Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli crosses 300 fours in T20I on his 100th T20
Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: Goosebumps are a norm when Indian star batsman Virat Kohli smashes runs. This was the situation during the enthralling India versus Pakistan match at the T20 Asia Cup in Dubai, when the former Indian skipper crossed over 300 boundaries.
The record-breaking statistic occurred as Kohli connected with a Shahnawaz Dahani delivery from Pakistan. The honour came as Kohli played his 100th T20 game, and when he proceeded to bat third with Rohit Sharma, it was the icing on the cake.
Rohit Sharma leads the blue jerseys with 313 fours, while Paul Stirling of Ireland tops the list with 344 boundaries.
As Pakistan attempted to reach their 147-run mark, the Indian team continued to bat.
In the first match of the Asia Cup 2022, played on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, India defeated arch-rival Pakistan for 147 runs thanks to the hot-headed and accurate bowling of Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Mohammad Rizwan scored 43 runs for Pakistan, and Iftikhar Ahmed added 28. For India, Arshdeep Singh grabbed two wickets, Bhuvneshwar Kumar four, and Hardik Pandya three each.
After deciding to bat first, India got off to a respectable start when their great bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Pakistani skipper Babar Azam after the latter had scored 10 runs on 9 deliveries in the innings’ third over.
India bowled 15 dot balls in its first four overs alone, thanks to the excellent bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh.
Mohammad Rizwan played numerous audacious and aggressive shots to maintain the scoreboard after the captain was dismissed. After that, Fakhar Zaman arrived to the crease to join the opener in the batter’s box.
India made another stride forward when Avesh Khan sent Zaman back to the pavilion to give his team the advantage. After giving Rizwan a couple of boundaries, Khan took the wicket. Then opener Rizwan was joined on the crease by Iftikhar Ahmed.
Rizwan and Ahmed continued to play together, pushing their team’s score above the 50-run threshold. The Indian bowlers had a strong first half, holding Pakistan to 68/2 after 10 overs.
Iftikhar Ahmed was dropped by Yuzvendra Chahal, but it didn’t matter because Hardik Pandya dismissed him for 28 in the next over, leaving Pakistan at 87 for 3 after 12.1 overs.
Pandya delivered two devastating punches to Pakistan in the 15th over of the innings by dismissing Rizwan for 43 in 42 balls and new batter Khushdil Shah (2).
Asif Ali dismissed by Bhuvneshwar in the 17th over of the innings with a magnificent bowl. That caught by Suryakumar Yadav, dealing a major blow to the Pakistani team.
After two blows, India did not allow Pakistan a chance to recover. Mohammad Nawaz removed by Arshdeep Singh in the 18th over when he could only muster one run.
Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan of Pakistan raised their hands to smash massive shots in the 19th over. But their hammering stopped when Bhuvneshwar LBWed Shadab Khan after he had scored 10 runs.
Bhuvneshwar struck again in the same over, removing Naseem Shah for nought runs.
As he assisted India in bowling out the Men in Green for 147 in the final over of the game, Arshdeep put an end to Pakistan’s inning.
Brief score: Pakistan 147 (Mohammad Rizwan 43, Iftikhar Ahmed 28; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-26) vs India.
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