The fans experienced a string of nail-biting moments at the end. The game could have gone either ways. Although India were calm and cool when they needed to be, Pakistan had the last laugh in the battle.
Some felt that Arshdeep Singh dropping the catch might have just helped Pakistan cricket team tick the flow of runs in the end to seal the deal.
India were trying their maximum best to get over the line. However, their bowling has been poor in the last few overs. Nobody expected Bhuvneshwar Kumar to concede too many runs in the penultimate over.
Pakistan had the last laugh in the battle as they got the better of India by 5 wickets to secure an emphatic win in Dubai. Babar Azam couldn’t have asked for a better performance from his teammates.
Meanwhile, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was particularly not impressed with the way Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant got out during India’s innings in Dubai.
India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma slams Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya after heartbreaking defeat
The skipper went on to add saying that the wickets of Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya were not needed at that time. Rishabh Pant got out after scoring 14 off 12 balls.
On the other side of the coin, Hardik Pandya departed for a duck in the second ball he faced. India managed to post 181/7 in their quota of 20 overs.
However, Pakistan aced the run-chase with one ball to spare. Mohammad Nawaz was named the man of the match for his all-round performance against Team India.
He registered 1/25 in his quota of 4 overs and also scored 42 off just 20 balls. Nawaz constructed his innings with the help of six boundaries and 2 sixes.
“Wickets of Hardik and Rishabh were not needed at that time. But we want to play with an open mindset. While taking that approach you’ll not always have success,” Indian skipper Rohit Sharma said at the post-match presentation.
“It’s good learning for us. I thought it was a good score. Any pitch, any conditions when you get 180 it’s a good score. We got to learn a lot today – what sort of mindset we need to have when defending a score like that,” Rohit added.