PM congratulates men in blue for wining over Pakistan, says "spectacular all-round performance in today’s match". Team India beats Pakistan by 5 wickets as Pandya reverse the losing game.
New Delhi: Team India defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the second match of the Asia Cup. Pakistan had scored 147 runs after the first play. In response, Team India chased the target two balls before. After this victory, PM Modi, Amit Shah congratulated Team India for spectacular win against Pakistan in a nail-biting match.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian men’s cricket team on their win against Pakistan by 5 wickets in a nail-biter in Dubai as they started their Asia Cup campaign on a triumphant note. Congratulating the team, PM tweeted, “#TeamIndia put up a spectacular all-round performance in today’s #AsiaCup2022 match. The team has displayed superb skill and grit. Congratulations to them on the victory.”
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 28, 2022
As the country celebrated India’s victory, Union Home Minister Amit Shah hailed Team India. “What a superb start by Team India at the #AsiaCup2022. This was such a nail-biting match. Congratulations to the entire team for this amazing victory. Keep it up!” he tweeted.
What a superb start by Team India at the #AsiaCup2022.
This was such a nail-biting match. Congratulations to the entire team for this amazing victory. Keep it up! pic.twitter.com/MyNOkILkeh
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 28, 2022
Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was the hero of this victory of India. Hardik first took three wickets in the bowling and then scored 33 not out in the batting with the help of four fours and one six. When he came to bat, India had lost their four wickets for just 89 runs in the 15th over.
Asia Cup 2022: India beat Pakistan
Earlier in the match, India won the toss and elected to bowl first at the Dubai International Stadium. pakistan captain Babar Azam opened the batting alongside Mohammad Rizwan. The duo failed to form a partnership in the middle as Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early to dismiss Azam for 10 runs.
There was not much movement around for both Bhuvneshwar and Arshdeep Singh as they managed to keep things tight in their two over opening spell. Babar straught drove Arshdeep in the second over, showing the sublime touch he has been in over the past 12 months.
Bhuvneshwar, however, surprised the Pakistan skipper with a bouncer in his second over and he went for the pull only to top edge to Arshdeep at short fine leg.
India went in with Avesh Khan as the third pace option and he struck in his opening over after Rizwan smashed him for a six and four towards the midwicket region.
His fifth ball of the over was faced by left-handed Fakhar Zaman who decided to walk after edging a short and wide ball to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik who was picked ahead of Rishabh Pant for the big game.
With the crowd making a lot of noise, the Indians did not hear the edge but Zaman decided to walk, leaving Pakistan at 43 for two in six overs. Rizwan then shared a 45-run stand for the third wicket with Iftikhar Ahmed (28 off 22) to give the innings some momentum.
However, Hardik changed the course of the game by removing the well-set Iftikhar and Rizwan with well-directed short balls — the former edged it to Karthik, and latter, not sure of what he was doing, ended up giving a regulation catch to third man.
Soon after, Hardik removed Khushdil Shah with another short ball to leave Pakistan at 97 for five in the 15th over. Number 11 Shahnawaz Dahani hammered two big sixes in the death overs to take Pakistan closer to 150. India took five wickets in the last 30 balls but also ended up conceding 45 runs.