeaten 14 and Asif Ali’s 16 off of eight balls made sure that Pakistan beat Arshdeep Singh.
Asif dropped an easy catch at short third man, giving Arshdeep a second chance. He then hit a six and two fours before getting out with two balls left. Iftikhar Ahmed had to hit the last two runs to finish the game.
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Babar Azam asked India to bat first, and Virat Kohli’s 60 helped India get to 181 for seven. He got to his 32nd half-century in 36 balls with a six off of fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain while a packed stadium chanted “Kohli, Kohli.” Kohli hit 60 runs off 44 balls before being run out in the last over. This helped India post a good total despite a slow middle order.
Shadab Khan’s two wickets for 31 runs in four overs made him stand out. Indian captain Rohit Sharma said after the game, “It was a high-pressure game, and you can’t let anything slip by.”
“When Rizwan and Nawaz played together in the middle, we were still calm and believed in ourselves. However, the partnership lasted longer than we had hoped, and they played very well. There will be times when things don’t go as planned, but I do think these [younger] guys have a lot of potentials.
When you play games like this, it’s a good way to learn. On most pitches, 180 is a good score, but if you don’t get wickets in the middle, it will always be hard.