Updated: 30 August 2022
Asia Cup 2022: Arch-Rivals India And Pakistan Can Play Each Other 2 More Times In The Tournament. Asia Cup 2022, the 15th edition of the oldest cricket rivalry among Asian countries, is currently underway. The 6 top teams, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and the winner of the Asia Cup 2022 qualifier round Hong Kong are engaged in a neck-to-neck battle.
UAE has become the center of attraction for cricket lovers, as cricket fans from India and other Asian countries have also gone there to witness their favorite stars on the playing field.
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In the most anticipated cricket match of the tournament, arch-rivals India and Pakistan played their opening match of the group stage yesterday in Dubai.
The jam-packed Dubai cricket stadium saw India defeating Pakistan by 5 wickets, with 2 balls to spare, in a nail-biting match that went to the wire. Although team India was not 100% Clinical on the day, a spirited effort, led by Hardik Pandya proved too good for them.
ANOTHER INDIA-PAKISTAN MATCH ON THE CARDS
If the fans witnessed a nail-biting match between these two sides and think that they will again see them locking horns next time, only in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, then they need to hold on.
According to the Asia Cup 2022 schedule, the winners and runner-ups of Group A (which includes India, Pakistan, and Hong Kong) will again play with each other on 4th September 2022 in the super 4 stages.
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Most likely, India and Pakistan will be the two teams who will finish the league stage from Group A in 1st and 2nd position. So, the coming Sunday is expected to be another day of action-packed cricket.
Can We See An India-Pakistan Final In Asia Cup?
It has been 14 seasons, and till now, we have never seen India and Pakistan play in the summit clash of the Asia Cup. If all the permutations and combinations become true, we should not be surprised if history gets created and we get to see an India-Pakistan final for the first time in Asia Cup history.
India Vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2022- First Match Details
Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to put the opposition to bat in a batting paradise. They gave Dinesh Karthik preference over Rishabh Pant.
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Pakistan batters did not have a consistent partnership, and they bundled out for 147 in the penultimate bowl of the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers for India, getting 4 wickets. He was assisted by Hardik Pandya, who took 3 crucial wickets.
In reply, India was jolted in the first over, when KL Rahul was bowled for 0. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli steadied the innings. Kohli looked a bit shaky at the start, but he got into momentum later.
When it looked like these two players were settling in, both got out quickly. Ravindra Jadeja has promoted up the order, and he, along with Hardik Pandya, took the team to the brink of victory.
India required 7 runs in the final over, and the wicket of Jadeja again brought the excitement back. But, it was the day of Pandya, and he deposited the ball in the stands, giving Indian fans tears of joy.