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[Watch] Relive Hardik Pandya’s Stunning Six To Take India Over The Line In Asia Cup Tie vs Pakistan

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Hardik Pandya (Credit: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya produced an all-round performance to guide India to a massive five-wicket win against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, August 28, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Men in Blue chased down 148 runs with two balls to spare to start their Asia Cup 2022 campaign on a positive note.

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 to bring the equation down to seven runs off the last over. Nawaz gave some hope to the Pakistani fans, dismissing Jadeja on the first ball of the final over. However, Pandya finished the game with a six over long-on.

It was a quicker delivery from Mohammad Nawaz and Hardik Pandya waited back to crack it for a flat six over the fielder as the stadium erupted into joy.

Watch the clip here:

“Bowling short and the hard lengths have been my strengths” – Hardik Pandya

Before playing a match-winning knock, Hardik starred with the bowl, returning with figures 3/25 in his quota of four overs. It was his all-round performance that helped India complete a sweet victory.

Assessing his bowling at the post-match presentation ceremony, Hardik Pandya stated:

“In bowling, it’s important to assess the situations and use your weapons. For me, bowling short and the hard lengths have been my strengths. It’s about using them well and asking the right questions to make the batters commit a mistake.”

Speaking of his batting, the Baroda-born all-rounder said:

“In a chase like this, you always plan over-by-over. I always knew that there is one young bowler and also one left-arm spinner. We only needed 7 off the last over but even if we needed 15, I’d have fancied myself. I know the bowler is under more pressure than me in the 20th over. I try to keep things simple.”

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