Pakistan managed to beat India in a final thrilling match with five wickets as the Green Shirts team completed the Mammoth Draw 182 against Rohit Sharma XI during the Super 4 stage in match eight of the Asian Cup at Dubai Cricket Stadium.
Pakistan is set to chase 182, and crossed the finish line in the second last handover of the match as Indian player Arshdeep Singh failed to defend seven runs.
India, after Pakistan captain Babar Azam put it at bat first, were in a flying start as they added 54 throws for their first small gate in just six overs.
The duo looked strong and were scoring at a brisk pace before goalkeeper Rauf fired in his second to give Pakistan a much-needed feat in the form of KL Rahul, who departed after scoring 28 of 20 deliveries, with a limit of sixty. .
After his departure, Rohit’s stay in the tuck was also shortened as he perished in the next phase of Shadab Khan, who struck the first delivery of his marvelous spell. The right hitter also scored 20 out of 16 assists with three strokes and a six.
Then, veteran Indian hitter Virat took charge and held on at home while the rest of the hitters failed to score significantly, with Deepak Hooda contributing the most with his short 16 hits.
Pakistani bowlers halted India’s run in the game and limited the defending champion to 181/7 in 20 times.
Virat scored the highest score for the side with a superb hit of 60 out of just 44 deliveries, with four limits and six.
Shadab was the bowler of choice for Pakistan when he came back with great bowling shapes on 2/31, while Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Hassanein, Naseem Shah and Haris hit all of them.