While India’s top rankings stuck to its old security approach against Pakistan in the group stage, the combination of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got off to a quick start in Sunday’s ‘Super 4’ match of the ongoing Asia Cup. Both threw a few into the stands as India racked up 62 runs in the first six overs of Powerplay at the Dubai stadium. Follow India vs Pakistan Live Scores, Asian Cup 2022
Rahul, who died for nothing in the previous game against the arch-rivals, hit a 20-ball 28, decorated with a four and two sixes. His second maximum was a mistimed hit, which hit the front as he shuffled across the crease. It almost looked like a helicopter shot flying into the viewing screen.
Also former India spinner Amit Mishra reacted to the six and asked on Twitter if the batter discovered a new kind of shot. He wrote: “A new shot? Helicopter direct shot? Bravo KL Rahul..” Fans also drew comparisons to MS Dhoni. Among the many blows he starred with, it was his signature “helicopter shot” that made the ex-captain of India famous.
Rahul eventually fell to Shadab Khan in his attempt to hit the spinner towards long-on. His resignation preceded Rohit’s departure in the previous transition. The Indian captain was out after scoring 28 out of 16 when he went for a loft drive, but he hit it straight at Khushdil Shah on cover point.
Earlier, Pakistani captain Babar Azam won the toss and chose to field first. Mohammed Hasnain replaced Shahnawaz Dahani, who was thrown out of the game with a side injury.
“We will bowl first. The dew could be a factor, that’s why we go bowling first. We had a lot of positives from the last game against India. The message is to play positive – a change for us with Hasan Ali coming in ,” said Babar as he tossed it.
India, on the other hand, made three changes from the last game in Pakistan, with Rishabh Pant replacing Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya who returned to the playing XI after the game in Hong Kong. Young leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi got his first look while Avesh Khan was unavailable with a fever and Ravindra Jadeja ruled out of the competition with a knee injury.
“We would have bowled first, but now we have to play free and judge a good score on this field. Momentum counts in this format, you have to be on the money from the start and not worry about external pressure,” said Rohit. .
“Injury is something we have no control over, Jadeja has been ruled out and he is back home. It was a headache to select the playing XI – Hardik will come back. Deepak Hooda will get a match and so will Ravi Bishnoi,” he added. .