Afridi played a pivotal role as the wrecker-in-chief, effectively dismantling India’s top-order and claiming the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadejaduring the match.These dismissals undoubtedly had a significant impact on the outcome of the game.
“That was our plan with the new ball. I think both (Virat and Rohit) were crucial wickets, every batter is the same for me. But I think I liked Rohit’s wicket better. The plans by our fast bowlers worked. Naseem is bowling at 150 kph, really happy with that, he’s really fast. The new ball might swing and seam, but nothing much after that. It will be easier to score runs once the ball gets old (in the run chase),” Shaheen said during the mid-innings break.
On the match front, Ishan Kishan’s fearless knock of 82 and Hardik Pandya’s explosive batting at Pallekele played a pivotal role in helping India reach a total of 266 runs, despite Pakistan’s formidable pace attack dismantling India’s top-order batters in their Asia Cup campaign opener.
The partnership between Kishan and Pandya, which yielded 138 runs from 140 balls, laid a solid foundation for India’s final score of 266 runs. However, Pakistan’s pace attack proved to be a formidable challenge for the Indian batsmen, ultimately dismissing the Men in Blue for 266 runs in 48.5 overs.
Apart from Shaheen’s four-wicket haul, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah also contributed with three-wicket hauls each, making it a challenging day for the Indian batting lineup.