Indian tempo battery justified skipper Rohit Sharma’s choice to ask Babar Azam to bat first within the highly-anticipated encounter as they picked up all ten wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the choose of the bowlers for India as he returned with spectacular figures of 4/26 from his quota of 4 overs.
The precise-arm pacer proved why he is such a harmful bowler with the brand new ball when he dismissed in-form Pakistan captain Babar Azam early and pushed the Males in Inexperienced on the backfoot. The seamer from Uttar Pradesh was economical, as regular, within the powerplays and got here again strongly within the loss of life overs to choose up three wickets in his second spell and ensured his workforce prohibit the opposition inside 150.
In the meantime, all-rounder Pandya too continued his imperious type with the ball and returned with the figures of three/25 and decimated Pakistan’s middle-order. The precise-arm pacer took a leaf out of Bhuvneshwar’s opening spell and made good use of the short-pitched supply.
Hardik – who has been in prime type in 2022 – dismissed dangerous-looking Iftikhar Ahmed (28), Mohammed Rizwan (43), and Khushdil Shah (2). The Baroda cricketer made a direct impression within the match and prevented the Pakistani middle-order from liberating their arms.
The younger tempo duo of Arshdeep Singh (2/33) and Avesh Khan (1/19) additionally did nicely as Indian pacers picked up all ten Pakistan wickets. It was virtually an entire circle for the Indian bowlers as they failed to choose up any wicket once they final met Pakistan within the final match again in October 2021 through the ICC T20 World Cup on the similar venue. Workforce India misplaced that match by 10 wickets as Pakistan’s opening duo of Rizwan and Babar shared an unbeaten stand of 152.
Praising Pandya for his efficiency with the ball, veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle wrote on Twitter, “Hardik Pandya backs himself. When he’s match, he modifies the stability of any workforce he’s in! Magnificent at present.”
Bhogle additionally praised Bhuvneshwar for his effort within the match and tweeted, “Implausible evaluation of situations, nice talent, from Bhuvi. Distinction between the T20 World Cup and now’s his health and you’ll see the distinction.”
Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra known as Hardik 24 carat gold and wrote, “A match Hardik Pandya is 24 carat Gold. Key to India’s fortunes on this format.”
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