Asia Cup 2022: Bhuvneshwar Kumar registers best bowling figures by Indian bowler against Pakistan in T20Is
Asia Cup 2022: Veteran Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Sunday registered the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler against Pakistan in T20I cricket.
He accomplished this during the thrilling Asia Cup 2022 match between his team and Pakistan in Dubai. During the powerplay, Kumar gave India an incredible start by dismissing star hitter Babar Azam for just 10 off 9 balls with a short ball that hit the top edge of his bat and fell into Arshdeep Singh’s grasp at short-fine leg.
Kumar would return later in the innings to cause more havoc in his second stint, dismissing Shadab Khan (10), Asif Ali (9) and rookie Naseem Shah (0).
Bhuvneshwar Kumar ended with figures of 4/26 in four overs with a 6.50 economy rate.
With this, Bhuvneshwar has surpassed all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s outstanding performance against Pakistan during the Asia Cup 2016. With his 3/8 in 3.3 overs at an economy rate of 2.28, which was crucial in bowling Pakistan out for just 83, which India then chased down.
Other memorable spells by Indian bowlers against Pakistan in the shortest format of the game include; Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/9 in four overs in December 2012), Irfan Pathan (3/16 in four overs in September 2007), and Lakshmipathi Balaji (3/22 in September 2012).
Coming to the match, Pakistan was dismissed for 148 runs in 19.4 overs. Only Iftikhar Ahmed (28) and opener Mohammed Rizwan (43) were able to make a decent contribution with the bat.
Pakistani hitters were completely overwhelmed by the pace and short deliveries of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/26), Hardik Pandya (3/25) and Arshdeep Singh (2/33) and Avesh Khan (1/19), and wickets continued to fall regularly.
India lost KL Rahul for a duck in the opening over of their 149-run chase. After that, the innings was led by Virat Kohli (35) and the captain, Rohit Sharma (12). They both toiled at the other end and put together a 49-run partnership. India held to 3/53 by Mohammed Nawaz’s double strikes, which resulted in the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli.
Following this, the scoreboard moved by a 36-run partnership between Ravindra Jadeja and Suryakumar Yadav. Before Suryakumar sent out for 18 by rookie Naseem Shah. India came close to winning the match thanks to a 52-run partnership between Jadeja (35) and Hardik Pandya (33*). With two balls remaining, the in-form Pandya hit a six to give India a five-wicket victory.
Pakistan’s bowlers Nawaz (3/33) and Naseem Shah (2/27) performed admirably, but not good enough to secure a victory.
Pandya adjudged as ‘Man of the Match’ for his all-round performance.