Asia Cup: Pakistan on a revenge mission against India in Super Four
Dubai, September 3, 2022 (BASS): Being in the ‘A’ group of the ongoing Asia Cup, the two arch-rivals of cricket India-Pakistan met at the beginning of the tournament. The other team in the group sent off Hong Kong and India and Pakistan confirmed the super from that group. India and Pakistan meet again tomorrow in their first Super Four match. This match is revenge for Pakistan. Because Pakistan lost to India by 5 wickets in the group stage.
India-Pakistan will face each other tomorrow at 8 pm Bangladesh time at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
India bowled first after losing the toss in the group stage. India’s two pacers Bhubaneswar Kumar and Hardik Pandya made Pakistan lose 9 wickets out of 128 runs. However, the last batsman Shahnawaz Dahani’s stormy innings of 16 runs from 6 balls gave Pakistan a fighting score. Pakistan scored 147 runs losing all wickets. Bhubaneswar took 4 wickets and Hardik took 3 wickets.
India got off to a bad start with a target of 148 runs. Although the initial shock was handled, the pace of the runs was slow for Team India. So at the end, India’s asking rate touched 11. Then Hardik stormed with the bat. He secured India’s win by scoring 33 runs off 17 balls.
After defeating Pakistan, India beat Hong Kong by 40 runs to reach the Super Four. And in the last match of the group stage, Pakistan defeated Hong Kong by a huge margin of 155 runs and advanced to the Super Four.
Despite losing to India in the first match, Pakistan’s self-confidence was not shaken. The win against Hong Kong proved just that. And Pakistan is fully prepared for the match against India. This time they are desperate to avenge the loss in the group stage.
Pakistan’s vice-captain Shadab Khan said, ‘We played good cricket in the match against India in the group stage. The way the bowlers fought even with a capital of 147 runs is admirable. I don’t want to make old mistakes again in the match against India. Everyone in the team is looking forward to win.’
India is also confident of reaching the Super Four with a hundred percent victory. They are hopeful of winning again against Pakistan. Indian opener Lokesh Rahul said, ‘We are in the middle of winning. I want to continue this trend. So the whole team is desperate to beat Pakistan once again. But the task is very difficult. If we can perform bat-ball like the first match, we will not have any problem to win this time.’
India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2012. Due to political problems, the cricket boards of the two countries do not play the bilateral series. So the two teams have to face each other in ICC event or Asia Cup. So India-Pakistan match means extra madness. Cricket fans will watch the India-Pakistan cricket battle once again like last week.
India-Pakistan have met 10 times in T20 so far. India has won there 8 times. Pakistan won 2 times.
And India-Pakistan have met 16 times on the Asia Cup stage. India has a heavy margin of victory. India won 9 times and Pakistan won 5 times. 2 matches were abandoned. The 2016 Asia Cup was held in T20 format. India defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in that event.
Pakistan Team: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Hyder Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Shahnewaz Dahani, Mohammad Hasnain And Usman Qadir.
Team India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnai, Avesh Khan, Deepak Hooda And Yuzvendra Chahal.