The brilliant knock of Mohammad Nawaz and his partnership with Mohmmad Rizwan, which scored a stunning half-century, placed Pakistan as the favorite in the hunt for 182 at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. But the moment Rizwan fell, India was back on track and quickly put pressure on the Pakistani side, who now needed 34 runs from the last three overs. But one decisive move changed the whole momentum of the game in the 18th when Arshdeep Singh dropped a sitter, causing an enraged Rohit Sharma to yell at him.
There was no return for India as Bhuvneshwar Kumar was crushed over 19 points in the penultimate before Iftikhar Ahmed ended the chase with a ball left, giving Pakistan a lead in the Asian Cup.
Asif Ali was under pressure in the 18th over of the game. In the third ball of the game, the umpire signaled Ravi Bishnoi’s leg-side bowl for a walk. But a call for caught behind from Rishabh Pant urged Rohit to opt for a review. And after a long 10-minute wait, with the third umpire looking at every possible angle, the umpire on the field asked to stick to his original decision.
In the next ball, Bishnoi went full and wide. Asif shuffled across to perform the slog sweep, but got a thick outside edge. The ball flew high in the air. Arshdeep, stationed in close third, positioned himself comfortably to complete the crucial dismissal, but the ball slipped from his hands. Rohit was furious at the young man’s sloppy effort as he yelled at him.
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Arshdeep had a chance to redeem himself in the last over of the match when he was given the responsibility of defending 8 runs and playing Asif again. The Pakistani batter kicked off with a boundary before bouncing back to fire him with a great yorker. Arshdeep now had two runs to defend in the last two balls, but he missed the yorker in the penultimate pitch and Iftikhar took advantage to make it two runs.