India defeated Pakistan by five wickets and started it’s Asia Cup 2022 campaign in style by winning the high-octane encounter in Dubai .
RESULT: India beats Pakistan by 5 wickets
IND 141/4 after 19 overs - Need 7 runs off 6 balls - Change of gloves, Rishabh Pant hands over the gloves to Ravindra Jadeja but that should be more of a message from the dug-out to kick-on. Hardik Pandya swings and India has a boundary. Advantage India as Hardik connects to the extra cover boundary.
IND 107/4 after 16 overs: India needs 41 runs in 24 balls | Jadeja and Hardik are in total control of the match but the required run-rate is 10.25. Pakistan is still in the game but India has the muscle to power through and makes a winning start in the Asia Cup 2022. Mind you, they need a good over where the white ball can fly around the Dubai park.
IND 97/4 after 15 overs: Naseem Shah has his second wicket and Suryakumar Yadav falls as the middle-order batsman tried to heave across the wicket, rather than playing down the ground. Off-stump clattered! India is very much in control of the game and out walks the man, who can do wrong this season. Wickets with the ball, runs with the bat. Hardik Pandya takes charge with Ravindra Jadeja in company.
IND 83/3 after 13 overs: Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja have managed to string a partnership and are taking the game deep. Shadab Khan and Shahnawaz Dahani are not giving any freebies. India still in control with 64 needed in 40 deliveries. Nothing for granted, although the likes of Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik are yet to walk in.
IND 62/3 after 10 overs: Virat Kohli showed glimpses of getting back into form but Mohammas Nawaz got the big fish to keep Pakistan alive in the match. An interesting change from the Indian management as they got a left-right combination going by promoting Ravindra Jadeja up the order and the all-rounder showed his intensity by smashing Mohammad Nawaz with a huge six into the stands. India in control. Needs 86 in 60 balls.
IND 38/1 after 6 overs: Kohli has come out with all guns blazing. The former India captain is off to a blazing start as he is now batting on 30 off 26 deliveries with three boundaries and a maximum. Rohit, on the other hand, has consumed 13 deliveries and has scored four runs. The point is, Virat is striking at 115.38.. That sums up the PowerPlay.
IND 23/1 after 4 overs: Virat Kohli is on a mission and along with Rohit Sharma has given India a fine start, despite the loss of KL Rahul. Haris Rauf bangs it short and Kohli takes on the challenge, goes for the pull and it’s a maximum. He is in some mood today.
IND 3/1 after 1 over: What a cracking start! KL departs early in a chase of 148 and Virat Kohli gets a life. Naseem Shah is bowling at his beat and Fakhar Zaman will be feeling the pressure to drop Kohli. This match isn’t going to finish soon. Fiery and combative.
End of Innings: PAK 147 All out: A four-wicket haul (4/26) from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and an excellent spell of bowling from Hardik Pandya who fetched three wickets (4-0-25-3) has given India an upper hand in this blockbuster clash. Arshdeep Singh did his part with the left-arm pacer packing off Mohammad Nawaz and Shahnawaz Dahani. Over to the India openers but we can’t predict anything until the last ball is bowled. See you for the chase.
PAK 124/7 after 18 overs: Hardik Pandya has broken the spine of the Pakistan batting line-up with the wickets of Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah. But India needs to be careful as it can’t afford to leak runs at the death.
PAK 103/5 after 15 overs: Hardik Pandya strikes and he has a three-wicket haul to put India on top. The relentlessness of digging the ball short and making the batsmen go for the pull has paid rich dividends. There is pace, bounce, and carry and Hardik Pandya has announced his arrival in the Asia Cup in a grand style. Short balls and it has done the trick. Pakistan is caught off guard by India’s new ploy - The Short ball theory.
Our Correspondent Ayan Acharya from Dubai: Pandya comes back for his new spell and immediately bounces out Ahmed. Pandya has stuck to the short ball ploy religiously. In three overs, he has operated between good length and short of length. Four years ago, during an Asia Cup match against Pakistan in Dubai, Pandya was stretchered off. And here he is today.
PAK 76/2 after 11 overs: Mohammad Rizwan has dropped anchor along with Iftikhar Ahmed and India is looking at another breakthrough. Chahal and Jadeja have bowled two overs each and have purchased a bit of turn but without any success. A couple of wickets at this moment would shift the momentum in India’s favour. A 160-plus total is what Pakistan would be thinking with Rizwan holding the key.
PAK 59/2 after 8 overs: Spin is being introduced into the attack and Yuzvendra Chahal has conceded eight runs in his first over. Hardik Pandya has been sharp with the bowling, altering his pace, hitting the right lengths and mixing his deliveries. There is a bit of extra bounce aided with some turn. Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan have a job in their hands.
PAK 43/2 after 6 overs: Avesh Khan strikes and it’s a big wicket! Fahkar Zaman walks after nicking Avesh behind and surprisingly there was no appeal from the bowler nor the wicket-keeper. The breakthrough has come at the right time for India, just when Rizwan and Zaman were rebuilding the innings. Top effort by the Indian bowlers in the PowerPlay.
Our Correspondent Ayan Acharya from Dubai:Bhuvneshwar Kumar has bowled just one full delivery in the first 2 overs, choosing to operate short or just short-of-a-length. Arshdeep Singh too bowling predominantly short at the moment
PAK 19/1 after 3 overs: WICKET - Bhuvneshwar strikes! Big blow for Pakistan and what a wicket for India. Right inside the PowerPlay Bhuvi has dismissed Babar Azam and the Pakistan captain has fallen for a pull. Bhuvi digs in short, Babar goes for the pull but only ends up getting a top-edge and Arshdeep Singh makes no mistake at short fine leg.
Our Correspondent Ayan Acharya from Dubai: The lack of minimal swing and seam movement has perhaps encouraged the Indian new ball bowlers to target Pakistan’s top order with the short ball strategy.
PAK 6/0 after 1 Over: Electrifying start and both teams have used one review each with Pakistan benefitting as Mohammed Rizwan survived an LBW decision. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has hit the right lengths and India went for a caught behind review but there was no bat involved. Plenty of things happening and we have just started. The ground is buzzing and it promises to be a cracker of a contest. Time for Arshdeep Singh to steam in.
Right then.. We are done and dusted with the National Anthems and out walk the Pakistan openers. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan and it will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar who will start proceedings with the new ball. Here we go!
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
Pakistan Playing XI: Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani
Toss: India wins toss and Rohit Sharma opts to bowl first
Big News: Rishabh Pant dropped. Dinesh Karthik drafted in.
It’s a full house in Dubai and it will be interesting to see how Rohit Sharma marshals his side. He is going with a bold and fearless approach and it will be important for the men in blue to start the Asia Cup on a winning note.
India will certainly want to cross the line this time and would like to put the ghosts of the T20 World Cup debacle behind. Toss coming up soon.
The form of Virat Kohli has been a concern for India. But the former India skipper has looked good during the nets session tonking the spinners all over the park.
IND vs PAK in Asia Cup record: Matches Played - 14; India won - 8; Pakistan won - 5; NR - 1
Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah is set to make his T20I debut today.
KOHLI NEARS A CENTURY
The India- Pakistan rivalry will resume with another chapter during the Asia Cup 2022 tournament in Dubai on Sunday.
India and Pakistan have met 200 times in international cricket across formats, the last of which was played in the T20 World Cup in 2021 at the same venue. Pakistan leads the head-to-head count with 87 wins while India has won 71 matches and drawn 38.
Pakistan enjoys a much better head-to-head ratio against its archrival in the United Arab Emirates as well. Out of the 29 matches played (ODIs, Tests and T20Is combined), Pakistan has won a whopping 20. Twenty-four of these matches were played in Sharjah, two in Abu Dhabi and three in Dubai.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Ravi Bishnoi.
Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Haider Ali.
At what time will the IND v PAK Asia Cup 2022 match start in India?
The IND vs PAK Asia Cup 2022 match will begin at 7:30 PM IST.
Where will the INDvPAK Asia Cup 2022 match be played?
The IND vs PAK Asia Cup 2022 match will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.
When will Asia Cup 2022 end?
Asia Cup 2022 will end on September 11, 2022 with the final in Dubai.
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