IND vs PAK: On Sunday, India lost for the first time in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 when Pakistan defeated them by a margin of five wickets. The India-Pakistan rivalry once again lived up to the hype as the game went down to the final ball before Pakistan finally crossed the finish line.
India was given the opportunity to bat first and used their former captain Virat Kohli‘s fifty to produce a difficult total of 181 for 7. Pakistan’s response saw them chase down the score while losing 5 wickets.
Arshdeep Singh got caught in the crossfire as India and Pakistan engaged in another classic due to his failure to make a simple catch at a key moment in the game. Asif Ali mishandled a slog-sweep off a Ravi Bishnoi delivery in the match’s 18th over.
When Pakistan required more than 30 runs, misfiring towards short third-man where Arshdeep was positioned. It was a simple catch, but Arshdeep Singh managed to mishandle it, and Ali took advantage of the mistake to score.
IND vs PAK: In 19th Over Bhuvneshwar Gave 19 Crucial Runs
He struck Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six and a four in the penultimate over before adding another four in the final over. His knock did play a significant part in how the game turned out. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a responsibility to give India the early breakthrough and take ownership of the death over.
But on Sunday, the seasoned pacer fell short in both aspects. He conceded 9 runs in the opening over and then struggled once more in crucial situations. Arshdeep has been made into a villain as Pakistan went on to defeat India in the thriller. Numerous fans have held him responsible for India’s defeat.
After the close loss, especially to a foe like Pakistan, one can understand the supporters’ fury, but blaming Arshdeep by himself seems a bit excessive. It would be incorrect to blame the child alone for India’s defeat since other variables also played a role. In light of the unfair criticism Arshdeep is receiving from irate supporters.
He just allowed 12 runs in his second and third overs while also getting the crucial wicket of Mohammad Nawaz. When he was called to bowl the 19th over, he had the chance to give India the lead. At that point, Pakistan needed 26 runs.
Indian Middle Order Failed to Score Runs
India got a strong start and a strong foundation for a large total thanks to Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. When the powerplay was through, India had sped to 62 for 1 point. The middle order had the responsibility to take use of it. The middle-order, however, completely fell short of expectations.
On Sunday, performers like Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, and Hardik Pandya were just unable to execute. Pandya was unable to even open his account, while Suryakumar (13), Pant (14). And Hooda (16) received the starts but failed to capitalize.
It was one of the factors preventing India from accelerating as quickly as it would have wished to. Since India was losing wickets frequently. An in-form Virat Kohli was forced to bat as the anchor for the majority of his innings. Even he was unable to bring the innings to a successful conclusion.