Asia Cup Super 4 Stage Pakistan defy odds to beat India by 5 wickets


Pakistan overcame odds, bad starts in each innings as well as late drama to beat India by five wickets in their Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Set a target of a more than sizable 182, Pakistan lost their captain Babar Azam early and Fakhar Zaman couldn’t do much either. With both men back in the dugout and the chase going awry, Babar played the masterstroke of promoting Mohammad Nawaz up the order.

Nawaz and Rizwan formed a crucial 73-run partnership for the third wicket that brought Pakistan back in the game. Nawaz’s boundary-laded 42 off 20 was pivotal as it helped Pakistan keep the required run rate in check.

Earlier, the Green Shirts had a great start to the evening as they won the battle of coin flips but everything went south for them for a while after that. Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma set the tone for the night with a blistering 28 (each) a laid a foundation on which Virat Kohli, well and truly back in form, capitalised to help India post 181 for 7.

Pakistan’s next match is against Afghanistan on Wednesday.—Agencies

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