India Beat Pakistan In Asia Cup By 5 Wkts, Hardik Pandya The Hero


Hardik Pandya showed nerves of steel to steer India to a thrilling five-wicket win over Pakistan in an Asia Cup Group A match at the Dubai International Stadium.  He put India’s chase back on track along with Ravindra Jadeja and produced three crucial boundaries in the penultimate over bowled by Haris Rauf to take India to the doorsteps of victory.

Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz clean bowled Jadeja on the first delivery of the final over and the match moved towards a thilling finale as India needed 6 runs off 3 balls with Hardik on strike. It was at this point that Pandya produced a monster hit as his flat-batted shot cleared the ropes and India won the match by 5 wickets.

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Hardik Pandya earlier picked up three crucial wickets in the middle order, which allowed India to restrict the arch rivals to a below par total of 147.

Pandya remained unbeaten on 33, while both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja played knocks of 35 each to give India a decent platform.

Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya starred with the ball as India bowled out Pakistan for 147 in the Asia Cup clash in Dubai. Bhuvneshwar picked four for 26, while Hardik also returned with figures of three for 25 after India invited Pakistan to bat at the Dubai International Stadium.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India the perfect start by picking up the big wicket of Babar Azam. Avesh Khan then removed the dangerous Fakhar Zaman within the powerplay to put Rohit Sharma’s team in a great position. Bhuvneshwar and Hardik cleaned up the Pakistan tail. Rizwan top-score with a fine 43, before Shahnawaz Dahani and Haris Rauf took Pakistan to a respectable total. , Rishabh Pant did not find a place in India’s playing XI as Dinesh Karthik was given a nod over the youngster.