The India-Pakistan Asia Cup encounter on Sunday was a perfect nail-biter for the fans as the match came to a close. The final-over-thriller saw India eventually win the game by five wickets, but not before both sides enjoyed a pure rollercoaster ride throughout the game. The fans were on the edge of their seats until Hardik Pandya hit a six to seal the game for India with six runs needed to win the last 3 balls.
What gave more flavor to the India-Pakistan match was the friendly behavior of the players from both sides with each other and their fans. While Hardik Pandya hugged Pakistani wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan during the match, Virat Kohli started the match by greeting former international pacemaker Wasim Akram.
Another video by Kohli goes viral on social media in which Indian batter meets Momin Saqib, a Pakistani influencer who rose to fame after his “Maaro mujhe maaro” statement became a viral meme. In particular, Saqib had expressed disappointment after India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) in the group stage of the 2019 ODI World Cup.
A great sportsman and a humble personality. The only real @imVkohli Good to see him back in shape!
What a game tonight!
— Momin Saqib (@mominsaqib) August 28, 2022
Speaking of the match, Hardik Pandya put in an extraordinary all-round effort as India held the nerves to take a thrilling five-wicket victory over arch-rival Pakistan in their Asia Cup opener in Dubai on Sunday. Hardik (3/25 in 4 overs) showed his prowess under extreme pressure as his well-aimed short balls alongside Bhuvneshwar’s 4 for 25 helped India beat Pakistan for 147.
It should have been a direct chase, but India’s experienced top three faltered and put extra pressure on the middle class. Hardik (33 not out on 17) and Ravindra Jadeja (35 on 29) then split a 52-run tie to capture India on the brink of a famous win. The three fours of the star all-rounder on Haris Rauf of the 19th over effectively sealed the match for India.
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