Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja’s heroics with the bat helped India defeat Pakistan by five wickets to win their first Group A match in Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. After Pakistan made 147 all out in 19.5 overs, India needed 59 off the last six overs on a two-paced pitch.
From there, Pandya (33 not out) and Jadeja (35) shared a stand of 52 runs off just 29 balls. Even though the left-handed Jadeja fell in the final over, Pandya finished off things with a six over long-on to take India over the line and add another thrilling chapter in the history of India-Pakistan clashes.
India’s victory in a low-scoring came a little over 10 months after a 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan at the same venue. India’s top-three did not fire and their best T20I batsman based on current rankings, managed only 18 but Ravindra Jadeja’s superb innings and Hardik Pandya’s all-round heroics helped India claim victory.
Virat Kohli was nowhere near his best but his 35 off 34 helped steady the nerves in the dressing-room after India had lost an early wicket in their chase.
Brief scores: Pakistan 147 all out in 19.5 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 43, Iftikhar Ahmed 28; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-26, Hardik Pandya 3-24) lost to India 148-5 in 19.4 overs (Virat Kohli 35, Ravindra Jadeja 35; Mohammad Nawaz 3-33, Naseem Shah 2-27) by five wickets