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IND vs PAK – “Made One Mistake”: Pakistan Legend Points Out Fault In Babar Azam’s Captaincy Post Loss To India

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India defeated Pakistan by five wickets in a final-over thriller at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. The 2022 Asia Cup match between the arch-rivals came to nothing, but all-rounder Hardik Pandya showed nerves of steel to pull off the raid for the Indian team in pursuit of a 148-run target. Besides Pandya’s crucial knock, it was certainly Pakistani skipper Babar Azam’s lack of good planning in the second innings that played a big part in his team’s loss to India.

The Pakistani fast bowlers finished their quota of overs to 19th over and that saw spinner Mohammad Nawaz given the responsibility of bowling the last 6 balls with just 7 runs to defend.

It is worth noting that Nawaz had completed his third over by the 12th over of the innings but Babar failed to properly rotate his bowlers and that saw Nawaz brought in to bowl the final with Hardik and Ravindra Jadeja settled into the crease .

Former Pakistani pacesetter Wasim Akram felt Babar was “too late” to transfer Nawaz for the latter. He believed that the skipper should have completed the quota of four over the spinner on the 13th or 14th over.

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“I think Babar made one mistake. He should have let Nawaz bowl the 13th or 14th over. It was too late. You can’t have a T20 size spinner (bowling) in the last 3 to 4 overs, especially against the likes from (Ravindra) Jadeja and (Hardik) Pandya,” Akram said on Star Sports after the game.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 4 for 26 and Hardik’s 3 for 25 helped India tie Pakistan for 147. The Pakistani bowlers fought well in the second innings of the match, but Hardik stole the show with an unbeaten 33 from 17 balls to take India home .

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