Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli hails India’s “special win on special day” against Pakistan

Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli hails India's
Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli hails India's "special win on special day" against Pakistan

Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli hails India’s “special win on special day” against Pakistan

Former India skipper Virat Kohli hailed Team India’s “special win” against arch-rivals Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 on Sunday.

The all-around performance of Hardik Pandya enabled India to defeat Pakistan by five wickets. In addition, Kohli, who had been away for a month, struck a solid 35 off only 34 balls. Following the victory over Pakistan, the team’s top batter praised their efforts.

“Special win on a special day,” he captioned the post on the Koo app.

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), who 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 also 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.

India will now lock horns with Hong Kong on Wednesday while Pakistan will face Hong Kong on Friday.