On Sunday at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, Hardik Pandya led India to a five-wicket victory over Pakistan in a last-over T20 thriller during the Asia Cup.
Ravindra Jadeja, who scored 35, and Pandya, who was unbeaten on 33, combined for a crucial fifth-wicket stand of 52, helping India win by four wickets with two balls to spare while chasing 148.
In their first game, India beat Pakistan by bowling them out for 147 runs thanks to the efforts of pace bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pandya, who combined for seven wickets.
Pandya, who took 3-25 with his medium-pace bowling, remained composed to hit the winning six in a nail-biting chase in the six-nation tournament serving as a dress rehearsal for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October/November.
India won Virat Kohli’s 100th T20 international, beating archrival Pakistan by 8 wickets. This came after India had lost to Pakistan by 10 wickets in the same venue during last year’s T20 World Cup.
For Pakistan, rookie pace bowler Naseem Shah shone with figures of 2-27, but he was forced to limp in the final few overs after injuring his foot. India’s right-left batting pair of Pandya and Jadeja took command.
In the final over, Pakistan took the final two wickets when Naseem bowled Suryakumar Yadav for 18 and Mohammad Nawaz rattled Jadeja’s stumps.
Nawaz’s left-arm spin dismissed Virat Kohli, who had scored 35 runs, and also dismissed Rohit Sharma, the captain, for 12.
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh