India wins by 5 wickets against Pakistan, Hardik Pandya steal the show, reverse the losing game.
New Delhi: India beat Pakistan by 5 wickets, all-rounder Hardik Pandya reversed the losing game. Hardik Pandya displayed nerves of steel to guide India to a thrilling five-wicket win over Pakistan in an Asia Cup Group A match at the Dubai International Stadium.
After winning the toss, the Indian team decided to bowl first, after which its bowlers kept Pakistan under pressure from the beginning while bowling brilliantly. As a result, the entire team was bundled out for 147 runs in 19.5 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave Pakistan the first breakthrough by dismissing Babar Azam. After which the Indian bowlers kept Pakistan on the backfoot with a tight and straight bowling. Bhuvi took four and Hardik Pandya took three wickets.
Hardik Pandya took three crucial wickets in the middle overs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar snared four as India bowled out Pakistan for 147 in their opening Asia Cup match on Sunday. Pandya ended with figures of 3/25 in 4 overs while opener Mohammed Rizwan was the top-scorer for Pakistan with a sedate 43 off 42 balls. Senior seamer Bhuvneshwar though had the best figures of 4 for 26. Earlier, India won the toss and elected to field. India preferred the power-hitting of Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant to accommodate Kohli upfront.
Pakistan, without its key paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi, gave a debut to fast bowler Naseem Shah and also preferred Shahnawaz Dahani over fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain in the starting XI.