Team India had the last laugh in the high-octane clash, beating Pakistan by five wickets on Sunday, August 28, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. During a nervy run chase, former skipper Virat Kohli praying to god has gone viral on social media.
Chasing 148, Virat Kohli gave India a decent start after KL Rahul walked back in the first over. But Mohammad Nawaz brought Pakistan back into the game, dismissing Rohit Sharma (12) and Kohli (35) in quick succession.
Hardik Pandya (33* off 17) and Ravindra Jadeja (35) steadied the ship with a 52-run partnership. However, in the 18th over of the match, Jadeja was adjudged LBW by the umpire.
As soon as Jadeja was given out, the left-handed batter was quick to review the decision, and as it turned out the ball had pitched just outside the leg-stump. Hence, it forced the umpire to change his decision and brought a huge sigh of relief for the Indian camp and its fans.
However, Virat Kohli’s reaction to the incident was priceless as the right-handed batter put both hands on his head and shouted “Bach Gaye” before looking up towards the sky with a praying gesture.
Watch the clip here:
— Guess Karo (@KuchNahiUkhada) August 29, 2022
Ravindra Jadeja eventually perished on the first ball of the final over from Mohammad Nawaz. However, Hardik Pandya finished the game with a six over long-on with two balls t spare.
“We wanted to play till the end” – Ravindra Jadeja reveals plan after win vs Pakistan
Ravindra Jadeja explained India’s plan while batting against Pakistan in their Asia Cup 2022 match. He said that the team wanted to take the game deep. The Indian cricketer also lauded Pakistan’s bowling attack.
“We wanted to play till the end, they have a very good bowling attack, their fast bowlers don’t give anything away. I could have finished the game – left-arm spinner against left-hander, but Hardik played superbly,” Jadeja said at the end of the match.
India will lock horns with Hong Kong in their next Asia Cup 2022 game on August 31 in Dubai.