The India-Pakistan Asia Cup 2022 clash saw several scintillating bowling performances. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked four wickets for India, while Hardik Pandya scalped three to limit Pakistan to 147 all-out in 19.5 overs. Also for Pakistan there were several commendable performances. Teenage T20I debutant Naseem Shah was the star of the show for Pakistan when he got his team off to a great start by scalping KL Rahul (0) in the first over. From a good length ball, he surprised KL Rahul, who dragged the ball to the stumps.
Shah, who had previously made his Test and ODI debut, was a surprise inclusion in the XI. Shaheen Afridi, the Pakistani left arm pacer, watched his performance from the stands, who will not play in the Asian Cup due to a leg injury. After Shah’s dismissal of Rahul, you could see Afridi applauding the effort.
Watch: Shaheen Afridi’s Reaction After Naseem Rahul. had dropped
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Previously, Hardik Pandya showed his high value under extreme pressure as his well-aimed shorts helped India limit Pakistan to 147 all-out. Rohit Sharma decided to give chase after winning the toss and the bowlers, led by Hardik, set the game up nicely for India.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/26) was at his best and his four-wicket-haul included the prized scalp of Babar Azam (10). However, Hardik’s jealous numbers of 3 for 25 in four overs, during the middle phase, caused a Pakistani batting collapse.
Young sailor Arshdeep Singh also returned decent figures of two for 33 in his first-ever appearance in an Indo-Pak clash as all 10 wickets were taken by speed traders, a first for India in the shortest version. The first over of the match bowled by Bhuvneshwar was quite eventful as there were two DRS calls in favor of Mohammad Rizwan (43 out of 42) and a straight drive from Babar. In the end, India won the match by five wickets.
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