India vs. Pakistan: The top two teams in Group A and B, India and Afghanistan, both lost their first Super 4 matches. India is currently ranked third with zero points and a negative NRR of -0.126.
INDIA vs. PAK Team India suffered their first defeat of the Asia Cup 2022 on Sunday, losing by five wickets to archrivals Pakistan in the Super 4 match in Dubai (September 4). To qualify for the final next Sunday, Rohit Sharma’s team must win their final two games in the Super 4 stage, against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan (September 11).
Pakistan now sits second on the Super 4 Points Table with 2 points and a Net Run Rate of 0.126, while Dasun Shanaka’s Sri Lanka leads with 2 points and an NRR of 0.589.
Both the Group A and B table toppers, India and Afghanistan, have lost their first Super 4 games. India is currently ranked third with zero points and a negative NRR of -0.126. Their next Super 4 match is against Sri Lanka in Dubai on Tuesday (September 6), and Rohit’s team must win this game if they are to advance to the final.
India captain Rohit Sharma stated that facing such a defeat against archrival Pakistan is good learning for his team because they were unable to capitalize on the performance of their bowlers. On Sunday, a brilliant fifty by Mohammed Rizwan and a cameo by Mohammad Nawaz propelled Pakistan to a five-wicket victory in a last-ball thriller Super Four match against Pakistan at the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.
“We all know it’s a high-pressure game. You must be present at all times. A game like that can be demanding. We remained calm even when Rizwan and Nawaz joined forces. However, that partnership obviously went on for a little too long, and they batted brilliantly. If they deliver, games like this can bring out the best in them. These are the games that have the potential to make them. They’ve done it before. The other team has a class as well. That comes as no surprise to us. “We understand the pitch improves slightly in the second innings,” Rohit Sharma said in a post-match presentation.
“It’s good practice for us.” It was a good score in my opinion. Any pitch, any conditions, a 180 is a good score. Today we learned a lot about the mindset we need to have when defending a score like that. As I previously stated, credit must be given to Pakistan. They’ve performed better than we have,” he added.
Virat Kohli took over at No. 3 for India, scoring his 32nd T20I fifty to lead India to their second-highest T20I total against Pakistan in the Asia Cup match.
(with ANI inputs)
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