Asia Cup 2022: Hardik Pandya powers Team India to 5 wicket win over Pakistan

Rohit Sharma-led team India returned the favor to Pakistan as they decimated the boys in green by a margin of 5 wickets.  

Pakistan had defeated India by a margin of 10 wickets in ICC T20I World Cup 2021, which derailed their campaign and dampened their spirits for the remainder of the tournament. 

When India took on Pakistan for the first group A match, both sides looked evenly balanced. 

Skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field first.  

Indian speedsters Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, and Hardik Pandya used the short ball ploy against Pakistan and restricted them to a score of 147.  

When India came out to bat, they were put into trouble early on with Naseem Shah dismissing KL Rahul. Viral Kohli, Rohit Sharma followed by calm and composed Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja helped India cruise through the rough seas before they could seal the match by 5 wickets. 

With this thumping victory, Rohit Sharma has become the only captain besides M S Dhoni to win a T20I match against Pakistan. India now has the momentum on their side and they will now want to improve from here on and defend their title against some big cricketing nations of Asia. 

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