India must now win their matches against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan if they want to advance to the final of the Asia Cup 2022. The India-Pakistan Super 4 encounter on Sunday lived up to its promise as both sides fought out a thriller.
In the end, Babar Azam’s team won by five wickets. Arshdeep Singh, a teenage seamer, missed an opportunity to give Asif Ali a life off the bowling of Ravi Bishnoi in the 18th over of the innings, which became the game’s major talking point.
The Indian team’s skipper, Rohit Sharma, had a difficult night as his team was unable to defend a total of 181/7 after cheaply taking up Babar Azam. In the run-chase, Mohammad Rizwan (71) and Mohammad Nawaz (42) dominated for Pakistan, and Asif Ali contributed 16 off 8 to the team’s victory.
However, Asif should have been out for a first-ball duck in the 18th over when he attempted to take on Ravi Bishnoi and gave Arshdeep Singh a straightforward opportunity, but the fast bowler dropped it.
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Rohit Sharma’s Reaction
Pakistan needed 31 runs off of 15 balls at that point. Asif took advantage of the chance and profited from the new lease on life by teaming up with Khushdil Shah to score 19 runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 19th over, leaving just 7 runs needed for the final over. After the catch was missed, Rohit Sharma appeared to be upset. Watch this:
Arshdeep kept his cool in the last over, even trapping Asif in front of his stumps, but it was too late because only two runs were needed off the final two deliveries. Iftikhar Ahmed finished the game off the last ball of the match, ensuring Pakistan’s momentous victory.
Former India spinner has now rushed to Arshdeep’s support, claiming that no one drops catches on purpose and that the young seamer should not be chastised. Stop criticizing young Arshdeep Singh, Harbhajan Singh remarked in a tweet. Nobody drops the catch on purpose. We are quite proud of our Indian boys. Pakistan performed better. Shame on those who put our own teammates down by talking derogatory things about Arshdeep and the team on this platform.