Team India got a target of 148 runs in 20 overs to win in the struggling match played at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. In reply, India did not start well and they lost the wicket of KL Rahul on the score of one run. Rahul got bowled on a fast and coming ball from Naseem without scoring any runs. After this, captain Rohit Sharma 12 runs and Virat Kohli 35 runs, playing his 100th T20 International, took the situation by sharing 49 runs in 46 balls for the second wicket. For Pakistan, Mohammad Nawaz first dismissed captain Rohit and then Virat Kohli and put India on the backfoot once again in the match.
Virat Kohli could not take special advantage of the life donation received at zero. Kohli hit three fours and a six in his innings of 35 runs off 34 balls. Ravindra Jadeja was promoted to bat in this match. Jadeja along with Suryakumar Yadav shared a crucial 36-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Suryakumar Yadav was bowled by Naseem, playing his first T20 International match on a personal total of 18 runs. The match had its ups and downs and India needed 51 runs in the last 5 overs to win. At this time, India’s eyes were fixed on Hardik Pandya Pandya along with Jadeja.
Jadeja and Pandya shared a 52-run partnership for the fifth wicket to almost ensure India’s victory. Jadeja played a brilliant innings of 35 runs with two fours and two sixes. Ultimately, India had to score 7 runs to win in the last over. Hardik hit a mighty six on the fourth ball of the twentieth and final over to give India a memorable five-wicket win. Hardik played a decisive innings of 33 not out off 17 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
Earlier, India won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first. Pakistan did not have a good start and the team lost two important wickets on the sum of 42 runs within the powerplay itself. Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned the pavilion to Captain Babar Azam and Avesh Khan to Fakhar Zaman. Both got out after scoring 10-10 runs. After this, Pakistan’s wickets kept falling after a short interval and their entire team was dismissed after scoring 147 runs in 19 overs and 5 balls. Mohammad Rizwan scored the highest 43 runs. Iftikhar Ahmed contributed 28 runs.
In the 19th over of the match, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who lost his hat-trick by taking two consecutive wickets in two balls, took 4 wickets while performing brilliantly in T20Is. Not only this, this is the best performance of any Indian bowler against Pakistan in T20 International. At the same time, Hardik took three wickets for 25 runs in four overs. Left arm fast bowler Arshdeep Singh took two wickets. The decision to not include Rishabh Pant in the team in this match remained a matter of discussion among cricket experts.
Virat Kohli made another record in the match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022. Virat has become the first cricketer from India and second in the world to play 100 or more matches in all three formats of international cricket. Before Virat, former New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor had played 100 matches in all three formats.
Earlier on Saturday, Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the opening match of the Asia Cup 2022 played at the International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. Afghanistan achieved the target of just 106 runs in the first ball of the eleventh over by losing just two wickets. Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 40 and Hazratullah Zazai scored 37 not out. Both shared a record partnership of 83 runs in just 37 balls for the first wicket. Ibrahim Zadran contributed 15 runs. Sri Lankan batsmen had a disappointing performance in this match and their entire team was dismissed after scoring only 105 runs in 19 overs and 4 balls.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored the highest 38 runs. Chamika Karunaratna scored 31 runs. Fazlaq Farooqui was the most successful bowler for Afghanistan with three wickets. After a crushing defeat by an innings and 12 runs at the Lord’s Test, England made a spectacular comeback in the Manchester Test, beating South Africa by an innings and 85 runs to level the three-Test series 1-1. Ben Stokes was adjudged man of the match. The third test match between the two countries will be played from September 8.
And now some brief sports news….
Indian pair of Satwik Sairaj Ranki Reddy and Chirag Shetty has won the bronze medal in the World Badminton Championship 2022. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were defeated 20-22, 21-18 and 21-16 by Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia in the match played for the silver medal on Saturday. This is India’s second medal in doubles at the World Championships. Earlier, the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had won a medal in women’s doubles in 2011. This is India’s first medal in men’s doubles at the World Championships and 13th overall so far. Satwik and Chirag have lost to the Malaysian pair for the sixth time in a row.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia is not playing in the US Open 2022 this time. The tournament has started, but due to not getting the corona vaccine, he is not a part of the US Open this time. He didn’t even play the Australian Open this year.
And finally… On Friday, FIFA lifted the suspension from the All India Football Federation. After this decision of FIFA, now the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 to be held from 11 to 30 October 2022 will be held in India as per the schedule. Significantly, on Monday, 15 August 2022, FIFA suspended Indian football, citing ‘unnecessary third party interference’.
That’s all today in the weekly special sports bulletin of News18 Hindi podcast. We will be back again with the latest sports news. For then allow Naveen Srivastava. Hello.