Pakistan and India kick-started their Super 4 campaign of the Asia Cup 2022 against each other on Sunday. The second Pak vs Ind match of the event fell in the men in green’s laps as they came across multiple records as well. Babar Azam and co made sure to win in a nail-biting way after losing the Pak vs Ind encounter in the Group Stage despite equal battles.
The winning side approached the like-for-like playing XI except for Shahnawaz Dahani, who was replaced by Mohammad Hasnain. Azam’s men rocked in both depart. Despite India’s batters’ brilliant start with the bat in the first inning, the Pakistani bowlers did not go under much pressure and tackled the rest of the things with a calm technique.
They plucked seven wickets with short intervals and did not let any partnership settle for good. However, Virat Kohli was the man who dragged the score to 181, backing to his old form. He scored 60 off 44, after KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma put a solid start with 28 off 16 and 28 off 20.
What was the new approach of Babar Azam’s Pakistan?
Pakistani bowlers settled the aspects for them as Shadab Khan rocked with two crucial wickets of Rahul and Rishabh Pant. It seems like the Dubai pitch was totally opposite of what it has been recently. It has majorly supporting spin bowlers and serving delights to the fans. Mohammad Nawaz did a splendid job with one wicket conceding 25 runs.
The seamers were not much impressive, but each of them got one wicket apiece. Pakistan came with a plan to send Mohammad Nawaz at the top of the order to bat and, fortunately, succeeded in their plan. The batters showed a slow start, but slow and steady wins the race. Mohammad Rizwan’s approach was heavily criticised, but in the end, he became the man to save the match with a flowy 71 from 51 balls.
Nawaz does not often bat at the top of the order but following his performances in the NT20 at the top-order, the board made a wise decision to play him up there. Babar, who has been out of form throughout the team’s Asia Cup stint so far, failed once again. After Fakhar Zaman’s wicket fell following his poor bowling in the first inning, millions of hopes were shattered to see their team standing at a challenging stage.
Nawaz’s with-to-appreciate inning of 42 from 20 deliveries played a major role in touching the feat, sparing a ball. The all-rounder was unluckily caught by fielder Deepak Hooda but left his important effect, making it easy to chase the target.
It could have been a super over in the end, but Asif Ali played some much-needed knocks, utilising his practice of boundaries in the net. Khushdil Shah and Iftikhar Ahmed were the two on the pitch to cheer for the victory in the end as Iftikhar called for two runs on Arshdeep Singh’s attempted yorker.
It no more feels like old Pakistan, who used to lose the match in a humiliating manner ever, versus India in every event. Since Babar Azam has taken over as a skipper, they play with an approach to fight and win, or at least fight to be in the game.
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